Executive Team

Connor Deering

CEO and President

Connor Deering joined Cemen Tech in June of 2014 from Apache Inc. where he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to Apache, Deering held several roles with the Mueller Co., his last role was Vice President / General Manager –Gas Products / Services Divisions where he had responsibility for the global Gas Products business and the execution of the strategic plan to grow Mueller Service Company. Deering holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University and an MBA from Milikin University.

Dean Houdeshell, PE, CFPE

Director of Engineering

Dean Houdeshell joined Cemen Tech in July 2016. Prior to Cemen Tech, he worked for Danfoss in Ames, IA as Manager, Systems and Applications Engineering Americas. Previous to Danfoss, he worked for Altec Industries as Manager of Application Engineering specializing in truck mounted aerial devices and cranes. He has earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Iowa and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Fluid Power Society.

Mark Rinehart

Director of Sales and Marketing

Mark Rinehart joined Cemen Tech as Director of Sales and Marketing in September 2014 after eleven years with Ziegler Caterpillar.  While at Ziegler, Mark served as a Technology Territory Manager before being promoted to Director of Technology. Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Northwest Missouri State and a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Josh Maurer

Chief Financial Officer

Josh Maurer joined Cemen Tech in August 2015. Prior to joining the team at Cemen Tech, Josh was the CFO for LBS, a manufacturer supplying the bookbinding industry. At LBS, Josh led the effort to transition ownership to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Prior to that, Maurer was an Audit Manager with LWBJ, LLP. Maurer holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Drake University and is a CPA.

Michelle Eggleston

Human Resources Manager

Michelle Eggleston joined Cemen Tech in September 2014 as HR Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University. Michelle’s previous roles include HR Manager and HR & Risk Supervisor. She has worked extensively with employee relations, benefi ts management, recruiting and compliance. Michelle has established Cemen Tech as a Home Base Iowa employer. She has been instrumental in establishing a Rock Stars Program for employees and in developing the Core Values introduced in May 2015.

Ken Jokerst

Director of Operations

Ken joined Cemen Tech in late 2016. Prior to joining Cemen Tech, Ken served as Vice President of Operations at Winegard, a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Alicia Benson

Director of Supply Chain

Alicia Benson joined Cemen Tech in October of 2017 from Caterpillar Inc. While at Caterpillar, Alicia held several roles with the last being Demand and Orders Manager with responsibilities for scheduling and procurement for two facilities. Alicia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University and a MBA from Baker University and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional.

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