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.

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.

Board of Directors

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