An entrepreneur with a dedication to innovation, Jaime co-founded Hydra-Flex in 2002, and is our President/CEO. Jaime grew up in a small town in the mountains of Montana then ventured out to the Colorado School of Mines where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has over 19 years of product development experience covering a variety of industries, and prior to Hydra-Flex Jaime worked for Koch Industries, Eaton Hydraulics, Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, GP Companies, and 3M. He is passionate about the Carly May Foundation, an organization he and his wife founded that helps children with disabilities. Jaime enjoys all sports, especially coaching wrestling. In his free time he likes any activity with his bride and 3 children.
Jonathan joined Hydra-Flex in December 2016 as Director of Sales, and brings with him extensive experience from related cleaning solutions companies. He worked 14 years for Ecolab in their Global Food & Beverage division, and 3 years for Nilfisk in their US Floor Care Equipment Business. He held roles at these companies in marketing and sales leadership, worked and lived internationally, and traveled on business to five continents. Jonathan earned his BA from DePauw University and his MBA from the University of Minnesota. He is thrilled to join the customer driven culture at Hydra-Flex and is excited to continue business growth and market expansion. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys downhill skiing, disc golfing, beer brewing, and spending time outside with his wife and three kids.
Curtis joined Hydra-Flex in October 2019 as the Sr. Executive of Business Development and brings with him 17 years of experience working in highly regulated markets, commercializing and marketing novel medical devices. Prior to Hydra-Flex, Curtis held a leadership position at Reprise Biomedical. Curtis also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, investing, reading, and relaxing at the family’s hobby farm.
Jeff started in the car wash industry in 2010, working in a sales leadership role for Turtle Wax Pro. During his time at Turtle Wax and brief stint at Niteo Products, he was responsible for distributor and corporate account relationships, new product development, marketing initiatives, and go-to-market strategies. Jeff earned his BA from the University of Michigan and MBA from Purdue University. He is excited to join Hydra-Flex due to its state-of-the-art products, company culture, ability to service customers’ needs, and desire to always innovate. Jeff currently resides in Chicago with his family, and he enjoys boating, golfing, basketball, baseball, cooking, and rooting for all Detroit sports teams.
Michael joined Hydra-Flex in July 2018 as a Vehicle Care Account Manager, bringing over 24 years of experience in the car wash industry. Previously, Michael has held car wash management and sales roles at various companies including Turtle Wax Pro, Mark VII, and Blendco. Michael has always been a fan of Hydra-Flex’s products and people and is excited to join the team. He currently resides in Chicago and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, fishing, and motor sports.
Todd joined Hydra-Flex in February 2019 as a Vehicle Care Account Manager, bringing over 20 years of experience in the car wash industry. Previously, Todd has held car wash management and sales roles at various companies including Mark VII Equipment and Turtle Wax Pro. Todd is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Todd is excited to join Hydra-Flex due to its state-of-the-art products, company culture, ability to service customers’ needs, and desire to always innovate. Todd currently resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and rescue animals. In his spare time he enjoys sports, travel, and spending time with family and friends.
Chris joined Hydra-Flex in June of 2016 as Inside Sales and Vehicle Care Technical Product Support, and now manages vehicle care accounts and the inside sales team. Chris spent the first 10 years of his professional career in the automotive industry as a technician and service advisor. During that time he returned to college and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Rasmussen College. Working during the day and attending college at night was a very difficult task, but worth the effort. Three months after graduation he was hired on at a manufacturing company where he spent 7 years as their National Service Manager and eventually National Sales & Service Manager of pest control products. He is extremely excited to begin a new career at Hydra-Flex and utilize his past experience to help grow the company. When Chris is not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, coaching baseball, fishing, hunting, and playing golf.
Scott joined Hydra-Flex in November 2018 as Vehicle Care Technical Support, but he is also assisting the Inside Sales Team. He is bringing with him over 16 years of experience in the car wash industry. Previously, Scott worked as a service technician, a service dispatch coordinator, and a service manager for Holiday Companies. While there, Scott graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and accumulated many years of experience working with equipment manufacturers such as Ryko, PDQ, Mark VII, Belanger, and Macneil. Scott has a true interest in continuing to learn and grow in all areas of the car washing industry. Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife, his family, and his friends. In his free time, he enjoys many different activities and hobbies. Some of them include hunting, fishing, hockey, golf, and travelling. Scott is eager in continuing to build his career with the Hydra-Flex team.
