Executive Team | Valmont Utility

Executive Team

Valmont® Utility Leadership



aaron schapper

Aaron Schapper
Group President | Utility


"Our breadth of knowledge, engineering and custom solutions make us engineered to perform with the capacity to deliver.”

Aaron joined Valmont Irrigation in 2011 as Vice President and General Manager of International Irrigation. He was responsible for sales, service, manufacturing, international product development, joint ventures, and acquisition opportunities. In 2015, Aaron's responsibilities grew to include overseeing the Global Engineering business unit for the Irrigation division. Aaron became Group President of Valmont Utility in October 2016.

Larry Price
VP & Group Controller | Global Utility


"In today’s business environment, the role of finance is more challenging, more important than ever. There is much to do, and I’m proud of our team’s ongoing efforts in support of the company’s strategies to help make a great company even greater.”

Larry joined Valmont in 2004 as the North America Utility Division Controller and Vice President upon the acquisition of Newmark. From 1996 to 2004, Larry served as Chief Financial Officer for Newmark. In 2014, Larry assumed the position of Group Controller and Vice President for Valmont Utility. Larry directs and oversees the group's finance and accounting team and has primary responsibility for planning and managing financial related activities of the group including financial reporting, accounting, costing, budgeting, forecasting, working capital management and internal controls.

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michael banat

Michael Banat
VP & GM | International


"We take pride in knowing that we are helping to provide power to the world.”

Michael began his career with Valmont Utility upon graduating from college in 1986. He held several positions in engineering and sales until his promotion to the Vice President of International Sales in 2002. In 2006, Michael became the Vice President and General Manager of International Utility. His responsibilities include new markets development and sales coverage for Valmont poles products around the globe.

Tim Kennedy
VP Human Resources | Global Utility


"At Valmont, our leaders help create an environment where our associates feel each day they truly are our most competitive asset.”

Tim joined Valmont Utility in March 2009 as the division Human Resource Director. He had responsibility for all areas related to human resources, including policy administration, labor law compliance, recruiting, succession planning, leadership development and training. Later, the addition of Division Safety was added to his responsibility. In October 2014, he was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources for Valmont Utility.

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chris colwell

Chris Colwell
VP Business Strategy & Commerce | Global Utility


"Our team is passionate about providing excellent results for our customers. Performance is what matters, and we strive to exceed expectations in everything we do!"

Chris joined Valmont Utility in March 2011. As Vice President of Business Strategy and Commerce, he is responsible for strategic planning, sales, marketing and business development for the division. Additionally, he is also responsible for product management, new product development, engineering, drafting and project management.

Ron Cochran
Senior Director of IT | Global Utility


“We leverage technology to create a competitive advantage in providing utility support structures to power the world.”

Ron joined Valmont in 2008 as Director of IT Applications. In 2013, Ron became Senior Director of IT for Valmont Utility. He is responsible for all aspects of information technology, business systems and engineering systems for the global reach of the Valmont Utility division.

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tom nord

Tom Nord
Director of Operational Excellence | Global Utility


“We provide value to our customers in the form of a quality product, delivered on time, with customer service that exceeds their expectations. Our customers know that when they need us, such as in times of disaster, we will quickly respond and be there for them.”

Tom joined Valmont in 2012 as Project Director for Valmont Utility. In June of 2013, he took on the additional responsibilities as General Manager of the Jasper, Tennessee, facility. In August of 2016, Tom became Director of Operational Excellence for Valmont Utility. His primary responsibilities are to further the enhancement of the division’s quality system, continued implementation of lean methodologies across all Utility sites and management of capital investments.

Ron Barnett
Director of Concrete | Global Utility


“We lead our industry with an unwavering pursuit to deliver value-added solutions - with a steadfast passion to understand and exceed our customers’ expectations.”

Ron Barnett began his career with Valmont in 2006 as Assistant General Manager for Bartow Concrete Pole Operations, and he transitioned to General Manager in 2009. In August of 2016, Ron became Director of Concrete for Valmont Utility. His responsibilities are to lead the concrete operations for the Valmont Utility division.

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