Management

George M. Kunkel, M.S.

George M. Kunkel, M.S.

Founder & CEO

George Kunkel is the Founder and CEO of Spira and has been a design engineer for over 50 years. He is well known as a worldwide expert in the field of EMI/RFI research and EMC System design for the last 40 years.  In 1978 he was a design engineer and founded Spira to address a critical need in the industry that wasn’t being fulfilled. He designed developed and patented the Spira Shield gasket and a whole family of exceptional EMI/RFI shielding gaskets and filters…  
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William Wantz

William Wantz

General Manager

Will Wantz started at Spira in 2009 as a Manufacturing Engineer and Machine Shop Supervisor and was promoted to General Manager after serving as a crucial part of the team as Lead Manufacturing Engineer. Will has a B.S. in engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and he brings expertise in product design and development, testing, machine design, automation, and programming. His favorite part of his job is developing custom designs for applications that require specialized solutions.

Kevin Hernandez

Kevin Hernandez

Sales & Customer Service Manager

Kevin Hernandez joined Spira’s Management team in 2019 and is a key player in overseeing the Sales and Customer Service Department. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Business Management in 2010. Working with the Sales Team, they process nearly $10 million in customer contracts annually. He provides excellent support to our valued customers and is the initial point of contact for questions on PO’s and RFQ’s. Kevin looks forward to being part of Spira’s continual growth and success for years to come!

Jorge Baeza

Jorge Baeza

Operations Manager

Jorge Baeza joined Spira in the role of Operations Manager in December 2019 overseeing inventory, production, purchasing, shipping, and quality control. He holds a M.S. Degree from USC, a B.S. from Cal State University and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Jorge started as a machinist, has excelled in his 20 years of manufacturing experience in various industries, and is motivated by improving processes on a continuous basis. He enjoys working with people, complex manufacturing issues and the challenges that come with both.

Michael Kunkel

Michael Kunkel

Special Projects Manager

Michael Kunkel started working at Spira in 1984 as a Production Assembly person. After decades of working in many different positions, he now focuses on sharing his technical expertise on special projects. Michael earned a B.S. degree in Business Management at the University of Phoenix.

Wendy Kunkel

Wendy Kunkel

HR & Project Manager

Wendy Kunkel has been working with Spira part-time since 2000, and is currently Human Resources and Project Manager, and a member of Spira’s Board of Directors. She earned a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Cal Poly SLO, an M.A. in Psychology, and is certified in corporate training and human resources.  Wendy enjoys supporting Spira’s management team, employees, sales reps and customers on a wide variety of different projects. She is also very skilled with computers and graphic design, and helps support Spira’s MRP system, website, marketing and advertising.

Customer Service

Cruz Manriquez

Cruz Manriquez

Customer Service/Inside Sales Associate

Sandra Ornelas

Sandra Ornelas

Customer Service/Inside Sales Associate

Mayra Wallace

Mayra Wallace

Customer Service/Inside Sales Associate

Myrian Gennaro

Myrian Gennaro

Accounting Associate & HR Assistant

Ernesto Nunez

Ernesto Nunez

Purchasing/Buyer

Abigail Ramirez

Abigail Ramirez

Administrative Assistant