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Meet the Sales Team:

Over the years, our service staff has worked with and on most brands of equipment, where chemical delivery is concerned. We are comfortable with ALL equipment currently manufactured. Our distribution accounts handle most major brands of equipment, allowing our staff hands-on experience working on and troubleshooting machines.

Alex Whaley
Alex Whaley
Sales Engineer - East Coast Division

I bring 16 years of experience helping customers create a productive and profitable chemical program for their business. I love my job and the challenges it brings. Being able to help someone succeed by sharing my experiences and knowledge is one of the greatest parts of my career. Yes, at the end of the day it is all about a “Clean, Dry, Shiny” car but, knowing what it takes and how to get there is what makes us different. Outside of work I love spending time with my wife and 3 boys. If I am not working in the carwash, you can find me working on my grill cooking something great!

Josh Whaley
Josh Whaley
Sales Engineer - East Coast Division

I am second generation in this business and have over 10 years in the industry which includes working in sales and in carwashes. By working in carwashes I feel I understand the needs and wants of my customers. To me this job is a partnership and we both have to do our best to grow. I believe my ability to understand, ability to provide great customer relationships, and the company I work for are keys that I have to bring to customers. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my wife and family. Without God and them I would not be where I am today. When not spending time with them I am watching sports like football and basketball.

Steve Girard
Steve Girard
Regional VP of Sales - Central Division

I bring over 29 years of experience to the Vehicle Care Industry. I started my first Mobile Pressure Washing service called Professional Power Wash Systems in 1990. Shortly after that I started a commercial truck wash called Better Bright in 1993. I was given the opportunity to partner with ChemQuest in 1996 and helped to implement our unique Stay-Full Delivery Program. I believe what makes me and ChemQuest successful is our relationships. We are your partner and care about your business and how successful you are. I live in Wisconsin with my beautiful wife on a hobby farm. When I am not working I enjoy taking care of our farm, our animals (1 horse and a couple of cats), and I find peace in mowing my very large lawn. I also enjoy spending time at our cabin cruising the lake on the pontoon, fishing and working on projects.

Adam Keene
Adam Keene
Regional VP of Sales - East Coast Division

Clean cars are in my blood- being a third generation “car washer”. I bring over 30 years of experience in the industry and with more than 20 of them working at ChemQuest. Growing up in a family-owned car wash company as well as owning my own wash has given me a unique knowledge of how to make chemical perform best in all types of equipment. I believe in building long term relationships with customers & have a desire to see my customers succeed. There are several customers whom have been with me nearly all my 20+ years at ChemQuest. To this day I continue to ask myself one simple question- “How can I make them better”. I live in Ohio with my wife & 2 daughters. When I am not working or at my carwash I enjoy vacationing with my family, which under protest, always includes a trip to the local carwash!

Steve Fox
Steve Fox
Sales Engineer - East Coast Division

I bring over 24 years of sales and service experience working with car wash professionals helping to increase customer satisfaction and profitability. My focus on customer satisfaction and attention to detail has enabled me to align my career with industry leaders that are distinguished in the car wash market. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife and three children, volunteering with sports and school activities.

John Buchner
John Buchner
Sales Engineer - ChemQuest Local Market

I work and live in the ChemQuest direct service market in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. I manage our local Stay-Full Delivery program as well as work to retain and expand our local customer base. I have worked in the car wash industry for over 25 years, I value hard work, commitment and honesty in business and life. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family, being outdoors, hunting, fishing and 4-wheeling.

Adam Spackman
Adam Spackman
Sales Engineer - West Coast Division

I am able to create good relationships with new and current customers. I believe in working hard, being honest and upfront with customers. This allows for better relationships with ChemQuest. I am from Smithfield Utah, I am married to a wonderful woman and have two daughters. In my spare time I work on the family farm that I grew up on with my dad. I also enjoy skiing, snowmobiling and am currently attending school at Utah State University as an Aviation student.

