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Our Product Managers... The People behind EX-FACTORY.


Juergen Schumacher

Juergen Schumacher

Juergen began his career in the woodworking industry in Germany. Since then he has gained (30) uninterrupted years of experience in Europe, Canada and the United States.

He is EX-FACTORY's CEO and the driving force behind the company's success and unique market position. Throughout the industry he is well known for his innovative marketing approaches. Juergen personally knows most of the several hundred dealers and distributors involved in the sale and service of woodworking machinery throughout the USA and Canada, and it seems that nearly everybody knows him!

Over the years he has developed a particularly strong background and product knowledge in panel processing equipment. His overall vast knowledge of Woodworking Machinery makes him one of the most called-on advisors.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 307

 
Jeff Terrill

Jeff Terrill

Jeff's decades in the woodworking machinery industry began in 1967 as a Technician in Portland, Oregon. Soon, he joined a Pacific Northwest machinery dealer and subsequently became their sales manager. In 1982, he founded his own woodworking machinery dealership. It wasn’t long before Jeff was devoting all his energy and attention to the millwork and solid wood remanufacturing industry. For most of his career, he has worked closely with machinery manufacturers in the US and Europe. He has consulted with machinery builders concerning new machines designed for specific applications, improvements in existing designs, and implementing new technologies for the industry his company served.

Jeff’s focus and years in the industry has earned him a reputation as the “go-to” guy for Gang Rip Saws, Optimizing Cutoff Saws, Finger Jointers, Double & 4-Sided Planers, Moulders, Radio Frequency Gluers, Clamp Carriers, Wood Door & Window Machinery, and Re-man Plants & Businesses, to name a few. He can provide valuable information for just about any solid wood machinery application imaginable. Find out first-hand by contacting Jeff!

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 349

 
Ron Varda

Ron Varda

Ron was raised in Terre Haute, joined the military service, and afterwards graduated from Indiana State University. Since that time, Ron has been in Finishing Equipment sales for (30) years. He has sold every kind of finishing application equipment from conventional coatings spray, roll coat, vacuum coating, to powder UV and everything in-between.

During the course of his career, Ron has worked for GRACO INC as district sales manger for Indiana and Kentucky and from there to distributor sales. He later joined RHODES SYSTEMS for conventional finishing sales and for the last (8) years has been the President of GIARDINA FINISHING SYSTEMS USA for UV flat link finishing.

Benefit from Ron's years of working with the smallest-to-largest manufacturers of furniture in the world. When you want to achieve the greatest success in manufacturing and benefit from years of extensive experience in woodwork finishing, talk to Ron. You'll find out that his eagerness to assist and your finishing equipment requirements are a winning combination.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 356

 
Bob Bullin

Bob Bullin

Bob, a native of North Carolina, earned his degree in Wood Science & Lumber Technology from Haywood College in Waynesville, NC. Today, he brings 35 plus years in the woodworking industry to EX-FACTORY.

His early career years were in production and management for high volume and high end traditional furniture manufacturers. In the early 1980s, he helped form QUATTROTECH, which later became known as BIESSE AMERICA. This career change into machinery sales and engineering projects covered the next two decades and introduced Bob to woodworking companies throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

At EX-FACTORY, Bob is eager to share with you his product and system-wide equipment knowledge, whether it is for CNC Machining Centers, Horizontal Panels Saws, Angular Plants, Material Handing, JIT Production Lines, or practically any wood/panel manufacturing process.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 346

 
Marc Tremblay

Marc Tremblay

Born and raised in Drummondville, Quebec, Marc Tremblay began his woodworking machinery industry career in 2000 as a Product Manager with EX-FACTORY INC. Several years later, he made a transition to Appraisal Practice after completing his first 15-hour USPAP course in Houston, TX.

Over the years, his expertise extended to metal manufacturing and plastic manufacturing equipment that Marc considers a natural match for his experience and knowledge of woodworking equipment. Soon after, his major professional focus shifted to Complete Plant Appraisals for the Insurance and Financial Industries.

