CMP Group Corporate Team

Don Hambly, P. Eng., President & CEO

Don Hambly, P. Eng.
President & CEO

Gerald Dyck, P. Eng., Group Chief Operating Officer

Gerald Dyck, P. Eng.
Group Chief Operating Officer

Tyler Seebach, Vice President Distribution/OEM Sales

Tyler Seebach
Vice President Distribution/OEM Sales

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Theo Vanden Hoven, Chief Financial Officer

Theo Vanden Hoven
Chief Financial Officer

Michael Szwez, BA, JD, Vice President Retail Sales and Corporate Counsel

Michael Szwez, BA, JD
Vice President Retail Sales and Corporate Counsel

Darrick Lemaster, General Manager, US Operations

Darrick Lemaster
General Manager, US Operations

Marco Piacenza, CPA, MBA, General Manager, CMP Europe

Marco Piacenza, CPA, MBA
General Manager, CMP Europe

Jesper B. Kristensen, European Sales Director<br />

Jesper B. Kristensen, BSc Marine Engineering
European Sales Director

Jason Wang, VP, Business Development - Asia

Jason Wang
VP, Business Development – Asia, General Manager at Ningbo Jiada Specialty Metals Ltd.

David Szwez, General Manager, Vaughan Facility

David Szwez
General Manager, Vaughan Facility

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Barret Dickinson, US National Sales Manager

Barret Dickinson
US National Sales Manager

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Christie Kellogg, Corporate Marketing Manager

Kyle Jackson
Director of Quality and Engineering

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Christie Kellogg, Corporate Marketing Manager

Christie Kellogg
Corporate Marketing Manager

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Christie Kellogg, Corporate Marketing Manager

Sara Lugonia
Corporate Human Resources Manager

Don Hambly, P. Eng., President & CEO

Don Hambly, P. Eng.
President & CEO

Don is an energetic and results-driven leader with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. Since September 2019, he has been serving as the President and CEO of CMP Group Ltd., where he has successfully steered the organization through various economic cycles with his strategic vision and strong communication skills.

He holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University, and a Diploma in Engineering from the University of Prince Edward Island.

Don excels in developing and implementing strategic frameworks that align and motivate all levels of an organization. His expertise spans business process improvement, strategic planning, business strategy, and leadership. He is also adept at change management, team building, and business development, with a particular focus on continuous improvement and lean manufacturing.

Throughout his career, Don has demonstrated his capability in business transformation, cross-functional team leadership, and operations management. His analytical skills and strategic planning abilities have enabled him to lead organizations through significant growth and profitability improvements.

Gerald Dyck, P. Eng., Group Chief Operating Officer

Gerald Dyck, P. Eng.
Group Chief Operating Officer

Gerald is a seasoned management executive with over 25 years of experience in both medium and heavy manufacturing industries. He has an extensive background in operations, engineering, business development, and multicultural leadership within multinational companies. As the Chief Operating Officer of CMP Group Ltd. since September 2017, he oversees corporate operations across Canada, the USA, China, and Italy.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria. He also completed the Engineering Bridge Program at Camosun College and earned a Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma with honors from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Additionally, he pursued executive general management courses at the UBC Sauder School of Business, further enhancing his leadership and financial expertise.

Gerald is responsible for manufacturing, quality, design and process engineering, supply chain, and new product development at all CMP facilities. His leadership focuses on enhancing operational efficiency and profitability while mentoring key staff.

Tyler Seebach, Vice President Distribution/OEM Sales

Tyler Seebach
Vice President Distribution/OEM Sales

Tyler is an experienced sales executive with over two decades at CMP Group Ltd., where he currently serves as Vice President of Sales – Marine Division. Since joining CMP in 2002, Tyler has advanced from Junior/Inside Sales to his current leadership position, showcasing his expertise in sales management and strategic planning. He leads a dynamic team responsible for marine distributor sales across the Americas and global marine OEM sales.

Tyler earned his degree in Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 1996. His skills, endorsed by numerous colleagues, include strategic planning, product development, business strategy, sales management, and international sales. An active member of the CMP Executive Group and the Delta Steering Committee, Tyler also mentors international sales teams in Europe and Asia.

His career highlights include successful retail management, business development, and significant contributions to CMP’s growth and product launches. Passionate about customer interaction and exceeding expectations, Tyler is dedicated to driving business growth and leading his professional sales teams to new heights.

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Theo Vanden Hoven, Chief Financial Officer

Theo Vanden Hoven
Chief Financial Officer

Theo Vanden Hoven is the Chief Financial Officer at CMP Group Ltd., a role he has held since October 2017. With over 15 years of dedicated service to CMP, Theo has played a pivotal role in the company’s financial operations and strategic growth. Prior to becoming CFO, he served as VP Finance for nearly nine years, showcasing his expertise in financial management and corporate planning.

