Meet The Team
Metraflex has been in business since 1958, which is a feat for any company these days. What has made this possible (aside from the expertly engineered products) are the outstanding Metraflex employees. Throughout its history, Metraflex has had dedicated employees that work together to accomplish the same goal—success! Meet the team below.
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Our Team Members
Metraflexius the First
Metraflexius was an innovator of piping capabilities in Ancient Greece circa 565 B.C., he created what is now known as the Metraflexius Equation and completely reengineered the ancient Greek aqueduct system with special attention to vibration isolation and noise dampening improvements. The Metraflexius Equation is still used today in the HVAC industry, a true testament to his genius.
Grey haired guys can come in handy from time to time, and Jim is (one of) our grey-haired guy(s). Jim has been around the block a few times. His experiences include writing ASTM standards, IAPMO plumbing standards, patent holder, and almost getting arrested at a top-secret government facility.
Meet Jim Richter, President of the Metraflex Company. Jim landed this job because he wowed the original founders of the company by sailing a bathtub across Lake Michigan. No joke! This stunt landed him the gig and he now is an avid sailor, sans bathtub. Jim is known to sleep with a notepad beside his bed as some of Metraflex’s best inventions have come from straight from his dreams. Some of the dumbest too!
Vice President – Finance
The title Bob uses the most is Vice President – Finance. His background is in Accounting and he practiced as a CPA prior to joining Metraflex. Bob tries his best to be a homebody, but his wife of 42 years, Ginny, his grandkids, and his 6-month-old puppy Bruno make sure he has plenty to do.
Vice President – Controller
"Mr. Inside” also known as the “George Bailey” of Metraflex, Doug wears many Metraflex hats—from accounting, cash-management & credit to warehouse operations, and freight management to building R&M. Doug is coming up on his 30th anniversary here at Metraflex! He attributes his grey hair to that.
Vice President Sales, Fire Protection Division
Zeke is an ex-boy scout and the 4th longest serving Metraflex employee. Throughout his time, he has held a variety of positions within the company— Director of Storytelling was his favorite. He is a co-inventor of a few patented devices nobody needs, and his driver’s license states his hair color as “blonde”.
Vice President Asian Operations
Liming’s role at Metralex includes finding qualified suppliers, inventory planning, purchasing, transportation monitoring, and quality assurance. Basically, he helps to develop and secure a healthy supply chain for Metraflex. When he’s not doing all of this, Liming is living out his dreams, travelling around the world with his camera.
Jerry is a second-generation employee, coming to the office since he was a young lad with his Father! He is an amazing bowler (check out his pin collection in his office!) and an even better Accountant/Treasurer. Around the office you can find him crunching the numbers and crafting the Financial Statements.
Vice President Engineered Sales
Dan’s first job out of college was at Metraflex and he’s been here ever since. He got his start in the research and development/quality department and transitioned to the dark side (Sales) in 2017. When Dan is not traveling around meeting Metraflex Reps he enjoys spending time with his family, and outdoor activities.
Vice President Engineered Sales
Dan started working at Metraflex in the warehouse during summer breaks from the University of Illinois and still claims to be the best forklift driver at Metraflex. He is most known for building the online configurator, but he eventually ended up where all Metraflex Dans do, Sales. When he is not on the road you might see Dan playing guitar somewhere around Chicago in a slightly above average cover band.
Marty Rogin, PE has been in the engineering profession for 32 years. His career path has led him from the edge of space to the bowels of the earth with several stops in between. He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, M.S. in Engineering Mechanics and is a licensed professional engineer in several states. It's always good to have a Marty around!
Supply Chain Manager
Jay started in sales in 2017 and has been pretty good at it ever since. He is so good, in-fact, that we are moving him into supply chain management to help fulfill all these orders! If you ever get Jay’s out-of-office, know it is probably because he is out camping or hiking somewhere.
If you have had the pleasure of working with Anca, you know she is hard-working and high-energy! When Anca isn’t travelling the world, she’s running (literally) around Metraflex and making sure you have exactly what you need. Anca makes fast friends, which, coincidentally, helps her sell more and more each year.
Michelle has held a couple different positions here at Metraflex. She started in production and has since moved her way into sales. After seeing all the cool stuff she coordinated, she just had to sell some Metraflex. She’s pretty darn good at it, too! Her side gig is lifeguarding for her grandkids at her pool.
Kyle is a lifelong Chicagoan, and his grandma has said he’s a ‘real treat’ to have around sometimes. When he’s not cranking-in orders or quoting our fabulous line of products, you can find him with his head in a book or playing air guitar with the local riffraff. If you see him strolling down the sidewalk eating an apple, don’t be afraid to ask for a bite!
Devon is a Marquette graduate with aspirations of being a fully functioning Metraflex employee with all the know how of a seasoned sales veteran. If you see him with his nose in a book know that he is not reading, just getting his eyes some exercise. Feel free to interrupt.
Liz was a dedicated student at Hooker High School in Hooker, OK—home of the Hooker Horny Toad. We’re not kidding. After her quick stint in Oklahoma, she found her way to another great part of the Midwest—Iowa—where she raised pigs and studied Agriculture, as one does in Iowa. Luckily for Metraflex the city is where Liz feels more “at home”. When she isn’t attending to her rep’s every need, Liz is hanging out with her pets named after foods (Spud & Huevo).
Andrew has an extensive background. He’s from Indianapolis, where he learned to play the tuba, studied and received his MET Degree at IUPUI (pronounced ooey pooey), and gained some great industrial sales experience. Andrew has also been in the army for almost 8 years and is currently a plumbing sergeant. In his free time, you can find him hanging out with his wife and dogs, or helping old ladies reach things off the top shelf at the grocery store.
Administrative Sales Support
With a sales team as busy as ours, we need someone like Sara. Sara assists the sales team with entering orders and issuing RMA’s. She’s been doing stuff like this for the last 20 years, so she’s got the right credentials! And, even though it’s been a while, she enjoys riding her motorcycle.
Devin works as the Product Designer and is the newest member of the Metraflex team. Essentially, he draws circles in Solidworks and uses his designer-magic to turn them into pipes, that are then sent to customers. His headphones are always playing heavy metal and his brain is always excessively caffeinated.
Nicole is a small-town girl living out her dreams of working in the HVAC industry in the big city of Chicago. She jumped in headfirst and helped bring Metraflex into the ~digital age~. Keep your eyes peeled if you’re ever downtown, you might find her taking her cats for a nice stroller ride.
Maria has been balancing spreadsheets and doing other accountant-things for 21 years at Metraflex! Before you ask, yes, she did start working here at the young age of 5 years old. Outside of Metraflex, you can find Maria being the super soccer mom she is, travelling all around the US watching her future pro-athletes.
Throughout his career and with a hands-on style, Bob has improved manufacturing, assembly, and testing operations of everything from stamping presses to specialty piping connections (his favorite). A quote straight from Bob: "I want us to be the best at what we do and will do everything I can to make that happen."
IT Support Technician
Warehouse Operation Manager
The goal of warehouse operations is to meet client requests and specifications while efficiently utilizing space, equipment, and labor. This goal involves ongoing planning and adjustments as necessary. Thanks to his vast experience in warehouse storage & logistics, Javier has this ALL covered, while also making sure everything is in tip-top shape.
Ensuring daily functions are done effectively & efficiently + monitoring inventory + making strategic decisions = a happy customer, a formula Octavio has down pat after 10 years of logistic experience. When he’s not scheduling things at Metraflex, he’s scheduling vacations to new places, trips to the beach, or riding in his jeep with the top off down Lake Shore Drive.