Marc is a member of the EAANA (Equipment Appraiser Association of North America) with a CSA (Certified Senior Appraiser) designation. These affiliations are befitting for Marc who has performed numerous valuations throughout Canada, USA, and Mexico.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 359

 
Dan Wolters

Dan Wolters

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dan prepared himself for the woodworking industry by completing a furniture manufacturing training program. In 1977 he joined the John Widdicomb high end, residential furniture company, started at the bottom, worked all manufacturing shifts, and gained an impressive variety of hands-on experiences from true furniture Masters. During that time, he also worked at night for an internationally renowned custom instrument manufacturer, hand making pianos and stringed instruments. After eight years, he decided with a partner to establish his own company which he operated successfully for ten years.

In 1994, Dan was asked by Industrias Riviera, a Mexican-owned office furniture manufacturer, to help design a new wood case goods product line and setup a production plant to produce this new line. The project's success led him to stay with the company a few years longer than originally planned until he accepted a challenging offer from Alexander & Mary SA, a US furniture manufacturer with a Mexico City plant in "distress". His very positive results led to becoming their Vice President of Operations. - After 10 years in Mexico, Dan chose to return to Michigan and continue his woodworking industry career in the US.

At EX-FACTORY Dan's position as Sales Manager and Operations Manager of the Zeeland Michigan facility keeps him closely involved in all areas of the company. Whether you are looking to sell or buy, let Dan's "hands-on know-how" assist you with your woodworking equipment requirements. In Spanish or English, for small to large manufacturers, please contact Dan today for your straight talk consultation and purchase of your equipment needs.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 376

 
Bill Christoffersen

Bill Christoffersen

Bill has more than 30 years of experience in the composite panel industry as well as a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, NM. The many phases of panel processing with which he has been extensively involved include the manufacturing and processing of board, UV filling, curtain coating, direct roller coating, Electron-Beam-cure (EB) decorating, roll laminating, and short-cycle press laminating. He was also instrumental in the development of board substrate for the laminated flooring industry.

Bill has managed engineering and plant construction for a variety of projects including the previously described coating and laminating lines. He has also designed, installed, and supervised component parts manufacturing plants for the kitchen cabinet and electronics industries. On the raw material preparation and handling side, he has designed and developed facilities for wood chip handling, milling, and wood drying.

When you're interested in selling or buying Panel or Board Plants, Feed Through or Rotary Presses, or Veneer Equipment, contact Bill and benefit from his skills and experience.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 365

 
Tony Cornacchione

Tony Cornacchione

Tony is graduate of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, where he obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined Kimberly Clark (paper industry) for 5 years as a Design & Project Engineer and designed machines, material handling and air systems.

He later became a partner in API Machinery and was responsible for the design and manufacturing of custom-built machinery for the woodworking, metal, plastic, and food industries. API later moved on to become a dealer in new and used woodworking machinery.

Tony lives in Toronto, Ontario and works from his Toronto office. Whether your needs are small or large, let Tony’s extensive years of experience in a variety of manufacturing and machinery businesses assist you. When you're acquiring equipment for your current operation or selling your surplus equipment, he will be a valuable member of your team.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 432

 
Norm Schust

Norm Schust

While a native New Yorker, Norman's family moved to Ontario, Canada during his childhood. Following high school, Norm worked at various jobs until he became a Thermwood CNC Router programmer at a small custom component manufacturer. Within a year, he was foreman, in charge of all production; during his spare hours, he used the facility to learn how to operate the machinery and build furniture. In the process, he discovered his future was in CNC Woodworking Machinery.

After several years, a larger firm offered Norm a more advanced CAD/CAM position that included machinery programming. This led to more opportunities in CNC programming and equipment demonstration. In 1999, Norm accepted a position at Anderson America as applications engineer and has been involved with them since.

