Board of Directors

  • Jason DeZwirek

    Mr. DeZwirek has been our Chairman of the Board since May 2013. Previously, he served as Secretary of our Company from February 1998 until September 2013. In 1999, Mr. DeZwirek founded Kaboose Inc., a family focused online media company. Mr. DeZwirek served as the Chairman and CEO of Kaboose Inc. until its sale to Disney Online (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and Barclays Private Equity Limited in June 2009. Mr. DeZwirek also previously served as a director and corporate secretary of API Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:ATNY), a prime contractor in electronics, highly engineered systems, secure communications and electronic components and sub-systems for the defense and aerospace industries, from November 2006 through January 2011. Mr. DeZwirek  also is and has been involved in private investment activities.

    With his experience at Kaboose Inc., Mr. DeZwirek brings broad executive expertise, including operations, technology, management and strategy. Having served as director of our Company for over 20 years, he also has a breadth of knowledge of the overall issues our Company faces.

  • Todd Gleason

    Todd Gleason is Chief Executive Officer and a board member of CECO Environmental, a global leader in air quality and fluid handling.  In this role, Todd drives the strategic vision of the company and aligns the organization for optimal value creation. 

    Gleason joined CECO in July 2020, from Scientific Analytics, a private equity-backed, predicative analytics technologies and services company, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board since 2015.   Prior to joining Scientific Analytics, Gleason served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Officer at Pentair (NYSE-PNR), a global water treatment company.  While at Pentair, Gleason was a board member of Faradyne Motors – a joint venture between Pentair and Xylem.  Gleason held a number of senior leadership positions earlier in his career at leading diversified industrial companies including Trane Technologies and Honeywell International.

    Gleason holds a master’s degree in management in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.  Gleason has his Six Sigma Black Belt and has completed numerous process improvement programs in LEAN Enterprise.  

  • Robert E. Knowling, Jr.

    Mr. Knowling is currently chairman of Eagles Landing Partners, which specializes in helping senior management formulate strategy, lead organizational transformations, and re-engineer businesses.  Mr. Knowling also serves as an advisor-coach to chief executive officers. 


    Mr. Knowling previously served as chief executive officer (CEO) of Telwares, a provider of telecommunications expense management solutions, from 2005 to 2009.  From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Knowling was CEO of the New York City Leadership Academy, an independent nonprofit corporation created by Chancellor Joel Klein and Mayor Michael Bloomberg that is chartered with developing the next generation of principals in the NYC public school system.  From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Knowling was chairman and CEO of SimDesk Technologies, Inc.  Prior to this, Mr. Knowling was chairman, president and CEO of Covad Communications, a Warburg Pincus private equity-backed start-up company.  Mr. Knowling has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Wabash College and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.    


    Mr. Knowling currently serves on the board of directors of Rite-Aid, Citrix and Stride.  Mr. Knowling previously served as director of Roper Technologies, Convergys Corporation, Heidrick & Struggles International, Ariba, Hewlett-Packard and Shell Oil Exploration

  • David B. Liner

    Mr. Liner served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Roper Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ROP) from August 2005 until June 2016 and as a Vice President until his retirement in January 2018. Roper Technologies, a component of the S&P 500, designs and develops software and engineered products and solutions for healthcare, transportation, food, energy, water, education and other niche markets worldwide. Mr. Liner helped execute Roper Technologies’ acquisition program, deploying over $5 billion in assets and acquiring over 40 businesses. Prior to joining Roper Technologies, Mr. Liner served as a corporate partner in the Detroit office of Dykema Gossett, a national law firm, where he headed the firm’s automotive industry practice and founded the firm’s China practice. He had previously been the Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Metaldyne Corporation, formerly MascoTech, Inc. (NYSE: MSX), a manufacturer of products for the global transportation industry. Mr. Liner earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School.

    Mr. Liner brings extensive legal, transactional and corporate governance expertise to our Board that will assist us as we continue to expand our business and create stockholder value. Having built and led a global corporate compliance and risk program as the General Counsel of a public company, he has developed expertise in areas of governance and compliance which will provide strong support and additional depth to our Board and to the committees on which he may serve. Mr. Liner also brings international experience to our Board, including past international board service.

