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Meet Our Team

We are very proud of our professional team, many of whom have been with Great Lakes Rubber for more than 20 years. These dedicated professionals offer a broad range of of knowledge and expertise to skillfully serve our valued customers. For visitors on smaller devices, please CLICK on each team members' photo to view their bio.

We've just launched our innovative "Product Showcase" which will provide our valued customers with another level of service for online ordering of Parker seals and O-rings right at your fingertips using online devices. Visit our new Product Showcase page and check it out!

Executive Team

George Baumann
George Baumann
President

I joined Great Lakes Rubber in 2011. As President, I am responsible for internal operations and sales management, strategic planning, customer account management, and new business generation in North America, Europe, and Asia. I would like to ensure to all of our customers that we take pride at GLR to provide the best service possible.

Great Lakes Rubber has more than 60 years of track record dedicating itself to our customers and making our company a prominent player in the Midwest.

Joy Brand
Joy Brand
Director of Administration & IT

I joined GLR in 1993 and have changed roles through the years. As the current Director of Administration and Information Technology, I am responsible for maintaining the integrity, safety, and integration of systems as well as the connectivity for our business partners.

In my off-time I train my dogs for performance and competition events.

Brian Reed
Brian Reed
Director of Customer Service & Strategic Sourcing

I've been part of the Great Lakes Rubber team since 1991. I started in the Gasket Department fabricating gaskets. Over my 25+ years of time at GLR, I've become knowledgeable in all aspects of seals from gaskets to O-rings, to hydraulic seals. I am currently the Director of Customer Service and Strategic Sourcing.

In my free time, I enjoy coaching youth football, remodeling, and family hikes.

Brad Hiller
Brad Hiller
Vice President of Sales

Bio Coming Soon!

Ryan Klooster
Ryan Klooster
Director of Operations

I am the Operation Director responsible for quality and distribution operations. I joined GLR in 2019 and bring with me over ten years of experience in rubber products distribution. I love GLR’s commitment to quality and flexibility with meeting unique customer requirements.

Outside of working with the rock-star team at GLR, I enjoy camping with my wife and two kids in the summer, and snowboarding during the winter months.

Kevin O'Neill
Kevin O'Neill
Warehouse Manager

I’ve been with Great Lakes Rubber since 1995. I am the Warehouse Manager with responsibilities that include production, distribution, quality, and human resources. I am also responsible for our warehouse team and work on NAFTA and other export related quality issues. As part of the management board at GLR, I’d like to extend my thanks to all our customers and would like to ensure we stand by our quality and timeliness standards.

My hobbies include golf, basketball, reading, and enjoying time with my grandchildren.

Inside Team

Julie Zietlow
Julie Zietlow
Sr Account Specialist
(O-rings)

I have been working for Great Lakes Rubber since July 1991. I was hired as a receptionist and have worked in the Billing and Order Entry Department. I have been an Inside Sales Representative for the O-ring Department for the last 15 years and can help with all of your O-ring needs.

I enjoy watching the Brewers, the Packers and Badger football. My two kids are in high school and keep me busy when I am not working. They are active in high school sports and I love being a parent on the sidelines cheering them on. As a family we enjoy camping during the summer.

Megan Johannsen
Megan Johannsen
Account Specialist
(O-rings)

In March 2019, I joined the team. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My experience is working with people and customers in a variety of settings. I'm very customer focused and genuinely enjoy assisting our customers with all of their O-ring needs and more. I am excited to be a part of this family at Great Lakes Rubber and look forward to my future and growing within the company.

In my free time, I enjoy shopping, visiting breweries, time spent with friends, family, and hanging out with my little dog Kaner.

Pedro Perez
Pedro Perez
Account Specialist
(Gaskets & Hoses)

I joined Great Lakes Rubber in July of 2019. I graduated from Concordia University, Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. I have 15 years of experience in business development in the domestic and international industry, the last 5 years within predictive maintenance. I am MLTI certified and am currently working towards my CLS certification. I'm looking forward to working with our customers on all of their gaskets, hose and connection needs.

In my free time I enjoy walking and working on my semi-desert plants.

Jenna Zembrowski
Jenna Zembrowski
Account Specialist
(Seals & Custom Parts)

I joined the Great Lakes team in August of 2019 after graduating from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. My past experience is in marketing and advertising and I hope to use that experience to excel in my role here. Everyday I am learning more about this industry and my main focus is on seals.

