For over 30 years, TechSolve’s team of experienced management consultants have provided practical and time-tested insights to help organizations achieve top-line growth, bottom-line savings, and improved profitability. Please note we have a number of experts in TechSolve's Speaker's Bureau.
Steve Bebko provides sustainable, innovative solutions for organizations in the automotive, advanced electronics, original equipment manufacturers (OEM), and chemical and aerospace industries.
He has partnered with international companies, such as Boeing and Honda, as well as family-owned businesses, such as Richards Industries in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has implemented Lean journeys in numerous companies, resulting in millions of dollars in growth and sales revenues, cost savings, and reduced inventory.
Steve holds many certifications, including Boeing Accelerated Improvement Workshop (AIW), Lean certification, Professional Business Advisor from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and he is a Certified Eureka! Innovation Coach.
Steve has a Bachelor’s of Industrial Engineering and a Master’s of Business Administration from Penn State University.
Roger Briggs is a highly-skilled machinist with over 30 years of combined experience in the Aerospace, Appliance, Automotive, and Energy & Defense industries. Likewise, his expertise at transferring machine parts to detail drawings – adhering to company, customer and ISO 9001 quality standards – served past engineering departments well with the development, manufacturing, assembly, and testing of new tooling and special machines.
Proficient in the ability to design and manufacture tools, fixtures, and other parts, Roger completed Mastercam Advanced 2D and Multi Axis Training as well as 38 credit hours of the Tool and Die Technology Certificate Program at Sinclair Community College. He graduated from the Machine Trades program at the Warren County Career Center and is experienced with a wide variety of materials and is able to read detail and assembly drawings.
Brian Campbell is a highly-skilled and strategic leader, specializing in the support, development, configuration, and deployment of TechSolve’s VizProducts®. He has more than a decade of involvement in technology research and inter-system communication. Furthermore, his experience as a U.S. Navy Information Professional and Submarine Warfare Officer has equipped him with the knowledge to manage multiple software installations for various platforms and to promote partner engagement. Brian’s critical thinking mindset – combined with his acute attention to detail – is an asset to TechSolve’s MTConnect® solutions sector and the VizProducts® team.
Before joining TechSolve in 2015, Mr. Crabtree worked for more than 35 years as a CNC Programmer and Machinist, Shop Foreman, and Process Engineer/Designer. He has served a range of industries, including paper, diesel locomotive, automotive, defense, and aerospace.
He provides manufacturers with proven solutions in Advanced Machining by leveraging hands-on experience with programming and operating a range of CNC lathes and mills. In addition, clients have access to Mr. Crabtree’s extensive knowledge of job quoting and scheduling, workforce and resource management, process improvement, and day-to-day plant operations.
Mr. Crabtree earned a degree in Industrial Management Technologies from Edison State College, and MasterCam Multiaxis certification from Hobart School of Robotic Programming.
Rob Criger is a versatile manufacturing/process engineer with extensive, hands-on experience. His capabilities entail an eclectic mix of traditional manufacturing engineering and project management. From line improvements and equipment upgrades, to project bidding and contractor supervision, Rob has been a corporate team player for several senior management teams. His keen ability to adapt to new assignments and projects – mostly gained from his experience working within the nuclear value stream as a prototype coordinator – is a key asset as he provides engineering and manufacturing support to TechSolve’s Advanced Machining group. Furthermore, his experience as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps as an Aviation Logistics Squadron NCO gives Rob a unique perspective on special manufacturing and defense related projects. With a keen eye for precision, a vast knowledge of process improvement, and a proven ability for tool & fixture design, Rob Criger is a valued member of the TechSolve team.
Dennis Dill is a skillful craftsman, experienced in design, reverse engineering, milling, and manufacturing. He uses his expertise to help clients dramatically reduce manufacturing times and optimize manufacturing processes.
Dennis has deep understanding of the aircraft industry. He manufactured aircraft parts, bushings and instrument panels from prints. He also reverse engineered and manufactured replacement fittings for DC8, DC9, and B767 aircraft. In addition, Dennis repaired and overhauled landing gear components and aircraft fittings in accordance with the appropriate OHM/CMM manuals.
Other skills include designing and manufacturing single-stamp dies used to fabricate sheet metal parts, and using MastercamX4 Multiaxis to reverse engineer and design/manufacture.
Dennis achieved the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a Dental Lab Technician, fabricating dentures and orthodontic appliances.
Frank Gorsler has been with TechSolve since 1992. He is a recognized expert on machining of high temperature alloys.
Some of his work includes serving as project leader on several government defense programs, as well as paving the way for the wide-spread application of advanced ceramic tools to be used during machining of aircraft parts. He also developed standard machinability tests to evaluate new cutting tool materials and work piece alloys.
