Meet a Few Members of Our Team
Visionary & President
My passion for Vulcan Spring is to see the proper team in place, guiding us into the future by helping our clients succeed the best way they can. I am the former president of the Spring Manufacturers Institute (SMI) – which is the association for the North American Spring manufacturers, and it is recognized worldwide.
Home town: Dresher, Pa. Born in Akron, Ohio.
Educational credentials: I have a degree in Marketing from Temple University.
Relevant or noteworthy experience: My first job was cleaning a church when I was 10. My first professional job out of college was with Porsche in Germany.
When hired at Vulcan: As a child Vulcan was always a part of my life…picking up springs off the floor when it was in our basement and sweeping floors. But the real work started in 1984 when I was hired full time in sales.
Why I chose Vulcan: I think Vulcan chose me.
Outside interests / hobbies: I have an amazing wife and 3 kids, and I love to play with cars. Old cars. 1960s and ’70s. My wife and I made a movie that was released fall 2012. A fun family Christmas movie, “Angels Sing”. www.anglessingmovie.com. It is available On Demand and can be found on the Hallmark channel during the holiday season.
Philanthropic endeavors: This is where the fun begins - We are the sole support of an orphanage in India called Hebron Children’s Home. I’m on the board of the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. I help at a camp each year to teach teens from around the world to be leaders in their communities. I mentor kids in robotics for FIRST robotics, give to support Family Life and the Philadelphia Zoo as well as many other organizations.
An event that inspired me: My time in Germany was very important to me. It was my first real experience learning to live on my own far from the comforts of home. I gained appreciation of other people and their cultures and decided that through that experience I would rather be a fountain and not a drain in the world. I found that everyone that I had met had a skill that I could learn from.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? I’m kind of partial to the wheel. It seems to be really useful and I don’t know who really came up with the idea. I think it is highly underrated considering everyone seems to use one. I think we should have a yearly celebration of the wheel.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: Bad question for me. I love my 1971 Chevelle convertible. Not the most expensive but I sure do feel good driving it. I’ve driven more expensive and fancier cars, but this is still my favorite. It makes me smile when I hear the engine roar when I hit the gas.
Any story, fact or interesting tidbit: I learned that giving is better than receiving. However, the more you give, it seems the more you get. I would like to leave this world knowing that I gave back more than I took. Maybe if I keep at it, I will figure out the secret to doing that successfully. I want to live my life with gratitude.
And on that note, I want to thank all of our clients for the many years of business that you have trusted to the Vulcan team. I am grateful for the work we have done together and I look forward to many more years of solving important mechanical issues for your companies and customers.
Visionary & President
Chief Operating Officer
Home town: Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan (suburban Detroit)
Educational credentials: B.S., Economics, Penn State University
Relevant or noteworthy experience: 35 years experience in the spring industry.
When hired at Vulcan: 1996
Why I chose Vulcan: I met Scott Rankin shortly after I began working in the industry. We both represented our respective companies at industry meetings, and as we got to know each other better it seemed like we were destined to join forces some day. After 12 years I finally decided it was time for a change and joined Vulcan. Over the years I believe we have proven that our skills provide a great balance. We both take our responsibilities very seriously, but are able to have fun at the same time.
Outside interests / hobbies: Enjoy playing golf but my dedication to spring-making has ruined any hopes I had of making the senior tour. So instead, I try to keep active and enjoy long walks because this is when I do my best thinking! Woodworking & projects around the house are also relaxing activities when time permits. Also enjoy trips with my wife (and sometimes the kids too!).
Philanthropic endeavors: I have done a little work with some of the local schools to educate kids on opportunities in manufacturing careers. Thanks to our media, too many people see manufacturing as nothing but dirty dead-end jobs, when in truth there are vast opportunities for challenging and rewarding careers. As a veteran in industry I feel a responsibility to promote manufacturing and attract our next generation of workers.
