With nothing more than a vision and a dream, Chris's father, Doug Wheat, founded Process Technology, Inc. (PTI) in 1986. From the age of 12 years old, Chris knew what his professional future held and began taking steps toward one day becoming President of PTI. His passion for the industry rapidly grew as he progressed within the ranks at PTI. Soon after obtaining an Economics Degree from the University of Utah, Chris purchased PTI from his parents in 2007 and has never looked back.
Over the years, Mr. Wheat has served on multiple industry rep councils and is currently a member of AHTD and MCAA. Chris is also a past member of Vistage, a CEO peer group. "Once you stop learning and growing, you might as well die" is a common theme within Mr. Wheat's life.
Coupled with his responsibilities as President of PTI, he also serves as Sales Manager, or as he affectionately calls it, Director of Player Personnel. Chris's primary responsibility within Process Technology is to provide a clear vision and distinct direction of PTI's future. He has always been motivated by doing the right thing. This mantra is one which guides his entire life. Chris has set some lofty goals for PTI and strongly believes that if you place the right individuals in the correct position, the positive outcome is limitless.
Chris is married and has four wonderful children. He is an avid golfer and enjoys a good ski day in the Utah mountains, especially if there is fresh powder. Chris can also be found traveling with his wife, reading a good book and continually looking for the best piece of meat to put on his smoker.
Buddy specializes in tailored water treatment solutions to meet the specific needs of prospects and clients. His expertise includes water treatment equipment, system design engineering, system service and automation. He provides solutions for industrial, remediation, food and beverage, water reuse, agriculture, power & utilities, breweries, wineries, oil & gas, as well as pharmaceutical facilities. Buddy's goal for each project is to enhance system operations and reduce total plant operating costs.
His market and technical experience, along with his relationships with customers throughout the life of each project offers so much value to every PTI customer. Days off - Gone fishing!
Ronda has over 30 years of experience in factory automation. With 17 of those years as a Controls Engineer and the remaining in distribution. She is extremely customer service oriented and her main objective when she is meeting with a customer is "What do you need? How can I help?" She has a BS in Electronic Engineering from Weber State University.
Ronda says she has been married for way too long and that sitting on the beach is her favorite past time. She has 3 daughters and is finally on the verge of being an empty nester.
Joanne joined the PTI team in January 2019 after relocating to Utah from the Philadelphia area. With over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Joanne is excited to assist customers in their sales experience and provide online resources to the PTI website. She is passionate about communicating PTI messaging, from product solutions to order processing that enhance PTI's great customer service and business processes.
Joanne and her husband enjoy playing Pickleball and exploring Utah's outdoor playground. She is hoping her family back east will come west and join in the fun!
Mike has been in the manufacturing industry for 30+ years. His unique collection of experience has allowed him a different perspective as he has been on opposite sides of the sales process, both selling and buying.
This balanced background helps him to understand client needs as he maintains and enhances each PTI support process. His focus and desire are to provide the ultimate customer experience in all interactions with Process Technology. His greatest motivation is to help position PTI to be the foremost instrument in the marketplace to obtain the information and outcomes that each client wants and needs.
Outside of PTI, you will find him involved in some type of sport related activity, whether it be through participation or observation. He is an avid, terrible golfer and a diehard New York sports fanatic. The Monday after a Giants loss is never pretty. He also enjoys learning and has continued his college education experience throughout his career.
Mike's first question in most situations is, "How can we help?". Feel free to offer him answers to this question.
Susan has been with Process Technology for 4 years; focused on applications for Process Instrumentation. As an Application Specialist, Susan assists in purchasing, engineering and maintenance with technical selection of products to control level, flow, pressure, temperature and weighing within the complete territory. With 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Susan has demonstrated her core business values of building customer and vendor relationships, engineering process applications and providing customers with service and great products.
Married with 2 daughters, 4 extra children and 11 grandchildren provide an exciting family life. Hiking, camping, fishing, boating and golf keep her busy. Gardening and running are her passions.
Reed has been with PTI for 16+ years, starting in the warehouse and moving into inside sales. His industry and company knowledge have developed into a comprehensive and technical resource for customer service issues and factory automation products. Reed comments, "I love helping customers with unique applications and helping them solve issues from down machines or getting them help from in-house technical people here at PTI or factory technical support."
He has a passion for wildlife and landscape photography and has been shooting with Nikon equipment for about 20 years. Reed is also a firearms collector and shooter of both pistols and medium range rifles.