Frank has published articles on machining and over 50 internal General Electric documents on machinability of engine materials. Twice awarded the William L. Badger Award for the Most Outstanding Technical Achievement, Mr. Gorsler has lectured in Europe, Asia, and Australia on the latest developments in the metal cutting field.
Frank received his education from the University of Cincinnati, where he earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Mark Huffman joined TechSolve in 2007 as the Technical Lead for the Intelligent Machining Network. He works to create an intelligent, closed-loop machining system to help manufacturers achieve new levels of quality, repeatability and productivity.
Mark’s experience includes working at General Dynamics Systems where he simulated a welding process for the production of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle using CATIA software. He also worked for Honda where he implemented V5 Geometry software to analyze ergonomics of floor associates.
As a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Mark is certified by Pro-Engineer and Immersive.
Mark has a Bachelor’s of Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies from Ohio Northern University.
Alex Jones specializes in process improvement solutions that benefit both organizations and individual employees. He draws upon extensive manufacturing and healthcare experience to implement process improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, Training Within Industries (TWI), and Toyota Production System (TPS). By encouraging employee buy-in and training, Alex is able to increase worker capacity, safety and ergonomics to ensure each employee is satisfied, productive and safe.
Among his accomplishments, Alex has educated hospital staff to improve patient flow efficiency; helped a printing company improve setup by nearly 90%; and helped an international manufacturer increase quality by 95%, while reducing lead time by 50%.
Alex is trained and certified in Training Within Industry’s Job Relations, Job Instruction, and Job Methods. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a Dale Carnegie Course graduate.
Over the past 30 years Jeff has been a successful sales professional with roles as Branch Manager, District Sales Manager, Director of Sales & Marketing, and Regional Business Manager. Prior to joining TechSolve, Jeff led a team of 80 professionals with total P&L responsibility for 3 facility organization and $5M in earnings. His skill sets include Budgets and Forecasting, Multi-Site Operations, Marketing, Regional Sales Leadership, Coaching, Mentoring, Strategic Growth Initiatives, and Lean Manufacturing. He is a transformational, performance-driven leader with the business acumen to motivate, innovate, and leverage individual and organizational strengths that drives profitable growth. Jeff received his education from University of Cincinnati, earning both a Bachelor’s of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business.
Rob Longfellow has a demonstrated aptitude in solving problems by applying technology to manufacturing and business processes. Throughout his career, he has developed solutions for engineering, manufacturing and sales groups that streamline and automate processes while delivering actionable information for strategic and tactical decision makers. At TechSolve, Rob has leveraged his skills in manufacturing, software development and business development to create solutions that enables the Internet of Things (IoT) for TechSolve customers. Rob manages the implementation of TechSolve’s offerings for strategic clients by listening to their needs and offering practical and valuable solutions that deliver process information to decision makers throughout the organization.
Tony Lupariello holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati, and he is an industrial sector expert, with a keen focus on helping tool and machining companies. With over 26 years of machine tool experience , he developed this expertise at organizations like G.R. Kraus Machinery, Mazak, ASI Machine Tool and Complete Machinery Sales LLC. He has consistently provided customers with solutions in part processing, machinery selection, equipment utilization, lean manufacturing implementation and material handling.
Before joining TechSolve in 2010, Mr. Maisch spent more than four decades at the highest levels of leadership within manufacturing. At TechSolve he counsels manufacturing businesses with fewer than 50 employees in the areas of Operations, HR, Finance, Marketing, ROI, and Strategic Planning.
Small manufacturers benefit from his extensive expertise in new product design and development, strategic market planning and analysis, business development, culture change, process improvement and production enhancement, materials management, and cost control. He is a frequent presenter for TechSolve at trade associations, sales organizations, and corporate meetings.
Mr. Maisch earned his Associate of Arts in Business from Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois, and completed advanced training in the Executive Development Program at The Ohio State University.
Susan Moehring has more than 35 years of experience helping manufacturers identify and implement improved processes, new technologies and practices, and enhanced supply chain methods.
Susan is an expert in supporting supply chain development initiatives for defense and aerospace programs. Supply chain development projects have included everything from the Guided Missile Destroyer to combat rations. She has also helped over 40 defense suppliers through the Pathways for Continuous Improvement program.
Susan’s work has received national recognition, including the Boeing Outstanding Achievement Award. She is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association Supplier Management Council and a past contributor to National Research Council studies on supply chain integration. She is a certified Boeing Accelerated Improvement Workshop Leader and a graduate of the Lean Enterprise Systems Design Institute at the University of Tennessee.
Susan holds a Bachelor’s from Xavier University and a Master’s from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Radu Pavel joined TechSolve in 2004 with extensive research and development skills in manufacturing processes, particularly machining and grinding. His focus is on process design and optimization, as well as process monitoring and control.