Theo holds a CPA, CGA designation, earned in 2015, and a CGA in Financial Accounting from the Certified General Accountants of BC. He also completed a BBA in Accounting from Simon Fraser University. Theo’s extensive experience in various financial leadership roles has equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of financial systems and corporate policy decisions.

At CMP, Theo is deeply involved in overseeing financial operations, corporate planning, and strategic growth initiatives, ensuring the company’s robust financial health and contributing to its long-term success.

Michael Szwez, BA, JD, Vice President Retail Sales and Corporate Counsel

Michael Szwez, BA, JD
Vice President Retail Sales and Corporate Counsel

Michael Szwez serves as the Vice President & Corporate Counsel at CMP Group Ltd. since 2016. His passion for boating and outdoor recreational activities has fueled his dedication to the marine, fishing, and hardware industries for over 20 years. Michael is responsible for planning and implementing the global marketing strategy for CMP Group’s suite of products.

Michael earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Michigan State University College of Law and completed his Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University. His commitment to excellence in contract negotiation, strategic planning, and new business development underscores his role in enhancing CMP’s market presence and operational effectiveness.

Michael is instrumental in driving business strategy and marketing initiatives. He also oversees legal, compliance, and regulatory matters across the company’s brands. His legal acumen and leadership have been integral to CMP’s sustained growth and expansion.

Darrick Lemaster, General Manager, US Operations

Darrick Lemaster
General Manager, US Operations

As General Manager of US Operations at CMP Group Ltd., Darrick oversees strategic planning and operations spanning distribution, logistics, and manufacturing sectors across the United States since 2014. His proficiency extends to creating and negotiating contracts, fostering enduring customer and vendor relationships, and implementing business process improvements that drive sustainable growth.

Darrick holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University, complemented by ongoing professional development in leadership and management through the Bell Leadership Institute.

With a robust background in logistics, distribution, and supply chain management, Darrick brings to CMP over two decades of expertise in driving operational efficiencies and optimizing cross-functional team dynamics. His leadership is marked by a strong track record in P&L management, strategic business planning, and implementing cost-effective solutions that enhance overall business performance.

Marco Piacenza, CPA, MBA, General Manager, CMP Europe

Marco Piacenza, CPA, MBA
General Manager, CMP Europe

Marco brings a wealth of expertise to CMP Group Europe as its General Manager, overseeing EMEA operations with a focus on sales, finance, supply chain, and manufacturing. Since joining CMP in 2014, initially as a legal advisor and later as financial controller, Marco’s journey culminated in his appointment as General Manager in 2017.

Marco’s academic foundation includes a Degree in Economics and Law from the Catholic University in Milan (UCSC) and an Executive MBA from SDA Bocconi, complemented by leadership training at Università Bocconi. His career prior to CMP featured roles in leading law firms in Genoa and Milan, focusing on tax consulting, M&A operations, and business restructuring.

Marco values CMP’s leadership in the global marine industry, its dynamic approach to achieving industrial objectives, and the opportunity to collaborate with multinational stakeholders. He also serves as a Director on CMP Europe’s Board and contributes to CMP Group’s New Product Development Steering Committee. 

Jesper B. Kristensen, European Sales Director<br />

Jesper B. Kristensen, BSc Marine Engineering
European Sales Director

Jesper B. Kristensen is the European Sales Director at CMP Group Ltd., assuming this role in May 2022. With overall responsibility for sales across CMP Europe, Jesper plays a crucial role in shaping and implementing strategic initiatives from short-term goals to long-term objectives.

Jesper graduated from Odense Maskinmesterskole (Odense Marine Engineering School) with a Bachelor of Technology Management and Marine Engineering, specializing in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

His leadership extends to overseeing sales strategies in diverse channels including Distribution, the domestic market in Italy, E-Commerce (Amazon), and Naval/OEM sectors. Jesper collaborates closely with the Executive Group to align strategies and ensure their effective execution within CMP Europe.

Passionate about leadership and fostering strong client and partner relationships, Jesper excels in translating boardroom strategies into actionable plans executed by dedicated colleagues across the organization. His career spans within the Maritime/Offshore industry, where he has demonstrated proficiency in Sales Management, Leadership, International Relations, Business Development, and Onshore Operations.

Jason Wang, VP, Business Development - Asia

Jason Wang
VP, Business Development – Asia, General Manager at Ningbo Jiada Specialty Metals Ltd.

Based in Ningbo, China, Jason oversees the operations of CMP’s overseas manufacturing hub, Jiada, and leads business development initiatives across Greater China. He plays a pivotal role in managing global supply chain demands while supervising sales strategies in the region. As a key member of the executive team, Jason actively contributes to shaping and executing CMP’s global business strategies.

