Southeast District Manager
Gary has been with Vilter since 2004 as its Southeast district manager. He is responsible for managing sales activities in eight states, including direct sales, marketing, application engineering and distribution network.
Gary has been active in the refrigeration industry since 1983, and has worked with various manufacturers of industrial refrigeration equipment in sales, marketing, application engineering and marketing positions.
He is active in both IIAR committees and RETA.
Gary earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MSIA from Purdue.
Antonio De Lourdes
Lead Engineer (R&D)
Antonio De Lourdes is the lead engineer (R&D), Vilter Manufacturing for Emerson. In this role, he is responsible for developing Vilter’s total CO2 solution for the industrial marketplace. He is the lead product engineer for Vilter’s reciprocating compressors and possesses more than five years of career industrial refrigeration experience.
Antonio has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in new product development from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is an active member of IIAR and is a voting member of its CO2 Handbook Committee.
Director, Engineering and Project Management Office
Dennis Doody has been with Emerson/Vilter for more than seven years. He is currently leading Vilter’s Project Management Office (PMO) that includes their customized Engineer to Order projects. He was instrumental in developing and executing Vilter’s project management methodology and quote to cash process. Prior to leading their PMO team, Dennis was responsible for managing the design, manufacturing and installation of Vilter’s NFPA 70E motor starters for new construction and the retrofit markets.
Dennis also has career experience as a sales representative for Graybar Electric, where he was responsible for cultivating relationships and growing sales, with a focus on automation and control products in the industrial, commercial and original equipment manufacturer markets.
Dennis is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and also completed his electrical apprenticeship through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union #134 Chicago.
Cristina Galvez has been with Emerson/Vilter for 14 years. She is currently a project manager for Vilter’s Project Management Office, which covers their customized engineer to order and configure to order projects. Prior to her current role, she was Vilter’s electrical product support technician and customer service representative.
Cristina has more than eight years of additional career customer service experience as a customer service representative for We Energies and H&R Block.
Cristina earned an associate’s degree in electronic engineering from Milwaukee Area Technical College and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Concordia University.
Director — Technical Product Support
With more than 30 years of HVACR industry experience, Derek Gosselin currently serves as director of technical product support for all product at Hillphoenix, a Dover Company, located in Conyers, GA.
Derek began his career as a store planner at Associated Grocers of New England in Manchester, NH, before joining Tyler Refrigeration as its New England district sales manager. After logging more than 10 years in the position, he was promoted to national account manager there, where he worked for another 10 years. In 2009 as part of the Hillphoenix acquisition of Tyler, Derek joined Hillphoenix as a national account manager before moving into operations as a systems division product manager with a focus on business and product development. With the recent trends in the industry, he has moved into the position of technical product support for the promotion and education for the application of new technologies.
Derek received a degree in architectural engineering from New Hampshire Technical College and attended product management courses at Georgia Tech.
Director, AC Aftermarket
In her role as Emerson’s AC aftermarket director, Becky Hoelscher is responsible for the company’s global sales as they pertain to air conditioning services and units. An HVAC industry veteran for more than 15 years, she has been with Emerson since 2006 in both contractor support manager and national account executive positions.
Becky is an active member of ACCA, MSCA, MCAA and Joint Futures. She advocates career technical education and is an ardent supporter of the Ohio-based Upper Valley Career Center, which focuses on developing valuable academic, employability and technical HVAC skills in today’s contractor workforce.
Becky earned an associate’s degree in business, business management from Edison State Community College; a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Bluffton University; and an MBA from Wright State University.
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Thomas Hoopes, the director of marketing and business development at Vilter Manufacturing, is responsible for marketing initiatives and identifying new solution opportunities for Vilter’s reciprocating and single-screw technologies. His focus is on emerging trends in both industrial refrigeration and gas compression, and leading the development of solutions that address changing environmental, energy and project execution requirements.
Tom joined the Emerson team in 2013 after more than 30 years in the compressor industry, most recently as general manager of a major global screw compressor manufacturer. Tom’s experience ranges from industrial refrigeration and process gas compression, including fuel gas compression in the power generation industry.
Tom is a graduate of Ithaca College, resides in suburban Philadelphia, and enjoys mentoring young professionals.
Director of Commercial Marketing, Air Conditioning Business
David Hules has nine years of experience with Emerson. In his current position as director of commercial marketing for the air conditioning business, he is responsible for understanding industry trends across commercial air conditioning market segments and translating these into marketing activities and new products for Emerson.
Prior to his current position, David was the director of marketing and business development, variable speed; and manager of strategic planning. Over the five years he worked in those titles, he led internal planning efforts for review sessions; evaluated new business opportunities in adjacent markets; and prepared analysis for the leadership team.
In addition, he worked for three years as a product planner for Emerson.
David earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Purdue University.
