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Industrial PVF and Technical

Robb Augustin
Inside Sales Manager

Robb started his 36 year career in our industry as a high school student working part-time in our warehouse. His biggest mentor was his father, Bruce, who was our senior industrial salesman for many years. Robb's intelligence and product aptitude became evident, early on, and he progressed from warehouseman and driver, to counter sales, to inside plumbing sales, and finally, to inside industrial PVF and technical sales. Along the way, he earned the respect of customers and his peers at United. He is fully capable of addressing any product application for which we have a product.

Continuing education courses include: “How To Lead & Motivate People” (UW-Madison); “Distributor Management For The 90's” (Texas A&M); and, “Financial Accounting For Executives” (Fox Valley Technical School). Factory product training includes: American Meter (natural gas meters, regulators/accessories), Anvil Gruvlok (grooved piping systems), Burnham (boilers), Sta-Rite (pumps), Gould (pumps), Red Jacket (pumps), Armstrong (pumps), Specialty Plastics (thermoplastic fittings & valves), Webster (pumps), Hellenbrand (water conditioning equipment), SSP (instrumentation fittings/valves), Miljoco (pressure gauges/thermometers), Penberthy (jet pumps, liquid level gages/valves, sight flow indicators, level switches/transmitters and boiler trim products), Wirsbo (piping systems), Honeywell (controls), A.O. Smith (water heaters), Lumaco (sanitary valves), Gemu (diaphragm valves), Wardflex (corrugated stainless steel tubing for natural gas—certified), Watts (automatic control valves) and Weldbend (weld fittings/valves).

Richard J. Chojnacki, CSCP
President/GM

Rick joined United in 1999 with a diverse background in management, supervision, quality control, logistics and process improvement. His knowledge of piping products and applications comes from hands-on experience with the U.S. Navy and previous employment at Wisconsin Electric’s Point Beach Nuclear Plant. Rick’s warehousing and inventory management experience frequently makes him our point man for situations involving Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI), shipping logistics and general problem resolution. He oversees the operation of United’s warehouse, and negotiates our Steamfitter and Teamster contracts.

Rick holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and is a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Association for Operations Management (APICS). He is involved in every aspect of our business, including our computer hardware, Eclipse operating system and software security. Rick’s knowledge of our overall operation makes him a valuable resource to meet any need. 

Product training includes:  American Meter (natural gas meters, regulators/accessories), Anvil Gruvlok (grooved piping systems), Armstrong (pumps), Milwaukee Valve (ball, butterfly, and multi-turn valves/actuators), SSP (instrumentation fittings/valves), Miljoco (pressure gauges/thermometers), Wardflex (corrugated stainless steel tubing for natural gas—certified), Watts (automatic control valves) and Weldbend (weld fittings/flanges).

Tom Hudson
VP-Sales
Industrial Division Manager

As a field sales representative with years of quality experience, working for valve and pipe fitting manufacturers, Tom is uniquely qualified to work closely with many of United's largest industrial and utility accounts. Duties include: sales of all flow control products; specification work with engineers on valves and steam traps; negotiation of inventory management programs; and, take-offs for projects. Prior to joining United in 1992, Tom worked for:  Stockham Valves & Fittings (territory rep), U-Brand (outside sales... “Outstanding Salesman”) and Worthington Industries (inside sales).

Tom holds a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown College, Georgetown KY. Post-college education includes: "Effective Speaking" (Dale Carnegie) and various American Society of Professional Engineers (ASPE) courses. Factory/product training includes: American Meter (meters, regulators/accessories), Anvil Gruvlok (grooved piping systems), Schlumberger (meters/regulators), Worthington Industries (metallurgy), Stockham Valves (pipe fittings, valves/actuators), Gestra (steam traps, check valves, pumps, control systems/control valves), Miljoco (gauges/thermometers), Penberthy (jet pumps, liquid level gages & valves, sight flow indicators, level switches and transmitters and boiler trim products), Wardflex (corrugated stainless steel tubing for natural gas—certified), Watts (automatic control valves) and Weldbend (weld fittings/flanges), as well as various other PVF seminars.  Tom is United’s PVF Delegate to Affiliated Distributors.

Scot Jaworski
Inside Sales

Scot joined our Industrial (PVF) division in 2001 to bolster our commercial PVF sales. He is well established in this market following solid earlier experience with Milwaukee Lead Works and Westburne Supply. Along the way, he worked in the warehouse and counter sales before moving to inside sales, where he has formed strong relationships with a number of leading mechanical contractors. In addition to PVF, Scot has a background in plumbing quotations, as well as many industrial products—enabling him to serve customers in any product/application area.    

