Our Sales Associates
Industrial PVF and Technical
Richard J. Chojnacki, CSCP
Rick joined United in 1999 with a diverse background in management, supervision, quality control, logistics and process improvement. His knowledge of piping products and applications comes from hands-on experience with the U.S. Navy and previous employment at Wisconsin Electric’s Point Beach Nuclear Plant. Rick’s warehousing and inventory management experience frequently makes him our point man for situations involving Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI), shipping logistics and general problem resolution. He oversees the operation of United’s warehouse, and negotiates our Steamfitter and Teamster contracts.
Rick holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and is a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Association for Operations Management (APICS). He is involved in every aspect of our business, including our computer hardware, Eclipse operating system and software security. Rick’s knowledge of our overall operation makes him a valuable resource to meet any need.
Product training includes: American Meter (natural gas meters, regulators/accessories), Anvil Gruvlok (grooved piping systems), Armstrong (pumps), Milwaukee Valve (ball, butterfly, and multi-turn valves/actuators), SSP (instrumentation fittings/valves), Miljoco (pressure gauges/thermometers), Wardflex (corrugated stainless steel tubing for natural gas—certified), Watts (automatic control valves) and Weldbend (weld fittings/flanges).
Greg brings 30 years of experience in industrial controls, instrumentation and valve automation. He started out in field service working for Process Control Services. Greg was a resident at PPG Oak Creek for six years, where he performed preventative maintenance and calibration of the resin and paint plant’s level controls, instrumentation and valves. He maintained the Thermal Oxidizing Unit and was on call 24/7 to troubleshoot problems. Greg also led a team that updated all the P&ID’s in the resin plant. Other projects included helping write the procedures for ISO 9000 certification. In the late 90’s he went on to pursue a career as an outside Salesman for Simone Engineering. He built an impressive customer base by calling on small to very large companies. He worked with maintenance, purchasing, engineering and plant management. Here he honed his skills in temperature, flow, level, pressure and, especially, valves. Greg is a problem solver and enjoys helping people.
Greg has an Associate’s Degree in Electronics from DeVry University Columbus Ohio. He has attended numerous training programs including, Dale Carnegie (effective speaking/sales), SSP (instrumentation fittings/valves), ASCO (solenoid valves), Ashcroft (pressure gauges/instrumentation), ABB (flow meters and instrumentation), Metso (Jamesbury Ball Valves, Neles Control Valves, Pneumatic/Electric Actuation), Badger Meter (globe valves), ABB (pH, ORP, and Conductivity), PBM (valves), StoneL (valve communications), Pyromation (rtd’s and thermocouples), Turck (fieldbus technology), Leser (safety relief valves), Penberthy (jet pumps, gages, sight flow indicators), Magnetrol (level, flow, and volume control), GF Signet (pH, conductivity, ORP, flowmeters, controllers, and valves), Spears (thermoplastic fittings, valves, and lab equipment), DFT (check and control valves), Action Instruments (signal conditioners, isolators, din and field mount), Precision Digital (panel meters, controllers), Watlow (electric heating), Veris (insertion style flow meters) and many more.
Scot joined our Industrial (PVF) division in 2001 to bolster our commercial PVF sales. He is well established in this market following solid earlier experience with Milwaukee Lead Works and Westburne Supply. Along the way, he worked in the warehouse and counter sales before moving to inside sales, where he has formed strong relationships with a number of leading mechanical contractors. In addition to PVF, Scot has a background in plumbing quotations, as well as many industrial products—enabling him to serve customers in any product/application area.
Prior to entering our industry, he attended the University of Wisconsin-- Waukesha Extension. His product training includes: Anvil Gruvlok (grooved piping system), Milwaukee Valve (ball, butterfly and multi-turn valves/actuators), Nibco (fittings, valves/ actuators), Spears (thermoplastic fittings, valves, and lab waste) SSP (instrumentation fittings/valves), Miljoco (gauges/thermometers), Watts (backflow prevention products and automatic control valves), Sterling Inc. (steam traps), Wardflex (corrugated stainless steel tubing for natural gas- certified), Ruud (water heaters), Hellenbrand (water softeners), Asco (solenoid valves) and Schier Products (grease interceptors, drains/carriers).
Chip manages United's marketing & sales efforts. He joined the company in 1977, after several years as a public relations and advertising consultant. His career with United has evolved primarily through participation in United's Industrial and Technical Divisions, where he works closely with some of United’s larger industrial, utility and mechanical contractor customers.
He holds a BA in Journalism from Texas Christian University. Post-college education includes courses in:" Marketing & Sales Management" (University of Wisconsin), "SPC/Total Quality System" (Milwaukee Area Technical College), "Total Quality-- A Management Overview" (MRA Institute of Management), and various seminars through the American Supply Association (ASA) and the American Society of Quality Control (ASQC). Factory/product training includes: American Meter (meters, regulators/ accessories), Anvil Gruvlok (grooved piping systems), CDC Valve Company (severe service control valves), Contromatics (ball and high-performance butterfly valves, actuators), Gestra (steam traps, check valves, pumps, controls/control valves), Hammond quarter and multi-turn valves), Miljoco (pressure gauges/thermometers), Penberthy (jet pumps, liquid level gages & valves, sight flow indicators, level switches and transmitters and boiler trim products), Raymond Controls (actuators/controls), Ruud (water heaters), SSP (instrumentation fittings/valves), Stockham (pipe fittings and valves), Wardflex (corrugated stainless steel tubing for natural gas—certified), Watts (automatic control valves) and Weldbend (weld fittings/flanges). Chip is a delegate to Affiliated Distributors and serves on A-D’s Marketing Committee.
Tony joined us in 1999, after high school graduation—starting in the warehouse and quickly moving to the City Sales Counter. Tony’s father, Brett, had worked for us in the 90’s and was instrumental in bringing his son to us. Tony moved to Inside Industrial Sales in July of 2013, after demonstrating his product/application aptitude and customer service skills at the Counter. He is proving to be a quick study in the Industrial Division.
Tony recently completed factory training at SSP Fittings Company in Twinsburg, OH—a manufacturer of high quality instrumentation fittings, valves and tubing. He has also received in-house training in a wide variety of plumbing and PVF product lines.
Joni is our "Girl Friday." In her 30 year journey with United, she started as a coding clerk and receptionist. When the opportunity came along, she quickly learned to do invoicing. Eventually, she started helping with price updates. Then, customer and product record maintenance. By this time, she had picked up enough customer and product knowledge to assist in those areas when were short-staffed. So, when our inside sales manager became ill, Joni began to provide competant sales and purchasing support.
Today, "all roads lead through Joni," as she Is responsible for: invoicing, product returns, product (system) maintenance, price line updates, sales support, purchasing, inventory adjustments. If we need to find answers in our EclipseERP software, Joni will find them.