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, 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.
Michael Henderson, Vice President and General Manager – Valve Division
Mike has worked for Hunt Valve for over 20 years. As the company’s Vice President and General Manager, he is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring strategic initiatives while supporting revenue and cost reduction targets. Mike also participates in key decisions as a member of the executive management team. Using his leadership skills, he manages capital deployment, risk management, legal and information technology activities. Additionally, he develops and implements operational best practices.
Prior to being named Hunt Valve’s Vice President, he was the company’s Chief Financial Officer responsible for financial operations and human resources.
Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Youngstown State University and an MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
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.
Dan Coughlin, Vice President of Business Development
Dan joined Hunt Valve in 2016 with the objective of strengthening Hunt’s relationships with U.S. Navy shipbuilders. He brings extensive shipbuilding experience to Hunt Valve as a prior leader at General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB). While employed at EB, Dan held critical roles in systems engineering, project management and shipyard operations. In addition to his time in the shipyard, he has worked closely with Hunt’s U.S. Navy customer at the Naval Submarine Base New London.
Prior to joining Hunt Valve, Dan oversaw the global fleet of Proton OnSite’s (now Nel Hydrogen) hydrogen generators, as their Director of Global Service. He also has experience leading service organizations at both Doosan and United Technologies.
Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Business from Penn State University.
Dale Carrick, Vice President of Engineering
As Hunt Valve’s Vice President of Business Development and Engineering, Dale 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. Prior to serving as the company’s vice president, Dale 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, Dale worked as a design engineer for Westinghouse, providing fluid system and component design analysis services to the Navy.
Dale has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Point Park University and an MBA from Malone College.
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.
Tim Pulcini, Director of Industrial Business Development
As the head of industrial business development at Hunt Valve, Tim provides specialty valve design guidance, product technical support and field service. He is experienced in the design, maintenance and remanufacturing of custom high-pressure water hydraulic valves, specialty hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders and custom rotary hydraulic manifolds for mill duty industrial and hydro power applications.
Before assuming his current role, Tim 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, Tim is certified by ASNT in MT & PT Methods.