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Jarek Olszak, P.E.

Team Leader | Sales Engineering | Professional Engineer

Jarek is grateful for the opportunities to meet many interesting people and visit different foundries and casting facilities. Each person he meets contributes something new to his experience and his learning. He has lived in Trussville for over 20 years, where he and his wife raised their two active daughters. In his free time, Jarek enjoys biking - from long road rides to challenging trails. He finds it peaceful to be on a long night ride, following the light and focusing on the trail ahead. After 25 years, Jarek finds himself newly challenged by returning to school to pursue his long term goal of attaining his MBA. So, that still leaves one unanswered question, "how the heck do you pronounce his name?" Here's your hint: just think of the 'J' as a 'Y' and try it again.


Tommy Horton

Sales Engineering Team Member

Tommy has enjoyed his 47 years in the foundry industry, and is proud to work for a company having a great reputation for honesty and service. For 14 years, he has found the support needed to keep his customers happy. He looks forward to each day and the opportunity to learn something new. He and his wife of 49 years have two sons and a daughter, along with 5 grandsons and 2 granddaughters. To those listening to one of his entertaining stories, you would never know he describes himself as bashful. Away from work, Tommy helps with the children's ministry, driving and maintaining a van that transports children from their community to and from church.


Patti Buksa

Team Coach | Sales & Operations Support

Patti enjoys creating personal connections. Whether it is through supporting our team or serving our customers, she is always looking for a way to help. She builds relationships in the industry through AFS, where she currently serves as the national chair for Women in Metalcasting. Married to her college sweetheart, they are blessed to have raised two amazing kids - a daughter and son. She enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, reading, weekend trips with her husband and escaping to the beach when she can. Something most folks wouldn't know is her love of Halloween. Many trick or treaters are afraid to come to her spooky porch, and those who dare will take a step back when she answers the door as her favorite ugly witch, Hagalena Magalena Hootenstally Walkendally Hogan Logan Bogan.


Max Lee

Team Leader | Technical Team

Max enjoys furthering the development of the Laempe core machines from both technical and operational standpoints. He also likes working with our customers to solve machine problems that may arise. Max and his wife have two children, a son in high school and a daughter in middle school. Max is an avid motorcyclist with a special affinity for dual sport motorcycles. Should you ever need a chuckle, ask Max to tell you a story about one of his many escapades with Frank Thamm.


Andrew Stack

Team Leader | Supply Chain

Andrew finds it appealing that, in over 20 years with ReichCompanies, never does he have the same day twice. Every day brings a new set of challenges and possibilities which keeps life on the job very interesting. Andrew, with his wife, has a son, a step son and a step daughter - all college students. As you can imagine, they keep him very active and consume all of his time away from work. Andrew started playing drums in sixth grade and continued on to become drum corps captain and co-captain throughout high school. He loved the competitions and playing in the state honor band. These days, he spends his spare time tracking down his kids, hiking, hunting and fishing. The family spends as much time as possible in the Smoky Mountains or at the hunting club. Each year, he and his dad hike Mt. LeConte in Tennessee (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and spend at least one night at the top at 6593 feet. They refer to this as their yearly gauging of age!


Sherrie Smith

Team Leader | Accounting & Financial Services

Sherrie is celebrating her 22nd year with ReichCompanies. Her job in financial services can be a tough one at times, but her "family" of co-workers makes even the roughest days at work a pleasure. She enjoys all aspects of her position and the rewards it brings daily. Sherrie and her husband have raised two magnificent girls, who are grown and on their own now. She is proud to say they are both honest, caring and faithful to God. Both are building their careers, one as a hair stylist and the other with one of the largest health care organizations in Birmingham. When she isn't playing with her grandson, Sherrie has a passion for gardening and birdwatching. She looks forward to spring when she can see all the wonderful things she planted the previous year pop up out of the ground. Spending time in the yard identifying new birds that come to eat, or bathe in her pond, is one of her favorite pastimes. She says the birds singing is music to her ears.


Marco Mejia

Country Manager | Mexico

Marco enjoys the opportunity to learn and develop new ideas each day in his role. He and his wife have a daughter and son, and live in Monterrey, Mexico. Marco enjoys grilling on the charcoal grill and trying new recipes. As a soccer coach, his girls team recieved a gold medal at the kindergarten olympics.


