Meet Our Leadership Team


Monthly Featured Employee

Al Kaufman

Name: Al Kaufman

Title: Sales Director - West

Department: Sales

Month/year joined Bender: July 2009

Degree/certificates: Bachelor of Engineering, in Electrical Engineering.

When I graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology, with an Electrical Engineering degree, I knew right away that I wanted to get involved in engineering applications and customer support. I started working for the ferrite division of TDK as an applications engineer. I moved on to power supplies a few years later working as a sales and applications engineer for companies such as ABB (Power-One division), GE (Lineage Power division), Lambda Electronics, and Pioneer Magnetics. I enjoyed working on custom applications where I was part of the team responsible for design, production and sales.

I started working for Bender in the summer of 2009. I was hired to increase sales on the West Coast and was the first remote outside salesperson at Bender Inc. My success in generating a presence and increasing market share for Bender products on the West Coast created opportunities for additional outside sales engineers in other regions. I am currently the West Coast Sales Director for Bender.

My favorite part about Bender is the family atmosphere that we maintained even as we have grown into a worldwide corporation with hundreds of employees. I have many close friends at the company and enjoy the comradery that we share. I feel that Bender values their employees and treats them as an extended part of the Bender family.

I am an avid swimmer and like to compete in ocean races here in Southern California. My wife and I love dogs and we have a one year old yellow Labrador Retriever named Major. I volunteer for Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue where I work as a foster parent finding forever homes for Labs in need.

Leadership Team

Steve Mason

Steve Mason

CEO Bender Inc / VP Americas Bender GmbH & Co. KG

John Kenitz

John Kenitz

Head of Finance  

 

David Knecht

David Knecht

Head of Medical Sales  

 

Ajay Pathak

Ajay Pathak

Head of Industrial Sales

Torsten Gruhn

Torsten Gruhn

Head of EV Sales

Jeff Glenney

Jeff Glenney

Head of HRG Sales

Hannah Medvic

Hannah Medvic

Marketing Team Lead

Jon Leopold

Jon Leopold

Quality Manager

Matt Rapp

Matt Rapp

Head of Operations

Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson

Product Design & Compliance Lead