GF Machining Solutions Adds New Marketing, Sales, and Application Experts

To maximize responsiveness to customer needs, GF Machining Solutions has expanded its Business Development/Marketing and Sales teams with talented new additions. To further ensure that manufacturers get the best possible manufacturing systems for their particular needs, GF Machining Solutions also has expanded its team of experts with several additions to its Applications Department.

Rina Hoshino, Market Intelligence Analyst, worked for GF’s Piping Solutions division in Irvine, California, for five years, holding the titles of Product Manager – Vinyls, Logistics Expeditor and Project Manager – Key Accounts. Her duties on GF Machining Solutions' Business Development/Marketing team include design and management of research projects aimed at locating new markets and growing market share. Rina holds a master's degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York). She is fluent in Japanese and enjoys learning languages.

Philipp Hauser, Director of Sales, has added the responsibilities for GF Machining Solutions' North American sales activities to his role with the company's Turbine Group. Phil joined GF Machining Solutions in May 2015.

Peter Eigenmann, Head of Sales – Southeast Region, joins GF Machining Solutions in Huntersville, North Carolina after serving as Head of Project Management for GF Machining Solutions in Schorndorf, Germany. Peter joined the company in April 2013, bringing extensive experience in industrial manufacturing operations, machine tools, and the tool and die industry. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Technical University (Uzwil, Switzerland) and a master's certificate in project management from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).

Sean Szczygiel, Regional Sales Manager - Northeast, previously held the title of Territory Manager for the Northeast Region at Belmont Equipment and Technologies (Madison Heights, Michigan). His prior position focused on EDM consumables and machine tools. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western New England College (Springfield, Massachusetts).

Andrew Stemler, Sales Manager – Milling, assumes sales and development responsibilities for GF Machining Solutions' Central Region after holding managerial roles with machine tool companies in Illinois and Wisconsin. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Andy has managed sales, applications and service teams throughout his career. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Lewis University (Romeoville, Illinois).

Sean Smith, Sales Manager – Canada, previously served as a Product Manager with Machine Tool Systems Inc. (Mississauga, Ontario), where he represented the GF Machining Solutions product line. Sean also was responsible for GF Machining Solutions products for Elliott Matsuura (Oakville, Ontario), working with dedicated application and service staff. He holds tool and die certification from Georgian College (Barrie, Ontario) and completed a four-year machinist apprentice program.

Richard Klein, Sales Manager – Advanced Manufacturing, joins GF Machining Solutions after 18 years with OKK USA Corporation (Glendale Heights, Illinois), most recently as Senior Manager Engineering Department and Regional Sales Manager, with responsibilities for 12 states and seven distributors. He will focus on machine sales development and performance in additive manufacturing, laser ablation and micro machining. Rich holds an associate degree in machine tool technology/machinist and computer-aided manufacturing from Triton College (River Grove, Illinois).

Melissa McCrossen, Sales Manager – Advanced Manufacturing, moves from Regional Sales Manager for the GF Machining Solutions Consumables group to her new role with the Advanced Manufacturing group. Before joining the company in 2013 as a Regional Sales Manager, Melissa served as Western Regional Sales Manager for Nordson MARCH (Concord, California), gaining extensive sales experience with capital equipment.

Jérôme Drouet, Director of Applications, has transferred to GF Machining Solutions in Lincolnshire, Illinois, from GF Machining Solutions Advanced Manufacturing group in Geneva, Switzerland where he held the position of Head of Laser R&D and Innovation, managing a staff of 24. With more than 25 years of machine tool industry experience, Jerome has great expertise in customer service, sales and product support.

Marc Erickson, Applications Engineer, joins GF Machining Solutions in Mississauga, Ontario. A native of Illinois, Marc has more than 25 years of machining operation experience in applications engineering roles, working previously for Machine Tool Systems Inc. (Mississauga, Ontario) and Elliott Matsuura (Oakville, Ontario). He completed an apprenticeship program in machine technology at Oakton Community College (Des Plaines, Illinois) and a mold making and machinist apprenticeship at the Tooling & Manufacturing Association (Park Ridge, Illinois).

Mason Dufore, Applications Engineer (Milling), joins GF Machining Solutions with more than 20 years of CNC metalworking experience in fields of automotive, tool & die, injection modeling and aerospace components. As a development engineer, he has designed and fabricated new tooling to improve existing composite manufacturing. Mason holds an associate degree in mechanical engineering technology from the State University of New York College of Technology at Canton.

Christian Meekma, Applications Engineer (Milling), brings more than 20 years of machine tool and die experience to GF Machining Solutions. His background includes roles with both small and large companies as a CNC programmer/operator, applications engineer and advanced product manager. Christian's expertise in CNC part processing focuses on milling, cycle-time reduction and process improvement.

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