We believe that a company is only as good as its employees. We employ the best in the business, and support their development as they support ours. Check out a list of our team, and read about what makes them unique.
Keith Gerber President/ Owner Hoosier Pattern Inc.
Keith GerberPresident/ Owner Hoosier Pattern Inc.
Graduated 1984 with an Associate Degree in Machine Tool from Ivy Tech. Received my Journeyman's in Pattern Making in July 1988 where I acquired this working for Ward Pattern & Engineering from 1984 thru 1997. There I not only gained experience in pattern making but also knowledge of foundry operations. This exposure gave me a better understanding of the foundries needs.
Sole owner of Hoosier Pattern Inc since July 2009 when my partner retired. At that time we had 14 employees and 20,000 square feet. We are now at 30 employees and 40,000 square feet.
Member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church and served as Trustee chair and committee member for several years. Member of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Chamber Board and Executive Board. Served as Chair of the Chamber Spotlight on Business Expo Committee for two years and committee member for several years. Founding member of the Adams-Wells Manufacturing Alliance, a group of area manufacturers, school teachers and administrators who are working to support vocational education in our high schools and promote interest in manufacturing careers among local youth.
Happily married to my wife Robin for 28 years and have 2 children Rachel and Hope.
Hobbies: working, wood working, spending time at the lake with family. Going on family vacations.
Dave Rittmeyer Customer Care & Additive Manufacturing Manager
Dave RittmeyerCustomer Care & Additive Manufacturing Manager
Team Member Since: April 1999
Work background/Experience: Dave started his apprenticeship at Ward Pattern & Eng. in February of 1997. He received his Journeyman certificate from Hoosier Pattern and the DOL five years later. Dave worked throughout the shop and grew with the shop as they expanded from three owners and two employees to a single owner and where we are today. As Customer Care and Additieve Manufacturing Manager, Dave works to make sure that the customer needs are met in a way that is beneficial to both HPI and their customers.
Hobbies: Dave is a founding member of the Adams Wells Manufacturing Alliance which was created to promote manufacturing to the local schools and communities in Adams and Wells counties. He is also a training officer on the Preble Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Adams county rope rescue team. Community involvement is a big part of his life, but the most important thing to Dave is enjoying life with his wife and four boys. From fishing and hunting to sports and church activities, family time is what Dave enjoys the most.
Mark Bodnar Journeyman / Supervisor
Mark BodnarJourneyman / Supervisor
Team Member Since: December 2005
Work Background/Experience: 26 years of experience as a Wood/Metal Patternmaker, CNC Programmer.
Hobbies: Aquarium, fishing
Robert Chavarria Machine Shop Set-Up Supervisor
Robert ChavarriaMachine Shop Set-Up Supervisor
Team Member Since: November 2006
Work Background/Experience: Robert Chavarria is a machine shop set-up Supervisor at Hoosier Pattern. He has been in the machining industry since 1990 and has spent over 22 years of them as a supervisor. He enjoys work at Hoosier Pattern with his two sons.
Hobbies: When not working he spends his free time buying houses and fixing them up for his rentals. He calls this his 401K program that he can visually see and touch.
Joella Phillips Office Manager
Joella PhillipsOffice Manager
Team Member Since: September 2004
Work background/Experience: Joella joined Hoosier Pattern as part time in 2004. Currently, Joella is the Office Manager and haes watched the company grow from eight employees in 2004 to where it is now. Prior experience includes 10 years in Credit and Collections, both domestic and international along with 11 years in Purchasing, both MRO and production. Joella has also worked part time as an advocate in a domestic violence shelter.
Hobbies: Joellas hobbies include singing in the church choir and leading the single's group, enjoying time with her family and friends, or a good book. She also enjoys exploring, traveling to new places and meeting new people.
Nathan Chavarria Lead CAD Designer / Journeyman
Nathan ChavarriaLead CAD Designer / Journeyman
Team Member Since: June 2007
Work background/Experience: Nate Chavarria is a CAD specialist. He started out of high school, but acquired a desire to pursue a machining career while working part time in a machine shop at a large scale foundry operation. He graduated in 2013 from an apprenticeship program offered at HPI, and received his Journeymen’s certificate. Nate enjoys working with customers and learning on a daily basis.
