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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.


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.


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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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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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

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