Larry Keith is Chief Executive Officer of the ENTEK family of companies. Larry is responsible for the success, growth and strategic direction of all of the ENTEK companies. Larry has been with ENTEK since near its inception in 1986. He worked closely with ENTEK’s founders to develop world class production lines for battery separators, ensure high quality products for customers, and to help build the world class organization ENTEK is today. Larry is deeply committed to leading ENTEK, its employees, products and customers to higher and higher levels of success.
As President of the ENTEK Separators Divisions, Rob is responsible for the executive management and operational oversight of both the lead-acid and lithium-ion separator divisions. Rob has been a leader with ENTEK since its inception and has played pivotal roles in both leading the lead acid businesses to its current industry dominate position and the successful startup and market entry of the lithium-ion separator division. Rob’s most important undertaking as President is to forge and preserve solid relationships with employees, customers and suppliers.
Dr. Kirk Hanawalt
Kirk was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended the University of Delaware majoring in chemical engineering, and graduated in 1984. He did his graduate work in chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Kirk’s wife took a post-graduate position in the University of Oregon chemistry department and the couple moved to Oregon in 1989. They soon decided to settle permanently in the Pacific Northwest.
Kirk joined ENTEK Manufacturing in 1995 as a process engineer. Since then his job titles have included Director of Environmental Compliance for the ENTEK group of companies, Engineering Department Manager, Vice President of Sales and Marketing – Extruders, and Vice President / Chief Operating Officer – Extruders.
Kirk was a member of the executive team that developed the ENTEK Extruders business from its launch in 1998. He has extensive hands-on experience with extrusion. Kirk acquired an ownership interest in the ENTEK companies in January 2012 and was named President of ENTEK Manufacturing LLC.
Dr. Richard W. Pekala
Dr. Pekala is Chief Technology Officer for ENTEK International LLC. He has a B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University (1981) and a Sc.D. degree in polymeric materials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984). Upon completion of his graduate work, Dr. Pekala joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a research scientist. During his 11 years within the Materials Science Department, he pioneered the field of organic aerogels. In 1996, Dr. Pekala joined PPG Industries as a scientist working in the Silica Products business unit. At PPG, he managed the Microporous Materials Group and had responsibility for precipitated silica used in battery separators and synthetic printing media. In 1999, Dr. Pekala joined ENTEK where he has helped to commercialize new products such as lithium-ion battery separators (i.e., Teklon), industrial separators, waterproof breathable membranes, and golf car separators. Dr. Pekala has over 100 technical publications, 2 R&D 100 awards, 33 patents, and has given numerous invited talks at major technical meetings.
Jeffrey H. Grimm
Jeff Grimm has served as the chief financial officer for manufacturing companies for over 25 years and has been the Chief Financial Officer of the ENTEK companies since 2012. Jeff began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. where he was employed for approximately 10 years. Jeff is a CPA licensed in the state of Oregon. Jeff received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Kimberly Medford joined ENTEK in 2012 and has oversight responsibility for legal services provided to ENTEK. Prior to joining ENTEK, Kimberly was a corporate lawyer with the law firms of Troutman Sanders and Stoel Rives in Portland, Oregon and practiced for several years in Bend, Oregon. Kimberly is a graduate of Willamette University and Willamette University College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Oregon.
Walter Adams joined ENTEK in 2016 as its VP of Manufacturing, bringing with him a broad background in automotive, chemical and industrial manufacturing. He has extensive experience implementing Lean and Six Sigma concepts in both discreet and batch manufacturing environments. His experience in identifying root causes, defining optimal process solutions, and motivating individuals and teams to drive quality, productivity and costs, makes him a valuable addition to the ENTEK team.
Christophe Thuet is Vice President of Business Development for Asia Pacific. He brings extensive commercial and management experience from various industrial companies, including companies in the lead acid battery industry. Christophe progressed through a variety of positions with increasing responsibilities in sales, marketing, and business development. His diverse background in technology-driven companies, as well as his international experience acquired over the last decade living in and leading business ventures in Asia, positions him well to lead ENTEK’s growth strategy in Asia Pacific. Christophe holds a Bachelor of International Business from Management and Business School Valence – France and a Master of Management Science from the European School of Management – France.
Neil studied Finance & Accounting at Northumbria University, Newcastle UK, graduating in 1981 and his career since then has been within capital intensive, high-volume, process manufacturing industries. Neil enjoyed 20 years with Kimberly-Clark & SCA (tissue paper manufacturing) where he quickly migrated from finance into operations management, becoming a specialist in – amongst others - Lean manufacturing, benchmarking, cost reduction and project management across European sites. This was followed by 9 years in plastic film and sheet extrusion as Operations Director prior to joining ENTEK in 2011.
Andy Villeneuve, a native Oregonian, serves as the Human Resources Manager for ENTEK's US operations after successfully leading its Lead Acid Battery Separator group as Operations Manager. He has been with ENTEK for 20 of his 30 years in the manufacturing industry. Andy is passionate about leadership and helping people develop their full potential to achieve operational excellence.
John Robert Gillespie
John Gillespie joined ENTEK in 2014 as the Director of Engineering and is chartered with providing leadership for the mechanical, controls and electrical groups of ENTEK’s diverse engineering team. Before joining ENTEK, John served as Vice President of Operations at Imperium Renewables, one of the largest biodiesel manufacturing sites in the world. Prior to that, he worked for Momentive Specialty Chemicals for 18 years in a variety of roles, including Plant Manager, Process Engineering Manager, Regional Manufacturing Leader and most recently as Director of Production and Project Engineering for North America where he was responsible for the production and project activities for 19 plants. John earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton and holds a Professional Engineering License in Oregon and Kentucky.