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Randy Winegard

Randy Winegard, son of founder John Winegard, is the Chief Executive Officer of Winegard Company, a family owned multi-million dollar business located in Burlington, Iowa.

Prior to Randy taking the helm in 1977, when his father retired, Winegard Company was solely invested in designing and manufacturing traditional over-the-air residential TV antennas, mounts and accessories. Randy's relentless desire to challenge his leadership team to seek out new opportunities has resulted in the company expanding into the satellite television and commercial 2-way VSAT real-time broadband technologies, while maintaining a focus on terrestrial antenna technologies. This in turn has paved the way to new markets for home, recreational vehicle (RV), trucking, automotive, tailgating, marine, medical, military, emergency response and oil, gas & shale drilling industries, not only in the U.S., but abroad. With the same entrepreneurial spirit as his father, Randy has been the driving force in making Winegard a respected world leader in the antenna industry.

Winegard Company originated in John Winegard's garage and 60 years later, the company encompasses over 235,000 sq ft of manufacturing, office and warehouse space in Burlington with another 171,000 sq ft expansion project in process. The new north facility is scheduled to open end of 2013, allowing the company to meet growing demand. There are also off-site engineer offices in Quincy and Elgin Illinois that total 45,000 sq ft.

Randy's vision for growth and development isn't just limited to Winegard Company. He is well known throughout Burlington and southeast Iowa communities for his support to schools, churches, athletics, colleges and new business development. He has originated numerous real estate developments including the Spirit Hollow Golf Course and Residential Complex, along with many distinctive restaurants, hotels, and family entertainment establishments such as Fun City and Catfish Bend Casino and Resort.

Jon Manley

After successfully leading the Winegard Company Engineering Department for 8 years, Jon Manley has recently been appointed President.

Jon's primary goal in his new role as President is to continually leverage the company's antenna engineering expertise and manufacturing capabilities to capitalize on existing market opportunities while also exploring and expanding into new markets. All research and development initiatives along with new product design and development efforts will also be led by Mr. Manley.

During his tenure as Director of Engineering, Jon built a diversely skilled team consisting of electrical, mechanical, integration, packaging and manufacturing engineers where some of the most popular product lines in Winegard history were launched. These include TRAV'LER, RoadTrip, Carryout, FlatWave and FreeVision antennas. Furthermore, because of his drive and vision, Jon played an instrumental role in developing the 2-way commercial VSAT division for Winegard.

Prior to starting his career at Winegard, Jon was a RF Design Engineer and RF Team Leader for two Motorola Cellular divisions, as well as, an Engineering Manager for the Motorola Land Mobile Products Sector.

Jon graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University with Summa Cum Laude honors. During that time he was also a four year Lettermen for Saluki Football where he earned Academic All-American honors as a senior. Most recently, Jon earned an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa.
Edward Spicer

Mr. Spicer has been Chief Financial Officer for Winegard Company and its subsidiaries since 2006. In addition to overseeing all financial activities and accounting responsibilities, Ed also oversees the IT Department.

Prior to joining Winegard, Ed was a CPA and partner with the firm of McGladrey & Pullen for over 30 years. While in that position, he also served as financial advisor and auditor for various local manufacturing clients including Winegard.

Ed received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Denise Baker
Director of Marketing and Business Development

Dr. Denise Baker is Director of Marketing and Business Development at Winegard Company. Denise is highly educated and decorated with several degrees, bringing a diverse portfolio to the leadership team at Winegard. She has earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa, a M.A. in Sociology also from the U of I, and a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Iowa Wesleyan College.

Denise's professional career began in computer science where she held instructor positions at two local colleges while serving as IT manager for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Later she pursued a career change and continued her education in Sociology and Policy & Leadership Studies.

Prior to assuming her current position at Winegard, Dr. Baker served as Director of Mobile and Off-Air TV Reception Products and Organizational Development Manager. As the Director of Marketing and Business Development, Denise is highly involved in front end research and strategy development for new market and product opportunities. She is a creative and analytic thinker who loves to challenge conventional and traditional mindsets and systems.

In addition to Marketing and Business Development, Denise's primary focus is mapping out the organizational structure and finding candidates with optimal skill sets to help Winegard achieve its goals. Having a healthful workplace is critical in attracting top level candidates and Denise has played an instrumental role in developing Winegard's superior wellness program. WELCOA honored Winegard at the Iowa Convention with a Well Workplace Gold Award in recognition of its wellness initiatives. With her continual guidance, Winegard continues to set the standard in wellness.