When I’m not at work, I spend a lot of time in coffee shops and going to concerts. I also enjoy spending time with my dog Olive and the rest of my family.

Joe Maguire
Joe Maguire
Account Specialist
(Rockford)

I joined the team in August of 2017. I have over 10 years of customer service and account management experience in previous roles.

In my spare time I like to hang out with my kids, travel and build things. I also like to collect rare Air Jordan Shoes as well as Marvel comic/movie and sports memorabilia.

Sales Team

John Herrick
John Herrick
Sr Account Executive

I have been with Great Lakes Rubber since 1991. I am the outside sales representative for the Western Milwaukee and Madison area. My background includes industrials rubber products, fasteners, metals and sub-assembly work.

In my spare time I enjoy golf and racquetball.

Mitch Peeler
Mitch Peeler
Account Executive

New to Great Lakes Rubber in Sept of 2019, I have worked in both inside and outside industrial sales for the past five plus years. I graduated from UW-Milwaukee in SCOM 2011.

I enjoy all things outdoors: hiking, boating, fishing, camping, and the family loves going to the Milwaukee zoo, as well. The Peelers are also big Wisconsin sports fans: “Go Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and Bucks!”

Peter Mueller
Peter Mueller
Technical Specialist
Sales

After working for 25 years at Great Lakes in an outside sales capacity, I have recently moved into a support role on situations that require experience and light research. These are mainly with, but not limited to, technical sales and engineering problems, as well as specific customer required documentation.

I graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in Business. I currently live in a small farm community west of Milwaukee and am married with two grown daughters. I enjoy skiing, golf, camping, scuba, and canoeing in my spare time.

Jeff Servis
Jeff Servis
Business Development

New to Great Lakes Rubber, I've spent my career working for manufacturers; first as an Industrial Engineer, then in sales and marketing roles with Cummins, Toro, Generac, and Kohler Power Systems. For the past 6 years, I worked for OEM suppliers of engineered components. I graduated from St Lawrence University and received my MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. As a business Development Representative, I look forward to working with customers covering our complete product line.

I played college hockey and coached youth hockey for 25 years. I'm a car guy with a few interesting vehicles in my barn. A life-long resident of the area, I live in Mequon.

Dale Walker
Dale Walker
Sr Account Executive
(Rockford)

I have been with Great Lakes Rubber for over 20 years. I have 35+ years of sales and application experience in hydraulic components for the OEM market in Rockford and the Northern Illinois community. I am currently the Senior Account Executive for Northern Illinois and Southwestern Wisconsin. Please contact me with any service or product questions you may have.

My hobbies include playing guitar, attending music festivals, woodworking, stained glass crafts, gardening, fishing, and reading.

Lew Weich
Lew Weich
Strategic Development
Representative

I joined the Great Lakes team in May 2018, training under our own Inge McManus who has nearly 30 years of experience in the industry. I attended Cardinal Stritch University and my previous background was in Sales with a main focus on Account Management. I recently became a Strategic Development Representative and am eager to assist with fluid power, hydraulic and pneumatic sealing needs. I'm looking forward to building long sustained relationships with all of my customers.

Some of my hobbies include: football (Go Pack Go!), Brewers baseball, camping / going up north and longboarding with my Siberian husky (Bella) and border collie (Calvin).

Quality

Stacy Smiter
Stacy Smiter
Quality Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

In Memory

Bill Becker
Bill Becker
35 Years of Service
Glendale, Wisconsin
June 6, 2019

Bill was an inside sales representative for hydraulic hose and fittings.

He enjoyed exploring wherever the road took his Harley Davidson, long dog walks with geocaching, critter watching, hiking, gardening, and watching F1 racing.

Kevin Gilgan
Kevin Gilgan
22 Years of Service
Loves Park, Illinois
May 31, 2019

Kevin came to Great Lakes Rubber with hydraulic knowledge from working with forklifts. He was the inside sales representative at Rockford and was well-versed in all products, especially o-rings and fluid power products.

His hobbies included fishing, restoring his old boat, enjoying time with family & friends, and camping.




Milwaukee: (414)352-8800 or
Rockford/Loves Park: (815)654-8188

Strategic Statement

Great Lakes Rubber strives to meet our customer's global requirements through excellent customer service, alignment with world class suppliers, and continuous improvement of our quality management system.

2019

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