Ryan Vossen
Ryan Vossen
Regional VP of Sales - West Coast Division

I am the Western Regional (more or less west of the Mississippi River) VP of Sales and have been with the company for 14 years. Half of that time was spent in the lab, where I was developing/formulating new products or performing quality control, and the other half has been as a salesman. I am married with 3 kids from ages 8 to 2. They keep us plenty busy between school and activities. When we are not tied up with the kids’ activities I enjoy getting outdoors to hunt (or at least take in nature) and keeping my lawn nicely manicured. Taking in the occasional sporting event (primarily Hockey) has also grown in interest with my oldest child.

Ken Wentworth
Ken Wentworth
President/Director of Sales and Marketing

As President, I wear many hats that touch all aspects of the company. By applying over 34 years of formulary experience, I direct our team of chemists on creating the best new and innovative cleaning products. I also manage an amazing team of sales and marketing specialists to optimize our resources and focus our expertise. I am extremely confident in our team’s innovation, dedication and extensive knowledge of the Car Wash Industry. By applying these traits, we are able to partner with our customers to maximize their profitability. Personally, I am passionate about our local community and work with several organizations as well as our Local School District to help give our youth additional guidance and experiences that will help them throughout life. I am married with two adult children and enjoy traveling, boating and fishing. I also use my formulary skills as an award winning Home Brewer. Another diversion to my busy life is singing Barbershop Harmony in both The Great Northern Union Chorus and a quartet called SWYPE.

Meet the Chemist Team:

All of our products are quality checked and verified by trained professionals. Product sample retains are collected and stored for a minimum of one year. Depending on the product, quality tests may include: Cloud Point, alkaline/base & acid/chelate titrations, peroxide and sulfite titrations, specific gravity, viscosity, & thermal stability tests. We have 5 full-time chemists on staff to develop and maintain our line of quality products.

Steven Mitchell
Steven Mitchell
R&D Chemist

I am the primary R&D chemist for the company, in this role it is my goal to improve and innovate our product line. I do this with input from the company’s excellent team of chemists, a background in chemistry, and close contact with our sales teams. I have been with the company since the spring of 2016. In that time, I have worked in all aspects of our lab such as quality control, costumer troubleshooting, and formula development. I thoroughly enjoy the culture the company has created and opportunities the company has given me to not only learn, but to teach as well through our local student outreach program. Personally, I love spend time with my family. I have a wonderful fiancé, a spirited daughter, and a fiercely loyal Siberian Husky. I also love to play hockey and do so weekly with a local league.

Paul Bakalich
Paul Bakalich
Lab Manager/R&D Chemist

I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College located in St. Peter, MN, with a degree in Chemistry in June of 2011 and have been working for ChemQuest every since. In my time at ChemQuest I have worked in the lab running quality control, developed custom car wash formulations, provided technical support, and I am now overseeing the quality management systems for operations. This includes internal and external auditing. outside of ChemQuest, I am an avid home-brewer and beer geek. I also enjoy the outdoors, including trips to the BWCA in northern Minnesota.

Robbie Specht
Robbie Specht
Chemist

I graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in chemistry and soon after I joined the ChemQuest team in October of 2019. I am the quality control chemist for the company and, it is my role to make sure our products pass different quantitative and qualitative tests before we ship the products out to our customers. I also support our R&D product developments throughout the day. In my spare time I enjoy home-brewing beer, watching hockey games, and going on long walks with my puppy, Murphy.

Ryan Vossen
Ryan Vossen
Regional VP of Sales - West Coast Division

I am the Western Regional (more or less west of the Mississippi River) VP of Sales and have been with the company for 14 years. Half of that time was spent in the lab, where I was developing/formulating new products or performing quality control, and the other half has been as a salesman. I am married with 3 kids from ages 8 to 2. They keep us plenty busy between school and activities. When we are not tied up with the kids’ activities I enjoy getting outdoors to hunt (or at least take in nature) and keeping my lawn nicely manicured. Taking in the occasional sporting event (primarily Hockey) has also grown in interest with my oldest child.