By way of investigating, designing, and evaluating advanced technologies, he is always expanding his knowledge of advanced machining systems, and transitioning this knowledge to industry through hands-on implementation and training. Dr. Pavel has conducted R&D projects for the manufacturing industry in Ohio and throughout United States. He has investigated, evaluated, developed and validated tool condition monitoring, machine health and maintenance technologies. He also helped design new technologies as part of the Intelligent Optimization and Control of Grinding Processes program.
Dr. Pavel earned a Ph.D. in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Toledo, and his Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and his Doctor of Engineering Science
from the University Politehnica in Bucharest, Romania.
Ron Pieper joined TechSolve in 2010 to refine and implement MTConnect technology. His range of experience includes sales, product management, major account management, field service and technical support management.
Before coming to TechSolve, Ron had a broad career in the CNC machine tool industry, having held positions with machine tool builders, distributors, and end users. This includes managing Global Field Service and Support operations for Vickers Electronic Systems. He also helped bring new machine tool control to market as a Project Manager for Siemens’ Acramatic 2100Di CNC.
Ron has a Masters Certificate in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Ron earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University, majoring in Manufacturing Engineering.
Dave Ponegalek is a results driven manufacturing leader with over 20 years of industry experience. His diverse knowledge on operations improvement, project planning, and sales management helps him to identify with customer needs so that an expedient and profitable resolution is achieved. Furthermore, his unique blend of analytical, interpersonal, and organizational skills gives Dave the ability to solve technical problems in both small and large OEMs. His past experience –as the Vice President for MICOR® Industries and Engineering Manager for Ramo Defense – serves him well as he provides low-cost solutions to manufacturers through TechSolve’s Center for Small Manufacturers (CFSM). Dave Ponegalek is a dedicated advisor and a valued member of the TechSolve team.
He is a member of the Tri-State Tooling & Manufacturing Association (TTMA), and he supports other various associations including: the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), the National Tooling Machining Association (NTMA), and the Emerging Leader Committee Member of NTMA.
Dan Scherrer joined TechSolve in 2003. He is a significant asset in the testing of cutting tools, cutting fluids, workpiece materials, and machining processes. Dan helped develop the PartView™ program, a process used to identify and eliminate waste and reduce machining cost in the aerospace, transportation, and industrial sectors of the manufacturing industry.
Prior to starting at TechSolve, Dan had over 25 years of experience with Cincinnati Milacron, working in the development of highly engineered flexible manufacturing systems and the application of cellular machining.
Dan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology, Eastern Kentucky University.
Julius Schoop is an expert in sustainable and high-performance machining and post-processing of aerospace alloys. His breadth of knowledge on existing, novel, and emerging manufacturing technologies – particularly with respect to sustainable machining through research projects with major aerospace companies – have equipped him with both in-depth and practical knowledge that are applied at TechSolve daily. He has detailed knowledge of advanced materials characterization and process-induced surface integrity, which makes him a valued member of the Machining Services Department.
Julius earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2015, and his Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude) in Mechanical Engineering from Centre College (Danville, Kentucky) in 2011.
John Skarzynski is an experienced mechanical engineer and technical consultant with a passion for innovation. John’s engineering leadership and technical experience, gained while working on the B-1 Bomber Training Simulator at Wright Patterson AFB and honed at UCRI, bring an array of intelligent skills to the TechSolve team, where he encourages innovative thought and manages manufacturing efforts. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Dayton, where he earned a Presidential Scholarship and a DoD funded SMART Scholarship.
Sue Via teaches and implements Lean process improvements to various types of organizations, from automotive to wood product manufacturers. She has designed, implemented, and sustained specialized Lean journeys that have resulted in cost savings, reduced inventory, higher quality, and reduced lead times.
Sue Via uses her more than 32 years of experience in manufacturing as a foundation for implementing and teaching Lean principles. Her Lean simulations have ignited culture transformations in organizations.
Sue has been awarded a patent for an Automotive Washer System controlled by vehicle speed. She has also taken courses in model analysis, finite element modeling, project management, Shainin Reliability, and more.
Sue holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Math Education from Michigan State University.
Dave Wickelhaus joined TechSolve in 2010, and focuses on MTConnect and Engineering software development. With over 30 years of experience, his areas of expertise are software development, metrology, precision engineering, and engineering science.
Among his many accomplishments, Dave established a Metrology lab in China, and trained the lab’s engineers. He is also proficient in developing algorithms and writing analytical software for solving engineering problems.
Dave is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Computer Society, and the American Society of Precision Engineering.
Dave attended the University of Cincinnati focusing in Engineering Science. He also attended Thomas More College focusing in Physics. There he was awarded a grant to build a Nuclear Quadruple Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer.