Founding member Gary Ashley and President, Dan Helms, provide the direction, strategic planning and day to day operation of the business to ensure a successful, growing and sustainable operation.
Gary is a founding member of Conveyors & Drives and currently serves as the CEO and Board Chairman. In these roles, Gary is responsible for the overall financial integrity of the organization. This includes the financial management of the company, as well as the implementation of special projects.
Gary is a native Atlantan and graduate of Georgia Tech’s class of 1959. Gary started his career with Boston Gear Works as a sales engineer, followed by spending several years with Fulton Supply Company of Atlanta as a sales engineer. He then went on with two other partners to start Conveyors & Drives in 1969.
Gary is a loyal Georgia Tech fan who also enjoys photography, collecting and operating model trains and spending time with his five grandchildren. Gary lives in Dunwoody, Georgia with his wife Judy and their two dogs Annie and Max.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Dan graduated from the University of Georgia in 1986 with a BBA degree in Finance. Following graduation, he was employed by Automatic Data Processing serving in sales and sales management. Dan joined Conveyors & Drives in July of 1993 as an Inside Sales Associate and has since worked in C&D’s Warehouse Operation, Systems Sales and Dealer Sales.
In his current role, Dan is responsible for the overall direction, strategic planning and day to day operation of the business. He works closely with C&D’s customers, partners and employee associates to help ensure a successful, growing and sustainable business organization.
On a personal note, Dan has been married to his wife Cathy for 28 years. They have three children: Jamieson, Jessica and Ashley and two dogs Amelia and Gracie. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis and grilling out with family and friends. Dan is also an avid Atlanta Falcons and college football fan.
Craig Schuchardt has more than 24 years of material handling equipment experience with 21 of them being with Conveyors & Drives. Craig is responsible for the direction and operations of the engineering department and systems sales. In this role, Craig manages new customer development from the initial sale to the final bid, as well as oversees the installation of the systems.
Craig’s customer and distributor base includes the food and beverage, distribution and manufacturing industries.
Prior to joining Conveyors & Drives in 1995, Craig worked for Hytrol Conveyor Company as a Design Engineer.
Craig graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He resides with his wife Rita, two young sons and their dog Aubie.
Eric Ragan joined Conveyors & Drives in 2009 as a Sales Associate. In this role, Eric is responsible for developing new accounts on a direct basis by finding and qualifying leads. He is also responsible for managing existing accounts for repeat business. Additionally, Eric manages the sales process from conception to completion providing solutions along the way.
Prior to joining Conveyors & Drives, Eric worked at Best Conveyors for three years in Marketing and seven years as a National Account Manager for the Southeast.
Eric graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Radio/TV production and a minor in English. He also received his MBA from Keller Graduate School with an emphasis in Information Systems.
Eric enjoys photography, videography, sailing snipes and spending his time outdoors with his family. He is married to Courtney and has two young children.
Aaron Jones took on the role of C&D’s Controller in September of 2019. His main responsibilities include overseeing all areas of Finance, Accounting and administrative functions with the accounting team.
Before joining Conveyors & Drives, Aaron served as the Controller for IQ Agency and for Mountain Express Oil Company. Aaron is familiar with wearing many hats including HR, IT, Internal Operations, and administrative functions.
Aaron graduated from the University of West Georgia with an MBA and a 4.0 GPA. In his spare time, Aaron loves to cook and has even attended Ursula’s Cooking School. His hobbies include traveling on the weekends and attending comedy shows when he can.
Mike Conlan took on the role of C&D’s Director of Business Development in July of 2020. His main responsibilities include leadership, coaching, mentoring; identifying & developing talent; business development, lead generation process & execution; strategic selling and navigating complex selling environments, relationship cultivation
Before joining Conveyors & Drives, Mike worked at Packsize, Exopack, Altium, Printpack, and Sonoco.
Mike graduated from the University of South Carolina. In his spare time, Mike enjoys hiking, running, yoga, and playing with the stock market.
Our Administration team works together to ensure that all accounting functions are performed to standards, credit authorizations are intact and various phone and clerical duties.
Sara joined Conveyors & Drives, Inc. in May 2020 as the senior front desk coordinator. In this role, Sara is primarily responsible for front office administration, accounting liaison, customer service, data-entry on logistics, process & organization on COI’s, assists controller, and executives of C&D.
Prior to joining C&D Sara worked at a large format printing company in Marietta.
She’s a mother of two, son and daughter, both of which are in elementary school. I’ve recently Coached Youth cheerleading and love to stay active. I enjoy anything that involves the great outdoors and spending time with my children.
Peggy joined Conveyors & Drives in 1994 as a Credit Manager. In this role Peggy is responsible for all credit authorization and accounts receivable for the company. Peggy’s areas of responsibility include credit checks on new accounts, past due invoices and the monitoring of customer invoices.
Prior to joining Conveyors & Drives, Peggy was involved in inside sales and purchasing with Zellerbach.
Peggy enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family. She currently resides in Powder Springs, Georgia with her husband Rhett, their cat Andy and two dogs Brutus and Cody.
