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Meet Acme’s Leadership Team

Bringing together highly motivated and effective individuals, Acme’s leadership team works seamlessly to create automated systems and solutions to enhance production processes in the metal finishing industry. Each team member brings a unique set of skills and industry knowledge to the team’s vision and strategy, fulfilling their roles with the same goal in mind: creating effective solutions for Acme customers.
G. A. "Fritz" Carlson III

G. A. "Fritz" Carlson III

President & Chief Executive Officer

Fritz is a fourth-generation leader of Acme Manufacturing who takes pride in continuing Acme’s legacy, started by his great-grandfather in 1910. As CEO, Carlson is an involved team member. He works on the business as a visionary, strategist, and guide who is looking toward the future of Acme’s business and industry. As President, he works in the business as the chief relationship-builder, problem-solver and innovator. Carlson is an expert in automation, robotics, metal finishing, and material removal; his expertise takes him across the globe to represent the industry and Acme’s success. Leading without boundaries, Carlson is always thinking of new approaches to tackling challenges in the industry while ensuring that Acme continues to lead the industry by example.

Diane Betti

Diane Betti

Chief Operating Officer

Diane ensures that Acme’s organizational structures and systems operate with efficiency and effectiveness. Betti contributes her ample leadership experience to the Acme leadership team, where she advises, strategizes, and coaches with a focus on engineering effective company systems. With numerous years in international business, relationship-building, sourcing, supply chain, and finance she is able to provide immediate value to Acme’s processes.

Tom McKaig

Tom McKaig

Chief Financial Officer

Tom leads all company financial endeavors and manages the company’s financial assets. Within this role, McKaig focuses his attention on capital improvements, major construction projects, location changes, downsizings, hirings, contract negotiations, and international business dealings (like forming a foreign entity). McKaig draws on his wealth of accounting experience as Acme’s controller to ensure Acme’s financial stability. Serving as a key leader, McKaig uses his unique financial perspective to discuss financial strategy and feasibility when helping to shape the future of the company. Through the lens of international finance, he contributes to the vision, mission, and strategy of Acme’s future.

Katie Laird

Katie Laird

Director of Operations

Katie leads the global supply chain, and logistics team that take customers ideas from initial concept, to producing efficient robotic solutions. Blending her engineering education and process-oriented skillset, Laird develops operational protocols and resource planning that ensures projects continue to move toward completion with efficiency and quality. As a member of Acme’s RIA Risk Assessment Team, Laird helps to ensure ongoing robotic safety and compliance.

Jack Karagozian

Jack Karagozian

Vice President of Sales Engineering

Jack is an advocate for Acme success. He believes in his global team and in the capability of each team member. Karagozian and his team work with their clients to address unique challenges with creative solutions and exceed expectations. As the longest tenured Acme employee, Karagozian draws on his significant experience to solve problems and, most importantly, build the right team for each challenge. His office frequently becomes the hub of brainstorming sessions and innovative solutions. In his role as a mentor, Karagozian has helped many talented Acme employees to grow within the company. As a leader, Karagozian contributes to the global vision, mission, and strategy of Acme’s future.

Scott Kilpatrick

Scott Kilpatrick

Vice President of Global Business Development

Scott Kilpatrick focuses his energy on expanding Acme’s footprint on a global scale. He uses his experience and analysis to determine market trends in robotic technology; this analysis led to the creation of Acme’s expansion into Southeast Asia in 2019. Kilpatrick continues to amplify Acme’s product offering, pushing innovation forward through advancements like collaborative and autonomous mobile robots.

Rob Thornton

Rob Thornton

Global Engineering Director

When Rob was a kid, he enjoyed taking things apart to see how they could work more efficiently; he followed that passion into his role at Acme. Thornton aims to create efficiencies in automation that positively impact Acme’s clients. He is a strategist and problem-solver who thinks about the big picture, and then sees the individual steps needed to reach it. Thornton communicates with his team of engineers and coordinates their efforts to produce the perfect solution for each client. He continues to find innovative ways to improve quality and maximize the capabilities of Acme’s automated systems. As a leader, Thornton brings his engineering expertise to the table, where he contributes to the vision, mission, and strategy of Acme’s future.

