Meet the Team

Sales Team

Each Sales Manager represents all of the plants and forging, heat treating and machining capabilities of the full IMT Forge Group.

Lori Brown   phoneimg 1-(217)-621-5306

Sales Manager

Working from Champaign, Illinois, with over 6 years of forge sales experience, Lori serves as the link between IMT Forge Groups’ various disciplines and customers. This includes a focus on advancing a global understanding of the steel forging industry for the benefit of customers.

Market segments: Aero (Civil and Defense), Military and Defense (US), Auto Racing industry

Syl Demers  phoneimg 1-(905)-714-5554

Sales Manager

For over 25 years in the forging industry, based out of Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada Syl has interacted with customers throughout North America to develop and maintain valuable partnerships resulting in favorable customer satisfaction.  As a Certified Profession Purchaser from PMAC (Purchasing Management Association of Canada) Syl is an expert in understanding and solving the many challenges each customer faces resulting and a steady supply of quality custom closed die and upset forgings

Market segments: Oil field equipment, Oil & Gas, Exploration, Transmission, Refining and Distribution, Offshore (Canada), Military and Defense (Canada), Heavy Truck and trailer

Mike Sonnenberg    phoneimg 1-(905)-714-6333

Sales Manager

Located in Welland, Ontario, Canada, Mike has spent most of his career in the forging industry having joined PC Forge shortly after graduation as an outside sales representative and then joining Welland Forge in 2003 as Sales Manager. Mike graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Business.

Market segment: Heavy trucks, trailers, trucking , truck suspension system

Joe Jones   phoneimg 1-(815)-315-3930

VP Sales 

Based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Joe serves as a link between IMT Forge Groups’ internal engineering, customer service and inside sales and our external customers and manufactures representative network.

With 20+ years of manufacturing knowledge, Joe is analytical and results-oriented, with extensive experience in manufacturing operations, sales, business development, project management, custom engineering, automation technology, contract negotiations, and customer service. Joe holds a BSEE degree and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Market segments: Oil field equipment, Oil & Gas, Exploration, Transmission, Refining and Distribution, Offshore (US), Mining

IMT Forge Group Management

Bruce Wylie


Bruce is a proven strategic and operational leader. Prior to joining IMT in April 2011, Bruce held key management and Board positions with a variety of growth companies for over 20 years. Starting his career with Ernst & Young, a global tax and financial services firm, Bruce moved into management roles with financial institutions such as BMO Capital Corporation, a subsidiary of one of the largest banks in Canada, and with operating companies such as a large open die forging company with plants in Canada and the United States. He has been a board of directors member for over 15 private companies, 3 public companies and 2 not-for-profit organizations. Additionally, Bruce is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator.

Bud Kinney

VP Innovation & Development

Bud has extensive experience in forging operations, engineering, and sales.  A degreed mechanical engineer with over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, Bud’s responsibilities include leading innovation and related business development for the IMT Forge companies working to strengthen the position of the IMT Forge in the marketplace.

Jason Ray

General Manager, Clifford-Jacobs Forging, Champaign, Illinois

A Military Veteran, Jason gained is fundamental manufacturing education while serving in the US Air Force.  Jason’s forge operations experience includes both estimating and design engineering and following  several years on the sales team as a manager, in 2003  was promoted to Vice President of Sales for Clifford-Jacobs and in 2008 Corporate VP of Forge Group Sales.   Since 2012 Jason has been General Manager of Clifford-Jacobs Forging and uses his extensive experience to lead continuous improvement throughout the company while holding a leadership role on the Forge Group team.

Dave Thibeau

General Manager, PC Forge, Port Colborne, Ontario

Dave completed his mechanical engineering studies in 1997, after which he immediately was hired by a Tier 1 automotive supplier in the Niagara region. During his 16 year career there, he held many roles at several of their locations including Process / Engineering Manager, Quality / Maintenance Manager and Six Sigma Blackbelt. Dave started with IMT Forge in 2010 as a CI Manager at Welland Forge with a mandate to improve quality and drive down costs. A year later Dave was promoted to General Manager where he managed and had the responsibility for the P&L and day to day operations. In 2017 Dave joined our Port Colborne location as GM.

Shane Smith

General Manager, Welland Forge, Welland, Ontario

After developing his knowledge base in automotive related manufacturing, Shane joined Welland forge in April 2006, as President/General Manager and Owner at Welland Forge. In 2011 when Welland Forge was purchased by IMT, Shane moved into the role of Business Development for the IMT Forge Group and now is bringing his expertise to PC forge where he is General Manager. Shane graduated from Brock University having completed a business and marketing degree.

Lisa Cefaratti

Director of Finance, Welland, Ontario

Lisa is a Chartered Professional Accountant with 18 years in a variety of steel related industries. Prior to joining IMT Forge in 2016, Lisa had previously served as the CFO for a multinational Abrasives company and spent 13 years as Controller for a manufacturer in the Pressure Vessel industry.

In her current position Lisa overseas reporting, credit and collections and systems and process improvements related to costing and reporting.