Meet the Leadership Team
Mike Swiderski, President of ConMet, has spent all 37 years of his career helping to grow and lead Amsted-owned companies. Prior to his current role, he was the President of the Baltimore Aircoil Company from 2011-2014, Managing Director of Baltimore Aircoil Company Europe, Middle East, and Africa from 2010-2011, and President of the Diamond Chain Company from 2006-2010. He also spent an impressive 22 years with Burgess Norton and several years at the Griffin Wheel Company working in various roles including HR and Operations. Mr. Swiderski received a B.S. from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, an M.B.A. from Aurora University in Illinois, and an Executive Management Certificate from the University of Chicago Business School.
John Waters is Senior Vice President of Sales & Operations of the Company and has held that position since August 2018. As of April 2018, he is also ConMet's Interim President. Mr. Waters has been with ConMet for 25 years and previously held senior financial positions including Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller. 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 Vice President of Marketing, Strategy, and Innovation at ConMet since 2015. Prior to joining ConMet, 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.
Ken Kelley is the Vice President of North America Sales. 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.
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.
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 Metals 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.