Rovema North America, Inc.

Rovema NA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rovema GmbHThe current Rovema NA was established in 2014 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rovema GmbH after ending its relationship with their prior representative Rovema Packaging Machines L.P. The transition was completed in late 2015 when Rovema NA acquired all  Rovema branded assets from Rovema Packaging Machines thereby consolidating all support for our customers out of the new Norcross, GA location.

Currently our operation in Atlanta is the North American sales and service presence for all of Rovema's engineered vertical form/fill/seal and end-of-line packaging solutions. Our plan is to gradually increase engineering and manufacturing capabilities as required.

With over 2,000 machines installed in North America we're fully committed to the ongoing support of our machines. Although occasionally certain drive or control components are obsoleted by our suppliers, we provide all available parts and ongoing technical support for any operating Rovema machine.

Our team in Norcross is combining German quality & engineering with American market awareness and responsiveness. All our machines are built under a single roof (not a global master brand) and we're aggressively building our staff to meet growing demand.

Meet some of our key leadership below. If you're wondering about optimizing existing equipment of installing more; or even if you just want to reconnect with us, we'd welcome your call or email.

John Panaseny

John Panaseny

CEO

John is a packaging industry veteran with over 30 years of experience. He started his career in machinery sales with an engineering degree and moved into management after earning his MBA. He is known for his success in growing businesses with an unwavering focus on the customer.

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Gene Shaw

VP Sales & Marketing

Gene’s a real packaging veteran with a career already spanning 35 years in the manufacturing of packaging machinery from primary packaging to end of line. Gene applies a deep technical understanding to entrepreneurial and large corporate team management.

Suzanne Hanks

Suzanne Hanks

Controller

Suzanne is a Certified Public Accountant who has 12 years of experience in the accounting field. After graduating from Clemson University, she worked in public accounting then transitioned to the private sector where she has served in various leadership roles.

Ken Place

Ken Place

Director of Project Management & Operations

Ken has a diverse background in handling major projects and events – highlights include working the Olympics in Atlanta, and facilities management at Yale University. The combination of his experience in project management with his MBA allows him to be superior at delivering projects on time and on budget.

Kelly Eastman

Kelly Eastman

VP Engineering

Kelly has been leading the design and delivery of primary packaging equipment for the food and beverage industry for over 18 years. As a veteran of rapid business growth for award-winning packaging lines, he is recognized for his focus on continuous improvement to business processes that are built on a strong technical foundation.

Richard Wullkotte

Richard Wullkotte

Aftermarket Sales Manager

Richard has an MBA with a focus in Global Leadership from Colorado Technical University.  New to the packaging industry, he has 12+ years of experience leading aftermarket departments for Fortune 500 companies such as Caterpillar and NCR. Richard’s business knowledge and experience in global organizations will continue to help Rovema provide excellent service for all your aftermarket needs.

Gordon Thomsen

Gordon Thomsen

Service Manager

Gordon has spent 25 years at Mead Westvaco where he was most recently the Manager of Service. He has built his career on his technical skills, responsive nature and collaborative mindset. All these skills serve him well in his role as a point person with our customers.

Steve White

Steve White

Business Development Manager

Steve spent 30 years in a technical role with General Mills with many of them as their subject matter expert (SME) for vertical ffs equipment. There are not many challenges Steve hasn’t seen and solved. He is an invaluable resource to our team and our customers.