Leadership Team and Board Members
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jeff’s career includes experience in industrial, consumer, and start-up businesses. Prior to joining CTI, Jeff was President and Chief Operating Officer of Inside Edge Commercial Interior Services. While there, Inside Edge grew from a start-up to $22 million in sales and ended 2008 with over $30 million in sales. Jeff oversaw Operations, Finance, IT, and Legal. Prior to that, Jeff managed a $40 million business unit for Ecolab’s Food and Beverage Division. His team managed Quadexx®, a chemical dispensing and billing system installed in 700 locations across North America. Faced with declining sales and customer confidence, Jeff led a major renovation of Quadexx®, including diagnosis, trouble-shooting, maintenance, and customer service restoring sales growth. While Director of Marketing at Lifetouch, he was responsible for all products and services in U.S. Secondary Schools (grades 6-12). His team designed, built, tested, and launched I-Depot™, an instant ID card production system used in the field. Today, Lifetouch utilizes I-Depot™ in approximately 3,900 High Schools and Middle Schools across the U.S. and Canada to improve student security and increase operational efficiency. As a Brand Manager with The Pillsbury Company and Kraft Foods, Jeff drove new product development, sales and profits for such widely-known consumer brands as Old El Paso Mexican Food, Tombstone Pizza, and Kraft Barbeque Sauce. Jeff began his career with Monsanto in agricultural chemical sales and management. Jeff’s marketing team designed and launched bulk herbicide handling systems to 500 locations in 17 western states replacing tens of thousands of chemical containers. Jeff earned a BS in Agricultural Economics from Oregon State University in 1985, and an MBA in marketing from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 1991.
PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
Kenn’s background includes 35 years experience with the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, a division of the Metropolitan Council. Kenn managed a maintenance group of up to 45 Pipefitters responsible for the maintenance of various piping systems, the control network for these systems and the HVAC systems for the infrastructure of the wastewater treatment plants. Kenn has also served as General Partner of Judge/Rouse Properties responsible for updates and remodels to historic buildings in downtown Hastings, MN. Most recently, Kenn was investor/owner in a compaction company where he was an active partner in developing compactor models along with managing corporate relationships and key customer accounts such as Mall of America and McDonald’s stores in the Minneapolis, Chicago and Brainerd, MN area. Kenn has served on several volunteer boards and advisory groups including President of his church Spiritual Life Commission, Treasurer of an investment club and the advisory board of Mobility for Independence.
Chief Financial Officer
Kent McCoy has over 30 years of experience in public and industry accounting, with his primary focus is helping startup companies grow. Kent has extensive experience with Financing, M&A activities, and Multi state operations and was among the first employees at Protient, Inc as CFO, Treasurer, and Secretary. Protient grew from a start-up to over $100M in sales before being sold to an international food conglomerate in 2007. Kent spent 8 years as CFO and Treasurer of Appliance Recycling Centers of America where he gained experience in IPOs and secondary offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and the major repositioning of a company. Kent began his career in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche and is currently under contract with CTI as a part-time employee through LarsonAllen. Kent is a CPA and graduate of the University of Minnesota.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Doug Berentson has over 30 years of experience in Operations, including Manufacturing, Manufacturing Engineering, Supply Chain, Sourcing, and Technical Support and Field Service. Doug spent the last 15 years with Medtronic, where he most recently led a Global Technical Support team, developing the team, foundational systems, processes, and infrastructure to support customers globally. While at Medtronic Doug led Operations involving, acquisition integration, manufacturing process development, manufacturing product transfers, development of operations plans and strategies to bring new products to market, and manufacturing scale-ups. One of the sites Doug led received several awards, including a North Central Manufacturer of the year award from Manufacturers Alliance for Lean implementation and results. Doug has spent his entire career in increasingly responsible Operations positions, in consumer product and medical devices industries, for Fortune 200 as well as start-up, early stage and emerging growth companies. Doug is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State College, with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
We are proud to be recognized for the following awards:
Bold Award Finalist – 2016
AHE Innovation Award Finalist – 2014
AHE Innovation Award Honorable Mention - 2016