George M. Kunkel, M.S.

George M. Kunkel, M.S.

Founder

In 1978, Design Engineer George Kunkel invented the Spira EMI gasket to address a need in the industry that wasn’t being fulfilled. George and his team designed and manufactured the patented Spira EMI gasket, along with a collection of other EMI shielding products. 

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Kevin Hernandez

Kevin Hernandez

General Manager

Kevin Hernandez works as a General Manager and has worked for Spira since 2019. He earned his B.S. in Business Management from U.C. Santa Cruz. He enjoys spending time with his family and is the proud father of three sons. One of his favorite quotes is: “No person is free who is not master of himself.” – Epictetus 

Zachary Pearce

Zachary Pearce

Applications Engineer

Zachary Pearce works as an Applications Engineer and started working for Spira in 2020. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Irvine. A philosophy Zachary lives by is: “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Sandra Ornelas

Sandra Ornelas

Customer Solutions Supervisor

Sandra Ornelas works as the Customer Service Supervisor and has worked for Spira since 2002. One of her favorite quotes is: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Ana Gonzalez

Ana Gonzalez

Customer Solutions Representative

Ana Gonzalez works as a Customer Service Associate and has worked in the industry since 2009. One of her favorite quotes is, “We don’t grow when things are easy, we grow when we face challenges.”

Cruz Manriquez

Cruz Manriquez

Customer Solutions Representative

Cruz Manriquez has worked as a Customer Service Associate with Spira since 2015, One of her favorite quotes is, “No regrets, just lessons. No worries, just acceptance. No expectations, just gratitude. Life is too short.”

Lidya Melendez

Lidya Melendez

Customer Solutions Associate

Lidya Melendez works as a Customer Service Associate and started working for Spira in 2020. One of her favorite quotes is “You don’t have to wait for major milestones to be happy.”

Mayra Wallace

Mayra Wallace

Customer Solutions Associate

Mayra Wallace works as a Customer Service Associate and started working at Spira in 2003. A philosophy she lives by is to treat everyone with respect and kindness. 

Wendy Kunkel

Wendy Kunkel

Director of Accounting & HR

Wendy Kunkel has been working with Spira for over 25 years and is a member of Spira’s Board of Directors. She has a B.S. in Electronic Engineering from Cal Poly SLO, an M.A. in Psychology, and is certified human resources. Wendy enjoys supporting and guiding Spira’s team as it keeps growing and providing excellent products and services. 

Myrian Gennaro

Myrian Gennaro

Accounting & HR Manager

Myrian Gennaro works as the Accounting & HR Manager and started working in the industry in 2000. She earned her Masters in Accounting from Cal State Univ, Northridge and holds a Human Resources Certificate. A favorite quote is: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”  – Maya Angelou 

Abigail Ramirez

Abigail Ramirez

Accounting & HR Assistant

Abigail Ramirez works as an Accounting and HR Assistant and has worked for Spira since 2018. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Simpson University. She enjoys spending her free time reading, eating, watching K-dramas, and playing her ukulele

Jose Ortiz

Jose Ortiz

Automation & Manufacturing Engineer

Jose Ortiz works as an Automation & Manufacturing Engineer and he brings over 30 years of experience in tool and automation design. He has a Green Belt in Six Sigma and is experienced in Lean Manufacturing. His favorite quote is: “Everything in life is measurable.” 

Oscar Aguilar

Oscar Aguilar

Operations Manager

Oscar Aguilar works as the Operations Manager and joined the Spira team in 2023. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. A philosophy Oscar lives by is: “If you have the choice between being right and being kind, choose being kind.” 

Luis Avalos

Luis Avalos

Production Supervisor

Luis Avalos works as a Production Supervisor and started working in the industry in 2008. A philosophy he lives by is to treat people with kindness no matter what.  

Nick Poe

Nick Poe

QC Inspector Lead & QMR

Nick Poe works as a Quality Control Lead & QMR and has been working in the industry since 2011. He enjoys spending his free time reading. Fun fact: In his earlier career Nick spent time serving in the Navy on a Nuclear Sub.

Michael Kunkel

Michael Kunkel

Special Projects Manager

Michael Kunkel started working at Spira in 1984 & after decades of working in many different positions, he now shares his technical expertise on special projects and assists the Management Team. Michael earned a B.S. in Business Mgmt at the University of Phoenix, and is also a member of Spira’s Board of Directors. 

Deidre Jeppson

Deidre Jeppson

Production Planner

Deidre Jeppson joined Spira in 2018 as a Quality Inspector. In 2020 she took over planning and configuration. She has a B.S. in Business Management from Dominican University of New York. Deidre focuses on being a team player with a focus on getting things done for the greater good.

Hector Garcia

Hector Garcia

Production Machine & Process Controller

Hector Garcia works as a Production Machine & Process Controller and has been working with Spira since 2017. One of his favorite quotes is: “The moment you give up, is the moment you let someone else win.” – Kobe Bryant 

Jessica Sanchez

Jessica Sanchez

Purchasing & Planning Assistant

Jessica Sanchez works as a Purchasing & Planning Assistant. She earned her Bachelors in Organization Mgmt and Analysis from the Univ. of Arizona Global Campus. A favorite quotes is: “Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale