Meet our Würth Industry of North America Engineering Team

Take a moment to get know our Würth Industry of North America Engineering staff. Our dedicated team of Engineers has over 700 combined years of fastener industry experience and knowledge.

Gerry Abraham

Gerry Abraham

Email: Gerry.Abraham@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-317-779-5090
Location: Greenwood, IN
Years in Fastener Industry: 20 Years (Since 2000)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: 20 Years as an Applications Engineer in the Fastener/C-Class Item Industry
Joined Würth: 2020
Training/Education: BS Agricultural Engineering Technology; University of Wisconsin - River Falls
Areas of Expertise: Applications Engineering; VAVE; Screw Machine to Cold Formed Conversions
Industry Experience: Diesel Engine and Agricultural

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Email: Mark.Allen@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-515-306-5037
Location: Des Moines, IA
Years in Fastener Industry: 2 Years (Since 2017)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: DOT Quality Lab
Joined Würth: 2017
Training/Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, Southern Illinois University; Markforged Certified Additive Expert in Composites 1
Areas of Expertise: Autodesk Fusion 360 (3D Models & Drawings), FDM Additive Manufacturing, CFF (Continuous Filament Fabrication), ADAM (Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing), Automotive
Industry Experience: 3D Printing & Product Design

Todd Bambenek

Todd Bambenek

Email: Todd.Bambanek@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-763-493-0274
Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Years in Fastener Industry: 30 Years (Since 1990)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Fastener Distribution, Purchasing, Sourcing, Key Account Management; Fastener House of MN, C-Tech Systems, Arden Fasteners, Distribution Dynamics
Joined Würth: 2001
Training/Education: BS Business Management/Economics
Areas of Expertise: Recreational Products, Turf Care, HVAC Industry, Industrial and Consumer Applications
Industry Experience: Lawn and Garden, HVAC, Recreational

Terry Bartley

Terry Bartley

Email: Terry.Bartley@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-615-374-8127
Location: Arrington, TN
Years in Fastener Industry: 30 Years (Since 1989)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Sales, Application Engineering, Stampings, Quality Liaison, ITW Shakeproof, Anchor Fastener, Kamax, March Coatings, ER Wagner & RBW.
Joined Würth: 2011
Training/Education: BS Industrial Technology, Tennessee Technological University
Areas of Expertise: Problem Solving
Industry Experience: Automotive, Appliance, HVAC

Garrett Bitzer

Garrett Bitzer

Email: Garrett.Bitzer@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-320-314-2992
Location: Forman, ND
Years in Fastener Industry: 10 Years (Since 2010)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Supply Quality Engineer for OEMs, Construction Industry
Joined Würth: 2018
Training/Education: AAS in Mechanical Engineering Alexandria Technical College, BAS Industrial Technology Bemidji State University (Incomplete), SBTI Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Tooling U, Injection Molding, Research and Development, Autodesk Software
Areas of Expertise: OEM Networks, Construction, Recreational Productions, Door & Window Manufacturing, Non-Profit Organizations
Industry Experience: Recreational Productions, Construction

Natalia Decker

Natalia Decker

Email: Nataila.Decker@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-305-632-0975
Location: Gainesville, GA
Years in Fastener Industry: 1 Year (Since 2020)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Application Engineering and Process Improvement
Joined Würth: 2020
Training/Education: Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Expertise: 5S Process Improvement; SolidWorks (3D CAD), Part Print Reviews
Industry Experience: Transportation - Locomotives

Sandy Emry

Sandy Emry

Email: Sandra.Emry@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-507-363-1177
Location: Owatonna, MN
Years in Fastener Industry: 19 Years (Since 2001)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Stanley Engineered Fastening (Textron Fastening Systems/Acument Global Technologies/Infastech)
Joined Würth: 2020
Training/Education: BS, Finance, & Business Admin. Minor from Illinois State University, and 7-month Fastener Training Program
Areas of Expertise: Sales, Customer Relationships, Project Management, Identifying Cost Savings/Product Improvements
Industry Experience: Recreational Equipment, Lawn & Garden, Power Tools, Aerospace, HVAC, and General Industrial

Tim Donahue

Tim Donahue

Email: Timothy.Donahue@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-317-757-9358
Location: Columbus, OH
Years in Fastener Industry: 30+ Years (Since 1983)
Joined Würth: 2012
Training/Education: Master Degree in Education, and BS Teaching Degree from Illinois State University
Areas of Expertise: Distribution and Manufacturing Industries, Fastener Training Seminars, Cold Forming and Secondary Operations, Screw Machine Conversions to Cold Forming Technology, Thread Creating Fasteners, Sales, VA/VE, and Part Consolidations
Industry Experience: Transmission, HVAC, Compressor, Truck, Lawn & Garden, Stamping, Brakes, Gas & Diesel Engine, Industrial Equipment, and Electronics

Doug Dye

Doug Dye

Email: Richard.Dye@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-804-357-6518
Location: Richmond, VA
Years in Fastener Industry: 17 Years (Since 2003)
Joined Würth: 2005
Training/Education: Degreed Mechanical Engineer
Areas of Expertise: DFMA, Bolted Joint Analysis, VA/VE, Mechanical Design, Machine Design, and Robotics.
Industry Experience: All, after 30 years of mechanical engineering, I do not think there is too much I have not seen or heard of!

