Meet the Team at HART
Continuing the vision of our founders, Gilbert Hannon and Gerald Schaetz, the team at HART Design & Manufacturing has become a global leader in the design and construction of standard and customized stainless steel, servo-controlled equipment for use in the food and dairy industry, with an emphasis on process and natural cheese production lines.
Meet Our Sales Team:
Dairy Process Consultant
Todd Delebreau possesses extensive experience in the application of industrial automation. He leverages his strong mechanical aptitude to tailor solutions that help HART customers succeed.
Todd works from a philosophy that HART will be successful only if HART’s customers are profitable and successful. Consequently, Todd always has the customer’s interest as his top priority.
Todd’s background and experience is an asset in developing, troubleshooting and presenting solutions to his customers.
Director of Sales
With more than 30 years experience in the dairy processing and packaging industry, Dennis has become the “go to guy” for questions related to process cheese filling and casting, both domestically and internationally. He also has provided upstream and downstream equipment consulting services for HART customers.
With Dennis’ vast knowledge, he is always ready to help customers to solve their next challenge.
Paul Schneeberger began his HART career in 1988 in Drafting and Engineering. Over time, he transitioned into our sales department.
Paul’s unique background as an engineer, combined with customer service skills, has made Paul an invaluable asset to his customers. His ability to foresee and understand technological innovations and equipment enhancements save his customers time and money.
Dan Linnane previously worked for HART for 12 years and recently rejoined our sales team. He brings 20-plus years of experience and knowledge of the dairy equipment industry to our team and customers.
Dairy Process Consultant
Marty joins the HART team with a 15-year career in the food dairy and sanitary stainless steel industries. Marty prides himself on delivering unique, cost-effective solutions for even the most complex requests.
In his free time, he volunteers at a local homeless shelter providing, preparing and serving meals to those in need. He is a sports enthusiast and enjoys spending time with family.
Technical Sales & Support
Nicole Koss joined the HART team in November of 2017. Serving in the food, dairy, and sanitary stainless steel industries for nearly 15 years, Nicole specializes in pumps, valves, heat exchangers, fittings, and spare parts. She thrives on productivity and offering superior customer service. Using her strong mechanical aptitude and understanding of the dairy process, Nicole’s passionate about providing clients with a variety of timely solutions – minimizing downtime with a fast turnaround while smart-sourcing items to provide best-possible pricing.
In her spare time, Nicole teaches dance classes, something that has been a lifelong passion. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially when jet-skis are involved!
Timm G. Schaetz
Timm Schaetz takes pride in the craftsmanship and dedication of the HART team, who work tirelessly to provide solutions for customers. He started his career as an engineer for Ariens Company. Eventually, he joined his family’s business at HART, where he started in engineering, transitioned to sales, returned to engineering and became engineering manager, moved up to become operations manager and then company president.
As a result of this breadth of experience, Timm has intimate knowledge of the design and manufacturing of his company’s products, as well as a deep understanding of the needs of his customers.
Machine Shop Manager
Mike Brownell manages the HART machine shop where his team of twelve manufactures all the parts for the full line of stainless steel equipment for use in the food and dairy industry. He has a degree in welding and welding inspection, and he’s worked in the machining, welding and manufacturing of equipment in the dairy industry (including ice cream soft-serve machines) and in paper production.
Mike and his team strive to go above and beyond USDA guidelines. As a result, HART is the leader in the dairy industry in terms of having a more hygienic product.
Director of Product Development
Nick Reif has been with HART for more than eight years, previously serving as Engineering Manager.
He works with customers as an application engineer to solve problems and develop solutions, including making onsite visits to examine client processes to understand how their plants function, to ensure the best fit for HART equipment.
Parker Will started at HART in July of 2015, as Engineering Manager. He is a versatile engineering professional who is skilled at improving processes as well as managing product development, innovation, and strategic planning.
Parker oversees mechanical, electrical, and technical developments at HART, with regards to the design of standard and customized equipment for clients.
Director of Operations
Tim comes to the HART team with over total 32 years of manufacturing experience, including 20 years of leadership experience in Continuous Improvement environments. His experience has been gained while in the roles of Director of Operations, Operations Manager, and Manufacturing Engineer. In his role as Director of Operations for HART, Tim is responsible for the Engineering, Procurement, Manufacturing, Assembly, and Field Service functions. He has a passion for performance, and actively seeks out ways to improve all areas of HART.
In his free time, Tim spends as much time as possible with family. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys cycling, skiing and running.
Kurtis Butrymowicz, P.E.
As an engineering manager at HART, Kurtis utilizes the technical knowledge, business acumen, and management skills he has developed throughout his engineering career. Kurt is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states and brings with him years of field experience. He has directed multiple inter-disciplinary teams of engineers, designers, and craft workers on large projects averaging hundreds of millions of dollars.
An active member of the community, Kurtis is involved in his local youth sport associations and has volunteered at local schools introducing and encouraging engineering and science.
Meet Some Members of Our Field Service Team:
Jeff Marks started at HART as a machinist in 1982, a relatively short time after completing technical college. For many years, Jeff manufactured, assembled, and installed HART products for customers, and was involved in essentially every aspect of the process.
In addition, he has programmed logic controllers for last 15 years. More recently, he transitioned from the machine shop to the assembly area. Jeff installs and configures about 90% of HART’s machines for customers, and he enjoys interacting with the people who use our equipment.
Field Service, Assembly Manager
Randy Verhaagh started his career as an electrician after obtaining a degree in electromechanical technology, eventually earning his masters license in electrical work. He started at HART as a service technician, learning his way through mechanical design, tolerances and assembly.
In his free time, Randy combined his love of beekeeping with his mechanical skills by building a honey-bottling machine at home.
Field Service Manager
Brian Johnson joined the HART team in November of 2017. He has spent 18 years of his career in the manufacturing industry in roles such as Manufacturing Leader, Millwright and Service Technician. His background includes Process Improvement, Project Management and Lean Six Sigma. Brian has a solid mechanical aptitude and service mindset which allow him to make the interests of HART’s customers a top priority.
In his free time, he spends as much time as possible with family. Brian is a craftsman, an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Field Service Technician
Nick joined the HART team in June of 2017. After graduation, Nick served in the United States Marine Corps from 2009-2013. He then began his maintenance career. He is in the process of completing his degree in Electromechanical Technology at NWTC. Nick prides himself on his ability to troubleshoot, problem solve and make quality repairs, safely.
In his spare time, Nick enjoys spending time with family and friends and working on Rally cars.
Carl De Groot
Field Service Technician
Prior to beginning his career at HART team, Carl owned and operated a successful automotive repair business. He comes to HART with multiple dimensions of experience in the custom machine building field, ranging from mechanical assembly to project management, scheduling, field service, and machine design. He has built over 40 custom pieces of equipment in a large range of industries, sizes, speeds and functions.
Carl is also vested in the community as an active member of the Lions Club and the Marinette County Fair Board.