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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.

Dan Rauwald, Simmons Knife & Saw

Dan Rauwald - Director of Engineering – Onboard Since: 2014
Dan has responsibility for Engineering and Maintenance.  He is passionate about developing others, and Engineering being a support and solution provider to the company. Dan has a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and is a proud Badger.  He is Married with one daughter born in 2011.  In addition to spending time with his wife and daughter, Dan enjoys running, biking, water skiing, and fishing.  When he can’t get outside, he appreciates film, food, and home improvement projects.


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.

Marianne Dworak, Simmons Knife & Saw

Marianne Dworak - Customer Service Representative - Onboard Since: 2017
Marianne ensures that our customers are met with a prompt, knowledgeable, and friendly response when they contact Simmons.  She supports the Midwest and West territories. Marianne has spent her life in the Chicago area and lives in the western suburbs. She has two married children and 5 granddaughters under the age of 10. The girls keep her busy. She enjoys being with family and friends and loves to travel, experiencing new places. 

Jacqueline Rincon, Simmons Knife & Saw

Jackie Rincón - Customer Service Representative - Onboard Since: 2017
Jackie ensures that our customers are met with a prompt, knowledgeable, and friendly response when they contact Simmons. She is bi-lingual in Spanish and she supports the East and International territories. Jackie spends her evenings hanging out with her beautiful cat, Lucy and her boyfriend, Christian. She spends weekends at her parents’ house and loves watching food-tourism shows and animal documentaries on Netflix. During the warmer months, you can find Jackie outside, under a shady tree enjoying the breeze, making sure to never miss a summer sunset.

Greg Casciaro, Inside Sales Representative

Greg Casciaro - Inside Sales Representative - Onboard Since: 2018
Greg was born in Chicago, however he spent most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area. A former football player and graduate of UCLA, Greg is a die hard Bruins fan. But his real loyalties lie with the Bears, Bulls, Cubs and Blackhawks. He hopes to see the Bears win a Super Bowl in his lifetime. Greg enjoys exercising, watching movies, cooking and eating food and hanging out with family and friends.

Sarah Plywaczewski, Customer Service Representative

Sarah Plywaczewski - Customer Service 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.