Managing a business comes naturally to co-owner Don Munro, as his leadership skills were apparent even at an early age. Don has an innate gift for building relationships and encouraging others to do their best, which exemplifies his sincere concern for other people. In addition, he has a exceptional ability for making those around him feel important, valued and appreciated.
Don studied at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL and earned a B.A. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, with electives in Mechanical Engineering. He became certified by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) as a Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT).After graduating from college, Don began working at a small injection molding company designing and programing CNC machines, along with managing the overall projects. A few years later, he accepted a job as a Tool Engineer for a large corporation and was soon promoted to the Engineering Supervisor. Not long after, his hard work earned him a position as the Engineering Manager in their upper-level management. Don has the experience and the skills to lead small and very large engineering projects. In 2011,the plant where Don worked closed and was relocated out of state. Don decided to go into a business partnership and began forming what is now MVB Improvements.
Outside of work, Don spends time at Riverside Church where he is a member. In the summer, he can most often be found hanging out on a ski boat at the lake with his wife and three kids. Don is also a competitive water skier. During the cold Michigan winters, he enjoys snow skiing and snowmobiling with his family.
Co-owner Andre Verleum’s experience and expertise go far beyond his mechanical engineer degree. He started working in Woerden, Netherlands, his home country, in 1982.He began in the tool shop, running the lathe and CNC mill, and later he moved to the automation department. He managed the manufacturing department for a company in the Netherlands before moving to the United States in 2003 to accept a process engineeringposition for a large corporation. A few years later, he was promoted to the Engineering Supervisor, In 2011,after the plant where he worked closed, Andre decided to form a business partnership. Thus was the beginning of MVB Improvements.
Over the years, Andre has acquired extensive knowledge of Omron controls, Allen Bradley controls, Siemens controls, Fanuc robots and Epson robots. Not only is he an expert in electrical and mechanical design, but he is also able to build those designs- a unique quality that truly sets him apart.
Outside of work, Andre loves spending time with his wife and two teenage children. He enjoys being involved with school sports and is an avid soccer fan. And somehow in it all, he finds time to work on another one of his interests-home improvements.
Andrew Bratton works very well with other people and new ideas, and his no-problem attitude brings success to and collaborative effort.
In May of 2011, Andrew graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a B.S. in small business/Entrepreneurship, with completed course requirements for SolidWorks. In his Junior and Senior year, he entered an apprenticeship program in the automotive industry where he was trained to design gaging in ACAD 2D and learned basic mechanical functionality after earning a job as a mechanical designer in the printing industry, Andrew gained valuable experience and knowledge in all facets of automated machinery, as well as becoming proficient in SolidWorks 3D. Valuing research and detail, Andrew is very thorough on speaking out concepts and making then come to life. He excels in taking an idea and expanding it beyond just average or acceptable.
Outside work, Andy is an avid fishermen, enjoys anything to do with the lake. He also likes to spend time playing his guitar and collecting music.
Leroy Hall’s can-do attitude greatly increases his already extensive electrical knowledge and experience. He is known for his ability to troubleshoot problems and to simply “make things work.”
Leroy’s training began at a high school in Portsmouth, Ohio, were he spent his junior and senior year working at a vocational school for electricity. From there, he obtained a job in an aluminum foundry in 1986, where he gained valuable knowledge in plumbing, welding, and electrical. He worked in the foundry over twelve years before taking a position as a machine repairman for a large corporation in 1999. A few years later, Leroy began studying and taking classes in addition to working full time, in order to achieve his journeyman card in machine repair, which he earned in 2005. After the plant closed in 2011, he was quickly acquired by MVB. Now at MVB Leroy is the top dog for engineering technician. He makes art out of the electrical panels he works on.
Away from work, Leroy likes to spend time with his daughter. He also enjoys fishing, hunting and is a big fan of NASCAR racing. Riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle is another thing he loves to do.
In addition to being a talented race car driver, Eric McGlothlen is a very knowledgeable in mechanics. He has the ability to make things work and is a great problem solver.
Eric studied for a year at the University of Northwestern Ohio before transferring to Kalamazoo Valley Community College where he earned an associates degree in Applied Science. He also achieved several automotive certificates. Growing up in a racing family, Eric gained valuable skills in sheet metal work and machining engines. Currently, he is cross trained for MVB from building machines, welding frames, plumbing up pneumatics to being currently focused on CNC programming and milling.
When not working, Eric’s interests include racing, racing… and more racing. He is a sought after adviser for stock car setups. Eric’s parents live in the area, and his family is known throughout the racing community.
Tom Rifenberg has a good personality and good work ethic. He is the one to never say no, and get the job done.
Tom grew up with farming, he learned at a young age to operate farm equipment and tractors. He got his associates degree in machine tool technology; he is currently enrolled at Kalamazoo Valley Community College to further his degree. Here at MVB tom works on CAM programing.
Outside of work Tom likes to hang out with his friends and family. During the winter he likes to snowmobile, snowboard and ski. He also likes to play with his jeep in his spare time.
A friendly smile and a candid personality are two notable characteristics of Hanneke Verleum. Always looking for an opportunity to help out, she can also be described as a leader, an organizer and a hard worker.
Hanneke began working at a large international corporation in Montfoort, The Netherlands. She started out as an assembly worker and quickly worked her way up to shift leader, specializing in quality training for the Netherlands doing office administration. Through her administration and business experience, she learned proficiency in accounts payable and receivable, invoicing and payroll, all of which is very useful in her current job as the office manager for MVB. She is dedicated to her work to doing it right and doing it well.
Away from her business responsibilities, Hanneke devotes her attention to her husband and two kids. She is passionate about horses and enjoys going to horse shows. A talented seamstress, Hanneke has made intricately beautiful horse show outfits for her daughter’s competitive horse shows. Hanneke is also very involved in her son’s numerous soccer practices and soccer games. After running her kids around, she loves to relax at home with her family and three dogs.