In 2005, Norm moved back to the US as Anderson's Southeast Regional Sales Manager to develop and expand that market. At EX FACTORY, Norm is a Product Manager for our line of Used CNC machinery; in some of his spare time, he is a fan of Charlotte's NASCAR racing! If CNC equipment is part of your current or future processing, Norm can make the ride a smooth one! - Just ask!

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 445

 
Karl Balg

Karl Balg

Karl was born and raised in Southern Germany. He graduated from the University of Stuttgart with a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Electro- Mechanical Designs.

After working for several years for BOSCH Automotive Division, he became involved with a well-known European Woodworking Machinery Manufacturer and was a key player in establishing their North American Operations during the early eighties.

As a Manufacture's Sales-Engineer, he visited and worked with large and small Woodworking Companies all over North America. Later on and for more than 20 years, his focus became more local when he operated a Woodworking Machinery Distributor Business in Southern California.

Karl has extensive knowledge with Edgebanders, Beam Saws, Drill/Dowel/Miter/Mortise Machinery, and CNC Machining-Centers. In recent years, he also conducted Equipment Appraisals and organized Liquidation & Auction Events. His attention to detail and his straight forward, hands-on approach has helped many woodworkers grow and enhance their profitability; allow him to help yours, too!

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 355

 
Steve Farnsworth

Steve Farnsworth

Raised in the Kansas City, Mo area, Steve joined the United States Marine Corps in 1983 and became a communications technician at various posts during his four years of service.

Upon discharge, Steve moved to Southern California. He joined a newly formed RTA manufacturing company in Vista, CA and provided installation and technical service for Feed Through Drilling Machines. Throughout his 17 years tenure, he advanced to Facility Manager, responsible for all aspects of daily operation including Process Engineering and Implementation, Machinery Purchase and Installation, Maintenance, Asset Management, and integration of the most current cost savings and manufacturing techniques.

In 2004 a sweeping corporate plant closure prompted Steve to start his own Technical Service business. He worked with dealers and manufactures in all aspects of woodworking equipment purchasing, moving, installation, and repair. A decade later, Steve signed on with another major RTA manufacturer as their Facility & Maintenance Manager and relocated to Ohio. Duties included getting the processing equipment back to running condition, bringing scheduled “up time” to acceptable levels, and bringing an oft expanded facility back up to par.

After a few years, Steve found his way back to EX-FACTORY as Technical Services Manager. With his (3) decades of RTA experience in Flat Panel Processing from the operations side and the technical side, plus Management roles. Whenever you require technical service; you can be sure you'll receive seamless and successful Service, Installation, and Training outcomes. When the occasion arises, pick up the phone or send an email to Steve for prompt Service!

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 373

 
Bob Dykstra

Bob Dykstra

Based in our Zeeland, MI warehouse facility, Bob brings full knowledge of manufacturing processes for composites, plastics, glass, stone and woodworking fabrications. He attended Davenport College in the mid-70’s and began his career in the woodworking industry. At age 28 he became plant superintendent of a progressive wood & plastic processing plant that specialized in miter fold processes and implemented CNC technology.

In the mid-80’s, Bob changed his career focus to the CNC machinery supply-side of the industry. As a representative of CMS CNC routers, he was introduced to mfg. processes from all CNC milling of non-ferrous materials and served large and small companies such as Bose, Steelcase, Sauders, Herman Miller, Formed Solutions, Chrysler and General Motors.

When you'd like consulting and assistance with one of the best in 3-, 4-, and 5-axis CNC Routers and CNC software applications, contact Bob for woodworking, stone, glass, composites, and non-ferrous metals manufacturing solutions!

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 378

 
Louis Sicotte

Louis Sicotte

Louis is a native of the Quebec Province, Canada, and has a degree in marketing from Montreal University. After graduation, he joined his family's business, a well recognized manufacturer of woodworking machinery. There he learned all aspects of woodworking machinery, from conception to manufacturing to sales. His first efforts focused on developing a distribution network serving the Canadian and US markets.