Brian has been with Process Technology since 1996 and has had the opportunity to gain experience and an understanding of every aspect of Process Technology's business. With Brian's willingness to continue to learn from his customer's processes and experiences, he has gained the aptitude to use factory automation, process instrumentation and analytics to solve his client's toughest challenges. In 2014 and again in 2017 Brian was presented with Process Technology Salesperson of the Year, recognizing him for his exemplary performance and dedication to his customers.
As a resident of Tooele for over 19 years, Brian has enjoyed being a mentor to youth through coaching competitive sports in his community and working with the youth in his church. He has a passion for hunting and fishing however, most weekends now you can find him at a softball field, following his daughter as she pursues her dream of softball after high school.
Ken has been an integral part of the PTI family for over 23 years and has over 30 years in this industry. His career with PTI began in outside sales where he forged many positive business relationships. In 2008, he evolved into management becoming our sales manager and acted in this capacity until 2019, In 2019 he transitioned into a BDM role allowing him to again be more customer focused with the entire territory. His devotion and zest for success has helped Process Technology become a competitive leader in the industry. Ken's passion for problem solving and constant learning coupled with PTI's devotion and core values, has made this partnership flourish for many years.
When asked what he loves about the industry, he said that "what we do and what we sell touches everyone's lives. From how food products are manufactured to automobile safety." We have a great impact on the value of today's society and can continually shape the world for the better.
Ken married his sweetheart, Lynna, in 1987 and they have two boys, Braden & Landon. Braden has followed in his father's footsteps working at PTI in the inside sales department. Ken's passion is his family and everything he does in life is for them. When he needs an escape, he can be found fishing or hunting or even relaxing on his deck with his family.
Kristel has been with PTI for almost 13 years providing stability and compassion and aligning corporate goals with the well- being of our employees. She is a recent graduate of Utah Valley University, where she went back to school to finish her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. She has 11-year-old boy/girl twins, who are involved in everything under the sun! She thoroughly enjoys being a busy full-time working mom. PTI brings her immense satisfaction as it affords her the ability to be a part of something so customer and employee focused. One of Kristel's favorite parts of PTI are the core values stated and lived by, genuinely providing awesome opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.
When she's not at work and now not at school, she enjoys watching her kids' sporting events, going to the movies, reading, and playing golf with her family.
Curt graduated from the University of Utah many moons ago with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He has 50+ years of experience in the industry. He worked as a plant engineer for Celanese Chemical in Texas, an instrumentation project engineer for Stearns Roger, an engineering company in Denver and the balance of that time, as a sales engineer in Salt Lake City, selling instrumentation products for Brock Easley, Tech Sales of Utah, Rust Automation and Process Technology. Curt believes in being honest and straight forward with our customers and PTI's manufacturers in order to provide the best solutions. Curt has also been an owner of his own company (Tech Sales of Utah).
Curt's "hobby" is his family—wife Chana 53 years, 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Greg is a 6-year US Navy Veteran and served as an Electronics Technician. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and worked in customer service and sales virtually his entire career. He really enjoys helping customers solve problems. Getting to know customer's unique processes and difficulties is the best part of his job.
Greg comes from a large family, and has lived all over the world, but Arizona has really come to fit him well. Can't beat the heat!
Aaron's expertise is identifying solutions for industrial measurement needs. For 20+ years, he has consulted for the Energy sector, including 8 years in OSHA related industries. Prior to working in the manufacturing industry, Aaron spent 20 years as a drummer in Chicago. He has a degree from the College of Lake County in Arts with a focus on English, Speaking, and Writing.
Aaron embraces the fast paced always changing nature of the manufacturing industry. He says, "We are the quiet environmentalist. We help solve automation problems allowing operators to be more efficient and cleaner." Rather than just selling things, Aaron is more concerned with the best solution to problems than just being the one to supply it.
Aaron still play drums and has been working on a solo project for about 4 years. He is a big fan of anything with an engine, specifically motorcycles. But his 2 favorites - family and a good bowl of macaroni and cheese, especially if it comes with a beer!
Jessica has been with PTI since July of 2013, responsible for all things Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. She is a second generation PTI employee, following her mother, Shirley Knickerbocker, who retired after 22 years with the company. Jessica has been watching this company grow since she was a teenager and is very proud to be a part of an organization with such solid and impressive values.
Outside of work, Jessica loves live music in all forms, and volunteers at Red Butte Garden working their outdoor summer concert series. She and her husband also love traveling, usually with the goal of seeing an NFL or MLB game, or checking another National Park off the list.
