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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.

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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.

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

I came to GLR in the first quarter of 2019 as a multiple-award-winning sales executive and sales manager with a consistent record of exceeding objectives in a variety of industries, from SAAS, and industrial tooling to telecommunications. I'm a proven business development professional and have strong strategic, creative, and relationship management skills with proven success in client acquisition and retention.

As a team we’re targeting growth by putting a relentless focus on quality, service, and delivering value to all our customers. By embracing technology and seeking new demand spaces GLR will always be a value-added leader in the industrial supply market.

Ben Stanczyk

Ben Stanczyk

Controller

I recently joined the Great Lakes Rubber team in September of 2020 as the Financial Controller. I have over 15 years of experience in financial auditing, accounting, budgeting, and planning.

I am responsible for delivering financial services such as accounting, compliance, treasury, reporting, forecasting, budgeting, and strategic financial planning & analysis. Our finance team of business partners are dedicated to improving processes, eliminating waste, and driving growth.

In my free time I enjoy coaching my 4 young children’s athletic teams, hunting, fishing, and golfing.

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.

Inside Team

Megan Johannsen

Megan Johannsen

Account Specialist

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.

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.

Donna Reed

Donna Reed

Jr Account Specialist

I joined GLR in April 2020 as a Jr Account Specialist. I have 20 years experience in Customer Service in a variety of fields. I love working with people and helping in any way I can. I look forward to growing with GLR and building relationships with our customers and vendors.

In my free time I love spending time with my family with a movie night or game night, and bonding with my furbabies.

Tony Volk

Tony Volk

Jr Account Specialist

I joined GLR in July 2020. I have an associate’s degree in Sports Management from Heartland Community College in Normal Illinois. My experience is mainly in sales for the last 5 years 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 the team here at GLR and look forward to my future and growing within the company.

In my free time, I enjoy golfing, playing pick-up basketball, visiting breweries, spending time with friends & family, and of course traveling whenever I can!

Reyna Rosa

Reyna Rosa

Jr Sourcing Specialist

I joined Great Lakes Rubber in September of 2017. After graduating high school, my experiences mainly surrounded customer service. Since joining Great Lakes, I have excelled at my job as Inspector for Philips Dept., and processing pinks to meet our customers deadlines. I have recently joined the inside sales team as a Jr. Sourcing Specialist. My job functions involve sourcing, ASN’s, and other office needs. I look forward to a lifelong career with Great Lakes.

My strengths include determination, preciseness, and versatility. On my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family, and trying new things.

Outside 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.

Todd Smith

Todd Smith

Account Executive

I joined the Great Lakes Rubber team in September of 2020 as Account Executive. I’ve been working in engineering services and OEM sales for my entire carrier. The last 19 years I have worked in the industrial parts distribution business, specifically rubber products. I look forward to working with customers on their next engineering application.

In my spare time I enjoy power boating with friends and family.

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Patrick Melson

Account Executive / Rockford

I joined the GLR team after 20+ years working for manufacturers. I spent 10 prior years at Parker Hannifin as a Territory Sales Manager for the Mobile Industrial team representing their Engineered Materials Group. I specialized in sealing applications for large Diesel and Transmission OEMs. Previously, I was at Chicago-Allis Mfg, which specialized in mechanical and custom seal designs, leaving as the National Sales and Customer Service Mgr. I graduated Purdue Univ. with an Industrial Engineering degree.

I look forward to working with our Rockford area customers. My wife & I have 2 daughters. I coach some of their teams and drive them around our hometown of Elmhurst, Illinois.

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.

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).

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.




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