Director, Product Marketing — Food Retail and Plants & Labs Refrigeration
Ani Jayanth came to Emerson in 2003 as an engineering co-op and started his professional career with the company as a lean manufacturing engineer in 2008. Over his career, he has worked in positions of increasing responsibility within the company: operations supervisor, product engineer, inside sales manager and product marketing manager, before his current position. By doing so, he has gained considerable experiences in manufacturing, operations, engineering, sales and product marketing.
Ani holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kettering University and has obtained his MBA from The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
Stefanie M. Kopchick
North America Marketing Manager, Refrigerants
The Chemours Company
Stefanie Kopchick has spent her entire 12-year career with DuPont and a spin-off of its performance chemicals division, Chemours. Over her tenure, she has held a variety of roles in engineering, operations, supply chain, technical service and marketing.
She spent the last six years in the fluorochemicals business as a refrigerants technical service consultant, global market intelligence leader for fluorochemicals, and as the North America marketing manager for refrigerants since 2015. In this role, Stefanie is deeply engaged in the development, commercialization and use of new low global warming potential refrigerants, working across the industry with equipment manufacturers, end users, wholesalers and contractors.
Stefanie received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.
V.P., Refrigeration Communications and Channel Marketing
A veteran of the HVACR industry, Bob Labbett has been with Emerson since 1992 in various sales management roles. In 1998, he became the director of Copeland product service and led aftermarket teams that provided wholesaler support, contractor training and new product introductions. In 2002, Bob became vice president of marketing for Emerson’s Distribution Services Group, which continued his long tenure working with distribution partners and service providers.
Today he is responsible for marketing communications across the commercial refrigeration business and still oversees aftermarket programs and support. Bob is passionate about doing his part in addressing the technician shortage and is credited with coining the phrase “refrigeration gap”.
Vice President of Marketing – Retail Solutions
Dean M. Landeche is vice president of marketing for Emerson Retail Solutions. In his role at Emerson, Dean is responsible for leading the global marketing efforts for controls, connectivity, monitoring, services and insights for the food retail, foodservice, commercial building and transportation industries.
Dean has more than 30 years of experience in general management, communication and marketing leadership roles within leading foodservice equipment organizations. Prior to his current role at Emerson, Dean has served as executive vice president of Manitowoc KitchenCare, the aftermarket business for Manitowoc Foodservice. He has also served as senior vice president of marketing for Manitowoc Foodservice, and vice president of marketing for Enodis Foodservice, and Hobart. Outside of the foodservice industry, Dean has held marketing and communication leadership roles with Alcoa Building Products, General Electric Plastics and Louisiana State University.
Dean has served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles with NAFEM, MAFSI and FCSI. He’s been recognized by B2B Marketing magazine as a “Top 10 Marketer of the Year”, and has received the prestigious William A. Marsteller Marketing Leadership Award from the Business Marketing Association (BMA) and Business Week magazine.
Dean holds a bachelor’s of art degree in journalism from Louisiana State University along with graduate-level studies in public relations and communication management.
A specialist in ammonia refrigeration, Randy Mielke has more than 35 years of experience with various types of refrigeration systems. He is an expert in the technical design, troubleshooting, engineering and PLC controls of NH3 refrigeration systems for new and existing food processing and storage facilities throughout the United States, ensuring compliance with current standards and codes, and guiding customers in the planning and mobilization of projects from start to finish.
Randy has worked as a technical advisor on manufacturing boards; he is currently a technical product adviser for both Hansen Technologies and Danfoss. He provides engineering support to contractors and their end users and technical support to contractor service personnel. He was formerly on the Distributor Counsel advisory board for Vilter Manufacturing (Emerson) and the Controls Advisory Counsel for Frick (Johnson Controls).
Previously, Randy was an adjunct teacher at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he taught refrigeration classes. A member of IIAR and RETA, he remains current with state-of-the-art technologies by attending workshops, conferences, seminars, trainings and professional development credit courses.
Vice President/General Manager – Refrigeration Marketing
Don Newlon has been leading strategic change in the HVACR industry for 24 years, with career highlights spanning U.S. and international marketing, and product and general management. With a core background in engineering, Don has brought executive leadership to four of Emerson’s most successful, $100M global growth platforms. He currently leads the development and execution of refrigeration marketing, customer and technology initiatives, and technical and educational services.
Since beginning his career as an engineering co-op, Don has been instrumental in the implementation of many of Emerson’s key initiatives, including: launching Emerson’s first Copeland Scroll™ compressors in transportation and refrigeration; overseeing the development and promotion of Glacier scroll and Copeland Discus™ platforms; providing general management for the CopelandBitzer joint venture; and leading product and channel market management in residential and commercial air conditioning for the rapidly growing Asia Pacific region.
Don holds a BSME from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from The Ohio State University.
Andre Patenaude, C.E.T.
Director — CO2 Business Development
Andre Patenaude, director of CO2 business development at Emerson, is responsible for developing the global strategy around the company’s CO2 industry stewardship, marketing initiatives and channel training as it relates to CO2 refrigeration systems.
Previously, Andre led Emerson’s Canadian market strategy, planning and implementation of programs for its refrigeration and air conditioning business. In total, he possesses 33 years of marketing, sales, and technical service experience working directly with end users, contractors, wholesalers and OEMs.