After 14 years with the family business, the company was sold, and Louis joined Homag Group as branch manager for Eastern Canada. During his 5 years with Homag, he received thorough training on Panel Processing Product equipment and complete Lines. He frequently traveled to Europe and became very familiar with Lines competitive to the Homag Group.

After Homag, Louis opened his own machinery dealership in partnership with E & R Systems, MA. During those years he imported and sold new and used machinery from Europe. In that capacity he also broadened his knowledge to include CNC machines, as well as Solid Wood Processing Equipment.

Fluent in both French and English, Louis is EX-FACTORY's representative primarily servicing Quebec and the Maritimes across all machinery categories.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 329

 
Amanda Solomon

Amanda Solomon

Amanda, our Warehouse & Operations Manager at our Zeeland, MI Facility, was born, raised, and educated in the Holland/Zeeland MI area. Her career began as a machine operator producing Mercedes automobile parts. With the decline in the auto industry, she accepted a position at EX-FACTORY's newly opened Warehouse, Showroom and Machinery Reconditioning center in Zeeland, MI and was introduced to the woodworking machinery industry.

Amanda's first responsibilities were as machinery cleaner and photographer. A quick learner, she gained "first hand" knowledge about woodworking equipment and volunteered to assist visitors during inspection and demonstration visits. Soon, Amanda was promoted to Customer Service and administrative support to Zeeland's General Manager.

Today, Amanda is the "go to" person at our Zeeland Warehouse, Showroom, and Machinery Reconditioning Center. She is the first contact for customers and EXF alike to schedule repairs in the warehouse, track inventory (new and used); schedule CAM-WOOD training and order parts, and installation for the WR-Series Routers. - When assistance at Zeeland is needed, Amanda is ready, willing, and able to guide you to the resolution and solution you require!

Phone: 888-930-0735 ext. 374

 
Joe Retzlaff

Joe Retzlaff

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Joe's family immigrated to Montreal, Canada, when he was a youngster. Montreal then became Joe's permanent home until recent years when he moved to the Toronto area. Following traditional schooling in Montreal, Joe pursued a machinist apprenticeship at the Montreal Technical Institute and accepted a position with a metal foundry. His responsibilities shifted from machinist to sales, first involved with parts & tooling and later to Sales Management of North American and International sales.

Once well established in Sales, Joe turned his focus to Woodworking Machinery. Through his subsequent 25 years experience, he has acquired extensive technical knowledge and has excelled in meeting customers' objectives and problem solving to adapt to the complete spectrum of client and management styles.

Whether implementing large systems or small, Joe's will be glad to put his capabilities and experience to work for you.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 348

 
Michel Hamel

Michel Hamel

A Canadian native, Michel was born and educated in Montreal. He earned his Marketing Degree from the University of Trois Rivieres and a Bookkeeping Degree from the College Girardin.

Michel started his woodworking career with his own Power Transmission Equipment Dealership. For over two decades, he, his sales staff, and warehousing resources served the wood industry in all Canadian Provinces. When asked to become Sales Manager of Verville/Premier Tech, Michel shifted his focus to the Baling/Bagging business sector. For more than a decade, he specialized in compression and loose bagger equipment. During those years, Michel designed and sold over 200 Turnkey Bagging Operations (storage bins, presses, palletizing equipment, and stretch wrapping machinery), resulting in approx. 80% of Verville's North American Wood Shaving Bagging Operations.

Please contact Michel first when your requirements include Bagging/Baling equipment or project consulting when it's about wood shaving, peat moss, cellulose fiber, hay, and/or loose bagging. Take advantage of his proven skills and experience!

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 472

 
Bernie Straple

Bernie Straple

Bernie, a native of Charlotte, NC, spent 16 years in Atlanta, GA building his career around customer service, sales, distribution, and developing his personal mantra to provide customers with a fair price for a good product.