Jason pursued a diverse range of educational opportunities to bolster his professional expertise, beginning with earning a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in 1991. He later completed Finance and Financial Management Services courses at Vigor Management Technology Association (Taiwan) in 2014, and obtained an Executive MBA from Tsinghua University in 2010 to enhance his strategic and managerial capabilities. His educational journey also included studying Marketing Management at Sheridan College in 2004-2005 and receiving specialized training in Management, Sales, and Service Development at Mercuri International in 1999. These educational achievements laid a solid foundation for his successful career in manufacturing and business development.

Jason brings over 18 years of experience within CMP, during which he has steered Jiada to significant profitability and competitiveness. His strategic leadership has been crucial in navigating through various global economic crises, including the pandemic, trade conflicts, global logistics shortages, and rising raw material costs. Jason is passionate about fostering a culture of passion and work ethic among his team, driving both personal and company growth.

David Szwez, General Manager, Vaughan Facility

David Szwez
General Manager, Vaughan Facility

David Szwez serves as the General Manager at CMP Group Ltd.’s Vaughan facility, where he oversees all operational aspects with a keen focus on enhancing efficiency and driving profitability. With over 30 years of experience, David has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the Dock Edge brand.

David graduated with Honours from Humber College, earning diplomas in Business Administration and Accounting. He is an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Auditor and has enriched his professional journey with numerous management and leadership courses, further bolstering his ability to lead and manage effectively in dynamic business environments.

His leadership style is characterized by a commitment to empowering teams through effective planning, communication, development, and coaching, setting a high standard of excellence through his own exemplary leadership.

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Barret Dickinson, US National Sales Manager

Barret Dickinson
US National Sales Manager

Barret brings over three decades of dedicated experience in the marine industry to his role as US National Sales Manager. His career journey spans various pivotal roles, including Retail Store Manager in Georgia and Florida with a prominent big-box retailer, Department Manager overseeing marketing, purchasing, and e-commerce at a major distributor, and Independent Sales Representative in South Florida representing 30 manufacturers. He has also served as National Sales Manager for two different manufacturers, contributing significantly to the industry’s growth and development.

Born and raised in Douglas County, Georgia, Barret pursued his education at the University of West Georgia, focusing on Business Administration and Marketing.

Barret is deeply committed to the marine industry and its ongoing success. He sees his career as a testament to the values instilled in him from his upbringing on family farms: hard work, honesty, and dedication. He takes pride in promoting top-quality marine products and remains devoted to preserving natural resources.

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Barret Dickinson, US National Sales Manager

Kyle Jackson
Director of Quality and Engineering

As the Director of Quality and Engineering at CMP, Kyle Jackson manages the Quality and Engineering teams across all CMP locations. In this role since May 2023, Kyle has been with CMP since September 2019. He oversees and supports ISO 9001 certifications at all sites and coordinates the New Product Development process with a cross-functional team. His extensive experience spans engineering, quality, and business development in both commercial and defense industries, working with international teams.

Kyle holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. He is certified as an ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor, a credential that underscores his expertise in quality management. Additionally, Kyle is an active member and leader of the Delta Steering Committee.

Kyle leads by empowering employees, fostering skills and confidence, and encouraging team ownership of their areas. He focuses on modernizing systems, streamlining processes, and driving continuous improvement while sharing best practices across facilities. His background in business development and customer-facing roles ensures that customers remain the primary focus of CMP’s quality systems.

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Christie Kellogg, Corporate Marketing Manager

Christie Kellogg
Corporate Marketing Manager

Christie brings a wealth of marketing expertise across diverse industries, including games, telecommunications, music, community applications, and media, to her role as Corporate Marketing Manager at CMP Group. With a strategic focus on aligning market outreach efforts with CMP’s extensive product line and corporate goals, Christie excels in translating customer insights into impactful marketing strategies.

Christie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree in Marketing from The University of British Columbia. She has also earned certifications as a Certified Scrum Product Owner and Certified Scrum Master from the Scrum Alliance, demonstrating her proficiency in agile methodologies and product development frameworks.

Her educational background and certifications equip her to effectively lead comprehensive marketing campaigns, develop innovative products, and drive business growth through strategic planning and agile execution at CMP Group.

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Sara Lugonia, Corporate Human Resources Manager

Sara Lugonia
Corporate Human Resources Manager

Sara is an experienced Human Resources Professional with expertise across transportation, healthcare, and manufacturing industries. Currently the Corporate Human Resources Manager at CMP Group Ltd., she specializes in HR policy development, leadership mentoring, recruitment, and strategic business partnering.

Sara holds a BHRM Honours degree in Human Resource Management from York University and a Diploma in Human Resources from Sheridan College. Her academic background complements over a decade of hands-on HR experience, driving organizational excellence and employee development at CMP Group Ltd.

Sara’s career is marked by a dedication to driving organizational excellence through effective HR strategies and leadership development. Her combination of academic achievements and practical experience positions her as a valuable contributor to CMP Group Ltd.’s HR initiatives and overall business objectives.

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