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, Chief Executive Officer
Since 2015, Brad 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, Brad 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.
Brad earned his MBA 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.
Charles Ferrer, Hunt Valve Company President
Charles joined Hunt Valve in March 2017 as the Vice President and General Manager of the Actuator Division. He was promoted to President of Hunt Valve in November 2017 with full P&L responsibility for both the Valve and Actuator Divisions.
Prior to joining Hunt Valve, Charles was a senior program manager at General Electric where he managed multiple programs winning over $100M in contracts. Before entering the corporate world, he was a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 fighter pilot. He deployed worldwide including flying over 350 combat flight hours during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Charles has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
David Bala, MB Valve & Pima Valve President
David Bala has been working at MB since 1997, first as Engineering Manager, and currently as President & Vice President Operations. He is a professional mechanical engineer and member of the Ordre des Ingenieurs du Quebec since 2005. David holds ASME certificates in Valve Selection & Design, Materials Applications in Petrochemical & Nuclear. He has more than 20 years experience in developing custom valve solutions for the U.S. and Canadian Navies.
Michael Johnston, Vice President Operations and Supply Chain
Michael joined Hunt Valve in March 2017 as the Director of Supply Chain and was promoted to Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain. In this role, he is responsible for efficient production operations at both Hunt Valve locations. He and his team identify business improvement opportunities through implementation of LEAN manufacturing principles, improving the total supply chain, and optimizing the use of Hunt Valve’s core manufacturing competencies.
Prior to joining the Hunt Valve Team, Michael worked in supply chain functions supporting operations in the metals manufacturing and oil & gas industries.
Michael has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Duquesne University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Shirley Sinkovich, Senior Vice President of Quality Assurance
As the company’s Senior Vice President Quality Assurance, Shirley is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the quality system of the company. In addition to her quality responsibilities at the Valve Division, she has oversight of the quality system at the Actuator Division. Shirley is also the Ethics and Compliance Manager and Facility Security Officer for both divisions.
Shirley has worked for Hunt Valve for over 18 years. Her career at Hunt Valve began with a part time position in September 1999 in the Accounting Department. She later moved into a full-time position within the Inventory Control/Purchasing Department and later the Quality Department. Prior to joining Hunt Valve, she worked at Valley Forge Co., Inc in inventory control/scheduling and Alliance Machine Co. in purchasing.
Shirley studied Business Administration at Kent State-Salem.
Scott Allard, Vice President of Business Development and Engineering
Scott Allard joined Hunt Valve Company in April 2018 as the Vice President of Engineering. In that role he was responsible for all Engineering functions as they relate to the manufacturing of custom valves and components for military and industrial customers. He has since been given responsibility for all Business Development actions within Hunt’s Valve and Actuator divisions.
Prior to joining Hunt Valve, Allard was Global Product Line Leader for Pressure Relief Valves at Baker Hughes (BHGE), a General Electric Company, where he was responsible for the global strategy of all Consolidated Relief Valves. Before joining BHGE, Scott held multiple Sales, Engineering, Operations and Quality positions within the (Valve) Defense industry. He was a Senior Quality Manager at Colfax Corporation (Portland Valve LLC & Warren Pumps LLC), Assistant Plant Manager of Portland Valve, Sales & Engineering Manager at TYCO Valves & Controls LLC (Anderson Greenwood Crosby) and a Ship Systems Engineer at General Dynamics – Electric Boat, where he designed two classes of Submarines and an Amphibious Assault Ship.
Allard holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.