Hi, I’m Steve and the current President of The Akron Bearing Company. I grew up in Akron and graduated from Springfield High School. I then went to Oxford, Ohio where I got my bachelors degree in Psychology from Miami University. While there I met my beautiful wife, Kelsey. I have also earned an MBA from Walsh University in North Canton. Today, I live in Uniontown with my wife and two children, Lucas and Samuel. I have been with Akron Bearing since 2005 and really enjoy working with my customers and co-workers. My ultimate life goal is to be on (and hopefully win) Jeopardy">
Hi, I'm Matt. I started getting paid at Akron Bearing in 1977, but have been part of the fun since I was three. I would sneak butterscotch candy from my Grandpa Jones' desk drawer and play hide and seek in the basement with my two older brothers, Pete and Andy. I've been happily married to Judy since 1982, and have three sons (Tim, Steve, and Dan) the last two of who work here with me. I also love to spend time with my grandsons Luke and Sam. I like to travel all over the world, but love to call Akron my home.">
My name is DJ (Dan) Kalgreen. I am a graduate of Springfield High School. I've been working full-time at Akron Bearing since May 2010 and am part of the 4th generation of family members to work in the family business.">
Hello, my name is Libby Fickes. I grew up in Firestone Park and graduated from St. Vincent St. Mary High School & attended the University of Akron.
I started my career at Akron Bearing in 2004 as an inside sales representative. I later became a stockholder and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006. I assist Tony (Mike) Falatok with his outside sales territories as well as the purchasing department.">
I’ve worked at Akron Bearing, it seems all my life. In high school, I would help count inventory, empty trash cans, and weed. While in college, I aided shipping/receiving as well as filing for my mom (Kathie). I came back to Akron Bearing just as they were finishing the building addition (2001), became a shareholder soon after, and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006.
In my spare time, I enjoy video gaming, helping a good friend run a local gaming/artist convention (Con on the Cob), playing in a kickball league, and going to craft shows with my mom.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Business Management from the University of Phoenix.">
My name is Pete Kalgreen and I am President-Emeritus of the Akron Bearing Company. I attended Saint Vincent- Saint Mary High School and the University of Akron, home of the mighty Zips. I started working at Akron Bearing on Saturdays and after school at the age of 16 doing shipping/receiving. After college I worked inside sales, later as a road salesman, and then became president in 1990. My wife Diane and I like to travel, especially hiking in the Appalachians. We have five children and four grandchildren.
Ralph Jones, my grandfather, started Akron Bearing after his employer, Ahlberg Bearing, decided to close their Akron branch in 1940 during the depression. From those humble roots he started a company that has survived these 70+ years because of his basic and sound business ideals that we carry on to this day. We take care of our customers, make sure their needs are met, and solve their problems. Ralph frequently said “You cannot do business from an empty cart.” Ralph, you sure were right!">
East of Akron (ex. Kent, Brimfield, Alliance, Mogadore, Salem…etc.)
I began working for the Akron Bearing in 1994. For the past several years I have worked as an outside sales rep in the eastern counties of Ohio. I am a lifelong resident of northeast Ohio and graduate of the University of Akron.
Hi, I'm Aaron Angelo. I live in Green with my wife Kim, daughter Katie, and son Ryan, where we enjoy working on our house and around the yard. In my spare time I listen to music and love to play the blues on my guitar.">
My family is from the Firestone Park area with most of us graduating from Akron Public Schools. I’ve worked within the community from the age of 15 and currently live in Portages Lakes with my wife and two boys. In my free time, I enjoy camping, rooting for our Cleveland pro sports teams, or simply hanging among friends. My journey at Akron Bearing started in March 2022 and very excited to see what the future holds for both personal and company growth. Looking forward to meeting you!">
Hi, my name is Chad Rastetter. I graduated from Massillon Washington High School in 1993. For the past 20 years, I have done outside sales in cities such as Detroit, Kansas City, Houston, and Salt Lake City and inside sales for two global companies in the Akron/Canton area. I started with Akron Bearing in December 2019. I am happily married with two dogs.">
My name is Josh Keller. I live in Springfield with my wife Brittany, and our two children Ava and Bo. We love to spend time at the local parks where the kids can play, or we can go for a walk. I started working at Akron Bearing in August of 2021. I have enjoyed working here because everyone is always willing to assist with any questions I have. I also like helping customers determine and locate the parts they need to keep things running as they should.">