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  Lance Banfield, President
Russell Kibbe, CFO, Vice President
Russ Kibbe oversees the finance and administrative functions at Conneaut Industries. He is a team player who can rapidly find solutions. His strong organizational skills and attention to detail are an asset to Conneaut and its growing customer base. Russ comes to us with over ten years of finance experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bryant College and is a Certified Public Accountant. In his spare time Russ enjoys skiing and golfing.
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Ray Coleman, Plant Engineer
Ray started working at Conneaut in 1991. He has worked in the textile industry for his entire 30-year career and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Ray would be glad to discuss the capabilities of our products, and to be part of your problem-solving team. At home, Ray can be found tinkering in his shop and helping to restore turn-of-the-century steam engines at a local engineering museum.
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Mario Diaz, Production Manager/Product Development Engineer
Mario started working at Conneaut in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from New England Institute of Technology and has worked in a manufacturing environment for 10 years. His scope of responsibilities includes production scheduling and machine design/fabrication, as well as, customer visits, product analysis, and product sales. Moreover, Mario has excellent hands-on skills with various yarn processes. In his spare time Mario enjoys spending quality time with his three children. You can also find him on his mountain bike climbing the challenging hills and mountains of Rhode Island!
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Paul Sweet, Production Supervisor

Mary Ellen Kupcinskas, Materials Manager

John Mancinelli, National Sales Manager

Caryl Moore, Senior Accountant
Caryl has been a valuable member of our team since 1996. She has been one of the most flexible employees for Conneaut Industries by continually adapting her skills to meet the needs of the company. Her focus is overseeing the day-to-day accounting functions as well as making sure that all billing and shipping processes are fully coordinated with the rest of the staff. In her spare time, Caryl enjoys spending time with her husband Chris, her daughter Mackenzie and her son Logan.
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Christine Steinkamp, Customer Support


Christine recently joined the Conneaut team and is very passionate in her pursuit to assist our customers. She works jointly with sales and production to achieve total customer fulfillment. After hours, Christine enjoys spending quality time with her two daughters, Sara and Kylie, and playing competitive softball.
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Jay Gould, Shipper/Receiver
Jay has been with Conneaut since 1990 and every year it seems our on-time shipments and quality packaging gets better and better. Jay is one of the most dedicated team members we have and pays attention to the fine details that some organizations might let slip through the cracks. Jay has the skill and experience to make sure completed orders are shipped on time and the packaging experience to make sure they arrive in excellent condition.

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