Senior Leadership Team
Senior Leadership Team
Scott Geater is the president and second generation owner of Geater Machining & Manufacturing.
Joe Meier was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2018. He joined the Geater team in 2005 as Machining Manager, holding the position for a year before becoming the Plant Manager. He was promoted to the Vice President of Operations in 2011. He has spent 30 plus years in the field of manufacturing. Joe is a graduate of Upper Iowa University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business.
Joe is a member of Geater’s Advisory Board, Executive Management Team and Senior Leadership Team. He is also a member of CIRAS, (Center for Industrial Research and Services) of Iowa State Extension’s advisory committee, has served on the Manufacturing Technology Advisory Board at the University of Northern Iowa and sits on several other company boards.
He and his wife Nanci have two grown sons, Bryce and Jordan, and a granddaughter, Graceyn. Joe enjoys outdoor activities including golf, fishing, hunting, and riding his Harley.
V.P. of Operations
Dan Heller joined Geater in 2011 as the Operations Manager. He became the Plant Manager and was later promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2018. Dan serves on the Executive Management and Senior Leadership Teams. Dan has over 25 years of comprehensive manufacturing experience.
Dan is a graduate of Upper Iowa University, with a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree Business Administration. Dan’s focus is in improving manufacturing methods and the implementation of lean manufacturing processes throughout Geater.
V.P. of Engineering and I.T.
John Miller has been with Geater since 2007 and currently serves as the Vice President of Engineering and Technology. John has filled various rolls from Quality Manager, Process Improvement Manager and Information Technology Manager throughout his time at Geater. John brings with him over 20 years’ experience in various aerospace manufacturing roles from process engineering, industrial engineer, lean facilitation, supply chain quality, and design quality. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology and earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. John is a member Executive Management and Senior Leadership teams.
V.P. of Sales
Mark Vermillion joined Geater in 2011 as the National Sales and Marketing Manager and was promoted to Vice President of Sales in 2018. He serves on the Executive Management and Senior Leadership teams. Mark has 30 years of experience in sales and sales management in a variety of industrial sectors.
Mark graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education and Technology. He is involved with his local community coaching soccer and enjoys fishing and woodworking.
Landon Geater graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 with his bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Shortly after, he joined the Geater team and has since held various Quality, Engineering, and management roles, leading to his current position as the Finishing Operations Manager and member of the Executive Leadership team. In 2017, he received a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Upper Iowa.
Landon is a believer in continuous improvement and being a lifelong learner. He serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and an Advisory Board Member of the University of Upper Iowa. Landon enjoys the outdoors and is an endurance sports enthusiast.
Sheet Metal Engineering Department Manager
Brian Kaeppel started with Geater in February of 2008 as Sheet Metal Project Engineer. In 2009, he was promoted to Sheet Metal Engineering Manager and is a member of the Senior Leadership team. Brian has 27 years of experience in sheet metal fabrication, quoting, and engineering.
Brian is involved in his local community and enjoys boating, hunting, and shooting firearms.
Machining Engineering Department Manager
Erik Bohlken started with Geater in June of 2002 as the Production Scheduler. In 2004, he moved in to an Engineering position, and is currently the Machining Engineering Manager.
Erik earned a bachelor’s degree in Technology from the University of Northern Iowa and is a member of the Senior Leadership team.
Erik has served on the Board of Directors for the Independence Area Dollars for Scholars since 2009, and he is currently the President of the organization.
Previously, Erik served on the Board of Directors for the Independence Chamber of Commerce and as an Advisory Board Member for the Manufacturing Technology and Technology Management programs at the University of Northern Iowa.
Design Engineering Department Manager
Craig Henningsen started at Geater in 2005, focused in the design of tooling and automation. Craig began his career at Geater as a Sales Engineer, where he was instrumental in bringing on Crystal Group as a valued customer. In 2007, he became a Machining Engineer, specializing in designing fixtures and improving processes. In 2015, Craig was named the Design Engineering Manager, serving on the Senior Leadership team and leading a talented group of Design and Manufacturing Engineers.
Human Resources Director
Carrie Mattson is the Human Resources Director with more than 10 years of experience. Her areas of expertise include management; staff development; and recruiting. Carrie is a member of the Senior Leadership team.
She is a graduate of the Upper Iowa University, with a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Dan Leonard joined Geater in 2005 as a machinist while attending Hawkeye Community College. Dan has held many roles in his tenure at Geater, including: CNC Programmer, 2nd Shift Machining Supervisor and Machining Department Manager, and Manufacturing Operations Manager. Dan is the Plant Manager and part of the Senior Leadership team.
Dan is a graduate of Upper Iowa University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Dan enjoys outdoor activities including golf, hunting and snowmobiling.
Candace Ratchford started with Geater in 2013 on the shop floor in our Finishing Department. After a year on the shop floor she was promoted to an Engineering Assistant. In 2019 Candace took over as the Master Scheduler.
As Master Scheduler, Candace oversees Scheduling, Order Entry/Customer Service, Engineering Assistants, and our Shipping Department. She also plays an active role in our ERP System support. Candace joined our Senior Leadership Team in 2022.
Rachel Lamker joined Geater in 2010 as Order Entry/Accounts Payable Specialist. She became Accounting Supervisor in 2015 and later promoted to Controller in 2019. Rachel is a member of the Senior Leadership team.
Rachel is a graduate of Upper Iowa University, with a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Rachel enjoys golfing and attending many sporting events with her family.