Ken Wentworth
Ken Wentworth
President/Director of Sales and Marketing

As President, I wear many hats that touch all aspects of the company. By applying over 34 years of formulary experience, I direct our team of chemists on creating the best new and innovative cleaning products. I also manage an amazing team of sales and marketing specialists to optimize our resources and focus our expertise. I am extremely confident in our team’s innovation, dedication and extensive knowledge of the Car Wash Industry. By applying these traits, we are able to partner with our customers to maximize their profitability. Personally, I am passionate about our local community and work with several organizations as well as our Local School District to help give our youth additional guidance and experiences that will help them throughout life. I am married with two adult children and enjoy traveling, boating and fishing. I also use my formulary skills as an award winning Home Brewer. Another diversion to my busy life is singing Barbershop Harmony in both The Great Northern Union Chorus and a quartet called SWYPE.

Meet the Administration Team:

At ChemQuest, we believe in delivering exceptional customer service. When you call our offices you are sure to get an answer. ChemQuest maintains a code of conduct and ethics that exemplify our commitment to both our employees and customers.

Karen Wentworth
Karen Wentworth
Controller/Director of Human Resources

In my roles as controller and human resources director, I oversee the accounting, customer service and human resources teams. I joined the company back in 2000 coming from a manufacturing and accounting background at Nabisco Foods and Tyco Plastics. As a team, we take pride in the fact that when you call, the phone will be answered by a knowledgeable staff member who can help you. If we don’t know the answer to the question asked, we will either find out or direct you to the team member who does. Along with my husband Ken, I am committed to our local community and school district. We both volunteer our time and talents and sponsor many community groups, teams and organizations. I serve on the Board of Directors for the Lakeville Chamber Foundation and mentor 8th grade girls in a program called Hope for Tomorrow. I am the proud mother of two beautiful adult daughters and grandmother to an adorable French Bulldog named Stitch! I am a sports fanatic especially for the Minnesota Wild, love to travel and read in my spare time.

Dana Turner
Dana Turner
HR Generalist/Customer Service

I started with ChemQuest in July of 2019. In my role as the Human Resources Specialist, my main responsibility is to take care of our company’s greatest asset, our employees. You may also hear my voice at the other end of the phone when I back up our customer service department, making sure our customers and vendors get the best service possible. I enjoy giving back to the communities of Lakeville and Farmington, where I have lived and worked for the last 20 plus years. My family, including my 2 grown children and son in law are the center of my personal life, so spending time with them and traveling when I can, are what I do in my free time.

Jesse Aubrecht
Jesse Aubrecht
Marketing Specialist

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Theresa Thurmes
Theresa Thurmes
Accounting/Customer Service

I joined the ChemQuest Team in 2015 in 2017 I took some time off for family. I returned to the Team in November of 2018. I am the voice at the other end of the phone when you call in! My daily duties include giving you exceptional customer service with my “Can Do” attitude, I also help with the daily accounting procedures and other odd jobs as needed. When away from the office I enjoy spending time outdoors and participating in daily activities with my 4 amazing grandchildren.

Karen Amell
Karen Amell
Customer Service

I joined the ChemQuest Team in September 2019. While still quite the “newbie”, I already love, love, love the daily variety: answering phones, taking orders/order entry and donning the hat of Junior Sleuth, tracking down mysteries! When not impersonating Sherlock Holmes, I am at home in Burnsville, with my husband, Greg. We have two grown sons, Nick and Paul. Some of my favorite pastimes include: stained glass painting, piano, long hikes and volunteering with Greg in the 3M Visiting Wizard program. I look forward to working with everyone!

Annette Faux
Annette Faux
Senior Accountant

March 2021, I began working at ChemQuest as the Senior Accountant. As my role evolves, I am learning all aspects of the accounting department, beginning with assisting in Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. I will also be helping with financial reporting and any special projects. When customer service is busy, I am one of the back-ups answering the telephone and taking sales orders. My husband, daughter (14), son (9), and I moved to Farmington, 8 1/2 years ago, from Iowa. We love living in Minnesota! When not working, we taxi our kids to their sports, band, and dance activities. If there is any down time, we like to go camping, boating, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.