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Meet Our Management Team

Teknipure’s management team is comprised of experienced professionals who are driven to find innovative solutions for cleanrooms and other controlled environments. Our entire team is very customer-centric, and is well-known in the industry for their customer service excellence.

Christopher Heiland, President

Chris co-founded Teknipure in 2008 following a brilliant career in product, brand and business development and more than 25 years’ experience of cleanroom manufacturing and in-direct materials product development in multiple industries. Chris successfully developed and introduced new fabrics, and washing and processing technologies to the industry which improve product functionality and results. He also established a distribution and OEM network of select loyal partners to support global users of cleanroom consumables.

Chris is an Arizona native and a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Business degree and a passion for production yield improvement.

Randy Kates, Vice President – Strategy 

Randy Kates is joining Teknipure as Vice President – Strategy, from his current position with Inverness Graham as a Board Member and Executive Advisor. Randy is a seasoned global business leader & brand builder in PPE and cleanroom production environments, and he was previously the Managing Director for Kimberly-Clark’s Life Science & Cleanroom Personal Protection Equipment business.

Randy brings deep relationships with our channel partners, broad understanding of our customers’ needs, and a passion for delivering customer-focused innovation to unlock growth.

Jeff Chandler, Western Region Sales Manager

Jeff Chandler joins Teknipure as the new Western Region Sales Manager, responsible for strategic customer & market development, accelerating growth of our innovative solutions, and building the capability of our distributor sales professionals.

Jeff brings a wealth of cleanroom & contamination control knowledge to Teknipure, with award winning customer and leadership experiences in personal protective equipment, critical wiping solutions, and cleaning & disinfection systems in North America, Mexico, and Latin America.

Additionally, his deep knowledge of the western region marketplace will enable him to make a positive difference with our current & future customers.

Angie Ruiz, Customer Concierge

Customer Concierge: Angie is a veteran in hi-tech industrial distribution and manufacturing. She is a loyal team leader, with the best solution for the customer in mind. Angie is an expert in customer support, order fulfilment, material planning, procurement, manufacturing assemblies, and she maintains a great attitude. In addition, she is a great problem solver, excellent communicator, and premier customer advocate. Angie is your go-to at Teknipure.

Eric Hilkman, Operations Manager

Eric has a diverse background covering operations and quality management across a variety of regulated industries. He has managed teams both large and small; overseeing production and manufacturing in the Food and Dairy, Nutraceutical, Industrial Manufacturing and Contract packaging industries. He has directed facility layout, generated implementation, and management. Eric is a hands-on leader that is always looking for continuous improvement to ensure Teknipure remains a leader in the cleanroom consumables industry.

Kenny Griffen, Production Supervisor

Kenny has six years cleanroom processing, high-speed bottle filling, equipment installation and start-up experience. Kenny brings over twenty years of Supply Chain Management and food manufacturing as well. He is a strong asset to our production team with a solid leadership and a safety-first mentality.

VeAnna Rodriguez, Account Manager

VeAnna has over ten years of customer service experience and is always the customer’s best advocate. She has associates and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources and enjoys diving deep into the behind the scenes operations of business management. Her skills and innovation bring a strong asset to the Teknipure team.