A visionary entrepreneur, Bill is responsible for the tremendous growth that ATEK Companies has experienced over the past 50 years. Today, as Chairman of the Board, he actively participates in the oversight of all of our brands. Prior to founding ATEK Companies, Bill owned and operated numerous manufacturing businesses throughout a distinguished career, and worked with a wide range of industry leaders throughout the Minneapolis business community. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for TCF. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing and horseback riding.
Former President of ATEK Companies, Kay remains active as a part owner and serves on our Board of Directors. She joined ATEK in 2001 as President, after holding numerous senior leadership positions in large multinational companies. Currently she also serves on the Board of Directors for Dunwoody College of Technology, Vention Medical and Michael C Fina. Kay grew up on a farm/ranch in rural Oklahoma. A natural athlete, she played on a couple of state champion basketball teams and finished her basketball career at Central Oklahoma University. Her idea of the perfect vacation involves lacing up her hiking boots and exploring new trails somewhere in the US or abroad.
Mark’s business strategy is simple and effective. He surrounds himself with people who share his passion for excellence, and gives them all the resources they need to succeed. As President and CEO of ATEK Companies, and an active member of the Board of Directors, Mark is responsible for all operations across all ATEK brands. Prior to joining ATEK as CFO in 2004, he held numerous financial leadership positions in large multinational manufacturing companies. Growing up, Mark always had a strong interest in the great outdoors. Today, he still retains this passion, and his idea of a perfect weekend could include hiking, canoeing or fly fishing. Or all of the above.
With more than 30 years of experience in all facets of finance and accounting management, Jim ensures the fiscal state of ATEK Companies is always strong. He is also responsible for managing our extensive information technology operations. Prior to joining ATEK Companies in 1992, Jim held numerous financial leadership positions with large multinational manufacturing companies. Jim enjoys working on projects around his home, or diving into one of the many recreation opportunities that come from living on a Minnesota lake.
Julie joined ATEK Companies in 2007 and is responsible for driving human capital initiatives throughout the company. Julie is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), with over 20 years of experience in public and private companies, spanning both union and nonunion environments. She’s active in professional and local employers associations, and she’s a member of the Labor & Employee Relations Committee. When she’s not engaged in human resources activities, chances are you’ll find Julie cheering in the bleachers at one of her kids’ sports events.
As President of ATEK Access Technologies, Sherri is passionate about developing strong leadership teams, growing their skills and inspiring them to turn strategic initiatives into results that exceed customer expectations. With a degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, and more than 20 years of success in the high tech process instrumentation industry, Sherri knows how to harness the power of technology and teamwork. When she’s not focused on helping ATEK customers achieve their goals, she enjoys watching her three kids challenge themselves with their various pursuits, which span everything from theater and dance to lacrosse and snowboarding.
With over 30 years of success in manufacturing, Tom Christie has a passion for using state-of-the-art technologies to mass-produce complex and critical components for Fortune 500 OEMs. “We’re leading the migration to light metals with new materials, advanced process technologies and U.S. casting manufacturing. We’re leveraging our advanced capabilities, technical knowledge and Tier 1 services to reach more markets, and we’re doing it more efficiently than our competitors.”
Most of Kevin’s peers are convinced he was born wearing a green eyeshade. Raised and educated in Minnesota, he joined ATEK in 2004. After holding a variety of financial leadership positions Kevin was named CFO in 2015. Always a competitor, he is eager to take on a challenge. Kevin is an accomplished swimmer and still enjoys frequenting local pools and lakes.
Established by our founder’s family in 1990, this charitable foundation addresses quality of life issues for vulnerable individuals, including children, senior citizens, and those who are developmentally and/or physically disabled.
In addition to generous financial contributions, ATEK Companies sponsors and participates in the MDA children’s art auction.
We’re committed to giving back to the Brainerd community and the people who helped make ATEK what it is today. We’re proud to support a range of initiatives including the Arboretum, the Chamber of Commerce, Kinship Partners and more.