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Management Team

Kurt Ackermann

Kurt Ackermann - President

During high school and college, Kurt began learning the machining and precision sheet metal trade from his father who started VIP back in 1956.  He continued working with his parents during the next 13 years as VIP continued to grow.  He quickly became proficient in all aspects of the trade, and in 1985 he assumed the duties of  President of Vista Industrial Products, Inc., and still serves in that position to this day.

 

Keith Kemper



Keith Kemper - Quality Control and Materials Manager

Keith joined the VIP team in 1990.  During his many years with VIP, Keith has built a wealth of manufacturing knowledge.  He began his career on the production floor learning the various processes, techniques, and procedures required of a world class manufacturer. Keith's attention to detail and accuracy were apparent as he was quickly given the responsibilities of Quality Inspector and NC Programmer.  In 1995, Keith was promoted to our Quality Manager position where he continued to excel and develop our quality system.  In 2002, Keith was promoted to the position of Operations Manager. By 2004, VIP achieved ISO certification in which Keith was instrumental in its implementation.

 

Don Cravens

Don Cravens - Production Manager

Don joined the VIP staff in 1995 as an Estimator and Purchasing Agent. He brought with him 25 years of precision sheet metal fabrication experience including 13 years as a shop foreman. Based upon his experience and management skills, he was promoted to Production Manager to best serve our employees and customers.

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John Seeger

John Seeger - Manufacturing Engineering Manager

John started working part time with VIP in 1986 as a Machine Operator in the Machine Department while attending college full time.  As his skills progressed, he began doing design setups and also creating jigs and tooling fixtures. In 1990, he began learning all areas of the shop and assisted the foreman to learn managerial skills.  In 1995, he moved to the Programming Department and began learning CNC programming and tool design. He excelled in this area and advanced to Manufacturing Engineer in 2002, and was later promoted to Manufacturing Engineering Manager in 2003.

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Sanda Hopkins

Sanda Hopkins - Administrative Director

Sanda was first employed with VIP as a one person shipping department in 1977. She rapidly progressed to running the office and purchasing while still supervising shipping. Showing an unusual level of commitment, she was promoted in 1988. She is now serving as Administrative Director, with Accounting, I.T., Human Resources and Safety Management added to her areas of supervision.

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Bob Collard

Bob Collard - Estimating and Planning Manager

Bob joined the VIP team in 1998, bringing with him 17 years of manufacturing experience, including production management.  During his employment, he has served in multiple capacities from hands on production fabrication, equipment maintenance mechanic, manufacturing engineer, and document writing for ISO certification.  His years of experience, along with his expertise in VIP's ERP Software System, has made him an ideal candidate for our Estimating Manager. .

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Sandy Henika

Sandy Henika - Customer Relationship Manager / Subcontracts

Sandy started with VIP in 1979 doing hardware installation and operating manual punches. She moved into Shipping and Receiving where she ran the department and provided customer service. As VIP grew, she took over the Customer Service Department as well as becoming our Document Control Manager when we obtained our ISO Certification. Using her excellent customer service and internal audit skills, she now serves as Customer Relationship and Program Manager where she works closely with our customers to ensure that all their needs are met for both standard orders and sub-contract items.

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Sue Marra

Sue Marra - Human Resources/Benefits Manager

Sue started with VIP in 1995, bringing with her 20 years of experience in personnel management and benefits administration.  Her focus remains in these areas, as well as recruitment, affirmative action, and has taken on the additional responsibility of maintaining the various aspects of our safety program.

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Nancy Leyko

Nancy Leyko - Customer Service and Document Control Manager

Nancy started with VIP in 2000 on our production floor in the deburr department. She quickly moved into shipping and receiving where she controlled the outside process vendor aspect of the department. In 2002, she moved into the customer service department and was instrumental in introducing, serving, and maintaining several of our customers. With her exceptional attention to detail along with her excellent customer service skills, she manages the Customer Service and Document Control Department..

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Christopher King

Christopher King - Program Manager

Chris joined the VIP staff in 2005 bringing with him 12 years of experience in customer service, billing and portfolio management. Chris uses his extensive experience and positive demeanor to provide the highest quality service to our customers. He spent years as Customer Service and Document Control Manager, but has focused on maintaining client relationships and working directly with customers on all aspects of a project to ensure the customers' needs are met.

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Josh Borja

Joshua Borja - Business Development Manager

Joshua Borja joined the VIP Team in July of 2007 after graduating from CSU San Marcos with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in High-Tech Management.  With his management experience from the US Navy and entrepreneurial drive, he has developed Armadillo Mailbox into a national brand name as the world's greatest security mailbox with a zero marketing budget.  He is currently working on doing the same with the Sales and Marketing for Vista Industrial Products, Inc.. In the summer of 2011, he also started a new entity under Vista Industrial Products, Inc. called VIP-Effect which is a marketing and web development company. For more information, please visit www.VIP-Effect.com.

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