Rick Cota
VP - Director of Technical Services
In his position, Rick is directly responsible for Engineering, Quality Control, and Technical Services. Rick has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Rochester and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.
Joseph Welsh
Western Regional Sales Manager
Joe joined the Leonard team in 2009 as the Western Regional Sales Manager. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in the plumbing industry; from working for wholesalers, mechanical contractors, and technical sales and service support for both Chicago and Geberit.
Rick Dodd
Eastern Regional Sales Manager
Rick Dodd has been with Leonard Valve Company as our Eastern Regional Sales Manager for over 2 years. Rick brings to Leonard Valve Company over 20 years of experience in the plumbing industry with roles as a licensed plumber, wholesaler salesman and manufacturer's representative. In addition, he is a certified trainer for Associated Builders & Contractors of IN & KY, that provides plumbing apprenticeship training for new plumbers. He is an ASPE Member and the VP of Education for the Indianapolis Chapter. He still holds his plumbing license for the State of Indiana and has completed the Certified Professional Manufacturers Representative Training Course.
Leann Valenti
Office & Human Resources Manager
Leann is our Office Manager who directs our busy Customer Service Department and Office Staff. In addition to being our Human Resource Manager she wears many other hats, Safety and Events Manager to name a few. Leann has been with Leonard for over 14 years, and brings high energy and enthusiasm to Leonard Valve and she's the person to go to when you need an answer. Her off-beat sense of humor and cheerful disposition make her a pleasure to deal with. Feel free to call or email her with any comments or questions.
Donna DeSimone
Customer Service Representative
Donna DeSimone is the nucleus of the customer service team at Leonard Valve. She brings over 40 years of customer service experience, which includes the past 35 years of dedicated service at Leonard. Donna provides exceptional customer service for the Western Region, Canada and for many of our international accounts. She is a busy woman! Donna is extremely knowledgeable of Leonard products and is willing to assist our customers and representatives with all of their needs. If you have questions...she has answers!
Kerri Sylvia
Customer Service Representative
Kerri has been with Leonard Valve for over 10 years. She started as our order entry clerk and began helping with customer service in no time. Throughout her years of order entry she had grown accustomed and familiar with Leonard products and transitioned smoothly into her customer service role. She now covers a mix of our Eastern & Western Region as well as Canada. She also covers most of our “special” accounts including Guardian, Grainger and Interline Brands. Kerri is extremely efficient and willing to help anyone with anything.
Liz Pabon
Customer Service Representative
Liz Pabon provides outstanding customer service to our Eastern Region. Her upbeat attitude and knowledge of our products make her an asset to the office, as well as to her representatives. In addition to her customer service duties Liz also provides assistance with billing and order entry when need be. Liz is really a "go-to" person at Leonard when you need help with the phones, processing orders or anything else pertaining to customer service. She has been an integral part of the Leonard team for the last 17 years.
Bruce Smith
National Accounts/Regional Sales Manager
Bruce has been associated with Leonard Valve for 24 years. Bruce started his career with Dillard Associates, the manufacturer’s representative for Leonard Valve in Dallas, TX. In 1984 he acquired Dillard Associates. During his tenure Bruce was a member of the Leonard rep advisory council for multiple years. In 1999, Bruce sold Dillard Associates and started Source One, a restaurant equipment and supply company. After twelve years in Prescott he sold Source One and returned to the plumbing industry first as a salesperson for Elmco Duddy followed by a sales position at Mainline Sales which also represents Leonard Valve. In December of 2017 he joined the Leonard Valve team serving as the Southern Regional Manager. In this position, Bruce is able to utilize his many years of experience in the industry in a “full circle” capacity as he has performed the duties of owner, salesperson, representative and now employee of Leonard Valve.
Eric Fontaine
R&D Manager
Eric Fontaine has been with Leonard over 20 years. He started at Leonard in the engineering department and is now the R&D Engineering Manager. He has helped engineer the New-Generation design as well as helped with the new electronic mixing valve line. Eric has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Hartford. Before Leonard he worked with paint systems and designing paint lines and powder coating equipment.
Fred Cote
Quotations and Technical Support Specialist
Prior to Leonard, Fred was involved with many different mechanical applications for over 31 years. In addition, previous experience included 20+ years of Customer Service, diagnostic, and technical support/service. Fred fields technical calls and makes recommendations for corrective solutions or recommends components necessary for maintenance or service. Additionally, he also provides quoting and special pricing, as well as occasional field startups and troubleshooting. He has currently been with Leonard for two years.
Eric Costa
Mechanical Engineer
Eric has been part of the Leonard engineering team since 2008. Some of his responsibilities include assistance with product development, standard certification and compliance testing for all products, troubleshooting customer issues both on the phone and in the field, and assisting manufacturing in the factory. Prior to Leonard, Eric worked for many years as a mason until graduating from University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.