Sean Casey

Project Management


Jock Kam

Team Member | Technical Team

Jock says his most enjoyable duties are interacting with the machine operators, assisting customers, troubleshooting and repairing the machines when an issue arises. His degree from ITT Technical Institute has eased his learning curve into technical support on the Laempe machines. When not at work, he enjoys playing sports, being outdoors and spending time with his family - especially his wife and son. Not many people know, but they sure will now, that he is a Cambodian immigrant born into a Thailand refugee camp who came to the US around the age of 18 months. He was fortunate to be sponsored by several churches from our community.


Pascoe Ellis

Team Member | The CoreRoom

Pascoe is a delightful and engaging man who delivers talent and and up-beat attitude to anyone that he meets. He is an amazing cook.


Josh Lovelady

Team Member | Supply Chain

Josh believes the best part of working at ReichCompanies is the family atmosphere that is so prevalent throughout the office. As for his specific position, the thought of tracking hundreds of part numbers might be daunting for some, but Josh has always enjoyed working with numbers which comes as second nature. He welcomes a challenge in his professional life as well as his personal life. Spending his evenings and weekends coaching youth wrestling can certainly pose a challenge, but it is one that is close to his heart. When he does get a moment to himself, Josh can be found taking a ride on his Harley.


Justin Guthrie

Team Member | The CoreRoom

Justin enjoys running the machine, and learning as much as possible about the technical workings so he can assist others if needed. He and his wife are busy these days with an active toddler! Justin is a huge Alabama football fan - can we get another Roll Tide!!!!


Steve Wright

Technical Team | Software Team Leader


Justin Harrison

Team Member | Parts Team

Justin enjoys helping customers get the parts they need each day. He likes that, while at work, he feels like it's just a big family who happens to work together. In his free time, he tinkers on cars and motorcycles - especially his very own piece of history - a 1971 Harley Davidson Sportster. He also likes playing Xbox, spending time with family and friends and enjoying football season.


Michael Storm

Technical Support | Core Restore | CoreRoom

Michael says there is so much he enjoys about his position here, but the fact that we are all "family" makes the top of his list. Michael, with his wife, has four step kids, three grandsons, two dogs and two cats. Michael says he has the sweetest Mother in Law around! Our company has reaped the benefits of his varied background in hydraulics, pneumatics, welding and mechanics. He was also a brick mason for 10 years and a top grocery manager, second only to his wife - who told him to write that! His interests include league bowling, playing pool, softball, he has been known to become a dancing machine and loves Alabama football - Roll Tide!!!!!


John Letts

Team Member | Sales Team

John has enjoyed engaging our customers and assisting them while learning from our team as we develop solutions to help improve their processes. When away from the office, John loves all things outdoors and spending time with his wife and new baby boy. Good music and good food are at the top of his activity list with friends and family. He plays a guitar which was given to him by his father upon graduating from high school - the same guitar that was gifted to his father for his own high school graduation.


Chris Thompson

Team Member | The CoreRoom

Christopher appreciates that he works with a team in the true sense of the word. Especially when it's cleanup time and they team up to get it done at the end of day. Then he heads home to his fiance, son and daughter who keep them quite busy. In his free time, Christopher enjoys basketball and playing video games - just wait til his son is old enough to get those away from him! He keeps in shape by lifting weights and nurtures his creative side by writing lyrics and rhymes to a hip hop beat.


Harry Reich

Chairman | Retired

Harry Reich remains active as an advisor to our teams. He is an avid sailor/racer and stays connected to the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association.


David Reich

Director


Peter Reich

Director

Peter enjoys developing opportunities with his creative brother-partner, David. He also derives great satisfaction in watching each team member find their place in the company story and then growing with them. Peter and his wife have three girls, one at SMU in Texas, one at OleMiss, and one in high school. He enjoys racing/sailing and bonefishing with flyrods with David, and well digs in Sudan. Rumor has it, that as a boy, Peter made town history by getting his first speeding ticket - on a bicycle!


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