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Brenton Hatch
Mr. Brenton Hatch co-founded Profire Combustion (now a subsidiary of Profire Energy), Inc. in 2002. Since that time he has served as the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the Company.
Prior to founding Profire Combustion, between 2001 and 2002 he was a management consultant and General Manager of Titan Technologies, Inc., an oilfield service and distribution company in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In this position, he performed an in-depth analysis of the operations and management of all divisions of Titan Technologies. Based on his analysis, company-wide operational changes were implemented to improve company performance.
From 1989 to 2000 he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Keaton International, Inc., an educational services company based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He managed all executive functions of the company and particularly focused on the development and management of the company’s educational services. During his time at Keaton International, Mr. Hatch led corporate networking and marketing campaigns world-wide. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Alberta.
Harold Albert
Mr. Albert co-founded Profire Combustion, Inc. (now a subsidiary of Profire Energy) in 2002. He has served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Profire Combustion since that time. Mr. Albert oversees R&D of all new products, as well as all Canadian operations.
Prior to founding Profire Combustion, he worked in the oil services industry for Titan Technologies, Inc. from 1996 to 2002. During that time, he served as an Associate Manager overseeing the company’s burner division. From 1993 to 1996 he was employed with Natco Canada doing start up and commissioning of oil and gas facilities in both Canada and Russia.
Andrew Limpert
In November 2007, Mr. Limpert joined Profire Energy, Inc. and assumed management of the company’s financial responsibilities as CFO.
From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Limpert was an advisor with a regional advisory firm, providing wealth management direction and strategic and financial consulting for several investment banks. For five years he served as a director of Ohr Pharmaceutical Inc., a New York-based biotech incubator. In April 2010, Mr. Limpert resigned as an officer and director of Ohr Pharmaceutical. Over the course of 15 years, Mr. Limpert has founded, consulted on, and funded numerous business ventures in both the private and public arenas.
Mr. Limpert graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance in 1994. He earned a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Westminster College.
Daren Shaw
Mr. Shaw was appointed to Profire’s Board of Directors in 2013. He is a managing director of Investment Banking at D.A. Davidson & Co., a middle-market investment bank and investment brokerage firm with $26 billion of assets under management and offices nationwide. Since joining Davidson in 1997, Mr. Shaw has served as the lead investment banker in a wide variety of transactions, and as a member of D.A. Davidson & Co.’s Senior Management Committee, Commitment Committee, and Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of The Ensign Group (NASDAQ:ENSG), Agri-Services, Inc., and Cadet Manufacturing.
Prior to joining D.A. Davidson & Co. in 1997, Mr. Shaw was a Managing Director at Pacific Crest Securities in Portland, Oregon and a manager in KPMG’s private business advisory group. He graduated with a B.A. in Accounting from Utah State University.
Ronald Spoehel
Mr. Spoehel is a private investor with over 30 years of board, executive management, and investment banking experience, from Fortune 500 to technology startups. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Presidentially-appointed Senate-confirmed Chief Financial Officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Prior to NASA, Mr. Spoehel served as an executive officer in various general management positions and on the Boards of Directors in public and private operating companies. Among various companies with worldwide operations, he has served as EVP-CFO and on the Boards of ManTech International (NASDAQ:MANT) and ICx Technologies, Inc.; as VP-Corporate Development of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS); and, as CEO and on the Board of Optinel Systems. Mr. Spoehel began his career as an investment banker for ten years primarily focused on energy and technology sectors.
Mr. Spoehel is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics and MBA from the Wharton School and his Master of Science degree in engineering from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering.
