David Zaval, President (IL & WI – portions)
Dave purchased The Whittemore Co. in 2001 and is its fourth owner since the company’s founding in 1918. He has more than 40 years of manufacturing industry experience. These include six years as a tool/mold maker, 13 years as a sales and technical representative and 11 years as an executive manager for an industrial distributor. Dave also takes pride in being a family man and has been married since 1983. Besides his wife, Marianne, his family includes two married daughters, their husbands and a soon-to-be granddaughter! Dave and his family reside in a northwest suburb of Chicago. In his leisure time, Dave enjoys riding his bicycle, motorcycle, and golf.
Jackie Douglas, Office Manager (IL)
Jackie has been with The Whittemore Co. since 2002. She is responsible for all sales support, principals’ invoices, literature orders, phones, commission reconciliations, travel arrangements, and many other office responsibilities. Jackie brings more than 40 years of office management and administrative experience to Whittemore. She has three sons as well as six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Jackie and her family are natives of the Chicago northwest suburbs. Jackie enjoys reading, fishing, boating, cooking and watching sports.
Mike Dulmes, Sr. Sales and Applications Engineer (WI & U.P. of MI)
Mike has been with The Whittemore Co. since 2003. Mike is responsible for all sales & technical issues, customer support, project management, and troubleshooting within his account base. He brings to Whittemore over 20 years experience having been a tool & die maker, process engineer, and shop foreman, as well as 10 years as a factory sales & technical representative for a German cutting tool manufacturer. Mike is married and his family resides in southeastern Wisconsin. He has seven children as well as nine grandchildren. Mike enjoys various activities such as running, biking, boating, and fishing during his spare time.
Kurt Wasieleski, Sales and Applications Engineer (MN, SD, & ND)
Kurt has been with The Whittemore Co. since June 2011. He is responsible for all sales & technical issues, customer support, project management, and troubleshooting within his account base. He brings to Whittemore more than 20 years of manufacturing experience including several years as a journeyman machinist. He also has experience as a sales and applications engineer for a major carbide cutting tool manufacturer and an industrial distributor. Kurt and his family reside in western Wisconsin. He and his wife have three sons. In his spare time, Kurt enjoys spending time with his sons, working on old muscle cars, and rebuilding tractors.
Dan Reasoner, Sales and Applications Engineer (IA, NE, & IL – portions)
Dan has been with Whittemore since 2011. Dan is responsible for all sales & technical issues, customer support, project management, and troubleshooting within his account base. He brings to Whittemore over seven years of technical sales and service experience, as well as ten years in various forms of manufacturing. Dan and his wife reside in the capital city of Iowa. Dan enjoys working on his muscle cars, hot rods, and a custom motorcycle as well as taking his wife for joy rides on his chopper.
Mike Flannery, Sales and Applications Engineer (IL & IN)
Mike has been with Whittemore since 2012. Mike is responsible for all sales and technical issues, customer support, project management, and troubleshooting within his account base. Mike brings to Whittemore 14 years of technical sales and service experience. He has shop floor application and sales experience with a proven track record. Originally from Limerick, Ireland, where he was a tool and die maker, Mike has been in the U.S. since 1995 and resides in the Chicagoland area. He and his wife have two children. In his spare time, Mike enjoys sports, running and spending time with his family.
Katharine ‘Kotty’ Shepard, Marketing & Administration
Kotty joined us in 2015 and supports our sales and marketing efforts. She has more than 20 years experience in B2B marketing and sales support. Kotty is responsible for all facets of marketing the company, and its principals, including CRM system management, website, social media, trade shows, brochures, and branding. She is our QuickBooks administrator. Kotty and her family reside in a western suburb of Chicago, IL. She and her husband have a son and two daughters. Kotty enjoys reading, cooking/baking, yoga, pet sitting, volunteering at a dog rescue and spending time with her family and friends.