Afinitas Announces Leadership Changes

Afinitas Announces Leadership Changes

Stoller, Schmidgall, Strabala and Von Cannon Promoted to New Roles


  1. LOUIS — April 3, 2019 — Afinitas, the leading global infrastructure equipment and services company, is pleased to announce several organizational changes effective that were effective April 1, 2019.

Dave Stoller has been named Global Vice President of Engineering for Afinitas. In this new position, he will lead engineering activities across the entire Afinitas platform with an emphasis on driving innovation to meet the changing needs of the pipe and precast industry. Stoller has 30 years with HawkeyePedershaab-BFS, the Drycast division of Afinitas, and most recently served as Vice President of Engineering for the Mediapolis, IA, facility.

Aaron Schmidgall has been named President of CAM Products, the newly created concrete accessory products division of Afinitas. He succeeds Jim Wright, a 30-year veteran of the reinforced concrete industry and former owner and CEO of Camsales, Inc. (aka Concrete Accessory Manufacturing), who will continue with the business as Executive Vice President.  In his role as President, Schmidgall will set the strategy and vision for CAM, while overseeing day-to-day operations. A 25-year veteran of HawkeyePedershaab-BFS, he has held many leadership roles within the company, including CFO and COO. Schmidgall most recently served as Vice President of Operations for the Mediapolis, IA, facility.

Dave Strabala has been named Vice President of Sales for CAM Products. Strabala, who has been with HawkeyePedershaab-BFS for 13 years, will be responsible for managing global sales strategy and activities for the division. Prior to this assignment, he led the HawkeyePedershaab-BFS aftermarket sales team in Mediapolis, IA.

Derek Von Cannon has been named Vice President of Sales for the Afinitas Wetcast Division, which includes the newly combined   New Hampton Metal Fab and Spillman Company product lines. In this new assignment, he will oversee the activities of the Wetcast Division sales team and develop strategies to extend the division’s reach and better serve customers. Von Cannon was hired by Spillman in 2018 to serve as National Sales Manager.

“We are extremely proud of the individuals who have been appointed to these leadership roles,” said Brad Schmidgall, CEO of Afinitas. “Their experience, energy and dedication to serving customers and fostering innovation will serve us well as we continue to build offerings that will enrich the industry and provide opportunities for our employees.”


The Afinitas platform brings together global leaders in the design, manufacture, installation and support of equipment for the production of precast concrete and infrastructure products. By combining the expertise of HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies, Inc. and BFS Betonfertigteilesysteme GmbH, New Hampton Metal Fabrication, LLC., Spillman and CAM Sales, Inc., Afinitas strengthens its commitment to providing best-in-class solutions and service for its customers around the world. Afinitas is part of BW Forsyth Partners, LLC, the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller. To learn more, go to



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