Hobbies: When Nate is not on the clock he enjoys spending time with friends and family and going to the lake when time allows.
Ronald L. Cox Journeyman Patternmaker
Ronald L. CoxJourneyman Patternmaker
Team Member Since: November 2008
Work background / Experience: Ron has been in the trade since 1976 and has built wood and plastic master patterns, disa tooling and Hunter tooling matchplates, Shalco coreboxes, Isocure coreboxes, low and high pressure molds, permanent molds, diecast molds, fixtures and gages, lost wax molds and gravity wheel molds for all makes and models of cars and trucks.
Hobbies: Antique collecting and refinishing, antique clocks and watches.
Tony Uhrick Lead CAM Programmer/Journeyman Patternmaker
Tony UhrickLead CAM Programmer/Journeyman Patternmaker
Team Member Since: May 2005
Work background/Experience: Two years of Die Design and Construction, ten years of pattern machining and EDM Burning. AAS Degree in Tool & Die from Vincennes University.
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, and anything outdoors. Live and breathe NFL Football July through February.
Todd Yoder CAD Design/Quoting
Todd YoderCAD Design/Quoting
Team Member Since: July 2012
Work background/Experience: Todd Yoder is a CAD designer at Hoosier Pattern Inc. He started in the summer of 2012 with 18 years of engineering and manufacturing experience. Todd graduated from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne in 1998 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Hobbies: When not at work, he enjoys participating in his kids activities, riding mountain bikes, and working on computers.
Phillip Bauman Journeyman Patternmaker
Phillip BaumanJourneyman Patternmaker
Team Member Since: May 2012
Work Background/Experience: Phillip Bauman is a Journeyman Patternmaker who went through the apprenticeship starting out of high school in 2012. He started in 2009 working as summer help in maintenance and moved to machining. After graduating High School with a Technical Honors Diploma he continued his schooling at Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne for his Journeyman’s Card. He plans to return to school to extend his knowledge and degree. He currently is working in the CAM (Computer Aided Machining) department.
Hobbies: Outside of work, Phillip enjoys Spending time with his wife and family, shooting, riding trails, and golfing.
Jim Geimer Journeyman Patternmaker
Jim GeimerJourneyman Patternmaker
Team Member Since: February 2012
Work background/Experience: I ran heavy equipment and drove semi before entering the machining field.
Hobbies: I like to golf and go to the Lake.
Jake Chavarria CNC Set Up
Jake ChavarriaCNC Set Up
Team Member Since: March 2013
Work Background/Experience: Jake Chavarria is a CNC set-up person at Hoosier Pattern. He started in 2013 after graduating high school from Vantage Career Center with a machining certificate.
Hobbies: When he's not at work, Jake enjoys fishing, watching sports and skateboarding.
Chris Lichtle QA Manager (Management Rep.) and Finishing Department
Chris LichtleQA Manager (Management Rep.) and Finishing Department
Team Member Since: September 2003
Work Background/Experience: 31 years of foundry working at Decatur Casting Division of Hamilton Foundry and Machine Company. Eight years at the foundry were worked in the pattern shop, four years as industrial engineer, five years as pattern shop supervisor, two years as tooling engineer and finally 12 years as quality manager and pattern shop supervisor. I also worked two years at Ward Pattern in their apprentice program mostly in the wood master area.
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, camping, a little golf and helping my children whenever possible. I enjoy spending time with my four boys and one girl. There is never a dull moment when we are together.
Phil Conner CNC Operator
Phil ConnerCNC Operator
Team Member Since: November 2010
Work background/Experience: 30 years plus machine experience. G&M Code Programming. CAM Experience. Able to operate multi-type machines. Layout Experience.
Hobbies: Golf, fishing, woodworking
Laurie Mrvos Human Resources
Laurie MrvosHuman Resources
Team Member Since: May 2012
Work background/Experience: More than 15 years of experience as a personal and administrative assistant and office manager on the East Coast. Eight years experience in the art services industry.
Hobbies: Road trips with my Husband, Weaving, Knitting, Sewing, Baking, Gardening, Biking, Watching Old Movies, Reading, Music.
Kelly Gerber Maintenance
Team Member Since: July 2009
Work background/Experience: Ivy Tech welding class, mostly hands on experience, 27 years RV Technican has given me a variety of experience from plumbing, electrical, structural, some automotive, etc.
