PRESIDENT / SHAREHOLDER & DIRECTOR
Chris Neitsch has grown up living and breathing Gemini. His father Herb set up the business more than 40 years ago, naming it Gemini in honor of his twin children. 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 45,000 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.
GENERAL MANAGER / SHAREHOLDER
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 generation, oil and gas production, drilling, gas compression industries .
His venture at Gemini began in 2011. He started out managing a team of 11, which has now grown to approximately 60. Mike’s leadership & sales approach begins with building strong relationships; he involves team members in all processes and instill ‘s a sense of ownership within ongoingclient projects.
Starting as a Machinist at McKinney Machine Company in 1979, through his passion and unwavering hard work and pursuit of excellence, became their Lead Foreman in the late 1980’s.
After McKinney was acquired by Gemini in 2015, Greg’s continual passion and drive along with his experience and skill proved to be a fantastic fit within Gemini.
Drew came to Gemini with a wealth of theoretical and practical welding experience learned over the past two decades . His focus on constant improvement and experience within lean manufacturing techniques has proven to be an excellent value add to the team at Gemini. Drew is constantly maintaining and building for a greater customer experience with projects completed and also building continual staff relation s.
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 most accomplished project has been starting and maintaining the company’s WCB Certification of Recognition (COR) and ISO programs, making the well-being of her coworkers a top 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.
Janice came to Gemini with nearly 30 years of experience within the oil and gas manufacturing industry. With her extensive experience in accounting and her high level of attention to detail & accuracy, Janice is uniquely well suited to being our organizational controller.
Vivian came into her position at Gemini as a seasoned Production Planner with a demonstrated history of working in the mining & metals industry. She is highly skilled and trained within Quality Control, Petroleum, Energy Industry, Procurement, and Engineering.
Experienced operations professional with a track record of corporate growth meanwhile maintaining an excellent on-time delivery schedule regarding customer projects.
Viv is also trained and certified within EDDT focused regarding Engineering Design and Drafting from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Andy is the epitome of technical manufacturing solutions provider at Gemini. Andy’s career began with McKinney Machine Company as an apprentice machinist; through consistent hard work, passion, and dedication, he rose through the ranks to Lead Hand, Foreman, and then General Manager.
He has run previous successful manufacturing companies over the years; and joined the Gemini team five years ago. Andy is focused on business and product development with a technical expert background in BOP, valves, power generation, and oil field equipment manufacturing and service.
OFFICE & SALES ADMINISTRATOR
Mel’s dynamic personality is contagious with the Gemini team, and she is always on the lookout of new or better ways to improve operations at the shop. With her wide range of experience in the administration and safety field s, this has proven to be key asset s working with the team at Gemini.
Don came to Gemini with over decade of previous manufacturing experience as a senior estimator. Prior to his role within estimating, he was a seasoned machinist well versed in both areas of technical repairs and high production manufacturing.
Don ‘s wealth of experience has helped the team at Gemini to ensure we’re always being productive.
BUSINESS & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
Mark’s consistent commitment to details, accuracy, and technical understanding is unchallenged. He constantly strives for the pursuit of excellence. He understands s the importance of product application and viability against cost and reliability. Objective is to make quality, sell quality, live quality. High standards equals high expectations.
Mark is an active member within the Gemini executive team and is also one of North America’s leading technical experts within wear technologies.
Mark has worked with regional aboriginal representatives, clients and partners to establish the criteria for the Gemini Social Program for Indigenous Worker Development.
While the program has already been initiated; the added aspects for life and living will be expanded continually.
The program is not only intended to present indigenous employment opportunities, but to also establish a support network that increases the likeliness of indigenous worker retention and establish avenues
that promote career building and family stability
WELDING QC MANAGER
With over three decades of QC and wear technology experience, Garry is responsible for verifying our welding quality program and ensuring it remains well above industry standards.
ROTATING EQUIPMENT REPAIR MANAGER
Robert is a results-driven Senior Manager with over 35 years of comprehensive achievements in Oilfield, Mining, Power Generation & Heavy Industry Manufacturing, Service and Repair sectors.
He has proven success leading technical, trades, sales and marketing teams through expertise in business development and strategic planning capabilities.
Robert is motivated by progressive companies focused on growth and bottom line profitability and best in class performance.
IT & OPERATIONS SPECIALIST
What happens when you combine computer engineering, programming, operational experience, and passion for continual improvement = you’ll find Lucas! He not only maintains Gemini’s IT infrastructure to ensure we’re running productively, but also provides detailed and ongoing development of Gemini’s internal tools and marketing.
Dwayne is a P.Eng with over three decades of experience and provides daily technical expertise at Gemini. He has been instrumental in organizing and elevating Gemini’s Quality Programs for both manufacturing (ISO & API) and Fabrication (CWB & ABSA). Dwayne is also one of North America’s leading experts within Wear Technology Manufacturing Solutions.