James W. Hawkins

CEO & Chairman

James W. Hawkins was named the sole owner of Kenall Manufacturing in December of 1986, following the retirement of his father, the late Kenneth R. Hawkins, founder and chairman of the board. Jim began his career with the company in 1969, working as a part-time employee during the summer months while at college.

Following his graduation from Harvard University in 1973, Jim Hawkins became the purchasing agent at Kenall, and four years later was named vice president of manufacturing. In 1983, he was named President of Kenall and three years later assumed sole ownership. Today, Jim remains CEO and Chairman of the company, following the appointment of Patrick Marry as President and COO in 2014.

Jim is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) where he has served on the Chicago section’s Board of Managers. He has been a member of numerous industry-related organizations, including the American Management Association, President’s Chapter; Midwest Industrial Management Association; National Association of Electrical Distributors; National Electrical Manufacturers Representatives Association and the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce.

Patrick J. Marry

President & COO

Patrick J. Marry was appointed President and COO of Kenall Manufacturing in March of 2014, bringing with him a wealth of experience in high-technology business management, product development, marketing and domestic and international manufacturing.

In the ensuing months, Patrick has helped solidify Kenall’s long-range strategic vision and growth objectives. In December of 2014, he oversaw Kenall’s relocation to a new corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kenosha, Wis. In his previous role, Patrick served as the Vice President of Product Development for Wistron Mobile Solutions, where he was responsible for managing product development and manufacturing for domestic and international companies in the highly competitive wireless smart phone marketplace.

Prior to joining Wistron Mobile, Patrick’s executive experience included CEO, senior vice president, vice president and director roles with Mitsubishi Wireless Communications, BlackBerry, Motorola, Firefly Mobile and Microcoating Technologies. He began his career as an engineer at Motorola, focused on semiconductor design and software development for the world’s first cellular phones; he later managed research and development for the company.

Patrick earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and received his MSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

William F. Hartwig

Exec VP, Finance

William F. Hartwig is currently the Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration at Kenall. In this position, he reports to the CEO & Chairman and is responsible for Finance, IT and Human Resources, as well as other administrative functions.

Since William joined Kenall in 1991 he has helped spearhead tremendous growth within the company; creating a very strong financial and operational base. William is currently working on expanding the business intelligence system so that Kenall can better understand and leverage its role in the US lighting market.

William has a BS in Accounting from Northern Illinois University and is a registered CPA in the state of Illinois.

Clifford J. Yahnke, PhD

Director, Clinical Affairs

Clifford J. Yahnke received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Physics from Northwestern University. He brings more than 20 years of photonics and healthcare experience in analytical instruments, medical devices and lighting to Kenall.

Most recently, Cliff has played a key role in the development of the Indigo-Clean™ product line. He recognized the opportunity harnessing 405 nm light can have in preventing Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) and, as Kenall’s Director of Clinical Affairs, has designed a Clinical Partners Program (CPP) to gather and present clinical data that supports the implementation of this revolutionary, new Indigo-Clean technology. Cliff collaborates with key industry professionals on a wide range of topics related to visible light disinfection, and oversees clinical trials and adoption of new products through the company’s Clinical Partners Program.

Previously, as Kenall’s Director of Business Development, Cliff’s insights into the benefits of LED lighting were translated into innovative new products in the healthcare environment. Under his direction, the development and commercialization of healthcare lighting products was driven by tapping market insights and understanding unmet customer needs and the challenges unique to healthcare lighting.

Prior to joining Kenall, Cliff was the Director of Medical Product Management responsible for commercializing photonics technologies related to infection control, wound care, light therapy and surgical theater lighting. Prior to that, he held a series of positions of increasing responsibility in healthcare, defense and telecommunications related to the commercialization of new products.

Scott Jackson

Sales Director, Indigo-Clean

Scott Jackson is a medical products sales leader with a proven track record of top performance for innovative, globally respected medical device corporations. Scott came to Indigo-Clean from Landauer, where he was a three-time National Sales Manager of the Year. He was also recognized as the top national sales leader for Microstar, a leading-edge technology product, for ten consecutive years. Prior to his work with Landauer, Scott held four increasingly responsible sales and management positions at Johnson & Johnson.

As Director of Sales and New Business Development for Indigo-Clean, Scott’s responsibilities include forecasting, lead generation, pipeline management, and sales force development, driving the growth of the Indigo-Clean business unit.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Connecticut.

Frank Gonzles

Director, Product Management

Frank Gonzales is the Director of Product Marketing at Kenall, where he is responsible for driving new product development by aligning product requirements with market demands. This includes go to market planning, communication of strategic product positioning, and training of internal teams. In this role Frank establishes product vision and the road map to commercialization.

Frank previously served as the Eastern region sales manager. Prior to joining Kenall, Frank held a succession of positions at Visa Lighting including project engineer, sales engineer, sales engineer manager and regional sales manager, where he managed an outside independent sales force of 30 agencies.

Frank is a graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society and a past president of its Milwaukee section.

Nate Heiking

Advanced Lighting Product Manager

Nate Heiking is an advanced lighting product manager at Kenall, responsible for management of Kenall’s LED and controls product portfolio.

Since joining the company in 2004 as a New Product Development Engineer, Nate developed Kenall’s first high-brightness white LED product family, Millenium FreeScale™ LED, launched in June 2006 and is influential in every LED product designed and engineered since that time. Other key development projects include Kenall’s Herculux™, Stratalume™ Connects Undercabinet, Millenium™ Square and, most recently, Indigo-Clean product lines. Nate has also been named on several Kenall utility patents.

