Leadership

Rick Walters

Rick Walters

President and CEO

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Years of Service at DeKALB

Since December 1978, when DeKALB first opened its doors.

Current Role

Leading a great team to success.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

Integrity as a company. Customer service and relationships are meaningful and real at DeKALB.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?

Enjoying quality time with family and friends, attending a Tigers game, or on the golf course.

Gerry Schafer

Gerry Schafer

Engineering/Quality Manager

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Years of Service at DeKALB

Since August 2012.

Current Role

Facilitating engineering and quality functions in new product launches while ensuring the high standards at DeKALB remain strong, effective, and exceed the expectations of our customers.

What do you have a knack for?

Program management and development; making sure customer expectations are met throughout the entire process.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

Doing it right the first time.

Marcia Lee

Marcia Lee

Human Resources Manager

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Years of Service at DeKALB

Since October 2013.

Current Role

Planning and implementing company programs and policies, including staffing, compensation, benefits, employee relations, and training programs for all levels of staffing.

What do you have a knack for?

Employee relations - making sure that employees feel comfortable coming to me with any issues/concerns they might have.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

Staying current with legal issues and requirements to ensure that DeKALB is compliant and understands potential repercussions.

Doug Bonecutter

Doug Bonecutter

General Manager

Years of Service at DeKALB

Since January 2017

Current Role

To lead the operation team and develop an expectation of excellence through continuous improvement activities.

What do you have a knack for?

I am a task reduction specialist – if there is waste I will find it.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?

Coaching youth sports or on the golf course.

Bob Grimes

Bob Grimes

Materials Manager

Years of Service at DeKALB

Since May 2018

Current Role

Material procurement in JIT, inventory accuracy, and reduction.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

Being efficient and doing things right the first time.

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?

At the park with my wife and Dalmatian or watching football with family and friends.

Sales

Zack Mofield

Zack Mofield

New Business Development

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Years of Service at DeKALB

Since August 2018.

Current Role

Seeking mutually beneficial relationships with new business partners.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

Helping people. Whether it’s saving them money, finding a new solution, or being an advisor.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?

Hanging out with my wife and friends or working on projects around my house.

Diane Fogle

Diane Fogle

Customer Service Representative

Years of Service at DeKALB

Since August 2003.

Current Role

Being a support bridge of communication between our customers and DeKALB.

Where can you be found when you're not working?

Spending time with family and friends.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend?

Outside with family and playing golf (weather permitting).

Engineering

Chris Clear

Chris Clear

Sales Engineer

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Years of Service at DeKALB

Since September 2000.

Current Role

Technical support, sales, new program reviews, tooling builds

What does your typical day look like?

Typical? What is that?

What is your favorite project you've worked on at DeKALB?

Too many to pick just one. Saving time, saving money, saving trees, solving problems - we're in!

Justin McConnell

Justin McConnell

Quality Engineer

Years of Service at DeKALB

9 months full time, 1 ½ years total including my internship

Current Role

Maintaining the ISO program, new Product Launch process, and Nonconforming / Root Cause / Corrective Action process. Supporting DeKalb in providing a high level of quality outputs.

What do you have a knack for?

Identifying a problem, finding a solution.

What are you most passionate about professionally?

Continuous improvement, finding new and better ways to improve the quality of our products for customers, and quality of life for our employees.