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Colin Murphy, Simmons Knife & Saw

Colin Murphy - President/Owner - Onboard Since: 2011
Colin joined Simmons in 2011 as General Manager as well as the acting Director of Sales & Marketing.  He spent years learning Simmons’ customers and products as well as being mentored by his father-in-law and former owner, Bruce Gillilan.  In 2017, Colin and his wife, Kara, purchased Simmons from Kara’s parents, Bruce & Marta Gillilan.  Colin & Kara are now the fourth generation to own and operate Simmons.  On the personal side, Colin & Kara have twin sons who were born in 2007. Colin thoroughly enjoys coaching his sons in all sports that they play.  As a family, they enjoy sports, travel, reading, and just spending time together.  Colin grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and has the burden of being a die-hard fan of Cleveland’s continually struggling sports teams. But, as a true optimist, he always thinks that “this year will be the year!”

Wally Plywaczewski - Director of Manufacturing/ISO Management Representative - Onboard Since: 1997
Wally is responsible for all manufacturing related operations, along with administering the ISO quality management system. Wally has his BS degree from Millikin University and more recently earned his Master’s Degree.  He has been married for over 32 years with three adult children.  In his spare time Wally bowls on a league with his three kids and is an avid golfer trying to keep his handicap in the single digits and still awaiting his first hole in one.  Wally loves the rock band “The Who” and passionately cheers for the Bears, White Sox and Blackhawks.


Michele Kuper, Simmons Knife & Saw

Michele Kuper - Human Resources Manager - Onboard Since: 2000
As the Human Resources Manager, she may be biased, but claims Simmons employs some of the best people in the industry. With an average employee tenure of over 11 years, she has the pleasure every day of keeping these great folks happy & content. Her motto is “an organization that smiles together succeeds together! I believe that we have an environment here where people come to work and are energized, have fun, do great work, wow our customers and are proud of what we do!”. Michele loves pizza and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Wence Kedzior, Simmons Knife & Saw

Wence Kedzior – Controller – Onboard Since: 2013
Wence is responsible for Accounting/Finance at Simmons. He brings over 20 years of experience in  accounting, international accounting, business intelligence, financial planning and analysis to the Simmons team. Wence is married with two daughters and a son. He grew up in Chicago, as a die-hard Cub fan, he is hoping that the Cubs will win another the World Series in his life time. He spends most of his free time working out, playing softball, basketball and catching up with family and friends. Travelling with his wife and kids is always on top of the list when it comes to free time.

Erin O'Brien, Simmons Knife & Saw

Erin O'Brien - Director of Sales & Marketing - Onboard Since: 2002
Erin leads our domestic and international sales team and coordinates our marketing efforts, including our catalog, website and tradeshow appearances. Erin grew up in Iowa and enjoys cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes. She spends most of her free time catching up with family and friends. Erin loves to travel to new places and experience different cultures. You can often find her researching her next travel adventure. 

Scott Wallgren, Simmons Knife & Saw

Scott Wallgren - Regional Sales Manager - Midwest - Onboard Since: 1978

Scott is responsible for all sales activities in the Midwestern region.  Scott enjoys some quiet time through gardening and enjoys exercising whether it is through a routine workout or a long walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  His favorite spectator sport is football, both professional and college.  As a diehard Cub fan, he enjoys watching or listening to the now “World Champion Chicago Cubs”.  Scott has spent his life in the Chicago area.  He is married with three grown daughters, two of whom are married, and three grandsons.  Scott enjoys spending much of his time with his growing family.     


Warner Schuiling, International Sales Manager

Warner Schuiling - International Sales Manager - Onboard Since: 2018
Warner is responsible for Simmons’ international sales outside of the Americas. This includes Europe, Mid-East, Africa, Asia and Australia. Dutch by origin, he is stationed in Germany, in a lovely village called Bad Bentheim. He brings well over 20 years of experience in International Sales and Account Management, developing new business and markets for a wide variety of BtoB environments. Warner feels at home within production environments and in smaller specialized companies. He grew up within a broad international scope, attended American High School at the Jakarta International School (JIS, class of ‘85) and graduated from the Amsterdam Business School, majoring in International Business. Warner is father of 2 kids, who grow up with the same taste for travel. Besides work and his family, Warner loves sailing, his Italian cars and gardening. Warner is outgoing and sees the good things in life and people. He lives by "you do good, you get good".


Mike Kane, Regional Sales Manager

Mike Kane - Regional Sales Manager - Onboard Since: 2019

Mike is responsible for all sales activities in the East region.  When away from work, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children.  All 3 kids are heavily involved with sports and activities, which makes for busy nights and weekends.  When Mike has free time, you may find him watching the White Sox, binging a Netflix show, or reading a True Crime book.


Cody Staehely - Regional Sales Manager - Onboard Since: 2020

Cody is responsible for all sales activities in the West region. He received his bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. When not at work he enjoys spending time with family, playing and coaching Ice Hockey, and even though it's not his forte, he likes being on the golf course while trying to keep his score below triple digits. He's a big Blackhawks fan and Cubs fan through marriage.

Sarah Plywaczewski, Customer Service Representative

Sarah Plywaczewski - Inside Sales Representative - Onboard Since: 2019
Sarah helps ensure all of our customers' needs and requests are fulfilled in a fast and timely manner. She supports the East territory. Sarah has lived in the Western Suburbs for most of her life and has been a Cubs & Bears fan since she can remember. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, bowling, cooking and traveling.  When she isn’t doing those things, she’s either out for a walk or shopping.


Tasha Spencer - Customer Service Representative - Onboard Since: 2020

Tasha ensures that our customers are met with a prompt, knowledgeable, and friendly response when they contact Simmons.  She supports the West territory. Tasha currently resides in Glendale Heights, just a few short minutes from Simmons. She is married with 4 children.  In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and traveling.