The People Matter the Most
Apeks Supercritical was founded in 2001 by Andy Joseph, a US Navy veteran. The company grew from a team of one to 46 employees in 2019, when it was purchased by The Gibraltar Industries.
Jeremy has been with the company full time since 2013, serving as a controls engineer before being promoted to Director of Engineering of Apeks Supercritical in 2015. Since then, he’s been involved in innovation activities leading to a patent issued in 2020 and additional innovation activities with patents pending. Jeremy accepted the role of Director of Engineering with Processing Solutions by Gibraltar in June of 2020.
Along with much experience in industrial automation, maintenance, installation and repair, Jeremy has broad-based manufacturing experience — everything from GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) work in an FDA-regulated facility to melt shop and substation electrical work in a steel mill. He has served in engineering roles for Honda of America, EWI (manufacturing technologies) and Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.
Jeremy earned an associate degree in Electromechanical Engineering from Columbus State Community College.
Jeremy is married to Susan since 1992 and has two adult children. His hobbies include ice hockey, fun activities revolving around cars, creating culinary treats with his smoker, and collecting different styles of whiskey.
Dave LaRussa joined the team in May 2018. He has had over 20 years’ experience in sales, most recently with the Formica Group. Dave has directed sales teams at national and global levels and is skilled at developing methods to solve problems and improve efficiencies. He directs the sales and marketing team to streamline and implement processes to continually improve the customer experience.
Dave is a retired combat veteran, having served 28 years in the US Army and National Guard. He completed a tour of Duty in Iraq and during his career he was awarded several commendations, which includes the Bronze Star. He earned his B.A. in Business Management from Capital University in Columbus, OH.
Dave has two children, Zachary who is attending graduate school at Ohio university and Abigail who is studying Architectural design at Kent state. Dave spends his time being active by cycling, mountain biking, skiing, running and working out. He also spends time escaping to his cabin in southern Ohio.
Jeremie Schildt joined the team in June of 2019. He brings 23 years of global sales and customer service experience to the group.
Prior to Delta, Schildt worked at solar microinverter pioneer Enphase Energy (ENPH), overseeing all global Customer Service programs and teams. Schildt started at Enphase Customer Service in 2009, growing with the company from its first 6,000 units installed to over 20M in the field. Schildt and his team were responsible for field quality, system troubleshooting, call center operations, top-level escalations and sustaining initiatives for all of Enphase’s installed products globally.
Prior to Enphase, Schildt was an Automotive Special Projects Manager for World Products, the sales and marketing company for all NEC relays in the Americas. During his 13 years at World Products, he was responsible for sales to multi-million-dollar automotive companies across the globe, representing $6M in annual company sales.
Schildt holds two degrees in Electronics and English. In his off time, he enjoys restoring and racing classic cars and spending time with his kick-ass family.
Tracey Carpenter and her team are responsible for delivering exceptional results across Factory Operations, Supply Chain, and Safety.
Tracey is accountable for delivering operational processes and systems with regards to achieving all business objectives including driving continuous improvement, maximizing performance, and developing people and talent.
Tracey joined Apeks Supercritical in 2018 as the Procurement and Service Specialist. With her background in supply chain and operations in the retail and consumer packaged goods sector, she was an ideal fit!
She’s held various positions at companies like Accel Inc., Express, and The J.M. Smucker Company (Eagle Family Foods). Tracey has a BS in Fashion Merchandising from the Ohio State University and has special expertise in procurement, strategic sourcing, supply chain operations and client services. She managed a team of associates in manufacturing for well-known billion-dollar brands such as PINK, Victoria’s Secret, and Bath & Body Works, and she managed the start-up and production plans of a new $16m manufacturing facility.
Tracey is married with two children and has three big ass Labrador Retrievers! In her spare time, she travels, enjoys all outdoor activities and watches her daughter’s volleyball team.
Gero (gear-ro) and Nela (neh-la) are Apeks Supercritical’s canine companions and official greeters. They spend their time alternatively playing and hunting snacks. Both are highly trained, well behaved, incredibly responsive German Shepherds. Except for that one time (@8:37 in the video below)…
The President of Apeks Supercritical, Andy Joseph, is a 2 time Navy Achievement Medal recipient and served aboard the USS San Francisco (SSN-711) home ported out of Pearl Harbor Hawaii as an enlisted nuclear propulsion mechanic. While on board, he learned principles of mechanical operation for all of the nuclear and support plant systems, machining, welding, and of course, discipline. No one makes it through the Nuclear Navy without understanding two words – integrity and discipline. Those words demonstrate how the US Navy has never had a reactor accident in the 60 years that nuclear reactors have been on ships and submarines.
This experience continues to be the foundation for all of the systems we build.
Our Assembly Technician, Ben Rader, is a submarine veteran who served aboard the USS Boise (SSN-764) stationed in Norfolk, VA.
Dave served in the army for 28 years, on active duty and in the National Guard. He finished his army career in the Army Reserve.
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