In the mid 1990s, he returned to Charlotte and started his career in Material Handling Equipment manufacturing. As a team member covering the US and Canada, Bernie worked very closely with the company's design and manufacturing of Material Handling Equipment at the packaging end of a production line - a focus lasting 14 years. Industries serviced included forestry, brick/block, metals, can/bottle, corrugated, and just about any product that needed to be unitized after production.

During these years, Bernie became intimately involved with Conveyors, Automatic Strapping Machines for steel and plastic strapping material, and Specialty "one-of-a-kind" Equipment as standard units or designed from concept to a fabricated machine to meet the customer’s specifications & requirements. Most all of the equipment was PLC controlled, whether a single machine or a complete packaging line.

Contact Bernie when you're considering or actively looking for Material Handling solutions for your product; benefit from his knowledge and experience in the industry. He will find and provide you with fair pricing and good products!

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 339

 
Ed Webb

Ed Webb

A native of Norwalk Connecticut, Ed grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California before moving to Michigan to pursue his college education in Marketing & Business Administration. Following graduation from Eastern Michigan University with a BBA in Marketing, Ed began his Sales Career with a steel service center and later joined a Detroit metal stamping company.

Ed developed his passion for machine tools used in the Metalworking Industry while working for Tannewitz Inc. Over a 22-year period, he gained expertise in the metal finishing area, specializing in Wide Belt Sander applications for deburring, surface preparation, and stainless steel polishing. He has provided product training in the proper use of Finishing Equipment, as well as working with Engineering and Manufacturing departments to determine the best equipment to meet their application's requirements. More recently, Ed has worked in Michigan as a manufacturer’s representative providing Metalworking Machinery and related supplies items.

As a member of our Metalworking Machinery team, Ed invites you to benefit from his years of experience, skills, and proven customer service to fill your equipment needs.

Phone: 888-930-0735 ext. 377

 
Jason Cook

Jason Cook

Jason is a native North Carolinian with over 15 years experience in the Stone & Marble Industry. From his teenage years in competitive rock climbing & big granite wall climbing, Jason has worked in all aspects of the Granite Industry from sales, CNC programming, fabrication, and installation - Jason knows Stone. To put it into writing, he just completed his first book dealing with the aspects of granite countertops.

At the same time, Customer Service has always been one of Jason's strong points. Jason prides himself on his honesty and business ethic. He worked his way up with several large granite companies; job responsibilities transitioned from hands-on experience with all types of Fabrication equipment, such as Bridge Saws, CNC Machines, and Lifts to starting his own companies - one in residential stone design and another in website design. With his strong background and experience in granite, Jason is a valuable resource for EXF's Buyers and Sellers alike when making decisions about Stone Manufacturing Equipment.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 466

 
Torry Hiddema

Torry Hiddema

Born and raised in West Michigan, Torry began a long career in woodworking as a leadman for two of the area’s leading companies. He gained complete hands-on knowledge of & experience in all aspects of manufacturing from rough-mill to shipping. Later, he accepted a Head Fabricator position and became adept at using CNC equipment to create custom material handling & conveyor systems solutions. When offered an Operations Management position, he acquired skills in robotic operation & programming, custom robotic work cell startup, as well as those of an ISO/QS 9000 Auditor. Torry was promoted to Sales that required travel throughout the US & Mexico.

An Online Auctions opportunity was presented to Torry, where he worked with Company Owners, Banks, and Creditors to liquidate their assets. Activities encompassed total organization & coordination of all Auction stages, from initial contract to final payment of Auction funds to the Seller.

With hands-on and Management experience in wood, metal, & granite processing, Torry focus is sales. He is a "go to person" in the Michigan & Midwestern states for customers considering Auction Sales, from one piece to an entire facility. With his background & skills, he can assist & work with EXF customers in various industries & business situations, buying, selling, or liquidating, handling and addressing just about any machinery or equipment application situation.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 371

 
Jim Reedy

Jim Reedy

A native Western New Yorker, Jim’s electrical trades and Air Force technical training served as a solid foundation for his position as an iron foundry industrial electrician, where he excelled in trouble shooting and maintaining large industrial machinery and plant electrical systems.

