Leadership Team

At MPE, we have a culture of teamwork, customer focus and continuous improvement. It is our valuable team members that make what we do possible. The leadership team exists to serve our employees and customers, in order to drive the business forward. Get to know our leadership team.

Tom Gradner Manufacturing MPE

Hank Kohl

President & CEO

Hank joined MPE in 2014 as our President and Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for leading the evolution of our organization and the growth of our business.

Hank challenges the MPE team to continuously improve and advance; to create a world class organization that exceeds our customers’ and shareholders expectations as well as our impact to our community and our world.

Tom Gobble Manufacturing MPE

Tom Groble


Starting with MPE in 2011, Tom serves as our CFO. As head of all financial operations of the company, Tom is responsible for MPE’s banking and investor relationships, contracts, pricing reviews, as well as information technology.

Our culture at MPE encourages fostering relationships and a healthy, positive work environment. During his time at MPE, Tom has built strong relationships among his co-workers. In addition, he appreciates “the ability to make a difference”.

Jim Gartzke  Manufacturing MPE

Robin Hembry

Executive VP of Corporate Business Development

Robin joined the MPE team early in 2021 as Executive Vice Present of Corporate Business Development. Robin brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of medical technologies making him a valuable asset to the MPE team.

With a passion for finding innovative new products in multi-specialty fields such as Minimally Invasive Surgery, Endoscopic Surgery, Robotics, Orthopedics/Spine, Neuro, Cardio, and Diagnostics, he looks to help the MPE team further their goal of building a better future. Focusing on partnering with OEMs in the Med Device field, Robin looks forward to the next opportunity to bring new technology to the market.

Shari Skopek Manufacturing MPE

Shari Skopek

Human Resources Manager

Shari recently joined MPE in February of 2021, bringing with her 10+ years of experience in Human Resources. Her knowledge and strong history of strategic planning from the HR perspective will help the company to focus on culture, employee relations, team building, and talent development. With a passion for fostering a positive work environment and understanding the needs of employees, Shari believes being successful in these key areas will build a strong organization, ready for continuous improvement and growth.

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David Bongard

Vice President of Engineering

David Bongard began his career with MPE in 1984 and is our Vice President of Engineering. Every day, David and his mechanical design engineering team work collaboratively with our customers and team members from all functions of the organization to design, manufacture and deliver high-quality, leading-edge products.

While the company has grown considerably over the years, two things that have been constant since its founding are MPE’s commitment to quality and continuous improvement. David “enjoys challenging himself and others to think innovatively to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities to achieve that perfection”.

Curt McCann Manufacturing MPE

Curt McCann

Director of Project Management

Curt, our Director of Project Management, joined MPE in early 2007. Curt is an active, accredited PMP and manages MPE’s project management processes. His team provides the insight and leadership to ensure the successful delivery of our high profile mix of projects.

MPE has a great team and Curt has enjoyed supporting our strategic planning ventures year-after-year as part of our successful growth. Since MPE has a high mix of products for a dynamic clientele, Curt believes that, “Having the opportunity to work with some of the keenest and most intellectual people is very welcoming and valued during the overall product life cycle journey.”

Tom Gardner Manufacturing MPE

Tom Gardner

Design Engineering Manager

Tom Gardner has been with MPE since February 2018. He is the Design Engineering Manager, who guides the internal design team in producing world-class and innovative solutions for a variety of industries. He implements best practice design principles and modern design tools to drive success for his team. His experience in the industry has helped MPE grow, bringing new design concepts and tools that ensure high quality products on a time and below budget to our customers. Tom values the synergy that MPE has created with the engineering team to deliver lifesaving solutions to the medical industry and proud of that team that can collaboratively and consistently deliver quality solutions to our satisfied customers even on the most challenging projects.

Rick Zanardo Manufacturing MPE

Rick Zanardo

Vice President of Business Development

Rick Zanardo joined MPE in May of 2018 as Vice President of Business Development. Rick brings to MPE 24 years of of strategic sales, business development, sales management, leadership experience at regional, national, global levels. He is passionate about developing and leading sales teams to drive complex sales process that result in long term mutually rewarding customer relationships.

Rick is building a national sales organization to service our expanding customer base which includes an new independent sales rep network. He is most proud of the hard-working collaborative team culture at MPE that continues to grow manufacturing in America.

Geoff Lefeber Manufacturing MPE

Geoff Lefeber

Vice President of Operations

Geoff joined the MPE leadership team in 2016 as the Vice President of Operations. He is responsible for overseeing day to day operations and executing the operational strategy throughout all manufacturing processes, process engineering, scheduling, maintenance, estimating, and quality control. Geoff has over 20 years of lean six sigma implementation, team building, employee empowerment, group dynamics, and quality management system experience. He is passionate about developing associates to become better leaders and measuring organizational performance to meet customer expectations.

Jake Carter Manufacturing MPE

Jake Carter

Sr. Director of Supply Chain

Jake recently joined MPE in April of 2021 as our Senior Director of Supply Chain. He leads a collaborative team who oversees procurement, inventory management, and supplier development while encouraging each team member to make a positive impact both on each other and our customers.

His passion to incorporate best-in-class supply chain structure to our new product development process while practicing daily commitment to customer satisfaction will help us produce the type of products that make an impact in the world of Med Device.

Jim Gartzke  Manufacturing MPE

Jim Gartzke

Director of Quality

Jim joined our team in 1989 and is MPE’s Director of Quality. He is responsible for leading our quality team and managing our quality management system. His team is charged with developing quality plans for the products we manufacture and assuring the finished products will meet regulatory and customer needs.

Throughout his tenure at MPE, Jim has always valued the team approach within the business. He values the consistent, open and honest communication approach we utilize with each other and with our customers.

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