Karissa Joined Hydra-Flex in 2015. She has a little over 7 years of experience in the Customer Service area between production, manufacturing, freight and sales. She is currently attending college obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a concentration of International Business. Her role at Hydra-Flex is to engage with customers and build a steady relationship with them and provide the ultimate Customer Service available to customers in this industry. If Karissa isn’t four wheeling, shooting, or fishing she usually is spending time with her 2 year old son swimming and adventuring to all the different parks here in Minnesota.
Laura joined Hydra-Flex in January of 2020 as a customer service representative for the inside sales team. She has 13 years of customer service experience. Previously, Laura worked for Holiday Companies. She worked at a station store for nine years and also the corporate office for four years. At the corporate office, Laura worked in the carwash department with the unlimited wash pass program. Laura graduated from Rasmussen College with an associate’s degree in Business Management. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time with her boyfriend at his family’s home in Black River Falls, WI. for some R and R.
Mike joined Hydra-Flex in December 2017 as the Industrial Sales Manager. Mike brings to HFI over 15 years of B2B sales and leadership experience working for a national distributor of business products. After graduating from Indiana University, Mike went to work for TCF Bank as a Consumer Lending Manager. Following his success selling B2C, Mike transitioned his career to focus on B2B, joining Staples Business Advantage. There Mike held various sales and leadership roles, most recently serving as the Regional Sales Director for the Midwest. Mike is extremely excited to join the Hydra-Flex team to help grow the Industrial Sales Business. Outside of the office, Mike enjoys traveling with his wife and two daughters, relaxing at the family cabin, and taking in the kids' various activities.
Ryan joined Hydra-Flex in April of 2018 as the Industrial Account Manager. Ryan has over 17 years of B2B sales experience, most recently in the office and janitorial supply industry. He is a graduate of Bethel University with a degree in Business/Political Science. His role here at Hydra-Flex is to support our distributor partners and help them grow their business with the Hydra-Flex line of Industrial nozzles. Outside of the office, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, football, camping, and coaching his son’s activities.
Mike comes to Hydra-Flex as an Industrial Account Manager in January 2020. Mike has a varied background of experience that includes several years of key Account management, Strategic sales management, Territory sales management and Inside tele-sales. He had been working in sales and\ or customer service most of his career. Mike Has a Double Major Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. In his free time Mike enjoys travelling the world, spending time with friends and family, boating and spending time outside.
Erin joined Hydra-Flex in January 2016, bringing experience from hospitality and nonprofit industries. Erin is a graduate of Augsburg University in Minneapolis and holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing and International Business. Her focus is to utilize creative communication techniques to enhance marketing campaigns and customer relationships. When not at Hydra-Flex, Erin enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and cheering on Minnesota sports teams.
Travis joined Hydra-Flex in January of 2018 as the Director of Marketing. Travis holds a undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He has over 17 years of experience in the institutional cleaning and sanitizing and vehicle wash industries in various roles at both Ecolab and Zep Inc. Most recently he was a Product Marketing Manager with Zep Vehicle Care and played key roles in new product/program development and integration. Outside of work he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter at their cabin, as well as brewing beer and crafting great competition BBQ.
Brandon is our Associate Product Manager and has been with us since April of 2014. A talented young designer who graduated from North Hennepin Community College in 2012 with a degree in Graphic Design, and also an Associate degree in Applied Science. Brandon has a major passion for the arts and enjoys creating sculptures, be it with his chainsaw and a log, or his welder and some scrap metal. His favorite season is winter where he enjoys taking snowmobile trips out west to the mountains. If it’s summertime and you can’t find Brandon, go look out on the lake or down by the river because you will find him out fishing.
Emily joined Hydra-Flex in the fall of 2019 as the Marketing Communications Manager. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns University with a degree in Marketing – Communications and Art. Emily has spent her career thus far in B2B service marketing at large commercial architecture firms. She loves learning about a company’s brand, story and audience and is passionate about driving a messaging and content strategy to create results. Emily grew up in the most German town in America – New Ulm, MN. Thus, her love of drinking beer and order – preferably orderly beer drinking. She also loves all things related to pop culture, the British Royal Family, the MN Twins, shoes and DIY Crafting. Ice cream is also a food group in her house.
Elizabeth joined the marketing team at Hydra-Flex in the fall of 2019 as one of our graphic designers. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. After graduation, she went on to work at a corporate dance company where she was able to grow her knowledge of marketing extensively as she participated in a wide array of projects. She enjoys problem solving with design and is excited to take on new and exciting projects, while collaborating with her team! When Elizabeth is not at work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, checking out local breweries or restaurants and staying active by working out or playing sports.
