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Our culture, based on trust, unique among fabricating and machining firms, embodies everything ACE is and does.


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  • Keith Stout

    Keith Stout

    VP of Operations

    Keith Stout joined ACE METAL CRAFTS COMPANY in 1992 and has been the leader of the company’s lean journey. After working in sales engineering, Keith joined the team on the production floor and began delivering on ACE’s promise of customer-first commitment and continuous improvement, the core of the ACE culture. Stout holds a mechanical engineering degree from Northern Illinois University.

    Keith is a passionate supporter of the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and is a past board member of the (USA) Midwestern Region.

  • Dale Ball

    Dale Ball

    VP Manufacturing Engineering

    Having worked at Ace Metal Crafts Company since 1986 – beginning his career as a mechanical engineer – Dale has seen firsthand the importance of a strong manufacturing community to our nation’s economic well-being.

    Over his 30-year career, Dale has progressed from engineer, to sales engineer – VP of Sales and Marketing to VP of Operations and eventually President – always with the same attitude of leading by example as a listener, planner and strategic problem solver who tirelessly works to empower his teams to accomplish their shared goals.

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  • Kevin Bailey

    Kevin Bailey

    VP Engineering

    “Design for Manufacturability” are three key words which help to define Kevin’s role at ACE and his customer-first commitment. Kevin and his team of engineers work to make customer’s designs and dreams a reality. Customers trust Kevin to lead the team and successfully value engineer, plan and manufacture custom/complex metal solutions – with the goal of delivering on our promises, no matter how aggressive or difficult the challenge is.

    As leader of ACE’s engineering team, Kevin works to inspire collaboration and mutual respect, building upon each member’s skills and talents to be the best they can be.

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  • Jean Pitzo

    Jean Pitzo

    CEO

    Jean has been with ACE METAL CRAFTS COMPANY since 1983, joining as a sales rep and progressing over the years to Vice President of Sales and Marketing, then to President and to her current role as CEO in 2003.

    Throughout her tenure, Jean’s passion for developing conscious leaders and helping team members thrive has advanced the success of the company, and produced a culture with a foundation built on trust. Her extensive sales and leadership experience has taught her that taking great care of customers on the outside starts with taking good care of people on the inside.

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  • Deb Benning

    Deb Benning

    Chief Relationship Officer and VP Sales & Marketing

    Following successful work with Whirlpool, Ryerson and Inland Steel, Deb joined ACE METAL CRAFTS COMPANY in 2000 as the Sales & Marketing Manager. During her tenure at ACE, Deb’s responsibilities have grown to include developing and executing the company’s strategic plan, creating and implementing company policy and guidelines and developing and meeting company revenue and profitability goals.

    This comprehensive new business development strategy has been accomplished with a goal of fostering a customer-first culture, reflected by a dramatic increase in ACE’s revenue over a two year period, with significant corresponding improvements in customer satisfaction, despite market conditions and volatile steel pricing.

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  • Katarina Pantelic-Orb

    Katarina Pantelic-Orb

    Continuous Improvement Champion

    Katarina brings a wealth of expertise, education and insight to her role at ACE. In charge of aligning the words and deeds of ACE’s culture and values with the practical applications of LEAN manufacturing and TPS (Toyota Production System) Katarina is uniquely adept at this very challenging task.

    Her operational role at ACE is complemented by a brand strategy and communications background, giving her the tools necessary to help team members bridge the gap between what they envision and what they can achieve with support, training and guidance.

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  • Marty Trigueros

    Martin Trigueros

    Value Stream Leader

    Marty joined the ACE team in 1985, joining his father who worked as a polisher. Over the last 31+ years his career has spanned a wide range of experiences. From starting “at the end” in shipping and receiving to working his way through numerous roles: punch press operation, estimating and flat laser operation to VP of Production and now as a Value Stream Leader – Marty has always worked to help fellow team members bridge the gap between what they envision and what they can achieve.

    Marty is the perfect example of someone really living ACE’s values – in and outside of work. His calm demeanor, listening skills and willingness to talk through tough situations to produce positive results are what ACE customers and team members really appreciate, when speaking of Emotional Intelligence [EI]. (more…)

  • Angela Pitzo

    Angela Pitzo

    Value Stream Leader

    Angela began her career at ACE after receiving her BS from Illinois State University in 2011, starting in the purchasing department before moving into a team leader position. Now, as a Value Stream Leader, Angela is challenged with helping ACE realize the commitment to continuous improvement through the combined goals of creating more customer value, growing ACE’s business and eliminating waste from every process.

    To succeed at this role, Angela brings an empathetic, active-listening and highly responsive attitude that is greatly appreciated by her team members and customers alike. Her enthusiasm for growing the business is echoed in the desire for a life-long career at ACE METAL CRAFTS COMPANY as a member of a truly unique and outstanding team of people. Angela has a B.S from Illinois State University and an MBA in Finance from Elmhurst College.

  • Ryan Skarb

    Ryan Skarb

    Value Stream Leader

    Ryan has gained valuable insight into his current position as a Value Stream Leader by beginning his career at ACE working in laser programming and nesting – moving to the welding and grinding cells – then into the management of laser and forming cells.

    With a reputation as an insightful communicator who works to create and build successful relationships with his team members, Ryan is dedicated to ensuring the team can deliver on ACE’s customer-first promise with successful, on-time delivery to every customer. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Industrial Technology degree from Southern Illinois University.

  • Matt Lichter

    Matt Lichter

    Value Stream Leader

    Matt has been an integral part of ACE since he was 22. In 2004, Matt started in accounting, working his way through Purchasing, Project Engineering and Operations. Team members describe Matt as an organized, reliable and strategic thinker with an outstanding commitment to the ACE LEAN journey. Matt excels at working on continuous improvement as a Value Stream Leader who is enthusiastic about taking ACE – the team members and customers – to the next level of achievement. Matt is active in LEAN learning as a graduate of the Technology & Manufacturing Association’s [TMA] Executive Leadership Institute.

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