The Petersen Team

Over 300 years of combined experience

Our senior management team offers our customers the depth of knowledge that is required to be successful in this industry – and the knowledge that is required to assist customers in making their projects successful. Our experienced senior management is backed by an equally seasoned mid-management team that broadens our knowledge-base and deepens our capabilities. When you add this to the rest of our impressive and experienced team members at Petersen Inc., we believe it’s the best team in the industry.

  • Andy Plyler
    General Manager
  • Casey Jones
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Kim Steed
    Executive Secretary

Andy Plyler

General Manager

Andy is a 30 year veteran of the aerospace manufacturing industry. Andy began his manufacturing career as a Machinist at Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, GA. Within a few years, Andy was promoted into Delta’s Industrial Engineering group and eventually became the Manager of the team. From Delta, Andy went to work as the operational leader for BF Goodrich’s Airframe Technical Services business in Everett, WA, a business that specializes in the major repair and overhaul of large commercial aircraft.  After Goodrich, Andy managed the Engine Component repair business for Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix, AZ, a business that repairs and manufactures engine piece parts for turboprop and turbofan power plants. Over the last several years, Andy has managed CNC manufacturing businesses that primarily specialized in large commercial, defense and space aerostructures.

Andy earned his BA in Business Management from Kennesaw State University.  Andy is a veteran of the US Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC.

Casey Jones

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer at Petersen Inc., Casey is responsible for the overall financial strategy of the company. The company’s financial strategy includes long-range financial planning to maximize the value of each employee owner’s share value, maintenance of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for financial reporting, and transparency to ensure the continued integrity of Petersen Inc.’s financial capabilities. Casey brings years of experience in managing financial activities to the Petersen Inc. team. As a licensed CPA in the state of Utah, Casey has a strong accounting background and skills related to cost management for government contracts and cash flow management. He began his career with a top tier fuel supplier and continued to gain experience in corporate cash management for a decade before becoming a CFO of a Utah steel corporation. Mr. Jones holds a B.A. in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from Weber State University.

 

Kim Steed

Executive Secretary

Kim has been a team member of Petersen Inc. since 1992, giving her nearly 3 decades of working in the Fabrication Industry. Kim started at Petersen Inc. as a payroll clerk and now oversees all administration of retirement and benefits as Executive Secretary. Kim is a key member of Petersen’s Ethics and Compliance Committee. Mrs. Steed graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Secretarial Science.

  • Rob Despain
    Vice President, Business Development
  • Frank Shaw
    Vice President, Program Office
  • Jake Brian
    Vice President of Supply Chain
  • Blaine Maez
    Director of Quality

Rob Despain

Vice President, Business Development

Rob joined Petersen Inc. in 1983 and currently serves as the Vice President – Business Development.  His experience spans over three decades in the steel fabrication and precision machining industry.   He manages the business development consisting of sales, marketing/advertising, and estimating.  He is also currently active in the company sales efforts and directs all marketing, public relations, advertising, and the corporate brand.

Rob has been instrumental in Petersen Inc.’s ability to grow strategies of increasing annual sales from under $1M in 1983 to over $1.7B to date, the creation of Centralized Tool Storage for the Boeing company which is located at the Petersen Inc. warehousing and distribution facilities in Ogden, Utah  as well as SBA Subcontractor of the year (1-Boeing, 2-Thiokol), Lockheed Martin Supplier of Excellence, Boeing Supplier of the Year, Bechtel First Time Quality, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development Company of the Year, Best of State in Production/Manufacturing,  and Utah Manufacturer’s Association Manufacturer of the Year.

Rob is an active member in many associations related to the industries Petersen Inc. serves, such as State of Utah Governor’s Economic Development Task Force Committee, American Glovebox Society, and American Nuclear Society.  He has also held the President position of the Utah Steel Fabricators Association and Utah Manufacturers Association.  Rob is a PIO (certified Public Information Officer).

