Paul Sunnen – President
Paul spent the first 12 years of his working life at Sunnen Products Company in St. Louis. In that capacity he worked his way up from the ground floor, ending up his tenure at Sunnen in the Honing Research Lab. During this time he also attended Washington University in the evenings, achieving an Associates Degree in Business Administration in 1980, and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Production and Management in 1982.
Paul joined Guspro in the fall of 1983 to help his father, August Sunnen, run the family business. He started working in Sales, but rapidly was promoted to management, ending up as President. During his tenure at Guspro, the company has grown and diversified into many different markets.
Paul is a strong believer in giving back to the community, and as such has held positions as President of the Chatham and District Chamber of Commerce, President of the Business and Community Development Corporation, President of the YMCA Foundation, as well as serving on numerous Boards of Directors.
Brian Sunnen – Vice President & G.M
Before joining Guspro in January of 2010, Brian was an Engineering Manager for Quantum Corp. in Denver, CO. Brian initially served as Guspro’s Director of Business Development and was promoted to his current executive role as Vice President and General Manager in July of 2012. Brian is the fourth generation of leadership for the Sunnen family business.
Brian brings a diverse range of experience to Guspro, having previously worked in the automotive, aerospace, and high technology industries. In 2012, Brian championed the relocation of the company’s headquarters and manufacturing operations to a more modern facility, and most recently oversaw Guspro’s expansion into the curling market with the acquisition of Ice King™. Brian holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Les Herman – Finance, Admin & Human Resources Manager
Les joined the company in 1999 and is currently responsible for Guspro's Finance and Human Resource departments. He received his CGA designation in 1991. Before his current position Les held executive positions at a number of automotive manufacturing facilities based in southwestern Ontario. Early in his tenure Les was a key contributor during the migration of company’s computer systems to a single integrated ERP system. Les also championed a comprehensive review of all documentation and procedures for human resources and workplace safety.
Les is a Rotarian and with strong ties to the community. He has served on boards of the Chatham Capitol Theatre, the Lambton Kent branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Chatham-Kent chapter of the Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario.
Paul Pecoraro – Operations Manager
Paul joined Guspro in 2001 after serving as an independent consultant implementing the company's ERP software. Prior to joining Guspro, Paul had over 10 years of experience working in the automotive sector in manufacturing and procurement functions.
Paul leads a great team of supervisors as the Operations Manager. He is responsible for the day to day operations of manufacturing and procurement, including purchasing, machining, welding, assembly, painting, shipping, receiving and logistics. Paul holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor, with a major in Finance and minor in Accounting.
Alan Moon – Sales & Marketing Manager
Al began his career at Guspro as a direct sales representative, initially serving Southwestern Ontario but eventually expanding to include most of the USA. Al was promoted to Sales and Marketing Manager in 2012 and continues to be directly involved with customers in the field. Before joining Guspro in November 2000, Al served for 16 years as Quality Supervisor / Warranty Manager at IMT in Ingersoll, Ontario.
Al brings almost 30 years of experience in sales, manufacturing, quality, field service and customer support. Al’s background includes qualifications as a machinist and a Mechanical Engineering Technician Design certificate from Fanshawe College (London, Ontario). Al has also obtained qualifications as a certified ISO9002/QS9000 Auditor.