Each has a different set of skills. Some got their start right here. But all of our leaders bring decades of combined experience in maintaining safe environments for our partners and team members.
Vice President, Operations – Mideast Division
Ed started his career with PSSI directly out of college in 2002. He has over 18 years of experience in the food safety industry. He started as a supervisor and moved to a Site Manager, Division Manager, and currently Vice President of the Mideast Division. Prior to PSSI, Ed was in the Iowa and Ohio Army National Guard and served overseas in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Anthony started his career as a Site Manager Trainee and has worked his way up to each level of management within the operations realm to his current role as VP of Operations for the Mid-Atlantic region. Anthony has over a decade of experience in the industry and uses his skills, leadership and positive impact to drive operational excellence in his region. Anthony attended the University of Alabama and received his certificate in Food Safety and Sanitation from Penn State University.
Vice President – Information Technology
Ben Busch brings more than 25 years of hands-on experience in information systems, project management, security/risk analysis, business continuity, and strategy planning to PSSI. Ben has risen the profile for technology at PSSI, working his way from Manager, Director, Sr Director to his current position as Vice President – transforming and expanding technology solutions to meet the Food Safety industry’s unique demands. Prior to PSSI, Ben held technology positions at Prudential Financial, overseeing systems, processes, and product development. Ben graduated from Clarke College with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems in 2003.
Vice President – Human Capital
Jeanette Bruni joined PSSI as Vice President of Human Capital, working directly with the executive team and HR leaders to drive PSSI’s talent management strategy from acquisition through retention. In addition, she also oversees the company’s talent development and training programs, field human resources management and business reporting. Prior to PSSI, Jeanette worked as an HR leader at McDonald’s, and has over 20 years of Human Resource experience in telecom, professional services and restaurant industries. Jeanette holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Dayton.
Vice President – Controller
Rick Cummer started his career at PSSI in 2013. Rick oversees the accounting department’s daily operations, including payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and purchasing. Rick has more than 18 years’ experience focused on finance and ensuring its financial health and growth. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in Business Management from Drake University.
Tom “Tiny” Eckmann
Vice President, Operations – Southeast Division
Tom “Tiny” started at PSSI as Site Manager and worked through the ranks to Vice President of the Southeast Division. Tiny has worked throughout the country as well as overseeing Canadian plants. His 29 years of sanitation experience has proven valuable in teaching, coaching and training our PSSI culture to many young up and coming management members.
Vice President, Operations – North Division
Tom started his career with PSSI 7 years ago as Vice President of the North Division. Prior to PSSI, he had been in the sanitation industry for 35 years as Site Manager.
Vice President, Operations – Southwest Division
Lupe started his career in sanitation in 1991 working for a small sanitation company in West Texas. He joined PSSI as an Area Manager in 2010 and was promoted to Division Manager in 2014. In all of his pervious roles, he had the opportunity to learn from great leaders in the company. Lupe is a proud graduate of the University of PSSI.
Vice President – Finance
Jay Hefel has held various roles at PSSI in financial reporting, procurement, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, chemical operations and is currently the Vice President of Finance. In his current role, he oversees budgeting and forecasting, financial planning and analysis, insurance and risk management, treasury and business intelligence. He is a University of Northern Iowa alumnus.
Vice President, Operations – Central Division
20 years ago, Casey started at PSSI on a hose, cleaning facilities at night. Since then, he has worked his way up the ladder serving in several different leadership roles within the company. Today, he leads the Central Division as Vice President of Operations.
Vice President – Strategic Development
Paul Lambert started his career at PSSI in 2017. As the VP of Strategic Development, Paul is responsible for acquiring and integrating new businesses and new technologies into the Packers Holdings family of companies. Paul has over 25 years of leadership and management experience, including CEO roles ranging from Silicon Valley startups to Medical device and Sanitation companies and 5 years as a partner in a boutique private equity firm. Paul holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from Carnegie Mellon University and continues to work with their entrepreneurial programs.
Vice President – Safety
Todd began his career at PSSI over 20 years ago and was originally hired as the Food Safety Director. He then took roles of Director of Technical Services and Vice President of Technical Services. Todd has been in the food industry for 32 years, starting in the pork industry. In 2018, Todd accepted the role of Vice President of Safety and currently leads the company initiatives and goals towards improving PSSI team member safety.
Vice President, Operations – West Division
Paul started his career at PSSI as an hourly employee and has more than 17 years of sanitation experience. Throughout the years, he has continued to advance through the company, taking new leadership positions until eventually assuming the role of Vice President of Operations in the West Division. Previous work experience in sales, owner of an event business and management in the restaurant industry. Paul holds a Business Management Degree from Herzing University.
Vice President, Operations – Midland Division
Mike joined PSSI in 2016 as Area Manager Trainee. Prior to joining PSSI, he served in a number of executive roles over the past 20 years in operations at several large publications and media companies. At PSSI, he quickly moved into the Area Manager Role and was a Division Manager for 2 years. He now holds the VP title of the Midland Division. Mike is a 2019 University of PSSI (UP) Graduate. He holds a BS in Business Administration.
Vice President, Operations – Canada and Northwest
Duy started his career with PSSI in 1994 as a Supervisor. Duy currently holds the role of Vice President for the Canadian Division and our Northwest Division. Prior to PSSI, Duy had worked for in-house sanitation as a leadman. Duy has over 30 years of sanitation experience.
Vice President, Operations – Northeast Division
Justin began his career at PSSI as a Site Manager Trainee almost 15 years ago. He has grown with the company and enhanced his skills and knowledge along the way. His strong operational leadership qualities stem from his service in the United States Marine Corps and have continued to grow from the training and experience he has gained at PSSI.
Vice President, Operations – Midwest Division
Randy began his career with PSSI in 1997. He started as Site Manager and now holds the title as VP for the Midwest Division. His main focus is on keeping team members safe and making PSSI a fun place to work by advancing team members in their career.
Vice President – Marketing
Gina Swenson, VP of Marketing, works closely with the leadership team to design, implement and monitor effective strategies and comprehensive programs related to internal and external corporate marketing, including lead generation, brand awareness, communications, and advertising in support of the company’s strategic initiatives. With over 25 years of experience in marketing, Gina started with PSSI in January of 2018. She is a graduate of Edgewood College and holds a degree in marketing and business management.
Vice President – Human Resources
Amanda Vaassen started her career at PSSI as HR Director in 2010 when Kaiser’s Contract Cleaning Specialists and PSSI merged. Currently, in the role as Vice President of Human Resources, Amanda oversees the shared services groups, including Corporate Human Resources, Payroll, Benefits, and Workers’ Compensation. She has more than 20 years of experience focused on business process improvement, strategic business change, M&A, and HRIS. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
Vice President – Sales
Jim Whitehead started his career at PSSI in 2012. He has spent his entire 30-year career in the food safety and sanitation industry, working with Chemidyne and Ecolab as a high performer in direct sales and service roles. In addition, he helped grow the contract sanitation business as Executive Vice President for Superior Contract Cleaners, where he built a team with high-quality service, performance, and customer relationships. Jim holds a Chemistry degree from Indiana University.
Vice President, Operations – South Central Division
Dawn started her career at PSSI in 1995 as a food safety sanitor. She has held other titles such as a Lead Sanitor, Supervisor, Assistant Site Manager, Technical Service Manager, Senior Tech Service Manager, Area Manager, Division Manager, and now her current position as Vice President of the South Central Division. Dawn is certified in BRC training, OSHA training and SQF training.