Peter P. Jenkins
Peter Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for overseeing the overall strategy and growth of Harvey Performance Company.
Prior to joining Harvey Performance Company in 2003, a business he would later purchase from its founder in 2007, Jenkins spent 13 years as a Partner at Andersen Business Consulting. There, he spent his time as a Management Consultant focused on helping industrial products companies improve operations and performance. Immediately before joining Harvey Performance Company, Jenkins served as interim Chief Financial Officer for Berkshire Blanket, where he helped the textiles manufacturer evaluate and transform its cost structure and operations to prepare for future growth and profitability.
Jenkins’ impact on the business since 2003 has been profound and is felt across the organization. In recent years, beyond setting and overseeing overall strategy for the company, Jenkins has focused his time on building out the company’s organizational capacity and capability to scale rapidly, sustaining an amazingly strong corporate culture, and establishing a leadership team capable of taking the company to the next level and beyond.
Jenkins holds a master’s degree from University of Hartford’s Andersen Training Program and a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Economics from Middlebury College in Vermont.
Brian C. Lavelle
Brian Lavelle, Chief Operating Officer, is the company’s second-in-command, overseeing the daily operations of the company and leading Harvey Performance Company’s highly capable and high performing leadership team.
Lavelle joined Harvey in 2015 as CFO and was promoted to COO in 2020. Prior to joining Harvey, Lavelle’s career spanned more than two decades in industrial products and manufacturing companies. Lavelle’s career began in public accounting. Assignments of increasing responsibility at the firm PriceWaterhouse Coopers provided extensive experiences and opportunities to build an outstanding set of foundational core skills and business acumen. From an industry perspective, Lavelle’s career consists of both pre-revenue startup and high growth companies, primarily in private equity held organizations. Lavelle has extensive experience in finance, operations, and strategic planning.
Lavelle, in his tenure as both the company’s CFO and more recently as the COO, has helped to lead the company through multiple acquisitions as well as a successful sale process resulting in our current ownership structure. His responsibilities and impact on the business have extended across the organization in both operational and strategic matters. He has a relaxed, thoughtful leadership style that helps to bring structure and organization to complex cross functional initiatives.
Lavelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Providence College and is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Jeffrey H. Davis
Jeff Davis, Vice President of Engineering, joined Harvey Performance Company in 1995 and is its longest tenured employee. He is responsible for overseeing Harvey Performance Company’s engineering infrastructure, which includes innovation, technical support, and new product development.
In his time with Harvey Performance Company, Davis has performed nearly every organizational task, from processing and shipping orders in the company’s early years, to serving as the company’s IT resource. For more than a decade, he has served in his current role overseeing and expanding the company’s industry-leading product innovation program.
In recent years, Davis has refined a highly successful, rigorous, and repeatable innovation process, powered by a team of accomplished engineers, which serves as the lifeblood for the Harvey Performance brands. His unique approach to innovation has established the brands’ products as clear leaders in the industry. Leveraging deep end user and distributor insights and “mountains” of data, Davis and his team consistently deliver new solutions that enable our end users to be more and more productive.
Davis holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Garth D. Ely
Garth Ely, Vice President of Marketing, is responsible for overseeing Harvey Performance Company’s marketing initiatives and strategy, from print marketing and direct mail to digital marketing and social media as well as pricing and ecommerce across the company’s brands.
Ely joined Harvey Performance Company in 2015, a few months before the Helical Solutions acquisition, and brought with him extensive experience across diverse U.S. and International operating environments. He spent 18 years in positions of increasing responsibility across sales, marketing, and general management roles at Procter and Gamble before moving to Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to manage marketing for their North American consumer tire division. Immediately prior to coming on board at Harvey Performance Company, Ely served as the Digital and Marketing Strategy Officer for Avantia, Inc. a boutique custom software shop.
Leveraging the classical brand management training he garnered during his career at P&G, Ely has built a high functioning marketing and design organization with deep strategic and tactical acumen whose expertise spans digital and strategic growth marketing. He and his team execute a consistent stream of high-impact business-building marketing campaigns powered by a highly integrated and powerful marketing and data analytics technical stack.
Ely holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
Jerry H. Gleisner
Jerry Gleisner, Senior Vice President of Sales, is responsible for overseeing Harvey Performance Company’s customer facing team inclusive of sales initiatives and strategy, customer service, and technical support.
Prior to beginning his role leading the company’s sales efforts in 2016, Gleisner built an extensive career in sales that began at Sandvik Coromant. There, he held several roles ranging from Service Engineer to Zone Manager. He then spent 9 years as Vice President of Sales for ESAB Welding & Cutting Products where he led the integration of Victor Technologies to ESAB Welding and Cutting Products.
