EBI Today

Without the foresight of the founders of this great company, it might have been content to remain a single product company focused on a single industry.

Today, EBI’s businesses provide the global marketplace value-added products and services, including palatability enhancers for the pet food industry, precision energetic systems for the aerospace market, innovative explosive and non-explosive solutions for defense customers, and molecular and protein detection for the agricultural industry.

180 Years of Innovation

Leadership

  • Thomas J. Perlitz
    Thomas J. Perlitz
    President & CEO of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.
    Thomas J. Perlitz
    Thomas J. Perlitz
    President & CEO of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.

    Tom has had a breadth of experience encompassing senior global general management roles, corporate and portfolio strategy, sales and marketing, and operations.

    Tom has over 20 years’ experience working for the blue-chip companies Crane Co. (a manufacturer of highly engineered products in aerospace, controls, electronics, fluid handling, vending systems and payment solutions) and Danaher Corporation (a global science and technology company).

    During his tenure as a Corporate Officer at Crane Co. for almost 9 years, Tom was President of both the Crane Aerospace Group and the Crane Controls Group. He also served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy where he was responsible for the growth and capital deployment strategy for Crane’s $3 billion in portfolio companies. Prior to that role, Tom served as Crane’s Corporate Vice President of Operational Excellence, during which he was responsible for developing and implementing Crane’s business system across a diverse set of companies.

    Prior to joining Crane, Tom was employed by Danaher Corporation for 10 years. While at Danaher, Tom held senior global general management, marketing and operational roles at Danaher Dental, Fluke Corporation and Danaher Instruments & Controls. He also served at Jacobs Vehicle Systems and in the Danaher Business Systems Office.

    A graduate of Colgate University, Tom also received an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

  • Dave DeMeo
    Dave DeMeo
    Chief Financial Officer
    Dave DeMeo
    Dave DeMeo
    Chief Financial Officer

    Dave brings extensive financial and senior leadership experience to EBI. Previously, he held CFO and senior leadership roles including management of manufacturing operations with Honeywell International Corporation, Pittway Corporation and Fire-Lite Alarms.

    Dave earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business. He also served as a Lieutenant and Nuclear-Trained Submarine Officer in the United States Navy

  • Dorothy T. Hammett
    Dorothy T. Hammett
    General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. — President, Ensign-Bickford Realty Corporation
    Dorothy T. Hammett
    Dorothy T. Hammett
    General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. — President, Ensign-Bickford Realty Corporation

    Dorothy has over 25 years of experience as in-house counsel for the company, and possesses expertise in the legal areas of corporate governance, contracts, safety, health, environment and compliance, employment law, general corporate, merger and acquisition. As the Company’s corporate secretary, Dorothy also provides support to the EBI and subsidiaries’ boards and is responsible for stock and shareholder interactions. Prior to her role as general counsel, Dorothy managed the centralized regulatory compliance function for EBI and subsidiaries as a corporate attorney.

    She is also President & CEO of Ensign-Bickford Realty Corporation, an EBI subsidiary that provides real estate sales and leasing services for portfolio properties of EBI.

    Dorothy holds a J.D.from Duquesne University, an M.A. in Labor and Industrial Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Industrial Safety Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked in the fields of industrial hygiene, safety, human resources, and labor relations.

  • Brendan Kehoe
    Brendan Kehoe
    Chief Information Officer
    Brendan Kehoe
    Brendan Kehoe
    Chief Information Officer

    Brendan joins EBI from Crane Co., a global diversified manufacturer, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in IT, operational excellence and business leadership. He joined Crane in 1998 as Manager, Information Technology and was promoted to Director in 2000. In 2004 he was promoted to Chief Information Officer where he developed and executed an IT strategy driving value at the Corporate and Business Segment levels.  As part of the Crane Business System team, Brendan helped develop Crane’s Value Stream Linkage methodology. In 2011 Brendan moved to the Crane Merchandising Systems business as VPGM of Streamware – an ERP software provider for the vending industry where his main focus was growing an “internet of things” business with connected vending machines – enabling cashless, driving efficiencies with real-time telemetry data and delivering advertising to touchscreens.

    Prior to Crane, Brendan worked in technology-enabled process improvement as part of Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Group in the Pacific Northwest. He started his career at In Focus Systems in Portland, OR as an Industrial Engineer and then with a spinoff startup company, Sarif, where he was promoted to Production Manager after wearing multiple hats including manufacturing engineer, IT analyst, and cost accountant.