Steve recently moved to the great state of Montana to support existing PTI customers and to identify new markets and projects that will benefit in automation processes. In addition to 5 years of civil engineering, 25+ years of industrial distribution sales of instrumentation products, he supported all markets and 8 states with a focus on Semiconductors. (INTEL Global Account Manager). Steve enjoys working with engineering groups, solving problems and working in conjunction with his customers to find solutions and build strong working relationships.
He has 3 beautiful children, a love for everything outdoors and a bit of an adrenalin junkie.
Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Rich worked at Process Measurement Company for 27 years, first in Minnesota as an Instrument Technician, then in 1990 PMC Rich moved to the new branch office in Denver and he was later promoted to Branch Manager.
In 2014 Rich joined Process Technology, Inc. as the first employee covering the Front Range based out of Denver. In addition to outside sales, Rich manages the Denver office which include the Front Range states of CO, WY, MT.
Rich has over 25 years of sales experience, including 20 years as a Branch Manager. His career has been a rewarding experience, dedicated to working with people and helping start two service-oriented Process Instrumentation branch offices.
When Rich is away from work, it is family and friends and as much fishing as he can muster. His home away from home is on the water. When it's his time to rest in peace he wants to become a fish.
Fred is a chemical engineer with experience in process development, equipment installation and improvement, prototyping, and technical consultation. He has worked in many industries including food processing, semiconductors, custom electronics, networking hardware and engineering consultation. Throughout his career, he has developed technology and authored patents key to the manufacture of semiconductors, flat panel displays, and atomic level imaging instrumentation.
Fred partners with clients to solve difficult problems and implement new capabilities to make their operations and processes more robust, more profitable, and easier to maintain. A problem solver by nature, Fred is dedicated and tenacious in his approach. If he doesn't have the answer, he will find it! Fred gets up in the morning to make a positive difference and to help others and looks forward to any opportunity to learn new things.
Fred has three grown children and loves living in Idaho. He is an avid cyclist, enjoys mountain biking, resort and back country skiing, hiking and camping. When he's not out working up a sweat, he's involved in the Boise community, supporting the YMCA and the local arts.
Kenny is an experienced Controls Engineering leader who has worked in multiple industries including automotive, aerospace and food processing.
Kenny began his career in the Air Force where he served as an F-16 aircraft mechanic. He gained invaluable knowledge in electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems. After serving in the Air Force, he has spent 28 years in manufacturing designing, programming and troubleshooting complex controls systems and processes for both common and highly specialized industrial equipment. Kenny is focused on sharing his years of training and experience with PTI's customers and partners.
Jake assists the PTI team with all the product lines on how to program/identify and come up with the best solution for the customer's application. Since the age of 18, Jake worked in a factory as a maintenance tech, PLC programmer, HMI designer and machine builder. He has completed multiple panel builds, HMI designs and project start-ups around the U.S.
Jake is motivated in his style of work because he can change how people look at technology - making a machine that was once time consuming for a technician to trouble shoot easily by displaying the problem on an HMI screen. In addition, he helps supervisors and upper management create uptime tracking on machines so reports can be generated for displaying in meetings. Jake stands out here at PTI having a positive attitude and a drive to teach and learn.
Outside of the office he spends most of his time with his family. He loves spending time riding an RZR around in the mountains and racing boats on the lake. When he's not doing that, he loves sharing his passion for aviation.
Roger is motivated by learning and exploring new concepts from customers and manufacturers and is intrigued by how processes work. He has 10 years of experience in industrial sales, providing process measurement and control solutions based on the customer's needs. In addition to studying General Ed and Geologic Engineering at the University of Utah, he has 30 years of construction experience including over 20 years of running and managing job sites. This experience gives him a customer's perspective of vendor sales.
Roger enjoys the outdoors, fly fishing, river rafting, camping and mountain biking and he is passionate about BEER and homebrewing.
If PTI was an old Chinese bookstore, Gabriel would be the cat. He spends most of his days in the warehouse handling shipping and receiving. When he's not doing that, he is working on various warehouse and design projects for the company.
Currently in school for web design. Down time at home he enjoys with his two kids, working on art and focusing on awareness.
Brian has worked for PTI for the past 2 years as an application engineer in our Denver, CO office. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a BS Degree in Chemical Engineering and has over 12 years of experience, primarily in the oil and gas industry. In his most recent position, Brian provided field and engineering support for the startup of various gas processing facilities. He is attentive to his customers' needs and believes building and maintaining solid customer relations is a key attribute to overall success.
In his free time, Brian is an avid outdoorsman. Mountain biking, hiking the 50+ "14'ers" located in Colorado and spending time on his family's farm in Pennsylvania are a few of his true passions.