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Mike Desmond

Product Manager - Duraspin Screw Systems

Degree: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton

Mike Desmond is like a one-man focus group for SENCO products. An avid DIYer, he has completed a variety of large building projects including a total home gut-and-renovation, two complete decks, several hardwood floor installations and many interior trim and woodworking projects. Each has been an opportunity to test tools and fasteners (both SENCO and competitve products), weigh features and generally walk in the workboots of the average SENCO user. The result has been better and faster product development, including the successful launch of a totally updated screw system tool line in just two years. Mike led the ideation phase, most of the engineering and manufacturing development, as well as commercialization of SENCO’s redesigned DuraSpin auto-feed screw systems in 2011-13.

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Dave Shumate

Product Manager – Fusion, Air Compressors and Acessories

Degree: B.A. in Business Administration, Marketing & Management, College of Mount Saint Joseph

When you build your own house and help save others on a regular basis, you get quite a bit of hands-on experience with tools. Dave Shumate brings the insights of a serious DIYer/homebuilder and volunteer firefighter to his role at SENCO, where he manages product development for Fusion cordless pneumatic tools, SENCO’s line of air compressors, and accessories. Dave has worked in the building products industry for more than 20 years, primarily at Campbell-Hausfeld, where he was responsible for managing their pneumatic tool offering. He helped launch the industry’s first DIY line of 200psi air compressors while at Campbell, securing placement at Lowe’s, as well as working on a significant redesign of their compressor line to make the user interface easier to understand. He also was involved in developing innovative “grab ’n’ go” plastic packaging for Campbell’s automotive products that allowed users to actually feel and interact with the tools prior to purchase, resulting in an immediate 30% increase in sales. In addition to his product successes, he led major process redesign projects at Campbell to reduce product inventory and ordering issues and solidify distributor relationships.

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