Denise also contributes to the community by being on the Board of Directors for both the Iowa Regional Workforce Investment and Southeastern Community College Foundation.
Laurie Hempen
Director of Human Resources

Ms. Hempen is the Director of Human Resources for Winegard Company. Laurie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources/Industrial Psychology from Iowa Wesleyan College. She also earned an MBA specializing in Management from St. Ambrose University. To enhance her educational portfolio, she pursued a Masters in Education from Capella University focusing on Training and Performance Improvement. To further demonstrate her expertise and mastery in the HR industry, Ms. Hempen earned SPHR certification (Senior Professional in Human Resources), through the Society of Human Resources Management.

Prior to joining Winegard in July of 2013, Ms. Hempen was Human Resources Manager at Motorola/Celestica and at Ceco Building Systems, both in Mt. Pleasant. Most recently, she served as Human Resources Director for the Burlington Community School District for four years. Her extensive background in providing human resources support to manufacturing, engineering, sales, customer service and distribution groups has enabled her to easily adapt to the culture at Winegard Company.

Her goals as Director of Human Resources for Winegard include building a stronger connection between the STEM education initiatives in southeast Iowa and career opportunities at Winegard. She also plans to implement Human Resources and Lean processes to create efficiencies to help improve the world-class work environment Winegard strives for.

Laurie is highly involved in her community. She is President of the New London Community School Board of Directors, a member of New London Community and School Foundation and a Board Member and Human Resources Chair for Iowa Student Loan Board of Directors. She is an active member of both the Society of Human Resources Management and the Mississippi Valley Human Resources Association.

John King
Director of Supply Chain Management

Mr. King is a relentless guardian of the supply chain process at Winegard. He constantly seeks to improve all processes within the chain, to benefit both Winegard and its suppliers and customers. Controlling costs and increasing efficiencies are his top priorities. Furthermore, John is facilitating the transformation to a lean management system by working closely with customers on fine tuning their forecasts with the goal of eliminating irregular, high volume orders and shifting to more frequent and consistent volume orders thus avoiding demand peaks and valleys. John oversees purchasing, customer service, warehouse and logistics departments at Winegard.

Before joining the Winegard team, John worked for AT Kearney Management Consultants with a focus in system implementations and project management. He then took a job with Parker Pen Company as Materials Manager. When the opportunity arose, John moved the family to Fort Madison, Iowa where he was Vice President of Materials at Sheaffer Pen Company. When Sheaffer Pen closed its doors, John came to Winegard as Director, Supply Chain Management.

John King is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning.
Aaron Engberg
Director Mobile Sales Channel

Mr. Engberg graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. He worked for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and IBM in Rochester, Minnesota prior to starting his career at Winegard.

Aaron has held several positions within the company including Software Engineer, Project Planning Manager, Product Manager for Mobile Products, and Director of Residential Over-the-Air Digital Reception Products. In his current role as Director of Sales for Mobile Products, Aaron oversees new product development and sales strategies for RV, marine, trucking, automotive and tailgating markets.

Aaron is active in the RV industry where he has served as Vice President and now President of the Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA). Under his leadership, Winegard has received numerous awards from retailers and distributors for best new products, marketing initiatives, and quality and excellence in vendor partnerships. Aaron's dynamic personality and enthusiasm for the industry has been instrumental in the company's success in the RV market.

James Riffel
Director Residential Sales Channel

Mr. Riffel is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he received Bachelor of Science degrees in both Business and Marketing. Jim worked a short time for MCI before joining the Winegard team. He has worked an impressive 35 years in a variety of sales positions at Winegard including Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and currently Director of Residential Product Sales.

Through his extensive experience in the antenna industry and his strong business relations, Jim has been instrumental in increasing sales in the residential product group by nearly 50%. Jim emphasizes that his efforts are geared toward maintaining Winegard Company as the recognized leader in design and development of residential antennas. Mr. Riffel continually strives to ensure that Winegard Company meets the technological and consumer need to receive more audio and video data.
Craig Speer
Director of Quality

Mr. Speer graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1991. He began his career with General Electric in the locomotive industry where he served as a Quality Engineer and obtained his Six Sigma Black Belt certification. In 1997, Craig transferred to the GE plant in Burlington where he served as a Manufacturing Engineer and then Quality Manager for the past 12 years before joining Winegard in 2012.

