METALfab 2019 Presenter Bios
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METALfab 2019 Presenter Bios


Terry Barrett

Situational Leadership: Leadership Through Flexibility

Thursday, March 14, 2019 // 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Terry Barrett, a NOMMA member for 16 years, began his career as a draftsman before joining a mid-sized industrial equipment manufacturer. Starting in quality control, he ultimately progressed from a machinist to Vice President of the manufacturing facility. He received extensive training in, as well as responsibility for implementation of, many state-of-the-art processes and concepts such as the Toyota Production System, Theory of Constraints, Systems Thinking, Production Changeover improvement, and Cellular Manufacturing along with inter-personal skills such as Situational Leadership, Team Dynamics, and Individual Coaching.

Since leaving the corporate world, Terry implemented many of these same concepts in small businesses, including his own– realizing that many of these same tools can be valuable no matter the size of the business, or the market served.  He now offers consulting with other small companies on improving their systems and processes. 

Doug Bracken

OSHA & Safety Manuals

Thursday, March 14, 2019 // 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


Doug Bracken, the President of Wiemann Metalcraft and former President of NOMMA, holds a degree in Architecture from University of Southern California. 2017 is the Bracken Family’s 20thyear of owning and operating the firm which was founded by Mr. Ernest Wiemann (Top Job Namesake), in Tulsa, OK, in 1940. Wiemann Metalcraft serves an international market with fine quality, custom ornamental metalwork. 

Kyle Burdette

Finding Your Niche

Thursday, March 14, 2019 // 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Kyle Burdette has been self employed as a fabricator since 2009.  Kristin, his wife and business partner started Burdette Ironworks Inc.  Finding a niche market and servicing it has been a continual trend in their business ventures.  Prior to metal fabrication Kyle and Kristin were both involved in a niche market within the dairy cattle industry. 

Jonathan Falk

Moving Your Shop: Turning a Chore Into a Success

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 // 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Jonathan is a partner and Director of Operations at Living Design Studios in Lafayette Colorado for the last 14 years. In that role Jonathan oversees HR and has helped grow our team from 6 to over 30 members. Current NOMMA board member.

Philippe Fiers

Part 1 & 2: Finishing Oxidation and Coloring of Carbon & Cast Iron // Wednesday, March 13, 2019; 7:00 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Training Your Workforce // Thursday, March 14, 2019 ; 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM


Philippe has been in the metal trades for the last 39 years and began his journey by erecting steel structures for industrial buildings, followed by a 7-year apprenticeship of metal fabricator with the French guild” Les Compagnons du Devoir”. This painstaking training gave him the opportunity to touch all aspects of the trade and work on prestigious projects such as the restoration of the Stanislas plaza ironwork in Nancy, France (Unesco landmark) and the making of the new torch for the Statue of Liberty in 1985. In 2005, Jesse Krzywon and him created Armadillo Metalworks, Inc which produces fine architectural metalwork for the exclusive clientele of New York City and beyond. The company has since expanded to a 30 + employee enterprise.

Will Keeler
How Can Project Managers Help Your Company Grow & Succeed
Thursday, March 14 // 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


1983-1990 Keeler Iron Works Part time

Welder, fitter, floor sweeper, painter, general labor, steel detailing

B.S. from Auburn University in Industrial Operations Management 1990

1990-1991; Shop Manager Keeler Iron Works

1990-Present; Project Manager and Estimator (plus many other hats) for Keeler Iron Works

Served on NOMMA Board from 2008-2014

Jack Klahm
How I Won a Mitch Heitler Award 
Thursday, March 14, 2019 // 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


Klahm and sons was created on July 17, 1972 by my mom and dad and Jack. Over the years my business has evolved from many different aspects, such as restoration, to working on multimillion-dollar homes. In 1992 we made a transition by working on a 65,000 ft.² home to forging aluminum. I enjoy sharing my learning experiences over the last 46 years of metalwork.

Tony Leto

Intro to Glass Rail Fabrication & Codes
Thursday, March 14, 2019 // 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Tony Leto has been in in the metal railing business since 1984. He is Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing (Emeritus) at The Wagner Companies and presents educational sessions to architects on building codes and standards. He became active on these areas in 1986. Tony was NOMMA’s Technical Affairs Committee Chair during the process of removing the “Ladder Effect” from the I-Codes and the updating of the ADA guidelines. Tony is also well versed in B2B marketing and strategic planning.

