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Team Biographies

Chris Wheat
As CEO of Energy West Controls, Chris's primary responsibility is to provide a clear vision and distinct direction of EWC's future. He has always been motivated by doing the right thing. This mantra is one which guides his entire life. Chris has set some lofty goals for EWC and strongly believes that if you place the right individuals in the correct position, the positive outcome is limitless.

Chris is married and has four wonderful children. He is an avid golfer and enjoys a good ski day in the Utah mountains, especially if there is fresh powder. Chris can also be found traveling with his wife, reading a good book and continually looking for the best piece of meat to put on his smoker.

 


Josh Brunson
Josh brings over 20 years of Sales and Management experience to the EWC Idaho Sales territory. He has worked as a District Sales Manager in the Management Consulting Industry as well as the VP of Sales Operations for a manufacturer of custom power supplies.

Josh approaches everything he does with a passion and enthusiasm that is nothing short of contagious. When not at work providing inspirational, world class customer support, you will most likely find him exploring (or blazing) a new trail in his never-ending quest to find the perfect campsite.

Much to his surprise and delight, Josh was able to marry the girl of his dreams in 2018. He has yet to recover from the shock of her gracious acceptance and is forever working towards becoming the man that she deserves.

 


Brian Camacho
Brian Camacho has joined the EWC team and brings with him 20+ years of application knowledge and experience in the Instrumentation, Valve and Process Automation. Brian is focused on providing solutions for current plant challenges as well as supporting and introducing new technologies for upgrading or new applications in Arizona, New Mexico and Southern Nevada.

Prior to Brian's introduction to the Instrumentation and Automation world, Brian served eight years in the United States Air Force (USAF) in support of Operations Desert Storm, Joint Analysis Center (Central Intelligence Agency for the European Command), and Operations Northern and Southern Watch. After Brian served for the USAF, for the next 20+ years he has been approached with numerous sensing, valve automation, and PLC/VFD automation challenges and has assisted in introducing successful solutions.

Besides his passion of the outdoors, he is passionate about the customer experience when it comes to solving a plant challenge successfully and being a reliable resource for the Customer and EWC Team.

 


Dan DeMello
You will find Dan supporting Energy West customers and his co-workers from inside the Golden office. He comes from a 30 year background working in the HVAC Wholesale Distribution Market focusing on customer service and sales. Meeting new people, new challenges, and customer expectations are just a few things that drives Dan.

Dan came to Colorado transferring to a local HVAC wholesaler in 1996. He is married with two sons. They enjoy working on cars, camping, dirt biking, off roading, and just about anything outdoors.

 


Joanne Gallagher
With over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Joanne is excited to assist customers in their sales experience and provide online resources to the EWC website. She is passionate about communicating EWC messaging, from product solutions to order processing that enhance EWC's great customer service and business processes.

Joanne and her husband enjoy playing Pickleball and exploring Utah's outdoor playground. She is hoping her family back east will come west and join in the fun!

 


Jaimie Garvin
Jaimie joined the EWC family after spending the last 17 years with Kirst Engineering in Billings Montana. Jaimie brings over 35 years of industrial equipment experience and design. Under the direction of Dave Kirst, Jaimie became known as the "FIXER" solving many difficult applications in MT, ND and WY. Prior to Kirst Engineering, Jaimie established the valve service arm for FCX Performance in Columbus, Ohio

Currently, Jaimie and his wife reside in Fishtail, Montana with their 2 dogs. He and his wife are avid outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy taking the path less traveled.


Daniel Gibbs
Daniel is an Air Force veteran who served at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, where he worked on A-10's. After 6 years on active duty, he moved back to his family's hometown of Akron, Ohio. There he joined the Ohio National Guard, and worked on F-16's. During this time, he also attended The University of Akron where he earned his mechanical engineering degree. After earning his degree, Daniel took on various roles in the manufacturing industry, eventually finding his way back to Arizona.

Daniel is passionate about gaining a good understanding of a customer's problems and helping achieve a solution tailored for them. As he enjoys taking on challenges that encourage growth in his development as an engineer, Daniel also focuses on building trusting relationships with his customers. He believes both are equally important and strives to become a valuable resource for his customer.

