Extending Equipment Life Since 1983
Des-Case serves its customers with leading, innovative products and services that enhance equipment reliability and increase profitability.
Des-Case products extend the life of industrial lubricants by preventing contamination with desiccant breathers, removing contaminants with filtration systems, and detecting lubricant problems with visual oil analysis.
Des-Case Corporation was founded in 1983 to provide the lubricant industry with innovative solutions to extend oil and equipment life. The original breather was the brainchild of the Company founder, Jim Waller, who responded to the request of an engineer at a major oil company looking for a way to enhance the performance and longevity of his products. As a filtration engineer by trade, Jim’s entrepreneurial spirit took hold with this opportunity and the breather was created and put into production.…
In 1996, further expansion was necessary and Des-Case moved into a manufacturing and distribution center in White House, Tennessee. Sales growth warranted a second expansion in 1997 and the Company doubled its capacity. One year later, Des-Case Europe was founded in 1998 to manage growing distribution partners in the EU. With both a growing international presence as well as the addition of subsequent product lines, the business continued to flourish, eventually warranting another move in 2007 to a larger facility in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The Company’s initial product offerings have been steadily enhanced throughout the years, as well as expanded upon by complementary product and service offerings.
In late 2013, Pfingsten Partners, a private equity firm, invested in Des-Case Corporation. A highly successful partnership ensued between both entities for almost three years. Mid-year 2016, Industrial Growth Partners (IGP), also a private equity firm, invested in Des-Case, bringing the organization into its portfolio of companies operating in the middle market manufacturing sector.
For more than 30 years, the Company has enjoyed an excellent reputation for its products and service quality, dependability, and business integrity. Des-Case holds patents in the airflow design of breathers with technology that has yet to be surpassed in the marketplace.
President & CEO
Brian has championed the innovative vision and brand of Des-Case for 17 years. His positive and collaborative leadership style has fostered a strong, synergistic culture and has helped build the company into the leading manufacturer of contamination control products. Brian sets and leads the strong strategic plan that is delivering results today, while positioning Des-Case for future growth.
Brian also oversees the day-to-day operations of the company and continues to build on strategic partnerships with global distribution networks, OEMs, and key business decision-makers. Brian joined Des-Case as General Manager in 1997, became President in 2005, and was named CEO in 2011.
Prior to Des-Case, Brian was an Account Manager with Aetna Investment Services (now ING) and the Marketing Director of Reliable Racing Supply. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve from 1988 to 2001 and held the rank of Captain. He holds an MBA from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Siena College.
Chief Financial Officer
Jacques Cartier leads all aspects of both the accounting and finance function at Des Case Corporation. Before joining Des-Case, Jacques has over 20 years’ experience; leading the finance and accounting function and leading organizations on senior management teams.
More recently, he was CFO of a fast-growing privately held engineering, procure and construction firm in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that he spent 17 years at the Mars company holding various divisional CFO roles, specifically Wrigley Spain, Wrigley US, and Mars Petcare Private Label Division. Jacques holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University, earned an MBA with a concentration in international business and IT from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Management, and a CPA (inactive).
He enjoys the outdoors; an accomplished competitive cyclist and the 2016 40-44 age group Nashville’s Rock n Roll half marathon winner.
Mark Barnes, CMRP
VP Business Development
Mark Barnes leads the company’s reliability services team, which helps customers identify opportunities for improvements to their industrial lubrication programs through training and professional consulting engagements. Prior to joining Des-Case, Mark was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Services, for Noria Corporation.
Mark has 21 years of experience in the fields of lubrication management, oil analysis, and contamination control, has published more than 150 technical articles and white papers, and is an invited speaker at conferences around the globe. His former clients include Chevron, DuPont, Alcoa, ExxonMobil, Goodyear, Cargill, International Paper, and the U.S. Army. Mark holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP).
VP, Marketing & Connected Solutions
Stephanie Schaffer leads the marketing team at Des-Case Corporation, creating demand for the global portfolio of solutions through lubrication best practices awareness. Working closely with the Company’s leadership team, she is a part of driving and communicating the corporate, branding and go-to-market strategies, as well as the customer experience. Stephanie also leads the company’s reliability services team, which helps customers identify opportunities for improvements to their industrial lubrication programs through training and professional consulting engagements. She joined Des-Case in 2010 as a product manager and was promoted to Director of Product Management in 2012, Director of Marketing in 2014 and VP of Marketing & Strategy in 2017.
