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Sara McMurray is a strategic thinking leader with a dynamic personality. Prior to joining the Premier Thermal leadership team as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2018, she was a high-achieving global sales, customer service, and marketing director known for developing and executing market strategy and changing culture. At Premier Thermal she is instrumental in forming the direction of the company by managing the sales and marketing organization, leading expansion into new markets (including aerospace, agriculture, defense, & medical), and assessing strategic M&A opportunities. Sara began her career as an Executive Recruiter specializing in the recruitment of engineering and IT professionals. She joined the heat treating industry as an Account Manager in 2003 with Bodycote Thermal Processing, and moved to Specialty Heat Treating as Sales Manager in 2007. After a 5-year period in the plastics industry as a Global Sales and Customer Service Director, she returned to the heat treating industry and joined the Premier Thermal Sr. Leadership team in 2018. In 2021, Sara was appointed to the Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan’s Board of Directors. Sara is a proud graduate of Western Michigan University, where she earned her B.A. in Organizational Communication and a minor in Women’s Studies.
Jessica Parrish moved into the Cost Estimating role in November 2021. Jessica was already a member of the sales team, prior to accepting the cost estimating position she was the Business Development Specialist. As a Cost Estimator, Jessica interprets drawings and specifications, builds heat treat processes, and issues quotations. Jessica joined Al-Fe Heat Treating in June 2014.
Bryan Gerber joined Premier Thermal as Regional Sales Manager as part of the Al-Fe acquisition in October 2018. Bryan is responsible for sales growth, managing customer base, and customer service within the Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee region. Prior to the Al-Fe acquisition, Bryan was a Sales Representative for Al-Fe Heat Treating, starting with the company in February 2017. Bryan moved into sales in 2010 working in the manufacturing and software industries. Prior to working in manufacturing and software, Bryan worked for FedEx as a Regional Quality and Service Manager, and Facility Service Manager. Bryan graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Business Marketing.
Mark Bergel joined Premier Thermal as Upper Midwest Regional Sales Manager in late 2019. Mark is responsible for sales growth in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ontario. Mark brings over 30 years of sales and sales management experience. Starting in the mid 1980’s selling replacement machine tool parts and growing that business significantly, Mark moved onto manufacturing sales at Webster Industries. This experience led to the building of a multi person, multi million dollar manufacturers’ representative agency. Mark returned to mechanical sales and troubleshooting in 2007 at BDI, working at first regionally, then nationally and finally globally prior to becoming a Branch Manager. Mark is a current member of the ASME B29 Chain committee. Mark is a Michigan State graduate with a degree in Communications.