Prior to entering our industry, he attended the University of Wisconsin-- Waukesha Extension. His product training includes: Anvil Gruvlok (grooved piping system), Milwaukee Valve (ball, butterfly and multi-turn valves/actuators), Nibco (fittings, valves/ actuators),  Spears (thermoplastic fittings, valves, and lab waste) SSP (instrumentation fittings/valves), Miljoco (gauges/thermometers), Watts (backflow prevention products and automatic control valves), Sterling Inc. (steam traps), Wardflex (corrugated stainless steel tubing for natural gas- certified), Ruud (water heaters), Hellenbrand (water softeners), Asco (solenoid valves) and Schier Products (grease interceptors, drains/carriers).

Brian Piekarski
Outside Industrial, Sanitary & Mechanical Sales

The recent addition of Brian to our sales team gives United unmatched Industrial and Sanitary PVF sales strength in Wisconsin. Brian brings 20 years of diverse application and product knowledge from a variety of previous roles at US Flow, Columbia Pipe, Dixon Sanitary and MRC Global. He is a problem solver and enjoys finding the correct solution to solve a customer’s problems, or to improve a process. Brian possesses a unique skill set with product knowledge of everything from O-rings to sanitary fittings and high-performance valves.

Brian studied Journalism at Marquette University, and has a BS in Marketing from University of Phoenix. He has completed many product training courses, including: Apollo Valve (ball, butterfly, gate, globe and actuation), Asco Valve (solenoid valves), Milwaukee Valve (ball, butterfly and multi-turn valves and actuators), Swagelok (instrumentation fittings & valves), Nibco (fittings and valves), Spirax Sarco (steam traps and pumps), Parker Hannifin (Seals), Victaulic (grooved fittings and valves), Watts (backflow prevention products), Kitz Valves (ball, butterfly and gate), Spears (thermoplastic fittings and valves), Xomox (butterfly valves), Cameron (trunnion ball valves), WKM (butterfly valves), Rotork (actuators), IFS (FRP pipe and fittings) and Wika (gauges).

Chip Roska
CEO
Tech Sales

Chip manages United's marketing & sales efforts. He joined the company in 1977, after several years as a public relations and advertising consultant. His career with United has evolved primarily through participation in United's Industrial and Technical Divisions, where he works closely with some of United’s larger industrial, utility and mechanical contractor customers.

He holds a BA in Journalism from Texas Christian University. Post-college education includes courses in:" Marketing & Sales Management" (University of Wisconsin), "SPC/Total Quality System" (Milwaukee Area Technical College), "Total Quality-- A Management Overview" (MRA Institute of Management), and various seminars through the American Supply Association (ASA) and the American Society of Quality Control (ASQC). Factory/product training includes: American Meter (meters, regulators/ accessories), Anvil Gruvlok (grooved piping systems), CDC Valve Company (severe service control valves), Contromatics (ball and high-performance butterfly valves, actuators), Gestra (steam traps, check valves, pumps, controls/control valves), Hammond quarter and multi-turn valves), Miljoco (pressure gauges/thermometers), Penberthy (jet pumps, liquid level gages & valves, sight flow indicators, level switches and transmitters and boiler trim products), Raymond Controls (actuators/controls), Ruud (water heaters), SSP (instrumentation fittings/valves), Stockham (pipe fittings and valves), Wardflex (corrugated stainless steel tubing for natural gas—certified), Watts (automatic control valves) and Weldbend (weld fittings/flanges).  Chip is a delegate to Affiliated Distributors and serves on A-D’s Marketing Committee.

Tony Sterry
Inside Sales

Tony joined us in 1999, after high school graduation—starting in the warehouse and quickly moving to the City Sales Counter. Tony’s father, Brett, had worked for us in the 90’s and was instrumental in bringing his son to us. Tony moved to Inside Industrial Sales in July of 2013, after demonstrating his product/application aptitude and customer service skills at the Counter. He is proving to be a quick study in the Industrial Division.

Tony recently completed factory training at SSP Fittings Company in Twinsburg, OH—a manufacturer of high quality instrumentation fittings, valves and tubing. He has also received in-house training in a wide variety of plumbing and PVF product lines.