In the mid-80's, Jim was recruited by a large RTA furniture manufacturer for his expertise to help maintain their state-of- the-art European Woodworking Machinery, where he was instrumental in increasing productivity and reducing downtime. He eventually joined Holzma-US as their lead technician for large Angular Panel Saws, progressing to National Service Manager in less than (2) years; he managed (8) technicians and provided customer phone support.

More recently, Jim has operated his own industrial machinery service company and worked for End Users, Machinery Manufacturers, and Dealers in maintaining and integrating sophisticated CNC machinery into Plant Production Systems.

From 2000 to 2004, Jim worked at EX-FACTORY in machinery sales. He is glad to be part of the EXF team again and welcomes the opportunities to put his eclectic skill set and years of industrial machinery experience to work for you!

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 455

 
Rob Verboom

Rob Verboom

Born and raised in The Netherlands, Rob spent his "after school hours" at his family's woodworking machinery business, VERBOOM. The company was an importer of a wide range of woodworking machinery into The Netherlands. VERBOOM also produced Wide Belt Sanders and Moulders that were sold worldwide, including the USA.

Rob "grew up" through the family business ranks from production, accounting to sales, which he preferred the most. In Sales, he spent 10 years throughout Europe, almost 2 years in the USA, in addition to frequent visits to the Far East, Australia, New Zealand.

After the 1988 sale of VERBOOM, Rob continued with B-to-B industrial sales. He became a sales manager, setup an export department, became an agent for several European companies, and later was a commercial director heavily involved in export activities. After his many years in sales, Rob established VEM Metallurgie, an equipment and consumables trading company serving the Benelux-countries representing top brands mainly from Germany

Please contact Rob and let his extensive product knowledge and international sales experience work for you with your "buy or sell" capital equipment needs from anywhere in the world

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 463

 
Ali Fattahi

Ali Fattahi

Ali, a resident of Canada, was born and raised in Iran. He pursued Wood Science & Technology at the Azade University of Tehran, and at the same time received training in Kitchen Cabinet and Particleboard Industries. After being awarded his Master's Degree from Azade, he expanded his wood industries growth through production positions and management of an office furniture company.

Ali's professional interests led him to panel processing machinery sales with the first and largest Dealer in his native country, a company that represented 14 different European manufacturers such as Weinig, Cefla, Balestrini, Felder, and Wemhoner. Due to his previous education and hands-on experience working with and managing Biesse Machining Centers, Ali was offered a position at Biesse. He received training at their Pesaro, Italy, facility with a strong focus on CNC & Beam Saws and some training on Edgebanders.

After a decade of new equipment sales, Ali turned to secondhand machinery and liquidation sales of most brands. With an eye on enhanced personal and professional growth and opportunities, he and his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada. Ali has joined the EXFCanada team with a focus on expanding Canadian sales, as well as EXF opportunities in the Middle East.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 470

 
Bill Merrigan

Bill Merrigan

Bill was born and raised in New York and educated at the Christian Brothers Academy, Golden West College, and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He joined EX-FACTORY in October 2016 and brought with him over 35 years of Machine Tool experience.

While still in school, Bill began working at a CNC shop in the Aerospace Industry. Early in his career, he spent 10 years as Machine Tool Sales Engineer in California. He then acquired positions with American and Taiwanese Machine tool builders as a Sales Manager, as well as Vice president of Sales for a German builder. Later , he progressed to establishing his own companies in New York and Minnesota, where he ran machine tool distributorships. His excellent experience led Bill to write articles for MetalForming Magazine, The Fabricator and Sheet Metal News (UK). In addition, he has also been a speaker at Coil Processing Symposiums during the International Machine Tool Show (IMTS), Fabtech, and PMA Metalform show.

Bill is a lifelong fan of Notre Dame Football and has spent 10 years as a youth football coach. As a highly qualified member of our Metalworking Machinery team, you may contact him for all your metal and machinery working needs.