Jake joined the marketing team at Hydra-Flex in October 2018 as a Graphic Designer. He graduated from Minneapolis Media Institute with an Associate degree in digital art & animation. He has a great appreciation for good design, nostalgia inducing Nintendo games, film, and other forms of visual media. He enjoys balancing work and life with his wife, daughter, and two pups.
Justin is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO). He joined Hydra-Flex in October 2009 as the Operations Manager and has since transitioned into Product Line Manager, supporting our product development processes and existing product lines, and then to Director of IT & Business Development for many years. Justin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and has a degree in Managing Information Systems with a minor in Accounting. Justin enjoys spending time with his two daughters when not golfing or playing fantasy football. His diverse education and background has been an asset in having a variety of roles at Hydra-Flex.
Brady recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stout with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Communication Technology. Brady joined the Hydra-Flex team in August 2017 and is excited to be a part of the growing IT team at HFI. Brady hopes to bring new insight into IT processes and increase productivity by introducing more technology at HFI. In his spare time, he likes to go hiking, exploring the art of photography, and spending time with his dog. He also enjoys playing sports, such as baseball and basketball, and cheering on Wisconsin sports teams.
Andrew joined Hydra-Flex in April of 2019 as a SharePoint Developer. He graduated from The University of Iowa with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and is a certified Full Stack Web Developer. Andrew brings over eight years of SharePoint and Office 365 experience working in the food manufacturing, healthcare, and construction industries. He enjoys utilizing technology to reduce waste and develop creative solutions to complex problems. When not at work, Andrew practices Japanese longbow archery (Kyudo), traveling with his wife, watching movies with the commentary track turned on, and relaxing on the lake.
Dan joined the Hydra-Flex team in September of 2019 as the Director of Engineering and brings with him years of cleaning industry experience. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from NDSU and 30 years for engineering experience. He worked for Tennant Company, a major Floor Care Equipment Manufacturer, the last 14 years with several roles including Director of Advanced Product Development. He is excited to join Hydra-Flex and help deliver new innovations to further fuel the company’s rapid growth. Dan enjoys wake surfing, golfing, cycling, hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife and two children.
Peter comes to Hydra-Flex from the 3D printing industry, where he spent the past 7 years developing printers and consumables for Stratasys. Prior to that, he worked for 9 years developing ID and credit card printers for Datacard, and before that he worked for Pemstar, a contract engineering and manufacturing company. Peter graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering with a mechanical engineering degree. When not at work, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, woodworking, metal fabrication, fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors.
Caleb joined Hydra-Flex's engineering team in October 2016. After receiving his bachelor's degree at Minnesota State - Mankato, Caleb worked in product design, mainly in the fluid handling and medical device fields. He enjoys tackling design problems and designing new innovative solutions for the end customer. Outside of work, Caleb enjoys playing flag football, lifting weights, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and keeping up with his favorite sports teams.
Ryan joined Hydra-Flex in April 2017 as a Product Development Technician. Ryan served in the United States Air Force for 6 years in the munitions career field, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. After the military, Ryan attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. At work, Ryan likes problem solving and continually improving testing processes and equipment. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys snowmobiling, working on race cars, barbequing with friends, and cheering on Minnesota sports teams.
Ken joined Hydra-Flex in March of 2019 as Solutions Architect. Having 27 years' experience working with technology starting in the print and graphic design industries, he spent the last eleven years with Garmin leading teams focusing on cloud services and integration with web and mobile applications and connected hardware. Outside of the office you're likely to find Ken with his family, relaxing outside, enjoying a movie, flying his drone, reading, or monkeying around with a wide variety of DIY projects.
Adam joined Hydra-Flex in January of 2020 as a Full Stack Developer with 5 years of experience creating highly scalable web applications for Thomson Reuters. Two years prior to joining Hydra-Flex, he focused on new product development that leveraged cloud native technologies; Adam hopes to use that experience extensively at Hydra-Flex. Adam holds bachelor degrees in computer science, business administration, and in biology (but he insists that that will be it for him). Outside of the office Adam is likely discovering some new skill to master - ranging from technical skills to learning and executing some new DIY challenge. When not busy, you will find his nose in a book often or, preferably, being active outdoors. While he is always passionate about technology, only so much time can be spent behind a screen in a day!
Dan is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Stout, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design. Dan joined the Hydra Flex team in June of 2015 and is eager and motivated to work collaboratively with the Hydra-Flex team to create and execute design solutions that will improve the form and functionality of HFI products. In his spare time Dan likes to share his sense of humor with family and friends, and stays active playing softball, lacrosse, and racquetball.
