Meet the Leadership Team

 

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Mike Vallafskey

President

Mike serves as President of T.O. Plastics. He has led the organization in this role since January 2008.

Mike joined T.O. Plastics in December 2002 as Director of Sales. His prior experience includes 14 years at TLC Polyform in various roles, including General Manager, Sales, and Chief Operating Officer. 

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hamline University in 1987 and his master’s in business administration from the University of St. Thomas in 1991. He serves as Co-Chair of the Hamline School of Business Executive Council. 

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Jason Greni

Vice President of Finance

Jason became T.O. Plastics’ Vice President of Finance in July 2016. In his role, Jason is responsible for managing all company finance, accounting, information technology, and risk management.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Dakota, as well as his CPA license, Jason worked for three years as Senior Auditor with the public accounting firm Coopers & Lybrand. For the next 20 years he worked at General Mills, Inc., holding the positions of Internal Auditor, Financial Analyst, Plant Controller, Trade Marketing Finance Manager, Senior Finance Manager, and Senior Guidance Manager. During his tenure at General Mills, Jason gained experience in various divisions and plants, including working with an e-commerce startup.

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Don Jaeger

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Don Jaeger is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for T.O. Plastics. He is responsible for the strategic growth of the company, building the T.O. Plastics brand, and achieving sales commitments.

He joined T.O. Plastics in August 2018 after five years with Pentair, a global industrial manufacturer. Don held many progressive leadership roles at Pentair, most recently as the Vertical Market Leader for the Residential and Agriculture Flow Business. Other roles include Global Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Sales/Account Management. Prior to Pentair, Don was at United Health Group in product development, innovation, and marketing management.

Don received his bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the University of St. Thomas.

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Julia Nyugen

Vice President of Human Resources & Talent Development

Julia is the VP of HR & Talent Development.  Julia joined T.O. Plastics’  as Director of Human Resources in September 2017.

She has over 20 years of operational and strategic human resources experience working in various industries. Most recently, Julia was Division Director of Human Resources for an Illinois Tool Works (ITW), Inc., division located in Houston, Texas.

Julia holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources/psychology from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s from Bethel University.

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Kevin Kieke

Director of Engineering & Quality

Kevin is T.O. Plastics Director of Engineering & Quality. He attended St. Cloud State University majoring in Industrial Engineering. Most of his Career was spent at Hutchinson Technology in various leadership position in Engineering and Automation.

 

 

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David Richards

Director of Operations

David Richards is the Director of Operations for T.O. Plastics. He is responsible for the overseeing operations at our two facilities and achieving production commitments.

He joined T.O. Plastics in May 2018 after four years with Creganna Medical, and brings 27 years of manufacturing experience including 12 years in the medical manufacturing industry. David has held engineering and manufacturing leadership roles throughout his career and has been successful at making parts, processes, people, and equipment faster, better, cheaper and safer to continually strengthen a company’s financial stability.

David received his bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering from Bradley University in Peoria IL.

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Trent Lewis

Director of Operational Planning & Logistics

Trent is T.O. Plastics Director of Operational Planning & Logistics. Trent’s passion is to improve customer service and operational effectiveness of the supply chain by improving processes and developing people.

Trent began his career with General Mills working in planning and logistics.  He joined Sleep Number in the Twin Cities and held various roles during a seven year period as Sleep Number grew to over $1 Billion in sales.  Recently, Trent worked to lead the supply chain at a couple of contract manufacturing companies.