An event that inspired me: My father inspired my love of manufacturing at a very young age by taking me through large automobile parts and assembly plants in Detroit. He ran a large division of a tier-1 supplier and I would often go to work with him on Saturdays and walk through the plant. The sights, sounds and smells of the gigantic presses making body panels for automobiles are permanently etched in my memory. At the age of 18 I spent the summer working in a plant that made truck wheels and decided I wanted to pursue a career in manufacturing.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? The jet engine and commercial aircraft have changed our world by allowing people to travel freely and safely around the world.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: With my long commute (over an hour each way), I would actually prefer to fly a personal jet. If I could take off from my driveway and land on Vulcan’s roof my life would be so much better! I actually believe personal jet craft (yes like the Jetsons!) are not that far off and will have a dramatic impact on how people travel in the future.
Any story, fact or interesting tidbit: ? I appreciate good beer and if I wasn’t working at Vulcan I would love to own a craft brewery. I have visited many craft breweries and have never encountered an unhappy person, and people usually leave feeling better than when they arrived. I think it would be cool to create and promote beer, and to be surrounded by people with the same passion. This is not to say that we don’t have fun at Vulcan, because we do! So until you see my name on a bottle of beer, I will be at Vulcan making sure every customer and employee that chooses to work with us winds up feeling better than when they arrived.
Chief Operating Officer
Home town: Naranjito, Puerto Rico
When hired at Vulcan: 2005
Why I chose Vulcan: I wanted a change from 25 years in the Jewelry Business
Outside interests / hobbies: Singing in the choir, acting on our church productions
Philanthropic endeavors: My family and I support different missionaries that help people across the world.
An event that inspired me: My inspiration comes from my faith in Jesus Christ who changed my life.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? The computer.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: Bugatti
Strategic Account Manager
Home town: Bethel Park, PA (Pittsburgh)
Relevant or noteworthy experience: I started my career after graduation from Bloomsburg with Vulcan and worked with them from 2001 to 2004.
When hired at Vulcan: 2019
Why I chose Vulcan: Great products, great people and a great outlook for the future. I am very excited to be back at Vulcan to help them continue to grow and expand further into the POP and Industrial market places.
Outside interests / hobbies: Hockey, Baseball, Golf and whatever it is that my kids are into on any given day, week or month. I am slowly dabbling in the art of making cutting boards as well.
Philanthropic endeavors: I volunteer as a coach in the Hershey Jr Bears Hockey organization and two little league organizations.
An event that inspired me: There are a couple parts to this. Family (parents & grandparents) have always be big and will continue to be. Hard work, determination and staying humble have been great life lessons. Another individual that continues to be inspiring is Johnny Cupcakes (johnnycupcakes.com) - He makes t-shirts that cover many things in the pop culture category. His entire line and his stores have a baking theme. His idea started out as a joke in sense and it has turned into a company that has a tremendous following. He speaks to students at universities and at fortune 500 companies. His mindset in the business world always impresses me and he has fun with what he does.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? Oh boy, this is tough b/c there are so many achievements that overlap in a sense. For me, it has to be the computer. When you see how much or how many things run off of some form of a computer it is pretty impressive what can be accomplished and how far that technology has come. A close second is velcro.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: Porsche GT3 RS
Strategic Account Manager
Home town: Perkasie, PA
Educational credentials: BS Aerospace Engr (Penn State); MBA & Engineering, Manufacturing Systems Engr (Lehigh)
Relevant or noteworthy experience: Prior to Vulcan, Field engineering in the environmental industry. Experience prior to current position at Vulcan includes, mechanical and manufacturing engineering and managing our in-house tool & die shop.
When hired at Vulcan: 2012
Why I chose Vulcan: Opportunity to get involved with all aspects of the company
Outside interests / hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Penn State Tailgating & Football
Philanthropic endeavors: Appalachia Service Project (home repair organization)
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? Personal computing and the internet
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: I really like my Chevy Silverado, but I wouldn’t mind having a Blue and White Fleetwood Bounder Class A RV for football games.
Chief Financial Officer
Home town: Perkasie, Pa
Educational credentials: Kutztown University - BSBA in Accounting, Certified Public Accountant
Relevant or noteworthy experience: 16 years working in Public Accounting as a Shareholder and CPA in a local Accounting Firm. Working in Private Industry as a CFO since 2004.
When hired at Vulcan: 2015
Why I chose Vulcan: : Vulcan Spring has been a client at my former accounting firm for many years and I was aware of how prosperous the Company has been over that time. Strong leadership and the family like atmosphere have made this a successful Company.