Arlen Crouch
Mr. Crouch served as President and CEO of Franklin Quest Co., now FranklinCovey Co. (NYSE:FC), where he played a key role in the Company’s IPO and listing on the NYSE. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, he served in a variety of senior management roles including COO and Executive VP. At the time Mr. Crouch stepped down in 1997 to serve a three-year assignment in Washington DC for the LDS Church, the Company had a market capitalization in excess of $500 million. Previously he served as a First Vice President and Regional Director of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., with responsibilities for retail operations in the Southern California region. Mr. Crouch has also served as Chair of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Stephen Pirnat
Stephen Pirnat serves as the Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the Quest Integrity Group of Team Inc. (NYSE:TISI). Mr. Pirnat has held the position of President of Quest Integrated Inc., a technology incubator and boutique private equity firm and President of the newly formed Quest Metrology Group LLC. From February 2000 to September 2009, Mr. Pirnat served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the John Zink Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries and a worldwide leader in the supply of combustion and air pollution control equipment to the energy industry. Koch Industries is the second-largest private company in America, with approximately $115 billion in revenue, operations in 60 countries and 60,000 employees. In that former capacity, Mr. Pirnat was a board member of Quest Integrity Group.
Mr. Pirnat, a long-time executive with Ingersoll-Rand and Ingersoll-Dresser Corporation (the former reporting about $15 billion in revenues in its last fiscal year), went to John Zink from a previous post as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pangborn Corporation, a leading supplier of surface preparation equipment and associated services to the automotive and aircraft industries. Steve began his career as an applications engineer with the Pump and Condenser Group of Ingersoll-Rand, where he advanced through a variety of sales, marketing, engineering and operational positions with that company and its successor, Ingersoll- Dresser. These positions included Vice President of Ingersoll-Rand’s Standard Products Division, Vice President of Marketing for Ingersoll-Dresser Pumps, President of Ingersoll-Dresser Canada Ltd., and Vice President and General Manager of Ingersoll-Rand Engineered Equipment Division. He has been a Director of ClearSign Combustion Inc. since November 2011. Mr. Pirnat holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Brenton Hatch
Brenton Hatch
CEO / President / Director
Harold Albert
Harold Albert
COO / Director
Andrew Limpert
Andrew Limpert
CFO / Director
Daren Shaw
Daren Shaw
Director
Ronald Spoehel
Ronald Spoehel
Director
Arlen Crouch
Arlen Crouch
Director
Stephen Pirnat
Stephen Pirnat
Director
Management
Meet our management team
Cameron Tidball
Cam oversees all sales activities at Profire, and is responsible for sales training, forecasting, execution, and all customer-facing experiences. He was previously a Senior Manager at Direct Energy, where he managed customer experience. Cam earned a technical degree in structural engineering, as well as a degree in management and marketing.
Justin Hatch
Justin joined Profire in 2008, and was assigned to the US office to oversee US engineering, business and product development, corporate training, and personnel. He studied business at Grant McEwan University in Alberta, and was previously founder and CEO of Phoenix Ltd.
Shelly Nichol
Shelly manages Canadian personnel and is responsible for financial records and controls in the Canadian office.
Patrick Fisher
Patrick leads the R&D team at Profire, and is experienced in electronics R&D, new product development/production, field technical support, and quality control. He previously worked in electronics R&D and production management at Eleven Engineering, where he managed overseas operations.
Keith Fields
Keith manages the service team at Profire, and is responsible for training and execution of all service experiences.
Jay Fugal
Jay manages Profire’s operations, human resources, employment law/mediation, and compliance training at Profire, and was previously Director of Human Resources at Niels Fugal Sons, LLC. He graduated from Utah Valley University, where he studied business management, with an emphasis in human resource management.
Cameron Tidball
Cameron Tidball
VP Sales & Marketing
Justin Hatch
Justin Hatch
VP Bus. Dev.
Shelly Nichol
Shelly Nichol
Office Manager
Patrick Fisher
Patrick Fisher
Lead Designer
Keith Fields
Keith Fields
Service Manager
Jay Fugal
Jay Fugal
HR / Operations
Company Contacts
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Nate McBride
Nate handles Profire’s finance and communications, including financial and strategic research/modeling, managing SEC/SEDAR filings, and organizing shareholder meetings. Nate also works with the Board of Directors in preparing Directors’ materials and implementing directives. He previously managed operations for a technology company in Utah. He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he studied business strategy and economics.
Nate McBride
Nate McBride
Finance & Communication