Kendall Wilcox is one of the three founding members of APEC. Before APEC, he started his career on the family farm and also worked for more than 15 years in the feed industry at Hough Brothers Construction and Evans Industries. During his tenure he held numerous positions from heavy equipment maintenance to field welder, truck driver/special equipment transport and operator, purchasing agent and then on to management. During APEC’s infancy, he was the lone employee, working with limited funding for the first three months of the upstart process. Kendall filled the roles of Salesperson, Engineer, and Fabricator until APEC saw enough growth to start a partnership with his former sales, engineering, and manufacturing partners at Hough/Evans. This also allowed growth for more employees.
Now overseeing more than forty-five employees, he holds the roles of CEO and CFO, specializing in the general management of the company. Mr. Wilcox studied and obtained a Heavy Equipment Technology degree and a minor in Welding from Ferris State University. Since then he has taken several continuing education short courses in business management, finance, and exports and imports.
Terry Stemler is the President of APEC and one of three founding partners. He is involved in the design, sales, and implementation of both batch and continuous blending processes for the pet food, food, animal feed and powder and bulk solids industries for 27 years. He has written and continues to write articles for various trade magazines and textbooks related to liquid coating and optimizing of batch processes. Mr. Stemler is also a speaker and educator for various trade groups and colleges. Before founding APEC, he was a Systems Engineer and was responsible for the design and implementation of prototype industrial and consumer electronic products. He has a degree in computer science from MATC.
Garrett Billmire is one of the three founding partners at APEC. He is currently the company’s COO and also fills the roles of Salesperson, East Coast Service Manager and Electrical Engineering Manager. Garrett resides in Maryland with his family and takes care of APEC’s customers on the eastern seaboard. Garrett specializes in electrical engineering. He studied electrical engineering, business and marketing at the University of Maryland and Eisenhower College, respectively.
Hired in 1997, Dave began as a Project Engineer at APEC. Promoted to Sales Manager several years later, he also retained his duties as Project Engineer. He was promoted again to Engineering Manager while retaining all previous duties and began overseeing a staff of 15. After 5 years, he relinquished the Engineering Manager duties to VP of Sales to facilitate company growth. He is a yearly speaker at Texas A&M. Dave brings his extensive fabrication and engineering experience to each and every project in order to provide customers with the best solution possible. Dave maintains that “The customer is our lifeblood and I will do whatever it takes to make sure they are getting the best piece of equipment possible”.
Phil graduated from Texas A & M University in 1986 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He spent five years working for Cargill in their commercial feed yards in every phase of operation. Phil then went to Pioneer Flour Mills where he was responsible for the grain elevator, flour and corn mill, and managed a crew of about 15 people. His next job was with Cub Cadet and he became a Territory Manager, covering the Southern half of Texas. He joined APEC in 2010 as Sales Engineer. Phil has a great deal of feed mill experience in operations, maintenance, project planning, and safety.
Bob began his career at APEC in 1994 after an automobile accident in 1993 left him unable to continue his military career. Bob served eleven years in the United States Air Force before joining APEC as a field service technician. Since that time, he has climbed the ladder to Vice President of Customer Service. Bob spends a good chunk of his time on the road visiting customers’ locations to train operators and oversee equipment startups. With over 20 years of experience with APEC’s equipment and working directly with APEC’s customer base, Bob has recently joined the Sales Team and is handling equipment sales as well as the customer service aspect of his position.