Dennis Fitzgerald, President and CEO
Dennis brings over 26 years of sales, product development and operations experience from his work with industry-leading manufacturers such as Johnson Controls, Dynamet Incorporated and Fisher Scientific. These industries varied in scope from building automation systems to the manufacture of precision forged & machined components for the orthopedic and aerospace industries. Prior to joining Dawar Technologies, Dennis was the Director of Operations for Fisher Scientific’s Electrochemistry Division. Dennis has been with Dawar Technologies since March of 2002. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and a Masters in Business Administration from Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.
Karl Gerthoffer, Chief Financial Officer
Karl came to Dawar in 2006, bringing 15 years of financial accounting and management experience. He started his career with the 15th largest manufacturer and distributor of building products in the country, where he quickly moved up to the controllership position. During his time there, he was a key member in a multi-state corporate restructuring that greatly improved the company’s financial position. Karl comes to Dawar Technologies from a packaging distributor and manufacturer that serviced the largest steel and aluminum companies in the world. In addition to his controller position there, he was also responsible for office operations, Human Resources and Information Systems for the company. He also served in the 420th Engineering Unit of the United States Army Reserves and is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. degree in Accounting.
Mike Robrecht, V.P. of Business Development
Mike came to Dawar in 2008 after more than two decades in the touch screen industry where he held several key business development and engineering management positions, most recently, Manager of New Technology Development. Mike is considered as one of the industry thought leaders in regard to the design and development of touch screen technologies. He was a key member of the management team that helped to grow a laboratory research group into a globally recognized leader in the resistive touch screen market. During his career Mike was involved in the development of many innovative products and processes resulting in numerous patents. Mike’s 25+ years of technical, management, and business development experience will help continue to move Dawar Technologies forward with innovative new products, technologies, and business strategies that capitalize on their already strong manufacturing and sales infrastructure. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with a Minor in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master’s of Science degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Peter Jarzynka, Director of Enterprise Architecture
Peter comes to Dawar with over 8 years of sales experience as a Sales Manager with Fisher Scientific, where he helped to launch their Inside Sales Force covering the entire United States. This group grew from infancy to over 36 representatives and an additional Safety Products group. Peter also brings a background of technical detail from Marconi Communications, where he worked as a Technical Proposal Engineer preparing sales solutions to industry giants such as WorldCom, Singular and Bell South. Peter has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with a minor in Math and Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Eric Hoffman, Director of Supply Chain and Quality Assurance
Eric joined Dawar in December of 2013 as QA Manager and brought with him 14 years of quality, engineering and operations management experience in a variety of industries. Eric possesses strong expertise in implementing programs for continuous improvement of both internal manufacturing systems and processes well as supply quality development. Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
George Knapil, Director of Operations
George began his career at Dawar in August of 2013 and brought with him management skills in areas of lean systems and manufacturing and operations excellence. George worked for Matthews International as a Plant Superintendent and as a Certified Lean Instructor/Implementation Manager. George has also held positions in production and operations management with Sherwin Williams and Horsehead Corp. George has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic University and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, George has received Six Sigma certification from both Sherwin Williams and Penn State University Six Sigma Training programs. Finally, George has taken several business courses at the Katz School of Business and Eastern Kentucky University, as well as independent instructors to further his education.
Elizabeth Stoltz, Supply Chain Manager
Lizzy began her career with Dawar in 2007 as an Inside Sales Representative and has progressed through the company in various sales, marketing and supervisory functions. Prior to being promoted to Supply Chain Manager in January 2016, Lizzy was the Program Manager for Touch Screens and Value Add Products and the Product Manager for all DawarTouch® related products. Prior to joining Dawar Technologies, Lizzy worked for Thermo-Fisher Scientific in Customer Service. Lizzy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University.