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  Akron Special Machinery (ASM)
DAVID POLING SR. / PRESIDENT
 
Mr. David Poling Sr.Mr. Poling is a graduate of The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  Mr. Poling has extensive experience in the specification, design, and building of engineered products for the rubber, steel, and plastics industries.  His experience includes project work with global manufacturing and distribution companies in the rubber, plastics, chemicals, and steel industries.

Mr. Poling has served as the President of Akron Steel Fabricators, Akron Special Machinery Inc., and the Poling Group.  Under Mr. Poling’s leadership the companies comprising the Poling Group have greatly expanded their products and services capabilities through the acquisition of complementary businesses and growth of the organization to over 100 associates.
 
Experience
The Poling Group - President
Akron Special Machinery, Inc. - President
Akron Steel Fabricators - President
United States Air Force
Goodyear
Education
Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering
The University of Akron
 
 
DAVID POLING JR. / CFO
 
David Poling Jr.Mr. Poling has extensive experience with machining and building of engineered solutions for the rubber, plastic,and aerospace industries.  His experience includes all facets of shop floor machining, project management, production scheduling, and quality control.
 
Mr. Poling’s current responsibilities as Vice President with the Poling Group include corporate administration.

Experience
Akron Special Machinery Inc.
Vice President
Vice President of Production
Plan Manager
Project Manager
TUO Technician
Machinist
Education
The University of Akron
 
 
BRIAN MITCHELL/ V.P. Sales
 
Brian MitchellAn associate of ASM since 1979, Mr. Mitchell’s career has given him special knowledge of tire testing equipment that spans both customer and manufacturing points of view.
 
In field service, Mr. Mitchell spent significant time directing the installation, start up, and maintenance of ASM equipment in tire factories all over the world. That experience, combined with years of machine production and remanufacturing effort, uniquely qualify Mr. Mitchell to ensure that Poling Group customers receive cost-effective equipment that meets and exceeds their most stringent processing requirements.
 
Experience
Vice President, Sales 
Plant Manager
Sr. Field Service Manager
Assembly Foreman
Assemblyman 
Education
Malone College

 
 
 
  Commercial Timesharing, Inc. (CTI)


RONALD SYMENS / FOUNDER, RETIRED
 
After graduating from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Mr. Symens was recruited into the prestigious Firestone College Class Management Group.  He held various corporate and plant engineering positions with increasing levels of responsibility.  After leaving Firestone, Mr. Symens worked for Hewlett Packard in Cleveland, Ohio and was instrumental in establishing the first technical consulting engagements for the company.

In 1978 Mr. Symens and Curtis Lamb established Commercial Timesharing, Inc. (CTI) to create a time-shared record keeping and billing system for medical clinics on a multi-user minicomputer.  In 1980 CTI began to seek engineering engagements in the manufacturing industries of northeast Ohio.  Under Mr. Symens leadership, CTI has become internationally recognized for designing tire uniformity controls and process data collection systems.  Mr. Symens sold CTI to the Poling Group in 2002 and continues to provide leadership and technical design as the President of CTI.
 
Education
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


TROY L. ANENSON / PRESIDENT
 
Troy AnensonMr. Anenson has been with CTI since 1989. Mr. Anenson has a wealth of experience in factory automation projects using Unix/Linux applications interfaced with a variety of PLCs. In addition he designed and implemented a number of integrated systems for FedEx, Goodyear, Bridgestone Firestone, Timken, and other corporate clients.
 
Today he leads CTI’s TTOC (Tire Testing & Optimization Controller) design and support team, in addition to providing leadership for CTI’s engineering involvement with other companies in the Poling Group.
 
Education
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
South Dakota State University
 
JOHN McCARTHY / VP, SOFTWARE SYSTEMS

John McCarthyMr. McCarthy has been with CTI since 1986. Mr. McCarthy has extensive experience with tire and rubber factory Information systems.  He has been involved in the design and implementation of a rubber mixing control system, compound quality lab systems, the implementation and enhancement of an in-process inventory management system spanning mixing to tire building, and over fifteen years of experience in tire final finish room data collection and distribution.

Today he leads CTI’s FFH (Final Finish Host) development and support team.


Education
Bachelor of Science, Computer and Information Science
The Ohio State University
 
  ASM-Hasbach
ALEXANDER HASBACH / PRESIDENT
 

Alex HasbachMr. Hasbach, registered in Germany as a State Qualified Mechanical Engineer, is a graduate of the College of Technology in Cologne and a recognized expert in tire endurance testing design.
 
Mr. Hasbach’s international career includes positions of increasing responsibility with Hasbach, HaWiTec, and Akron Special Machinery.  Along with experience in project management, equipment design, feasibility studies, equipment specification, and product development, Mr. Hasbach brings a unique global perspective to his current position as Vice President of Sales and Engineering at ASM-Hasbach.
 
Experience
ASM-Hasbach
 - Vice President of Sales & Engineering
HaWiTec
 - Sales & Engineering Manager
Hasbach Test Systems
 - Sales & Engineering Manager
Education
State Qualified Mechanical Engineer
College for Technology, Cologne, Germany
 
 
  Akron Steel Fabricators (ASF)
LEON POOLE /EXECUTIVE V.P. AKRON STEEL FABRICATORS
 
Leon Poole Akron Steel Fabricators announces Leon Poole has been promoted to the position of Executive Vice president. Leon has been with ASF since 1987.  
 
Mr. Poole formerly held the position of manager of system controls and design engineering and now adds the responsibility of operating manager for the plant.
 
Experience
Akron Steel Fabricators
  - Manager of System Controls
 
  Firwood~ASM
STEPHEN M. ERICSON / V.P. FIRWOOD~ASM
 
Stephen EricsonMr. Ericson has over 30 years experience in the tire and automotive machine building industry.  He earned his degree in engineering design from Western Michigan University, where he was President of the Engineering Association.

Steve worked in the family business, Firwood Manufacturing Company, as its Chief Design Engineer. During this time, he also worked on a training program at a major US tire plant and learned the complete tire manufacturing process.  Mr. Ericson’s designs include: automotive assembly equipment, tube benders, the wire antenna machine, white sidewall grinders and skivers.  Mr. Ericson recently joined the Poling Group as Vice President of Akron Special Machinery, Inc. where he will continue to design and produce world class equipment
 
Experience
Firwood~ASM
 - Vice President
Firwood Manufacturing Company, Inc.
 - President
Education
Bachelor of Science
Design Engineering
Western Michigan University