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Mr. Robert “Bob” Dorfman,
Chairman

Mr. Robert “Bob” Dorfman,
Chairman

An effective leader qualified with over 40 years of experience in the electrical industry. Mr. Dorfman’s record of success in both product management and ecommerce business development has helped AWG’s and their customers and vendors improve profitability and innovative technology solutions.

Mr. Michael Dorfman

Mr. Michael Dorfman,
President/CEO

Mr. Michael Dorfman,
President/CEO

Joined the team in 2003. Mr. Dorfman specializes in sales and marketing to AWG’s utility customers and manages vendor alliance programs. He continues to successfully expand marketing efforts to existing customers and implements programs to grow business through multiple business development channels.

Mr. Joshua Dorfman

Mr. Joshua Dorfman,
COO

Mr. Joshua Dorfman,
COO

Joined the team in 2007. Mr. Dorfman works directly with clients, and helps to manage the company’s strategic efforts in the renewable energy and transmission industries. His areas of expertise include Renewable Power Generation, business development, sales and marketing management, corporate risk analysis and Lean Six-Sigma quality management.

Mr. Norman Russell

Mr. Norman Russell,
Executive Vice President

Mr. Norman Russell,
Executive Vice President

Mr. Norman Russell, Executive Vice President, has 32 years’ experience in utility cable engineering and sales management. Prior to AWG, he worked at Okonite, Pirelli and CM Cable (now CME) in engineering, distribution management, strategic sourcing, manufacturing, and business development. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, cable engineering, supply chain management, spend analysis, procurement, sales & marketing, quality management, product management/design, budget, and financial management. Mr. Russell has in depth market knowledge of electrical utilities, renewables, primary metals industry, federal, state and local government, industrial construction, mining and mass transit industries.

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Mr. Arthur Damast,
Chief Strategic Officer

Mr. Arthur Damast,
Chief Strategic Officer

Arthur brings over five decades of leadership in domestic and international manufacturing, mass distribution and wholesale trade. Arthur brings vast experience in design development and expanding market share by building factories and globally strategic distribution centers in North America, India, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Today, Arthur applies his expertise in his role as Chief Strategic Officer, advising Executive Management as they successfully expand their manufacturing and distribution network.

Ms. Maria Dlagnekova

Ms. Maria Dlagnekova,
Vice President Technical Support

Ms. Maria Dlagnekova,
Vice President Technical Support

Brings to the company 35 years of engineering management experience in power generation, power systems design, and grid integration. Prior to AWG, Ms. Dlagnekova was Director, Engineering with EDF Renewable Energy. She was managing a multi-discipline engineering team including civil, structural, electrical, and SCADA/communications responsible for the design and implementation of more than 4500 MW wind and solar projects.

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Ms. Patricia Pinter,
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Patricia Pinter,
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Patricia Pinter is a proven executive leader and CFO for global corporations with multi-billion-dollar P&Ls. She brings over 20 years of leadership experience with growing medium- and large-sized companies in similarly highly competitive industries. She has experience leading technical modernization and product development initiatives to optimize capital investments, command market influence, and build sustainable profitability. Patricia attended Georgetown University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from St. Mary’s University and an MBA from California University in Hayward, California.

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Ms. Xia Chafel,
VP of Procurement

Ms. Xia Chafel,
VP of Procurement

Ms. Chafel is responsible for developing, overseeing, and implementing strategic sourcing and supplier relationship strategy, managing material and services for AWG’s spending in the US and internationally. She has served in several leadership positions at National Grid, brings extensive experience in developing and managing supplier relationships, process improvement and project management. Ms. Chafel holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Guangdong Foreign Trade Institute and an MBA with concentration in Finance from McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.

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Mr. Michael Blaha,
VP of Utility Division

Mr. Michael Blaha,
VP of Utility Division

Is responsible for sales and marketing of all AWG wire and cable products to the Electrical Utilities in North America and to expand sales in the high-voltage underground cable and subsea power cable markets. He has 27 years of industry experience. Mr. Blaha formerly worked for Nexans High Voltage USA, Inc., as its Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager for high voltage land cables and managed the subsea cable sales and installation in North America. He was previously in charge of the high-voltage and specialty cable group at Marmon Utility – Kerite, as its Global Sales Manager. He earlier served in multiple sales management roles at FCI-Burndy, now a Hubbell Company, and holds a degree in Earth Science and Mathematics from Southern Connecticut State University.

