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Meet Our Management Team

One of the biggest differentiators of our business is our team.  Our core team consists of seasoned experts that have spent part of their careers actually working for medical device OEMs.  This means that our team "gets it" when it comes to fully understanding medical device contract manufacturing.

  • Rob Werge – President & CEO
  • Jeff Kelly – VP and General Manager
  • Chip Harvill – Vice President
  • Mark Carper – Director of Operations
  • Robert Hegedus – Senior Quality Assurance Manager
  • Ryan Aleshevich – Medical Sales Manager
  • Hector Gonzalez – Medical Sales Manager
  • John Shields – Medical Sales Manager

Rob Werge

President and CEO

I grew up and still live in rural, Northeastern Connecticut and am a lifelong New England sports fan.  I have been married to my wife, Dolores, for 33 years and we have three grown children.

I earned my BSME from UConn and later attended Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development. My professional experience includes having more than 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing processing and contract manufacturing industry with a focus on custom products in a business-to-business environment. 

I began my career at Nypro, a contract manufacturer of precision plastic products for health care and other industries.  I spent my early tenure there in operations and preproduction with a focus on automation, tooling, program management and lean manufacturing. I later moved into business development, becoming Global Business Unit manager for the consumer/industrial markets and then VP of Sales for the Americas region.  Most recently, I spent the past seven years as VP and General Manager at Phillips-Medisize leading the commercial business division.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering, skiing and hiking. 

Jeff Kelly

VP and General Manager

I am originally from Denver, but have lived in several places during my lifetime.  I studied finance and management at the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and I received my MBA from the Fuqua School at Duke University in North Carolina. I have also lived in Washington DC and spent three years in the Netherlands for an ex-pat assignment, but Pittsburgh has been home to me and my family for the past fifteen years.

I was very fortunate to meet my wife during our first college class (Economics 101), and we are blessed with a two great kids, a daughter and a son.

My career began in management consulting that included advising companies on how to adopt new technologies and channels to market, as well as conducting economic analysis for companies in a variety of industries.  In 2003, I made the transition from management consulting to healthcare with MEDRAD, a medical device company based in Pittsburgh. Over the past fifteen years, the focus of my career has been to help healthcare organizations grow. I have held global roles in business development, marketing, sales management and product development with MEDRAD, Bayer Healthcare, Quest Diagnostics and Immunetrics.  During this time, I have managed the launch of several medical device and diagnostic products in the U.S. and international markets. I joined Cadence in 2015 and continue to enjoy working in healthcare, knowing that the work that we do, and the devices that we manufacture, have a very profound impact on people’s lives.

Some things that not many people know about me…

  • I was born in Heidelberg, Germany (my father was in the military).
  • My time living in Europe gave me the travel bug, so I love to explore new countries and cities.
  • I enjoy watching football and college basketball when I am not playing sports (basketball and golf), or coaching or watching my kids (basketball, baseball and volleyball).

Chip Harvill

Vice President

I was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  I have been happily married for many years, have two grown sons, and three spoiled dogs. I graduated with honors from Virginia Tech in 1983 with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and received management certification from the Darden School of Business in Charlottesville.

I have significant experience in the Life Science market (focused on medical device and diagnostics), beginning work in 1986 as one of the first employees for a start-up company known as Specialty Blades. 

Following successful efforts in many evolving roles within a new and growing company (Manufacturing Engineering, Operations Management, and Sales and Marketing Management), I led the launch of a new division in 2005.  IncisionTech was focused on serving the growing medical device market in new and unique ways.  As the VP of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development, I was responsible for leading our company into many new areas of the medical device market.

In early 2011, Cadence Science, IncisionTech and Specialty Blades were combined to create a truly unique partner for the healthcare and life science markets...  This company now goes to market as Cadence, Inc. providing sketch-to-scale solutions for medical device and diagnostics companies.

Something that not many people know about me…

  • I have a passion for college football, especially when it relates to Saturdays in Blacksburg, VA watching the Hokies play.

Mark Carper

Director of Operations

I’m from central Pennsylvania originally, but I’ve lived in several different states during my life.  I met my wife when we both undergrads at Penn State University and we’ve spent 25 wonderful years together.  We have one son who is both our pride and joy, as well as our greatest achievement.

I have a B.S. in Ceramic Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA in Supply Chain Management from Marquette University.  I’ve worked in manufacturing and engineering environments for over 25 years in various industries (healthcare products, electrical distribution products, semiconductor manufacturing, and electrical component fabrication). I joined Cadence in 2017 to return to the healthcare manufacturing industry.  I have a passion for building and improving manufacturing systems and facilities, which I’m using to advance the capabilities here at Cadence.

Outside of work, most of my time is currently spent at my son’s activities (high school swim team, water polo, Boy Scouts).  When I have free time I enjoy my home improvement projects, reading, and traveling.

Some things that not many people know about me…

  • I grew up on a dairy farm in central Pennsylvania.
  • I like to brew (and consume) my own beer.
  • My son and I enjoy hiking and just recently completed a 70 mile, 10 day hike at the Philmont Boy Scout ranch near Cimarron, NM.