Mike Lamb

Mike Lamb

Director of Parts & Services Sales

Mike ensures that customers have the components they need to continue operating their automated systems effectively and efficiently. He manages his team’s commitment to keep factories running all over the world; his department consistently receives, repairs, and ships essential Acme machine components across the globe. When a customer has a new opportunity or needs to resolve a problem, Lamb and his team innovate and create solutions. Drawing on his experience as a field technician and robotic programmer, Lamb possesses an intricate understanding of how Acme’s systems function, allowing him to problem-solve with high efficiency. As a leader, he discusses customer needs and creates plans to solve client problems.

Dany De Champlain

Dany De Champlain

Managing Director - Singapore Division

Dany leads Acme’s research and development lab in the heart of Singapore’s aviation hub. Always determined to push the cutting edge of automation, De Champlain consistently strives to develop new advancements in automation technology, leveraging his expertise as an aviation robotics specialist. Danny focuses on networking and relationship-building with current clients, marketing advancements to prospective customers, and providing a high-level customer service for the Singapore market.

Leza Cacaj

Leza Cacaj

Global Supply Chain & Logistics Manager

Leza ensures that products move from place to place with efficiency while maintaining quality, overseeing the flow of Acme’s global supply network. She focuses her energy on sourcing, negotiating, purchasing, and managing relationships with vendors. Cacaj is responsible for material control, managing inventory, and shipping and receiving. Truly a part of the Acme family, Cacaj has been with the company for the duration of her professional career, where she has developed an intricate understanding of processes and commitment to the Acme experience.

Kyle Manke

Kyle Manke

Operations Manager

Kyle produces machines with integrated robotics that finish metal surfaces. His goal is to move robotic machines from the manufacturing floor to customers so they can utilize the benefits of automation quickly. Manke is a problem-solver, creating innovative solutions to address customer challenges by collaborating with various Acme teams and leaders while managing machinists, stock handlers, assembly, wiring, and shipping. He also designs, produces, and tinkers, utilizing his mechanical engineering background to guide plant operations smoothly. During his time with Acme, Manke has worked at the beginning of the process doing design work, to the end, where the final machine ships to the customer.

Ryan Kruger

Ryan Kruger

Software & Controls Manager

Ryan leads a team of engineers who create software and programming, which allows a robot to operate. Kruger’s team designs custom software to meet each customer’s needs, and then programs those robots to finish metal components. On location to ensure proper installation, Kruger’s team continues to service the machines, remaining available for additional training and problem-solving. Along with managing a team of programmers, Kruger also coordinates projects, ensuring that his team meets deadlines and quality control standards. As the leader of Acme’s controls team, Kruger is continually looking for opportunities to modernize and standardize Acme systems. An avid outdoorsman and family man, Kruger thrives on Acme’s familial culture, bringing this culture to his customers; creating trust between his team and his customers.

Greg Powell

Greg Powell

Mechanical Engineering Manager

For over 20 years, Gregory has contributed his mechanical engineering expertise to Acme. Powell rose from within Acme’s mechanical engineering team to become the team leader, which cultivated his intricate understanding of Acme’s mechanics. As Mechanical Engineering Manager, Powell leads a team of mechanical engineers; he hires the best, trains them in the Acme way, and manages their projects. Powell communicates directly with customers, giving him greater insight into what their challenges and needs are and how Acme can best design a solution for them. As a leader, Powell contributes actively to the company’s strategy and vision, bringing his wealth of mechanical engineering knowledge to the table.

John McGrane

John McGrane

Marketing Communications Manager

John is a dynamic, innovative, marketing leader with a robust background in communications, storytelling, digital transformation and integrating marketing into overall strategic planning. As a team player, John is globally involved in all aspects of the Acme business with respect to marketing. John is striving to build the Acme brand and create exposure in the new digital business environment that has become so critical to Acme’s success.

