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.

Andrew Sauciunac

Andrew Sauciunac
Director of Operations

Andrew joined the Ashton Potter team in 2016. He is responsible for the Operations functions for both facilities. Andrew brings over 30 years of experience in Operations, Quality and Engineering Management. He is a proud Graduate of the University of Buffalo’s Master of Engineering program. Hobbies include cooking, anything sci-fi and collecting comic books before it was cool.

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

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