Ronnie Leonard, CEO and President of Balco, Inc. began her career with Balco in 1996 as Chief Financial Officer. Ronnie was CFO for 16 years before being promoted to CEO in 2012. She is a graduate of Wichita State University and worked as a CPA with Baird, Kurtz & Dobson and as Controller for National Plastics Color. Ronnie is experienced in leadership as well as a hands on participant in all company operations from production to finance and executive management. She is active in the Wichita community and the Chamber of Commerce and many local charitable organizations. Ronnie holds Board of Director positions at Balco, Inc., Wichita State University Fairy Godmothers, Kansas Global Trade Services and is Treasurer of the Ninnescah Sailing Association.
Steve Cooper, Vice President of Sales and Marketing is now in his second nonconsecutive term working at Balco. He worked in the manufacturing facility and the drafting and design departments for 9 years before graduating from the Oklahoma State University School of Engineering in 1994 then managing the engineering and sales at 2 architectural products companies located in Atlanta for 15 years. He returned to Balco in 2010 to manage sales and marketing for Balco’s domestic and International markets. Steve holds Board of Director positions for Balco. Inc., The World Trade Council, and is the treasurer for his HOA. Steve is a mentor for Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas and a Regional Export Planning Team Member for the Wichita-South Central Kansas Regional Export Plan – Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase.
Susan Anderson joined Balco in 2013 as Controller and manager of financial operations including AR, AP, HR, Purchasing and IT. She is a graduate of Wichita State University and has worked as Controller at Unirex, Inc. for 24 years prior to coming to Balco. She brings experience with financial operations, business administration and Enterprise Resource Management. Susan is an active volunteer at Central Christian church and enjoys working on the Love Wichita campaign each year.
Jim Geer is the Senior Manager of Inside Sales. He started his career at Balco in 1987. Jim has managed Technical Services, Drafting, Customer Service and Inside Sales during his time at Balco. Jim is a hands on Manager maintaining sales territories of his own as well as managing Domestic Sales, International Sales, Website Inquiries, and Major Accounts through his employees.
John Harder is the Senior Manager of Quality and Engineering Services. Since joining Balco in 2002, John has provided architectural support and technical services including 8 years managing our drafting department. John currently oversees product research and development, our technical support services and our quality program including our ISO business management system.
Tom Shupe is the Senior Manager of Manufacturing Operations. Tom started his career as a welder at Balco and has over 30 years of manufacturing experience in our Oklahoma City Plant. Tom oversees Manufacturing operations at all Balco facilities. Tom developed a master scheduling system to coordinate the workflow through our shops while maintain on time deliveries and top quality products.