Stephanie has experience in both B2B and B2C companies. Prior to Des-Case she served as Business Development and Marketing Manager for Tandel Systems – a supplier of engineering and technical recruiting services in the aerospace, defense and government sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with minors in marketing and management from the University of South Florida.
VP, Research & Development
Jon Haworth leads Des-Case’s research and development group. His team is responsible for the organization’s global product strategy and new product development process.
He joined Des-Case as a Product Development Engineer in 2002 and has designed many of the company’s product lines. Prior to Des-Case, Jon worked with the propulsion wind tunnel group at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tenn., the largest ground aerospace testing facility in the world. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and earned an MBA with a focus on international studies from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. Jon is fluent in both English and Portuguese.
SVP Sales EMEA & APAC
Gerben has more than 30 years of experience in the field of hydraulics. Graduated as a marine engineer and served several years as an engineer in the merchant navy. After sea time, he joined MacGregor – Navire, a world leader in marine cargo access equipment as a guarantee / commissioning engineer for the APAC region and was based in Australia.
In 1990 he joined Koppen & Lethem in the Netherlands as a sales engineer for hydraulic systems and components. In 1991 he started RMF Systems with the development of the first filtration products under the brand name RMF. Koppen & Lethem was acquired by Doedijns in 2006. After this acquisition, the product portfolio extended and RMF System portrayed as an individual brand within the Doedijns group.
Currently, Gerben is SVP Sales EMEA & APAC and is responsible for all commercial and operational business for those two regions.
VP, Operations & Administration
Tony is responsible for driving both strategic planning and execution in operations at Des-Case Corporation with the support of talented teams in Production, Supply Chain, Engineering, and Logistics. Working closely with the Company’s leadership team since 2010, he has been involved in a range of human resources activities focused on recruitment, performance, and continuous improvement initiatives. He also leads Des-Case IT activities in the organization.
Prior to joining Des-Case in 2010, Tony served as the corporate Director of Human Resources with J. Alexander’s Corporation. His collective management experience exceeds 20 years, and it has included a broad range of leadership activities focused on HR, customer service, training, and leadership development.
He holds a Master of Science in Management from Trevecca Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management from MidAmerica Nazarene University. In 2006, he was honored to receive the designation of “Honorary Faculty Member” from The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University.
Tony is an ordained minister with Calvary Chapel Association; volunteering as an assisting pastor at Calvary Chapel in Goodlettsville, TN. He also serves on the board of directors of a commercial enterprise in the Nashville area. His civic engagements include service on the board of the Goodlettsville Chamber Foundation and Chair of the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission.
VP Connected Sales
VP Sales, EMEA
VP Sales, APAC
Director Strategic Channel Partners
Director of Americas Business Development
Director of Filtration Business Development
Director of Product Management
Jay Cooper works with the company’s leadership team in managing & executing the global product strategy and product development pipeline.
He joined Des-Case as a Supply Chain Specialist in 2011 and was promoted to Sourcing Specialist in 2015, Technical Product Manager in 2017 and Director of Product Management in 2020. In his tenure with Des-Case, he has helped lead many of the product launches and product development projects. Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management & Economics, with a minor in Accounting from Muskingum University.
Director of Engineering & Quality | PMP
Keith leads the Product Engineering and Quality Departments at Des-Case USA operations. His product engineering support includes product development implementation, value engineering, change management and ongoing team project work with both production and supply chain. Along with a talented group of individuals in the engineering group, his team supports the organization with product lifecycle management as well as technical support for both sales team members and valued customers. Given the KPI of quality is fundamental to the success of our team and partners, quality assurance and quality control remain an important commitment as represented by the certifications of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 at Des-Case.
Keith joined the Company as a product engineer in 2013. Prior to joining the organization, he spent 30 years in manufacturing in numerous roles, which included die making, drafting and product engineering in the U.K. His scope of work in the United States has typically revolved around roles within quality engineering and project management, much of which has taken place in the automotive industry. His process experience includes metal stamping/forming, automated assembly and injection molding.
Keith holds a Bachelor in Manufacturing Engineering from Liverpool University in England and a PMP (Project Management Professional) certification.
Des-Case’s success forges ahead because of our growing team of innovative, driven, knowledgeable, and customer-centric individuals who relentlessly pursue solutions to better serve customers while remaining commmitted to personal and professional growth in the workplace.