Heatron boasts an experienced and technically competent management team. The Company’s management is efficient and entrepreneurial, and has been assembled to oversee product development, engineering, marketing, quality, customer relations and manufacturing.
Robert H. Martter | President and CEO
Mr. Martter assumed the responsibilities of President and CEO effective January 1, 2018. He joined Heatron as the Vice President of Erie Operations in 2002 with the acquisition of ECA Electronics (Erie, PA) by Heatron. He was the Executive VP and General Manager of ECA Electronics for 15 years prior to the acquisition and was in charge of all aspects of the operation. ECA Electronics was a subsidiary of American Trim LLC (1993-2002) and previously (1982-1993) a subsidiary of Ferro Corporation.
Prior to that, Mr. Martter served for three years as Product Manager, Pigments with Ferro Corporation in Cleveland OH. Mr. Martter started his career with DuPont and served in Project Engineering, Production Management and Sales positions over eight years with that company.
Mr. Martter has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron, Akron OH and a Master's in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College, Berea OH and has benefitted from numerous training programs provided by DuPont, Ferro Corp, American Trim and Heatron. Mr. Martter has contributed to and is listed as an inventor on several patents, mostly in the field of thick film electronics technology.
Laurie M. Boyd | Vice President | Finance & HR
Ms. Boyd joined Heatron in 2002 and is responsible for overseeing all accounting for the Company, including financial statement preparation and analysis, budgeting, fixed assets, human resources and payroll.
Prior to joining Heatron, Ms. Boyd was the Accounting and Inventory Control Manager for Amarr Garage Doors in Lawrence, Kansas. Previous to that, she was the Accounting Manager for Werner Pipe Service, Inc. in Independence, KS. Ms. Boyd holds a BGS from Pittsburg State University.
Craig Schmidling | Executive Vice President | Engineering • Quality
Mr. Schmidling assumed the role of VP of the Engineering & Quality in 2020, and since then, he has worked his way up to Executive VP in 2022. Addtionally, Mr. Schmidling took on the responsibility of the Leavenworth operations. As VP, Mr. Schmidling has reduced the occurrence of quality events by over 50% and is responsible for custom heaters in high profile, high technology applications such as aircraft heating, high end consumer electronics and more. He will continue to help grow our contributions towards the Semiconductor industry as Executive VP.
Previously, Mr. Schmidling has served in various roles including Project Engineer, Product Designer, Design Manager, Quality Manager and Engineering Manager for Heatron over the course of 25 years.
Mr. Schmidling has a B.S. in Engineering from Kansas State University.
Brian K. Coates | Vice President | Sales • Marketing • IT
Mr. Coates assumed the role of Sales Director at the beginning of 2020. Prior to that, he was the Marketing and IT Director. During this time, Mr. Coates has been responsible in creating lead generation, increasing security while implementing both an ERP upgrade and website migration. Since then, Mr. Coates has assumed the role of VP in Sales, Marketing, and IT in 2022 due to his hard work and dedication. He continues to improve Heatron's efficiency and grow our participation at trade shows for key markets. With all of Mr. Coates' efforts, Heatron has been able to stay competitive in this tough market and continue to provide our customers with high perfomance heating solutions and more.
Mr. Coates joined Heatron in 2011 as an application engineer in the LED products business unit and has a proven track record of setting an meeting performance goals. Mr. Coates came from a division of ITW specializing in custom electronics where he started as a CAD Designer working his way to Technical Marketing Manager and Application Engineer. Mr. Coates has a B.S in Electrical Engineering from Northern Illinois University.
James Connell | Director | Erie Operations
Mr. Connell assummed the role of Director of Erie Operations in 2022. Previously, as Engineering Manager, Mr. Connell worked on many successful projects and helped improve Erie's manufacturing and quality over the years. This new role as Director greatly recognizes his immense contributions to Heatron's success. Mr. Connell will continue to manage his projects, as well as the authority and responsibility of the Erie facility.
Matt Krussow | Director | Materials • LV Design • Application Engineering
Mr. Krussow assummed the role of Director of Materials, LV Design, and Application Engineering in 2022. He was previously the Manager of Leavenworth Design and Application Engineering. With the current supply chain and material shortage issues, Mr. Krussow stepped up to the plate to help Heatron battle these issues head on. Mr. Krussow brings great energy and enthusiam to Heatron. He will continue to help with application engineering and the design of our products with the purchasing of materials.