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PTi Announces "People On-The-Rise" within its Leadership Structure

by Kathleen Flannery
Wed, Mar 6th 2024 03:00 pm

PTi Announces “People On-The-Rise” within its Leadership Structure


AURORA, IL., March 6, 2024 – Processing Technologies International, LLC (PTi), a leader in sheet extrusion systems, announces several changes within its leadership structure specifically targeting the fulfillment of its strategic initiatives for focused operational excellence, continuous improvements, heightened customer experience and overall delivery commitments.  “These changes will bolster PTi’s performance well into the future” says Dana Hanson, President.  “Our customers are demanding more and we’re rising to the occasion to assure unmatched price, quality, technology and performance - all at a superior customer care experience”, Hanson continued.


Dave Dorosa served as VP- Engineering and will now assume the role of VP- Control Technology. With over 43 years of experience in electrical design and manufacturing of extrusion systems, Dave offers a wealth of knowledge regarding PLC programming, drive control, and web handling.  Dave will further focus his extensive knowledge and experience in the development, design, and implementation of PTi control system products. He will remain a central component for ongoing projects, while serving as a mentor to the engineering group.  


Mitch Gritzner has been promoted to VP- Engineering and will be responsible for all mechanical and electrical engineering efforts of the company. Mitch has been with PTi for over 22 years and began his journey as a Mechanical Project Engineer in 2002.  He subsequently progressed through several roles including Senior Project Engineer, Supervisor, Manager, and most recently Director - Mechanical Engineering Production. Through his hard work and dedication, he has shepherded successful projects through engineering for over 2 decades, playing a key role in design as well as co-authoring several PTi patents.


Ryan Leopold has been promoted to VP- Manufacturing and will be responsible for all manufacturing, procurement, and project management activities of PTi.  Ryan joined PTi in 2006 as a Mechanical Project Engineer.  For the past 18 years, he’s worked his way up through various positions including Senior Project Engineer, Supervisor, Manager, Director- Mechanical Engineering Design Protocol and most recently Director­ Manufacturing. Ryan's many contributions include design work on a multitude of projects, including the original MultiNIP® roll stand, HVTSE® twin screw and uCAMS projects.  He has served in key leadership roles, including the development of the Genesis Program, creating standardized design protocols and co-authoring numerous PTi patents.


In addition to executive level changes, PTi has launched a strategic initiative which focuses on heightened customer service experience with changes to the Aftermarket Sales and Service departments.  Rob Gurke recently joined PTi as the Aftermarket Sales Manager successfully held by Gloria Navarro for the past 7 years.  Rob comes to PTi with 11 years of sales and customer support experience in the aftermarket parts and service industry and is responsible for managing and supporting our expanding Customer Service Representative and Aftermarket group. 


Gloria Navarro will now take on the newly created role of Aftermarket Engineered Solutions Sales Manager providing an engineered solutions product within the Aftermarket Group for all PTi customers.  She will leverage her vast experience gained since originally joining PTi 23 years ago.  In this role Gloria will focus Aftermarket support for customers by means of targeted engineered products and services supporting rebuilds, retrofits, upgrades kits and machinery modifications.


Brad Moore, with over 27 years of sales experience in the plastics industry, has recently joined PTi as a Regional Sales Manager.  Having served in sales and marketing roles at Thermoformer Parts Supply (TPS) and a Michigan thermoformer builder, CMI, Brad brings forth vast technical and sales experience, with the advantage of having interfaced and worked with many of the same PTi customers.