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Sundyne Appoints Mary Zappone Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mary Zappone

 

Leadership Additions to Support Acceleration of the Next Phase of Growth

Arvada, Colorado – July 23, 2021 – Sundyne, a global leader in the design and manufacture of mission critical pumps & compressors, today announced that Mary Zappone has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), effective July 21, 2021. Ms. Zappone succeeds Mark Sefcik, who is transitioning to President of the Sundyne Products business unit.

Ms. Zappone has more than 20 years of experience leading and growing industrial companies in sectors including Industrial Services, Chemicals, Energy Infrastructure, Industrial Manufacturing, Distribution and Equipment Rental.  Most recently, she was the CEO and Board Member of Brace Industrial Group, a national provider of specialty industrial construction services.  Prior to Brace, Ms. Zappone was the President and CEO of Service Champ, the largest specialty distributor of consumable automotive aftermarket maintenance parts and accessories.  She has served as President and CEO of RecoverCare, a leading national provider of medical equipment and was President of Alcoa’s Oil & Gas products business.  In addition, she has held several leadership positions at Tyco, General Electric, McKinsey & Company and Exxon.

“Sundyne has assembled an incredible portfolio of flow control brands that represent industry-leading and innovative pump & compressor businesses that are backed by strong customer service.  The company’s significant growth opportunities through acquisitions and organic channels are exciting, and I look forward to leading the company in its next chapter of growth,” said Mary Zappone.  “I also want to thank Mark for his leadership of our company over the past four years. I am looking forward to working closely with Mark in his new role as the Sundyne Products Business Unit President along with the rest of the Sundyne leadership team.”

Mr. Sefcik has led Sundyne since early 2017, during which time he helped the company grow its strategic customer relationships, expand and deepen Sundyne’s supplier relationships, and improve the operational delivery and product development functions to deliver industry leading responsiveness, customer service and economic value to customers.

“It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of Sundyne, and I am incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished, increasing the market share of our business, enhancing our technology capabilities – all while serving our customers at the highest of levels,” said Mark Sefcik. “Now is a natural time to transition leadership as Sundyne enters its next chapter and Mary is the ideal person to continue to grow Sundyne’s platform and deliver long-term value.  I look forward to working with Mary and the Sundyne team in my new role and contributing to our company’s further growth.”

Fasten your seatbelts! The view from inside Car 63

With lockdown restrictions easing, our race driver team member, Neil Jessop, has at last now been out racing once again, although at the moment without spectators. In his heavily modified 1978 Mark 2 Ford Escort, sponsored by HMD Kontro, Neil has achieved some great results, despite a few mechanical issues.

 

9 May Donington – Winner of Class B in both Race 1 and Race 2

With thirty-seven cars on the grid, Neil won his class in both races and also finished ninth and tenth overall respectively, beating many cars from higher classes. He also set the lap record in his class of 1:17:486.

 

13 June Mallory Park – Third in Class B in Race 2

This was an amazing result, as Neil had to start Race 2 from the back of the grid after an electrical issue earlier meant no result in Race 1. With skilful driving, he made his way through to eleventh at the finishing flag, giving him third in Class B. He also recorded the second-fastest lap of 51.773 seconds.

See the full video from Race 2 at Donington over on YouTube (it is not for the faint-hearted).

 

The series continues with races in July at Anglesey and Cadwell Park and then it’s on to Oulton Park and Brands Hatch with the last race at Snetterton in October. We will keep you updated with Neil’s progress!

HMD Kontro Appoints New Health & Safety Reps

The importance of health & safety at HMD Kontro is never underestimated and it is something that is taken extremely seriously. Employees, sub-contractors, customers, visitors and any members of the public are all taken into consideration when ensuring the company’s premises are as safe as possible and so revitalising the team was considered very important and vital. Consequently, a company election was held to appoint new Health & Safety representatives. The outcome was that HMD Kontro now has a team made up predominantly of new employee safety reps who will work alongside the two existing and experienced representatives.

Promoting free-flowing and candid conversations

Bi-monthly committee meetings are planned with the most recent one attended by the newly appointed representatives. All in all, it was very successful as everyone came well prepared and all brought something to the table allowing for a free-flowing and candid discussion and if there are any issues or concerns that arise between meetings, these can be raised with the EHS manager. It is hoped that the new reps will be as proactive as possible and already they are being utilised for incident investigation. This will not only give them an insight into a range of situations, but also enable them to give their viewpoint on activities and solutions. Further training will be provided to help the reps settle into and be confident in their new roles.

 

Health and Safety Team

Above (from left to right): Andy Mann, Liane Emery, Andy Schlotter, Claire Penfold, Brian Cordingley.

 

What do the Health & Safety Reps say?

Brian Cordingley – Storeman – “My aim is to help the team make HMD Kontro a safe and enjoyable place to work.”

Claire Penfold – Factory, Shop Floor – “I want to understand more about the health and safety side of the business. It will enable me to help my colleagues and to also assist the company in recognising where workplace related problems could occur. I’ll be a small part of the team to help overcome and solve problems that may arise.”

Liane Emery – Service Co-ordinator – “Having been with HMD Kontro for twelve years, I jumped at the opportunity to be a Health & Safety Rep. My aim is to help David and the team bring awareness and make the work areas safer places to be, which will ensure better safety for everyone.”

Andy Schlotter – Paint Sprayer – “I became a rep four years ago with my main reason being that I felt quite strongly about safety in the work place and wanted to try to improve people’s awareness of it and help in some small way. Everyone should be aware of how dangerous it can be working in a manufacturing and engineering environment. As I have spent all my working life in this industry, I feel I do know about the types of dangers it can bring. By educating others, I feel I’ve helped in my own way. The paint shop also brings with it some unpleasant and dangerous substances and so this has made me very aware about being vigilant in my every day job and hopefully I can make others aware of good practices.”

Andrew Mann IEng MIMechE – Senior Product Engineer – “I became a Health & Safety Rep about five years ago and have now been re-elected for a second five year term. I took on the role to help maintain, support and improve the health and safety of our workplace in order to ensure a safe working environment for all HMD employees. I bring to the role previous experience, which I hope will help the new members of the ‘safety team’. I want to continue and encourage staff to raise safety concerns, whilst broadly assisting in the general overview of the company safety systems ensuring we all go home safely at the end of each working day. I would like to specialise my Health & Safety representative role in the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) regulations and assessment.”

 

Looking after the mental health of employees

Mental health is a big issue in the workplace today and consequently, HMD Kontro also has two mental health first aiders onsite. These roles are currently completely separate from the safety representative roles although there is nothing to prevent a member of staff having both positions should they wish to put themselves forward when there is a vacancy.

HMD Kontro – safe pumps and a safe place to work

With the new appointments, HMD Kontro now has two office reps and two factory reps. Despite an imminent retirement, one of the HMD Kontro Health & Safety reps is staying on as part of the team in the role of mentor for the new appointees and will be working alongside them to pass on valuable information and lessons that have been learned over the years. HMD Kontro sealless pumps are inherently safe thanks to them being completely leak free and this fits perfectly with the company’s focus on site safety.