Charlie Young

Charlie Young

Sales Manager – Robotic Systems

Charlie is involved throughout the entire customer experience. He helps customers identify problems and figure out solutions. Young serves as a customer partner during the purchasing process and he follows through by monitoring each project, ensuring a seamless installation and training process. Once a project is completed, he follows up with the customer to ensure that the solution is running smoothly, and he maintains that communication for years to follow. Young does not simply make initial customer contact; he gets to see the results of Acme’s robotic machines as they grind, polish, buff, and deburr metal surfaces into high-performing, profitable, and often life-changing products.

Tom Marx

Tom Marx

Sales Manager – Robotic Systems

Tom is involved with his customers from the first conversation about their challenges and goals through the installation, training, and follow-up support phases. Drawing on his experience as a Project Manager for Acme, Marx creates bridges between a customer’s problem and a potential solution, welcoming each customer into the Acme experience by connecting them with the right team members. Marx and his team dig into each customer’s unique challenge and assemble the right team and products to match that solution. As host of the Industrial Innovations podcast, Marx has created a platform for industry leaders to share their expertise.

Jonathan Person

Jonathan Person

Sales & Product Manager

Jon guides clients through the sales process of their new Acme systems. After his clients have purchased their Acme system, Person remains with the client to ensure that the solution works as the customer intended, following the customer’s solution through the installation process and beyond. Persons began his career with Acme as a programmer, where he cultivated an intricate understanding of Acme system programs. As a sales representative, Person draws on his previous experience while leveraging Acme’s 110+ years of metal finishing expertise to dissect problems and create innovative solutions. He makes sure that each customer’s machines are doing what the customer needs them to do, drawing from his own wealth of experience and the knowledge of his team.

Patrick O'Neil

Patrick O'Neil

Sales & Product Manager

Pat guides clients through the sales process of their new Acme systems. Once his clients have purchased their machines, O’Neil remains connected with the customer to ensure proper programming, installation, and training. O’Neil began his career at Acme by programming, installing, and servicing Acme machines, which taught him the intricacies of the entire machine setup process from the ground level. His experiences brought him to international destinations and various business production floors. He uses this experience to make sure that each customer’s machines are doing what the customer needs them to do, drawing from his own wealth of experience and the knowledge of his team.

Joe Saad

Joe Saad

Senior Advisor and Consultant

Even though Joe officially retired in 2020 after a 46-year career with Acme, his leadership and expertise was too valuable to keep him away for long. He provides Acme’s leadership team with experienced assistance to support, innovate, and problem-solve. Saad gives Acme wisdom to continue to help their clients and find cost-saving automation solutions. He provides perspective based on decades of experience to energize various Acme teams, manages existing projects, and discovers new opportunities for Acme to pursue. His travel to over 25 countries has produced quality customer relationships built on trust and loyalty. As Saad has moved into his role as Senior Advisor, he has been able to mentor rising leaders, providing wisdom and experience necessary to give a new generation of leaders unlimited success.

Bob Manetz

Bob Manetz

Product Manager – Centerless Grinding

For over 30 years, Bob has contributed his engineering expertise to Acme in a variety of roles. As product manager, Manetz heads our centerless grinding offerings and has helped develop new and innovative ways to automate grinding systems. Always striving to exceed customer’s requirements for stock removal, throughput speed, and surface finish, all in a single-pass operation. Working closely with engineering and customers alike, Manetz drives results to achieve clear customer communication and ensure that projects exceed customer expectations.

Tuan Tran

Tuan Tran

Advanced Simulations Manager

Tuan is a problem-solver; he collaborates with Acme engineers and programmers to help them research, diagnose, and develop solutions for customers. He works closely with sales engineers to create visual sales presentations. Tran helps customers visualize the entire automation solution process, from the rough outline phases to the final production build, helping Acme engineers solve the right problem in the right way the first time. Drawing on his previous experience as Robotic Simulation Engineer, where he designed and programmed simulations to help visualize what Acme’s robotic machines would do, Tran communicates technical details and features to customers, while helping to create the customer’s solution with an engineering team.