Leadership Team


Hank Kohl

President and 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.

FUN FACT: While continuing to be a recovering engineer, Hank is known for his need for speed even outside of our business.  He is an experienced racer and enjoys adrenaline-filled time with his family and friends.  Also a world traveler he speaks German and English however his Italian and French needs work.


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”.

FUN FACT: Tom loves to sail, especially with high winds! His love for sailing allows him to entertain friends, go for evening sails and weekend cruises to other ports of call. He greatly enjoys the experience. On another note, Tom expresses how he, “knows how to brew a tasty IPA”.


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”.

FUN FACT: Outside of work, David enjoys golfing, biking, fishing and downhill skiing.  He’s happy to tell stories about long tee shots, scenic bike trails, the big fish he almost caught, and the best runs at Big Sky and other ski resorts.  A life-long fan of football, you’ll see him aptly dressed on football weekends in support of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.


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.

FUN FACT: Outside of working with the MPE team, Jim enjoys golfing and gardening. He is also a big fan of high school sports.


Geoff Lefeber

Vice President of Operations

Geoff values “the healthy culture of MPE in how dedicated and committed the workforce is into making continuous improvements.”

FUN FACT: During his college years, Geoff was a Division 1 baseball player at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His love for sports has remained, as he is a major fan of the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers and Marquette basketball. Geoff enjoys golfing and hunting, and goes whenever he possibly can.


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.

FUN FACT: Rick is from the Chicago area and an avid Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks and Bears fan. On weekends he enjoys coaching his kids soccer teams and cultivating a backyard vineyard for home wine making.

John Hart

John Hart

Vice President, Strategic Account Sales

John recently joined MPE in September 2020 as our Vice President, Strategic Account Sales.  John has over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing & strategy leadership with career record of success in Medical Device, Robotics, Pharmaceutical, and Biotech sectors. Former medtech executive at J&J/Ethicon, Edwards Lifesciences, and Abbott/St. Jude with recent experiences in regional medical device start-ups focused in Cardiology and Oncology.  In addition, John has served as a consultant for MPE New Business Development. He is now responsible for maintaining and accelerating sales in our current and future strategic accounts worldwide. John focuses his efforts in establishing an industry leading sales organization that focuses on customer requirements with a keen eye on improving organizational margins for our customers.

FUN FACT: John is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and married his high school sweetheart Andrea.  John and Andrea reside in Cincinnati and spend the majority of their free time on Williamstown Lake in Kentucky while spending time with their 3 sons, Drew, Alex and Adam, boating, fishing, golfing and just relaxing.


Jack Koepke

Director of Supply Chain Development

Jack Koepke is MPE’s Vice President of Supply Chain Management. He joined MPE in 2001 as the Materials Manager, and has been responsible for developing our strong supply chain network to be able to meet our customers’ requirements and production goals within the always-changing business environment within the U.S. and globally.

His Supply Chain Team is extremely successful at leveraging their relationships with our suppliers to control costs, minimize inventory and maximize flexibility for our customers. Working at MPE, Jack appreciates the custom work that is done for our customers and their products. We manufacture our customers’ world class products. He is most proud of being a part of this strong team and adds, “The Team is what makes MPE successful”.

FUN FACT: While not at work Jack enjoys spending as much time as possible in the outdoors of northern Wisconsin. Some of his activities are boating, fishing, hunting, and shooting sporting clays!

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