  • Claudio A. Mannarino

    Mr. Mannarino is the President of Sette CS Inc.,a management consulting firm. From June 2014 to November 2015, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of API Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: ATNY), a leading provider of RF/microwave, microelectronics and security technologies for critical and high-reliability applications. He also served as API’s Senior Vice President, Finance from January 2010 to June 2014 and as its Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance from November 2006 to January 2010. Prior to that, he served in various, senior-level management roles throughout API’s finance organization. Before joining API, Mr. Mannarino served as Controller for two divisions of Transcontinental, Inc., a Canadian publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

    Mr. Mannarino holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa and attained his Certified Management Accountant certification in 1996. Mr. Mannarino brings over 20 years of financial, strategic and merger and acquisition expertise to our Board, which will assist us as we expand our business.

  • Munish Nanda

    Mr. Nanda has served as the President, Americas & Europe of Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: WTS), a global manufacturer of plumbing, heating and water quality products, since February 2016. He joined Watts Water in April 2015 as President, Americas. Mr. Nanda previously served as President of Control Technologies for ITT Corporation from April 2011 to March 2015 and as Group Vice President of ITT Corporation’s Fluid and Motion Control Group from April 2008 to April 2011. ITT Corporation is a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered critical components and customized technology solutions for the energy, transportation and industrial markets. Prior to joining ITT Corporation, Mr. Nanda held several operating leadership and general management positions with Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporation and Honeywell International Inc. Mr. Nanda graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Production Engineering with Honors from Regional Engineering College Tiruchy in India and earned an MBA from Northern Arizona University.

    Mr. Nanda brings over 25 years of experience working in senior operational management roles for global industrial manufacturers, which will assist us as we continue to grow and streamline our business. Mr. Nanda also brings extensive experience in the fluid handling, energy and niche manufacturing industries.

  • Valerie Gentile Sachs

    Ms. Sachs served as the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of OM Group, Inc. (NYSE: OMG), a global developer and manufacturer of magnetic technologies, battery technologies and engineered specialty chemicals, from September 2005 through the completion of its sale in November 2015 to Apollo Global Management. She had executive responsibility for OM Group’s world-wide Legal, Internal Audit and Environment, Health & Safety operations. She also served on the boards of directors and acted as Managing Director of numerous U.S. and non-U.S. entities affiliated with OM Group. Prior to joining OM Group, Ms. Sachs served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. (NYSE: JAS), a US-based retailer. She had previously served as General Counsel of Marconi plc (LSE and NASDAQ: MONI), a London-based, global communications and information technology company. Ms. Sachs has been a trustee of a regional humane society and is active with a number of charitable organizations fighting hunger and meeting basic human needs. She earned her bachelor’s degree (B.L.S.—Chemistry) with honors from Bowling Green State University and her Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was a member of Law Review and a DeWitt Scholar.

    Ms. Sachs brings a combination of legal expertise, extensive executive management and leadership experience to our Board. She has been an integral part of executive management teams that have effectively worked through strategic transitions, integrations and restructurings and is very familiar with international operating challenges and opportunities. As the General Counsel of three public companies, she has developed expertise in the areas of governance, compliance and executive compensation, which will provide strong support and additional depth to our Boardand to the committees on which she may serve.

  • Richard F. Wallman

    Mr. Wallman was elected to our board in November 2021.  From 1995 through his retirement in 2003, Mr. Wallman served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Honeywell International, Inc. a diversified technology company, and AlliedSignal, Inc., a diversified technology company (prior to its merger with Honeywell International Inc.).  Mr. Wallman currently serves on the board of directors of Smile Direct Club (since 2019), Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. (since 2011) and Roper Technologies, Inc. (since 2007), all of which are publicly traded companies in the United States.  Within the past five years, Mr. Wallman previously served on the board of directors of Convergys Corporation, Extended Stay America, Inc. and Wright Medical, Inc. all publicly traded companies in the United States and Boart Longyear, a publicly traded company in Australia.  Mr. Wallman received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


    Mr. Wallman brings more than 30 years of executive leadership and management experience across a broad range of global businesses and industries and has a deep understanding of the global challenges and opportunities we will continue to face as we grow our business.

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