As a seasoned member of the Petersen Inc. Staff, he is active and comfortable hosting facility tours and explaining advanced manufacturing and Petersen Inc. facilities and capabilities in depth.

Frank Shaw

Vice President, Program Office

Frank has been a valued team member at Petersen Inc. since 1988.   His leadership and management skills over the last 25 plus years makes him a valuable asset to all areas of the company. Frank understands the needs of all sides of the business and has experience in both the estimating and purchasing sides of Petersen Inc. Originally from the Ogden area, Frank attended Utah State University where he received both his Bachelor’s degree and his Master’s degree and is a “True Aggie” basketball fan – having played on the USU Men’s Basketball Varsity Team.

Jake Brian

Vice President of Supply Chain

Jake graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Logistics and Operations Management, then continued his education at Utah State University with a Master’s of Business Administration. His nine years spent at Standlee Premium Western Foreage taught him a variety of skills that range from inventory and project management, procurement responsibilities and sales duties that have given Jake a well-balanced approach to his tasks. With 15 years of professional experience managing projects and budgets, supervising operations and coordinating logistics, Jake is highly skilled at quickly building relationships with suppliers and working with customers to solve problems. Jake now oversees Production Control, Scheduling, Purchasing, Warehousing, Distribution, Shipping and Receiving and our facility in BDO’s Operations

Blaine Maez

Director of Quality

Blaine was promoted to Director of Quality in 2019 after joining the team in 2011 as a Quality Engineer. Mr. Maez has two decades of experience in the Quality Assurance field. As Director of Quality, he oversees all quality and engineering functions for nuclear, aerospace and commercial jobs. This includes preparation, implementation and maintenance of ASME, ISO, AS9100 and NADCAP quality systems; preparation, qualification and maintenance of welding procedure specifications; welder and operator qualifications; setup and maintenance of computerized calibration systems and inspection instruments; need assessments for the procurement of inspection equipment; employee training; and writing of process procedures including heat treatment.

  • Dave Dixon
    Director of HR/Ethics Officer, PHR, CCEP
  • Brett Wagner
    Director of Machining
  • Scott Sugimoto
    Estimating Manager
  • Rob Smith
    Purchasing Manager, CPP

Dave Dixon

Director of HR/Ethics Officer, PHR, CCEP

Dave has been a team member of Petersen Inc. since 1983. Mr. Dixon oversees all Human Resource efforts of Petersen Inc. including recruiting, hiring, general employee issues, legal and policy compliance, training and discipline. Dave also directs the company’s Ethics and Compliance, and the Environmental Health and Safety departments. Dave is instrumental in keeping management informed of issues relating to employees and employee safety, and relays management objectives and incentives to employees. Dave worked in the Petersen Inc. facilities as a machine operator and welder for many years, and is familiar with all aspects of the company. This has allowed him to have great rapport with the employees throughout the company. Dave received his Bachelor’s degree from Weber State University, and his Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He speaks Japanese and is active in the community in many areas including member of Northern Utah Manufacturers Alliance and the 2008-2009 President of Northern Utah Human Resource Association.

Brett Wagner

Director of Machining

Brett brings a very well composed set of manufacturing management skills gained over three decades. He has held positions including Cost Accounting/Inventory Control, Production Control Manager, Purchasing Manager, Project Manager, Operations Manager, Business Development, Precision Machining Division Manager and most recently promoted to the Director of Machining Operations. Brett serves on the Machining Board for the Ogden Weber Applied Technology College. He is also a member of the National Tooling and Machining Association. Brett attended both Weber State University and the University of Phoenix studying business management.

Scott Sugimoto

Estimating Manager

Scott has over 20 years of fabrication experience-such as fitter/welder, machinist, process planner, and estimator. He has manufactured and estimated projects for all industries including mining, aerospace, nuclear, and entertainment. This vast experience and knowledge of manufacturing processes make him an integral member of the management team. His responsibilities include managing all operations and personnel in the Estimating department including analyzing incoming RFQ’s, specifications, drawings and other documentation to make assignments and distribute the workload within the Estimating department.

