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Steve Ragan
Steve Ragan
PEMA President
Steve Ragan is President of Sly Incorporated where he first started in 1996 in the Aftermarket Department. After several years, Steve left Sly to pursue other opportunities, but returned as President in 2007. During the time between working at Sly, Steve worked at Key Bank in Cleveland, Ohio where he led strategic planning and performance management initiatives for clients across the country. Steve also served as a consultant and sales trainer where he coached many organizations, helping them focus on profitable revenue growth and organization effectiveness. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Management from Tiffin University and a Master's Degree in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University. Steve serves on the Board of Community Service Alliance and is involved with various activities at his church and in his community. He and his wife Diana have two children.
 

Bill Werra
PEMA Vice President
Bill Werra is Vice President of Corporate Development at Sentry Equipment Corporation in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He came to Sentry in 2003 and previous roles held include Regional Sales Manager and Vice President of Sentry's Process Business Unit. Leading their Corporate Development team, he is responsible for the planning and execution of a wide range of strategies including M&A, strategic partnerships, new markets, new products and business development. During his tenure, Sentry has completed seven acquisitions, which today account for 49% of total the company's revenue. Bill has 20 years of experience providing technical solutions to industrial clients worldwide ranging from material handling, bulk solids metering, sampling and sample conditioning. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has served on the Board for Directors for the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce. Bill lives in a suburb of Milwaukee with his wife Cheryl and their two children.
   

Rob Ward
PEMA Treasurer
Rob Ward is President of U.S. Operations of Russell Finex Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Russell Finex Ltd. The company is a global manufacturer of separation and filtration equipment, and Rob has been with them for 20 years, with roles in the U.K. and the U.S. With a background in sales and engineering, he has held various positions in the company, including Vice President of Sales. Prior to his Russell Finex employment, Rob worked for a U.K. engineering company in the automotive industry. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Rob and his wife Anne have two children and live in Charlotte, NC.
 
Susan Denston
Susan A. Denston
PEMA Executive Director
and Secretary
Susan Denston is Executive Director for the Process Equipment Manufacturers Association. Her background suits a variety of tasks, including meetings management, print production management and quality control, and membership and meetings promotion. She also is skilled in serving the administrative needs of Boards and committees. Susan is a graduate of George Mason University with a B.B.A. in Marketing.  She is President of the Corporate Services Division of Association and Society Management International, Inc. In addition, she serves several additional associations: Executive Director of the Product Liability Prevention & Defense Group, Executive Vice President of American Textile Machinery Association, Meetings Manager for the International Association of Emergency Managers and Meetings and Exhibit Manager for the National Association of State EMS Officials.
 
Harry (Buzz) Buzzerd
Harry (Buzz) W. Buzzerd, Jr., CAE
PEMA Management Counsel
Harry (Buzz) W. Buzzerd, Jr., CAE, has served as Management Counsel to the Process Equipment Manufacturers' Association since 1983. He began his association management career in 1964 and holds a CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation. He earned a B.A. from Gettysburg College, along with extensive graduate and professional education. In addition to his work with PEMA, Buzz is Management Counsel to the Association of Vacuum Equipment Manufacturers and the American Textile Machinery Association. He is Chairman and owner of Association and Society Management International, Inc., which he founded in 1982.
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