Outside interests / hobbies: Playing Golf
Philanthropic endeavors: On the boards of Pennridge Ice Hockey Club and the Pennridge Golf
An event that inspired me: Our Family had a house fire in 2006 and with having just the clothing on our backs the outpouring of care and giving from the people in our community who we didn’t even know has had quite an inspiring effect on myself and my family. There are so many good, kind people in this world and we as a family try to go out of our way for people in need.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? The internet has become so important in our everyday lives both personal and in business that it would be inconceivable to live without it today. It brings the entire knowledge of mankind to our fingertips and directly connects people from around the world. Its importance to us has yet to be fully realized.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: Porsche Panamera GTS
Chief Financial Officer
Home town: Telford, PA
Educational credentials: B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Relevant or noteworthy experience: Experience in custom machine design for the pharmaceutical, food processing, primary metals, wire rope, and oil & gas industries.
When hired at Vulcan: 2018
Why I chose Vulcan: Vulcan Spring offered me the opportunity to build specific technical abilities and knowledge in our product line while also lending my engineering skills to the success of my customer's projects.
Outside interests / hobbies: Listening to music, road and trail bike riding, reading, and brewing specialty coffee.
Philanthropic endeavors: Service in various roles at Immanuel Church of the Nazarene in Lansdale, PA.
An event that inspired me: The Industrial Revolution in America.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? The first manned voyage to the moon.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: Mercedes G63 AMG 6X6
Educational credentials: Bachelor of Arts / Literature &Writing
When hired at Vulcan: 2004
Why I chose Vulcan: Supportive culture - and the caliber of the people I work with.
An event that inspired me: I'm inspired by people with the creativity to imagine and the bravery to make it so.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? Perhaps not on the list of the 100 greatest engineering achievements of all time, but the relocation of WWII German U-Boat U-505 to a below-ground chamber in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is a pretty remarkable and fascinating feat.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: An all-wheel drive convertible with a car seat for my dog. Since street laws are no object, it should include a device to alert rude drivers to the error of their ways.
Home town: Wilmington, DE
Educational credentials: M.S. Health Informatics Saint Joseph's University; B.S. Sports Management Wilmington University
Relevant or noteworthy experience: Volunteer Coach First Tee; Volunteer at 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club
When hired at Vulcan: 2013
Why I chose Vulcan: Vulcan Spring offered the opportunity to contribute and support to projects that change the way our world works. I have been given the opportunity to work on the front end of such things are cutting-edge medical devices and concepts for automobiles, as well as specific aerospace and defense programs. Vulcan empowers its employees to grow and provides all the necessary tools for success.
Outside interests / hobbies: Golf, fitness, Baxter, food and drink, movies, the beach, travel, Superbowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles
Philanthropic endeavors: Contribute to the first tee of Delaware and various dog rescue organizations
An event that inspired me: My father. He worked his way through the Army and completed his education while growing up without very much. He is incredibly skilled and intelligent, yet very humble. He never puts himself first and will jump to help others. He is a great family man and continues to improve himself every day.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? The internet. It completely changed the way we do everything, and it allows us to communicate instantly with people all over the World.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: I'm not really a car guy, but I wouldn't say no if you were to offer me a Bentley Continental
Human Resource Manager
Home town: Telford, PA
Educational credentials: B.S. in Business
Relevant or noteworthy experience: I grew up in a small manufacturing family business which helped me build my foundation and core work ethic. That foundation has transitioned into over 20+ years of Human Resource experience in a variety of industries including hospitality, pharmaceutical, aerospace/defense and back into manufacturing. With each opportunity I gained incredible knowledge, learned from some of the best and worst co-workers, grew as an individual and have been able to give back to each employer and fellow co-workers.
Why I chose Vulcan: There are many reasons why. Our team here stands apart from any other organization I have previously worked for. I am excited to be part of a company that has so many opportunities and possibilities ahead of them. Vulcan has an incredibly bright future and to be a part of continuing the existing legacy and help craft and build the company’s future is not a chance that comes along often at your place of work. I am thrilled to be a part of this team and work with such great people.