JR Molina
How to Measure for Curved Stairs
Thursday, March 14, 2019 // 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM


With more than 20 years in the construction business, JR Molina has a leadership quality that focuses on making individuals and team building a main priority. As a Design and Project manager of monumental stairs and railings, he has developed an eye for small details by examining every project with the end in mind.  He is currently employed with Big D Metalwork as a Design Manager/Senior Project Manager with many roles and responsibilities within the organization.  As a strong believer in change, JR is consistently working on self-improvement every chance he can by attending leadership and project management courses through the National Association of Manufactures and Empower-U Leadership Awakening.  He also served on the NOMMA Board or Directors from 2008 -2015 and was President in 2013.

Ben Moseley
The Ins and Outs of Curved Stair Fabrication
Thursday, March 14, 2019 // 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Ben keeps the engine running. He is able to dial in quickly, cut to the chase, and get from A to B effectively and efficiently. As the oldest of Allyn and Sheree's three sons who work at The Heirloom Companies, Ben is in charge of operations. "James and I are two sides of a coin. He is the true artist, and the creative type," Ben says. "Whereas I am much more linear and business focused. I have to make sure the systems are in place, that way we stay on task, execute, plan, make deadlines, and above all -- keep our customers happy." Soon after Ben graduated from the Citadel in 2001, he started at Heirloom, "sweeping floors and doing whatever dad asked me to do."

Together, years later, he and James worked together to build the Hand Forged Design line of products. "We literally learned together," he says, "and that meant on the fly, even if that involved fabricating rails in the back of the truck, in the driving rain or in the blazing sun. Whatever it took." Today, Ben's constant goal is to keep pushing and evolving. "I don't ever want to get complacent. We do great stuff and we have grown a lot over the years, but we can always get better. My driving passion is to keep that fire burning so we can reach new heights in the future."             

Erik Owen
Time Management: Control the Chaos & Clear Out the Clutter
Wednesday, March 13, 2019  // 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Erik has 27 years of business leadership experience and has championed Finance and cross-functional teams in organizations including: M&I Bank (BMO Harris Bank), Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation, DCI Marketing (Division of IMI Plc), and several closely held companies.  He spent 12 of those years as CFO/Controller of a privately held company or a division of a larger company and 8 years as President of a management consulting firm.  His global experience spans the manufacturing, services, distribution, and banking sectors and includes the following functional areas:  Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, Sourcing, Logistics, Customer Service, Credit & Collections, Lean/Six Sigma, & Business Development.

Erik's expertise is in partnering with business management to provide business & technology strategy, leadership, metrics, business acumen, and analysis and interpretation of financial data to lower costs, improve processes, grow business, develop employees, and accelerate cash flow. 

Erik role as COO at GIS includes overseeing Estimating, Detailing, Fabrication, and Erection for both structural and miscellaneous jobs.  He also leads the strategic planning, tactical execution, and financial analysis and reporting for GIS.

Justin Pigott
Working with Local Schools to Find the Talent You Need
Wednesday, March 13, 2019  // 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Justin Pigott grew up always knowing his father’s business, but never planning to be a part of it.  But as he finished college he was drawn to the notion of honest work and keeping the family business going.  Unfortunately for him, this decision coincided with the 2008 economic crash.  He started in tough times and at one point was down to him and two other people.  But he’s now up to about 14 employees and has seen revenue more than triple since 2008.  His perspective is one of always being a business first, followed closely by his passion for exceeding customer expectations.  

Lee Rodrique
Explore Emerging Technologies
Thursday, March 14, 2019 // 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lee Rodrique grew up in South Carolina playing in his dad’s shop, using old rusted machinery as jungle gyms in lieu of quality child care.  He took his first AutoCAD class in 1986, using version 2.0.  Once old enough to legally work on job sites, he fabricated and installed countertops, residential rails, helical stairs, and glass guards all through college and grad school, then devoted himself to detailing and management in Athens, GA; Las Vegas, NV; Washington, DC; and Portland, OR.  He now lives in Arlington, VA and is a designer at Big D Metalworks.

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