Mark P. Laven – Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Laven has been associated with the company since 1975. Upon completion that year of his BS in Business Administration from Ithaca College, he joined his father, the company's founder, and helped to grow the business. In 1982, he was a member of a group that acquired the company, and he served as President from 1987 until 1992. In December 2001, he joined with two private equity firms and acquired the Company from Cookson Group PLC, which had purchased the business from him in 1989. Currently, Mr. Laven also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Company, and was a former member of the APSP (Association of Pool Spa Professionals) Board. A long time safety advocate, in 2007 he represented the Association and testified before a US Senate Subcommittee in the matter of the VGB Pool & Spa Safety Act.
Tom Straub - President US
Mr. Straub joined the company in 2007 as the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Viking Pools where he was responsible for growing an active dealer base throughout North America while managing the marketing activities of the division. In 2010, he was promoted to President of Viking Pools and held that role until being promoted in the fall of 2015 to President – Latham US Division responsible for the P&L of the companies entire US Business. Mr. Straub is known for his creative and pragmatic approach to developing new business and solving tough market related problems. He has a long and successful record of developing excellent sales, service, and operationally efficient organizations with private companies, including five years with Metal Sales Manufacturing as the VP of Sales and Marketing and an additional ten years of progressively responsible senior executive positions within divisions of Euramax, Inc. Mr. Straub is a graduate of Miami University, Ohio with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, majoring in Purchasing/Procurement Management.
Tim Golden – President Canada
Mr. Golden, joined the company in 2002 with the acquisition of Triac Industries where he held the position of Senior V.P. and General Manager. In 2010, he was promoted to President, Latham Pool Products Canada following his assignment as Vice President and General Manager of Latham’s Kafko U.S and Canadian divisions from 2006 to 2009. Prior to assuming the leadership of Kafko, Mr. Golden was responsible for all of Latham’s Canadian manufacturing operations. Mr. Golden has 35 years of experience in the swimming pool industry, focused in sales, manufacturing operations and general management. Prior to joining Triac, Mr. Golden held managerial positions with Technican Pacific Industries, Brantford, ON, Canada and Fox Pool Corporation, York, PA. Mr. Golden is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a degree in Political Science.
Scott Rajeski – VP & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Rajeski rejoined the company on August 6, 2012 as Chief Financial Officer, after being employed by GlobalFoundries of Malta, New York since October, 2009, as Director of Finance for their Fab 8 business unit. He is responsible for leading the Global Finance, Global Supply Chain, Information Technology, and Quality organizations. Previously, Mr. Rajeski was Latham's CFO during 2009 after spending 3 years with Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. and 15 years in various senior finance positions within GE. A graduate of Potsdam State University in Potsdam, New York with a Bachelors degree in Math and Business Economics, Mr. Rajeski also received his Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Clarkson University in New York.
Don Sommerville – Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Sommerville joined the company in 2011 as the Chief Marketing Officer. He is responsible for all of the company marketing, product management and new product development activities for the Packaged Pool, Vinyl Liner, Safety Cover (Automatic & Solid / Mesh) and Fiberglass Pool businesses. Mr. Sommerville's focus has been on positioning the company and the Latham Brand under a unified go-to-market direction. His previous experience includes marketing and general management positions with Unliever, Eight O'clock Coffee, The Great A&P Tea Co. and MeadWestvaco. A graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in Economics & Accounting, Mr. Sommerville also possesses a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Ron Crowley - VP Operations
Richard Piontkowski – VP Sales US
Jim Giordano – Chief Information Officer
Mr. Giordano was hired as Chief Information Officer in April of 2015. Jim has worked in the Information Technology field for over 27 years. He started his career at IBM working as a programmer in Poughkeepsie, NY. After six years at IBM, Mr. Giordano spent the next 10 years working in ERP consulting for Symmetry Consulting. Most recently he worked for General Electric in various executive leadership positions. Mr. Giordano has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from the State University of New York College of Technology, and an Associate’s Degree from Hudson Valley Community College.
Melissa Feck – VP Human Resources
Ms. Feck joined Latham Pool Products, Inc. in 2016 and has 20 years of experience as a human resources and training leader in a variety of settings. Most recently, she was VP HR and Member Education at the Healthcare Association of NYS and, previously, VP HR and Corporate Services at CAP COM Federal Credit Union. Ms. Feck served as part of the senior management team in both organizations with combined responsibility for workforce planning, organizational development, strategic planning, web management, marketing, facilities, charitable giving, member educational programming, and internal and external communications. She is the current co-facilitator for the educational Capital Region HR Executive Briefing Series and has shared her expertise as a guest speaker on a variety of HR and organizational development topics. Ms. Feck received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany in 1993. She received her Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification in 2007.