GREG HEILAND – FOUNDER AND CEO
Greg Heiland, a recognized leader in contamination control, has dedicated himself to promoting critical environment excellence for over 30 years. After graduating from Santa Clara University in 1982, Greg launched a 6-year career with American Scientific Products (Baxter/ VWR,/Avantor) in sales and management roles. In October 1988, Greg and his wife, Mary, founded Sierra Scientific, an Arizona based distributor of cleanroom products. They acquired the Texas based supplier, Class 10 in 1998, and started Valutek, a controlled environment consumables manufacturer in 2000. In 2002, Cintas acquired the distribution business. Based on client encouragement, Greg created the cleanroom wiki, Global Society for Contamination Control in 2005. Known as an industry expert, Greg is a frequent contributor to contamination control publications, trade shows, and the development of cleanroom standards. For his long-term commitment to IEST, he was awarded the 2018 Robert L Mielke award. When not promoting / endorsing the protection of product, people and practices, Greg enjoys travel, the outdoors and spending time with his family.
MARY HEILAND – CO-FOUNDER AND VP OF HUMAN RESOURCES
A native Californian, Mary graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She began her career in neuro rehab at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton, CA. She then worked as a pediatric OT for California Children Services in Orange County, CA and Howard County Schools in Maryland. In 1988, Mary co-founded Sierra Scientific with her husband, Greg, and subsequently Valutek in 2000.
As our internal and external “goodwill ambassador”, Mary’s role as culture advocate, team builder, talent recruiter and celebrator is the heart of Valutek.
Whether planning monthly themed “team appreciation” luncheons or celebrating any and all milestones, Mary’s legacy is her genuine care for the well-being of the team and the business. In her leisure time Mary enjoys cooking, crafting, volunteering, travel and keeping connected with 4 grown children and their exciting lives.
NEAL WOODS - CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT SPECIALIST, EAST REGION
Valutek is pleased to welcome Neal Woods, our East Coast Critical Environment Specialist, based out of our Geneva IL office. Neal has over two decades of experience in the controlled environment space, He will work directly with you to focus on better outcomes with your wiper, glove and adhesive mat needs. Through discovery, training and solutions, Neal will help our customers improve quality and increase compliance.
Neal excels at setting priorities and utilizing resources to aggressively follow-through on the individualized needs of our customers. Neal and his wife, Michele, have 6 kids and like to travel and explore in their leisure time.
Reach Neal directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 312.757.0488.
TAMMY FEATHERSTON - CUSTOMER ADVOCATE
Since 2013, Tammy Featherston has provided leadership of our inside sales operation team by always putting the customer first. A consummate sales support specialist, Tammy has held customer service roles of increasing importance throughout her career. As the face of Valutek, Tammy delivers the ultimate customer experience by making it pleasant and hassle-free. She also inputs orders, handles online chat, resolves issues and tracks orders. Tammy makes sure our customers get the right product, in the right quantity, at the right price ON TIME. “As the first to arrive before sunrise, Tammy sets the tone of the day with her enthusiastic smile and can-do attitude,” says Greg Heiland, CEO.
Reach Tammy directly at email@example.com or call: 602.761.2302
CINDY NAVARRO - ECOMMERCE MANAGER
Cindy Navarro joined Valutek as a Marketing intern from her native Latin America in 2014. After completing a three-year rotation at Valutek HQ, Cindy retuned Barranquilla, Colombia, where she works remotely. Cindy has a degree in International Business from Universidad del Norte. Prior to working for Valutek, Cindy did all the digital marketing for a leading cosmetics firm in Latin America. She is bi-lingual and owns all our digital marketing / eCommerce initiatives. Cindy’s ultimate goal is for our customers to have the best possible digital online experience, with an easy to navigate website that is both informative and convenient to use. Cindy helps enhance our distributors online presence with Valutek controlled environment consumable marketing material. In her spare time, Cindy and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends
SAM PENAS– DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Originally from Northern Minnesota, Sam Penas graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with both a bachelor and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Sam has started new production facilities in Latin America and Asia from the ground-up. He has extensive experience in managing teams in multiple locations to align them around both their individual, and the overall team performance. Sam is not satisfied until everyone on his team understands how their specific role contributes to the organization’s overall success. An expert in “constraint theory”, he is constantly seeking improvements to the workflow to improve quality, eliminate redundancy, reduce cost, and improve the overall client experience. Sam own’s Valutek Operational Excellence from the beginning to end. Sam and his wife, Amber, just welcomed a baby boy into their family and moved to Arizona! His hobbies include cooking for family & friends, and building custom motorcycles.
JOSE HERNANDEZ – WAREHOUSE COORDINATOR
Jose Hernandez has been the warehouse coordinator at Valutek for over 5 years. He is trained in the operation of the narrow-aisle electric forklifts and order pickers. Jose does inventory receiving, order picking, and stock rotation.
He is also the lead manufacturing tech in the Valutek ISO 4 on-site controlled environment doing the production and QC quality control on the pre-wetted wipers. He also monitors all the raw material components required for the manufacturing. Originally from the Southwestern side of the Rockies in Colorado.
TIM HUOT – WAREHOUSE COORDINATOR / ROUTE DRIVER
Tim Hout had over 22 years’ experience with 2 leading retailers in positions ranging from inventory stocking and distribution before joining the Valutek team. He is certified in the operation of electric narrow aisle forklifts, and order pickers. Tim’s role’s at Valutek includes inventory receipt, order picking, delivery, and a technician for the manufacturer of prewetted wipers in the ISO 4 on-site controlled environment. Originally from Kankakee, Illinois, Tim re-located to Arizona to complete High School. Despite his long-term Arizona roots, Tim remains an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.
CHRIS BROWN – DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SERVICES
Chris Brown, earned a degree in Nano-scale Engineering from SUNY College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE), and a master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, Capitol Region Campus. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an Associate degree in Entrepreneurship from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. Chris was a CNSE researcher and led an investigation that explored the cleanliness of clean film packaging. He is active in technical standard groups including CETA and IEST. Chris has participated as an industry expert panelist @ IEST Technical Conferences and holds several certifications in the controlled environment industry relating to the maintenance, testing and certification of controlled environments, biosafety cabinets, and fume hoods. He is an experienced contamination control expert with a proven track record in the controlled environment industry. Chris enjoys spending his free time with his wife and 3 children in upstate New York.
VIJENDRAAN VENKITASALAM – QUALITY MANAGER
ANDREW YATES – ACCOUNTING INTERN
SHARON LOOI – STAFF ACCOUNTANT