Jennifer joined the Conveyors & Drives team in April of 2017 as the Front Desk Coordinator/Administrative Assistant. She was later promoted in March of 2019 to Accounting Assistant. Her main responsibility is to provide support to the Accounts Payable department. She gained administrative experience when she worked for four years at Sullins & Johnston Law Firm.
Jennifer loves all things sports, especially playing tennis and watching UGA and Falcons Football. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, and her young son. A perfect day for Jennifer consists of quality family time while grilling out and going on adventures outdoors.
Our Applications Engineering Department is responsible for developing System Sales opportunities and proposing optimal solutions in support of C&D organizational sales channels through conception, estimation and implementation of the project to meet internal, as well as external customer expectations.
Sarah joined Conveyors & Drives in 2015. Sarah’s main responsibilities include conception and estimation of system sales opportunities by designing optimal solutions for customer needs.
Prior to joining Conveyors & Drives, Sarah graduated from Georgia Tech in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering with a Specialization in Manufacturing and Warehousing. After school, Sarah worked five years for Eaton Corporation as an OEM Sales Engineer. She also worked for Deposco as a Solutions Consultant for On-Demand Warehouse Management Systems.
Sarah currently lives in Midtown with her dog Peyton. As a Georgia Tech graduate, Sarah prides herself on being a devoted Yellow Jackets fan. She is also a Board Member at Response-A-Bull Rescue, a non-profit organization whose mission is to rescue, educate and promote responsible ownership of “Bully-Breeds”.
Engineering, Implementation and Project Management
Our Systems Engineering Group, led by Craig Schuchardt, designs and executes world-class engineered projects. This team is involved with new customer development from design concept through project commissioning.
Bill joined Conveyors & Drives in 1999 as Project Manager in the Engineering Department and now serves as the Implementation Team Manager. He and his team are responsible for customer satisfaction and the successful implementation of C&D’s project sales. Team project management tasks include preparation of approval and installation drawings, ordering of equipment, securing of contractors for mechanical installation, controls systems and field wiring, on-site project management, as well as testing and commissioning of the finished system.
Bill’s career includes more than 33 years of experience in the Material Handling Industry. Prior to joining Conveyors & Drives, Bill went to work for ViaTech Systems Inc. in 1983 as the Manager of Engineering. In this position, he was responsible for the Systems Engineering Group. He also studied Architecture and went on to work with Astechnologies in the position of Engineering/Sales Manager and with Rapistan Conveyor Company as a project engineer/project manager.
Outside of work, Bill enjoys fishing, golf, yard work, travel and spending time with family.
Chris joined Conveyors & Drives in 2012 as an Outside Sales Associate. Since then, he has moved into a Project Coordinator position. In this role, Chris supports the C&D implementation process and is responsible for bringing a designed handling system to a functioning handling system. He is also the central point of contact for our customer and handles all tasks associated with the successful execution of projects generated through our Applications Engineering Group.
Prior to joining the C&D team, Chris was a sales associate in the medical field where he sold capital medical equipment to hospitals, surgery centers, primary care and specialty offices. Most recently, Chris was a Senior Project Manager for a general contractor, which specialized in the construction of hotels. In this role, he managed, supervised and coordinated all phases of multi-million dollar projects on a daily basis with subcontractors, vendors, architects and engineers.
Chris graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Business Marketing. In his spare time, Chris enjoys coaching football, baseball and softball for the junior programs that his (boy/girl) teenage twins are a part of. Chris also enjoys sporting events, music, anywhere tropical and spending time with friends and family.
Richard Jeffrey joined Conveyors & Drives in 2006 as Senior Project Manager. In this role, Richard develops system concepts, estimates and quotes projects and system design. He also manages the implementation of projects, provides phone support and works with clients to develop material handling solutions, SmartCart programming and computer support.
Prior to joining the C&D team, Richard worked at Jervis B. Webb Company for 35 years.
In his spare time, Richard enjoys barrel racing and woodworking.
Inside Sales, Customer Service and Warehouse Operations
Our Inside Sales and Warehouse Group, led by Bill Herbert, work together to provide phone coverage and prompt delivery of parts and equipment. Additionally, this team is responsible for timely solving customer service needs, as well as moving goods in and out of the warehouse in an efficient manner.
Bill Herbert joined the C&D Outside Sales team in July of 2019. In this role, Bill is responsible for supporting, developing, and growing sales through key dealers.
Previously to joining Conveyors & Drives, Bill gained sales experience during his five-and-a-half years of working Inside Sales and later in Project Management with AWC. He is currently earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Alabama. Roll tide!
In Bill’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Melissa, his young daughter, Emma, and his two dogs, Wrigley and Xander. He also loves the outdoors, especially camping and kayaking. When Bill’s not in the mood to rough it outside, he is always down to travel and eat!
Shayna Garland joined Conveyors & Drives, Inc. in August 2020. Her main responsibility at C&D is to enter global orders.
Prior to C&D Shayna worked in the medical field doing medical assistance, scheduling, billing, and coding.
Shayna’s hobbies and interests are reading romance novels, cooking, walking in the park, good movies, and deep conversations.
