Executive Team

Egon L. Lacher, President

After studying Engineering, Sociology and Education at Universities in Munich and Berlin in Germany, Egon was named a professor of engineering at the National University System in Peru and trained post-graduate Industrial and Chemical Engineers.

During his work in Europe, the U.S., Mexico and South America for international companies headquartered in Germany (LuK, Mannesmann), the U.S. (Entegris, Nashua), and Japan (Riso), Egon held management responsibility in a variety of executive roles, including Operations Manager, Vice President Sales, CFO and General Manager.

Since 2000, Egon is the President and Chairman of the Board of JR BECHTLE & Co. He is also chairman and director of various Boards of Directors for German and Austrian subsidiaries in the U.S. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on international Human Resources and General Management issues.

 Tom Kennedy, Vice President Operations

After earning an undergraduate degree in International Affairs at the George Washington University, with studies abroad in Economics and History at the University Freiburg, Germany, and German Language and Literature at the University in Weimar, Germany, he completed his M.A. Degree in Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University.

After his studies, Tom worked in the transport and market research departments of Prognos AG, an economic and social research institute in Basel, Switzerland, and later in supply planning and forecasting for a leading energy utility in New England.

Tom joined JR BECHTLE & Co. in 1996, and today manages the company’s Boston office. In his capacity as a Vice President of the firm, he manages the projects and directs the research groups for the firm’s clients throughout North and South America.

Carmelyn Murphy, Vice President Finance

After receiving a Finance and International Economics degree from Florida Atlantic University, Carmelyn started her career in the Hedge Fund world. While working at various hedge funds, she received her series 7 and 67 licenses.  Carmelyn went on to trade foreign currencies, initially running the back office as the Operation Manager and later moving to the trading desk.

After working for many years on the trading desk, Carmelyn moved into the CFO position and ran all financial aspects for the Hedge Fund including the calculation and reconciliation of the P&L.

Carmelyn joined JR BECHTLE & Co in 2010 and handles the company’s finances, billing and Human Resources.

Andrea Massetta, Vice President Marketing & Administration

Originally from Peru, Andrea obtained her BBA degree in Management and minor in French at Stetson University and later earned an MBA in International Business at the University of Miami.

After her studies, Andrea started her career holding positions as Marketing, Customer Service and Logistics Manager. She has worked in various industries such as: Printing (RISO, Inc.), Clinical Software (VisualMED Systems), and Direct Marketing (Worldata).

Andrea also served as Chairperson and Speaker for different entities such as “Mercosur Logistics” and South Florida Council of Logistics Management.

Andrea joined JR BECHTLE & Co. in 2004, and today serves as the Vice President, Administration & Marketing. One of her many responsibilities is to supervise the company’s offices in Boston, Chicago, and Miami. She also heads the Marketing and IT Departments.

Stephan Engelke, General Manager Miami
After receiving his diploma and PhD in Chemistry from the TU Braunschweig, Stephan started working for Tier 1 suppliers to the automotive industry.  Stephan worked in Europe, Canada, Mexico, the U.S. and South America for companies headquartered in Germany (BASF, ThyssenKrupp, Dürr) and held management positions including President, Site Manager, BU Director and Plant Manager.

Stephan manages projects for JR BECHTLE & Co.’s clients throughout the southern U.S., Mexico and South America out of the Miami office.

Frank Fischer, General Manager Chicago

After receiving an undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Colorado and earning an MBA in International Business at the DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, Frank began his career in the United Kingdom, advising companies in multiple industries, including automotive, heavy machinery, food and beverage on methods for improving productivity.

He then worked in Germany and the U.S., designing complex management control systems to help companies increase productivity and improve their utilization of resources. Most recently, he was General Manager for the U.S. subsidiary of a German manufacturing software firm. He started the company and held P&L responsibly for the Americas.

A native of Chicago, Frank manages projects for JR BECHTLE & Co.’s clients throughout the Midwest, West and Canada out of the Chicago office.

Susanne Lipke, Director International Business Development

Upon the completion of her secondary school education (German Abitur) in 1990, Ms. Lipke completed her professional studies in Management at the Düsseldorf School of Business in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Within the realms of her studies, she also completed a 2-year long internship at Mannesmann Handel AG.

Subsequently over the next 2 years Ms. Lipke participated in and completed an intensive SAP Project Management Program with Mannesmann Technology Services/SAP Consulting (Mannesmann Haustechnik SAP-Beratung)

With formal education and training concluded, Ms. Lipke began building her career as Head of the SAP Training Team at Mannesmann and for the next 7 years successfully advised medium sized German companies with the project management training process as they converted to the use of SAP Software.

After that Ms. Lipke moved on to pursue a career as an independent Management Training Consultant by supporting such companies as Bayer Chemical and Warner Bros with the management training process as they converted to use the SAP Software at their respective locations throughout Germany.

In December 2001, Susanne moved to the United States for professional and personal reasons, and subsequently went on to reside in Vienna, Austria from 2004-2006, and returned to Miami, Florida where she has resided since then.

Ms. Lipke has been employed at JR BECHTLE & Co since 2012 and is responsible for all aspects of International Business Development, in particular in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

James Black, Director Research Operations 

After earning an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Salisbury University, James began his career with a global provider of integrated marketing solutions working with clients regarding database integrity. He then worked for a firm that administers actuarial and healthcare services in the underwriting department.

Subsequently James then spent the better part of a decade in the home and office furnishings industry with much of this experience functioning as General Manager with P&L responsibility and full oversight for sales, operations, warehousing/inventory, and delivery/logistics.

James joined JR BECHTLE & Co. in 2008 and today leads the company’s Research Department. Based in our Boca Raton office, he also remains active carrying out search projects throughout both North and South America.

Board of Directors

Egon Lacher, Chairman of the Board
Herbert HässigMember of the Board