Hobbies: Spending time with family, anything in fresh water, including boating, water skiing, tubing, fishing, etc. Golfing, walking, home improvement projects, helping others with projects, working, cruise ship vacations… watching football and NASCAR.
Brenda Strickler Maintenance Engineer
Brenda StricklerMaintenance Engineer
Team Member Since: September 2001
Work Background/Experience: Keeps Hoosier Pattern’s shop, office and machines impeccably clean and tidy. Owner/Operator of Home-Based Business for almost 15 years.
Hobbies: Golf, Camping, hiking and fishing.
Tina Fourman Purchasing
Team Member Since: September 2009
Tina Fourman is in Purchasing at Hoosier Pattern Inc., a pattern and sand core shop for steel foundries located in Decatur Indiana. Following high school graduation, she started her own house cleaning business along with working as a skilled trainer/server of a nationwide restaurant chain. With this, she also assisted in Employee Orientation. The most challenging and rewarding job that she has ever held was being a mother of 2 sons who are now young men.
Hobbies: Tina is a volunteer with a Christian Non-Profit organization in Fort Wayne where she helps with fund raising events. She assists with registration and check-out and occasionally photography. Her favorite way to relax and unwind is by taking a walk on the beach at sunrise or sunset!
Brandon Fourman Apprentice Patternmaker
Brandon FourmanApprentice Patternmaker
Team Member Since: September 2013
Work background/Experience: Dean Foods – three years, CIP Systems Operator
Hobbies: Hunting, Golfing, Fishing
Barb Reid 3-D Machine Operator
Barb Reid3-D Machine Operator
Team Member Since: June 2013
Work Background/Experience: JC Penney Co. – 14 years. Commissioned Sales, customer service and merchandise handler. Owner/Proprietor – 10+ years of a home –based business, Toys R Us since 2011 – customer service & freight associate. Toys R Us Express – Store Manager Christmas Season 2012.
Hobbies: Gardening, crafts and spending as much time as I can with my family.
Ernie Geyer CAD Engineer
Ernie GeyerCAD Engineer
Team Member Since: May 2014.
Work Background/Experience: Ernie has been in the tooling trade for over 30 years.. He obtained his journeyman’s certificate in 1993. He has spent most of his career in the Molding industry, with experience in die cast, plastic injection and airfoil tooling. With his manufacturing experience, is an asset to the Engineering/Design department at Hoosier pattern.
Hobbies: When Ernie isn't at HPI, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family.
Alyssa Corral Social Media/Marketing
Alyssa CorralSocial Media/Marketing
Team Member Since: March 2015
Work Background/Experience: Alyssa is a 2010 graduate of Adams Central High School. She has worked in healthcare for nursing homes and a hospice/home heath company while obtaining her college degree. In 2014, Alyssa graduated from Ivy Tech community College with a degree in Business and also has a Social Media Professional Certification from IPFW.
Hobbies: Alyssa enjoys anything that has to do with The Beatles, going to concerts, collecting records, reading, spending time with friends/family and binge watching her favorite tv shows.
Spencer Wilson Apprentice Patternmaker
Spencer WilsonApprentice Patternmaker
Team Member Since: June 2015
Work background/Experience: Prior to working at HPI, Spencer worked in the construction business and attended Ivy Tech for 2 years studying general studies.
Hobbies: When Spencer isn't working he enjoys working in his woodshop and spending time with his wife and son.
Linda Wilson Office Assistant
Linda WilsonOffice Assistant
Team Member Since: October 2015
Work background/Experience: Linda graduated from Fort Recovery High School in Fort Recovery, Ohio. She attended Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio. She worked at CTS in Berne for 21 years and worked at Northwest Elementary School for 4 years as a para and 13 years as their computer tech.
Hobbies: When Linda isn't working, she enjoys spoiling William, her grandson, and traveling when she can.
Troy Howe CAD Design
Troy HoweCAD Design
Team Member Since: August 2015
Work background/Experience: Prior to working at HPI, Troy worked at Gilpin Iron Works and has spent time doing maintenance at Villa Lanes.
Hobbies: Outside of work, Troy coaches youth soccer and enjoys being around family and friends.
