Meet the Mazak Optonics Team

Get to know the qualified individuals at Mazak who help install new laser machines, assist customers over the phone with technical questions or order parts needed for maintenance. Mazak operates with incredibly experienced, dedicated and educated team members who want customers to succeed. Check out these quick Q&A sessions with the Mazak team!

Meet our Team

Charlie Zeman, Call Center Supervisor

Charlie Zeman has been with Mazak Optonics for over 28 years. To learn more about Charlie, check out this quick Q&A session.

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Larry Pollastrini, Installations Assistant Manager

Larry has over 15 years of expertise at Mazak Optonics. Learn more about Larry and his role as the Installations Assistant Manager.

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Joe Hagee, Parts Center Manager

Joe has been with Mazak Optonics for over 14 years. Starting in the warehouse and has moved up to Parts Center Manager.

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Eric Pedersen, Applications Engineer

Eric Pedersen is one of Mazak's most well-rounded employee. Not only is Eric incredibly knowledgeable, but he also has the best personality.

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Chiaki Kako, Applications Manager

Chiaki is one of the many women who work at Mazak Optonics. Chiaki is incredibly educated while also having many years of experience in manufacturing.

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Steve Brazil, Software Engineer

Steve is part of the Mazak Applications Department and supports customers when they need assistance or have questions regarding their machine’s software.

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Colten Gray, Applications Engineer

Colten's role as Applications Engineer includes assisting customers and getting them acclimated to their new equipment.

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Tyler Van Wyhe, Applications Engineer

Tyler has over 15 years of 3D laser-cutting experience. No matter the tube or pipe application, Tyler’s extensive knowledge is vital in assisting Mazak customers.

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Derek Lynch, Field Service Engineer

Derek is one of Mazak's many Field Service Engineers who will get customers' lasers running at optimal performance when onsite service is needed.

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Jacob Fogarty, Installations Engineer

Jacob's extensive mechanical skills and sharp attention to detail are vital for installing Mazak's customized automation systems.

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Anthony Romero, Applications Engineer

Anthony's hard work and can-do approach is appreciated by customers when they contact the Mazak applications department for support.

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Kent Nakahara, North America Liaison

As Mazak’s North America Liaison, Kent plays a key role in ensuring effective communication between Mazak’s North America and Japan office.

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Jason Rossler, Installation Manager

Jason plays a key role in ensuring the smooth and successful installation of Mazak machines.

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Jeff Warpehoski, Tactical Response Manager

Jeff is responsible for analyzing and interpreting data to coordinate important product modifications/updates.

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