John Gocek, President and CEO
John Gocek is a C-level executive offering 20+ years of experience in corporate finance, investment banking and manufacturing operations, particularly in the HVAC sector. Mr. Gocek is the co-founder of Ventrol Inc., a manufacturer of custom air handling equipment and subsidiary of Nortek Holdings. Nortek was an NYSE listed company until August 2004. Mr. Gocek held the positions of CFO and VP Finance and Controller of Ventrol from 1997 to 2007. Mr. Gocek also brings to Sofame, hands-on experience treasury management, IS/IT and management consulting. He began his career at Marine Midland Bank in New York in money markets, moved to Montreal with Republic National Bank of New York, and then moved to lending with the Business Development Bank of Canada. Years of professional development have lead to roles of increasing responsibility in finance, planning and forecasting, business strategy, and executive management. Mr. Gocek holds a bachelors degree in Honours Economics from McGill University, and completed Management Associate training on Wall Street with Marine Midland Bank in 1985. He is an advocate of performance-based metrics and web-based management systems and is a mentor, skilled at coaching others to understand the organization’s needs and to act constructively. John Gocek was a Director of the Corporation from October 24, 2007 until May 6, 2009.
Luc Mandeville, Eng., Vice President, C.T.O and C.F.O par interim
Luc Mandeville is co-founder of Sofame and served as its President for over 20 years. He has been involved in every patent creation developed by Sofame. He is an owner in every one of these patents. Graduated from “École Polytechnique” of Montreal in 1973 in Industrial Engineering, he worked for 10 years in the water treatment field for Degremont before starting Sofame. Mr. Mandeville has developed markets in North America and Europe for Sofame products since the Company’s founding in 1984. He has over 25 years of experience in the energy field.
Allan Ghetler, Vice Président & General Manager
Allan Ghetler is a senior executive offering over 30 years of experience as a business leader, owner, and investor. Allan began his career as an industrial engineer and management consultant, and became widely acknowledged as an expert in plant layout and manufacturing engineering, packaging and warehouse design, specializing in the textile industry. He founded and was President of one of the first Canadian apparel companies to succeed in the U.S. market, achieving annual sales of over $50 million. Allan co-founded the first and largest ISP in Quebec before the Internet was a household word. Mr. Ghetler has managed all internal affairs of a publicly traded company including logistics, communications, investor and customer relations. He recently became part of the founding management team of the first concession for gold mining in Paraguay, supervising and coordinating the engineering and site preparation for the company's greenfield ore processing plant. Allan has been a first mover throughout a career which includes success with start-ups, as well as directing new business developments. He has been Instrumental in the success of a variety of other business ventures over the last 30 years, and recognized as trustworthy and someone who 'gets the job done'.