Robert Hegedus

Senior Quality Assurance Manager

Born and Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! My family migrated from Hungary in the late 1800s and worked in the local steel mills until the industry moved out of the area in the late 1980s. I am married to my wife (Jade) of 7 years and I have 2 amazing boys (Reign – age 1 & Roman – age 5)!

I have a B.S. in Business Management and Organizational Leadership from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. I have spent the last 18 years in the medical device industry in various quality roles from engineering to management. I have predominantly worked for OEMs such as Medrad, Bayer Healthcare, and Terumo Medical Corporation. I joined Cadence in October of 2018 when my family decided it was time to migrate back to Pittsburgh from the Greater Philadelphia area.

My hobbies currently include watching cartoons (because my kids won’t let me get TV time), reading bedtime stories, honey do-lists, and changing diapers! Outside of that, I enjoy fitness/CrossFit, playing guitar, boating and water sports, rock climbing, skateboarding, snowboarding and pretty much anything that gets my blood pumping and gets me out of the house.

Some things that not many people know about me…

  • My sons both share the same birthday (January 26) exactly 4 years apart! Not planned!

Ryan Aleshevich

Medical Sales Manager

I was born in Livingston, NJ (just outside NYC), attended elementary school in Pittsfield, MA, and later moved to Waynesboro, VA.  I attended college at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA where I received a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics.  I also played baseball while at Bridgewater and today I live in Fishersville, VA in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

I started work at a small manufacturing company called Specialty Blades (now Cadence) where I ran production, programmed CNC equipment, performed incoming inspection, scheduled the plant and did just about every job imaginable in the early days.  At the time, the company had only about 15 employees and I had the opportunity to learn most roles within the company.  I spent the next 18 years in various manufacturing and operations roles, including Production Manager and Materials Manager. 

I transferred to Sales and Business Development in 2010 and never looked back.  We are a contract manufacturing company, so the medical device and life science products we sell are all custom.  This requires a solid technical understanding of our capabilities, and I could not have better training than my first 18 years on the job.  I now spend a lot of my time with customers on the West Coast and Europe, and enjoy travelling and building relationships.

Some things that not many people know about me…

  • I met my wife at work while she was the Customer Service/Sales Manager and I was the Production Manager – yes, we talked about work WAY too much, but luckily our two beautiful girls took over and ran our life.
  • I am a panelist for Golf Digest and rate golf courses – I am a former club champion and love to play golf.
  • I enjoy most sports and spent time watching the NFL, college football, college basketball and golf.
  • I enjoy travelling and planning vacations with my family.

Hector Gonzalez

Medical Sales Manager

I was born and bred in Queens, NY. Attended Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Elementary School, Holy Cross High School, and Queens College all of which resided in the beautiful borough of Queens. Out of college, I pursued a career in real estate investment and appraisals. I lived in New York City for most of my life but now I reside in a small coastal town in Rhode Island.

My career has always been around providing solutions to customers and working on mitigating problems. I’ve had the privilege to work with experienced professionals who mentored me throughout my career. One of the greatest attributes that they all had in common was that they listened and asked that I listen to the customer/client, so that I can be an advocate for the customer and their needs. That’s half the battle, and the other is being part of an organization that is going to respond and execute to meet the customer’s requirements, and Cadence takes that responsibility seriously.

I’ve been in the medical device contract manufacturing industry since 2005. In 2008, I became part of the Cadence family and have been part of their success story. I’m currently responsible for the Northeast and upper Midwest regions, and I’m also the main point of contact for some of our larger OEM relationships. It’s a pleasure spending time with our customers and assisting them in finding solutions for the life changing components & devices that they are designing and building.

Some things that not many people know about me…

  • I met my wife in 3rd grade at SBJL. However, we weren't married until 2007. It took years for me to finally convince her!
  • I have 3 kids (a girl and two boys) that make life that much better.
  • I’m a nut for international soccer and EA Sports Fifa.
  • I recently discovered that the most relaxing therapy is to cut grass on a riding mower.

John Shields

Medical Sales Manager

The youngest of five, I spent most of my childhood in the Southern Tier of New York State. My father's career with Westinghouse brought us to different locations, including Bloomington, IN, and Greensburg, PA. 

I continued my family's tradition and became a Purple Eagle at Niagara University where I met my wife, Suzanne, of 32 years. We are blessed with two sons, Brian and Timothy. As they grew, I coached them in several sports including soccer, football, and lacrosse. We now enjoy golfing, hunting, and other outdoor activities as a family. 

Now empty nesters, my wife and I are avid runners who enjoy races that include Spartan, Tough Mudders, and half marathons. To relax, we enjoy taking long walks with our black Lab, Murphy, and spending time at our family lake house.

I began my career in medical device sales 24 years ago. I am excited to further my career at Cadence and help the Company continue to grow. In my new role, I am responsible for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern Regions of the U.S. 

Some things that not many people know about me…

  • To overcome my fear of heights, I went skydiving from 15,000 feet. Obviously, I survived... but the jury is still out if I'm cured.
  • During college summers, I worked security for the Pittsburgh Steelers at their summer camp in Latrobe, PA. Who would have thought that Jack Lambert needed a 160 lbs security guard?! 
  • I enjoyed four years of playing collegiate rugby which even included an international tour.

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