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Bart A. Aitken
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

BartMr. Aitken joined Cleaver-Brooks in 2015 as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Previously, he served as Group President at St. Louis-based Harbour Group, which acquired Cleaver-Brooks in 2012. Mr. Aitken joined Harbour Group as Group Vice President in 1998 and was named Group President in 1999. In 2005, he assumed the responsibilities of President and CEO of Lincoln Industrial Corporation. Following Harbour Group’s divestiture of Lincoln in 2010, he rejoined Harbour Group as Group President in 2011. In his role as Group President, Mr. Aitken had responsibility for the following portfolio groups: Plastic Processing Equipment, Automotive Accessories, Building Components, Lubricating Systems, Home Products and Boiler Room Solutions.  Prior to joining Harbour Group, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Engineered Products Group at Kennametal Inc. and Greenfield Industries, Inc., and Director of European Operations at Greenfield. Earlier, he held a number of operations management, manufacturing engineering and planning/analyst positions at RTW, Inc., and TRW, Inc. Mr. Aitken received a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and an MS degree in Industrial Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University.

John C. Oakley
Chief Financial Officer

JohnOakleyMr. Oakley joined Cleaver-Brooks in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. Throughout his career, Mr. Oakley has served in senior financial positions for both publicly traded and privately held companies. Previously, Mr. Oakley was President, Chief Financial Officer and Director for Flanders Corp., an air filtration product manufacturer based in Washington, N.C. He has also served as the Chief Financial Officer at Nexxus Lighting and Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director at Home Meridian International. Mr. Oakley began his career as an Audit Supervisor with Arthur Andersen, LLP. He gained experience working as Corporate Controller for Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings and as Treasurer for Pulaski Furniture Corp., where he managed banking relationships, treasury and tax functions. Mr. Oakley earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a licensed CPA.

Matthew Blake
Senior Vice President of Operations

MattMr. Blake joined Cleaver-Brooks in 2016 as Senior Vice President of Operations. Mr. Blake combines extensive experience in a wide variety of manufacturing operations with in-depth knowledge of modern manufacturing techniques and practices. He received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, as well as an MBA from Webster University and a Master’s of Science in Engineering and Global Operations Management from Clarkson University. After graduation, Matt began his career in the United States Navy and then spent several years with General Electric. Most recently, he was Vice President of Operations, Standard Equipment and Capital Goods, at Colfax Corporation. With responsibility for Cleaver-Brooks operations, Mr. Blake directs the activities of the Aftermarket Distribution Center, Corporate Operations and Thomasville Operations based in Thomasville, Georgia. In addition, he manages operations in Lincoln, Nebraska; Monroe, Wisconsin; Mississauga, and Stratford Ontario; Terrebonne, Quebec; and Mexico City, Mexico.

Earle Pfefferkorn

President, Boiler Systems

Earle PfefferkornMr. Pfefferkorn joined Cleaver-Brooks in March 1997 as part of the Aftermarket Products Group. Mr. Pfefferkorn was promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Distribution Sales in 2003 and has served as President of the Packaged Boiler Systems Group since 2005. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Pfefferkorn held engineering, marketing, and operations positions in the heat transfer and metal fabrication industry. Mr. Pfefferkorn is a member of the Board of Directors of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and is a member of ABMA and the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners. Mr. Pfefferkorn holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Paul M. Anderson
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Paul Anderson

Mr. Anderson joined Cleaver-Brooks in 2013 as Senior Vice President of Strategic Sales and Marketing. Previously, he held the position of Vice President of Marketing, Product Management and Research Development for the SKF Lubrication Business Unit. SKF purchased Lincoln Holdings Enterprises in 2011, where Mr. Anderson held the position of Global Vice President of Marketing and Product Development. Mr. Anderson began his career at Ingersoll-Rand in 1993 as an Application Engineer. He advanced through the company, serving in a number of sales, marketing and managerial positions across the United States and Canada. When Mr. Anderson left Ingersoll-Rand in 2007, he was Director of Aftermarket for Hussmann in the Americas. Mr. Anderson holds a BA in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and earned his MBA in Marketing and Finance from York University in Toronto.

P. Welch Goggins, Jr.
Chairman Emeritus

P. Welch Goggins, Jr.Mr. Goggins became Chairman Emeritus in April 2015 after serving as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Cleaver-Brooks for 10 years. Previous to that, Mr. Goggins was Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for the company. Mr. Goggins began his career in 1975 with Industrial Boiler, where he held various sales and marketing, operational management and executive positions. Cleaver-Brooks acquired Industrial Boiler Company in 1992. Mr. Goggins earned a BA in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. He served as Chairman of the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) from 2006 to 2007.