Eric Blashford has served Broadwind as a member of the board and president and CEO since March 1, 2020. He previously served as president of Broadwind Towers, Inc., predecessor company to Broadwind Heavy Fabrications, Inc., from October 2014 to May 2019, and as chief operating officer from May 2018 to February 2020.
Before joining Broadwind, Eric served from 2012-2014 as president of a group of businesses owned by The Heico Companies, LLC. Those companies included Barko Hydraulics, LLC, Pettibone Traverse Lift, LLC, and Tiffin Parts, LLC, all of which are manufacturers of heavy-duty off-road vehicles and parts for the forestry, material handling, oil and gas, and construction industries. For the five years prior to joining Heico, Blashford served as president for a group of companies owned by The Scott Fetzer Co., servicing the truck equipment, electrical fittings and industrial equipment markets. He began his career with Waltco Truck Equipment Company, where he served in various accounting and operational roles.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Akron and a Master of Business Administration from Kent State University. He is a registered certified public accountant (non-practicing) in the state of Ohio.
Jason Bonfigt has served as Broadwind’s chief financial officer and treasurer since July 2017. He joined Broadwind in 2008 as controller and soon became general manager of the company’s Badger Transport subsidiary, which was divested in 2011. Jason has since held a number of finance roles, both in the corporate office and in the industrial gearing business unit. He was named corporate controller and chief accounting officer in August 2016 before becoming CFO and treasurer.
Prior to joining Broadwind, Jason held a series of finance positions at Schneider National, a Wisconsin-based trucking and logistics company. He is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, as well as an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.
Daniel Schueller has served as president of Broadwind Heavy Fabrications, Inc., since May 2019. He previously served as president of Brad Foote Gear Works for two separate durations, from 2010-2013, then again from 2016-2019.
In the interim period, Daniel served as vice president of Bronto Skylift (a subsidiary of Federal Signal Corporation) in Tampere, Finland, a manufacturer of truck-mounted aerial equipment for fire protection and industrial applications. Prior to that assignment, Schueller served from 2003-2010 as vice president/general manager of parts and service and vice president/general manager of Vactor Manufacturing, both part of the Environmental Solutions Group of Federal Signal. He previously held manufacturing positions at Tecumseh Engines and at Case New Holland.
Daniel earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration from St. Ambrose University. He currently serves on the board of directors of HCC Inc., a supplier of combine components to the agricultural industry, and was previously on the advisory board of the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center.
Wayne Hanna joined Broadwind in May 2019. Wayne brings to our team more than 30 years of experience as a business leader with a broad array of global manufacturing companies. He has extensive expertise in operations, continuous improvement and corporate development.
Prior to joining Broadwind, Wayne served as a process improvement consultant with Crowe, LLP. Previously, he was president and CEO of Cotta Transmission Company, a manufacturer of industrial and high-speed gearboxes. Earlier in his career, Wayne held senior leadership positions of increasing responsibility at ABP Induction, Gemcor, Monarch Machine Tool Company and FMC Corporation.
Wayne holds an MBA in finance from George Washington University and bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and economics from Bucknell University.
Gilbert Mayo has served as president of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Broadwind Industrial Solutions, LLC, since September 2017. He previously served from 2015-2017 as general manager of heavy fabrications at Broadwind Heavy Fabrications, Inc.
Prior to joining Broadwind, Gil served for 16 years at the Scott Fetzer Company in various leadership roles, including president of the Halex Company, a leading national manufacturer of electrical fittings and accessories. He also held senior operations leadership positions in both the Fort James Company and Michelin Tire Corporation. Prior to those position, Mayo served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for five years.
Gil holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Arts from Webster University and a Master of Business Administration from Clemson University.