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Joe Simchak, President
Joe Simchak has more than 20 years of experience developing new business strategies for engineered products and services for the process control industry. His career started in sales then moved into operations, services, business unit, and executive sales management before accepting his current role as President of Novaspect.
Through the course of his career, Joe has had the opportunity to integrate acquisitions, reorganize business units, and work within other dynamic team environments. Northern Illinois University has been Joe’s school of choice for a bachelor’s of science degree in economics and a master’s degree in business administration.
In his spare time, Joe (a “foodie”) enjoys cooking, eating, reading and traveling.
Mike Franz, Chief Financial Officer
Mike Franz is a results-oriented senior accounting and financial management executive with over 30 years of progressive experience in finance, operation management, information technology, risk management and human resources within many diverse organizations and industries. Before coming to Novaspect in 2001, Mike had extensive experience in the wireless telecom industry.
Mike holds a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University and also a BS Degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University. Mike is an avid Cubs fan. He also enjoys golfing, classic cars, and live music.
“What I love about Novaspect is the impact we have on our employees and our customers through the technology we deliver. Our employees remain challenged helping our customers improve their capabilities in many diverse industries and processes. The passion our employees have for our customers is second to none.”
David Manecke, Executive Vice President
David Manecke has been at Novaspect for 28 years holding various levels of individual contributor and leadership roles. During his time at Novaspect, David has served the organization as a Project Manager, Engineering Manager, VP of Service and Chief Strategy Officer. Now an Executive Vice President, David works with all the Novaspect Business Units in conjunction with fellow Local Business Partners and Emerson to promote our product and services throughout the region.
David grew up in Northern Minnesota and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Dakota in Chemical Engineering. David grew up fishing, hunting, and playing hockey. To this day, he’s still an adventure seeker as he an active extreme skier, hockey player, and golfer. His most intense sports moment was riding a 4-man bobsled at the US Olympic Training Ground.
Jayme Bojicic, Vice President of Operations
Jayme Bojicic is an engineer-turned-executive with over 15 years of experience in the industrial automation industry. She joined Novaspect as an Application Engineer in the control valve business unit in 2004. As an inside sales manager, Jayme developed expertise in multiple Novaspect business units and the industries they serve, along with internal business systems and processes. She now holds the title of Vice President of Operations. Prior to returning to her Midwestern roots, Jayme was an environmental engineer for a small engineering design firm in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jayme holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young kids.
What she loves most about Novaspect is the commitment to continuous improvement, focus on customer experience, and challenge to evolve with the process automation industry. Culturally, she enjoys the professional-casual office vibe and being an employee owner.
Kelly Mutuc, Vice President of Human Resources
Kelly Mutuc has been at Novaspect since 2008, holding increasing roles of responsibility for our Human Resources team. During her tenure at Novaspect, Kelly has held the role of HR Manager and HR Director before moving into her current role on the Executive Team. Before coming to Novaspect, Kelly worked in various sales, management and HR positions in the retail, non-profit, and healthcare industries.
Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Environmental Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master’s Degree from DePaul. Kelly enjoys watching and playing sports, and her favorite teams are her beloved St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Bears and cheers on both the Mizzou Tigers and Michigan Wolverines. She enjoys traveling with her husband and two young boys.
Kelly loves the autonomous environment at Novaspect and ability to have a common sense approach to solve problems. She also enjoys being an employee-owner!
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