Tom Anthony, President
Tom Anthony is the President of IMMI in Westfield, Indiana, overseeing the company in its entirety. Tom has been with IMMI for 30 years, joining the child and outdoor divisions in the spring of 1998. He was responsible for their performance as separate business units. Tom then became IMMI’s Chief Executive Officer in May 2001. Prior to joining the child and outdoor divisions, Tom was the Business Unit Manager for the Marine Division of IMMI, known as IMCO (Indiana Marine Company). He held this position from 1993 to the spring of 1998. Before managing IMCO, Tom was the General Manager of his grandfather’s business, UHL (Uniform Hood Lace) and has also been active in many areas of IMMI since 1982. Part of this time Tom attended the University of Indianapolis. Tom and his wife Shellie have identical twin daughters, Ronnie Elizabeth and Renee Alexandra (which Tom has informed us are more than twice the work, but at least 10 times the fun of a single child!). In his spare time, Tom finds outdoor activities appealing, including boating, skiing, and fishing.
Larry Gray, Chief Executive Officer
Larry is the Chief Executive Officer of IMMI in Westfield, Indiana. He joined the company in June of 2001 as a Research and Development Engineer. He served as Program Manager for the design and release of the SafeGuard school bus seat. In May of 2004 Larry was promoted to Director of R&D. Prior to joining IMMI, Larry worked for Porter Engineered Systems Inc. as Engineering Manager. Work included – automotive seat recliners (power and manual) and seating sub systems. Prior to that, he worked for Atwood Mobile Products/Excel Industries as a Senior Project Engineer. Work included – automotive seating and compliance systems. Larry graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and technology in 1994. He is a member of Society of Automotive Engineers and Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has been awarded five United States patents and has filed four additional. Larry and his wife Regina have two sons, Larry III and Michael. In his spare time, Larry enjoys spending time with his family and working around the home.
Kyle Hupfer, Chief Administration Officer and General Counsel
Kyle Hupfer joined IMMI in the summer of 2015 as Chief Administration Officer and General Counsel. He most recently served as partner at Frost Brown Todd LLC. Prior to that, Kyle spent five years with ProLiance Energy LLC as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He also previously served as the Director of Natural Resources under Governor Mitch Daniels. Kyle graduated cum laude from Indiana University School of Law and completed his undergraduate degree at Manchester College while also serving as the team captain of the school’s NCAA Division III Runner-Up basketball team. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys hunting, coaching kids’ sports, politics, and running. He currently lives in Pendleton, Indiana, with his wife Jill and their three children, Ashton, Adah, and Archer.
Lisa Hanson, Vice President of Quality
Lisa Hanson is the Director of Corporate Quality Assurance at IMMI. She has studied at Purdue University where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, and she studied at Kettering University where she obtained an MSE degree. Prior to joining IMMI, she worked at Delphi Electronics and Safety as the Director of Engineering for Infotainment and Driver Interface. Currently living in Carmel with her four children, she attends Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.
Matt Waikel, Vice President of Global Purchasing
Matt Waikel is IMMI’s VP of Global Purchasing. Matt brings 20-years of success in Senior Supply Chain/Operations management in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East to his role at IMMI. His previous employers include Rexnord Business Systems, Delta Faucet, and MQ Power. Matt graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology, and received his MBA from Anderson University. Matt and his wife live in Carmel, IN with their 4 children.
Jon Tice, Vice President of Human Resources
Jon Tice is the Vice President of Human Resources at IMMI. Under Jon’s leadership, IMMI began its global initiative “IMMI Serves,” which gives team members two paid days to volunteer at charitable organizations within their community. Prior to joining IMMI, Jon was a Director of Human Resources in the automotive industry. Jon is also a certified SPHR specialist and holds a MA in Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. He’s written several books, including The Golfer’s Guide to Understanding Your Wife. Jon and his wife Stacey have two daughters.
Norm Gould, Vice President of Global Finance
Norman Gould III has been with IMMI since 2005. During his tenure, he has held various positions including Accounting Supervisor, Director of Finance, and Corporate Controller. Prior to joining IMMI, Norm served as a staff auditor with Crowe Horwath LLP and as an internal auditor with First National Bank & Trust. Norm received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, with highest distinction, and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Kokomo. Norm is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He is also a member of the AICPA and Indiana CPA Society. In his spare time, Norm enjoys hiking, working around the house, and coaching youth sports. He currently lives in Cicero, Indiana, with his wife Erin and two children.
Nicholas J. Awabdy, Executive Director of Engineering
Nick Awabdy began his career with IMMI in September of 2009 as a Director of Engineering where he has since been responsible for the CAD, and CAE divisions as well as seating, military, and core products. Before becoming a dedicated business person for IMMI, Nick worked for General Motors as both a Product Engineering Liaison and a Product Design Engineer for five years. Along with his career at GM, he also served as an Engineering Manager and a Senior Product design Engineer at Delphi from 1999 to 2009. Nick received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at Cedarville University as well as a Master of Science in engineering science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He participated in the Duke Leadership Program in 2009 for the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Along with being a member of Crash Test Professionals, he is a Society of Automotive Engineers section board member and also resides on the Cedarville University Alumni Council as an Engineering Representative.
Julie Cooley, Director of Corporate Marketing Communications
Julie Cooley serves as IMMI’s Marketing and Corporate Communications Director. With a strong background in journalism, promotion, and marketing for television, print, web and radio, Julie has been honored with numerous awards from the Associated Press, NBC, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Indiana Broadcasters Association, and is the recipient of eight Emmy awards. Prior to joining IMMI, Julie was the Director of Marketing and Advertising for Easy Water, FREIJE Treatment Systems. A graduate of Indiana University with a double major in journalism and history, Julie spent a total of 18 years in broadcast television, promotion, and marketing for NBC affiliate WTHR-TV, and CBS affiliate WISH-TV. A big fan of the Indianapolis Colts, (and fantasy football), Julie also enjoys golfing, gardening, playing cards, and cooking for friends and family. Julie and her husband Garth are blessed with two great kids, Grant and Jillian.
Tom Braden, Vice President of Enterprise Technology
Tom Braden joined IMMI in July, 2014 and has responsibility for all infrastructure IT initiatives for IMMI’s growing worldwide presence. Tom has over 22 years of IT experience, with over 12 years in manufacturing IT management. He is a 1990 graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, and regularly attends professional continuing education courses at Unitek College in the San Francisco Bay area. Tom currently holds 13 technical certifications in various Information Technology fields. Prior to joining IMMI, he served for 12 years as an Infantry officer in the Indiana Army National Guard. Tom and his family recently built a home here in Westfield, and he and his wife Angie enjoy traveling and enjoying time with their four children.
Allan Lortz, Senior Staff Engineer
With over 36 years of experience in his field, Al serves as the Senior Staff Engineer for IMMI based in Westfield, Indiana. He came to IMMI in 1976 after two brief stints with small tool shops in Indianapolis and central Michigan. Currently as Senior Staff Engineer, Al oversees as an advisor to R&D Engineering, Application Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing Engineering, Purchasing, and Legal. He also is keen on mentoring the younger engineering staff. Al graduated, with honors, from ITT Technical Institute, in Indianapolis, in 1972 with an associate’s degree in mechanical design. He has 22 patents to his name and is also a 30 year SAE member. Al and his wife, Susie, have been married for 33 years and have two grown sons, Brian and Kevin. In addition to spending lots of time with the family, Al enjoys fishing, duck hunting, baseball, and tending to his vegetable garden in his spare time.