Casey joined Hydra-Flex in May of 2018 as a Designer with 4 years of experience creating custom retail environments for large commercial retailers, hoping to bring his strong creative input along to help with our mission of product expansion. Casey holds a bachelors in MET, along with an associate degree in drafting and design, with hopes to expand his knowledge by returning to school. At work, Casey enjoys being involved with the upfront design process to give ideas on how to make our product innovation stand out from the crowd. Outside of work he is an avid golfer, Blackhawks fan, and keeps his creative passion going by always thinking of the next idea to make.
Dan joined Hydra-Flex's engineering team in February 2017. Prior to Hydra-Flex, Dan held the role of Lead Lab Technichian at Alliance Laundry Systems in their commercial dryer division. Dan also brings with him 7 years of experience in building and programming stations for equipment testing to qualify new product designs. His goal at Hydra-Flex is to help the engineering team make the our engineering lab a world-class testing facility. When not at work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, camping, being outdoors, and playing a variety of sports.
Dane joined the team in January, 2019 and brings 12 years of Mechanical Engineering Technician experience from Cummins Research & Engineering as well as Sensata Technologies. Dane learned most of his work ethic and mechanical and fabrication skills from growing up on a farm in Michigan. Outside of work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, shooting, sports, and the outdoors.
Joe joined the Hydra Flex team in July, 2018 as a Laboratory Technician. He graduated from University Wisconsin River Falls with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. After that he worked for a year in a laboratory testing adhesives and sealants before moving to the lab at HFI. He enjoys the lab environment which includes setting up tests and fixtures and maintain them and utilizing different devices to collect and interpret data. When not at work he enjoys going out with friends and exploring for new restaurants and spending time with family.
Jeff joined Hydra-Flex in October 2017 as a Product Engineer. Jeff received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University Minnesota Duluth. At a previous employer, he worked on continuous improvement projects on various lines of power equipment such as air compressors, log splitters, semi-trash pumps, and generators. At work Jeff likes to design and improve products so customers have the best product to fit their needs. Outside of work, Jeff enjoys working on home improvement projects, grilling, hanging out with friends, and keeping up with football and hockey.
With a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Pa joined the Hydra-Flex team in September 2019. He has experience as a Designer and a Power Plant System Engineer. In his free time he likes to spend time with family, bake, play video games, tennis, work on house projects, and your typical car maintenance. He won’t pass up ice cream, a ping-pong match, or a race in Mario Kart.
Nate Cota joined the Hydra-Flex team as a Prototype Machinist in the fall of 2019 with a background in aerospace, medical service, industrial service, welding and fabrication. In addition to machining, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters as well as working in the garage on his Rat Rod. Nate likes playing and watching hockey, and when he has time, going to games. He couldn't survive without coffee and his favorite time of the year is autumn.
Derek joined Hydra-Flex in December 2019 as a Senior Project Engineer and is excited to advance his career in the fluid handling field. His prior experience at Eaton Corporation, developing products to transfer fluid in hydraulic and engine systems, and at Donaldson in their Liquid Filter division aligns well with the development objectives which fuel growth here at Hydra-Flex. Derek received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Design from the University of Wisconsin – STOUT and MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater (but don’t mistake him for a Packers fan). In his spare time, Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and five kiddos, hanging out at the family cabin in northern MN, and all things powersports.
Brenda joined Hydra-Flex in June 2018 as Hydra-Flex’s Director of Quality Assurance, bringing over 20 years of quality and manufacturing experience from the printed circuit board and filtration industries. She has an extensive background in Lean, 6-Sigma and Quality Management Systems, as well as degrees in Composite Materials Engineering and Mathematics from Winona State and a Masters in Manufacturing Systems from the University of St. Thomas. At work, Brenda enjoys designing, implementing and developing systems and solving complex problems. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, biking, camping, volleyball and watching MN hockey and Packers football.
Zion joined Hydra-Flex's Quality team in September 2018. She has gained over 8 years of quality engineering experience from electronic device & medical device manufacturing companies. She has an extensive background in SPC, 6-Sigma, Quality Management Systems and Lean manufacturing. Zion received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from JNTU, India and Master’s in Electrical Engineering from SIUC, IL. Outside of work, she’s running around 2 toddlers trying to keep them alive and entertained! When not entertaining toddlers she enjoys working on diy ‘Pinterest’ projects with a bit of help from her husband, trying out new recipes, and hosting get-togethers with friends & family.
