Barbara J. Ehresman, Chairman/CEO

Barb_0040_72dpiBarbara started her Career with B&K  in Pontiac in 1992 with her husband Kenneth.  Barbara received her Degree in Computer Science in 1999 from Heartland Community College while being a full time mother and business owner.  Al ong with her Degree, Barbara has been responsible for steering B&K Technology Solutions Inc. into the emerging market of E-Scrap Collection and Processing since 2004.  Barb holds various Board Positions including the Illinois Recycling Association and the Livingston County Economic Development Council.

Kenneth D. Ehresman, President/COO

Kenneth started his Business Career in 1992 with B&K Technology Solutions as partial owner and operator after his 10 year Career in the US Armed Forces.  While in the military, Kenneth attended various electronic schools achieving such honorable mentions as distinguished graduate for academic performance.  Since returning to civilian life, Kenneth has held a wide range of Sales and Operations roles at both B&K as well as ATS in Peoria Il.  Kenneth brings 30+ years of IT and Electronics knowledge to ATR and has enabled ATR to become an Technology leader in Asset Recovery Services.

Steven (Buzz) Zeller, Director of Sales and Marketing

Steven “Buzz” Zeller joined ATR in April of 2014 as a Major Account Manager. Buzz recently retired from one of the world’s premier commercial printers, RR Donnelley and Sons Company, with over 37 years of service that began for him as a “part time job until he found something more permanent.” His last held position with RRD was Director of Global IT Procurement and Contract Management, having worked his way from a part time entry level worker to director. He brings with him extensive experience directing operations in manufacturing, IT procurement/compliance, large business acquisition strategies and IT services contract writing. Buzz also continues to own a successful IT technology services company which he started in 1998. He earned his degree in business administration from the Center for Degree Studies in Scranton, PA., and he holds technical certifications with CompTIA A+, Microsoft, Dell and HP. In addition to handling the day to day operations one of ATR’s major accounts, he has also assumed managing control for ATR’s Federal Government Contracts. Buzz resides in Pontiac with his wife of 30 years Shirley and their American Cocker Spaniel “Sophie”. Buzz enjoys spending time with his family, public speaking, and he is a diehard University of Illinois fan. He was honored 3 years ago to be the chosen as the first PA Announcer in the history of the Pontiac Holiday Basketball Tournament on its 80th Anniversary. Every holiday season he spends 3 days calling all 26 games on the annual tourney schedule, allowing him to see some of the best college and professional bound basketball talent in America.

Kenny Ehresman, Manager of Information Systems

Kenny Joined ATR in 2006 and has held various positions from I.T. Technical Positions to Site Operations.  Kenny has achieved CompTIA A+ certifications as well as other industry certifications such as Xerox and Dell.  Kenny is currently responsible for site operations at remote locations thorough  ATR’s remote collection/processing facilities.

Richard Spikes, Southeastern Regional General Manager

RickSpikes72dpi Rick joined the Advanced Technology Recycling (ATR) team as Southeast Regional General Manager in July of 2013.  For the previous 11 years, he worked with Swisslog Healthcare Solutions first as a Senior Field Service Engineer with the company’s Automated Material Transport Systems division and then as a Site Installation Manager with Swisslog’s Automated Drug Management Systems division.  In 2002, Rick retired after 20 years of service in the United States Army as a Chief Warrant Officer.  He served tours in the US, Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Germany, and 2 combat tours in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In 1997, Rick earned an Associate in Missile and Munitions Technology at Calhoun Community College.  Rick has been married for 29 years and he and his wife, Josie, have 2 daughters.

David Shears, Northeast Regional General Manager

David Shears joined ATR in September of 2014 as a Northeast Regional Business Manager. Before joining the ATR team, David spent 2 years working as a seasonal worker for the City of Grand Rapids in various departments such as the Treasurer Dept, Parks and Rec, and Housing. David spent 5 ½ years in the electronic recycling industry, and just recently spent 3 ½ years as a Director of Operations at Humane Society of West Michigan where he managed HR, Accounting, IT, Facilities and Customer Service.

David earned his Associates, Bachelors, and Master’s in Business Administration, all with honors.

David enjoys spending time with his three daughters (Kristi, Autumn, and Brandi) and his wife Amanda.  David plays basketball, football, and is a competitive bowler.

Maria Prindle, San Antonio Site Manager

Maria Prindle began her career with Advanced Technology Recycling in December of 2012 as an Asset Coordinator working in the Grand Rapids, MI location.  Prior to joining ATR Maria attended Grand rapids Community College graduating from their Computer Support Program.  Maria has been involved in the recycling industry since 2005, starting with volunteer work for a non-profit eWaste recycler.  She was later hired by that non-profit and worked as a technician/e-commerce employee and later was promoted to a director level managing 3 computer store locations for the non-profit.

Maria’s technical career started when she attended Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), in Grand Rapids Michigan.  Maria graduated in 2006 from their Computer Support Program.

Maria has been in the recycling industry since 2005,  starting out by volunteering for a non-profit  e-recycler.  Maria then was hired by that same company, and worked as a technician/e-commerce employee.  During this time she learned a lot, about computer and server hardware.  Working hard, she eventually became the manager of their Computer store.  The company then wanted to expand their operations by opening 2 additional stores. Maria eventually became the director of these 3 stores.

In the winter of 2010, Maria decided to move my career forward, by returning to school to receive her bachelors in Science. Maria attended Davenport University in Grand Rapids Michigan, working on my bachelor’s degree in network administration.   In the fall of 2012, Maria decided to further her career and seek other employment.

Maria and her husband Keith had always wanted to move south, particularly to Texas.   In 2012 ATR was looking for a site manager for their San Antonio location.  So ATR relocated me and my family to San Antonio, Texas.  Maria started at the new location as the Site’s Supervisor.  In November of 2014, Maria became the site’s Manager.

Maria reside in San Antonio Texas, with her husband Keith, her son and her daughter in law.  Maria & Keith were blessed the summer of 2014, with there first generation Texan grandson, his named is Emmet. Maria have 4 children, and a total of 9 grand children.  Each one of Children and grandchildren hold a very special piece of my heart.  Maria loves to spend time with her family, and loves to watch Michigan sports as well as the San Antonio Spurs.   Maria loves to stay active either by taking long walks, or an occasional bike ride.

Donna Comens, Human Resources Manager

Donna began her career with ATR in July of 2011 after a career in payroll installation and office administration.  Within a short time at ATR, Donna excelled in Outside Sales and the Asset Recovery Department.  Her remarkable success led her to four promotions, the latest, Human Resource Manager for all ATR locations.  Donna’s current responsibilities include all aspects of human resource management for our sites and employees, including writings and documentation control of H/R protocols, payroll, hiring and the daily safeguarding of ATR’s most valuable assets…Our Employees.  Donna currently resides in Pontiac, IL, with her husband Mike and their two dogs.

Dave Ehresman, Quality Assurance Manager

 David EhresmanDave joined ATR in 2005 on the ground level as a warehouse employee. He has helped to establish ATR as a premier asset recovery organization. During his tenure he’s worked his way through the ranks to his current position as Quality Assurance Manager. Dave is always looking for ways to expand his horizons and further educate himself. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 beautiful children.