Chris Neitsch has grown up living and breathing Gemini. His father Herb set up the business more than 30 years ago, naming it Gemini in honor of his twins, Chris and his sister Kirsten. Herb’s passion for manufacturing, and delivering superior products and customer service quickly built him a strong reputation in the local Nisku market and the oil field services industry.
Chris has always been fascinated by the business, visiting as a youngster and then being put to work as a teenager shoveling chips and cleaning the shop floor. Following Herb’s passing he moved into a management role in his early twenties and spent many years learning the business from the ground up. Although Chris has had a diverse career path (corporate banking, investment real estate, private industry national executive, mergers and acquisitions); the one constant has always been his involvement, passion, and strong commitment to the family at Gemini.
Chris is an active member of the Gemini team and provides hands on management and guidance within the organization on a daily basis. Under his direction, the business has grown from a 2,000 sq ft shop with one lathe, mill, and drill press into the current brand-new 41,000 sq. ft. world-class manufacturing facility. He is proud to carry on strength, tradition and innovation of the Gemini brand while he leads the business into new growth areas.
The first place Mike goes when he gets to work in the morning is the shop floor. Before he fulfills any of his duties as General Manager at Gemini, he gets some face time with the team to say good morning and see what everyone is working on. When required, he draws on their talents and knowledge of materials to help with various project bids.
Mike’s accounting and business background quickly became a sales background more than 27 years ago when he went to work for an international company. Since then, he has grown his experience in the mining, power generating, oil and gas production, drilling, gas compression industries, and on-highway trucking industry.
His venture at Gemini began in 2011. He started out managing a team of 11, which has now grown to 22, and incorporates 30,000 more square feet of shop space in the last year. Mike’s leadership approach begins with building strong relationships in-house. He involves team members in all processes on the shop floor, including quality control, to instill a sense of ownership in client projects.
In 2006, Dana took on the position of Office Manager, which came with such job descriptions as Receptionist, Purchaser, Payroll Officer, Events Coordinator, HR Manager, Safety Officer, among others. With her long list of titles and a particular affinity for details, she streamlines Gemini’s business processes along-side the Management Team. To date, her favourite project has been taking the company’s WCB Certification of Recognition (COR) and ISO program under her wing, making the well-being of her coworkers her priority. With her long list of tasks to complete, she is never short of something to do, but is always available to help in any way possible.
Dana has been a part of the Gemini team from the small, condo bay shop on 19th Avenue, where the company started, to the world class facility in the newly developed East Nisku district. The family atmosphere and company leadership approach is what makes her stay.
During her time away from the office in Nisku, Dana is actively involved in slo-pitch and indoor volleyball, as well as spending time perfecting the art of cake decorating.