Over the 5+ years that Gleisner has spent at Harvey Performance Company, he has built a world-class sales organization that delivers industry-leading technical support “at the spindle” and best-in-class distributor management. His highly engaged team of technical support and customer service individuals have a genuine passion to exceed customers’ expectations which is a key reason for the category leading brand loyalty the company’s brands enjoy.
Gleisner holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.
Brian E. McKahan
Brian McKahan, Vice President of Operations (Meridian, ID Plant), Supplier Management, Manufacturing Technology, is responsible for Harvey Performance Company’s supplier management and quality assurance functions as well as the company’s Meridian, ID plant.
Prior to joining Harvey Performance in 2015, McKahan had a very successful 30 year career in the cutting tool industry holding a diverse set of high impact manufacturing roles: Plant Manager for Cutting Edge Technologies, a cutting tool and dental device manufacturer; Applications Engineer for Rollomatic, a Switzerland based machine tool manufacturer; and most recently as an entrepreneur and owner of TTI, an ISO certified cutting tool and medical device manufacturer that he built from the ground up. McKahan brings an extensive background in cutting tool manufacturing, design, and technology.
In his time at Harvey Performance Company, McKahan has played a pivotal role in the integration and modernization of both the Gorham, ME and Meridian, ID manufacturing operations. He has established robust process, training, and technology securing the plants’ ability to scale and sustain growth. McKahan’s deep knowledge of the capabilities of each plant, coupled with his extensive history in the industry, has enabled McKahan to play a key role in bringing continuity to new product development and innovation across both manufacturing locations.
McKahan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from NHTI/Lebanon College as part of the SBB/Timken Aerospace Engineering Program.
Elizabeth A. Moody
Elizabeth Moody, Vice President of Human Resources, is responsible for the development of strategic people-related initiatives, including organizational design, employee development, acquisition integration, and corporate culture. In addition, she oversees the recruitment function and all traditional human resource processes and activities.
Moody began her Human Resources career at Fidelity Investments in corporate and line HR roles. Since then, she has spent over 15 years building extensive expertise working across a series of experiences primarily in engineering, manufacturing, and industrial companies. Prior to Harvey Performance Company, she was Head of Human Resources at United Pipe & Steel Corporation after a very successful stint leading HR for Kortec, Inc. Moody has significant experience working in acquisitive and high-growth organizations.
Over the past 5 years at Harvey Performance Company, Moody has established a best-in-class HR function supported by sophisticated systems and process unmatched in companies commensurate to Harvey Performance’s size. Her leadership significantly enhances the organization’s ability to sustain a rapidly growing and increasingly complex company.
Moody earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Worcester State University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Northeastern University. She is an active member of NEHRA and SHRM.
Michael A. Murray
Michael Murray, Vice President of Information Technology, is responsible for the overall management, planning, organization, and execution of all IT functions at Harvey Performance Company. In addition, he is responsible for analyzing complex business requirements, architecting data and infrastructure solutions, and driving business intelligence initiatives.
Murray brings more than 28 years of experience in information technology. He started his IT career establishing deep experience in data management and architecture before expanding his expertise into the design and implementation of custom software applications for internal and external facing initiatives. Murray’s career has spanned leading organizations in private and publicly held companies where he was able to build deep expertise in all things IT. Prior to Harvey Performance Company, Murray was the Enterprise Applications Manager for Rochester Electronics.
Over the past 4+ years at Harvey Performance Company, Murray has made significant enhancements in the company’s IT capabilities. His leadership has accelerated the company’s ability to scale through his unique capability to integrate strategic vision and business needs to identify high impact technical solutions for the company.
Murray holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
Stephen J. Vatcher
Steve Vatcher, Vice President of Operations (Gorham, ME Plant) and Fulfillment, is responsible for Harvey Performance Company’s purchasing and warehousing functions as well as the company’s Gorham, ME manufacturing plant.
A graduate of General Electric’s Manufacturing Management Program, Vatcher started his career as a process engineer at GE Aircraft Engines where he spent 12 years gathering extensive experience in roles of expanding influence in manufacturing operations, quality, and materials. Vatcher was recruited out of GE by Arthur Andersen where he spent 3+ years working with, and expanding the capabilities of, leading manufacturers across a spectrum of industries.
Prior to joining Harvey Performance Company, Vatcher spent 17 years at Corning, Inc – Life Sciences Division. While at Corning, he held a series of significant roles including a stint as Plant Manager of their largest manufacturing facility before being promoted to Regional Manufacturing Manager where he was accountable for leading a portfolio of 5 manufacturing plants across North America and China.
While at Harvey Performance Company, Vatcher has leveraged his vast experience in manufacturing and has added significant sophistication, rigor, and capabilities at both the Gorham, ME plant and the company’s Rowley facility, where warehousing and production planning are housed. Moreover, Vatcher has led the construction of Harvey Performance’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant replacing the previous Gorham, ME plant.
Vatcher holds a Master of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.