Nate earned a BSME (mechanical engineering) in 2004 from Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA in 2009 from Keller Graduate School of Management. He has been an active member of the IES since 2009.

Joanne Cummins

Sr Marketing Manager

Joanne Cummins, Sr Marketing Manager, has held positions of increasing responsibility during her six-year tenure at Kenall. Initially hired as a Copywriter, Joanne was promoted to Marketing Manager in January of 2013; responsible for marketing communications, branding and public relations of all Kenall product segments. In October of 2016, Joanne was promoted to Senior Marketing Manager reporting directly to the Executive VP of Sales; responsible for all corporate and product marketing communications, branding and public relations.

Prior to joining Kenall, Joanne served as Marketing Manager and Director for small and mid-tier software providers; responsible for the development and execution of the company’s marketing strategy. Joanne has spearheaded three website builds and been involved with a variety of marketing initiatives, including crafting of brand identity, CRM implementation, oversight of VOC and SEO, and drip and nurture campaigns.

Joanne leads a team responsible for brand strategy and marketing communications supporting the commercialization of new lighting products in markets throughout the U.S., Canada and select countries abroad.

Heather Lowrey

Marketing Manager

Heather Lowrey is Kenall’s Marketing Manager for Healthcare, and is responsible for tapping into market insights and understanding unmet customer needs within the Healthcare space through extensive market research. She uses those insights to further develop campaign messaging, advertising, and new product development. Heather works closely with Kenall’s Sales and Engineering teams to bring these new products to market through trade shows, industry publications and various digital marketing initiatives.

Heather earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design. Her background includes Visual Communications at a Fortune 500 company, Lead Marketing and Design Associate for a non-profit trade association, and Marketing and Communications Manager for a global veterinary distributor. Recently, Heather was the Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist for a global motion feedback device manufacturer. In that position she was responsible for the brand development, communication plan and marketing strategy for all product launches, including digital and print campaigns, trade show marketing, lead generation, website development, and other customer focused initiatives.


Board of Advisors

Adam A. Boris

Adam Boris, Chairman of the Indigo-Clean Board, has more than 25 years of experience in leadership positions with Fortune 500 and high-growth technology companies; driving revenue growth, building strong cross-functional teams and bringing innovative technology to the marketplace.

From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Boris served as CEO of ICNet Systems’ North American subsidiary, accountable for its market penetration strategy, sales plan, operations management and customer support. During his tenure there, Adam became an evangelist for patient safety and infection prevention. Prior to joining ICNet, Mr. Boris served in senior executive positions in Fortune 500 technology companies (Motorola, Ameritech Cellular, Northrop).

In 2012, Boris was elected to the Board of Trustees for Norwegian American Hospital, a 250-bed community hospital on Chicago’s west side. He also serves on the Reagents Awards Committee for the Chicago Healthcare Executives Forum and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and its CEO Circle.

Mr. Boris received his undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

Bill Hercules

Bill Hercules has planned and executed work for healthcare clients totaling more than 14.8 million sq ft with a total present construction value of more than $4.8 billion. Bill also sustains demonstrable, results-oriented, national leadership in healthcare architecture, and purposefully leads healthcare executives to think deeply about their mission of community health and better care delivery through design.

Having led successful healthcare architectural office practices in prominent international, national, and regional firms, Bill foundedWJH, a professional design alliance, which draws on his significant national network and focuses on connecting the larger questions of missional health, facility performance, and occupant experience by using design thinking to build bridges from past models into an exciting future.

A Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the American College of Healthcare Architects, he is one of only 47 living dual Fellows, placing him in the top 0.05% of architects in the U.S. He will serve as the 2018 President of ACHA’s Board of Regents, the national certification body for the practice of healthcare architecture. He is regular faculty and an active member within the American College of Healthcare Executives, and had initiated inter-organizational educational initiatives between the ACHA and the ACHE. Bill currently holds key national, state, and local leadership positions with various professional and community organizations, and has written, spoken and juried projects around matters of healthcare architecture.

Robert Zasa

Bob Zasa’s dedication to ambulatory surgery is rooted in hospital administration. With a graduate degree in hospital/health administration from University of AL Birmingham and a graduate program in marketing at the University of CA Los Angeles, he entered the field as an administrator for the Ochsner Clinic New Orleans. He operated a 552-bed hospital For Brookwood Medical Center Birmingham, participated in the founding and public offering of Alternate Corp., was a VP of American Medical International and COO of AMI Ambulatory Centers.

Bob founded Premier Ambulatory Systems, which owned and operated 15 ASCs, amassed $35 million in earnings, and was ranked 6th nationally for growth with Bob cited as CEO of one of the 500 fastest growing companies. He then co-founded Ambulatory Systems Development—reorganized in 2009 as ASD Management—and now recognized among the most successful private ASC firms.

Bob is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives, as well as a renowned author, lecturer, academic advisor and professor.

Steve Schria

Steve Shira,President & Chief Executive Officer at LiquiTech, for more than 25 years, has been on the cutting edge of providing sustainable technologies that meet the highest environmental standards for public health and patient safety, resulting in a reduction of clinical treatment costs, as well as utility and energy costs.

Steve is also the Managing Director of Terra Marra International and a member of the advisory board of Hatenboer Water Treatment International (Netherlands).

Steve is an active member of many national and international organizations and committees, including:

The European Union’s Biocidal Copper Task Force
The North American Silver Task Force
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control
The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
The American College of Healthcare Executives
The Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (RID)
The Global Water Council
The NSF P376 Filtration Certification Committee

Most recently, Steve helped establish the Global Alliance for Patient and Public Safety, a not-for-profit advocacy organization. Alternate Corp., was a VP of American Medical International and COO of AMI Ambulatory Centers.