    Brendan holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University.

  • Jackie Levin
    Jackie Levin
    President, AFB International
    Jackie Levin
    Jackie Levin
    President, AFB International

    Jackie has been at AFB International’s helm since 2002. In her tenure as president, AFB has built world-class laboratories and product assessment facilities to support new technology platforms, as well as developed a winning service strategy. Through her vision and the support of an unparalleled team of experts, AFB has become one of the world’s top suppliers of pet food and treat flavors.

    Her degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan led Jackie to positions at Procter & Gamble and the consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Later she joined Griffith Laboratories, a producer of industrial flavor and coating systems for the food service industry, where she rose to the roles of global marketing chief and President of Innova, Griffith’s flavor division.

  • Jared Lozo
    Jared Lozo
    Vice President, Ensign-Bickford Operating Systems
    Jared Lozo
    Jared Lozo
    Vice President, Ensign-Bickford Operating Systems

    Jared joins EBI from Morgan Advanced Materials, a manufacturer of high-specification products designed using advanced materials. Most recently, Jared was Operations Manager / Site Leader for their New Bedford Massachusetts facility.  Prior to joining Morgan, Jared had a number of positions within Crane Co. of increasing responsibility.  At Crane, he served as Global Business Manager for the Power Generation & Refining Markets for Crane’s ChemPharma and Energy Division.  Prior to that Jared was the Product Manager & Sales Manager for the Commercial Vehicle Segment at Crane’s Barksdale Controls business in Los Angeles.  In this role, he had commercial responsibility for Barksdale’s transportation valve business.   Jared started his career at Barksdale in Supply Chain & Operations where he managed Operations, Continuous Improvement, Supply Chain (strategic & tactical), and Manufacturing Engineering in a high volume demanding environment.

    Jared earned both his Bachelors of Science in Global Supply Chain Management and his MBA with a focus in Innovation and New Venture Management from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. Jared was raised in the New England area and spent his childhood growing up on the New Hampshire seacoast.  Jared and his family will be moving from the Greater Boston / South Shore area and intend to relocate to western Massachusetts.

    Jared was raised in the New England area and spent his childhood growing up on the New Hampshire seacoast. Over the past few years, Jared has spent time working at facilities on both the east coast as well as the west coast.  Jared and his family will be relocating from Greater Boston / South Shore area and is looking forward to enjoying all that western Massachusetts has to offer.

  • Will Silton
    Will Silton
    Director, Corporate Development
    Will Silton
    Will Silton
    Director, Corporate Development

    Will recently graduated from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he received his Masters in Business Administration. While working through business school, he interned for American Express’s Consumer Finance group, where he developed a set of analytical tools and metrics to more effectively evaluate customer loyalty programs. Will also holds a BA from Middlebury College, for which he remains an active Class Agent.

    Prior to getting his MBA, Will was an Investment Banking Associate with Shields & Company, a Boston-based investment banking boutique, where he focused on middle-market mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raising, as well as general corporate financial advisory and valuation services. He was primarily responsible for sell-side pitches, financial modeling, contact management, and due diligence. Will has advised on a broad range of M&A transactions, ranging from complex private equity transactions to large corporate divestitures. His experience includes advising companies in the aerospace and defense, business services, consumer, health care, manufacturing, research/analytics, and technology industries.

  • Jeff Tepperman
    Jeff Tepperman
    Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
    Jeff Tepperman
    Jeff Tepperman
    Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

    Jeff is a senior HR executive with over 25 years global experience with Fortune 100 and private equity portfolio companies. He has a proven track record of increasing shareholder value, improving business performance and profitably growing corporations. His experience covers a diversity of industries including aerospace, industrial solutions, fire and industrial safety, chemicals, paper and packaging and consumer products. As a strategic leader, Jeff’s functional experience includes mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, talent management, organization development and design, leadership coaching, work process improvements and staffing.

    Jeff joined EBI in April of 2015. Prior to EBI, Jeff held executive HR roles with Honeywell International Corporation, Remington International Company, Riverwood International and Dow Chemical.

    Jeff holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Rutgers College.

