TekModo’s Board of Strategic Advisors includes world leaders in composite and advanced materials, bringing a wealth of insight and innovation to the company coupled with business contacts across a range of industries.
Mr. Fenech brings decades of RV industry experience to the TekModo board. Mr. Fenech started his career in 1989 as the District Manager of Coachmen RV, and went on to become a co-founder of Keystone RV Company in 1996. He held several key management positions with Keystone before ultimately selling the company to Thor Industries in 2001. He continued on at Keystone, and then assumed the role of President of Damon Motor Coach in 2004. In 2010 he took over the presidency of Four Winds International. Both motorhome companies are divisions of Thor Industries. Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International were merged in 2010 to form Thor Motor Coach, North America’s top motorhome manufacturer. After retiring in 2011 from his role as President of Thor Motor Coach, in 2012 Mr. Fenech co-founded Grand Design RV Company, a privately owned RV manufacturer focused on quality workmanship, top-level customer service and innovative products.
Mr. Schwartz has over 25 years of paint and chemical experience. He owns and manages numerous entities that manufacture, distribute and apply coatings that primarily revolve around wood components, RV / bus, large truck, and specialty architectural applications. His focus throughout the entities is designing customer specific products that require unique chemical footprints to solve product issues or constraints.
Fred Deans, PEng, MBA
Mr. Deans has extensive experience in product evaluation, processing, production, and product engineering, and in coordinating new product introductions. He was a Production Engineer for PPG Industries and an Application Development Engineer for GE Plastic’s AZDEL Division, where he developed thermoplastic composite materials for automotive, material handling, and infrastructure applications. Mr. Deans is credited with engineering the development of an automotive glass-forming process that introduced monolithic tempered privacy glass for sport-utility vehicles; developing the first unidirectional GMT composites for new-generation automotive bumper systems; and managing a next-generation long-fiber thermoplastic composite development for under-hood and off-road vehicle load floors. He is currently a director of the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (“SPE”) Automotive and Composites Divisions, past chair of the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition, and an SPE Honored Service Member. Mr. Deans is the owner of Allied Composite Technologies where he provides consulting and application engineering development for composite-based companies and end users. Mr. Deans holds an MBA degree from University of Pittsburgh and a BSME from Valparaiso University, and is a Registered Professional Engineer. In 2015 Mr. Deans was honored with the SPA Automotive Innovation Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to plastics and composites innovations in the automotive industry.