Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Gosnell is the chief executive officer of Nelson Global Products, headquartered in Stoughton, WI. The firm is a portfolio company of Wind Point Partners, a private equity firm headquartered in Chicago, Ill.
Nelson Global Products successfully operates today as a strong product development and validation manufacturer and supplier with significant market and application knowledge. Nelson Global Products (NGP) works collaboratively with its customers to optimize product performance to exceed expectations for product reliability, durability, costs and availability. Its breadth of products -- combined with global manufacturing capabilities -- provides customers with integrated systems solutions.
He is a 35 year veteran management leader in the commercial vehicle industry, most recently as a senior executive with Rockwell Automotive and ArvinMeritor. He joined Rockwell in 1979 and his most recent position was president of ArvinMeritor’s Commercial Vehicle Systems business.
Gosnell holds a bachelor's degree in pre-law from Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, and a master's degree in business from Xavier University, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He serves on the board of directors of Phillips Industries, and on the board of governors of the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association. He has previously served on the boards of HDA Truck Pride, and the Heavy Duty Business Forum.
- 1979-2006 Rockwell Automotive / Meritor / ArvinMeritor (all same company) – served as President of Commercial Vehicle Systems Group from 2000-2006 – designed and manufactured drive train and undercarriage systems and components for the On & Off Highway CV industry (including axles, brakes, drivelines, transmissions, clutches, suspensions, exhaust solutions, and aftermarket). ~ 30 global locations and $4.5 billion annual sales – retired 2006
- 1972 graduate of Denison University (B.A) and 1986 graduate of Xavier University (M.B.A.)
U.S. Army 1972-1978
- On the Board of Phillips Industries, Santa Fe Springs, CA and former director of Heavy Duty America / Truck Pride
- Member of Heavy Duty Manufacturers’ Association and Heavy Duty Business Forum (past Board member of each)
- Advisor to Wind Point Partners (Chicago based private equity firm) from 2007-2010
- C.E.O. of Nelson Global Products from 2010 to present
Chief Financial Officer
Kris Radhakrishnan has significant experience as a finance executive with medium to large global companies both public and private equity owned and operating in multiple industries. Some of his prior experiences include CFO, American Achievement Corporation, CFO, Resolution Specialty Material, and CFO, Celanese Chemicals. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from University of Madras, India and an MBA from Northern Illinois University and is also a CPA.
Vice President, Operations
With over 25 years’ experience in the commercial truck market, Doug Dole is Vice President of Operations for Nelson Global Products. Previously, Dole served as senior director of ArvinMeritor’s Aftermarket - Asia Pacific. During his career at ArvinMeritor, he held a variety of management and supervisory positions in operations. Dole holds a bachelor’s degree from Kettering University (formerly GMI) and a master’s degree from Xavier University.
Vice President, Human Resources
Joe Freeman is Vice President of Human Resources for Nelson Global Products. He is responsible for providing strategic direction and focus in the areas of leadership, development, compensation, benefits, labor relations and, corporate human resources systems, and policies and practices. Previously, Freeman held management positions in both human resources and operations including: human resources director for a commercial/casualty insurance company; president of a sports marketing commercial printing operation; operations director for a commercial book printing operation, and management levels in human resources with ArvinMeritor’s Commercial Vehicle Systems. Freeman has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University. He is an Army veteran where he successfully completed Airborne School, Ranger School, Rotary-Winged Aviation School and Air Assault School and served as a combat aviator with the 101st Air Assault Division.
General Manager – Outdoor Power Equipment Markets
Kevin Stokstad serves as the General Manager of Outdoor Power Equipment markets for Nelson Global Products. He has over 16 years of OEM sales experience with Nelson Industries and Cummins, serving in various external customer facing roles including OEM customer service coordinator, OEM account manager, OEM sales manager, Six Sigma Black Belt, global director exhaust marketing and customer support excellence, and Director of OEM sales. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Management Information Systems (MIS) and emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a master’s degree from Edgewood College.
Vice President Business Integration and Information Technology
Sue Vanderbilt serves as the Director of Business Integration for Nelson Global Products. Previously, she worked for 18 years for a large diesel engine manufacturer in several different areas of finance and Six Sigma. She is a certified Master Black Belt, Black Belt, and Sponsor. She has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Six Sigma Quality Chairman's Award and the Functional Excellence Award. Vanderbilt holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Director of Engineering
As the Director of Engineering for Nelson Global Products, Schellin is dedicated to supporting his team of Project, Development, Design, and Customer Engineers in developing and integrating the products that Nelson's customers need today and in the future. Previously, he lead the development of exhaust aftertreatment design activities for a large diesel engine manufacturer. His background also includes roles in manufacturing engineering, operations, and purchasing. Schellin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
President Off-Highway Business and China Operations
Christopher Ober serves as the President of the three Peoria area companies, Morton Industries LLC, Bradley Services, Inc., and Peoria Tube Forming Corp.
Mr. Ober joined the company in 2008 as President of Morton Industries. Shortly after, he became part of an ownership group that purchased Morton Industries in 2009 and Bradley Services in 2010 where he continued to serve as President and COO. In 2011, he participated in the sale of Morton Industries and Bradley Services to Nelson Global Products, Inc. and added Peoria Tube Forming Corp. to his list of responsibilities as President.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ober held the positions of Plant Manager at The Brown Corporation of America’s Ionia, Michigan and Edgerton, Ohio facilities and Lacks Enterprises in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also served as Operations Manager of Benteler Automotive in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Production Manager of Ogihara America Corporation in Howell, Michigan and Birmingham, Alabama; and Area Manager at Detroit Diesel Corporation in Detroit, Michigan.
Mr. Ober has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Sergio L. Carvalho
President -On Highway Business and President of South America Operations
With over 37 years of experience in the heavy commercial vehicle markets, Sergio L. Carvalho is the President of the On-Highway Division as well as President of South America and China Business’. During his career he has successfully managed global business’ on the truck, bus, trailer, off-highway and military market segments and was a board member of several companies in N. America, S. America, Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining Nelson, Carvalho’ s served as President and CEO of AXN Heavy Duty, President and CEO of Fuwa Heavy Industries, President of Sypris Technologies, and Vice-President and General Manager of several divisions for Rockwell Automotive, ArvinMeritor and Meritor.
Carvalho holds a bachelor's degree in Physics from the Sao Paulo University, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
President – Water Works Manufacturing
Jim Shear is President of Water Works Manufacturing, Inc. Jim was a founding partner of Water Works Manufacturing. LLC which was recently acquired by Nelson Global Products. Water Works was founded in 2003 as a specialty fabricator that focused on the hydroforming market for non-automotive applications. Jim has over 25 years of experience in the steel fabrication business with extensive focus in developing new markets for new fabrication technologies such as hydroforming. Jim earned his B.A. in Economics from Carleton College.