Dahmes Forms New Senior Management Team to Meet Growing Customer Demands
August 11, 2021
Authentic. Pioneering. Committed. These core values are the key drivers in how the Dahmes’ team operates when recruiting, recognizing & promoting employees; and communicating, innovating & delivering solutions to our customers.
In 2020, we set an objective to grow: Grow our team, our solutions offerings, and the impact we have on food, feed & pet food processing plants across the US and Canada. This year, we’ve welcomed 16 new employees to our team, with ten additional open positions that we are seeking to fill. We’ve put resources into R&D to better serve our customers, launched an apprenticeship program, and built several new partnerships across a variety of industries.
Our core purpose is to create ideal industrial process solutions, and to us that means that there isn’t a one size fits all approach. When we talk with existing or new customers, we share our honest feedback in what the right solution may look like – even if it’s different than any other vendor in the industry. We simply want our customers to have the best solution that solves their unique challenges. From the initial conversations to commissioning to ongoing service, we remain a trusted partner until the end. And because of the established trust we build, our customers come back to us with their challenges, and we continue to work with them to solve them again and again. It’s what our team thrives on doing.
Our leadership plays a key role in the growth of our business, and we are pleased to share the individuals who collectively make up our newly formed senior management team under the guidance of our Owner & Founder, Forrest Dahmes. This group’s vast amount of experience and knowledge ultimately creates a better experience for customers and employees.
Alex Marcus, President
Marcus joined Dahmes Contracting LLC (sister company to Dahmes Stainless) in 2015 as Vice President of Operations, and in 2017 took on an additional role as Director of Projects at Dahmes Stainless. In Alex’s role of President at Dahmes Stainless and Dahmes Contracting, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company, manages the company’s financials, and works collaboratively with other leaders in the organization to achieve company goals. Prior to joining Dahmes, Marcus worked as a Project Manager at Marcus Construction and as Vice President at Terraco Construction for nearly five years.
Marcus holds an MBA in Corporate Finance & Strategy from The Ohio State University - Fisher College of Business, and BA in Civil Engineering from Calvin College.
Roger Ochsner, Senior Vice President
Ochsner joined the organization in 2014 in an outside sales role and has continuously contributed to the company’s growth. Prior to Dahmes, Ochsner was Owner & President of a start-up company, Cheese & Whey Systems, which primarily led the sales & engineering efforts for their corporate partner – Custom Fabricating & Repair (CFR). For nearly a decade, he also served as Sales Manager for RELCO where he consistently exceeded revenue expectations and played an integral role in acquiring new customers and product lines to RELCO’s portfolio. Roger’s first-hand experience working in engineering and management roles at Bongards’ Premium Cheese, Land O’Lakes, and Valley Queen Cheese offers Dahmes a unique insight to challenges food and dairy manufacturers face, allowing Dahmes to create the right solutions for its customers.
Roger has served as a Board Member for the American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) and North Central Cheese Industries Association (NCCIA). He obtained a degree in Electronic Systems Technology from Lake Area Technical College.
Hans Kabat, Vice President of Engineering
Kabat joined the Dahmes’ team in 2012 as a Senior Process Engineer, primarily responsible for designing, sizing and commissioning all major projects for Dahmes’ customers. In 2017, Hans was instrumental in executing the company’s largest dryer in its history – a 12,000 pounds per hour sweet dairy whey dryer. In his new role, he will be providing leadership to the entire design and engineering departments. Prior to joining Dahmes, Hans served in various engineering roles at Dynequip, Inc., Advanced Process Solutions (APS), and managed a small team of engineers at Evaporator Dryer Technologies. He also founded and led the product development of PA Interactive, a start-up company focused on designing, manufacturing, and marketing athletic training equipment.
Hans obtained his BSME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and completed the Wisconsin Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE).
Jeremy Peterson, Vice President of Operations
Jeremy re-joined the company in 2020, after gaining experience in the food and dairy industries working as a Field Installer at Dahmes and RELCO for a number of years. In 2012, Jeremy founded his own welding and installation services business. During this time, Jeremy and his team worked with Tetra Pak and Dahmes on a variety of process and dryer installations. He successfully led teams on several large greenfield projects and many plant expansions. In his new role, he will be overseeing all of Dahmes’ operations including the shop, field and logistics.
Jeremy obtained his Industrial Welding Technology Diploma from Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota and graduated from KMS High School in Kerkhoven, Minnesota. He also holds certifications as a rigger and rope access technician.
Janae Olson, Chief of Staff
Olson came on board in 2020 as Head of Corporate Development and has made significant contributions to the company’s brand awareness and culture including leading the development & launch of the Dahmes’ Apprenticeship Program. In her new role, she will be responsible for streamlining strategic initiatives alongside other leaders, and providing recommendations to organizational development opportunities within the company. Prior to joining Dahmes, Olson served as Organizational Development & Communications Director and Global Marketing & Communications Manager for RELCO, gaining industry relationships and experience. She also served in business growth and marketing roles within the additive manufacturing, healthcare, and IT industries for a decade of her career.
Janae obtained her AAS in Visual Communications, BS in Marketing, and is currently pursuing her MA in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She is also a Certified Innermetrix Analyst.
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