After 32 years of leadership at Ohio Blow Pipe (OBP), Ed Fakeris has transferred from day-to-day involvement to an advisory position with the company. “This will allow Ed to realize his well-deserved personal objectives, while still contributing to Ohio Blow Pipe,” Brett Jaffe, CEO of C&M Conveyor and Ohio Blow Pipe said. “We will certainly miss Ed’s daily passion and drive, but we’ll still have access to his guidance and experience, albeit on a less frequent basis.”
Randy Grube will take on the newly created role of chief commercial officer, responsible for both C&M and OBP commercial activities. Before joining C&M Conveyor, Grube was a corporate project manager for six years with Packaging Corporation of America, Lake Forest, Illinois, and production manager and senior project engineer for 13 years with Smurfit-Stone Container, Chicago, Illinois. Grube holds two degrees from the University of Kansas — a B.S. in mechanical engineering and an M.B.A.
Mike Connell will take on responsibilities as OBP’s sales and marketing manager, including the coordination of the OBP sales team and marketing of all products. Prior to joining Ohio Blow Pipe and C&M, Connell served at Balemaster in Crown Point, Indiana, as regional sales manager and sales manager, successively. Before that he was plant engineer at The Haire Group in Merrillville, Indiana. A 34-year veteran of the corrugated industry, Connell graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering.
Cagney Clark will serve as sales manager of C&M Conveyor. He joined the company in 2006 as a shop floor employee and also has served as CAD operator, inside sales administrator, regional sales manager, inside sales manager. He also is responsible for the parts sales, inside sales and outside sales teams.