Rob Smith

Purchasing Manager, CPP

Rob joined Petersen Inc. in 2014, bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in the Supply Chain and Purchasing fields. Rob has direct experience procuring materials to support high volume, job shop, and capital equipment requirements. Along with his experience gained at Petersen Inc., he has worked in the High-Tech, Mining, and Automotive industries. He is a Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Logistics Management from Weber State College.

  • Jeff Schutte
    Idaho Production Manager
  • Tom Burkland
    Chief Engineer
  • John Rasband
    EH&S Engineer, CSP

Jeff Schutte

Idaho Production Manager

Jeff joined Petersen Inc. in 2007 as the Idaho facility Production Manager. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in Mechanical Engineering. He has 20 years’ experience in manufacturing and engineering and currently oversees all manufacturing at our Idaho facility. His years of experience includes preparing and reviewing contracts, work scopes, project costs, planning and scheduling, manufacturing and production planning, as well as working with customers on project specifics, planning, approvals and coordination.

Tom Burkland

Chief Engineer

Tom joined the Petersen Inc. team full-time in 1999 after having been a consultant to Petersen Inc. since 1993. With a background in engineering spanning two decades, Tom brought a wealth of knowledge to his current position of Chief Engineer. Tom’s  experience has included Lead Engineer of the Fleet Structural Integrity Program on the F-16’s for the Air Force, and was soon promoted to Chief Engineer of the F-16 Program. He has also been involved in Aircraft Weapon Systems Development. Tom is currently responsible for and oversees all technical consulting for in-house engineering staff and projects, as well as customer projects. Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University. He is actively involved in auto racing, where he has broken the land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats with his self-engineered and built car and holds the current land-speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats with a speed of 417 mph, set in September of 2004.

John Rasband

EH&S Engineer, CSP

John joined Petersen Inc. in 2003. With more than a decade of environmental health and safety experience, he is instrumental in improving safety and empowering employees to make a safer work environment at Petersen Inc., John holds the CSP designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and is a member of the local chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. He serves on the Local Emergency Planning Committee. He teaches many safety and first aide courses. At Petersen Inc. John controls administration of compliance with safety policies and procedures; oversees all safety training of new hires and existing employees; administers security programs and ensures the safety of our employees and projects. John was recently appointed to Governor Herbert’s Air Quality Board and speaks fluent Korean.

Andy Plyler

General Manager

Andy is a 30 year veteran of the aerospace manufacturing industry. Andy began his manufacturing career as a Machinist at Delta Air Lines in Atlanta, GA. Within a few years, Andy was promoted into Delta’s Industrial Engineering group and eventually became the Manager of the team. From Delta, Andy went to work as the operational leader for BF Goodrich’s Airframe Technical Services business in Everett, WA, a business that specializes in the major repair and overhaul of large commercial aircraft.  After Goodrich, Andy managed the Engine Component repair business for Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix, AZ, a business that repairs and manufactures engine piece parts for turboprop and turbofan power plants. Over the last several years, Andy has managed CNC manufacturing businesses that primarily specialized in large commercial, defense and space aerostructures.

Andy earned his BA in Business Management from Kennesaw State University.  Andy is a veteran of the US Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, NC.

Casey Jones

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer at Petersen Inc., Casey is responsible for the overall financial strategy of the company. The company’s financial strategy includes long-range financial planning to maximize the value of each employee owner’s share value, maintenance of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for financial reporting, and transparency to ensure the continued integrity of Petersen Inc.’s financial capabilities. Casey brings years of experience in managing financial activities to the Petersen Inc. team. As a licensed CPA in the state of Utah, Casey has a strong accounting background and skills related to cost management for government contracts and cash flow management. He began his career with a top tier fuel supplier and continued to gain experience in corporate cash management for a decade before becoming a CFO of a Utah steel corporation. Mr. Jones holds a B.A. in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration from Weber State University.

