Leadership

Howard Heckes

Howard C. Heckes
CEO

A seasoned executive with a talent for growing businesses, Howard came to EMC from Valspar where he had total management responsibility for its $2.5 billion Industrial Coatings portfolio.

During his career, he moved extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe for executive, manufacturing and engineering management roles at Newell Rubbermaid, Bemrose Corporation and Square D Company.

Howard holds a Master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University.

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Megan Helling, CEO

Megan Helling
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

An entrepreneur not afraid to take risks and a skilled leader who embraces the challenges of a high growth company, Megan guides EMC’s financial success by managing EMC’s finance and sourcing departments and overseeing its information technology efforts, including enterprise resource planning.

Prior to EMC, Megan worked in the retail industry for L.S. Distributing and later co-founded discount tool business H&M Tool Company, which included retail and wholesale distribution. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business from Saint Mary's University.

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Bob Conley

Robert Conley
Director, Finance

After holding progressive roles in finance, Bob joined EMC in 2013 as Controller. In this role he leveraged his invaluable job costing expertise, financial acumen and management experience.

As EMC’s director of finance, Bob will oversee all areas of the Finance department including financial statements, job cost, cash flow and financial metrics reporting.

Prior to joining EMC, Bob spent seven years at Corval Group, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of St. Thomas.

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John Loheit, Director, Market Development

John Loheit
Director, Strategic Initiatives

An original EMC employee, John’s broad business background allowed him to oversee and support many parts of EMC’s business as it has grown.

In his Strategic Initiatives role, he will leverage his extensive experience with national utilities, EMC customers, partners and energy efficiency markets more broadly to research and support strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining EMC, John spent 19 years in sales, marketing and IT positions with Datacard Group. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.

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Russ Johnson

Russ Johnson
Chief Information Officer

With his extensive knowledge of Oracle ERP systems, IT consulting experience and software development expertise, Russ provides critical leadership for EMC’s IoT offerings and maximizes efficiencies and performance improvement within EMC’s business operations.

Previously, Russ worked as a management consulting director at KPMG where he led business intelligence and analytics implementations for large multi-national corporations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of Minnesota.

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Derek Johnson

Derek Johnson
Vice President, Sales

In his current role, Derek oversees the sales organization and incentive team. He began his career at EMC as a project auditor and later held project manager and sales manager positions. With a solid background in the lighting industry, Derek understands the complexities of our business and brings extensive customer experience, new business development and sales experience to the leadership team.

He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, in bio-based management and marketing.

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Eric Rydberg

Eric Rydberg
Director, Sales

A strategic planner with significant retail and sourcing experience, Eric puts his experience sourcing and buying all lighting and electrical equipment for Target to work at EMC providing national account leadership.

He has also demonstrated his LED lighting expertise as a conference speaker and television news program contributor. Eric holds a bachelor’s degree from Bethel University.

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Peter Fritz
Director, Sourcing

In this role, Peter drives efficiencies and cost savings for EMC customers by reducing material and labor costs while maintaining quality and strong vendor partnerships.

Previously, Peter was a global sourcing director at Target where he led large teams and provided strategic direction, drove negotiations and elevated the performance of vendors.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of St. Thomas with a major in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Economics.

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Andy Herring

Andy Herring
Vice President, Business Development

With a diverse background, including strategy development, real estate, private equity, legal and M&A, Andy develops new opportunities to fuel EMC’s growth.

He joined EMC after working with a local private equity firm in various roles focused on portfolio company growth. Prior to that he worked at Supervalu in leadership roles, including general manager of several divisions and a functional manager responsible for real estate, corporate development and legal. Andy holds a JD from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

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Shyla Allard

Shyla Allard
Vice President, HR and Marketing

With a wealth of experience in organizational development and marketing for companies of all sizes, Shyla combines a strong depth of knowledge of EMC’s culture and organization with her passion for employee engagement, communication and internal and external brand management.

In addition to running her own executive coaching and consulting business, Shyla has held management and marketing positions for companies including Datacard Group and Hewlett-Packard.

She holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor's degree from Iowa State University.

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Matt Mazzola
Director, Sales

With more than 20 years in the lighting industry, Matt is an experienced sales executive with a demonstrated history of working in the lighting, electrical and electronic manufacturing industry.

He has held leadership roles at Magnum Energy Solutions, LLC and Venture Lighting International, and in his current role will provide national account leadership. Matt holds a global business management degree from the University of Phoenix.

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Jon Soucoup

Jon Soucoup
Director, Customer Solutions

A seasoned EMC employee, Jon combines deep industry knowledge with strong process improvement experience to develop turnkey LED lighting and controls solutions for clients.

His team works closely with EMC’s Sales Team to promote collaboration and efficiency and enhance overall customer experience.

Jon holds a Bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville.

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