Having the right people is the first step in exceeding customer expectations. Each individual on our leadership team takes personal responsibility for maintaining our commitment to our customers and their custom forging needs. We believe that people make the process, and we attribute our success in the forging industry to our dedicated team. Learn more about our leadership team by clicking on each photo below.
Rick is Chairman and Owner of Weldaloy Products Company. He has been Chairman and majority shareholder since 1994.
Rick is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations. He also holds a BA in Finance from Michigan State University.
To learn more about Rick, his story and his charitable and community activity, go to TheOtherRickWarren.com
Kurt Ruppenthal joined Weldaloy in January 2014 as Engineering Manager and was promoted to Vice President and General Manager in August 2016. Kurt is responsible for leading and directing all R&D, engineering, quality, manufacturing, and maintenance activities. He has a strong commitment to working with the team to continually improve our forging and machining capabilities and to find ways to better serve our customers.
Kurt previously served as the Director of Engineering and Product Development for Enovate Medical, a clinical work station and medical device manufacturer named by Inc. Magazine as One of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies from 2009-2012. He brings a wealth of experience in growing small businesses, team building, leadership, and engineering. Kurt holds a BA from Oakland University.
Doug Ross joined Weldaloy in February 2017 as Vice President of Operations. He is responsible for continuous improvements throughout company operations and working with the senior management team to develop future strategies to grow the organization. Doug’s strong supply chain operations and IT experience allows him to evaluate current systems and give a unique balance of directional leadership in business processes, strategic initiatives, and technical implementations.
Prior to joining Weldaloy, Doug was a Global Director for Federal Mogul (a Fortune 500 company); an Executive Vice President at Blue Fountain Technologies; and Vice President of Systems and Operations at Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. While at these organizations, he led their manufacturing, distribution, and IT teams through growth and strategy initiatives by investing in and implementing new technologies that improved efficiencies throughout the supply chain. Doug earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in business administration from Brenau University.
Myra Moreland joined Weldaloy as the Vice President of Sales in January, 2017. She has 35 years of experience in executive management, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, sales and marketing. Myra came to Weldaloy from Moreland Consulting Services where she served as President. Prior to that, she served as the President of Revstone Industries and Revstone Transportation which included, Contech, Contech Forgings, Texas Die Casting Metavation, Eptec, Aarkel, and Creative Lighting Solutions (CLS).
Myra Moreland spent most of her career (1981-2003) as President and CEO of Moreland Communications. What began as a restructuring assignment for the struggling Chrysler Corporation of the early 80’s became a 20+ year relationship that led to key assignments in divestitures and spinoffs. In 1990 Moreland Communications was named extended enterprise for New Venture Gear (the joint venture between Chrysler and General Motors) handling sales, marketing, communications and strategic planning for NVG.
Myra Moreland has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. “Ram” Ramachandra Canumalla joined Weldaloy in June 2017 as Vice President of Technology. Dr. Ram is responsible for leading and directing the Technology activities along with other Weldaloy family of experts and help in the growth of the company.
Dr. Ram has a rare blend of Academic, R&D, Industry and Managerial experiences over three decades in India, Germany and the USA. Major focus of the experience is in the areas of “Materials (Ti, Al, Cu, Ni base alloys, Steels), development of Processes (extensive open die forgings – Ingot to billet/billet to billet conversions using 2-die and advanced radial forging processes including simulation modeling, Ring rolling, Heat treatment, inspection techniques etc.) for different products and correlation of processes and properties” in various positions. He has served and interacted with many customers in the Aerospace, Power Generation, Oil & gas and Heavy equipment Industries. Dr. Ram was awarded the “Metallurgist of the year 1997” award by Government of India for his contributions to the development of products and processes for the Light Combat Aircraft. He has received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the renowned National Institutes in India. Dr. Ram was a Guest Scientist for his post-doctoral stint at the prestigious Helmholtz Zentrum, Berlin, Germany.
Dayakara Perubandi joined Weldaloy as Vice President of Quality and Innovation in November 2017. In addition to overseeing quality, he brings executive experience to help serve customers and achieve new business growth—including additive manufacturing.
Dayakara acquired extensive experience during his 18 years at Honeywell Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Throughout his career at multiple Fortune 100 companies, he leveraged technical and leadership expertise to provide data driven process improvements, implement innovative solutions, and develop strong business relationships.
In his leadership roles, Dayakara integrates his AS9100D lead auditing and Six Sigma lean expertise in creating and executing strategic roadmaps, leadership standard work, and management operating systems. In addition, he has audited for numerous Nadcap specification certifications in heat treatment, brazing, chemical processing, surface enhancement, material testing, welding, casting, and forging. He’s conducted over 260 audits and lead supplier development projects in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Dayakara holds academic degrees, including a B.S. in Technology Metallurgy and Material Science from National Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. in Marketing and an M.S. in Quality Management (thesis pending) from Birla Institute of Technology.
