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Meet the Trainers: Heavyweight Splice Failures


Buddy Wilson - Services Operations
Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Belting

Buddy Wilson has spent his entire professional life in the belting industry. Over the past 20 years, he has worked on all sides of the belting industry, including belting and component sales, applications engineering, conveyor service operations management and international project management. Buddy especially enjoys the process of conveyor troubleshooting and optimization.

In his current role, Buddy oversees the services division for Fenner Dunlop. This includes five (5) individual locations across the continental United States. In addition, he also assists in developing and executing tailored conveyor belting and systems training for the organization. Buddy has authored several technical papers published in the NIBA Beltline.


Gary Dech - Global Technical Sales Manager
The Almex Group

Gary Dech began working in the conveyor belting business over 35 years ago and brings firsthand knowledge of splicing, sales and application engineering in both heavyweight and lightweight belting as well as peripheral equipment such as pulleys, idlers and belt cleaning components.

As the Global Technical Sales Manager for The Almex Group Gary has facilitated and led multi-day conveyor belt splice training classes on three continents and brings experience, humor and a lighthearted attitude to any training or technical seminar.


Mike Hesslau - Territory Sales Manager

Michael Hesslau has been with Flexco for 24 years. He spent 9 years in Flexco’s Customer Service/Inside Sales. Then moved from CS to the marketing department creating, writing, filming & editing Flexco training videos and as a lead instructor in Flexco’s BCP training classes. The next 8 years were spent in North America (Western US & Canada) & Asia (China, India, South East Asia) working with colleagues, distributors, and end-users performing training, troubleshooting, installation, and sales. The last 5 years have been spent as Territory Sales Manager for Flexco in Northern Illinois, Southern/Eastern Wisconsin, and Eastern Iowa.