John Waters is President of the Company and has held that position since April 2019. Mr. Waters has been with ConMet for 27 years and previously served in various leadership roles including Interim President, Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations, and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to ConMet, he was Corporate Controller at Aptec Computer Systems and Manager with Deloitte and Touche. Mr. Waters earned an Accounting degree from Oregon State University.
Beto Dantas has been the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at ConMet since 2019, but he first joined the company in 2015 as the Vice President of Marketing, Strategy, and Innovation. Previously, Mr. Dantas spent 10 years at Flextronics International where he held several positions, most recently including Vice President of Innovation and New Ventures. Mr. Dantas attended Oregon State University where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and graduated cum laude, with honors. In 2016, the university presented him with the prestigious “Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers” award, which is given to distinguished graduates who have been identified as future leaders.
Tim Caplice has been the VP of Human Resources at ConMet since 2009. Before transferring to his current role, he spent three years working at another Amsted-owned company in Chicago. He also spent 12 years at Ford Motor Company – where he worked in various HR management roles and served as the Chief Negotiator of Labor Negotiations at Ford’s Chicago stamping and assembly plants. Prior to a career in the automotive industry, Mr. Caplice practiced law as an attorney for both criminal defense work and general civil litigation after passing the Bar Exam in 1992. He received a B.S. from the University of Illinois, and his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law.
Chris Marr is currently the Vice President of Global Manufacturing Strategy, but he’s been helping ConMet innovate the commercial vehicle market since 1994. Before his current role, he worked as a Project Engineer, Engineering Manager, and Plant Manager at ConMet’s Clackamas manufacturing facility. He also held the positions of Molded Products Engineering Manager, Director of Materials, Vice President of Supply Chain, and Vice President of Engineering at ConMet’s corporate headquarters in Vancouver. In addition, he served as the President of Diamond Chain, another of the Amsted Industries, and Co-Chairman of the Amsted Purchasing Committee. Mr. Marr received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Portland State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon in 2010.
Luke Penskar is Vice President of Finance, a position he has held since July 2018. Prior to joining ConMet, Mr. Penskar held multiple positions at parent company, Amsted, most recently serving as corporate Treasurer. He also held several financial positions of increasing responsibility at W.W. Grainger, Inc., in both Compliance and Accounting, after beginning his career as a civilian auditor for the Department of Defense – Office of the Inspector General. Mr. Penskar received a BA in Accounting from Michigan State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ken Kelley is the Vice President of Trailer, Fleet & Tier 1 Suppliers. He began working for ConMet as a Wheel End Product Manager in 2003, left to diversify his skillset in 2007, and assumed his current role in 2017. In-between, he was the V.P. of Sales and Marketing at Webb Wheel Aftermarket, President of Webb Severe Duty, and Group President of Fontaine Fifth Wheel: North America, Europe, and Aftermarket. Mr. Kelley started his career as the Manager of Engineering at Dana Corporation: Spicer Trailer Axle Division in 1987, became Chief Engineer at Webb Wheel Products in 1992, and was V.P. of Engineering and Business Development at Walther EMC from 1999-2003. He received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University in 1987.
Mike Harman is the Vice President of International Sales. Throughout his career with ConMet, he has found success in a wide variety of roles. He joined as an Operations Manager at ConMet’s machine shop in Portland, but soon after altered his career path and took on a position as a Sales Representative for ConMet’s Freightliner account. He then went on to become the Director of Sales in 2000, was promoted to the Vice President of Sales in 2005, and landed his current role in 2015. Prior, Mr. Harman worked for IBM as a Technical Sales Representative from 1989-1993. He received his education from Oregon State University, where he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Lesley Bradford is the Vice President of Supply Chain at ConMet. For over 21 years, she has helped oversee and improve operations for the company. She joined as a Plant Controller at ConMet's Bryson City plant in 1996, where she went on to serve as a Corporate Controller, Plastics Division Finance and Materials Manager, and Plant Manager – all before being promoted to her current role. Prior to her career with ConMet, Mrs. Bradford was a Public Accountant for Todd, Riverbark, and Puryear PLLC and a Senior Manager with experience in audit services. She is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of North Carolina and received her education at North Carolina State University, where she earned a B.A. in Accounting.
Bryan Williams is the Vice President of Engineering. Since joining ConMet as an intern in 1998, he has found success in a wide range of roles. Mr. Williams held engineering positions, with a focus on manufacturing, quality, and design, and he also worked in a variety of sales roles, including Account Executive for DTNA. More recently, he advanced to leadership positions such as Applications Engineering Manager and Director of Product Development. Before becoming a part of the team at ConMet, Mr. Williams attended Oregon State University, where he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Nan Guo is the Vice President and General Manager of ConMet’s China location. Prior to starting his role in August of 2007, Mr. Guo gained valuable experience as a General Manager at Watts Tianjin, an industrial automation company based in China. He also has an extensive education – Mr. Guo received a B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from the Beijing Polytechnic University, an M.S. in Material Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University, and an M.B.A. from South New Hampshire University.
Brian Rieger is currently the Vice President of North America Truck OEM and Aftermarket Sales but began his career at ConMet as a Design Engineer in 1999. During his tenure, he has also held the roles of Plastics Account Manager, Wheel End Product Manager, Director of Sales - Engineering and Marketing in China, Director of Sales – OEM, and Vice President of Aftermarket Sales. Before joining ConMet, Mr. Rieger received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University, where he began his career as a MECOP intern.
Mike Hurley is currently the Vice President of Global OEM Sales but has held multiple roles at ConMet since he joined the team in 1997. Beginning as an OEM Account Executive, he was then promoted to Vice President in 2005 and has held multiple roles in that capacity, with the most recent being his current position, which he assumed in 2020. He began his career in 1988 at Volvo Trucks and has since held various positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Marketing, and Product Management at Bostrom Seating, Hendrickson, and Meritor. Mr. Hurley received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.