First Who, Then What.

Our team of filling, capping, moving, and labeling experts pride ourselves in collaborating with our clients to develop, fabricate, and install your ideal packaging solution.  You need to package your product more efficiently.  We are hear to help you!

Our Purpose

To create raving fans & lifelong relationships


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Our Team

Apex Filling Systems CEO Alicia Cannon

Alicia (Ali) Cannon

Integrity, honesty, and a dedication to delivering ambitious results serve as the central themes of Alicia’s career and are evident in every interaction she has with our clients and team. Her relationship-centered leadership style has paved the way for Apex Filling System’s culture of compassion & empathy, executed with accountability that ensures consistently great outcomes.

As a learner for life, her pursuit of continuous personal and professional growth has led Apex Filling Systems to be recognized as an industry innovator in customer experience. Holding a degree in  engineering and an MBA, she has a unique ability to analyze processes, identify potential problems before they arise, and develop standardized solutions to ensure every client of Apex Filling Systems enjoys a hassle-free, professional, and pleasant experience.

Her leadership style has been influenced by the work of some of the most well-regarded thought leaders throughout the last 50 years. Among them are Jim Collins, Peter Drucker, Keith Cunningham, and Tony Robbins.


Marc Cannon

Marc Cannon
Founder / Director of Sales

Marc has over a decade of direct packaging and process machinery experience.  His expertise includes sales, marketing, product development, project management, packaging machine design, line integration, and installation of turnkey packaging and process equipment.

He prides himself in staying at the forefront of packaging automation trends to ensure the solutions he develops help his clients in streamlining their operations, reducing costs, and increasing profitability.  Prior to working in the filling industry, Marc developed his business acumen at an early age while working in his family’s local automotive service business for over 20 years.

He holds a degree in Service Management and Business from the University Of Northwestern Ohio.  His ability to consistently exceed customer expectations, balance multiple projects, and maintain a forward-leaning leadership style is evident in all aspects of Apex Filling Systems’ operations.


Darren Allie

Darren Allie
Vice President of Operations

With 15 years experience in the packaging industry, Darren has traveled the world on jobs of all sizes. He has been working in everything from project management, to sales, to production and has the experience to see the entire process from start to end.
Darren steps in for projects to review difficult applications to help come up with solutions that work for every customer. Difficult details are where he excels. Creating a solution built for each customer!
Outside of Apex Filling, Darren likes to work on motorcycles, play with fabrication, and spend time working on cars. If you stop by you might even get to see his bike


Damas Manderson

Melissa Hamilton
Director of Finance and Human Resources

Melissa comes to us from 14+ years of Practice Management and Revenue Cycle Management. As Director of Human Resources and Finance, she is a bridge between management and employees, advocating for the employees while minding Apex Filling Systems’ core values and goals.

She may come off as quiet and reserved but as a problem solver and mediator she is fully listening for details and designing probable solutions.  Whatever the task, job, or project Melissa sees it through from start to finish. Her focus is on the team and style resonates with the way most treat friends and family.

Melissa is an Indiana University graduate who landed in Northwest Indiana because of her love of Lake Michigan along with the proximity to Chicago for the art and restaurants and Michigan for the ski slopes.  When she’s not working she’s watching her teenagers excel in tennis and lacrosse.
Mike Nasiatka

Mike Nasiatka
Director of Production

Mike joins the Apex Filling Systems team with an extensive background in assembly and installation of various systems, both electronically and mechanically. He graduated with a Tech degree from the Universal Technical Institute in Chicago.

Mike is a skilled fabricator, with a lifetime of experience to back it up. Growing up, he got involved with the mechanics of any and every motorized activity you could fathom. He learned the components inside and out which provided a love a learning and complete understanding of operations.

When Mike isn’t working, or remodeling, he is working on racecars, for others, but mainly his own. He is involved with road racing, more specifically – Time Attack. This of course is a seasonal sport, so it frees up time to create and fabricate for others.

Mike is happily married to his wife, Amanda and they share two children, Paxton and Mady. They are very involved in dad’s racing lifestyle. The whole family goes along with a slew of friends and lifetime supporters. We are thrilled to have Mike on our team. With his innovative mentality and affinity for designing, or re-designing systems, we know he will be a great asset to our Apex family.

Damas Manderson

Ryan Warnke
Director of Engineering

Ryan joins the Apex team with nearly 15 years of design, fabrication and engineering experience.  With a diverse skill set that spans a wide range of manufacturing applications, he has collaborated with highly talented teams across the globe on mechanical engineering challenges ranging from heavy off-highway equipment to precision servo drive components.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University and is also an AWS Certified Welding Inspector.

He strives to be a servant leader, living by the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  Listening to feedback, constantly learning, and taking extreme ownership are all core values, and he tries to always act with purpose, beginning with the end in mind so that everyone works toward the same goal.  He also values his relationship with God and is active in his local church which he attends with his wife and daughter.


