Mike Eakins is the Chief Executive Officer at KPS Global. Mike joined KPS in October 2017 from Hillphoenix, where he served as the Vice President and General Manager of the AMS and INTL divisions.
Prior to his role at Hillphoenix, Mike was the Vice President of the INTL division for Kysor. Earlier in his tenure at Kysor, Mike also served as the Vice President and General Manager of the Kysor Panel Systems Goodyear plant in Arizona.
Mike has a Master’s degree in International Marketing from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Julie, have four children and reside in Fort Worth, TX. Mike is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Tom Marcy, Chief Operating Officer at KPS Global holds an Industrial Engineering Degree from Buffalo and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Tom spent 23 years with General Electric in a variety of engineering and manufacturing roles across many of their businesses. Upon returning from a 3 year expatriate assignment in Europe within General Electric, Tom and his family moved to Richmond, Virginia where he was Senior VP of Hillphoenix. Tom spent 13 years at Hillphoenix, and during this time, among other responsibilities Tom was the General Manager for the Walk-In business which lead Tom into the role of Integration Manager for KPS Global bringing together KPS from Manitowoc and the Walk-In Division from Hillphoenix. Tom served as a Master Black Belt for several years within General Electric and is well versed in LEAN Toyota Production Principles.
Tom and his wife Suzanne, have five children with three in college, one in High School and one in Middle School. Tom is also a licensed pilot, loves snow skiing and woodworking.
Robert Sorba joined KPS Global® as Chief Commercial Officer in March 2021.
Before joining KPSG, Rob served as the Vice President for Global Sales at Conviron Group of Companies in Winnipeg, Canada, where he led business development and increased sales productivity for brands in controlled-environment technology.
Prior to that, he spent five years with James Hardie Building Products in Chicago, Illinois, where he directed strategy, marketing, key-account management, sales execution, and product development efforts. He began his international sales and marketing career with The Procter & Gamble Company.
Sorba graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1998 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting. He has dual citizenship in Canada and the United States and will be based in Fort Worth.
Scott joined KPS Global in October 2016 as Vice President of Human Resources. Previously, he served as Vice President of Operations and Human Resources for GEA Food Solutions also managing North, Central and South America.
Prior roles include leading Human Resources and Operations management activities at Convenience Food Systems, PDS Technical Services, DalFort Aerospace and Steak & Ale restaurants.
Scott graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. He lives in downtown Dallas and enjoys travel, sports and cooking.
Steve Pearson joined the KPSG team in November of 2018 with the acquisition of Custom Cooler. He joined the Custom Cooler management team in 2011.
Steve has been in the walk-in cooler and freezer industry since 1975. Previously, Steve has held the positions of Vice President of Sales or Operations Manager with KPSG legacy companies Kalt Manufacturing, Kysor – Kalt Manufacturing, and Cooler Technology (Cool Tec) where he was a principal. Steve has also held senior management positions at Tyler – Kalt, Glacier Manufacturing and Diversified Panel Systems.
Steve graduated from the University of Oregon in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Steve and wife Cathy have been married 40+ years. They enjoy spending non-work time with their children and twin grandchildren.
Anand Kulkarni joined KPG Global as Senior Vice President – Operations in April 2021.
Before joining KPSG, Anand served as the Vice President – Sales & Marketing at Garflex, Inc a manufacturer of specialty thin gauge calendered elastics. Anand led business development, innovation, sales operations, marketing and global sales for the Brattleboro, VT based company.
Prior to that, he was the Vice President/General Manager – Industrial for Neenah Enterprises based in Neenah, WI. Neenah is a leading supplier of iron castings for industrial, automotive, agricultural and municipal applications. Anand directed sales, key account management, sales operations, engineering and customer service.
Anand started his career in engineering at Raychem Corp (division of Tyco) in Menlo Park, CA.
Anand graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He also received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2001.
Anand will be based in Fort Worth, Texas.