  • Brendan Walsh
    Brendan Walsh
    President of Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense
    Brendan Walsh
    Brendan Walsh
    President of Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense

    Brendan has over 30 years of experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry. He began his career in 1986 working at the Thiokol Corporation, Elkton Division. For the next 8 years, he worked on solid rocket propulsion systems and initiation systems used on tactical missiles, satellites, missile defense, and aircraft crew escape systems. In August of 1994 he began his career at the Ensign-Bickford Aerospace and Defense Company (EBA&D) starting as a Project Engineer in charge of various development programs. In July of 1999 he was promoted to Technical Director in charge of various minefield breaching systems and in 2001, was promoted to Manager, Engineering and was the Lead Engineer in the development of pressed and cast cure warheads. In January of 2004 he was promoted to Vice President of Engineering and in June of 2006, Vice President of Operations. In January of 2010, he became Vice President and General Manager of Moorpark Business Operations and spent the next year commuting to the California facility. In April of 2011, Brendan was named President.

    Brendan holds a BS in Aeronautical Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University in which he majored in material science and rocket propulsion as well as a certification for engineering management from the Krannert School of Business. Brendan also received a Shingo Cohort Certification in 2013 from the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

  • Bill Welch
    Bill Welch
    President, EnviroLogix® Inc.
    Bill Welch
    Bill Welch
    President, EnviroLogix® Inc.

    Bill assumed the President’s position at our EnviroLogix® business in 2016. Prior to this leadership role, Bill was responsible for the development and deployment of EBI’s operating system (EBOS), EBI’s approach to the creation of processes and tools to execute business unit strategy and support continuous improvement in all areas of the business – growth, operational excellence and talent development.

    Before joining EBI, Bill worked for Danaher Corporation in a variety of global sales, marketing, operations and operational excellence leadership roles. Prior to Danaher, Bill held increasing levels of responsibility in human resources, operations and operational excellence for Eaton Corporation (formerly Cooper Industries).

    Bill obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Bonaventure University and his MBA from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Board of Directors

  • Joseph E. Lovejoy, Jr.
    Director since 2007
    Joseph E. Lovejoy, Jr.
    Director since 2007

    Joseph E. Lovejoy, Jr. has served as an EBI director since 2007 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2008. Mr. Lovejoy, Jr. is the son of the Company’s former Chairman, Joseph E. Lovejoy, and serves as a family Board member. He also chairs the Board of Ensign-Bickford Realty Corporation. Mr. Lovejoy, Jr. came to EBI from his former post as a teacher at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, Washington. Charles Wright Academy teaches students in preschool through twelfth grade, focusing on college preparation and the arts. Mr. Lovejoy is a graduate of St. Lawrence University. He serves on EBI’s Audit, Compensation, Proxy, and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees.

  • A. James Dearlove
    Director since 2010
    A. James Dearlove
    Director since 2010

    Prior to his retirement in 2011, A. James Dearlove was a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Penn Virginia Corporation, based in Radnor, Pennsylvania. He held various positions within the company before becoming its CEO in 1996. Prior to joining Penn Virginia Corporation, Mr. Dearlove was an engineer at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory (and its successors). He has formerly held directorship positions at Safe Harbor of West Chester and Covenant House. Mr. Dearlove holds BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo. He is currently a Master’s Degree candidate in Kinesiology at West Chester University. Mr. Dearlove chairs EBI’s Compensation Committee, and serves on the Audit Committee and the Pricing Committee.

  • Timothy E. Ellsworth
    Director since 1994
    Timothy E. Ellsworth
    Director since 1994

    Timothy E. Ellsworth joined EBI as a summer employee in 1968 and as a permanent employee in 1976. After various executive roles at EBI’s Darworth Company, Ensign-Bickford Optics, Corporate Development and Corporate Research units, Mr. Ellsworth formed and led Ensign-Bickford Coatings Company and was CEO of Advanced Glass Treatment Systems (AGTS). In 1994, he resigned from the Company, acquired AGTS from EBI and joined the EBI Board of Directors, as a fifth generation family member and successor to his father, John E. Ellsworth, former President and Chairman. Mr. Ellsworth serves on the Compensation and Proxy Committees and chairs the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. In addition to his Board work for EBI, Tim is CEO of The Peak Experience, LLC, a real estate investment company, and participates on various other corporate and non-profit boards. He is also a former member of the Simsbury Economic Development Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Ellsworth holds a BFA degree from St. Lawrence University and completed his MFA and MBA degrees at R.I.T.

