Executive Staff


President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gates  has been President and CEO of the Company since April 2009. He has held various executive management positions since joining the Company in 1994. From 1991 to October 1994 Mr. Gates served as Director of Operations, Electronics for the Microswitch Division of Honeywell Inc.  From 1982 to 1991, Mr. Gates held various engineering and management positions within the Microswitch Division.  Mr. Gates has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana.


Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Brett R. Larsen has been Executive Vice President of Administration, CFO, and Treasurer since July 2015. Previously, he served as Vice President of Finance and Controller from February 2010 to July 2015, and as Chief Financial Officer of FLSmidth Spokane, Inc. from December 2008 to February 22, 2010. From October 2005 through November 2008, Mr. Larsen served as Controller of Key Tronic Corporation. From May 2004 to October 2005, Mr. Larsen served as Manager of Financial Reporting of Key Tronic Corporation. From 2002 to May 2004, Mr. Larsen was an audit manager for the public accounting firm BDO Seidman, LLC. He also held various auditing and supervisory positions with Grant Thornton LLP from 1997 to 2002. Mr. Larsen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Public Accountant.


Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations

Mr. Burkhardt has been Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations of the company since August 1, 2010.  Prior to this, Mr. Burkhardt has served in a variety of Senior Management positions within the Company since 1989.  Before joining KeyTronicEMS, Mr. Burkhardt worked for House of Aluminum and Glass for 12 years where he was the plant manager.


Executive Vice President of Business Development

Mr. Hochberg has been Executive Vice President of Business Development of the company since July 2012.  From October 2009 to July 2012, Mr. Hochberg held the position of Vice President of Business Development.  He has held a number of number of Director level positions since joining the company in July 2000. Prior to joining KeyTronicEMS, Mr. Hochberg worked for Quinton Instrument Company as their Director of Marketing and Product Management from 1992 to 2000. From 1988 to 1992, he was employed by SpaceLabs Medical as their Business Development Marketing Manager. He has an MBA from the University of British Columbia, a BA Psychology, with a minor in Business from Washington University in St. Louis.


Vice President of Regulatory Affairs

Mr. Bostwick has been Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs since July 2008.  He joined the company in February 2006, where he has held a number of Director level positions. From 2003 to 2006 he was Director of Supply Chain Management and Quality for the Lancer Corporation and from 1998 to 2003, he was Vice President of Operations for Thermacore International. He is a graduate of the Westinghouse and General Electric - Engineering and Manufacturing Professional Development Programs.  He is certified in both Quality and Industrial Engineering and is a Lean – Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  He has a B.S. degree in Production and Operation and IE from Bowling Green State University and a Masters degree from Syracuse University. 


Vice President of Quality

Mr. Knaggs has been Vice President of Quality of the company since October 2016. Before joining KeyTronicEMS, Mr. Knaggs worked at Telect, Inc. from 2008 to 2016 as their Director of Engineering. Prior to that, he worked at Isothermal Systems Research as Lead Systems Engineer from 2003 to 2008. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Washington.


Vice President of Supply Chain

Mr. Crispigna has been Vice President of Supply Chain of the company since October 2011.  Prior to this, Mr. Crispigna held a variety of Materials and Supply Chain positions at Plexus Corporation since 1997, most recently serving as the Director – Supply Chain Solutions from 2005 - 2011. He has a Masters degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  Mr. Crispigna also is a C.P.M., and received his certification in Supply Chain Leadership from the University of Wisconsin.


Vice President of Program Management

Mr. Mackleit has been Vice President of Program Management since July 2012.  Prior to this, Mr. Mackleit served as Director of Program since July 2008.  From May 2006 to July 2008 he served as Principal Program Manager.  Prior to that, he served as Program Manager from March 2002 to May 2006 and Associate Program Manager from August 2000 to March 2002.  Mr. Mackleit has also held several other positions with Key Tronic Corporation.  Mr. Mackleit has an AA in Business from Spokane Falls Community College and a BA in Business/Marketing from Eastern Washington University.  He also holds a MBA from Gonzaga University.


Director of Engineering

Mr. Orebaugh has been Director of Engineering since May 2013. Prior to this, Mr. Orebaugh served as Manager of Engineering since April 2010. From January 2000 to April 2010 he served as Lead Mechanical Engineer. Prior to that, he served as Mechanical Engineer from October 1998 to January 2000 and Associate Mechanical Engineer since October 1997. Mr. Orebaugh holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University.