Hunt Valve’s Executive Team
Hunt Valve’s innovative extreme engineering and advanced manufacturing technology staff is led by an outstanding team of professionals:
Brad Sterner, President and CEO
Since 2015, Sterner has been providing the leadership, lean-based operating and commercial toolkit needed to promote accelerated growth and margin expansion at Hunt Valve. His strong reputation for global business leadership, platform business start-ups, business unit turnarounds, product development and global vertical market expansion contributes to his success as a business strategist.
Prior to joining Hunt Valve, Sterner was the vice president and general manager of Power and Industry at Colfax Fluid Handling. He brings extensive financial and operational experience in leading private equity companies and blue-chip multinational corporations, including Danaher and Emerson.
Sterner earned his master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is also a Certified Public Accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University Bloomington.
Dale Carrick, Vice President of Business Development
As Hunt Valve’s vice president of business development, Carrick is responsible for the expanded manufacturing of custom valves and components for military and industrial customers. His experience in mechanical engineering and cross-functional team leadership helps him identify business opportunities that are aligned with the company’s knowledge and expertise. In response to these opportunities, he coordinates with the Hunt Valve’s engineering, manufacturing and quality departments to provide an appropriate solution. Prior to serving as the company’s vice president, Carrick worked his way through the ranks of the engineering and sales departments. His career at Hunt Valve spans over 20 years of working with custom valves and components.
Before joining Hunt Valve, Carrick worked as a design engineer for Westinghouse, providing fluid system and component design analysis services to the Navy.
Carrick holds a master’s degree in business administration from Malone College and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Point Park University.
Mike Henderson, Vice President and CFO
Henderson has worked for Hunt Valve for the past 20 years. As the company’s vice president and CFO, he is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring strategic initiatives while maintaining a fiduciary responsibility to all stakeholders. Henderson also participates in key decisions as a member of the executive management team. Using his leadership skills, he manages the company’s financial operations, human resources, risk management, legal and information technology activities. In addition, he develops and implements operational best practices.
Prior to being named Hunt Valve’s vice president, he was the company’s director of accounting and information systems.
Henderson has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Youngstown State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Ohio State.
Mickey Heestand, Vice President and Senior Mechanical Engineer
Heestand’s leadership role at Hunt Valve includes oversight of the company’s welding and nondestructive test procedures, Welder Workmanship Training and Examination and contract engineering reports. He is responsible for a portion of NDT Level II inspector training and testing, which includes direct involvement in inspection rejection reports for weld repair records and the certification of weld joint records. Heestand reviews special material forging, work orders and some engineering drawings. He also assigns welding and NDT operations on the work orders while managing shop/vendor calls and requests for troubleshooting.
Heestand’s career at Hunt Valve began in 1986 when he was hired as an R&D engineer assigned to work with the proportional valve segment of the company’s combo valve. For several years, his primary focus was on directional control valves and valve stands. He has held several engineering leadership positions, including R&D engineering manager, vice president of engineering, chief engineer and lead commercial engineer. On June 23, 1998, Heestand was granted a U.S. inventor patent (US 5769123 A) for developing the cylinder actuated descale valve. This included updating the seal design, balance chamber configuration and materials selection for improved pressure range, corrosion resistance and cycle life. The patent is owned by Hunt Valve.
Prior to joining Hunt Valve, Heestand worked at GM as a welder maintenance repair supervisor, gaining experience in hydraulics and control. He also held positions as a plant engineer and a proposal engineer at other companies.
Heestand earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Youngstown State University. He is an ASNT NDT Level III who is certified in several NDT methods (VT, PT and MT). He is also tested to meet HVC-specific requirements and certified by Hunt Valve as a NAVSEA Examiner.
Tim Pulcini, Industrial Business Development
As the head of industrial business development at Hunt Valve, Pulcini provides industrial and military contract estimating, specialty valve design and product technical support and service. He is experienced in the design of custom high pressure water hydraulic valves, cylinders and rotary joints for severe duty industrial applications. Design capabilities include solid modeling and CFD analysis.
Before assuming his current role, Pulcini held positions as a field service engineer, application engineer and a designer of specialty cylinders and hydraulic valves. Additional areas of expertise include in field service/product maintenance, troubleshooting and application analysis for industrial hydraulic product applications worldwide. In addition to his severe duty product design capabilities, Pulcini is ASNT Level III PT, MT and VT certified for nondestructive testing.
He earned his associate’s degree in design from Pittsburgh Technical Institute.