Damas Manderson

Kevin Haas

Account Manager

Kevin joins the Apex team with a diverse background that was originally rooted in sales and management. He found himself in the construction industry working as a finish Carpenter and then a residential Electrician. Most recently, over the last 20 years a structural steel Ironworker out of Chicago working in the High-Rise and Bridge building industry. With a heavy emphasis on welding and fabrication, he holds 11 different A.W.S. welding qualifications and has been an A.W.S. Certified Welding Inspector for going on 13 years.

Carrying an understanding that achieving your goals successfully, the first time, involves holding a passion for your field, the dedication to always improve and innovate, and the integrity to see the job complete in a conscientious and timely manner.

When not at work, Kevin is always busy with his lovely wife and three wonderful children. God, Family, and Country are at the forefront of his beliefs and strives to live a life that reflects and honors those embodiments.

Lance Juergensen at Apex

Lance Juergensen

Account Manager

Lance has a decade of sales experience in the liquid filling industry.  He thrives on the constant evolution of package machinery sales and believes each day presents new opportunities.  Challenges are welcomed and customer relations are his emphasis.  He’s known for wearing bright shirts and has a personality to match. 

He brings hands on experience from immersing himself in facilities nationwide.  Lance makes himself accessible to customers and enjoys working with them to custom tailor a solution for their needs.  Not only does Lance stand with a positive mentality and passion in all he does, but also presents comedic relief. 

When Lance isn’t at the office his focus is his two children and the little things that could range from a quiet cup of coffee to Pokemon.  Building forts for his kids, going fairs, coaching a baseball game, tossing a ball for his dog, hunting – he’s never not doing something with his kids or dog.

Brian Thorp

Brian Thorp
Account Manager

Brian comes to us with experience in every part of the process from CAD design parts and plant layouts, MiG and TIG welding, Laser PEP nesting, roll forming, press brake programming and operation, turret press punching programming and operation, assembly manufacturing, plant management, project management, sales and customer relations, storeroom / stock warehouse  management , global travel for first hand understanding of challenges and improvements. 

With 25+ years experience in high speed air, mass mechanical belt, vacuum and magnetic conveyance systems with a worldwide customer base. We are glad to have him on our team!

Outside of Apex Brian likes to spend his off time enjoying life with his two kids and wife. He has a Family “Farm” that has been in his family for over 100 years.  It has grown to consist of many goats, chickens,ducks, Guinea fowl,pot belly pigs, alpacas  a dog and a cat. 

Brian enjoys adventures with many great youth and fellow adult leaders in Boyscouts. Backpacking the Grand Titans, Smokey Mountains,Shenandoah National Park, Laurel Highlands , and canoeing the St.Croix Senic Riverway. 


Allison Clark

Allison Clark
Office Manager

With over twenty years experience as a Project Coordinator and Account Manager within the packaging industry, Allison is well versed in all facets of managing the client relationship from inception to completion.  She has been a member of The Apex team since its inception and plays a critical role in ensuring that projects remain on schedule and all customer expectations are met or exceeded.

Throughout her career, she has established a strong reputation for maintaining client relationships through friendly and value-added interactions.

Away from the office, Allison enjoys spending as much time as possible with her husband, three awesome children, and five grandchildren.  Her perfect weekend would consist of camping, playing horseshoes, hanging out with friends, and perhaps a little yard work.


Sammi Bessey

Sammi Bessey

Personal Assistant

Originally from rural Maryland, Sammi moved to northwest Indiana to attend Valparaiso University where she graduated in 2017. Her background as a musician and experience in the education field has given her impeccable organizational skills and attention to detail, as well as a unique set of intrapersonal skills. 

Always thinking critically and striving for maximum efficiency, Sammi finds great satisfaction in solving problems and helping others learn and grow. 

Sammi and her boyfriend Brian have two cats together, Wanda and Edna. In her down time, she is involved in fitness and dance classes and can be found playing with various local community concert bands.


Jonathan Ahlborn

Jonathan Ahlborn
IT & Parts and Service Manager

Jonathon has over 15 years of experience in Manufacturing. He loves being part of a team of people who are dedicated to quality and service. At work, Jon endeavors to be known as a guy you can rely on and a person who knows how to plan ahead and listen well. Jon loves to get his hands on anything mechanical or technology related.

In his free time, Jon enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He has an obsession for cooking large meals, including smoking and grilling meats.





Brian Thorp

Pamela Regenold
Materials Specialist

Pam joins the Apex team with 10+ years in manufacturing and material handling/processing experience. She has a vast background in quality where she focused on process improvements. She is always looking for creative and innovative ways to make processes more efficient.

Throughout her career she has developed a reputation for dedication, integrity and working hard to reach her goals. She believes that customer service, internal and external are the key to success. She is up for any challenge that comes her way and uses it as an opportunity to grow.

