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 with Ashton Potter since 1994, in his current position since 2003. Kelly has been in the security printing industry for over 35 years, has degrees in Economics and Political Sciences (The University of Western Ontario) and Strategic Planning (Queen’s University Executive MBA Program), and is an active member of NASPO International, Document Security Alliance, and the USPS Quality Supplier Council. Kelly’s personal interests include travel, home renovation, and hiking.

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.

Tom Lambe

Tom Lambe
Vice President of Sales, Secured Labels

Tom Lambe is Ashton Potter’s Vice President of Sales, Secured Labels. His 30 years of printed packaging experience brings to the AP team high energy and a sincere passion for the print industry. Over the course of his career, Tom has continued to accelerate his expertise holding various roles which started with hands on finishing equipment and press operations. R&D activities, graphic & label design for fit, form & function as well as duties of press room/project management, estimating, customer service followed. For the past 18 years this technical background has helped many solution driven sales efforts. Converting labels, folding cartons and most secondary packaging components via Flexographic, Roto Gravure, Offset, Digital, Intaglio, Silk Screen are just a few. On a personal level Tom, enjoys family time at the Jersey Shore and is an American & British made motorcycle enthusiast which helps him fulfill his desire to engage in outdoor activities.

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.

Andy Ryan

Andy Ryan
Director of Marketing

Andy received his mechanical engineering degree from Boston University and his MBA from University of Buffalo. He has a track record of applying critical thinking skills, creativity, and practical tactics to help manufacturing organizations commercialize their technologies. Andy joined the company in 2016 to build a B2B platform to market and sell Ashton Potter products online. Andy is a dedicated member of the Board at The Summit Center, a supporter of the downtown Buffalo renaissance, and enjoys skiing, biking, and travel.

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

John Nelson

John Nelson
Plant Manager

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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