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Management Team

Myles P. Dempsey, Jr. – Chief Executive Officer

  • Joined Tech Air in 1988 as Sales Manager, served as Vice-President of Tech Air of New York from 1994 to 2001, President of Tech Air of Connecticut from 2001 to 2007, and Chief Executive Officer of Tech Air since 2007
  • Worked for The Lincoln Electric Company (NYSE:LECO) from 1986 to 1988 as a Technical Sales Representative in the Los Angeles District Office
  • MBA from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University; BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University

James J. Weis – Chief Financial Officer

  • Joined Tech Air in June 2011 as Chief Financial Officer
  • From 2009 to 2010, served as the Chief Financial Officer of Derecktor Shipyards, a custom yacht and commercial ship builder in Bridgeport, CTr
  • Previously President and Chief Financial Officer of Black Dog Cycles, Inc.
  • From 1984 to 1995, employed by Publicker Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PUL) as Chief Financial Officer and from 1995 to 2000 as its President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Worked for Arthur Andersen & Co, from 1974 to 1984 in the firm’s audit division and held various positions including senior manager
  • CPA; BBA in Accountancy from Baruch College in New York City

Gerald J. Girod – Chief Operating Officer

  • Joined Tech Air in April 2012 as Chief Operating Officer
  • Previously Vice President, Northeast Zone for Matheson Tri-Gas, a supplier of industrial and specialty gases owned by Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TYO: 4091), the world's fifth largest supplier of gases and gas handling equipment
  • From 2005 to 2009, served as Northwest Region Manager for Valley National Gases, which was acquired by Matheson in 2009
  • Associate in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University

Joseph R. Wechezak - Chief Information Officer

  • Joined Tech Air in July 2015 as Chief Information Officer
  • Previously worked for Air Products & Chemicals (NYSE: APD) from 1995 to 2015 holding various senior-level positions across Information Technology globally
  • Prior to Air Products Joe worked at Meridian Bancorp (now Wells Fargo) from 1986 to 1995 leading the Teller and Customer Service systems within the Information Technology area
  • B.S. in Computer Science from Millersville University of PA

April Squillante, SPHR – Director of Human Resources

  • Joined Tech Air in May 2013 as Director of Human Resources
  • Previously Director of Human Resources for Diba Industries
  • Prior to Diba Industries, April was the Director of Human Resources at Search for Change, Inc.

Gerald A. (Jermac) McGlumphy – Director of Acquisition Integration

  • Joined Tech Air in January 2013 as Director of Acquisition Integration
  • Previously National Hardgoods Product Manager for Matheson Tri-Gas
  • Prior to Matheson, Jermac enjoyed a long career at Valley National Gases in various positions including human resources, operations and acquisition integration

Marilyn R. Dempsey – Director of Safety and Compliance

  • Joined Tech Air in 1989 and held various positions in customer service, quality control and operations
  • Promoted to Director of Safety and Compliance in October 2011
  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive training program covering all safety and regulatory compliance topics
  • Serves on the GAWDA Safety Committee
  • A member of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and a member of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Rodney W. Swoger – Director of Purchasing

  • Joined Tech Air in May 2014 as Director of Purchasing
  • Previously Director of Strategic Sourcing for Matheson Tri-Gas
  • Prior to Matheson, Rod held the position of Director of Purchasing for Valley National Gases for over 20 years

Mike Capalbo – Director of Operations

  • Joined Tech Air in April 2015 as Director of Operations
  • Previously worked for Matheson Tri-Gas as Corporate Asset Manager
  • Prior to Matheson, Mike worked for VNG, Inc. holding several positions including - Plant Manager, Region Manager Northeast and Director of Operations.
  • Also worked for Praxair as a Plant Manager
  • Represented Matheson as a voting member on several CGA committees
  • B.S. Degree - Economics
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt industry Experience

Cherly Bares – Director of Specialty Gases

  • Joined Tech Air in May 2015
  • Previously worked for Airgas in Carbonation and Specialty Gases
  • Cherly is an accomplished leader with extensive experience in production, arena business development, product management, sourcing, sales and marketing of specialty gases.

Harris G. Ackerman – Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Joined Tech Air in July 2014 as Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Previously Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions at Sunsource, a leading fluid power distribution company based in Chicago
  • Prior to Sunsource, Harris worked for private equity firms Littlejohn & Co, Sentinel Capital Partners, and Banc of America Securities LLC

Kevin M. Palic – Director of Pricing Management

  • Joined Tech Air in May 2012 as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager
  • Promoted to Director of Pricing Management in January 2015
  • Previously Vice-President of Operations and Administration for Dressel Welding Supply, Inc.
  • B.S. Degree - Operations Management, The Pennyslvania State University