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Steve Becker
Steve Becker
Kice Industries, Inc.
Steve Becker is Chief Financial Officer of Kice Industries in Wichita, KS. where he is responsible for the areas of finance, purchasing, planning, information technology, and human resources. A graduate of Kansas State University with a BS in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting, Steve joined Kice Industries in 2005 after working many years in the aerospace industry, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Raytheon Aircraft (Beechcraft). He was a recipient of the Wichita Business Journal CFO award in 2012. Steve served on the Renwick USD 267 School Board for eight years. Steve and his wife Jennifer have three children and live in Andale, KS.
Jeff Dudas
Tom Bowen
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Tom Bowen is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for SWECO, a business unit of M-I SWACO. SWECO is a leading global manufacturer of customized industrial separation equipment ranging from round, rectangular and pharmaceutical separators plus several lines of complementary separation products; centrifuges, grinding mills, finishing mills and a wide variety of aftermarket screens and parts. Tom began his career at SWECO in 1988 and has been with SWECO throughout most of his career except for a period in the late 1990s when he was Vice President of Sales & Marketing for PEBCO, a gate and valve company based in Paducah, KY. After early years working as a design engineer, product engineer and in R&D engineering, Tom began a path in sales and marketing. Early assignments were in Asia and South America with his most recent role as North American Sales Manager. Tom is an active board member of the Northern Kentucky Chamber and Northern Kentucky's International Trade Association (NKITA). He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University.
Lee Hoffmann
Rod Henricks
Director of Sales
Bunting Magnetics Company
Rod Henricks is Director of Sales for Bunting Magnetics Co. Previously he was the Product Manager for Metal Detection, and also held a sales management position with the company. Rod has been with Bunting for eight years. Outside of Bunting, Rod has held executive management positions with two manufactures of transportation equipment (truck bodies and trailers) that were acquired through private equity in the late 1990’s and early 2000's. Rod is a former member of NTEA (National Truck Equipment Association) and their Young Executives Network. He has also held committee positions with the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. A lifelong resident of Kansas, Rod enjoys having family close by. His two sons participate in YMCA activities, and Rod serves as as volunteer with the annual YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.
Mike Mullins
Jason McDaniel
President & COO
French Oil Mill Machinery Company
Jason McDaniel is President and Chief Operating Officer of The French Oil Mill Machinery Company in Piqua, Ohio. After earning his in B.S. Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State in 1996, McDaniel joined the company and worked in various divisions and roles from 1996 through 2012. Then in January 2013, Daniel P. French recommended McDaniel succeed him as the company's President, and the Board of Directors appointed McDaniel as President and Chief Operating Officer. McDaniel was instrumental in the decision to start operations in China and has been the point person for all FOM (Shanghai) Company, Ltd. activities, which allows French to serve the growing Chinese polymer industry with domestically made products to dewater and dry synthetic rubber. He was also recognized in August 2011 by Rubber & Plastic News as a top rubber industry professional under 40, for making a significant impact on the industry. Jason and his wife Amy have one daughter and reside in DeGraff, OH.
Chris Nawalaniec
Chris Nawalaniec
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Stedman Machine Company, Inc.
Chris Nawalaniec is Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Stedman Machine Company, Inc., Aurora, Indiana. Chris joined the company in 2004 as National Sales Manager, responsible for new machinery and systems sales. Current responsibilities include sales and general management, strategic planning, marketing and new product development. In his role at Stedman, Chris has been part of a team that helps customers improve their dry material processing systems in a wide range of international industries. Founded in 1834, Stedman assists its customers with improvement of product quality, lower operating costs and development of new products with size reduction and material processing expertise. Chris is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati: BSME, MBA. His career has been working with custom design, make-to-order manufacturing companies. Chris resides in Cincinnati with his wife Julie and their two college-aged children.
Mike Mullins
Dennis O'Leary
Industrial Magnetics, Inc.
Dennis O'Leary is President of Industrial Magnetics, Inc. (IMI) and CMO for IMI Holding Corp which includes IMI, Prater and Sterling Systems. Prior to being hired on as a Marketing Specialist with IMI in 1999, Dennis was Director of Product Development & Marketing for a major sporting goods brand and spent 14 years in the golf equipment industry. A graduate of Davenport University with a BBA in Marketing and BBA in Management degrees, Dennis makes his home in Northern Michigan with his wife and three daughters. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Michigan Industrial Association.

Todd Smith
General Manager
Coperion K-Tron
Todd Smith is general manager of Coperion K-Tron Salina and vice president of the company’s Global Systems Group. Coperion K-Tron is a leading global supplier of conveying, feeding, and control systems for its customers’ bulk solid materials. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Kansas State University and received an M.B.A. He was previously employed by DuPont and MAC Equipment. Todd serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas State University (KSU) Dean’s Advisory Council, Salina Area Technical College, Salina Chamber of Commerce, and the local soccer club. He championed the creation of the KSU – Bulk Solids Innovation Center which opened in 2015. Todd has worked for Coperion K-Tron since 1993. He and his wife JaLue reside in Salina, KS.
Julie Whitten
Julie Whitten
North American Division Manager – Material Handling
Piab USA, Inc.
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Jim Woods
Jim Woods
Unit Leader
WesTech Engineering, Inc.
Jim Woods is the Industrial Unit Leader of WesTech Engineering, Inc. Jim began his career at WesTech in 1996 as a Project Manager, advanced to Group Leader/Supervisor, and then to Industrial Sales Manager. Prior to joining WesTech, Jim worked as a consulting engineer and owned his own construction company. Jim graduated from the University of Utah in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has served on the International Water Conference (IWC) Advisory Council, and remains a member of IWC. Jim also holds memberships with other engineering, water and mining committees, and has co-authored three technical papers, holds contractors’ licenses in multiple states, and is fluent in Spanish. He and his wife reside in Bountiful, Utah.
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