ABOUT ELKAY

ABOUT ELKAY

Our Leaders

  

 

 

TIM JAHNKE | Chairman, Board of Directors / Interim President & CEO

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Tim Jahnke joined Elkay as President and CEO after a long and illustrious career as a business leader with Newell Rubbermaid. He led Elkay in this role between 2007 and 2019. He has also served on Elkay’s Board of Directors since 2008.

Under Tim’s leadership, the company expanded globally into growing markets in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. During this period, the company also experienced rapid growth within the company’s plumbing business, which includes water delivery and sink products.

As president and CEO, Tim led the company through a significant shift in strategy. He built a dynamic culture that redoubled its commitment to world-class customer experiences. He also focused the company on expansion into new products and worldwide markets. Under Jahnke’s direction, the company received multiple awards for innovation, sustainability, and leadership in product development and technology. He led the company through several acquisitions that significantly expanded Elkay’s global capabilities. During his tenure, the company purchased Elkay Interior Systems, which provides global turnkey design and build services for branded restaurant, retail, and hospitality environments.

Tim also currently serves on the board for Kimball International, and until recently, held a board role with the Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association. 

 

TED HAMILTON | President, Elkay Plumbing

Ted Hamilton, President of Elkay Plumbing

As a shareholder and 5th Generation member of the Katz family (the company's founding family) working in the business, Ted remains strongly committed to the company legacy, established by his grandfather and his father before him, that "Our people are our most important asset." If you met him in person, Ted would tell you that he feels blessed to work with such great people – they are the ones who make Elkay special. He grew up with stories his grandmother would tell about how his grandfather kept his coveralls hung on the back of his door, long after he had become an executive, so at a moment's notice, he could go out on the floor where the real work was being done. Ted is proud of that work ethic, and strives to live up to it - to keep that spirit alive in the present day company.

Ted has worked at Elkay since 1992, and held a wide variety of positions, with an eye toward developing a well-rounded understanding of every facet of Elkay's business. He started his Elkay career working as a temp in Accounts Receivable, and has since spent time in Customer Care supporting Halsey Taylor, worked in general and cost accounting, and held a number of Operations roles, including Production Control Manager, Warehouse and Shipping Manager, Plant Manager (St. Charles and Broadview) and led the Bolingbrook Distribution Center. After his time in Operations, he moved to the customer-facing side of the business and spent time as both a Regional as well as Director of Sales for Plumbing Products. For the past several years Ted has headed up Elkay's Market Development group, focusing on new ways to promote existing product lines to end users.

In October 2017, twenty-five years after he started his career with the company, Ted was promoted to President, Elkay Plumbing, with full general management responsibilities for the business.

Ted holds an MBA in Operations from DePaul University, a BS in Accounting from Valparaiso University, and has completed the Executive Development Program at Kellogg.

 

CHRISTINE BEDI | Vice President, General Counsel

Christine Bedi, VP and Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary

Christine Bedi was promoted to Vice President, General Counsel, in  March 2022.  In her role, Christine is focused on leading Elkay's Corporate Legal team, bringing significant strengths to the company's legal capability for an increasingly complex set of global business needs.   Throughout her tenure at Elkay, Christine has provided exceptional legal support for numerous acquisition and divestiture transactions. She also plays an invaluable role in reviewing and negotiating key contracts while providing day-to-day legal advice across the enterprise.

Christine joined Elkay in April 2017 as Corporate Attorney and was promoted to Senior Corporate Counsel in February 2018.  Before Elkay, Christine provided legal counsel for Ryan Specialty Insurance Group LLC, where she provided legal services for the wholesale insurance brokerage and underwriting businesses. Prior to that, Christine was an associate in the corporate department at Kirkland & Ellis, a large Chicago law firm.

Christine received a law degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Illinois College of Law and an MBA from the University of Illinois College of Business.

 

KATHY DEIGHAN | Vice President, Counsel & Corporate Secretary

VP and General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Kathy has been with Elkay since January 2003. She came to Elkay as its first in-house attorney and in that position handled all legal matters for the company. Her goal is to provide practical business-oriented legal advice to the organization that furthers our business objectives while reducing legal risk. She also serves as corporate secretary, preparing board minutes and keeping the stock ledgers.

