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Royal Power Solutions

Driving our relentless pursuit of Royal’s core values - quality, safety, innovation and delivery – is an accomplished team of engineers, fabricators and market experts. Working seamlessly across divisions, we pride ourselves on pioneering and producing high-precision connector technologies that power a more sustainable and efficient planet. Our account, service and quality specialists deliver custom solutions for your industry and applications.

Meet some of the people who power our solutions.

Larry Brooks
Testing Engineering Manager

With more than 15 years experience in the testing world, Larry joined Royal to support current and future testing needs. He has a B.S. degree in organizational leadership from Penn State.  When he is not making noise (with the shaker) and generating data, Larry enjoys spending time with his family. 

Kristine Daehler
Quality Control Manager 

For a quarter century, Kristine has ensured that Royal’s name is synonymous with quality. Passionate about doing the job right the first time, she provides her team with cutting edge inspection practices to deliver the service and results our customers expect. Outside work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends at her lake house. 

Sarah Daugherty 
Resident Engineer 

A recent graduate of Michigan State University, Sarah earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering while playing Division I water polo for four years. As Captain, she led the Spartans to victory as Big 10 champions her senior year. Her academic and athletic success make Sarah a natural fit for the competitive auto industry.

Jim Dawson
VP, Engineering/Technology 

Jim’s 40+ years of technical experience and innovative thinking challenges limitations on next-generation connection systems. He has a BS in Engineering, MBA, Journeyman certifications in Tool; Die & Automation; and Mold- making. When Jim’s not leading paradigm shifts in power technologies, you’ll find him riding and restoring classic motorcycles.

Jason Degen
Innovation Engineering

Jason joined Royal in March 2019 and brings more than 20 years experience in high voltage and power distribution product design through the production launch. In his spare time, you will find Jason flying civil aviation.

Tony Dunlap
Director of Global Sales 

Tony joined Royal in the early 90’s as a harness system sales engineer and was our Ford resident engineer for many years. He moved to global sales in 2002 and continues to support our customers around the world. Tony is an avid car enthusiast and traveler who brings dynamic interaction to our customers.

Nate Hollin
Engineering Manager 

Nate has two decades experience in the planning, design and construction of the stamping process starting from product inception through the production tooling build. Outside work you will find Nate on a ball field or in the stands with his three sons.

Vince Lasseter
Director of Quality

A veteran of the auto industry for 35 years. Vince has been one of our chief solutions providers since 2001. His background in product and manufacturing applications and systems development ensure new products exceed customer expectations and industry standards. Outside of work, Vince enjoys travel and golf. 

 

Adelina Nikolova
Customer Service Manager

Adelina joined Royal in 2014, bringing two decades experience in manufacturing, logistics and accounting. As Customer Service Manager, she is dedicated to uphold the best interests of our customers. When not at work, she enjoys the outdoors, bike riding, kayaking, skiing, hiking and traveling.

 

Tim Oancea
Director of Tier Sales 

Tim launched his career in the auto industry after earning a business degree from Kent State University. After 30 years, his broad experience with engineered products and solutions gives our customers a competitive edge. And now that Tim’s three sons are in college, he’s finding more time to pursue his twin passions of golf and fishing. 

Jason O’Neil 
Plant Manager 

When Jason joined Royal in 2017, he brought a decade of leadership in manufacturing and continuous improvement. Today, he puts his experience to work for our growing manufacturing footprint. Jason graduated from Bellevue University with a degree in business management. Outside of family and work, he is adventurous and enjoys hunting down and collecting vintage items.  

Chris Pepoy
VP, Sales & Marketing 

With a BS in Mechanical Engineering and 25+ years in the auto industry, Chris’s technical and strategic expertise delivers next-generation connection systems to our clients. When not leading cross-functional partnerships to design, tool and launch power solutions, you’ll find Chris on the ice coaching his son’s traveling hockey teams.

Kevin Reed
VP, Supply Chain 

Kevin has a BBA degree in Integrated Supply Management and 20 years supply chain experience in various industries. His wide-ranging background in supplier qualification, international sourcing and cost management - and commitment to building strong customer relationships – is perfectly aligned with Royal’s culture. Kevin balances life with family, faith and sports.

Antonio Sanchez
Manager, Latin America 

When Antonio joined our growing team in 2019, he brought 25 years as Sales Director for a large manufacturer. A graduate of Mexico’s Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, he holds a B.S. in electrical engineering. The busy father of four sons enjoys swimming, exploring history and making scale models. 

Chad Scheve
OPEX Manager

With a BS in Graphic Media, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification and a decade in manufacturing leadership, Chad helps drive our culture of continuous improvement by engaging our partners with visual management tools. Outside work, you’ll find him outdoors where boating, hiking, golfing and skiing fuel his thirst for competitive adventure.

Jason Simon
Account Manager, GM

With a background in both engineering and program management, Jason facilitates flawless product launches from ‘cradle to grave.’ When out of the office, you can find him outdoors: Hunting, fishing, shooting archery and spending time with his family.

Juan Tapia
VP, Human Resources 

Building high-performance teams requires a commitment to employee empowerment. Juan is dedicated to ensuring that Royal’s culture reflects the values of our greatest resource: People. With 20+ years in HR management, he brings experienced people leadership to our team. A University of Illinois graduate, Juan is an avid poker player and reader of mystery, Sci-Fi and fantasy books.

Will Yanakeff
Resident Engineer

Will joined Royal in 2019 and brings a strong background in automotive sales and passion for customer solutions to the team. A graduate of Michigan State University, he competed in Division 1 Ice Hockey. Will enjoys spending time with his family and coaches several travel hockey teams.