Jeff’s career includes experience in industrial, consumer, and start-up businesses. Prior to joining CTI, Jeff was President and Chief Operating Officer of Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services. While there, Inside Edge grew from a start-up to $22 million in sales and ended 2008 with over $30 million in sales. Jeff oversaw Operations, Finance, IT, and Legal. Prior to that, Jeff managed a $40 million business unit for Ecolab’s Food and Beverage Division. His team managed Quadexx®, a chemical dispensing and billing system installed in 700 locations across North America. Faced with declining sales and customer confidence, Jeff led a major renovation of Quadexx®, including diagnosis, trouble-shooting, maintenance, and customer service restoring sales growth. While Director of Marketing at Lifetouch, he was responsible for all products and services in U.S. Secondary Schools (grades 6-12). His team designed, built, tested, and launched I-Depot™, an instant ID card production system used in the field. Today, Lifetouch utilizes I-Depot™ in approximately 3,900 High Schools and Middle Schools across the U.S. and Canada to improve student security and increase operational efficiency. As a Brand Manager with The Pillsbury Company and Kraft Foods, Jeff drove new product development, sales and profits for such widely-known consumer brands as Old El Paso Mexican Food, Tombstone Pizza, and Kraft Barbeque Sauce. Jeff began his career with Monsanto in agricultural chemical sales and management. Jeff’s marketing team designed and launched bulk herbicide handling systems to 500 locations in 17 western states replacing tens of thousands of chemical containers. Jeff earned a BS in Agricultural Economics from Oregon State University in 1985, and an MBA in marketing from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 1991.
Kenn’s background includes 35 years experience with the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, a division of the Metropolitan Council. Kenn managed a maintenance group of up to 45 Pipefitters responsible for the maintenance of various piping systems, the control network for these systems and the HVAC systems for the infrastructure of the wastewater treatment plants. Kenn has also served as General Partner of Judge/Rouse Properties responsible for updates and remodels to historic buildings in downtown Hastings, MN. Most recently, Kenn was investor/owner in a compaction company where he was an active partner in developing compactor models along with managing corporate relationships and key customer accounts such as Mall of America and McDonald’s stores in the Minneapolis, Chicago and Brainerd, MN area. Kenn has served on several volunteer boards and advisory groups including President of his church Spiritual Life Commission, Treasurer of an investment club and the advisory board of Mobility for Independence.
Jeff is a seasoned financial leader with over 25 years of progressive experience with growing and turnaround organizations. In his role as Chief Financial Officer at Compaction Technologies, Inc., Jeff’s impeccable integrity and strong work ethic are vital as he leads the organization’s strategic planning, financial reporting, treasury management, risk management and accounting activities. Jeff is driven to increase shareholder value by creating a culture of transparency, accountability and empowerment. Before joining Compaction Technologies, Inc. Jeff held executive roles in international, public, venture capital-backed, and private equity-funded firms, including Tollos, Data Sales Co., DMS Health Technologies/Platinum Equity, Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Milestone AV Technologies, and Eschelon Telecom. His extensive background spans the gamut of financial responsibilities, managing everything from financial turnarounds, to M&A transactions, to initial public offerings, to financial modeling and analysis. Jeff graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of CPAs.
Dan is an accomplished, senior sales leader with over 20 years of experience in the restaurant technology industry and a solid track record of excellence in client retention as well as brand and new business development from the franchisee level all the way to the top of the brands. Managing and growing major account relationships, particularly in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry, is where Dan has thrived and shown that he is a trustworthy, highly respected partner with the ability to represent our company with enthusiasm and professionalism from the operations level to the C-level executive. Dan has also managed and motivated reseller channels, dealer networks and strategic alliance relationships throughout the United States while working for multiple OEM’s. From developing sales opportunities within major account sales and bringing those opportunities to the street level for brand or franchisee sales, Dan understands the process and can make it work
Chuck has been engineering solutions for 30 years, from the days of velum and a tee-square to 3D computer aided design (CAD – Solidworks). He has a wide range of experience from custom capital equipment to mid-volume commercial equipment. This range includes smaller paint mixers often seen in hardware stored up to 100-foot-long custom plating systems for circuit board manufacturers, at $1.2M. He has designed reverse osmosis based chemical recovery systems with a start-up company to very complex automated industrial X-ray equipment as part of a large conglomerate, ITW. His experience includes a considerable amount of project management, quoting and even sales. Chuck also brings us his experience in operations and manufacturing from the several companies he has worked for. Most recently Chuck was part of Nilfisk, where he led the continuing engineering effort of a wide portfolio of commercial floor cleaning equipment with this multi-national company. Chuck is looking forward to the more intimate and entrepreneurial environment within this growing company. Chuck has a business degree in Industrial Management from Minnesota State University – Mankato.