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.

George Danelli

George Danelli

Operations Manager

George Danelli joined Spira in 2010 as a temporary Inventory Clerk and has since been promoted to Operations Manager/Quality Management Representative overseeing Inventory, Shipping and Receiving, Quality Control, Purchasing, Production, and Spira’s Quality Manual. He earned his associates degree in Industrial Engineering Technology at ITT Technical Institute and was valedictorian of his class. George continues to implement innovative ideas which improve lead times, efficiency in production processes, and company procedures.

Joseph R. Sanchez

Joseph R. Sanchez

Inside Sales Supervisor/Tech Support

Joseph Sanchez began working at Spira in February 2014. A graduate from Cal Poly Pomona, he earned his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology in 2013. As part of Spira’s management team, Joseph oversees the Sales Department and Technical Support. Working with the Sales Team, they process nearly $10 million in customer contracts annually. He is the initial point of contact for all technical questions regarding Spira products, up to and including assisting customers on new applications to design in Spira gaskets. Joseph looks forward being part of Spira’s continual growth and success for years to come!

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

Ernesto Nunez

Ernesto Nunez

Purchasing/Buyer