President, 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
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.
Johannes (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.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
James A. Pribble II joined Thermon in May 2016 as Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Development. In this capacity, Mr. Pribble leads Thermon's mergers and acquisitions, product management, and marketing functions. In 2017, Jim led the acquisition and integration of CCI Thermal Technologies, Inc.
Prior to joining Thermon, Mr. Pribble was President and General Manager of Direct Drive Systems, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of FMC Technologies (NYSE: FTI), a position he held since August of 2013. While serving in this capacity, he also served as the Director of Strategy and Business Development for FMC Technologies' Emerging Technologies Businesses. FMC Technologies (now TechnipFMC) is a global market leader in subsea systems and a leading provider of oil & gas projects, technologies, systems, and services.
Mr. Pribble joined FMC Technologies in 2011 and held several leadership positions in product line management, new product development, business turnarounds, change management, and the formation of substantial global partnerships on behalf of the corporation.
Prior to joining FMC Technologies, Mr. Pribble was a combat-experienced U.S. Navy strike-fighter pilot. Mr. Pribble holds a B.S. in Marine Transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Vice President, Human Resources
Candace Peterson joined Thermon in January 2017 as Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining Thermon, Candace was the Senior Business Partner, Global Sales and Services for TD Williamson, a global solutions provider to the owners and operators of pressurized piping systems for onshore and offshore applications.
In that role, Candace led a diverse HR team that was responsible for designing and implementing people strategies that aligned with the company's five-year plan. Candace held several Human Resources positions of increasing responsibility during her ten year tenure at TD Williamson and was instrumental in building talent development programs and implementing an HRIS system.
Before joining TD Williamson, Candace served as an HR Generalist for the Salt Lake City School District.
Candace received her Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University in Orange, California.
Senior Vice President, Research & Development
David Buntin joined Thermon January 2017 as Senior Vice President of Research and Development. David brings over 20 years of experience in the development and commercialization of new products and technologies to Thermon.
Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Enovation Controls where he led a global multi-disciplinary team for a company that provides instrumentation, displays, controls and fuel systems for natural gas engines and compressors.
Before joining Enovation Controls, David served as the VP of Engineering for Secure Logix and in various Engineering roles of increasing responsibility with Southwest Research Institute.
David received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Baylor University and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Senior Vice President, Global Engineering & Project Services
Mark Roberts joined Thermon October 2016 as Senior Vice President of Global Engineering and Project Services. Prior to joining Thermon Mark served as VP, Executive VP and ultimately President of Audubon Engineering.
During his 35 year career in the energy industry he has held executive and management positions within Technical Sales, Business Development, Engineering and Business Unit Management.
Mark holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
General Counsel & Investor Relations
Sarah Alexander joined Thermon in October 2008. She was promoted to the position of General Counsel in August 2014. In her current role, she has oversight responsibility for virtually all legal aspects of the Company globally, including contracts, compliance, litigation, securities, employment matters, and managing relationships with outside counsel, among others.
Ms. Alexander originally joined Thermon in the newly created role of Compliance Specialist and was tasked with the responsibility of developing, enhancing, training and auditing certain aspects of the Company's global compliance programs. In October 2009 she was promoted to the position of Corporate Counsel and undertook additional responsibilities for due diligence in the auction process that ultimately resulted in the CHS Transactions in April 2010.
Following the CHS Transaction, she assumed a dual role as Senior Counsel and Director of Investor Relations, during which time she spearheaded the Company's investor relations activities leading up to and following the IPO, managed all public company securities matters and reporting obligations and was tasked with increased responsibility for the Company's day to day legal matters.
She earned a B.S. in Finance/Economics and Management Information Systems from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida in 2005 and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2008.