Our Executive Leadership Team

Our leadership team stands out among conveyor suppliers and conveyor manufacturers. We have a blend of deep automotive leadership; decades of conveyor experience and some of the best and brightest young mechanical electrical designers available. For nearly 30 years, Ultimation has focused on the mission implied in our name: “We’re the Ultimate in Automation”. As conveyor suppliers and their technologies evolve and mature, our leadership team is growing in depth and capability to serve our customers in the automation market better.

Richard Canny


Richard is a former Ford Motor senior executive. Prior to joining Ultimation in 2011 he was CEO of electric vehicle company, THINK. His past positions at Ford included President – Ford South America, President – Ford Argentina, Managing Director – Ford Malaysia and Director – Global Strategy. He has over 35 years of deep manufacturing experience.

John Daugherty

John Daugherty

VP – Engineering and Sales

John joined Ultimation in 2018 after a long career at Jervis Webb, Durr and Ford Motor Company. He is one of the most experienced, respected and capable leaders among conveyor suppliers in the North America material handling industry. John is responsible for Ultimation’s engineering and sales teams.

Kali Cresent

GM – Online Sales and Parts

Kali manages Ultimation’s e-commerce and parts business which is based in our Sterling Heights, MI location. She began with the company in 2018 and has grown the e-commerce business unit dramatically during her time with the company.

Jorge Giordanelli

GM – Projects Division

Jorge is the leader of Ultimation’s Project division. This encompasses larger systems with project value of $0.5 to $10m where he leads a cross-functional team of engineers, purchasing and assembly staff to deliver larger projects according to our customer’s customized requirements. Jorge has substantial experience in vertical farming material handling systems and other styles of conveyors. Prior to joining Ultimation in 2019, Jorge was a senior manufacturing executive with General Motors in Brasil and Venezuela.


“Ultimation’s strongest trait was the ability to complete the installation on time, within budget and with no safety incidents to personal or collateral damage to equipment during the installation.  They were instrumental in keeping the crew motivated during the arduous installation and they worked second shift in order to meet SWRMC’s production schedule.

I enjoyed working with the Ultimation installation Crew and am happy to be able to provide this recommendation. I have great respect for Ultimation as a Company and as professionals and am confident that Ultimation will continue to exhibit positive performance in the business Industry.”

Felisa A. ParquetUnited States Navy

“You guys have really delivered for me on this project. I will be sure to include you for any future work that we do.”

Kulwinder GillJohnson Controls Inc.

“I have worked with Ultimation’s executives from the 1970’s until I retired from GM. I’ve always considered them incredibly knowledgeable in the Tire/wheel and conveyor business.”

Will KortrykGeneral Motors

“You’re a great team to work with. We really appreciate your good work!”

James Gacek, ManagerVolvo Heavy Truck (retired)

“We’ve worked through tough times together in the past, and we intend to work through them again. Your support has helped make us highly respected in the industry today.”

Wes Paisley, PresidentDearborn Mid-West Conveyor Co.