Bruce A. Thames President and Chief Executive Officer and Director
Bruce A. Thames joined Thermon in April 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Thames was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer and appointed as a member of the Board of Directors on April 1, 2016. Prior to joining Thermon, Mr. Thames was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of TD Williamson in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a position he held since 2012. TD Williamson manufactures and delivers a portfolio of solutions to the owners and operators of pressurized piping systems for onshore and offshore applications. He joined TD Williamson in 2005 as Vice President, North America. During his tenure at TD Williamson, he also served as Vice President and General Manager, Eastern Hemisphere. Mr. Thames began his career with Cooper Industries (formerly Intool), where he spent 12 years in various roles within the product engineering, marketing and operations groups. Mr. Thames then joined GE Energy (formerly Dresser Flow Solutions) ("Dresser") and served primarily as the Director of North American Operations and Product Director for Ball Valves globally for Dresser's Valve Group during his tenure from 2002 to 2005. Mr. Thames holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Jay C. Peterson Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Finance, and Secretary
Jay C. Peterson joined Thermon in July 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Thermon, Mr. Peterson held positions as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, Senior Director of Finance, Secretary and Treasurer at Asure Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASUR) (formerly Forgent Networks, Inc.) ("Forgent"). Mr. Peterson started with Forgent in 1995 and was named Chief Financial Officer in 2001. Before joining Forgent, Mr. Peterson was Assistant Controller in Dell Computer Corporation’s $1 billion Direct division. He also spent 11 years in various financial management positions with IBM Corporation (NYSE:IBM). Mr. Peterson holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin.
René van der Salm Senior Vice President, Global Operations
Johannes (René) van der Salm joined Thermon in October 2001 as European Logistics Manager based in the Company's European headquarters in Pijnacker, the Netherlands. In 2006, Mr. van der Salm was promoted to Vice President, Manufacturing and Logistics. During that period, he divided his time between the United States and European operations. In 2007, Mr. van der Salm relocated to the United States and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations. He was instrumental in the global implementation of the Company’s enterprise resource planning software. In 2011, Mr. van der Salm was promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Operations. After completing his undergraduate studies and a period of military service, Mr. van der Salm worked as sales engineer, project manager and production manager in supplying the petrochemical industry prior to joining Thermon. Mr. van der Salm holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Amsterdam Technical University.
Eric Reitler Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing
Eric Reitler joined Thermon in June 1998 as a regional sales manager in the midwestern United States and was instrumental in building and solidifying Thermon's marketshare in the region. In September 2013, he was promoted to Vice President, Global Sales and relocated from Michigan to the Company's headquarters in San Marcos, Texas. In April 2015, Mr. Reitler assumed responsibility for the Company's global sales and marketing efforts in the role of Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Thermon, Mr. Reitler served in various engineering, project management and operations positions in the power, oil and gas industries. Mr. Reitler holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.