 

Kim Steed

Executive Secretary

Kim has been a team member of Petersen Inc. since 1992, giving her nearly 3 decades of working in the Fabrication Industry. Kim started at Petersen Inc. as a payroll clerk and now oversees all administration of retirement and benefits as Executive Secretary. Kim is a key member of Petersen’s Ethics and Compliance Committee. Mrs. Steed graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Secretarial Science.

Rob Despain

Vice President, Business Development

Rob joined Petersen Inc. in 1983 and currently serves as the Vice President – Business Development.  His experience spans over three decades in the steel fabrication and precision machining industry.   He manages the business development consisting of sales, marketing/advertising, and estimating.  He is also currently active in the company sales efforts and directs all marketing, public relations, advertising, and the corporate brand.

Rob has been instrumental in Petersen Inc.’s ability to grow strategies of increasing annual sales from under $1M in 1983 to over $1.7B to date, the creation of Centralized Tool Storage for the Boeing company which is located at the Petersen Inc. warehousing and distribution facilities in Ogden, Utah  as well as SBA Subcontractor of the year (1-Boeing, 2-Thiokol), Lockheed Martin Supplier of Excellence, Boeing Supplier of the Year, Bechtel First Time Quality, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development Company of the Year, Best of State in Production/Manufacturing,  and Utah Manufacturer’s Association Manufacturer of the Year.

Rob is an active member in many associations related to the industries Petersen Inc. serves, such as State of Utah Governor’s Economic Development Task Force Committee, American Glovebox Society, and American Nuclear Society.  He has also held the President position of the Utah Steel Fabricators Association and Utah Manufacturers Association.  Rob is a PIO (certified Public Information Officer).

As a seasoned member of the Petersen Inc. Staff, he is active and comfortable hosting facility tours and explaining advanced manufacturing and Petersen Inc. facilities and capabilities in depth.

Frank Shaw

Vice President, Program Office

Frank has been a valued team member at Petersen Inc. since 1988.   His leadership and management skills over the last 25 plus years makes him a valuable asset to all areas of the company. Frank understands the needs of all sides of the business and has experience in both the estimating and purchasing sides of Petersen Inc. Originally from the Ogden area, Frank attended Utah State University where he received both his Bachelor’s degree and his Master’s degree and is a “True Aggie” basketball fan – having played on the USU Men’s Basketball Varsity Team.

Jake Brian

Vice President of Supply Chain

Jake graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Logistics and Operations Management, then continued his education at Utah State University with a Master’s of Business Administration. His nine years spent at Standlee Premium Western Foreage taught him a variety of skills that range from inventory and project management, procurement responsibilities and sales duties that have given Jake a well-balanced approach to his tasks. With 15 years of professional experience managing projects and budgets, supervising operations and coordinating logistics, Jake is highly skilled at quickly building relationships with suppliers and working with customers to solve problems. Jake now oversees Production Control, Scheduling, Purchasing, Warehousing, Distribution, Shipping and Receiving and our facility in BDO’s Operations

Blaine Maez

Director of Quality

Blaine was promoted to Director of Quality in 2019 after joining the team in 2011 as a Quality Engineer. Mr. Maez has two decades of experience in the Quality Assurance field. As Director of Quality, he oversees all quality and engineering functions for nuclear, aerospace and commercial jobs. This includes preparation, implementation and maintenance of ASME, ISO, AS9100 and NADCAP quality systems; preparation, qualification and maintenance of welding procedure specifications; welder and operator qualifications; setup and maintenance of computerized calibration systems and inspection instruments; need assessments for the procurement of inspection equipment; employee training; and writing of process procedures including heat treatment.

