Robert Baker is our Chief Executive Officer. He also serves on Glebar’s Board of Directors. He has spent the last 12 years holding numerous positions of increasing leadership responsibility in various sales, manufacturing, and operations positions, most recently as VP of Global Operations for Stryker Corporation’s Joint Replacement Division. In addition, he sat as an active member of the Reconstructive Leadership Team, the largest commercial franchise in Stryker. His strategic leadership abilities will help further elevate Glebar’s production, operations, and overall customer experience.
Prior to Stryker, Robert served as an officer in the United States Army. Based in Ft. Bragg, NC he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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John Bannayan is our Chief Technology Officer and holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, a BS in Engineering and a BA in Computer Science from Pacific Lutheran University. John is instrumental in driving Glebar’s product development efforts. He has earned several patents over the years relating to automation and machine controls. Since joining Glebar in 1986, he has been integral in reconfiguring the company’s internal business processes and has held several management positions ranging from production management to financial controls to operations and was Glebar’s President from July 2014 through June 2019.
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Christian Sanafria is our CFO and has been with Glebar since 2013. Originally from Ecuador, he has his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Politécnica Salesiana University and over 15 years of experience working with manufacturing companies in 3 different countries.
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Mark Scanel is the Vice President and General Manager of Customer Care and has been with Glebar since 2008. Prior to Glebar, he was a Field Engineer and Project Manager for a construction company while attending Fairleigh Dickenson University. At Glebar, Mark has worked in Assembly and Engineering and now serves as the face of Glebar service to our customers worldwide.
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Chris DeFiori is our Vice President of Operations. He has spent the last 8 years holding numerous positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing and supply chain operations, most recently as a Director within Commercial Operations supporting Stryker Corporation’s Joint Replacement Division. Prior to Stryker, Chris served as an infantry officer in the United States Army and deployed multiple times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Chris is also an alumnus of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Systems Engineering.
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Adam Cook was appointed President of Glebar in April of 2013, served as Chairman & CEO from July 2014 through May 2019, and most recently served as Chairman of the Board. Adam holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to Glebar, he was the Head of Investment Banking for Phoenix Capital Resources, a national boutique focused on middle-market mergers and acquisitions and private placement transactions. In 2012, Adam was awarded the distinguished “40 Under 40” Award from the M&A Advisor. His prior experience in advising both domestic and cross-border industrial and manufacturing companies complements the experience of the Executive Management team at Glebar, which helps position the company for future growth and continued innovation. Adam is now the Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer at Culper Capital Partners while also serving as a partner at Gracecap Investors.
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Robert Gleason is our Senior Advisor to the Engineering Department and has been with Glebar for over 40 years. As the son of one of Glebar’s founders, he has been around Glebar his entire life, from sweeping floors to designing machines. He has a BS in Industrial Technology from Ohio University with a minor in Education and was certified to teach Industrial Arts. Robert was instrumental in acquiring and implementing the first CNC machine in our machine shop and also pushed to get Engineering off the drawing board and onto CAD in the early 1980s. Robert holds several patents related to innovations in medical material handling and grinding.
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Mark Bannayan is our Vice President of Sales and Marketing and holds a BS degree in Economics from Northeastern University. Since joining Glebar in 1992, he has helped with production management and been a vital part of the Sales team, marketing our trade shows worldwide and leading our international sales. Mark implemented ISO-9001 and got Glebar certified in 3 months. Before Glebar, Mark was a part of the United Nations Development Program in the Middle East and was an Account Analyst for Boston Financial Data Services.
Thomas Travia is our Director of Sales, ECG and joins Glebar with over 43 years manufacturing and leadership experience. Thomas was the co-founder of Tridex Technology in 2013 where he served the last 7 years as Director of Business Development and Applications Engineering. Prior to Tridex, he spent 22 years at Everite Machine Products where he served in various positions to include Product Manager, Director of Sales and Business Development culminating as General Manager of Everite. Tom started his career in manufacturing as an apprentice at Mercury Tool & Machine and eventually became President and co-owner. Tom brings his expertise in Electrochemical Grinding (ECG) and manufacturing to Glebar to further advance our technology and provide new solutions to the medical, aerospace, tube processing and other industries.
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Bob Moraga is our Strategic Account Manager, covering the Western part of the United States and Mexico. He has 20+ years of experience in providing companies with machine tools for solutions in high performance machining operations. He is a Certified Machine Tools Sales Engineer and has extensive industry knowledge in aerospace, automotive, energy and life sciences. He also served as a machinist for 15 years, working across numerous equipment types, providing him exposure to numerous application types. Bob is a fluent Spanish speaker and has worked successfully in North, South, and Central America as well as Mexico.
Josh Wendrickx is our Strategic Account Manager, covering the Midwestern part of the United States. He is a Certified Machine Tools Sales Engineer who has experience in application development. He is accomplished in CNC, EDM, milling, and grinding technologies. Josh prides himself on being an asset to customers working with them long after delivery.
Kathleen Haddad is our Sales Support Specialist and has been with Glebar since 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State University. During her time with Glebar, Kathleen has worn many hats working across the Accounting, Sales, and Marketing departments, supporting the CEO, VP of Sales and Marketing, and CFO. She also manages all of the tradeshows and events for the company.
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Mike Mainardi is the Technical Service Manager and has been with Glebar since 2007. Mike holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University. During his time with Glebar, Mike has worked in the Engineering and Technical Service departments, continuously striving to provide our customers with the top-level service that they deserve.
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Jean Gatti is the Office Manager/Customer Service Parts Representative and has been with Glebar since 1995. Jean is responsible not only for accounts receivable, accounts payable, sales, customer service and corresponding with customers, but also manages all Human Resource and office operations. Prior to joining Glebar, Jean owned and operated several home furnishing and accessories stores. After closing the stores, she held a position as Operations Manager of a retail management company, responsible for security and safety in retail stores throughout the United States. Jean studied at Montclair University and the NY School of Interior Design.
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Marta Haedo is a Customer Service/Inside Parts Sales Representative and has been with Glebar since 1999. Prior to Glebar, she was working in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the O.A.S., (Organization of American States) touristic program. In her time at Glebar, Marta also worked as the Office Manager's assistant.
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