Craig's mission is to build upon the superior quality program at Winegard. He is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations by ensuring that quality is built into the processes and products.

Tiffini Brockway
Marketing Manager

Mrs. Brockway received a Bachelor of Business and a M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Western Illinois University where she graduated with magna cum laude honors. Prior to joining Winegard in 2005, Tiffini worked for Experian as a shift supervisor for the direct mail lettershop.

Brockway joined Winegard as Marketing Coordinator for the mobile sales channel in 2005 where she focused on the RV market. As Marketing Manager, she now oversees the marketing team and all marketing efforts for each of the product groups within Winegard including Mobile, Residential and Enterprise sales channels. Tiffini coordinates all activities for new product introductions, marketing communications including print and video materials, public relations and social media strategies, branding strategies, and shows and event planning.

Brockway's keen vision, organization skills, attention to detail and teamwork have paved the way for a highly skilled, top performing marketing team that is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Dan Hayes
Facilities Manager

Mr. Hayes joined Winegard in 2004 as a Manufacturing Engineer. With over 38 years of experience in tool, die and press room for companies such as John Deere, Fawn Engineering, Boyt Tool & Die and Mahle Tennex International, it wasn't long before Dan was promoted to Tooling Manager. His drive to produce quality products in a timely and efficient manner coupled with his excellent teamwork and leadership skills have paved the way for his newest position as Facilities Manager.

As the Facilities Manager, Dan oversees all equipment needs and facility operations, as well as safety for the north and south Winegard manufacturing facilities. His goal is to utilize Lean practices to transition Winegard into preventive and predictive maintenance rather than reactive maintenance, while simultaneously reducing costs and down time. He also plans to assist in expanding Winegard's customer base outside of the traditional antenna markets by making the tool room a profit center through in-house tool designs and manufacturing.

Dan attended Northwestern College and Hawkeye Institute of Technology earning his Tool & Die degrees.

Jason Helling
South Factory Manager

Mr. Helling is the South Factory Manager, overseeing all manufacturing operations for the residential satellite TV antenna channel where over 6,000,000 antennas are stamped, powder coated and e-coated, and shipped, both in the US and abroad, on an annual basis.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts Manufacturing Engineering/Mathematics degree and a minor in Applied Computer Science from William Penn University. Prior to joining Winegard in 2005, he received a wide array of experience making him particularly well equipped for the south factory manager position. He served as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer with Motorola Inc. and also worked for Celestica Inc. as a New Product Introduction Manager and a Cost Engineer. In addition, Jason has a 6 Sigma Green Belt.

Since starting Winegard, Jason has been assigned Product Engineering Manager, Project Manager and New Product Introduction Manager positions providing him with a thorough understanding and appreciation of designing quality into products for long standing reliability and durability. During his tenure as an engineering and new product introduction manager, he played a significant role in bringing Winegard's popular TRAV'LER, RoadTrip, Carryout, Wingman, Rayzar and FlatWave antennas to market.

Jason believes that his understanding of new process development and cost reduction management coupled with his devotion to teamwork have helped him succeed. In his new role, Jason plans to strive in creating a safe and productive work environment for all employees and to increase quality and overall productivity. His ultimate vision is for Winegard to become the supplier of choice for current and future customers.
Curt Schmidgall
North Factory Manager

Mr. Schmidgall has been named Winegard North Factory Manager, overseeing all manufacturing operations for RV, tailgating, trucking, marine and free-to-air digital HDTV residential markets along with the oil, gas and shale drilling and emergency response markets.

In his new position, Curt's focus will be strengthening and improving Winegard's culture of continuous improvement with a focus on developing an on-time, quality product at the lowest cost possible.

Curt initially joined Winegard as the VSAT Sales Channel Manager where he was instrumental in getting international certifications such as CE, Russian GOST-R, Peru Homologation, Mexico Homologation and Australian C-tick helping expand Winegard's global footprint. He was recently promoted to Project Manager for construction of the North Factory where he managed critical details for the 171,000 sq. ft. expansion project.

Prior to joining Winegard in 2011, Curt served as Plant Manager at HawkeyePedershaab. He received a Manufacturing Engineering degree from Iowa State University.

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