With hundreds of years of combined experience, our management team is made up of leading experts in the field.
In addition to overseeing all aspects of the business, Joel is involved with refrigeration design, project estimation and execution for large industrial clients, as well as commercial projects for churches and schools. Joel and his wife, Mary, founded the company in 1997.
Vice President/ General Manager
As Vice President/General Manager, Erik oversees all operational functions, including finance, marketing, legal/contracts, strategic planning, licensing, human resources, safety and more. Erik received his degree from Arizona State University. He joined Apex in 2007 after starting his career with Honeywell.
Industrial Service Manager
Abel oversees the industrial service department. He has a strong mechanical background and specializes in maintaining industrial and commercial refrigeration facilities. He is responsible for estimation, safety, compliance and customer service within the department. Additionally, he is responsible for employee training and education. Abel has been part of the Apex team since 2011.
Commercial Service Manager
Shawn joined Apex in 2006 and now oversees the commercial service department. He has a strong mechanical background and specializes in maintaining chillers, cooling towers, boilers and traditional HVAC equipment. He is responsible for estimation, safety, compliance and customer service within the department.
Michael is responsible for project execution in the field and oversees a construction crew of more than 10 welders. His primary focuses are large-scale industrial and commercial refrigeration projects. Mike has been with Apex since 2003.
Commercial Service Accounts Receivable
Donna joined Apex in 2015 and is responsible for invoicing, collections and scheduling for Apex’s Commercial Customers. She received her degree from Northern Arizona University.
Jeremy is responsible for project management, design, scheduling and execution. He has experience working with 2D/3D AutoCAD and Revit designs, as well as 3D scanning of facilities. He joined Apex in 2019 and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Arizona State University.
Tom is responsible for the execution of large-scale construction projects, specifically for industrial clients. He has many years of experience in estimating, project management, refrigeration system design, purchasing and scheduling. Tom joined the Apex team in 2004 after decades of management in the industry. He is also a proud veteran of the Navy.
Director of Industrial Refrigeration
With a strong background in refrigeration design and energy efficiency, John handles sales and account management for Apex’s industrial refrigeration customers. Additionally, John oversees the refrigeration engineering department at Apex. He is also a former president of RETA (Refrigeration Engineers and Technicians Association) and received his degree from Arizona State University. John joined Apex in 2006 after decades in the industry.
Refrigeration Design Engineer
Joseph is responsible for refrigeration design and engineering in our industrial and commercial facilities. He executes 2D/3D designs based on customer requirements and provides project management from start to finish on his projects. Joseph received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Arizona State University and is currently an Engineer-in-Training. Joe has worked for Apex from 1997-2006 and rejoined the company in 2014.
Valerie oversees all office functions, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, job tracking, taxes and more. She has been with company since it opened in 1997. Valerie received her degree from Northern Arizona University.
Industrial Service Accounts Receivable
Andrea joined Apex in 2007 and is responsible for invoicing, collections and scheduling for Apex’s Industrial and Heavy Commercial Customers.
Chris Fahrenholz, PE
Senior Refrigeration Design Engineer
Chris is responsible for refrigeration design and engineering in our industrial facilities. He executes 2D/3D designs based on customer requirements and provides project management from start to finish on his projects. Chris received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and is currently a licensed PE in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah and Virginia. He joined Apex in 2018.
Administrative Support/Part Sales
Karen is responsible for many of Apex’s administrative functions and customer service. Additionally, she coordinates individual part sales for many of Apex’s customers. She joined Apex in 2007 and has many years of experience in this industry.