2019 Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Aaron Nosek has been the President of Keson Industries since 2009. Keson was founded by Aaron's grandfather, Roy Nosek, in the basement of his Berwyn home. The company was named by inverting the letters of their Nosek family name. After receiving his Law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1996, Aaron practiced law and then worked in private industry for several years before joining Keson in 2001. His primary responsibilities now include removing obstacles that get in the way of his executive team and employees performing to the best of their abilities. Additional responsibilities include overseeing strategic vision, planning and budgeting, operational execution, vendor and customer relations and corporate culture. Aaron has been on our Board of Directors since 2014.
Image Industries, Inc.
Stacia is the Co-owner of Image Industries, Inc. located in Huntley, IL. Image Industries offers complete stud welding solutions and supplies for the welding applications. Stacia started with the company in 1987 as a receptionist working in every aspect of the business. She assisted in restructuring the company from distribution to manufacturer and acquired ownership in 2000, tripling the amount of sales. Currently, Stacia is involved in procurement and production management. Stacia Hobson joined the VIA Board of Directors in 2016.
Jerald M. Murphy
Jerald M. Murphy, CPA, CMA, CGMA, has more than 24 years of experience and is the Partner heading Sikich's manufacturing and distribution services team. Jerry is a Certified Management Accountant as well as a Certified Public Accountant. He specializes in assurance services and provides business advisory services in areas such as operations improvement, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. Jerry's position on the Board as Treasurer began in 2015, replacing another member of his firm. Sikich has been a valued partner to the VIA, providing us with a Treasurer for decades and also sponsoring our HR Hotline as a benefit to our Membership.
Tim is the President of MTH Tool Company, Inc. in Plano. Also known as MTH Pumps, they are manufacturers of high pressure, low flow regenerative turbine and many other custom designed OEM pumps. Since Tim took over the company from the founder and his father, Dave Tremain, he has championed the effort to modernize the company with the latest manufacturing equipment and techniques, and to institute an ISO 9001:2008 quality system that has propelled the company to the top of its class in the niche markets it serves. Tim has been on our Board since 2014.
Valley Industrial Association
As the 10th President of the Valley Industrial Association, Kathy expands on her previous role as Membership Manager to best serve area manufacturers and the businesses that serve them. Kathy brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the VIA having 20 years' experience as an upper level sales director for a Chicago-land kitchenwares company. Rounding out her sales experience with an MBA from Aurora University in 2017, she has some fresh ideas for the 115+ year old organization. Kathy firmly believes that the successful future of Manufacturing depends upon working with our community and educational partners to continue to increase knowledge among local manufacturers and increase awareness of our vibrant manufacturing companies in the community.
Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.
Dr Scott Carter
J.C. Schultz Enterprises, Inc./
Spencer Christiansen is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at J.C. Schultz Enterprises, Inc. /FlagSource located in Batavia. Founded in 1920, Flagsource is a full-line flag and banner manufacturing company that makes US flags, state flags, international flags and custom flags and banners. Spencer started working for the company in high school in 1987 and has worked his way up to be one of the leaders in the organization. He is a fourth generation owner and is joined in business with two other family members, Janice Christiansen, President & CEO, and Jon Christiansen, COO. Flagsource has been a member of the VIA for over 20 years. Spencer joined our Board of Directors in 2017.
Don Dardis is the President of DuKane Precast.
Grundfos Water Utility, Inc
Mike Franzen is the new Regional Machining Strategy/Project Manager for Grundfos Water Utility Inc. In his new position, he will be working with three of their locations. In his former role he managed the operations of the Aurora location for the past 5 years. Grundfos, has been a member of the VIA for over 20 years. With his strong background in Operations and Management, and deep roots in the community we are thrilled to have him as a member of the Board.
Jamie Knorring is the President of B-O-F Corp. in Aurora. B-O-F Corp. is a manufacturer of specialty shelving for retail stores. Their most common line is gravity flow shelving for inside of coolers. With their most used products, when you take a gallon of milk or a six pack of beer, the next one slides down. B-O-F has been in business for more than 60 years. Jamie's vast experience and background in sales & business helped him to return profitability to the company when he became the President in 2012. Jamie joined the VIA Board of Directors in 2017.
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc.
Dan has worked at Aurora Specialty Textile Group (ASTG) for 16 years, the last 3 years as President. ASTG is a Charter member of the VIA as they began production near downtown Aurora in 1883. ASTG is a textile bleaching, dyeing and coating operation. Their traditional products go into the athletic, medical and industrial markets. The real growth area for them now is the printable textile market, e.g.- signage, pictures and canvas prints. Dan oversaw the transition of their entire manufacturing operation from the original building on the Fox river to a newer building in Yorkville. This $15M project spanned 3 years, but positions ASTG as a world-class manufacturing operation. Dan graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Business Administration and went back to complete his MBA in 2002.
Giles Miller is the President of Phoenix Closures.
Linda Reilly Murphy
Linda Reilly Murphy is the President of Metalloy Company. Metalloy, located in St. Charles, is a family owned tool room, die and mold making distributor, serving the midwest since 1969. Linda's
responsibilities include direct sales and overall company sales, supplier and manufacturer management along with general administrative/financial management and hiring.
Linda initially sold tool steel and machined parts after college while contemplating attending law school. She started working for Metalloy Company in 1980 and purchased the business in 1995 with her brother, Dan. Linda has been on our Board of Directors since 2016.
Dr. Diane Nyhammer
Waubonsee Community College
Jeff is the new President of Producers Chemical, a full-service local distributor of industrial chemicals. Producers has been a member of the VIA since 2011. Jeff has his Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's Degree in Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota, and was recently promoted to President from his CFO position. Prior to joining Producers Chemical, Jeff Szklarek worked as a Senior Accountant for Zimmer, Inc, a global manufacturer of orthopedic products based in Warsaw, IN. Jeff has also worked in accounting roles for Cardinal Health Corporation and Deloitte & Touche, LLC. Even though Jeff is one of our newest Board members, Jeff has been a regular at the VIA for several years and has been a great support to the Association through his company and personal attendance and participation.
Shane Tredup is the Vice President of Operations at Custom Aluminum Products, a leader in the aluminum extrusion industry with in-house processes including extrusion, fabrication, finishing, and assembling of aluminum extrusions for a wide variety of industries. Shane began his career at Custom Aluminum working part-time in high school and graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Manufacturing Systems. He received his MBA in Business Administration from Aurora University in 2005. With a passion for education in the workplace, Shane has been instrumental in the development of the company’s education program named “Custom University” in partnership with state colleges and high schools. This program has become an educational model and led to a statewide award. Shane ijoined the Board in 2018.
Oberweis Dairy, Inc.