Ali Gowen joined Conveyors & Drives in July of 2018 as the company’s first Customer Service Associate. In this role, Ali is responsible for taking care of customer’s needs in a timely and efficient manner.
Previously to working for Conveyors & Drives, Ali gained customer service experience for over 20 years for companies such as a lighting manufacturer, a German furniture fitting manufacturer, and most recently within the freight forwarding industry.
Ali moved to Atlanta many years ago to attend the Nanny Institute of Beverly Hills. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband, David, and spending time with her three kids and two cats. She also has a great appreciation for traveling (anywhere) and shopping.
Reyer Jones joined Conveyors & Drives in April 2019 as a Service Technician and recently transitioned into a new role as an Inside Sales Associate.
Before joining C&D, Reyer spent four years with the US Navy as an Auxiliary Mechanic. In this role, he was responsible for corrective and preventative maintenance of ships auxiliary systems and damage control equipment. After that, he spent three years at Continental Teves as Lead Maintenance Technician where he led a team of five to conduct corrective and preventative maintenance of robotics, CNC machinery, automation systems and pumps/motors.
In Reyer’s free time he enjoys watching any sports team from Detroit or the Michigan State Spartans. Some of his hobbies include hiking, fly fishing and traveling.
Rusty joined Conveyors & Drives full time as a Warehouse Associate in 2016. Before that, Rusty worked part time in some fashion with Conveyors & Drives for twenty years. Rusty’s main responsibilities include shipping, receiving, maintenance, fabrication, stocking and inventory.
Rusty graduated from Wills High School in 1976. Prior to full time employment with Conveyors & Drives, Rusty was self-employed for twelve years in the landscaping business.
In his spare time, Rusty enjoys fishing, listening to music, watching movies and taking care of his mother. Rusty’s favorite movies include science fiction, westerns and anything with John Wayne.
The marketing department is responsible for driving traffic to the website, maintaining the website, improving customer and public relations, increasing brand awareness and ensuring customer satisfaction.
Tony is a website designer turned marketer, passionate about targeted messaging and advertising to create new business. As our Digital Marketing Strategist, he is responsible for implementing inbound marketing strategies that help increase brand awareness, generate leads, and acquire new customers as well as building and maintaining our storefront.
Prior to joining C&D, Tony worked at a private prop-tech company in Atlanta helping them grow their monthly recurring revenue from $9,000 to $180,000 in 6 months.
When he isn’t working, you’ll find Tony training at his local BJJ studio, binge-watching The Office, or playing the piano.
Anthony Browning re-joined C&D in May of 2019 as eCommerce Coordinator. In this role, Anthony will correspond with our online customers thru live chat, provide pre and post-sale assistance, and direct our e-store product offering.
Anthony received his education from Georgia State University where he double majored in Management and Marketing. He brings a strong background in sales and customer service which includes over 14 years of business experience with Wal-Mart where he served as a department manager and sales representative. Six years with Mayer Electric in Norcross as a Corporate Inside-Sales Specialist, four years with C&D in Inside Sales and two years with Engineered Specialty Products as a Business Development Representative.
Anthony is a family man, so when he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Deborah, and two young daughters, Hannah Grace and Annabelle. He also loves cycling and watching sports. Specifically, he roots for the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Tech, Atlanta United and USA National Men’s & Women’s Soccer.
Our Outside Sales Group, led by Eric Ragan, develops new accounts and manages existing accounts. They work closely with the customers and our engineers to develop and implement the right material handling solutions.
John Clark joined Conveyors & Drives in 2005 as a Sales Engineer. In this role, he is responsible for servicing existing customers in both a sales and engineering capacity. He also qualifies new customers and handles the facilitation of the sale from point of sale to commissioning. Additionally, John ensures customer satisfaction and service after start-up. John works with the C&D engineering and inside sales teams for each project, ensuring the maximum profitability for C&D.
Prior to joining Conveyors & Drives, John worked at Rapistan Inc. where he was a mechanical project engineer. He also worked for J.B. Webb in purchasing and production and Construction Steel Inc. in manufacturing, assembly and testing of portable screening conveyors for aggregates.
John graduated from Southern Polytechnic State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology and is a graduate of Hytrol Conveyor’s Advanced Sales School.
John enjoys mountain biking, equestrian, hunting, civil war history and raising his two daughters.
Tim joined the C&D team in June 2018 as a Dealer Account Manager. In this role, Tim is responsible for developing new business with new accounts in his assigned territory while maintaining strong relationships with existing customers through regular visits.
Tim graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. The majority of his career was spent in technical sales roles where he would consult customers regarding seals and sealing systems to improve the reliability of their heavy machinery. A few of Tim’s previous employers include John Crane, Flowserve Corporation, and Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies.
Tim was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Atlanta in 2013. He currently resides in Newnan with his wife, Monica, and cat, Leo. In Tim’s free time, he enjoys traveling, scuba diving, kayaking, working in the yard and grilling. He also cherishes the time he gets to spend with his three grown step-children. Tim is a big football fan as well, both college and NFL. He roots for the Georgia Bulldogs and the Atlanta Falcons.