Mr. Ulland is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He was named IKONICS' Chief Executive Officer in February of 2000 and President in December of 2000. He has been a member of the Company's Board of Directors since 1972 and has served as its Chairman since 1976. Mr. Ulland earned a degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1963 and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University in 1965. Prior to becoming the Company's Chief Executive Officer, he was involved in mineral development and evaluation as Managing Partner of the American Shield Company and President of Geomines Inc.
Mr. Banks has been the Company's Vice President of International Sales since February 1997. Previously, he was the Company's Director of International Sales and Marketing from 1989 to 1997. His prior experience includes positions with Marshall and Ilsley Bank, H & H Exports and the Boy Scouts of America. He received a B.A. in both Economics and Environmental Studies from Northland College in 1976.
Mr. Gerlach was named Chief Financial Officer on August 5, 2003. Previously he served as the Finance Manager for Sappi Limited - Cloquet. Prior to working for Sappi, Mr. Gerlach served in various positions with Potlatch's Minnesota Pulp and Paper Division from 1994 to 2002. His most recent position at Potlatch was the Division Manager of Business Planning. Mr. Gerlach has also worked as a Financial Analyst with Maurices Incorporated and with Ernst & Young LLP in their audit department. Mr. Gerlach earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota - Duluth in 2001 and a Bachelors in Accounting from St. John's University in 1989.
Mr. Piguet was named Executive Vice President on December 19, 2000. Previously, he was the Company's Vice President of Operations beginning in May 1994. He was the Company's Director of Operations from January 1992 to May 1994. Mr. Piguet joined the Company in 1990 and holds a diploma of Engineer ETS/HTL from the Ecole D'Ingenieurs de l'Etat de Vaud in Switzerland.
Mr. Hegman joined the company in February 1999, beginning his employment in sales. In January, 2006, Hegman was promoted to Division Manager of the company’s IKONICS Imaging, Digital Texturing and MicroMachining businesses. In January 2011, Hegman was promoted to the position of National Sales Director, leading the company’s Chromaline Screen Print Products division. In April, 2013, Hegman was promoted to his present position of Vice President of Sales: North America where he oversees the company’s Chromaline Screen Print Products and IKONICS Imaging operations. Prior to his tenure at IKONICS, Hegman served as Sales Manager for Bloomington, MN-based Team Development Group.