Pam was born and raised in Michigan City, IN where she still currently resides with her husband and three children. When she’s not at work, Pam enjoys spending quality time with her family. Her hobbies include volleyball and doing photography.


Michael Smeets

Michael Smeets

Michael comes to us with four years of Solidworks experience, specializing in sheet metal so far, and has been in the packaging industry for his entire career.  He prefers to be in the office working on designs for customer projects, but isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty out in the shop.

Michael enjoys a good challenge and loves working with others to get the job done.

Outside of work, Michael loves playing with his dog, looking at the latest technology, and going for bike rides, both bicycle and motorcycle.

Chris Hermsen

Chris Hermsen
Assembly Technician

With 7 years experience as a Machine Assembly Technician, Chris can’t wait to get his hands on your project, literally.  A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Chris began his career as a Hull Maintenance Technician.  Following his years of service to our nation, he spent fifteen years as a Journeyman Plumber.

Chris’ aptitude for and experience with mechanical components enables him to assemble, configure, and maintain all facets of the filling line in an efficient and effective manner.  He prides himself on his ability to work in an accountable and professional fashion.

When he’s not working, Chris thoroughly enjoys online gaming.  Among his favorite titles is World of Warcraft which he’s been playing for years.

Justing Satterfield

Justin Satterfield
Service Technician

With over 20 years experience in the combined fields of production management, equipment installation, maintenance and repairs, Justin understands your equipment needs from start to finish. Having worked all ends of the spectrum, He knows the bottom line is profitability and takes pride making sure your equipment meets or exceeds your expectations.

Whether it’s a new installation, repairs or upgrades, Justin has the experience and knowledge to make sure everything happens smoothly start to finish.

Having lived in the Midwest for several years, Justin is originally from Oklahoma where in his downtime he enjoys spending time with his children Zach and Isabelle whenever possible. He also enjoys working on the family ranch, music, and anything mechanical from offroad, race, to boating.

Tommy Schell

Tommy Schell
Assembly Technician

With 18 years experience as a Machine Assembly Technician, Tommy comes to us from Chadam ready to assemble your equipment.

Tommy’s aptitude for and experience with mechanical components enables him to assemble, configure, and maintain all facets of the filling line in an efficient and effective manner.  He prides himself on his ability to work in an accountable and professional fashion.

When he’s not working, Tommy enjoys camping, playing guitar, canoeing and playing with his grandchildren.

Adam Leetz

Adam Leetz

Assembly Technician

Adam started working at age 14 in his family business for almost 8 years.  Then, he moved to building trades and machinery including excavation and agricultural buildings.

Adam likes to spend his spare time outdoors including camping, fishing, and hiking.  He also enjoys dirt racing as well as working on off-road vehicles. 

John Thorp

John Thorp

Shipping and Recieving

John graduated LaPorte Highschool in 2019 with History being his favorite subject. He was involved in Scouts from first grade through his senior year in high school where he achieved the Life Scout rank. He developed a passion for camping and hiking through the Scouts, which gave him the opportunity to adventure the Smoky Mountains, parts of the Appalachian Trail, Grand Tetons and canoe the St. Croix waterway.

Before joining Apex, John worked for the LaPorte Parks Department and also for DW Goetz Construction as a carpentry assistant where he helped build and fix roofing, flooring and new construction projects. The time John spent as a carpentry assistant gave him the opportunity to learn many skills in the construction and building industry that have proven to be very valuable in his current position at Apex. John plays an important role in the shipping department, where he spends time building crates for large filling lines that need to be shipped to customers, this also includes blocking and bracing for safe transport. John also spends time in our receiving department, using our inventory program to properly receive, track and shelve parts that arrive for inventory.

Outside of work John enjoys online gaming with friends and spending time with his family.

Tim Biggs

Tim Biggs

Assembly Technician

Born and bread adrenaline junky born and raised in northern Indiana.  Studied at Wyotech, obtaining multiple tech degrees specializing in motorcycles, foreign and domestic.  Completed a four-year journeyman machinist program with additional interests in welding and fabrication work.


In my spare time I enjoy spending family time in the garage with my favorite people; my girl Brandee, our son Timmy and our daughters Mia, Tala, Breeahna and Izzy.  We all love to load the bikes and quads in the truck with camping gear and ride new places.  We are all involved in drag racing and we drag race regularly with our turbo-charged monster Hayabusa!


My tag line / modo:  “If you can dream it and I can’t build it, you should walk away, you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life”.

Roman Office Dog

Office Dog


Roman is a Great Dane/Great Pyrenees/Mastiff Mix.  He is a gentle giant who is still in his growing stages. He enjoys hanging out at Apex and finding snacks and scratches everywhere he goes. His favorite things to do are run and play with his family, take walks and head toward the sound of anything snacking!  When Roman isn’t being our Mascot at Apex, he is getting completely spoiled by his little people whom he is so loyal and protective of.