Dave Dixon

Director of HR/Ethics Officer, PHR, CCEP

Dave has been a team member of Petersen Inc. since 1983. Mr. Dixon oversees all Human Resource efforts of Petersen Inc. including recruiting, hiring, general employee issues, legal and policy compliance, training and discipline. Dave also directs the company’s Ethics and Compliance, and the Environmental Health and Safety departments. Dave is instrumental in keeping management informed of issues relating to employees and employee safety, and relays management objectives and incentives to employees. Dave worked in the Petersen Inc. facilities as a machine operator and welder for many years, and is familiar with all aspects of the company. This has allowed him to have great rapport with the employees throughout the company. Dave received his Bachelor’s degree from Weber State University, and his Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He speaks Japanese and is active in the community in many areas including member of Northern Utah Manufacturers Alliance and the 2008-2009 President of Northern Utah Human Resource Association.

Brett Wagner

Director of Machining

Brett brings a very well composed set of manufacturing management skills gained over three decades. He has held positions including Cost Accounting/Inventory Control, Production Control Manager, Purchasing Manager, Project Manager, Operations Manager, Business Development, Precision Machining Division Manager and most recently promoted to the Director of Machining Operations. Brett serves on the Machining Board for the Ogden Weber Applied Technology College. He is also a member of the National Tooling and Machining Association. Brett attended both Weber State University and the University of Phoenix studying business management.

Scott Sugimoto

Estimating Manager

Scott has over 20 years of fabrication experience-such as fitter/welder, machinist, process planner, and estimator. He has manufactured and estimated projects for all industries including mining, aerospace, nuclear, and entertainment. This vast experience and knowledge of manufacturing processes make him an integral member of the management team. His responsibilities include managing all operations and personnel in the Estimating department including analyzing incoming RFQ’s, specifications, drawings and other documentation to make assignments and distribute the workload within the Estimating department.

Rob Smith

Purchasing Manager, CPP

Rob joined Petersen Inc. in 2014, bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in the Supply Chain and Purchasing fields. Rob has direct experience procuring materials to support high volume, job shop, and capital equipment requirements. Along with his experience gained at Petersen Inc., he has worked in the High-Tech, Mining, and Automotive industries. He is a Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Logistics Management from Weber State College.

Jeff Schutte

Idaho Production Manager

Jeff joined Petersen Inc. in 2007 as the Idaho facility Production Manager. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in Mechanical Engineering. He has 20 years’ experience in manufacturing and engineering and currently oversees all manufacturing at our Idaho facility. His years of experience includes preparing and reviewing contracts, work scopes, project costs, planning and scheduling, manufacturing and production planning, as well as working with customers on project specifics, planning, approvals and coordination.

Tom Burkland

Chief Engineer

Tom joined the Petersen Inc. team full-time in 1999 after having been a consultant to Petersen Inc. since 1993. With a background in engineering spanning two decades, Tom brought a wealth of knowledge to his current position of Chief Engineer. Tom’s  experience has included Lead Engineer of the Fleet Structural Integrity Program on the F-16’s for the Air Force, and was soon promoted to Chief Engineer of the F-16 Program. He has also been involved in Aircraft Weapon Systems Development. Tom is currently responsible for and oversees all technical consulting for in-house engineering staff and projects, as well as customer projects. Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University. He is actively involved in auto racing, where he has broken the land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats with his self-engineered and built car and holds the current land-speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats with a speed of 417 mph, set in September of 2004.

John Rasband

EH&S Engineer, CSP

John joined Petersen Inc. in 2003. With more than a decade of environmental health and safety experience, he is instrumental in improving safety and empowering employees to make a safer work environment at Petersen Inc., John holds the CSP designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and is a member of the local chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. He serves on the Local Emergency Planning Committee. He teaches many safety and first aide courses. At Petersen Inc. John controls administration of compliance with safety policies and procedures; oversees all safety training of new hires and existing employees; administers security programs and ensures the safety of our employees and projects. John was recently appointed to Governor Herbert’s Air Quality Board and speaks fluent Korean.

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