When Daniel is away from work he is with his family and friends. He likes to explore the desert on Jeep runs through the mountains nearby. His family can also be found hiking, biking, or snowboarding throughout the year.

 


Nichole Hawkins
Nichole joined Energy West Controls in February 2008. With over 20 years of Office Administration, accounting, and customer service experience in various industries she is enthusiastic about serving and supporting colleagues, customers, and vendors in meeting their needs and goals. From making sure there is plenty of toilet paper to chasing down orders for timely delivery she loves the diversity of her job and all the people she gets to interact with every day.

Nichole enjoys spending time with her three completely AWESOME adult children, the last of which has flown the nest, and playing with her cute, little, brown fur buddy Teddy. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, dabbling in various art projects, music and chillin'.

 


Nate Huff
Nate has been working with actuation and controls for over 20 years, primarily in the natural gas industry. He is a graduate of Utah Valley University. He began his career by getting hands on experience via both factory assembly and field service of actuation and related controls. This experience lead him into the world of technical sales where he enjoys working with customers to provide solutions.

Nate has too many hobbies, but his favorites include hiking, hunting, exploring Utah's back country, wrenching on his 1969 Ford Bronco, and most of all, traveling with his wife.

 


Dax Julian
Dax joined the Energy West team as a Sales Engineer. He comes to EWC with over 17 years of experience in the O&G Industry as an Industrial Sales and Valve Automation specialist. He is a highly effective professional with hybrid operations and sales background based here in the Rockies.

Born and raised in Littleton, CO, Dax is married with 2 boys and enjoys anything outdoors, especially mountain biking and fly fishing.

 


Everett Less
Everett has 17 years of industrial sales and process engineering experience. He has a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah. Everett enjoys working with customers and believes listening to understand is key to providing quality solutions. Everett prides himself on exceeding customer expectations and strongly believes in good customer service. His humble approach to solution sales creates an environment where knowledge is shared, trust is earned, and results can be proven.

Everett is married and has two children. His family enjoys camping, hiking and canyoneering together. Everett frequently volunteers his time to his community through coaching various sports.  His favorite activities are riding single track trails on his dirt bike or mountain bike. When the snow flies he can found carving up groomers or searching out some first tracks in the backcountry.

 


Kristel Lundberg
Kristel provides stability and compassion and aligns corporate goals with the well-being of our employees. She is a graduate of Utah Valley University and currently pursuing her MBA. She has teenage boy/girl twins, who are involved in everything under the sun! She thoroughly enjoys being a busy full-time working mom. EWC brings her immense satisfaction as it affords her the ability to be a part of something so customer and employee focused. One of Kristel's favorite parts of EWC are the core values stated and lived by, genuinely providing awesome opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.

When she's not at work and now not at school, she enjoys watching her kids' sporting events, going to the movies, reading, and playing golf with her family.

 


Jessica Oakley
Jessica is responsible for all things Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. Jessica is very proud to be a part of an organization with such solid and impressive values.

Outside of work, Jessica loves live music in all forms, and volunteers at Red Butte Garden working their outdoor summer concert series. She and her husband also love traveling, usually with the goal of seeing an NFL or MLB game, or checking another National Park off the list.

 


Bob Pahl
Bob has been with Energy West Controls since 2009. In that time, he's worn many hats for our team and done so with great pride and enthusiasm. From new application design and specification, retrofit or replacement, project management, product support or troubleshooting, or simply helping to get a shipment out the door, there is nothing that comes across his desk that he can't help with. Providing great customer service is the top priority in every regard. Bob has two goals every day and those are to solve a problem and teach someone something new.

Outside of work Bob spends his free time chasing new adventures with his wife. Together, they love getting lost in the red rocks, traveling to new places, anything sports related, and especially spending time at the family ranch.

 


Dan Piereder
Dan's curiosity of how things work has guided him to the survey tech position. He enjoys being on site and understanding how things are made and how processes work. Dan is one of Armstrong's top factory trained steam trap survey technician. His outgoing personality had helped him create lasting relationships with the people he has works with.

Outside of work, Dan enjoys spending time snowboarding, cooking, swimming and taking his family on adventures.

 


Scott Place
Scott joins the EWC family with a broad range of experience. His background has given him a unique and passionate perspective towards process technologies and customer service. His focused and enthusiastic approach provides our customers with an outstanding and rewarding experience. Scott truly believes honesty, integrity and building lasting relationships is the key to providing high efficiency solutions.

