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Nick Bruno - Owner & President

Nick BrunoNick graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1981 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. In 1985 he joined Harris and Bruno, the company his father started in 1948.

Nick transformed Harris & Bruno from a small machine shop to a global printing equipment supplier with offices in Roseville, Germany, and Japan along with distributors worldwide.

Nick has travelled extensively throughout the U.S. and International markets to promote his products as well as educate various industry leaders on coating and printing technologies. Nick is involved with several local boards and is active in promoting manufacturing careers for tomorrow’s generation.

Nick and his wife reside in Loomis with their three children. They own and operate Bruno Cellars, a boutique winery. Nick’s hobbies include water sports, fishing, hunting, restoring old cars, golf and coaching his kids’ sports.



 

Scott Michels - Vice President – Sales & Marketing

Scott_MichelsScott graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked several years as a mechanical designer for a large press manufacturer. From there he joined a printing/coating production plant as a design engineer working on various capital projects and plant upgrades.

In 1993, Scott joined Harris & Bruno as a sales engineer. In 2000, he was promoted to Product Manager and then in 2003 was asked to take over as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. From a young age Scott always wanted to work in a technical sales capacity and have the opportunity to travel on a global basis.

“Working for a smaller company, like H&B, with a global presence is a good fit for me,” Scott said. “I like the fact that we have some strong international exposure but we’re nimble enough to adjust and make changes quickly.”

Scott has been to every State in the USA except for Hawaii. He’s hoping to check that one off the list very soon. He’s also travelled extensively throughout many parts of the world to promote H&B products and set up international distributor networks.

Scott spent nine years working out of the H&B corporate office in California and then moved back to the East Coast where he lives now with his wife and three children in Plymouth, Massachusetts. His hobbies include boating, skiing, golfing and home improvement projects.

 


 

Gerhard Palinkas - Managing Director of Harris & Bruno Europe

Palinkas, GerhardIn his native Germany, Gerhard was educated 3 ½ years in mechanical engineering and 3 ½ years in business/sales administration. He worked two years for a machine manufacturing company, three years as an insurance broker and three years as a sales manager representing English and American companies manufacturing printing products for the graphic arts industry.

With a technical understanding of the printing industry, as well as a strong understanding of administrative procedures, laws and regulations of running a business, Gerhard’s background made him the perfect person for which Harris & Bruno President Nick Bruno was searching to lead H&B business in Europe. Based on the recommendation of the owner of a press manufacturing company that Gerhard was representing at the time, Nick and Gerhard met.

In 1998, Gerhard started Harris & Bruno Europe out of the basement of his home in Germany. Today the HBE office is in Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany, and employs approximately 15 people. An HBE warehouse was completed in December 2010 and an adjoining administration office is scheduled to open in December 2011.

Gerhard’s work philosophy is to always help employees and customers be successful at what they do. He believes success comes from focusing on core products for strength while always looking for future innovations.

Gerhard and his wife, Karin, live in Schwaebisch Gmuend with their three children – two boys and one girl. Bilingual in German and English, Gerhard’s hobbies include golf, motorcycling, hiking and staying fit and healthy.

 


 

Jim Riga - Vice President – Operations

Riga, JimJim graduated from Chico State in 2000 with a BS in Manufacturing Technology and a minor in Production and Operations Management. After working four years as a Manufacturing Engineer specializing in CNC tooling and optics manufacturing, Jim started working at Harris & Bruno International in 2001. First hired as a Project Engineer, he was promoted to Engineering Manager in 2003. In 2009 Jim was promoted to Director of Engineering & Service where he focused on building and developing strong, capable teams that sustained Harris & Bruno's success through the development of cutting-edge products and top-notch service. In 2016 Jim was promoted to Vice President of Operations. His focus is now putting the foundation and structure in place to help Harris & Bruno efficiently engineer and build products while ramping up and expanding production.

Jim has been around machinery his whole life, from childhood memories of working in his dad’s metal shop to throughout his schooling and career. Jim started working at a young age and never stopped, including working his way through college fulltime. This strong work ethic and lifelong experience with machinery allows Jim to confidently lead while bringing a practical approach to the technology in Harris & Bruno equipment.

Jim and his wife reside in Loomis with their two children. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, gardening and home improvement projects. In both his personal and professional lives, Jim’s goal is to be the best at whatever he does.

 



Leandra Wilson - Director of Strategic Operations & Human Resources

Leandra WilsonLeandra earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from National University in 2005. Her work experience includes human resources management for a structural engineering company, a doctor’s office, and an aerospace manufacturing company.

 In 2008, Leandra started her Harris & Bruno career in human resources management.

“Harris & Bruno is a great place to work with a rich culture,” she said. “I love that we’re a family-oriented company with steady and stable growth. Our innovative vision keeps us on the cutting edge of technology so that we remain great at what we do. It’s a small-company feel with worldwide success.”

Leandra is focused on building teams with structure and policies that empower members to participate in decision making and implement more efficient ways to work. Another passion is that of supporting local school events and programs that promote H&B’s commitment of teaching community youth about careers in manufacturing.

Leandra and her husband live in Placer County. Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling to new places, attending festivals or concerts, and enjoying time under the sun.

 


  

Danielle Bosetti - Corporate Controller

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Danielle graduated from UC Davis in 1994 with a BS in Managerial Econmonics. She worked 20 years as a Controller at a Rental Car Company overseeing Bay Area operations that included all surrounding airports. 

In 2015, Danielle started her career here at Harris & Bruno International as Corporate Controller. 

"My goal is to be a true business partner here at Harris & Bruno and to help the company continue to grow and thrive." she said. 

Her previous work experience has taught Danielle the importance of timely and accurate financial statements, but even more importantly how to analyze and use that information to work with managment and improve the profitability of a company. She truly believes it's important to work hard and to reward hard work. 

Danielle and her husband reside in Rocklin. She is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and occasionally goes to Spring Training. She also loves touring the Wine Country. 
 

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