Our Leadership

Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright

President and CEO

Daniel is responsible for all aspects of strategic planning, as well as commercial execution, operational execution, and talent. Prior to Aerofil, Daniel had two transformative P&L assignments where he learned the value of strategic planning, building high performance teams, and execution to achieve strong financial performance. Daniel received a B.A. from William Jewell College and an M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business at the University of Washington in St. Louis. Daniel has a passion for analysis and data. Early in his career, he was a licensed CPA and passed the CFA Level II to improve his analytical ability in driving inorganic growth in multiple corporate development roles. Daniel’s favorite activities involve spending time with his wife, who he met in high school, and their three children. Daniel also coaches youth soccer, loves going to the gym, and enjoys learning about history.

Kim Finnegan

Kim Finnegan

CFO

Kim has been at Aerofil for 10 years and continues to strive each day for a collaborative approach to improving processes with a long-term vision. Kim oversees the Accounting and IT Departments and is very involved with strategic planning. He received his B.A. in Accounting from the University of Iowa, his MBA from Maryville University, and has also obtained his CMA. In his free time, Kim enjoys burning off some extra energy at the gym to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Joe Sonderman

Joe Sonderman

SVP of Operations

Joe is a manufacturing veteran with more than 40 years of experience, with 15 years leading Operations at Aerofil Technology. Joe’s primary focus is on Safety, Regulatory, Processing, Packaging, Engineering, Maintenance, and Logistics. Joe comes from a diverse background with previous manufacturing experience at Unilever and Spectrum Brands. He works closely with all groups, including customers, suppliers, leadership teams, and all hourly employees, and uses his strong communication skills to facilitate coordination, interaction, and success with all groups.

Ed Freesmeier

Ed Freesmeier

VP of Commercial

Ed is responsible for overseeing Sales, Marketing and Sourcing. Ed is very involved in strategic planning and is also responsible for commercial execution. Prior to Aerofil, Ed was a sales associate for CLSmith Container Company where he learned the value of customer relationships and quality product and performance. In 2010, Ed began his career at Aerofil Technology as a Sales Representative. Ed received a B.A. of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina Coastal and from there began his career to gain experience in the field. This experience combined with his hard work ethic earned Ed the title of Vice President of Commercial in 2018. Ed’s favorite activities outside of the office include spending time with his family and golfing with friends.

Ben Heimann

Benjamin Heimann

VP of Technical Services

Ben has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Ben has over 20 years of industry experience in R&D, Quality, Packaging, and Regulatory. He has been involved in various industry organizations, including the Midwest Aerosol Association and the Western Aerosol Information Bureau. When asked what he enjoys most about the team at Aerofil, Ben says, “We approach every situation knowing there is a solution and that we will achieve it. I’m constantly amazed at our ability to find ways to make the improbable happen.”

Cheryl Wagner

Cheryl Wagner

Director of Human Resources

Cheryl is a strategic HR executive with 15 years of experience supporting the business vision with HR initiatives in both corporate and manufacturing environments. Cherly is change management focused, with the goal of transforming HR from an administrative function to a strategic partner with HRIS technology, employee relations, succession planning, employee benefits, recruiting and retaining talent.

Learn about Aerofil

Aerofil
HistoryDating back to 1988, our company history has focused on paving the way for continued growth.Find out more
the aerofil approach
PhilosophyLean practices, continuous improvement and a firm belief in customer and employee satisfaction sets the foundation for Aerofil’s success.Find out more
facilitating continuous growth
FacilityOur state-of-the-art facility is just one important aspect of what allows Aerofil to exceed industry standards.Find out more