John Guerrieri is Director of Sales at KPS Global. John joined KPS in April 2018 from Hillphoenix, where he spent more than 23 years in various leadership roles. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Small Format Channel of Dover Food Retail, a division of Hillphoenix.
Prior to that, he served as Central Region Vice President of Sales and Regional Sales Manager.
John is a graduate of Youngstown State University, where he studied Business Administration. He is married with seven children and nine grandchildren. In his spare time, John enjoys attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, fishing, shooting pool and golfing. He is also very active in his church and is a member of the Duquesne Hunting & Fishing Club.
Laura Helm, VP Finance of KPS Global, joined Kysor Panel Systems in May 2012, as Controller, and later elevated to Director of Finance. Laura had previously worked for Kysor Panel Systems from 2004 to 2006 as Manager of International Accounting.
Prior to joining KPS, Laura dedicated a total of ten years as Director of Finance with ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems (a global manufacturer of passenger boarding bridges for the airport industry).
Starting her career in Spain, Laura accumulated four years as a Controller for an Engineering firm, six years as Manager of Corporate Accounting for a Bank, and initially, three years as an auditor for Arthur Andersen.
Laura earned a BBA with a major in Accounting, and an MBA with a major in Auditing by the University of Madrid, Spain. She holds a CPA license in the State of Texas, and has completed a contract management certificate program at the University of California.
Laura was born in Spain but moved to Texas in 1999. She is married and lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Tim.
Ashleigh Martin, Director of Marketing, joined KPS Global in December 2016. Prior to joining the company, Ashleigh focused on customer analytics and lifecycle communications marketing helping customers from the agency side of things.
She is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where she received a Master of Business Administration and The University of North Texas, where she graduated with a Strategic Marketing Degree in Business Administration.
Ashleigh and her husband enjoy spending time with family, walking their dogs, gardening, and being outside! They are also avid college football fans and enjoy supporting local sports teams.
Jeff Monroe is Director of Supply Chain at KPS Global. Prior to joining KPS Global, he was with Southern Botanical developing a supply chain program and team. While at Southern Botanical he was awarded the ISM/ThomasNet 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars award. He then joined Bell Helicopter’s Strategic Sourcing team negotiating multi-million-dollar complex agreements for vertical lift parts and systems. During his tenure at Bell he negotiated well over $100 million in machined parts, castings, and flight and weapons systems.
Jeff is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a Master of Science degree in Supply Chain Management. He is married and has three daughters. His passions are working outdoors, spending time with his family, and raising his daughters.
Andrew Sweeny is the GM of Aftermarket Parts at KPS Global. Andrew has been with KPSG for 5 years, progressing through several important roles including PMO/Integration, Customer Ops, Operations and Quality.
Prior to joining KPSG, Andrew worked in oil and gas equipment manufacturing as a financial analyst.
He is a graduate of Texas Christian University, where he received a Master of Business Administration, and The Citadel, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Andrew and his wife Jennifer have 2 children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, golf, cooking and TCU sports.
Mark Vagle joined KPS Global as the Director of Construction Services in November 2019.
Prior to his role at KPS Global, he spent sixteen years in Senior Project Management positions in the modular construction industry. Mark spent the first half of his career in the thin film coatings industry, serving the automotive and industrial markets in sales and general management.
Mark is a graduate of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he was a member of the swim team and received a Bachelor of Science in Management.
Mark lives in Fort Worth with his family and enjoys music, cooking, and movies.
Jason Bratcher is the Senior Manager of Project Management at KPS Global.
Jason got his start in the refrigeration business refurbishing refrigerated cases and walk-ins prior to joining the United States Army where he served four years of active duty. He then served in the Army National Guard for 8 years and after his service, went back to the refrigeration business performing walk-in and case installations.
In 2002, Jason joined Kysor Panel Systems, where he served as a service technician for 4 years, Service Manager for 10 years and Manager of Construction Services for 2 years. Most recently, he was promoted to Senior Manager of Project Management at KPS Global.
Jason has two kids, one serving in the military and one in college.