Panchut joined Hydra-Flex in September of 2018 as a Quality Engineer. She brings five years of quality systems, Lean/Six sigma, and process improvement experience from heat treatment, printing, and filtration industries. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering from King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand and Master’s in Manufacturing Engineering from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, she enjoys biking, yoga, fishing, yard games, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
Ken joined Hydra-Flex in August 2019 as the Director of Operations, bringing 16 years of Operations Leadership, Operational Excellence, and Manufacturing Engineering experience from various industries. He is looking forward to using his experience to help streamline the operation, drive team dynamics, and keep our customers happy. He is excited to be a part of Hydra-Flex because of its reputation, aggressive growth, unique designs and product offerings, along with the atmosphere of teamwork. He is looking forward to leading the team and contributing to the efforts of taking the business to the next level. Outside of work, Ken enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, sports, traveling, and the outdoors.
Jessica joined the Operations Team at Hydra-Flex in August 2016. She brings with her two decades of material and inventory management experience to her role as Senior Buyer, and she contributes to Hydra-Flex's ability to provide on time delivery of quality products. She has an extensive background in custom fabrication and manufacturing and believes strongly in delivering consistent customer satisfaction and maintaining strong relationships with quality suppliers. Fall and spring are Jessica’s favorite seasons here in her native state of Minnesota, and you will often find her enjoying free time with her husband at their cabin in the northern woodlands.
Joe joined Hydra-Flex in September 2017 as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer. Joe has a background in Process Improvement, Automation, and Operations. At work, he is looking for ways to improve current processes and use data to solve problems. At home, Joe enjoys spending time with his family and can usually be found in the garage working on a project.
Sopheara joined Hydra-Flex in July, 2012 as an Assembler. With 12 years of experience in the manufacturing industry and after holding various roles within Production, Sopheara continues to contribute to the success of Hydra-Flex. When not at work, Sopheara enjoys spending time with his wife and four sons and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings.
Zack interned with Hydra-Flex during the summer of 2018 before joining the team full-time in May 2019 as a Manufacturing Engineer. He graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth with degrees in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. At work Zack focuses on problem solving, process improvement, lean manufacturing, and data analysis. He is always looking for different methods to increase efficiency. Outside of work Zack enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, woodworking, watching his favorite sports teams, and spending time at the cabin.
Joanna joined the Hydra-Flex team as an Inventory Coordinator in September 2019. She brings many years of experience in inventory management and knowledge in Tactical Guidance Products. Born and raised in Minnesota, she enjoys travelling, playing and watching sports, and being in the outdoors where she can enjoy the wonderful scenery with her husband, son, and two dogs.
Carrie joined Hydra-Flex in January 2017 as Hydra-Flex's HR Representative. Her focus is to create programs and processes to make Hydra-Flex "A Great Place to Work." Carrie previously worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Senior Actuarial Analyst and has volunteered much of her time as the President of the Eagan Athletic Association Basketball Board. She graduated from La Salle University with a Mathematics degree while playing on the Divison I women's basketball team for the Explorers. Carrie enjoys spending her free time with her husband and four kids, coaching basketball, volleyball, and softball for the EAA, as well as exercising, reading, and beating her friends and neighbors in cards and dominoes.
Debbie joined Hydra-Flex in July 2017 as Controller, bringing almost 20 years of accounting experience from various industries including public accounting, financial trading, and manufacturing. Debbie grew up in Minnesota, but left briefly to earn a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. Outside of work, Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs as well as running, biking, and skiing.
Andrew joined Hydra-Flex in October of 2017. Andrew brings five years of Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable experience from previously working with large multinational corporations. Introducing best practices and methods from these large corporations, Andrew plans to improve AP/AR efficiently and transparency for accounting reports. Outside of work Andrew enjoys disc golf, fishing, and spending time with his wife and friends.
Anna joined Hydra-Flex in November 2017 after spending the last 18 years in the Automotive Industry as an administrative assistant. During that time, she acquired many skills from customer service to accounting related know-how. She sets out to be a quick problem solver at every chance she gets. When not working, Anna mostly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, but also loves music, cooking, and traveling the US.
“Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success.” At Hydra-Flex we stand together as a team, dedicated to delivering first class parts and systems to the market. Our production team is comprised of talented, energetic and motivated people that take immense pride in the quality of their work. Believing in the value of team and an honest, hard day’s work has created a culture where no problem can’t be solved and the customers’ needs always come first.