Outside interests / hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my 3 German Shepherds, whether it is at the shore, hiking or snuggling at home. My happy place is close to the water where I am paddle boarding, out on a boat, kayaking or lounging reading a good book. Food is one of my best friends and can get lost in the kitchen or cooking over the grill with old family recipes or coming up with something new and creative.
Philanthropic endeavors: All of my dogs are rescues. It started with one and then there was the next fuzzy face I could not say no to. And then came number 3. One I trained to be a Search & Rescues K9. I support Woody’s Place Senior Shepherd Sanctuary for whom I am currently forever fostering a beautiful 10 year old boy that recently joined our pack. Being a part of a family that has veterans of the Air Force, Marines and a current member of the United States Army I am a supporter of our military and of the Wounded Warriors organization.
An event that inspired me: My mom was my biggest fan and my hero. We had the opportunity to spend 2 weeks, no agenda, an open road and no plan, driving from Las Vegas to Philly. We zig zagged across the country having our own “Thelma and Louise” adventure hitting a few spots like the Hoover Dam, Bryce, Zion & Arches National Parks, Jackson Hole, Old Faithful, Devils Tower, Mount Rushmore and the House on the Rock along the way. She passed several years later from cancer and if there is anything that I have learned is that life is short, don’t take it for granted, live as if every day is your last, and to stop and smell the roses along the way.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? I believe it to be the wheel. There is not much that we can do today without the original idea/concept/shape of the wheel being a part of the design. It plays a huge factor in transportation to modern day machinery and anything in between.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: I would not turn down a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS or a 2019 Chevy ZL1. And it would have to be red in color.
Human Resource Manager
Home town: Telford, PA
Educational credentials: B.S. in Business with a minor in Electrical Engineering Technology - Spring Garden College - Philadelphia, Pa.
Relevant or noteworthy experience: 21 years’ experience in technical sales and product management
When hired at Vulcan: 1999
Why I chose Vulcan: Customer-oriented midsize manufacturer that I could help make a difference with.
Outside interests / hobbies: Biking, kayaking, and golfing
Philanthropic endeavors: Church activities
An event that inspired me: My father – positive outlook with a strong work ethic.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? The Internet. It enables you to have a vast amount of information at your fingertips and has helped create a more connected global community.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: Ferrari Enzo
Home town: Solebury, PA
Educational credentials: : B.S. in Applied Engineering from Millersville University
Relevant or noteworthy experience: Quality Engineer in the Medical and Industrial Markets for over 8 years. Certified Quality Engineer from ASQ.
When hired at Vulcan: 2016
Why I chose Vulcan: : Vulcan seemed to be a great opportunity for me to not only learn but grow as a QE but also as a Quality Manager. Vulcan remains a great opportunity for me to continue my education as a valuable, multifaceted quality professional.
Outside interests / hobbies: My spare time is filled up with my wife, our two little girls, and projects around the house. Whenever time allows I enjoy firearms sports and working on my car.
Philanthropic endeavors: I am an Eagle Scout from The Boy Scouts of America and have accomplished many community service type activities in that time. I currently try and give back through my community as much as possible.
An event that inspired me: W E Demming and his teaching of process quality and total quality management systems.
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? Either the creation/invention of the wheel or the synthesis of iron into steel.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: Hmm... A BMW X6 M Dinan, or perhaps an Audi RS7.
Home town: Chalfont, Pennsylvania
Educational credentials: B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University
Relevant or noteworthy experience: Experience in Product-based solutions and Customer Relations.
When hired at Vulcan: June 2019
Why I chose Vulcan: My interest in mechanical products and my pursuit in expanding my engineering knowledge led me to Vulcan.
Outside interests / hobbies: Basketball, Golfing, Cycling, PC Gaming, and WWII History
Philanthropic endeavors: Wounded Warrior Project
An event that inspired me: Benjamin Clark, 9/11 Hero
In my opinion, what is the greatest engineering achievement of all time? The development of the Panzer Tank.
What car you'd drive, if money (or street laws) were no object: 1958 Ford Thunderbird
Any story, fact or interesting tidbit: Synchronous Electric motors used in Electric Cars.