Jose Rizo-Patron, Chief Executive Officer
Jose Rizo-Patron serves as Chief Executive Officer of Team Wendy, responsible for leading the company’s strategic direction, growth, culture and overall operations. Jose works directly with Team Wendy’s management team to execute the company’s vision to deliver innovative, protective and best-in-class products to users across military, law enforcement and sporting markets. Prior to joining Team Wendy in 2011, Jose was the founder and managing director of an international business development and risk management services firm that focused on providing wide-ranging support to clients seeking to establish or grow their business in mature and developing markets. Jose holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BS in Marketing from Birmingham-Southern College.
Tom Prodouz, President
Tom became President of Team Wendy in 2005. Prior to joining the company, he held various management positions in the polyurethane foam industry. Tom has utilized best practices from his varied experiences to contribute to the growth and success of Team Wendy. Tom has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from the University Of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Amy Carpenter, Director of Operations
Amy joined Team Wendy in 2005 as quality manager. In her current role of Director of Operations, Amy leads Team Wendy’s operations department, which includes managing new product launches, production and quality. Amy has more than 25 years of experience managing quality, engineering, and manufacturing teams in a variety of industries, and has obtained multiple professional certifications including CQE, CQA, and CQM. She has also completed specialized training in problem solving and product development.
Dan Gibbons, Director of Finance and Contract Administration
Dan Gibbons is Team Wendy’s Director of Finance and Contract Administration. In this role, he leads Team Wendy’s finance and accounting functions, providing leadership and support for the general ledger, credit/collections, budgeting, information technology, and all company contractual agreements. Dan has previously held various senior management positions as CFO, accounting manager and financial reporting manager with Cleveland-area companies. Dan has an MBA and a BS in Business Administration in Accounting.
Michael Carney, Sales Manager
Michael Carney is the Sales Manager for Team Wendy. In this role, Michael is responsible for strategically expanding the breadth of Team Wendy’s customer base while managing the company’s existing customer relations. Before joining Team Wendy, Michael was employed as a sales engineer in the power transmission industry. He has always brought a consultative nature to selling highly-engineered solutions. Michael has an MBA from Cleveland State University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
Ron Szalkowski, Director, Product Development and Research Collaboration
Ron manages Team Wendy’s product development initiatives and builds partnerships with academic and government research groups. He has been the principal investigator for Team Wendy’s SBIR and BAA funded R&D initiatives, including the recent Natick BAA award “Polymer Structure Design Options for Improved Headborne Impact Protection,” which aims to develop and integrate new helmet liner technologies to protect the warfighter from traumatic brain injury. He has lead Team Wendy’s blast testing initiative to study the interactions of blast waves with helmets and the brain through live blast testing, and is an active member of ASTM F08.53 Committee on headgear and helmets.
Shelly Simpson, Director of Human Resources
As the Director of Human Resources for Team Wendy, Shelly Simpson is responsible for directing all facets of human resources including talent acquisition and development, benefits, compensation and payroll administration, safety and worker’s compensation, and employment law compliance. Prior to joining Team Wendy, Shelly held Human Resource leadership roles at various companies within Cleveland and Indianapolis. Shelly has an MBA from Tiffin University and a BS in Healthcare Administration from Ohio University.
Zeynep Ergungor, Senior Chemical Engineer
Zeynep Ergungor is Team Wendy’s Senior Chemical Engineer. She is responsible for novel polyurethane foam formulation development and scale-up for Team Wendy’s innovative product offerings. She also works to improve existing product properties along with processing efficiency. She brings her expertise in structure-property relationships of thermoplastics to implement a distinct approach to foam applications. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from Wayne State University.