The Natech Person
Natech built its success on the character of its people. We know if we can do a better job of attracting and building talented people, our customers are better served. The Natech Person is self-motivated to learn and grow as an owner. Our people crave the intellectual stimulation of tackling challenging problems. They manage increasingly higher levels of responsibility and pressure. They collaborate with and support their colleagues, clients, and suppliers to build an enduring organization.
What traits does the Natech Person possess?
Accountability – People on the top rung of the Ladder of Accountability lead up rather than delegate up. They take ownership to act on their own, implement solutions, and inspire confidence in others. They foster a productive group environment by being responsive, upbeat, and resilient under pressure.
Commitment – The fully committed stimulate high performance standards with enthusiastic tenacity. They catalyze commitment in others toward a compelling vision. They will create the needed structures. They find grudging or malicious compliance to be unacceptable.
Continual Improvement – The Continual Improvers develop advocates for change who continuously learn through self education. They are passionate about improving the organization. They translate individual learning into organizational learning to improve the systems.
Tom Nagler, CEO of Natech Plastics, guides the second generation of the family-owned business. He joined Natech in 1999 to explore his personal passion for business strategy and solving engineering challenges. He holds current memberships in The Society of Plastics Engineers and The American Society for Quality. He serves on the Board of the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP). Prior to joining Natech, Tom was the Sales & Traffic Supervisor for Marubeni Corporation. He previously served on the Industry Advisory Board for SUNY Farmingdale’s Mechanical Engineering Department. He graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing & Finance from LIU Post. Tom speaks conversational Spanish and in his free time enjoys surfing, weightlifting, and basketball. As a lifelong learner with a willingness to share knowledge for the development of the team, Tom has supported the design and development of dozens of single- and multi-component programs through commercialization.
Areas of Expertise:
- Injection Molding
- Mold Building
- Program Management
- Design for Manufacturability
- Material Selection
- Quality Systems
- General Management
Notable Products Developed:
- Lateral Flow Diagnostics
- Drug Delivery
- Novel Diagnostics including Microfluidics
- Cosmetic Product Dispensing Closures
- Ruggedized Military Hardware
David Kachoui joined Natech Plastics in 2010 to lead the Business Development team. He is in charge of building the company's long-term profitable relationships through the company’s Marketing and Sales efforts. Previously Kachoui ran North American Electronic Receivables at Citibank where he doubled product revenues by improving the sales-to-implementation processes. Prior to that he was Project Manager for Smith Barney’s Corporate Client Group. He has written articles on quality management for Quality Progress Magazine, holds PMP certification, and earned his MBA from Columbia University. He is an avid runner, a member of the New York Road Runners, and regular participant in the New York City Marathon.
Mike Botta is the Senior Mechanical Engineer at Natech Plastics. Having joined Natech in 2012, he provides end-to-end engineering and design support and fulfills general management and account management responsibilities for many Natech accounts. With over ten years of experience in the engineering of medical devices, he has developed client relationships by owning the details of their programs and offering solutions to their engineering challenges. He authored Natech’s IQ/OQ/PQ Mold Qualification Protocol, and spearheaded its implementation using Scientific Molding and Scientific Processing as its foundation. He’s also very happy to talk your ear off about all things Scientific Molding/Processing. Botta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University and has 18 medical device patents to his name. When not at work, you’ll find him at his quiet Long Island home spending quality time with his loving wife and his toddler twin boys. He is an avid weight lifter and fitness enthusiast and loves getting some fresh air on local biking and hiking trails.
Jose Domingo Hernandez joined Natech in 2006 and is the Plant Manager. He supervises all production and daily manufacturing operations at both manufacturing facilities. He manages the manufacturing engineers, shift forepersons, mold forepersons, molding technicians, floor persons, and operators. His responsibilities include manufacturing improvement projects, operator safety, plant expansion, and employee hiring, and he takes ownership of the professional development of the people on his team. Domingo takes pride in having started at Natech in an entry level position and growing into one of the key managers of the company. He is currently pursuing his degree in Manufacturing Technology from Suffolk Community College. He holds professional certifications in ISO 9001 internal audit, mold polish, and mold maintenance and repair and is fluent in Spanish. His mutual growth with the company has instilled his sense of giving back through the sharing of his professional knowledge and experience to the youth of his community.
Betty Merrifield serves as Natech’s Senior Material Coordinator. She joined Natech in 2007 and is responsible for production scheduling, raw material procurement, arranging shipments, managing the Warehouse Team, and fielding customer inquiries. She performs Internal Audits in support of Natech’s ISO program. Betty is a trained ISO Internal Auditor and brings over 30 years of experience in manufacturing on Long Island having started with a defense subcontractor in Farmingdale then moving to a plastics blow molding firm before being recruited by Natech. She plays in a bagpipe band, competed in the World Championships in Glasgow Scotland as well as The All Ireland Championships in Kilkenny, Ireland, and performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and The White House. Betty also enjoys rough housing with her two mini schnauzers.
Kim Hildreth joined Natech in 2013. As the Human Resources Associate, she creates the environment to position Natech as an employer of choice. She manages talent recruitment, employment processing, employee onboarding, compensation and benefits, development programs, safety training, employee relations and retention, and labor relations. Kim brings a strength in management and team development. Prior to joining Natech, she was Co-Manager at Talbot’s where set financial goals, managed inventory, planned and executed the brand’s visual direction, developed the selling team, and grew the key selling metrics. She started her career at Starbucks where she supervised a diverse team and learned about customer experience, management, and employee coaching and training. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing from Salisbury University’s Perdue School of Business. She enjoys family movie nights and nature walks in Long Island’s local nature preserves.
Andrew Dunham joined Natech in 2016. As Natech’s Quality Auditor, he manages both the Quality and Audit Teams. He is responsible for designing and implementing Quality Plans, part inspections, internal and external audits, the Quality Management System, and the Management Review. He successfully spearheaded the implementation of ISO 9001 at his previous position at Electronics Distribution. Andrew is a history buff (local and WWII Europe) and art lover (viewing and creating).
Jennifer Wrieske is in charge of Customer Service for Natech with responsibilities in processing customer orders, issuing invoices, and fielding customer inquiries and concerns. She joined Natech in 2004 and has adapted to the changing needs of the growing company through the years by supporting recruiting, hiring, internal ISO audits, and accounting AP/AR. Jen graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University. Jennifer spends her free time with her family gardening and rescuing and breeding animals.
Clément Sébastien Fournier joined Natech in 2012. As Natech’s Process Engineer, he establishes, validates, and improves new and existing injection molding, product finishing, and assembly and joining processes. He supports new mold builds and hot runner systems, designs and builds end-of-arm tools, and manages mold maintenance activities. Clément holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and has written about quality for ASQ’s Quality Islander Newsletter. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University. He is fluent in French and enjoys cooking, traveling, mountain biking, motorcycle riding, skiing, sailing, and time with the family.
Seemab Yousuf joined Natech Plastics in 2014. As the Applications Engineer, he supports clients from initial contact through project management and handoff to manufacturing. Seemab holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science from Stony Brook University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Applied Mechanics from State University of New York. He speaks English and Urdu with native fluency and Hindi with professional, working proficiency. When he can pry himself away from Solidworks and spreadsheets he is an avid woodworker, real-time strategy game player, and food enthusiast.