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Ms. Alla Gerenshteyn,
VP T&D Solutions

Ms. Alla Gerenshteyn,
VP T&D Solutions

Has been a member of the AWG team for over 16 years. Ms. Gerenshteyn graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a BS in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation. Over the years she effectively implemented a process for inside sales support, which complements the outside sales group by efficiently supporting purchasing agents who contact AWG directly to request a quote for a spot buy or an immediate order. She is an expert on every aspect of the ISO certification. Ms. Gerenshteyn successfully initiated and maintained a Quality Assurance Program for AWG and later helped AWG transition to new ISO standards 9001:2015. Most recently, she launched a new division specializing in electrical materials other than wire and cable, transforming AWG from a niche company into a complete energy solution for its customers. Commencing with the devastating storms in the Caribbean, Ms. Gerenshteyn has now turned her focus to providing product and support to the pressing needs of the Caribbean market, swiftly moving an extraordinary amount of electrical material from factories and warehouses to where it is needed the most.

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Mr. William Brewer,
Director of Renewables

Mr. William Brewer,
Director of Renewables

Joined the team in 2014. Mr. Brewer's experience within the Electrical Industry spans 20 years in Sales, Sales & Project management, Collection Systems & Substation Material Estimation with a focus on Contractor and Industrial Sales, Renewable Energy and the Oil and Gas Industry. He has traveled throughout North America working with Utilities, Municipalities, Co-Ops, Developers and Contractors ensuring prompt product delivery and customer satisfaction. He has attended and exhibited at numerous Electrical Trade Shows including IEEE, REPC, NECA, Power Gen, AWEA, CANWEA, DistribuTech, Coal Gen, PCIC, NWPPA, and the Alaska Utility Conference.

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Mr. Gustavo De la Peña,
VP of International Division

Mr. Gustavo De la Peña,
VP of International Division

Brings to AWG a strong knowledge in Engineering and Construction of large renewable projects. He has a deep understanding of the players involved on these assets and its financials implications. Mr. De la Peña is in charge of sales and marketing to AWG’s international markets. He is located in AWG’s branch office in Spain. Mr. De la Peña graduated from Seville (Spain) and Marseille (France) University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with concentrations in International Trade.

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Mr. Gilbert Guerrero,
VP of Regional Sales

Mr. Gilbert Guerrero,
VP of Regional Sales

Is responsible for sales and marketing of all AWG wire and cable products to the US Utility market. Mr. Guerrero brings 40 years of experience in the Electrical Manufacturing and Distribution business to AWG. He previously worked for Shawcor Connection Systems Group as Western Regional Sales Manager for Shawflex and DSG Canusa products responsible for sales into Distribution, Utility and OEM accounts. Prior to his employment with Shawcor, Mr. Guerrero worked with the Nexans Cross Sales Group. His responsibilities included support and representation of Nexans’ Global manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Oil & Gas markets. He also worked for the Nexans High Voltage Group where he supported the underground high voltage market in the Mid and Southwest Regions.

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Mr. Safiq Virani,
VP Business Development

Mr. Safiq Virani,
VP Business Development

Is responsible for developing new geographical markets for AWG, as well as expanding the customer base in regions already served by the company Mr. Virani brings over 25 years of industry experience to the team at AWG, moving through progressively more senior roles with his previous employments at Nexans and Schneider Electric. Most recently, Mr. Virani was tasked with the development of the North American market for utility products at Nexans, as well as leading cross functional teams for the High Voltage business group, to expand the market for the business.

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Ms. Nada Filipovic,
Marketing Manager

Ms. Nada Filipovic,
Marketing Manager

Brings over 16 years of experience in wire and cable marketing. She holds a BA Economics from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, Canada and she earned her MBA International Business from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY. Prior to joining AWG, she worked for an international wire and cable manufacturer, in several different areas including market research, event management, strategic marketing, business development, market intelligence, sales, and services development. In her career, she has worked with distributors, utilities, EPCs, contractors and OEMs to better understand the needs of the client.

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