Michelle McCullough joined Weldaloy Products Company in 1997. She hired in as Network Administrator and was promoted to Information Systems Manager in 1999. In 2002, she took on additional responsibilities as Human Resources Manager, overseeing all aspects of benefits, training, safety, recruitment, and employment policies and documentation. She was promoted to her current role as Vice President in 2013. Her primary focus is managing the daily business activities as they relate to Accounting, Finance, Labor Relations and Human Resources. Prior to joining Weldaloy, Michelle was Network Administrator for Right Management.
Michelle holds an MBA from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management from Michigan State University, and a BA from Oakland University. She obtained her HR Generalist Certification from the American Society of Employers and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
David Raska has served as Vice President and Controller since November 2015, with a focus on developing financial systems to support Weldaloy’s growth goals. He joined Weldaloy in early 2002 as the Controller where he tightened cost controls to improve process efficiencies. Shortly thereafter, Dave was promoted to Vice President of Sales, with a focus on developing opportunities in new markets and products to meet Weldaloy’s strategic goals. He continues to leverage his sales experiences on the financial side of the business, bringing excellent value to Weldaloy, while continuing to strengthen relationships with our customers and suppliers.
Previously, Dave held finance and tax positions with Midway Products Group‚ Inc., Deloitte & Touche LLP, Perrin‚ Fordree & Co., Grant Thornton, and Chrysler Corporation. Dave holds an MBA in Finance and Taxation from Wayne State University‚ and a BA of Accountancy from Walsh College. He is a CPA and a member of both the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Joe Bloomingburg is Quality Manager for Weldaloy Products Company. As Quality Manager and ISO 9001 Management Representative, Joe is responsible for managing the quality and business systems to ensure the effectiveness of the quality policy, procedures, and documentation in meeting or exceeding customer expectations and ISO standards.
Prior to joining the Weldaloy management team in October of 2008, Joe held various positions with TRW Automotive in Product Reliability, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, and Business/Sales Management. In addition, Joe is currently an active member of Macomb Community College Engineering Tech/Quality Department’s Curriculum Advisory Board. Joe holds a MSA degree from Central Michigan University and a BSBA degree from Lawrence Technical University.
Margaret Grant joined Weldaloy Products Company in 2011. As Human Resources Manager, Margaret is responsible for legal compliance, managing company polices, benefit administration, and safety. Margaret has more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources with extensive skills in recruiting domestically and internationally, retention, and employee relations. Prior to joining Weldaloy, Margaret held various positions for public, private, and government sector companies including Heartland Rehabilitation Services, HCR ManorCare, and the State of Michigan. She has also been a freelance writer for several years.
Margaret holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Journalism from Wayne State University. Her Masters Degree in Human Resource Administration is pending approval from Central Michigan University. She is also an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Allen was promoted to Engineering Manager in December 2014. Allen has been a long-time employee of Weldaloy, starting his career as a CNC Setup Operator in 1996. Through his hard work, insightful thinking, and dedication, Allen has been promoted many times during his tenure. Allen has 30 years of machining experience, and he also holds several certificates in advanced manufacturing practices. He brings a fresh, hands-on, real world perspective to the Engineering department at Weldaloy.
Randy joined Weldaloy in May of 2014 and is responsible for all maintenance and facility operations while maintaining and improving quality, safety, and housekeeping standards. Prior to joining Weldaloy’s Management Team, Randy was the General Manager at Enovate Medical. Randy played a key role in bringing manufacturing capabilities in-house at Enovate and helped the company to become one of Michigan’s fastest-growing private companies from 2009-2012. Randy was formerly a partner of RE Frailey Company which provided architectural, general contracting, and construction management services.
Randy has gained valuable skills in architecture and building construction through his education at Lawrence Technological University and Schoolcraft College. Randy’s past construction management experience are key as Weldaloy embarks on future expansion and ongoing facilities improvement projects.
Joel Tomkinson began supporting Weldaloy as our Marketing Manager in August 2017. He is no stranger to Weldaloy; he has served Rick Warren and our sister company, Warren Strategies, since 2015. Joel works directly with us to lead our marketing efforts and serves as an extension of Weldaloy’s management team while maintaining day‐to‐day management at Warren Strategies in Southfield.
Joel brings more than a dozen years of marketing strategy, project and staff management, and relationship-building experience. These roles have cultivated his ability to problem-solve and to bridge the gap between strategy and execution. Joel received an MBA degree in marketing from Taylor University (Ind.) and a BA degree in marketing from Cedarville University (Ohio).