Tim Prater, P.E., LEED AP
Prater Engineering Associates
Tim Prater is the president of Prater Engineering Associates, Inc., a consulting engineering firm based in Dublin, Ohio. He founded the firm in 1996 and has guided its growth to one of the largest MEP consulting firms in Ohio.
Tim serves as the firm’s senior mechanical engineer and project manager, focusing on heating, ventilating and air conditioning system design for multi-family residential facilities, senior care facilities, health care facilities, manufacturing facilities, corporate office buildings and data centers.
Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University and has been a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) since 1989. He is a registered professional engineer in Ohio, and is credited with achieving the highest score in the state on the exam.
Refrigeration Engineering Director
Jason Prenger has more than 17 years of professional experience in the HVACR industry. During this time, he’s worked at Emerson in various roles, including engineering, operations and marketing. He currently serves as engineering director in refrigeration, where he is responsible for new product development for hermetic, semi-hermetic and scroll technologies.
Jason earned both a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Dayton.
Senior Lead Innovation Technologist
Mike Saunders has more than 22 years of career experience in refrigeration product development and support. His current role has him working at Emerson’s new Helix Innovation Center on the University of Dayton campus, focusing on innovation in the food retail and foodservice spaces. Rather than concentrating on individual components in these environments, he helps develop solutions to problems that exist within the entire scope of supermarket and foodservice operations, analyzing and evaluating ideas that evolve from the collaborative process at The Helix.
Mike holds both a B.S. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho.
Director, Materials Engineering and Systems Chemistry
Marc Scancarello began his tenure with Emerson in 1990. As the company’s director of materials engineering and systems chemistry, he leads a staff of 25 engineers, scientists and technicians in a fully equipped analytical laboratory identifying and applying new materials and processes aimed toward innovation and performance improvement. In addition to interacting with a broad range of internal and external customers, Marc manages the lab’s budget, writes appropriation requests for capital assets, and establishes and approves salary plans. He is also involved in several industry-wide HVAC&R Low Global Warming Refrigerant research projects and is a member of domestic and international safety standards committees.
Marc has more than 35 years of professional engineering experience. He previously was employed as a process engineer at Tec-Cast and as a senior materials engineer at Kearfott Guidance and Navigation Corporation, both in N.J.
Marc is an accredited professional metallurgical engineer in Ohio. He holds 12 patents and is awaiting approval on five others.
Marc earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in materials engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
District Sales Manager
As district sales manager, Alan Simchick supports sales for Vilter Manufacturing on the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada. He takes a practical approach to heating and cooling sales opportunities, with a focus on reliability and sustainable designs.
Alan has been in the industrial cooling and heating field for more than 23 years. Throughout most of his career he has served with equipment manufacturers in various positions, including design, product engineering, applications and sales. He also has worked as a refrigeration contractor for six years in Mexico.
Alan earned a bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania. He holds a professional engineering license in Washington, where he lives with his wife and two children. He is an active member in RETA, IIAR, ASHRAE and ASME.
Senior Engineering Manager
Bryan Tonn is the senior engineering manager at Dallas-based H&K International, a kitchen equipment supplier for the commercial kitchen industry. In his role, he is responsible for the company’s new product development, including fractional horsepower refrigeration systems. He began his H&K International career in 2009 when he was hired as an engineering supervisor/R&D test lab manager. It was in that position where he focused on the R&D and innovation of new products for the commercial foodservice industry. This included refrigeration systems, structural and stainless steel components, and assembly engineering.
Bryan has 14 years of refrigeration design experience, ranging from domestic and commercial refrigerators and freezers to alternative refrigerants and energy-efficiency improvements. He is well-versed with ASHRAE and NSF testing standard compliance, as well as UL and ETL safety testing for refrigeration, electrical appliances and kitchen ventilation. Prior to working at H&K International, he worked as a systems design engineer after completing a design engineering internship at Sub-Zero Freezer in Madison, Wis.
Bryan earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin — Madison.
Publisher, Consulting-Specifying Engineer Group
Matt Waddell is publisher of the Consulting-Specifying Engineer group within CFE Media, a B2B solutions provider for engineers. Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) is written and peer reviewed by engineers and industry professionals who design, specify, and commission mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), fire/life safety, lighting and controls systems for nonresidential buildings. He has spent the past seven years with CFE Media and has more than 20 years of journalism experience.
Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University.
Director, Marketing — Foodservice
In his role as director of marketing in foodservice, Allen Wicher is responsible for leading the business strategy and planning for growth in restaurants, convenience stores and commercial kitchens. Here, he leverages Emerson’s product and system solution development capabilities to support OEMs and end users.
Allen has more than 25 years of progressive experience at global manufacturing companies in B2B and B2C markets, crossing multiple channels and influencers specializing in sales and marketing management, product and channel marketing, product development and regulatory affairs.
Allen received his BSME from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Cleveland State University.