We are pleased to announce Keegan O’Bannon as Bearon Manufacturing’s new President. O’Bannon brings 24 years of experience which include tool making, research and development, sales management and manufacturing operations.
Before joining Bearon, O’Bannon served the foundry industry at Gartland Foundry (Terre Haute, IN) for eight years, Urick Foundry (Erie, PA) for six years, and Fresno Valves & Castings (Selma, CA) for 10 years, filling technical and leadership roles in Product, Quality and Sales Management, and Production Operations, ultimately as Vice President.
O’Bannon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from California State University, Fresno and an MBA from Penn State.
“Keegan is a wonderful addition to the Bearon family,” said Charles Beard, former president. “His leadership style and intuition aligns well with the collaborative, hard working values of the company while also bringing a fresh perspective of the industry and data to the table.”
O’Bannon deploys a relational approach to leadership focused on developing employees and strengthening company culture, while also relying upon operational data to guide the direction of efforts – both with the goal of increasing employee and customer satisfaction levels. He is an avid reader citing Georges Simenon, Jordan Peterson, Eliyahu Goldratt and the Bible as his inspiration.
“I am very excited to join the Bearon team,” said O’Bannon. “It’s an honor to be given the opportunity to build upon Charlie’s decades of hard work. The talented folks with whom I have the opportunity to partner are a major key to our continued success.”
When not engaged in work activities, O’Bannon enjoys spending time with his wife and family.