Vision & Leadership

Our Products Ignite Innovation.
Our Passion Ignites Growth.

Imagine the maturity of a 27-year-old company infused with the dynamic energy of an innovative start-up culture.

SCP Limited believes in limitless possibilities—for our industry, and for our employees.

When Jim Buchanan took over the company in 2005, he discovered growth opportunities that even his lifelong entrepreneurial spirit could not have anticipated.

By phasing out the pilot light portion of the business and investing heavily in new products and technologies, he and his leadership team sparked a resurgence that led to exciting hyper-growth.

With burning determination, unshakable faith, and a lively atmosphere, our company strives to be an example of impassioned vision—to show that shining brightly creates a better business, better-equipped to serve the world with greater purpose.

Together, we light the way to a brighter tomorrow, one appliance at a time.

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Our Leadership Team

Jim Buchanan

Chairman & CEO

Jim’s focus at SCP Limited is to position the company as a leader in igniter technology creation and manufacturing. Jim works closely with our engineering team and leading material scientists to refine and develop the best igniters for heating applications. Jim serves on two non-profit boards in NE Indiana. His past-times include running, tennis and growing as a person and leader. His greatest accomplishments are his relationships with his family and friends.

 

Russell Espinosa

President & COO

Russell has 27 years of end-to-end supply chain experience, with deep roots in manufacturing. He has 29 years of lean manufacturing experience having been a member of the Cummins Production System Steering Committee, one of the authors of the Honeywell Operating System, time spent working with Hijima Oba from Toyota’s North American Supplier Development Center, and nearly 10 years partnering with TBM Consulting having introduced lean into various companies. In addition, Russell was an executive sponsor of several six-sigma corporate roll-outs, having sponsored dozens of six-sigma projects.

Russell spent most of his career within the automotive industry, but has also worked within the Food & Medical, and Consumer Products industries. Russell has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management/Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology. Russell also attending Stanford University’s Executive Program Management of Technology Companies. Russell has a passion for driving progress through people; and away from working he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, especially in the outdoors.

 

Rahul Maharsia

Chief Technology Officer

Rahul Maharsia is an executive with expertise in the areas of Innovation, R&D, Quality and Operations. He brings a wealth of experience in product development & commercialization, M&A, IP management, strategic road mapping, P&L oversight, quality & regulatory compliance. Rahul builds, coaches, and leads dynamic teams that achieve beyond their expectations & reach full potential. Over the past decade, Rahul has rolled out new products enabling aggregate revenues upwards of $300 MM.

Most recently, Rahul served as a Sr. Director for Innovation, Quality and Regulatory at Porex Corporation. At Porex, he led corporate innovation, implemented Innovation workflows, & built a sustainable pipeline & portfolio. Rahul led an incubator to shape new business models resulting in the launch of Porex’s first ever corporate startup in the medical device segment.

In his previous role as VP of Innovation & Quality at Trelleborg Offshore, Rahul developed game changing technologies. He revamped Trelleborg’s innovation program, diversified its portfolio, & built partnerships and new ventures. He led M&A activities and introduced new technologies to the buoyancy industry for the first time in over 4 decades. Previously Rahul also served as a VP of Operations at Trelleborg & led the turnaround of its $100 M Houston business via org restructuring, automation, and a cultural rejuvenation leading to a tripling of throughput and turnaround to profitability.

Rahul holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a PhD Degree in Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Wendy Pladys

VP of Finance

Wendy is a CPA with extensive experience in multi-national manufacturing organizations. She has partnered with management teams to transform businesses with focus on customer profitability, developing forecasting systems, implementing ERP solutions, standardizing processes and M&A integration.

Prior to joining SCP, Wendy worked in finance leadership positions in both the European and North American organizations of Keter Plastic. She has a Bachelors in Accounting from the University of Washington and a Masters in International Business Studies (MBA) from the Darla Moore School at the University of South Carolina. She enjoys discovering new recipes, especially for bread and finding any excuse to spend time with family traveling and exploring new places.

James Darnell

VP Global Supply Chain

James has more than 20 years of supply chain experience with 15 years’ experience in manufacturing and distribution having worked at many large corporations in diverse industries such as General Electric, Schneider Electric, Philips, and Hitachi. James has extensive experience in Lean Manufacturing and was part of the Shingo Prize Winning Team (Silver Medallion) in 2010 at Schneider Electric for the implementation of Lean Six Sigma and the Schneider Production System. It was this project that ignited his passion for continuous improvement in supply chain that continues today.

James is a proud veteran, having served in the US Army and has a B.S. Business Administration and MBA from American Military University. In his leisure time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and fitness.

 

Dan Hartzler

VP of Manufacturing

Dan has 25 plus years of automotive experience in Engineering and Operations. He has worked in many different industries from automated equipment development, plastic injection, steel stamping, and composites manufacturing. He loves to root cause and problem solve solutions for manufacturing improvements through data driven analysis and shop floor presence. He has participated in lean programs with University of Michigan and Operational Excellence through Leading from Within and University of Notre Dame Business School.

Prior to joining SCP, Dan was VP of Operations for Plasan Carbon Composites where he led a team to the largest volume manufacturing process for Carbon Fiber Body panels. Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Automated Manufacturing and Electronics Engineering from ITT Technical Institute. Dan has a commitment in developing people to excel and be part of a team for improvements. Dan enjoys spending time with his family and granddaughter, playing golf and fishing when he can.

 

Jason Gilbert

VP of Global Sales

Jason has extensive international experience driving cutting edge solutions into new and existing markets. His multi-faceted background includes the development and launch of multiple technologies including Location Based Services (LBS), biometric verification, network electronics, access controls, secure ID and financial service products. He has extensive experience creating and managing direct and channel sales teams in B2B and B2G models. Most recently Jason served as the VP of Sales and Operations for SuperCom.

He has a MS in Information and Communication Science and BA in Telecommunications from Ball State University and proudly served as an Airborne Infantryman in the U.S Army. Jason strives to deliver solutions that delight the customer. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and tinkering with his Jeep.

Paul Schlueter

VP of Business Development

Paul has thirty years of experience in sales, marketing and business development with highly engineered and innovative products and solutions across a broad spectrum of technologies and industries.  Most recently he served as the VP of Global Sales & Marketing and head of Global Service for Oerlikon Drive Systems.  He has successfully built, led, and motivated winning global sales team in the Americas, Europe, India, and China.

He has earned a Bachelor’s in Management and an MBA in International Business.  He is customer-focused and believes that the combination of passion, optimism, and determination allows teams to conceive and deliver bold ideas that are valued in the marketplace.  Paul enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and fishing.

 

Jack Shindle

VP of Engineering & Development

Jack has more than 20 years of experience with high temperature materials, process and product development for ceramics, ceramic matrix composites, fuel cells, hydrogen generation and batteries. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Ma. and a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering and science from The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa. Shindle holds Sixteen patents, has published articles in a variety of trade journals and offered presentations at industry conferences nationwide. Outside of work he enjoys hiking, biking, flying, Maker projects and spending time with his family.

 

Kelli Bennett

VP of Human Resources

Kelli is a human resources professional with over 10 years’ experience in a variety of industries including privatized corrections, automotive and food packaging manufacturing. Prior to joining SCP, Kelli was the Regional HR Manager for D&W Fine Pack, where she was instrumental in the development and implementation of many successful initiatives focusing on talent acquisition, organizational development, cost out and employee engagement.

Kelli has a Bachelors’ degree in Human Resources Management from Ball State University. During her leisure time, Kelli enjoys cooking, travel, exercise and spending quality time with family and friends.