Management Team

Company Officers
 
Craig Parsons joined Palmer Johnson Power Systems as general manager in 2004 and has served as president since 2007.  Parsons has a BA in Russian history from Stanford University and a MBA in entrepreneurship from UW-Madison.

Prior to joining Palmer Johnson, Parsons was a partner in the Agave Group, a firm that specialized in strategy development, technology licensing, and fundraising for early stage biotechnology companies.

 
 

Eric Quinn has been with PJ since 1990 and in that time has filled many roles. Quinn began as a sales engineer, was promoted to branch manager, regional manager, and then to sales manager. In 2003, he received a promotion to the position of vice president of business development. In this role Quinn is responsible for developing strategic alliances and managing relations with new and existing vendors and customers.  

Quinn also oversees the PJ marine support group. With his extensive knowledge of product and industry, Quinn is also responsible for training and mentoring new sales and engineering employees. Quinn is a graduate of the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in industrial and operations engineering.

Jeff Magusin has held the position of vice president of sales at Palmer Johnson since 2007. Prior to his promotion, Magusin held the role of regional manager.  He has been with Palmer Johnson since 2002 when the company purchased California's n.a. d'Arcy Co. Magusin currently oversees the PJ outside sales force .  Magusin has been professionally involved in the sale of power transmission products for almost 30 years.
 
 
 

Glenn Johnston
joined the company in 2006 as director of finance and was promoted to chief financial officer in 2007.  He currently oversees the areas of finance and accounting, information technology, inventory planning and the companys master warehouse operation.  Prior to joining PJPS, Johnston worked for Nesnah Ventures, LLC, a diversified energy company, as CFO of its convenience store division.  Johnston began his professional career in public accounting where he spent five years in the audit and consulting practices of Grant Thornton LLP.
 
Johnston is a 1997 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Six Sigma yellow belt.


Craig Swenson
started with Palmer Johnson as operations manager in February 2006 and was promoted to the position of chief operations officer in May 2007.  Swenson oversees the operations of all 10 of branches and provides strategic guidance in the growth of sales and service. 

Swenson has a BS in construction administration and a MBA in entrepreneurship and small business management, both from UW –Madison.  Prior to joining Palmer Johnson, he worked as the director of operations at Ruedebusch Development and Construction and also spent 5 years working as the director of planning and business operations at Palmer Johnson Yachts in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Tara Conger joined Palmer Johnson Power Systems in December 2011 as the human resources manager and was promoted to vice president of human resources in August 2013. She currently oversees all aspects of the Human Resources department, as well as company-wide wellness, safety, and the 2020 Future Leaders program.

Conger has a BS in human resource management and marketing, as well as a MA in sports administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to joining Palmer Johnson, she worked as the human resources manager for First Choice Dental Group. Conger began her professional career working in collegiate sports, professional sports, and the fitness industry. She is a member for the Greater Madison Areas Society of Human Resource Management where she served on the board of directors from 2011-2013. Conger is also a national SHRM member and has her PHR certification.



Advisory Board Members
 
 
Chris Armstrong is president of Avante Properties, a real estate development and management company based in Madison, Wisconsin. Armstrong is resonsible for site selection, brokerage and leasing of all current and future projects. Armstrong graduated with honors from the University Wisconsin-Madison with a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Entrepreneurship. He has also earned BS and MS Engineering Degrees from the University of Wiscosin-Madison.

 

 

 
 

 

Robert Bradford is the senior vice president of operations at Ariens Company, which produces commercial and consumer outdoor power equipment. Bradford specializes in Lean Manufacturing and helped bring this culture to the Ariens Company when he joined in 2000. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University; he also earned an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI.

 

 

  
Bob DeKoch is president and chief operating officer of The Boldt Company. DeKoch joined The Boldt Company in 1998, after 25 years in other industries such as pulp and paper, beverage, and chemical. The Boldt Company has thirteen offices throughout the country.  DeKoch is a graduate of Lawrence University with a BA in Chemistry. He also holds an MBA in Finance and  General Management from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. DeKoch is a member of the Paper Industry (TAPPI). He is also co-author of the book Embracing Uncertainty, The Essence of Leadership, DeKoch & Clampitt, M.E. Sharpe, 2001, as well as the author of numerous technical and management articles. 
 
 
Dick Leazer was managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which handles the patenting and licensing of discoveries at UW Madison. Prior to WARF, Leazer was president of Ohmeda, an international manufacturer of acute care medical devices and equipment, and president of Anaquest, an acute care pharmaceutical products company, both divisions of BOC. Leazer is a past or active member of the board of four health care companies. Leazer graduated from the University of Iowa Business School in 1963 and the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1996.
Dean Nolden is vice president of finance & assistant treasurer of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., a leading multi-industry manufacturer of lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, commercial ice-cube machines, ice/beverage dispensers, and commerical refrigeration equipment.  Prior to joining Manitowoc, Nolden spent 8 years in public accounting in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  Mr. Nolden is a 1991 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting. He is also a 2005 graduate of Marquette University, where he earned his masters degree in Business Administration.
 
 


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