Jim Dubel

Jim Dubel

Email: James.Dubel@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-612-670-2054
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Years in Fastener Industry: 35 + Years (Since 1982)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: SPS Technology Aerospace and Industrial Products Group, 5 Years
Joined Würth: 2006
Training/Education: Hennepin Technical College; Degree in Powdered Metallurgy, Clemson University Fastening Technology and Screwed Joint Design
Areas of Expertise: Distribution & Manufacturing Industries, Designed All Engine Fasteners for a Large Manufacturer of Domestic ATV Engines, Conversion of Complex Screw Machine Components to Cold Formed Technology
Industry Experience: Recreation Products, Turf Care, Hydraulics, HVAC Industry along with Industrial and Consumer Applications

Thom Gibney

Thom Gibney

Email: Thomas.Gibney@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-860-461-5645
Location: Greenland, NH
Years in Fastener Industry: 25+ (Since 1992)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Stanley Engineered Fastening, DB Roberts Company
Joined Würth: 2021
Training/Education: BS Mechanical Engineering
Areas of Expertise: Sales Engineering, Solving Customer Manufacturing/Installation Problems, Quantifying Soft Cost Fastener Changes ROI, Extensive Blind Fastening & Lockbolt Experience.
Industry Experience: Class 8 Trucks, Truck Bodies, Trailers, School and Transit Buses

Steve Hasson

Steve Hasson

Email: Steven.Hasson@@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-713-446-3109
Location: Houston, TX
Years in Fastener Industry: 25 Years (Since 1995)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: TSP and US Bolt Manufacturing, Würth
Joined Würth: 2017
Training/Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, MBA in Operations Management, University of Houston, Green Belt Training at GE Oil & Gas, FTI Fastener Technology and Bolted/Screwed Joint Design, APICS CSCP Certification
Areas of Expertise: HVAC, VA/VE, Critical and Engineered Fasteners for Oil and Gas, Hot forged and Machined fasteners, Familiar with ASTM, SAE, API 20E and Customer Material and Coating Standards Used in Downhole, Drilling, and Subsea Oil and Gas Equipment, Applications Engineering, Review of Drawings, Specifications and Standards, Contract Review and Customer Requirements Review, GD&T, Quality Auditing
Industry Experience: Oil & Gas, HVAC

Thomas Hoagland

Thomas Hoagland

Email: Thomas.Hoagland@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-262-623-1905
Location: Richfield, WI
Years in Fastener Industry: 28 Years (Since 1992)
Joined Würth: 2005
Training/Education: BS Industrial Technology, MS Industrial Management, University of Wisconsin - Platteville, Six Sigma Black Belt-DFSS – Textron Academy
Areas of Expertise: Cold Heading and Cold-Formed Specials
Industry Experience: Elco/Camcar/Textron Fastener Systems- Fastener Manufacturing, Sales, Quality, and Applications Engineering

Sylvie Hyman

Sylvie Hyman

Email: Sylvie.Hyman@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-561-809-3059
Location: Cleveland, OH
Years in Fastener Industry: 1 Year (Since 2020)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Worked at Cummins Plant During Transition to Würth
Joined Würth: 2020
Training/Education: BS, Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, 2.5 Years as a Design Engineer and ½ Year in Plant Quality at Cummins Power Systems in Fridley, MN
Areas of Expertise: Design Engineering, Plant Quality
Industry Experience: High Horse Power Commercial Generators

Aaron Keevan

Aaron Keevan

Email: Keevan.Aaron@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-281-723-0338
Location: Houston, TX
Years in Fastener Industry: 7 Years (Since 2013)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Sales, Application Engineering, Process Improvement, 7 Years TSP
Joined Würth: 2018
Training/Education: BSME, Texas Tech. University; APICS Principles of Inventory Management
Areas of Expertise: Critical and Engineered Fasteners for Oil & Gas, Machined Fasteners, Familiar with ASTM, SAE, ASME, IFI, API 20E & 20F, and Customer Material and Coating Standards Used in O&G. Application Engineering, Supply Chain Processes, Review of drawings, Standards, and Specifications. Continuous and Process Improvement Projects, QMS Corrective/Preventative Action and Root Cause Analysis, and Vendor Managed Inventory
Industry Experience: Oil & Gas