Scott is an accomplished musician, professional river guide and outdoorsmen, has great mechanical aptitude and an inquisitive mind.

 


Justin Rich
Justin Rich has been with Energy West Controls (EWC) since 2002. He has worked his way through the company from the ground up, starting in the Warehouse with Shipping/Receiving/Deliveries, then onto Inside Sales for over 18 years where his primary focus has been on process valves & automation, expansion joints and gasket sealing equipment, primarily for industrial markets. Through these years of experience, he has gained extensive knowledge in the facets of the company and is able to apply that experience to helping in day-to-day endeavors, now as the company President/Operations Manager.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Justin moved to Utah to continue his education at the University of Utah where he earned a B.S. in Sociology and Economics. With full intentions of moving back to Texas after of college, he ended up marrying the love of his life and has never looked back. He also has two amazing children who constantly keep him on his toes.

When Justin is not in the office, you can find him on local rivers hoping to land a fish or two, smacking the golf ball around or on the slopes trying to keep up with his kids and wife.

 


Rich Robins
Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Rich worked at Process Measurement Company for 27 years, first in Minnesota as an Instrument Technician, then in 1990 PMC Rich moved to the new branch office in Denver and he was later promoted to Branch Manager.

Rich has over 25 years of sales experience, including 20 years as a Branch Manager. His career has been a rewarding experience, dedicated to working with people and helping start two service-oriented Process Instrumentation branch offices.

When Rich is away from work, it is family and friends and as much fishing as he can muster. His home away from home is on the water. When it's his time to rest in peace he wants to become a fish.

 


Caleb Rutkowski
Caleb brings to the Energy West team a diverse background of experience and interests. A lifelong gearhead, his career began in the Automotive industry, where he developed a passion for hands-on problem solving and a never-ending drive to expand his technical knowledge and expertise. Caleb is a listener first, always sure to get as thorough of an understanding as possible of each customer's situation and needs so that he can help them to the fullest extent of his ability. Caleb is a Salt Lake City local with two degrees from the University of Utah and is proud to serve not only the industry of his hometown but the industry of the surrounding regions as well.

Outside of work, he's a longtime Jazz musician, and if you don’t find him playing music, you'll likely find him with his hands dirty working on anything with an engine.

 


Chris Rutkowski
Chris' passion for customer service is in a class of its own as he always puts the "Customer First" constantly improving his and Energy West Controls (EWC) relationship and service level to clients. He values all of EWC customer base and understands customers are doing more with less and rely on EWC products and services to get their job done timely and correctly.

Chris chose a career in Professional Industrial Sales as his degree is in "Industrial Distribution" a duel degree of Engineering and Marketing from Eastern Michigan University. As Sales Manager for EWC he encourages all EWC’s sales professionals to first listen to the client, ask questions seeking application operating parameters then successfully solve applications with an appropriate product or service.

Outside of work you'll find Chris in the X-Fit Box, skiing and horseback riding the Utah mountains, fishing from Flaming Gorge to Lake Powell and working on his horse ranch with his wife and two sons.

 


Seth Schulz
Seth joined the EWC warehouse team in July 2022. His expert attention to detail in shipping in receiving stems from his experience as Warehouse Manager in the glass industry. Hailing from the blue grass state of Kentucky, Seth has made Utah his home. He enjoys hiking and camping with his wife and daughter.

 


Michele Simpson
Michele has been with EWC since 2011 and brings 20+ years of experience to our accounting department. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah (go Utes!). She is still an avid fan of their football and basketball teams. Although a native Utahn, she has lived all over the country. She currently resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina, with her husband and teenage daughter, and their pets. Her son is studying engineering at Tennessee Technological University.

When she is not working, Michele loves travelling, road biking, playing tennis, reading, and taking hilarious videos of her cat Dexter and dog Laysha.

 


Randy Simpson
Randy manages the shop at Energy West Controls, he handles shipping and receiving, delivery, valve repairs and just about anything else EWC will get into.

Outside of work, Randy enjoys spending time with wife and 4 crazy kids. He loves the outdoors and winter weekends exploring the backcountry on his sled searching for places to send it.

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