Phone: 888-930-0735 ext. 444

 
Nick Lange

Nick Lange

Nick Lange was born and raised in Saint Paul Minnesota. After graduating from Arizona State University, he returned to Minnesota to pursue a career in Metalworking Machinery Distribution and Sales. Gaining an elevated level of responsibility, he rotated into different management roles, eventually earning a promotion to the position of General Sales Manager.

Nick brings to EX-FACTORY a decade of experience in Metal Forming, Fabrication, and Chip-making Machinery to EX-FACTORY. He understands the strategic and operational risks behind pre-owned equipment and knows how to accurately assess when investing in new machinery is more appropriate.

Ultimately, it is the relationships Nick builds with his customers that hails most important. As our Metalworking Machinery Product Manager, please contact him with your questions or needs.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 443

 
Tony Varda

Tony Varda

Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, Tony moved with his parents to Louisville, KY, where he attended and graduated Louisville Male High School and achieved a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of Louisville. Remarkably, all career steps throughout his well over 20 years in the Wood Finishing and Powder Coating Systems were possible while he maintained his residency in Louisville, Kentucky. - He may not be native, but he is a very loyal Kentuckian!

At the same time, Tony's extensive Finishing Systems sales & application development career required considerable international travel throughout North & South America, Europe, and Asia. Traveling and talent enabled him to acquire multiple language skills in German, Italian, Spanish, and French.

His career spanned working with major Finishing Systems companies, such as Giardina and Cefla, and setting up the Finishing Division at the largest Machiney Importer and Distributor with Makor, Venjakob, and Burkle Finishing Equipment. Tony enjoys resolving complex issues and effectively organizing, coordinating, and accomplishing multiple assignments. He also has a deep background in Liquid Paint & Powder Coating Systems.

When working with Tony, you can be confident that you are collaborating with one of Finishing Systems finest "doers" with proven experience. He's someone who works with you to develop solutions for your own Finishing Systems and Powder Coating applications. Find out firsthand what Tony "can do" for you.

Phone: 888-930-0735 ext. 335

 
Bryan Thiele

Bryan Thiele

Bryan Thiele is a high-energy, result's driven Executive Manager with over 20 years of industry experience. During his long career in the wood industry, his roles have ranged from being the onsite Machinery Technician to the Machinery Business Owner. As a previous technician who has installed, repaired machinery, and trained staff on equipment operation, he knows and possesses detailed knowledge and can assist potential partners with any inquiries they might have. As a previous Business Owner, he also understands how businesses function and can confidently assist potential partners in finding the best solution to meet their unique and distinct needs.

Bryan is also a humanitarian who travels regularly to various countries around the world to serve the poor, sick and marginalized. He works closely with aid organizations, raising and training leaders in the hope to make a positive impact to others in great need; in addition, he teaches community development and strategic planning to village leaders to create sustainable change.

His journey through the Industry has helped him developed key skills such as: Sales Management, Strategic Planning, Partnership Development, Marketing, Customer Relations, and Technical Service and Support. The combination of his various life roles enables Bryan to quickly meet the needs of customers by selecting the right equipment at the right price; contact him and allow him to surpass all your expectations.

Phone: 800-374-5009 ext. 347

 
Kevin Welker

Kevin Welker

Born and raised near Detroit, Michigan, Kevin began working in the industrial auction industry while still in high school. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Kevin continued his Auction career, drawing upon his formal training in graphic design and photography to design Auction event brochures.

Kevin has worked for leading industrial Auction companies for over 30 years, which included positions in Operations, Valuations, and Marketing, as well as managing Auction projects for companies ranging from small family-owned businesses to Fortune 1000 and Global 500 clients.

Leveraging his equipment knowledge in a wide variety of manufacturing industries, Kevin is focused on providing unmatched service to achieve the highest possible returns for EX-FACTORYAuctions’ clients.

Kevin currently resides in Southeastern Michigan.

Phone: 877-580-5844 ext. 316