About

The Mission

IEC Thermo’s mission is to responsibly bring commercial-scale sensibilities and capabilities to a market traditionally bound to small scale laboratories.

The People

IEC was formed by a number of industry leaders looking for new and better ways to apply technology for developing industries. We represent the culmination of over 50 years of experience as applied by some of the world’s leading companies in process equipment design. 

Walter Hawkins

President and Chief Engineer

He started with a large multi-national company where he worked on some of the largest dryer projects in the world, mostly for the mining and mineral processing industries. From there, he went on to a mid-size company and designed drying systems across a wide variety of applications from agriculture to waste reclamation to power generation. Several years ago, he founded IEC in order to provide the market with a smaller, more economical dryer that is custom built to each client’s exact needs.

Walt earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University.

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Brett Schnepf 

Business Development Manager and Partner

Brett brings more than 25 years of experience spanning many disciplines and business fields from cutting edge market research, Xbox’s founding and launch team, to working with companies in Washington State after i502 became law, legalizing recreational marijuana.

Brett integrates resource management, technology acquisition, sales and PR/marketing to provide clear solutions for critical tactical and strategic areas important for Hemp Farmers and Processors.

Peter Gottlick

Chief Operating Officer and Partner

Peter has more than 25 years successfully managing businesses. Before starting IEC Thermo with Walter Peter had already been managing CFG, Inc. his family owned industrial cutting fluid business for more than two decades. They have successfully dominated the specialty cutting and grinding fluids market by leading the industry in research and development and innovation. Peter has used that experience to guide IEC Thermo business operations since day one. Peter has cultivated amazing vendor relations that guarantee our equipment is manufactured in the U.S.A.

Peter received his BA in Marketing from Hillsdale College.  

Daniel (Dan) R. Collins

Operations and Production Manager

Prior to his time with IEC, Dan was a Detective for twenty-nine years with the Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Police Department.  For ten of those years, he was head of the local police union and handled labor contract negotiations and other labor/management issues.

From on-site management of construction and installation of equipment, to creation and management of product specification sheets, manuals and documentation, Dan works with customers to deliver the highest level of quality and results.

Dan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Madison

Brett earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Market Research from Iowa State University.

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Shawna Koch

Business Development Associate

Shawna works as IEC Thermo’s Business Development Associate. She comes from Washington state’s legal cannabis industry where her experience included administration and safety, as well as plant production management. Shawna was responsible for effectively managing the harvest, traceability, drying and curing of 120,000 sq. ft of plant canopy in constant production.

With this experience, Shawna brings insight and a passion for the industry to IEC Thermo. She understands the pace of the industry and is prepared to bring solutions to our clients. From customer service to system assembly, Shawna is committed to constant improvement.

Shawna was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii. She also sailed competitively for the UofH Sailing Team. Shawna still enjoys the water and outdoors and lives near Mt. Rainier National Park.

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Alfonso Delgadillo

Technical Support Engineer

Alfonso works as the Technical Support Engineer for IEC Thermo. Alfonso has been in Chemical Engineering for more than 5 years, most recently working in the cutting fluid industry providing custom solutions for a wide range of industrial clients. Now he is committed to improving our knowledge base through hands on learning and looking for ways to constantly improve the support we offer our clients.

Alfonso hopes to bring higher standards to the industry through standardization across production and processing. He is passionate about unlocking the potential of the plant and excited about helping others succeed in the industry.

Alfonso received his Chemical Engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Drew Bodeen

Technical Services Manager

Drew Bodeen has joined the IEC Thermo team as our Technical Services Manager. Drew brings 30 years experience from both the Information Technology and Visual Design disciplines, managing all types of projects. His work experience spans alliances with local businesses, visual support for the United States Army and IT expertise from the HealthCare industry.

From project management to custom visualizations, Drew works with clients to ensure that all projects exceeds expectations in a timely manner. His flexibility and technical understanding are invaluable in providing solutions to the problems our clients face as the industry expands.

Drew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from Iowa State University.

Matthew Clark

Compliance Consultant

Bringing more than 25 years of experience with the past five years encompassing all aspects of Washington state’s legal cannabis market Matthew easily navigates the complexity of regulations related to cannabis production.  From retail to large scale cannabis production he provides “how-to” implementation plans, trainings, and processes to ensure compliance and productivity as you work on organizing, administering, and staffing you cannabis operations. 

Prior to the cannabis industry, Matthew was a small business owner, code compliance officer and safety coordinator.  His background and experience in the public sector will provide clear, actionable solutions for farmers and processors staffing and organizational needs. 

Matthew studied U.S. History at Montana State University. Matthew also operates Think Happy Consulting, a firm focused on compliance and safety for the cannabis and hemp industry.

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