Mike Sampson 3D Printing Supervisor
Mike Sampson3D Printing Supervisor
Team Member Since: January 2016
Work background/Experience: Prior to working at HPI, Mike has been a manager at Nordstrom, Starbucks, Einstein Bros, and Pizza Hut.
Hobbies: Outside of work, Mike enjoys golfing, working on his house, working out and playing with his kids.
Jenna Kohne Shipping and Receiving
Jenna KohneShipping and Receiving
Team Member Since: June 2016
John Reed Maintenance
Team Member Since: July 2016
Jon Dathe CNC Set up
Jon DatheCNC Set up
Team Member Since: July 2016
Work Background/Experience: In high school, Jon took 2 years of Area 18 machine trades and then spent a year in Indianapolis for college where he earned an associates degree in Nims and Mastercam as well as Mill and Lathe Certification from Lincoln Tech. While growing up, Jon was involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and eventually earning his Eagle Scout rank.
Hobbies: Outside of work, Jon is a firearms enthusiast and enjoys camping and spending time with family and friends.
Maddie Owens 3D Printed Sand Operator
Maddie Owens3D Printed Sand Operator
Team Member Since: February 2017
Work Background/Experience: Before HPI, Maddie worked at Torrid in Glenbrook Mall for 5 years and was the assistant manager for 2.5 of them.
Hobbies: Outside of work, Maddie enjoys spending time with her family and watching movies with her kids. Samson(9), Abel(5) and Titus (2).
Kyle Rittmeyer Apprentice Patternmaker
Kyle RittmeyerApprentice Patternmaker
Team Member Since: February 2017
Work Background/Experience: Kyle started as part time at HPI in February of 201 7 and when he graduated from Norwell High School in June, he joined the team full time. While in high school, Kyle attended South Adams Machine trades for 2 years and was the 2017 Skills USA CNC Milling State Championship.
Hobbies: Outside of work, Kyle enjoys riding his motorcycle, fishing and riding dirt bikes.
Jesse Mendez 3D Printed Sand Operator
Jesse Mendez3D Printed Sand Operator
Team Member Since: June 2017
Eric Smith Saw Department
Eric SmithSaw Department
Team Member Since: February 2018
Work Background/Experience: Before working at Hoosier, Eric spent 18 years in the service/maintenance industry. He worked on office equipment and inventory management. He was also a crew leader and worked in customer service.
Hobbies: Outside of work Eric enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, football and video games.
Geoff Hake Delivery and Safety Coordinator
Geoff HakeDelivery and Safety Coordinator
Team Member Since: March 2018
Work Background/Experience: Before working at HPI, Geoff was a service tech at All American Homes and Rev Recreational Vehicles.
Hobbies: Outside of work, Geoff enjoys riding his motorcycle, attending beer tastings and being a grandpa.
Chris Brewster 3D Printing Operator
Chris Brewster3D Printing Operator
Team Member Since: March 2018
Work background/Experience: Before working at HPI, Chris worked at FCC for 6 years as a broach and drill operator.
Hobbies: When he's not at work, Chris enjoys PathFinder (tabletop, roleplaying games), tabletop gaming, video games and going to the range with friends.
Mandy Masterson 3D Printing Operator
Mandy Masterson3D Printing Operator
Team Member Since: April 2018
Connor Ray Intern
Team Member Since: August 2018
Cindy Wyss Maintenance Engineer
Cindy WyssMaintenance Engineer
Team Member Since:September 2018
Jeff Brewster Fork Lift Driver
Jeff BrewsterFork Lift Driver
Team Member Since: July 2018
Shonda Ellis 3D Printing Operator
Shonda Ellis3D Printing Operator
Team Member Since: August 2018
Mason Mendez CNC Set Up
Mason MendezCNC Set Up
Team Member Since: August 2018
Audra Geels Office Assistant
Audra GeelsOffice Assistant
Team Member Since: September 2018
Work Background/Experience: Audra is a 2014 graduate of Bellmont High Schoola and a 2017 graduate of International Business College with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business with a major in accounting. Audra previously worked for an accounting firm in Van Wert, OH for a little over a year before becoming a member of Hoosier Pattern.
Hobbies: Outside of work, Audra enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, spending time outside and camping. Occasionally, she enjoys playing the guitar.