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Management Bios

Dave Clark, Sr., CEO
In 1971, Dave joined Conemaugh Metal Finishing, the painting affiliate of Clark Metal Products, as General Manager of the facility. In this capacity, Dave managed all facets of the operation including production, quality, purchasing, and accounting. He was named Vice President of Clark Metal Products in 1987, and in 1993 Dave was instrumental in consolidating the Conemaugh finishing facility into Clark Metal. Dave became President of the company in 2000 when he assumed full responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the business. Dave's primary focus is in the areas of Sales, Engineering, and Production Scheduling.
David Clark, Jr., Executive VP
David received a B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College in 1997 and joined Clark Metal Products in June of that year. He served as Sales Manager through 2005 before being promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. And now as Executive Vice President, David oversees all aspects of the company's sales and marketing activities.
Dave Kemerer, Director of Quality
Dave earned his Journeyman's papers in Tool and Die Design in 1985. After working at Dyna-Craft Industries for 17 years, Dave accepted the position of Quality Assurance Manager at Clark Metal Products. In his time with Clark Metal, Dave has consolidated all quality-related documentation into an electronically controlled on-line system, and he has developed a database system for recording and trending corrective action information. Dave serves as Management Representative for the company's ISO 9001 Business Management System and is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ).
Paul Labuda, Director of Finance & IT
Paul graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982 with a B.A. in Business Economics and a specialization in Accounting. In 1994 Paul received his M.B.A. from Robert Morris University. He accepted a position as Accounting Manager at Clark Metal Products and was eventually promoted to Controller. And now as Director of Finance & IT, Paul is responsible for the overall Accounting, Finance, and IT operations at Clark Metal and serves as the Corporate Treasurer.
Ellen Starry, Director of HR
Ellen graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1984, with a B.A. in Business Administration and a M.A. in Industrial & Labor Relations. She also earned her SPHR in 2003. Ellen joined the Clark Metal team in 2011 after 20 years of service with a prominent replacement window manufacturer. There she held roles as both Customer Service Manager and HR Manager as the company grew to over 400 associates. In her role as Director of Human Resources, Ellen oversees all Human Resource activities and helps to set Clark’s strategic direction. Ellen served on several area advisory boards and is the past President of the Indiana County Area Society for Human Resource Management.
Tony Strini, Director of Planning & Materials
Tony began working as a welder for Clark Metal Products in March of 1992. Within two years, he was promoted to Welding Group Leader, which gave him the responsibility of overseeing all aspects of the welding department. In 2000, Tony was promoted again, and in his role as a Production Supervisor, he was in charge of production scheduling and promoting Lean manufacturing throughout the plant. Tony took on the role of Continuous Improvement Coordinator in 2006, which required him to oversee the Maintenance Department and focus on Clark's VOICE program and Lean initiatives. In February 2009, Tony was named Production Planning Manager. And now as Director of Planning & Materials, his primary responsibility is to manage the production schedule by planning labor and material requirements in accordance with demand.
Ron Traister, Director of Sales & Marketing
Ron is a graduate of Eastern Westmoreland Machine Technology and of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Apprenticeship for Tool and Die Making. Before coming to Clark Metal Products, Ron worked as Operations Manager for a high-speed metal stamping facility that designed and manufactured precision metal stampings and tooling. Ron served as Clark Metal's Engineering Manager for 8 years and helped restructure the department and implement Solid Modeling as a standard working tool. In his current role as Director of Sales & Marketing, Ron is responsible for all of the company's outside sales activities.
Bob Watson, Production Manager
Bob received an Associate's Degree in Tool Making Technology from Penn Technology and also served a 10,000-hour apprenticeship for Tool & Die at Micro-Tol Engineering. He worked as a Master Machinist for Bethlehem Steel and also as the Production Manager for General Kinetics before coming to Clark Metal Products. In 2000, Bob became the Production Manager for Clark Metal and is responsible for production scheduling that achieves on-time delivery and reduces work in process. Bob also mentors the Group Leaders at Clark Metal to help them become better team leaders and decision makers.