Randy Lammers

Randy Lammers

Email: Lammers.Randy@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-832-453-0787
Location: Houston, TX
Years in Fastener Industry: 40+ Years (Since 1978)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: 8 Years with Small Screw Manufacturing
Joined Würth: 2005
Training/Education: 45 Years on-the-job Training
Areas of Expertise: Application Engineering, Assembly Design, Torque Tension
Industry Experience: Nuclear Power, Electronics, Computers, Valves, Oilfield Equipment, Appliances, HVAC, and Machinery

Scott Lee

Scott Lee

Email: Scott.Lee@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-440-321-2208
Location: Cleveland, OH
Years in Fastener Industry: 28 Years (Since 1992)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: 18 Years in Application Engineering of Fasteners
Joined Würth: 2007
Training/Education: BSME Engineering, Youngstown St. Univ., 6 Courses Sequenced in Engineering Graduate Studies, Clemson Univ. Fastening Technology and Screwed Joint Design
Areas of Expertise: Applications, Torque Tension Analysis, Bolted Joint Behavior
Industry Experience: Heavy Truck, AG Equipment, Turf Care, Industrial
Associations: Society of Automotive Engineers, ASME

Jose Leyva

Jose Luis Leyva

Email: Jose.Leyva@wurthindustry.mx
Location: Querétaro, MX
Years in Fastener Industry: 1 Year (Since 2020)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Supplier Quality Assurance and Inspection of Fasteners
Joined Würth: 2020
Training/Education: Automotive Systems Engineering, National Polytechnic Institute (IPN/MX)
Areas of Expertise: CATIA, SolidWorks, BobCAD-CAM, Quality-Projects
Industry Experience: Automotive and Aerospace

Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy

Email: Luke.Murphy@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-317-665-0079
Location: Greenwood, IN
Years in Fastener Industry: 1 Year (Since 2020)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Cold Form Component Manufacturing
Joined Würth: 2020
Training/Education: BS, Industrial Engineering Purdue University, Management Minor
Areas of Expertise: Preventative Maintenance Management, Cold Formed Specials, Bookbindery Production
Industry Experience: Fastener and Publishing

Andrew Nimon

Andrew Nimon

Email: Andrew.Nimon@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-502-216-1462
Location: Louisville, KY
Years in Fastener Industry: 5 Years (Since 2015)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Quality Lab
Joined Würth: 2015
Training/Education: BS Mechanical Engineering Technology, Purdue Polytechnic
Areas of Expertise: AutoCAD, Autodesk, Database entry, GD&T, Inventor, Adhesives, Manufacturing Machinery & Tools, PPAP & FAIs, Solid Works, Metallurgy/Plastics Analysis & Testing, Precision Instruments, Quality Standards, Quality Assurance, Quality Liaisons, Problem Solving
Industry Experience: Fastener

Richard Oberlies

Rich Oberlies

Email: Richard.Oberlies@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-612-804-0727
Location: Brooklyn Park, MN
Years in Fastener Industry: 28 Years (Since 1992)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: 25 Years as an Application Specialist for Distribution, Tinnerman Training, ITW Deltar Training, ITW Shakeproof Training
Joined Würth: 2000
Training/Education: BS Marquette University, Fastening Technology and Bolted Joint Design Continuing Education, Cadkey
Areas of Expertise: Injection Molded Plastics, Stampings, Bolted Joints, Specialty Fasteners, Plumbing
Industry Experience: RV, Bus, HVAC, Appliance, Recreational Products, Power Generation

Joshua TeGantevort

Joshua TeGantvoort

Email: Joshua.TeGantvoort@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-605-553-5689
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
Years in Fastener Industry: 9 Years (Since 2011)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Sales, Application Engineering and Process Improvement
Joined Würth: 2011
Training/Education: Bachelors of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Areas of Expertise: Torque Tension Analysis, Torque Control, Application Analysis, Continuous and Process Improvement, Product Sourcing, Sales
Industry Experience: Skid Steer Loaders & Attachments, Compact Excavators & Attachments, AG Equipment

Jay Younglove

Jay Younglove

Email: Jay.Younglove@wurthindustry.com
Phone: 1-262-391-3545
Location: Richfield, WI
Years in Fastener Industry: 36+ Years (Since 1984)
Specific Fastener Mfg. Experience: Elco/Camcar/Textron Fastening Systems – Fastener Manufacturing and Application Engineering
Joined Würth: 2004
Training/Education: BS Industrial Technology, University of Wisconsin Platteville; Six Sigma Black Belt training (DMAIC and DFSS), EduPro US, Inc. Fastening Technology and Bolted/Screwed Joint Design, Lean and Kaizen training
Areas of Expertise: Cold Heading, Conversion of Complex Screw Machine Components to Cold Formed Technology, Thread Forming Fasteners
Industry Experience: Motorcycle, Concrete Construction Equipment, Lawn and Garden Equipment