Prior to Elkay, Kathy was an attorney for Dean Foods Company, focusing on acquisitions of dairy companies. She started her legal career at a large Chicago law firm.

Kathy holds a Bachelors degree and law degree from the University of Illinois. Go Illini!

 

PATTI SCHMEDA | Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Patti Schmeda, VP and Chief Information Officer

As Vice President, and Chief Information Officer, Patti is responsible for seeing that Elkay provides a timely, accurate and professional level of service at each and every point of contact. This includes all strategies and efforts related to our information technology platforms, on a global basis. Her leadership, experience, and expertise are instrumental in helping Elkay plan and implement the technology platforms and tools that are capable of taking the company into the future.

Patti's priorities for the IT function have been ensuring that our systems are capable of satisfying the organization's information needs, enterprise-wide, for optimal decision making; utilizing our ERP system to deliver critical new business insights; building an IT organization that fosters teamwork and professionalism by empowering them to provide cost-effective, high quality service to their internal customers across the company; delivering solutions that support the Strategic Plan and core business requirements; and building a structured process for integrating Elkay's many systems and infrastructures.

Patti joined Elkay in October of 2010 after spending 11 years at A.M. Castle & Company, a leading distributor of specialty metals and materials for the aerospace, defense, oil and gas, power generation and heavy equipment industries. At Castle, Patti served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer leading a multi-year, multi-site and global implementation of the Oracle E-business Suite ERP.

Patti holds an MBA in Operations and Supply Chain from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A committed business leader outside of work as well as in the office, Patti serves as a mentor and active leader in the Women Unlimitedi.c. Stars and Think IT organizations.

 

LARRY BRAND | Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

VP and Chief Human Resources Officer

As Vice President, and Chief Human Resources Officer, Larry Brand is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the human resources function at Elkay. The goal of Elkay Human Resources is to balance the organization's business objectives with the best interests of our employees. This complex and mission critical team focuses on everything from attracting talent, onboarding and developing our employees, providing compensation and benefits, talent management and succession planning for the organization, to corporate communications.

Larry also serves as management liaison between the Elkay Board of Directors and Compensation and Human Resources Committee.

Larry joined Elkay in July of 2016 with a wealth of human resources experience and significant global leadership experience. He has served as a strategic business partner to CEOs, Board of Directors, and senior leadership teams across his career. Larry's experience, knowledge and leadership abilities help assure that our HR function acquires and develops the people that are critical in carrying out our strategic initiatives and driving company growth and profitability consistent with our value: Our Strength is in Our People.

 

BRYAN ENGLISH | Vice President of Corporate Finance

Bryan English VP and Chief Financial Office

Bryan English, Vice President of Corporate Finance, became Chief Financial Officer in October 2020. As our senior finance leader, Bryan provides vision and oversight to the enterprise Finance function, building capabilities within the team to support Elkay's global growth strategies. He plays a crucial role in facilitating company-wide strategic financial planning and forecasting in support of company investment decisions and coordinating strategy creation and review with Elkay's global leadership team and our Board of Directors.

Bryan joined Elkay in October 2009 and was rapidly promoted through successive roles within the finance organization in recognition of his capabilities and many contributions to supporting the company's growth. In October 2011, he was promoted to Corporate Planning/Reporting Manager, accountable for facilitating and administering the budgeting and financial forecasting process, developing and maintaining Elkay's cost and profitability application, and overseeing the financial reporting function. In January 2013, Bryan was again promoted to Finance Director, with full responsibility for all financial planning, forecasting, reporting, and analytics for all Elkay's company reporting units, including all management reporting.

Bryan graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He earned his CPA certification in 2008. He is currently completing his MBA at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

 

RON BROGLE | Vice President Strategy &  Corporate Development

Ron Brogle, VP of Strategy and Corporate Development

Ron joined Elkay in 2017 as Director, Mergers, and Acquisitions from the Chamberlain Group, In 2019, he was promoted to Senior Director, Mergers & Acquisitions and was again promoted to VP Strategy & Corporate Development in October 2020.

In this strategic capacity, Ron helps company leadership shape and execute on enterprise strategy and acquisitions. His responsibilities include driving the full breadth of processes related to the organization’s corporate strategic process, along with leading the Mergers & Acquisitions process and teams. He and his team play a critical role in the long-term success and growth of all of Elkay's businesses.

Ron holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Valparaiso University and an MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.