Leadership Team

Management

Jim Fleet

Jim Fleet
Chief Executive

Jim Fleet is Ashton Potter’s Chief Executive having assumed the role in July 2017 after serving in an advisory capacity for the two years prior. He brings more than 25 years of executive management and advisory experience in a wide array of print and technology companies including private, public, international, and family-owned environments. Jim’s mission is to lead Ashton Potter to its next growth chapter as it seeks to expand its technology and printed products product & service offerings.

Joe Sheeran

Joe Sheeran
Executive Vice President

Joe has been with Ashton Potter for 40 years and is responsible for Customer Contracts, Research & Development, and overall Security Operations. The Quality Assurance, Scheduling, and Customer Service departments report directly to Joe, whose education history includes George Brown Technical College and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. His hobbies include playing hockey, golf, and riding motorcycles.

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith
Senior Vice President

Kelly has been a part of Ashton Potter’s management team since 1994 in various capacities and in his current position since 2003. Bringing nearly 40 years of experience in the high security printing industry, Kelly oversees sales and marketing initiatives of the Company’s security printing and ProLinc® software divisions as well as manages domestic and international partnerships.   He has degrees in Economics and Political Sciences (Western University) and Strategic Planning (Queen’s University Executive MBA Program), and is an active member of NASPO International, Document Security Alliance, ITSA (International Tax Stamp Association) and the USPS Quality Supplier Council. 

Joe Schutte

Joe Schutte
Chief Technology Officer

Joe joined Ashton Potter in 1995 and is responsible for plant equipment and production processes at both sites, IT infrastructure development, and technical sales. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Cincinnati Technical College.

Neil Weissman

Neil Weissman
Vice President of Finance

Neil assumed the role of Vice President of Finance at Ashton Potter in January 2019. He is responsible for the full scope of the organization’s finance function and brings over 25 year of experience in the areas of manufacturing finance, operations management, and corporate accounting. Neil is a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s registered account program and is a New York State Certified Public Accountant. In his spare time, Neil enjoys attending his daughters’ sporting events and is an avid University at Buffalo basketball fan.

Jill Benham

Jill Benham
Manager of Customer Relations

Jill has been a proud member of the Ashton Potter team since 2013. She has close to 20 years of experience in the printing industry and is a graduate of Canisius College with a BS in Management and Marketing.

IT Team

Scott Davis (PCA)

Scott Davis (PCA)
Senior Systems Architect

Qiong Fu

Qiong Fu
Software Engineer

Dan Zwierzynski

Dan Zwierzynski
Hardware Engineer

Anne Marie Steinberg

Anne Marie Steinberg
Hardware Engineer

Technology Support Team

Laurel Drum

Laurel Drum
Senior Technical Writer

Karen Palka

Karen Palka
Accountability/Forensic Manager

Debbie Sturm

Debbie Sturm
Accountability/ Forensic Manager

Production Support Team

Jay Middaugh

Jay Middaugh
Plant Manager

Steve Zachmann

Steve Zachmann
Quality Compliance/Process Improvement

Michele Rodas

Michele Rodas
Quality Assurance Manager

Daryl DeMont

Daryl DeMont
Prepress Manager

Sales Team

Gary Nelson

Gary Nelson
Director of Sales
Secure Labels

Gary brings more than 15 years of brand protection experience to the Ashton Potter team. With market success in the pharmaceuticals, electronic components, textbooks, FMCG, and aftermarket parts segments. As the Director for Sales, Secure Labels, Gary will lend his strategic insights in high security printing via overt, covert, and tamper-evident materials, as well as his advanced technology knowledge of SaaS, near field communications, and RFID anti-counterfeiting platforms.

Nigel Taylor

Nigel Taylor
Director of Sales
ProLinc® and Services

Nigel Taylor joins Ashton Potter as an expert in technology, software, and services with 20 years of experience in North America and Europe. Prior to his role as Director of Sales, ProLinc® and Services at Ashton Potter, Nigel designed and executed go-to-market strategies for advanced technology solutions, performing as a senior-level leader in analyst and vendor organizations. Today, Nigel brings this wealth of experience to the Ashton Potter team in order to drive market awareness and adoption of our ProLinc® SaaS-based technology solution.

Garth Zambory

Garth Zambory
Director of Sales
Government Documents

Garth Zambory brings nearly four decades of experience operating in the global security printing industry to his role at Ashton Potter. He is an active member of the Document Security Alliance, a thought leadership organization leading the document security discussion, as well as several ISO (International Standards Organization) Working Groups related to document and brand security. As Director of Sales, Government Documents, Garth will combine his wealth of knowledge in security printing and brand protection to solve our customers’ most complex supply chain challenges through our ProLinc® and high security printing solution.

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