  • Christopher S. Fuselier
    Director since 2007
    Christopher S. Fuselier
    Director since 2007

    Christopher S. Fuselier is a graduate of Michigan State University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with Masters Degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. Mr. Fuselier retired from General Electric in 2007 where he held a variety of engineering, marketing and sourcing positions in GE’s aerospace, corporate, factory automation and industrial systems operations. He was Engineering leader of the GE Industrial division and the GE Executive for the University of Connecticut. Mr. Fuselier is the Principal of Fuselier Associates, an engineering consulting business. In addition to his EBI Board membership, Chris is on the Engineering Advisory Board of the University of Connecticut. He is also on the Chairman Emeritus Board of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. Mr. Fuselier serves on EBI’s Compensation, Audit and Pricing Committees.

  • Cheryl P. Morley
    Director since 2016
    Cheryl P. Morley
    Director since 2016

    Cheryl Morley spent 26 years in a number of leadership roles with Monsanto Company, a global leader in the agricultural industry. As Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy she oversaw mergers, acquisitions and Monsanto’s venture fund. She previously held a number of business and leadership positions at Monsanto, G.D. Searle, NutraSweet Company and Nabisco. Ms. Morley serves on Boards for both publically traded and privately help companies. She is also involved in several non-for-profit boards including Mercy Healthcare and the Missouri Botanical Gardens, one of the top three research gardens in the world. She holds a BS degree from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Thomas J. Perlitz
    Director since 2014
    Thomas J. Perlitz
    Director since 2014

    Thomas J. Perlitz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of EBI and joined the Company in December 2014. Mr. Perlitz has over 20 years’ experience working for the blue-chip companies Crane Co. and Danaher Corporation. During his tenure as a Corporate Officer at Crane Co. for almost nine years, Mr. Perlitz was President of both the Crane Aerospace Group and the Crane Controls Group. He also served as Vice President of Corporate Strategy where he was responsible for the growth and capital deployment strategy for Crane’s $3 billion in portfolio companies. Prior to that role, Mr. Perlitz served as Crane’s Corporate Vice President of Operational Excellence, during which he was responsible for developing and implementing Crane’s business system across a diverse set of companies. Prior to joining Crane, Mr. Perlitz was employed by Danaher Corporation for 10 years. While at Danaher, he held senior global general management, marketing and operational roles at Danaher Dental, Fluke Corporation and Danaher Instruments & Controls. He also served at Jacobs Vehicle Systems and in the Danaher Business Systems Office. A graduate of Colgate University, Mr. Perlitz also received an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Perlitz also serves on the Board of the Connecticut Science Center.

  • Thomas J. Shields
    Director since 2007
    Thomas J. Shields
    Director since 2007

    Thomas J. Shields is the co-founder and managing director of Shields & Company, Inc., a Boston-based investment banking firm founded in 1991.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Clean Harbors, Inc. and Jones & Vining, Inc.  Mr. Shields received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard College and Business School, respectively.  He currently serves as a director of the Harvard Alumni Association and as a member of the HBS Alumni Board.  He also serves on the Investment Committee of Boston Medical Center and on the Board of the New England Wildlife Center.  Mr. Shields chairs both EBI’s Audit Committee and Pricing Committee.

  • Caleb E. White
    Director Since 2000
    Caleb E. White
    Director Since 2000

    Caleb E. White joined the EBI Board in 2000 and subsequently held multiple senior management positions at EBI from 2006-2014 including EBI President and CEO which he held for nearly 8 years.  Mr. White joined EBI from BP where he had worked in strategy, corporate development, finance and operations roles out of its London head office.  Mr. White joined BP through its merger with AMOCO in 1998.  Mr. White is currently a Senior Consultant at U Penn’s Wharton School’s Center for Applied Research (CFAR) and provides advisory services to Boards of Directors, C.E.O.s, and C-Level executives with a focus on Owner-led businesses.  Mr. White graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies.  Following a five-year banking career at Bank of America, Mr. White went on to receive his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  After Kellogg, he joined AMOCO’s Finance and Control Division in its Chicago headquarters where he worked up until its aforementioned combination with BP. Mr.  White has a long heritage of family association with Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.  Mr. White serves on EBI’s Audit, Proxy, and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees.  In addition to serving on the EBI Board, Mr. White is a Director of The Lee Company, Axiam Inc., and Brokers International Ltd where he serves Lead Director. Mr. White also serves on the Regional Alumni Advisory for Northwestern University and as an Overseer for the Huntington Theater in Boston.