Andrew M. Rooke
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Rooke has served as our Chief Executive Officer since December 2016. He was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Manitex from March 2007 through December 2016 and has been directly engaged in the operations of our business as a member of our Board of Managers since the formation of the Joint Venture in December 2014. Mr. Rooke joined Manitex in January 2007 as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Testing and Assembly Equipment segment. From 2002 through June 2006, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for GKN Sinter Metals, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GKN plc, a company with 46 operating units worldwide that is engaged in the design, manufacture and sales of highly engineered components and assemblies to the global automotive and industrial OEMs, including con rods, transmissions and gears. During his employment with GKN Sinter Metals, Inc., Mr. Rooke was responsible for worldwide finance operations, including reporting, treasury, compliance and analysis, information technology, worldwide procurement and business strategy, including mergers and acquisitions. Prior to that, Mr. Rooke was Director and Controller of GKN Off-Highway and Auto Components Division. In February 2012, Mr. Rooke was appointed and serves as Member of Spartan Motors, Inc. Board of Directors. Mr. Rooke holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from York University in the United Kingdom is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. How brings more than sixteen years of leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. She joined ASV, Inc. in 1999 after spending seven years as an accounting supervisor with Industrial Lubricant Co. She was named Controller of ASV in 2006 and assumed the lead finance role for ASV in 2009. In 2012, under Terex ownership, she became Finance Director of Terex with responsibility for several Terex business segments and with a focus on internal controls and strategic objectives. In that capacity, Ms. How served as our Finance Director from December 2014 through May 2017, when she became our Chief Financial Officer upon the completion of our initial public offering.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Mr. Rupar joined ASV in March 2018 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He has over 25 years of experience in building dealer, distributor and captive OEM dealer networks. He has built and implemented various marketing strategies and tools as well as training programs. Prior to joining ASV, he has held the positions OEM Department Manager/Regional Sales & Marketing Manager and District Marketing Manager with Yamaha Motor Corporation and most recently Division Manager, Business Unit Manager and Assistant Sales Manager with Yanmar America Corporation. Mr. Rupar earned his MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Businesses in Athens, GA and completed his undergraduate studies from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN and the University of Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria.
Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain
Mr. Foster joined ASV in April 2018 as Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain. Prior to joining ASV, he held several Senior Manager positions with The Boeing Company, including Assembly, Production Control/Fabrication Division, and Fabrication as well as Director of Manufacturing and Director of Operations with SAF-Holland Inc. Most recently, he held the position of Plant Production Manager with TGW Systems Inc. Mr. Foster brings to ASV over 20 years of experience in manufacturing management. He has been successful in streamlining operations, implementing Lean initiatives, increasing productivity, and supply chain management. Mr. Foster holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Supervision, Engineering Manufacturing from Northern Arizona University.
Director of Product Development
Mr. Wake joined ASV in 2002. He has served as the OEM Undercarriage Manager in addition to holding various positions in Engineering. As Director of Product Development, he is responsible for Engineering and providing Service Support to the dealer network. Prior to joining ASV, he worked for 5 years in the Harvesting and Seeding Divisions at CNH Global, a multinational manufacturer of agriculture and construction equipment. Mr. Wake holds a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Director of Corporate Core Values and HR
Ms. Gill joined ASV in 2008 and has served in a number of roles including Senior Staff Accountant, Materials Manager, Production Control Manager, Human Resources Manager and most recently Director of Corporate Core Values and HR. In this role, she is responsible for incorporating ASV's core values of Safety, Quality, Teamwork, Integrity and Customer Satisfaction into the way of working and decision making. In addition, she is responsible for organization development, recruitment, administration of benefits, compensation, and compliance. Prior to joining ASV, she worked 10 years at the UPM Blandin Paper in a variety of roles including IT Systems Analyst, Finance Senior Business Analyst, and Human Resource Specialist. Ms. Gill earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.
Director of Information Technology and Business Solutions
Mr. Christianson joined ASV in 2006 and has been a leader in the creation of our technology platform and infrastructure. As Director of Information Technology and Business Solutions, he is responsible for providing strategic insights, leadership and focus for information technology across all aspects of our business. Prior to joining ASV, he worked for Federated Mutual Insurance and UPM Blandin. He has over 26 years of experience in all levels of information technology from development to operations to strategic planning. Mr. Christianson earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Computer Information Systems from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.