Lou joined Bead in 2015 with 25+ years of experience in technology at Winchester Electronics and Amphenol. Lou holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his free time, Lou enjoys trying the latest craft beers and boutique wines.
Gerardo joined Bead in 2018 with 20+ years of experience generating revenue growth through innovative selling strategies. He previously held sales positions at interconnect companies such as TE Connectivity, Autosplice, and Sanmina Cable Assy Division. In his free time, Gerardo enjoys staying active while spending time with his family.
Jerry joined Bead in 2010 with 25 years of experience in machine design and automation and process development and control. Jerry holds a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from CCSU. Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Jerry keeps production running smoothly. An automotive enthusiast, Jerry enjoys riding both hot rods and hogs.
Sara Fradette joined Bead in April 2021. She communicates with our customers daily and works with the production team to ensure alignment. Sara received an MBA in Strategic Leadership from the University of New Haven in 2021. In her free time, she likes to hike with her husband and her dog.
Joe joined Bead in June of 2022 with 5+ years of experience in project management. Joe received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Quinnipiac University and is a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. In his free time, Joe enjoys spending weekends away at his family cabin in Vermont.
Prior to joining Bead in 2022, Javi worked as a a Technical Product Manager at Bauer, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hartford. Javi is active in ManufactureCT's Young Manufacturing Professionals (YMP) Group. In his free time, Javi enjoys reading, running 5Ks, and helping around at his local church.
Kristen joined Bead in 2015 with 10+ years of experience in public accounting at CohnReznick as an audit manager. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Science in Accounting from UConn. She is a certified public accountant. In her free time, Kristen loves to watch her kids play baseball and go to the beach.
David joined Bead in 2011 with 40+ years of experience in metal forming design and manufacturing. He previously held leadership positions in both the engineering and business sectors. At Bead, David guides new product development and the implementation of new manufacturing technology. In his free time, David plays ice hockey.
Michelle joined Bead in 2017 with 12+ years of experience in relationship management and administrative support. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science from UConn and is certified in Lean Manufacturing. In her free time, Michelle enjoys beach trips with her husband and their three children.
Jess Valentino joined Bead in December 2021. She started as an intern and worked to improve shipping operations. Jess transitioned to full-time in June 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of New Haven. Jess communicates with Bead's suppliers and assists with continuous improvement projects. In her free time, she likes to cheer on her former UNH field hockey team and spend time with family in New York.
Tara joined Bead in 2022 with multiple years of experience helping others meet their goals in the humanities and wellness industry. Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC Wilmington and an MBA from the University of New Haven. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting and being outdoors.
Prior to joining Bead in 2022, Russell worked as a Report Analyst and Database Developer at Planet Home Lending. Russell holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and golfing.