Leadership

“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford

Robert E. Dalton

Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder

Bob joined the company in January 2006 after completing a six-month period of consulting where he and the leadership team developed a performance improvement plan addressing all corporate functions. Bob’s technical background is in operations and finance. He has over 25 years of experience in Fortune 250 corporations, including Emerson Electric, General Dynamics and United Technologies, as well as family-owned entrepreneurial organizations.

Jim Heller

Director of Business Development and Shareholder

Jim earned his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He has held leadership roles in engineering, production, general management and business development. Prior to joining the company in 1987, Jim worked for the General Electric Company.

Ashish Patel

Chief Operations Officer
 

Ashish’s role carries responsibility for engineering, production planning, customer service and operations. He earned a BE in mechanical engineering from University of Pune, India; an MS in industrial operations; and an MBA from Lawrence Technological University. Prior to joining A.B. Heller in 2004, Ashish worked for Thyssen Krupp and the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.

Maritza Gaskin

Director of Accounting

Maritza earned her BS in accounting from Madonna University. She joined A.B. Heller in 2009 and brought 20 years’ experience in accounting, finance, human resources and system implementation to the organization.

Robert Geise

Director of Quality

Robb earned his BS in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He joined A.B. Heller in 1994 and has held multiple roles in quality and engineering. Robb is a Six Sigma Black Belt and serves as Management Representative for our TS 16949 and ISO 14001 Quality and Environmental Management Systems.

Christine Wehrle

Human Resources Manager

Chris earned her BS in biology from Michigan State University and an MBA from Walsh College. She has been with A.B. Heller since 2010. Along with her human resources experience, Chris brought a broad background in quality, production, employee training and development.

Hsin-Yu (Cindy) Kuo

Manager of Proactive Engineering

Cindy’s group manages new products from development through production launch. She earned her master’s and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, with her research focusing on cutting tool failure mode modeling and analysis. Prior to joining A.B. Heller in 2012, Cindy worked for Cummins’ remanufacturing organization.

Don Reich

Production Services Manager

Don’s group has responsibility for customer service, production planning, purchasing, maintenance and reactive engineering. He returned to A.B. Heller in 2004 with experience in skilled trades, controls engineering and automation.

Joe Smith

Production Manager

Joe joined A.B. Heller in 1997 as an operator and has broad technical and leadership experience in quality as well as production.

Jason Barnhart

Manufacturing Engineer for New Technology Integration

Jason earned his Journeyman Machinist’s card from A.B. Heller’s United States Department of Labor Certified Apprentice program. Since joining A.B. Heller in 1994, he has held operator, team leader and proactive engineering manager roles.

John Richardson

Sales Engineer
 

Since joining A.B. Heller in 1986, John has held leadership roles in production services, project management, engineering and production. His broad machining and metallurgical experience provides our customers with industry-leading design for manufacture consultation.