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Leadership

Bart A. Aitken
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

BartMr. Aitken joined Cleaver-Brooks in 2015 as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Previously, he served as Group President at St. Louis-based Harbour Group, which acquired Cleaver-Brooks in 2012. Mr. Aitken joined Harbour Group as Group Vice President in 1998 and was named Group President in 1999. In 2005, he assumed the responsibilities of President and CEO of Lincoln Industrial Corporation. Following Harbour Group’s divestiture of Lincoln in 2010, he rejoined Harbour Group as Group President in 2011. In his role as Group President, Mr. Aitken had responsibility for the following portfolio groups: Plastic Processing Equipment, Automotive Accessories, Building Components, Lubricating Systems, Home Products and Boiler Room Solutions.  Prior to joining Harbour Group, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Engineered Products Group at Kennametal Inc. and Greenfield Industries, Inc., and Director of European Operations at Greenfield. Earlier, he held a number of operations management, manufacturing engineering and planning/analyst positions at RTW, Inc., and TRW, Inc. Mr. Aitken received a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and an MS degree in Industrial Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University.

John C. Oakley
Chief Financial Officer

JohnOakleyMr. Oakley joined Cleaver-Brooks in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. Throughout his career, Mr. Oakley has served in senior financial positions for both publicly traded and privately held companies. Previously, Mr. Oakley was President, Chief Financial Officer and Director for Flanders Corp., an air filtration product manufacturer based in Washington, N.C. He has also served as the Chief Financial Officer at Nexxus Lighting and Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director at Home Meridian International. Mr. Oakley began his career as an Audit Supervisor with Arthur Andersen, LLP. He gained experience working as Corporate Controller for Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings and as Treasurer for Pulaski Furniture Corp., where he managed banking relationships, treasury and tax functions. Mr. Oakley earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a licensed CPA.

Earle Pfefferkorn
President, Boiler Systems

Earle PfefferkornMr. Pfefferkorn joined Cleaver-Brooks in March 1997 as part of the Aftermarket Products Group. Mr. Pfefferkorn was promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Distribution Sales in 2003 and has served as President of the Packaged Boiler Systems Group since 2005. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Pfefferkorn held engineering, marketing, and operations positions in the heat transfer and metal fabrication industry. Mr. Pfefferkorn is a member of the Board of Directors of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and is a member of ABMA and the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners. Mr. Pfefferkorn holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Paul M. Anderson
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Paul Anderson

Mr. Anderson joined Cleaver-Brooks in 2013 as Senior Vice President of Strategic Sales and Marketing. Previously, he held the position of Vice President of Marketing, Product Management and Research Development for the SKF Lubrication Business Unit. SKF purchased Lincoln Holdings Enterprises in 2011, where Mr. Anderson held the position of Global Vice President of Marketing and Product Development. Mr. Anderson began his career at Ingersoll-Rand in 1993 as an Application Engineer. He advanced through the company, serving in a number of sales, marketing and managerial positions across the United States and Canada. When Mr. Anderson left Ingersoll-Rand in 2007, he was Director of Aftermarket for Hussmann in the Americas. Mr. Anderson holds a BA in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and earned his MBA in Marketing and Finance from York University in Toronto.

Jim Lowell
Senior Vice President, Operations
Jim LowellMr. Lowell joined Cleaver-Brooks in 2012 as Senior Vice President of Operations. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Lowell was the Vice President of United Technologies' GR&C business unit, which produces lifesaving detection and alarming equipment. From 1998 to 2010, he held roles of increasing responsibility in the General Electric Company, spanning materials management, operations, plant management, and culminating with responsibility for multiple site operations at GE Energy. He began his career with Exxon Corporation as a Marine Engineering Officer, where he traveled globally from 1990 through 1998, focusing on power generation and propulsion. Mr. Lowell earned a BS in Marine Engineering from the Maine Maritime Academy. He holds a First Class Stationary Engineer's License as well as a USCG First Engineering Officer's License.

Robert St-Denis
Vice President and Senior Advisor

Robert St. Denis 120x160Mr. St-Denis served as President of the Engineered Boiler Systems Group of Cleaver-Brooks for 10 years, after having led the integration of Natcom burner technology into the Cleaver-Brooks product lines. Prior to joining the company, Mr. St-Denis served as President of Natcom, which he co-founded in 1988 and sold to Cleaver-Brooks in 2001. Mr. St-Denis has more than 30 years of experience in the industrial combustion business and has established and developed markets for Natcom burners in more than 15 countries worldwide. Mr. St-Denis holds a degree in Business and Instrumentation & Control from Valleyfield College and a degree in Mechanical/Electrical and Building Contracting from the Canadian BCI.

P. Welch Goggins, Jr.
Chairman Emeritus

P. Welch Goggins, Jr.Mr. Goggins became Chairman Emeritus in April 2015 after serving as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Cleaver-Brooks for 10 years. Previous to that, Mr. Goggins was Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the company. Mr. Goggins began his career in 1975 with Industrial Boiler, where he held various sales and marketing, operational management and executive positions. Cleaver-Brooks acquired Industrial Boiler Company in 1992. Mr. Goggins earned a BA in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. He served as Chairman of the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) from 2006 to 2007.