Meet the Team

Trent Runyon


With over 20 years of hands on experience in the KGV industry, Trent is responsible for creating, communicating and implementing the vision, mission and overall direction of DSS. His career started on the shop floor and has progressed through the major processes involved in crafting world class valves including CNC machine programming, CAD modeling, and engineering the development of castings for class 150, 300 and 600 designs. His ISO auditor experience enables him to lead the DSS Valve quality program, ISO registration and surveillance. Trent also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Sienna Heights University.

Jim Pellegrini

VP of Sales

Jim is not only the VP of Sales at DSS Valves, but also oversees a variety of manufacturing and design aspects that go into creating the leading Severe Service Knife Gate Valve in the market today. Over the past 21 years, Jim has been fortunate to work all over the globe including stints in Michigan, New York City, and Ravensthorpe Australia. During this time Jim has acted as operations manager, plant manager and on the engineering team for knife gate valve manufacturers. He also has experience in valve assembly and rebuilding processes, CNC Machining, CADD, welding, and industrial blue prints.

Dave Bergeron


Dave is the operations lead at DSS Valves. With a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a secondary concentration in industrial engineering, Dave’s career has spanned over 40 years in the fields of valve manufacturing, manufacturing engineering and operations management. Dave acted as the Vice President of Operations for 19 years at a manufacturer of hydraulic & pneumatic valves for aircraft & medical industries. He is also a certified manufacturing engineer, and has extensive experience with machine shop processes.

Bradley Okeley

Engineering Manager

Bradley Okeley is the Engineering Manager of DSS Valves and has been involved in the industrial valve industry for over 13 years. Much of this time has been spent designing and analyzing guided shear gate valves that can be found operating in many installations around the world. Bradley also has a background in industrial compressors and compressor installations, with a focus on rotary screw machinery. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University as well as a Minor in Mathematics.

Sharon Fobes

Inside Sales Manager/Applications Engineer

Sharon has 10 years of Inside Sales and Project Management experience in the KVG industry and 25 years of product design and manufacturing experience. Her primary goal has always been to provide quotations and proposals through to successful completion of the sale with first class customer service and many of her past and present clients can attest to that. Sharon has been the valve order Project Manager for many notable projects across the globe, her expertise has helped projects take flight in countries like Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Canada, and many more.

Dennis Ralston

Design Technician

Dennis is a Mechanical Designer with over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing sector. As a Design Technician for DSS Valves, Dennis is able to model and design with SolidWorks and other types of CAD software, where he is always challenging himself with new and interesting processes. Dennis’ desire to take his skill set to the next level is what helped him advance as a designer in all his previous positions. In his new position, Dennis is excited to see how he can leverage both his 17+ years of design experience in the manufacturing sector and his passion for working with solid models to strive for excellence for DSS Valves.

Christina Lee


Christina is the DSS Controller, and takes on a big role at DSS. With over 6 years’ experience in the KGV industry and nearly 13 years’ experience working in office management, handling everything from Human Resources to Payroll, Christina helps guide the DSS team to success, every single day! Christina has always strived for excellence in all her pursuits – and her education, her leadership, and her career are all great examples of that. As someone who deeply values and is continually working on her own personal development, Christina is ecstatic to be working for a company with the same outlook.