Jeffrey Carnevali is the President & CEO of National Products Inc. (NPI), as well as the inventor and designer of the RAM Mounts line of mounting products.
In 1992, Jeff founded NPI from his basement shop, where he designed, tooled and produced the first product – a propeller puller for the marine industry. From that point on, Jeff has continued his relentless quest to invent, design, tool and manufacture a growing line of mounting systems to meet the needs of widely varying industries. Jeff’s hands-on knowledge of manufacturing processes, innate business acumen and genuine entrepreneurial spirit have proved an effective platform for building a successful product and brand.
Prior to forming NPI, Jeff was a skilled wood and metal patternmaker. In the early 1980’s he supervised a large and prestigious tooling shop in the Seattle area. Over the years Jeff added several courses to continually refine his designing and manufacturing skills. They included CAD, CAM, mathematics, economics, architectural drafting, engineering, machining, sheet metal practices, injection molding, die casting and other types of manufacturing processes.
To date, Jeff has been awarded 150 patents with more than 30 pending from the US Patent & Trademark Office and has pioneered methods for manufacturing products. NPI products are playing important roles in such diverse settings as the armed services, police and fire departments, the airline and trucking industries, the International Space Station, agriculture, fleet transportation, electronics, the film industry, medical services and sports such as fishing and cycling.
Beyond his daily duties at NPI, Jeff is an accomplished pilot and holds a current Private Pilot Certificate.
A Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University in Business Administration with a Management Concentration laid the foundation for Chad Remmer’s role at NPI. Since 1997, Chad has worked in every department within NPI prior to his current role as Chief Operating Officer. Having spent almost equal time in the production/manufacturing divisions as in sales and marketing roles, Chad possesses the ability to balance the efficiency needs of the company with the flexibility of outstanding customer service.
As a result of his in-depth knowledge of all facets of NPI, most internal IT projects are spearheaded by Chad. Working internally with department heads as well as externally with both vendors and customers provides him with both a challenging and rewarding work experience.
Michael Turner joined NPI in 2005 as Corporate Controller. Over the last 12 years, Michael has been assigned with implementing financial systems that support the growth of NPI, working with department heads to produce effective reporting in the areas of inventory management, cash management and sales growth. Michael works with the customer service team as a leader and mentor, ensuring the corporate focus on excellent customer service is implemented in daily interactions with customers.
Michael holds a certificate degree in Management Accounting and Finance from Skagit Valley College. Prior to Michael’s time with NPI he held similar positions in several different industries, including retail, marine, software development, financial services and publishing.
Dave Johnson joined NPI in 2014, developing the foundation and processes for the company’s HR function. With an HR focus on hiring and inspiring great employees, Dave uses his strengths of leadership, employee relations and communications to strategically partner with managers and employees to enhance the entire employment process.
Dave’s professional experience includes director and executive director roles in health care, IT, education and service companies throughout the northwest. Dave holds a master’s degree in HR Development from Seattle University, a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification from Seattle Pacific University and a professional HR certification.
Outside of work Dave has coached five sports and has been a professional ski instructor. He’s also served on the Board of Directors for multiple non-profits and on local Chamber of Commerce committees. Dave combines his vast experience in HR, education and public relations to create the optimal service environment for employees.
Scott Anderson joined NPI in 2016 to add to the engineering scale of RAM Mounts. Scott has more than 30 years of professional experience in mobile and vehicular electronics, including with AT&T and its subsidiaries in developing products that helped evolve the cellular internet technologies of today. In addition, he has extensive experience in wireless handset design architecture, evolving battery chemistries, display technologies, and the handset and tablet industry. Scott comes to RAM Mounts directly from the telematics industry, where he spent the last decade as lead technical engineer and the head of hardware at Telogis, as well as director and VP of hardware engineering for Spireon.
In his current role as VP of Engineering, Scott’s primary focus is on growing the electronics capability of RAM Mounts solutions as the company grows. The GDS® and Intelliskin® line of products are a large focus for Scott as new products from device OEMs require support. Outside of work he enjoys building, working, riding and driving anything with a wheel.
Jaelithe Guillette joined NPI in 2016 to develop and lead a wide-ranging and versatile marketing team. In her role, Jaelithe works closely with several different parts of the organization and oversees advertising, branding, content, customer support, ecommerce, events, media relations, product marketing, sponsorships, training and website development across the company’s vertical markets.
Prior to Jaelithe’s time with NPI she held marketing positions in the agency world, and for large global organizations in the clothing, fitness and outdoor industries. Jaelithe holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the Art Institute of California-San Diego.
Dave Wilkinson joined NPI in 2000 as an assembly worker. Through his career at NPI Dave has been involved in a wide range of functions including assembly, packaging, shipping, receiving, marketing, design, rapid prototyping, technical support, HR, powder coating, aluminum die casting, production and facility management. Currently, Dave’s role as Facilities Manager involves a variety of responsibilities including overseeing production and operations at multiple shops and helping to facilitate company growth and expansion with regard to buildings and equipment.
Prior to Dave’s time with NPI he held positions in construction and commercial fishing in Alaska. David holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Portland.
Chris Lasswell joined NPI full-time in 2017 with a focus on ERP systems. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, Chris helped automate the drafting and shop floor operations at Robinson Industries in his hometown. He then managed the IT system for the university’s facilities management division, creating a job costing system for all facilities and building projects. Most recently, Chris worked extensively in the VISUAL Manufacturing ERP market, providing software development and consulting services through his work at Truefit.
Chris brings 25 years of experience in manufacturing and financial software solutions to his team as they look to help fuel NPI's growth with an array of information technologies.
Jacob Parker joined the NPI sales team in 2008 and has worn many hats at the company, including vertical industry strategy, project management, collateral development and trade show execution.
In his current role as Director of Business Development, Jake is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s sales strategy. In this role, Jake supports the sales organization by developing strategies around a variety of industry verticals and sales channels. The role pairs Jake’s extensive product knowledge with his dedication to building the awareness and adoption of RAM Mounts globally. A native of Seattle, Jake spends his weekends enjoying the outdoors with his family. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Washington with a focus in Economics.
Kyle Lonzak joined NPI in 2010. Throughout his career, Kyle has been involved in a variety of functions including sales and marketing efforts focused on the public safety sector, business development, customer service, product development and personnel training. Currently, Kyle serves as Technical Sales Engineer. Before Kyle’s time at NPI he worked as an apprentice as a High Voltage Lineman with Tacoma Power, managed a crew of 12 for exterior home maintenance and delivered commercial plumbing supplies.
Outside of work, Kyle is a board member of his neighborhood community and enjoys many different activities with his family including boating on Lake Washington and four-wheeling by Mt. Rainier.
Wade Hickson joined NPI in 2017 to lead the RAM Mounts sales team as Director of Sales. Wade has an extensive background in manufacturing leadership including sales, general management, production, operational and procurement roles. Throughout his career, Wade has had the opportunity to lead international sales teams, advance business strategies, guide professional development and continuously improve business units.
Wade is in the process of completing his MBA in Organizational Leadership from Oregon State University. In his spare time, Wade enjoys fitness, athletics, travel and dining out with his wife, Sheri.
Steven Anderson joined NPI in 2018 as Director of Operations with more than two decades of experience overseeing manufacturing and operations. In his role, Steven directs multiple departments to attain operational efficiency to provide customers with quality products and services.
Most recently, Steven spent three years as General Manager at LSG Sky Chefs and four years as VP of Operations at TalkingRain where he introduced continuous improvement strategies to increase the company’s level of quality and production. Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Seattle University.
Jack Kropp joined NPI in 2004 to assist with the implementation of a modernized ERP system. Jack brings 35 years of management experience in operations, production, inventory control, master scheduling, and production control.
Jack’s previous professional experience includes working with multiple organizations spanning a variety of industries across the US and Canada as an independent consultant in MRP, shop scheduling and inventory control processes.
Cliff Lucas joined NPI in 2004. Throughout his career with NPI Cliff has been a part of many departments including plastic injection, shock and vibration testing, rubber injection and machining. Cliff’s current role as the Plastics Manager involves overseeing quality, efficiency and maintenance of all plastic and rubber production, shock and vibration confidence testing, and CNC machining operation.
Prior to Cliff’s time with NPI he worked in a variety of manufacturing roles including glue manufacturing, liquid special effects for the film industry and smart building low voltage control systems installation. Cliff is a graduate of Issaquah High School with a focus in Industrial Technology.
Dustin Renfro joined NPI in 2017 as Injection Molding Manager. Dustin brings 28 years of experience in manufacturing, including Lean and Continuous Improvement methods. He holds Six Sigma Black Belt certification and specializes in data collection, efficiency improvements and cost savings projects.
Previously, Dustin spent 16 years supporting production in China for K2 Sports as Process Engineering Manager. Dustin holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington. In his spare time, Dustin enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Susan and working on "garage projects" – involving taking things apart and putting them back together.