Charles Dauber is the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Dauber joined the executive team at American Electric Technologies, Inc. in April 2007 and was named CEO of the company in August 2009. Dauber has more than 23 years of executive management, operations, marketing, and sales management experience. Prior to joining the company, he served as the president and CEO of Nevis Networks, a venture capital-backed start-up company in Silicon Valley. Prior to Nevis, Dauber held multiple executive roles at Blue Coat Systems (NASDAQ: BCSI) including vice president of marketing and product management. At Blue Coat, Dauber was instrumental in the successful turn-around of the company, including the strategic company re-positioning and re-launch, resulting in $150 million in annual new revenues and a 2,000 percent increase in the company’s market capitalization. Dauber previously was the CEO of a broadband services start-up and served in management roles with Copper Mountain Networks and Teradyne in the US and in Asia Pacific, where he lived for several years. Dauber earned a bachelor of business administration with concentrations in electrical engineering and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. Dauber previously served as a Director of M&I Electric from 1993 to 1995.
Bill Brod serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the company and brings over 20 years of finance, accounting and business development experience in the oil & gas and power generation industries. Mr. Brod was previously CFO for OceanGeo, a global provider of ocean bottom seismic services. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles with international power company AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) including Vice President, CFO and Director for multiple business units in the U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Brod is a CPA and holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Tarleton State University and an executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston with a certificate in Global Energy Management. He also currently serves as a governor appointee to the Texas Judicial Compensation Commission.
Bill Miller joined the Company in September 2014 as Chief Operating Officer. He brings 28 years of electrical equipment manufacturing and business experience to AETI. Mr. Miller was most recently global marketing director for Eaton’s Electrical Services and Systems division. Prior to this position he held various roles within Eaton including: business unit manager for the medium voltage components business; plant manager for the company’s high volume assembly plant in Sumter, South Carolina and their low voltage and medium voltage circuit breaker facility in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; and product management and sales. Mr. Miller received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
Neal T. Hare is the Senior Vice President—Technical Products of M&I and has been with M&I since January 1992. He became Senior Vice President of Operations of the Company in May 2007 and was named Chief Technology Officer in January 2008. Mr. Hare’s service in the energy industry spans 38 years with 10 years as Vice President of Operations—Ross Hill Controls (DC Oilfield Drives) and Vice President of Operations—Powell Electrical Manufacturing (Switchgear and Controls). Mr. Hare has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal State-Long Beach.
James J. Steffek is a Senior Vice President and is responsible for M&I’s overall sales efforts. He has been employed by the company since September 1973 with initial responsibilities including project management, engineering, and sales. Since 1980 he has served as Senior Vice president with areas of responsibility included operations, sales, marketing and remote operations in Singapore and Mississippi. Prior to joining M&I, he worked for Continental Controls Corp. as a project engineer. Mr. Steffek holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston.