Meet Our Team
Our Core Cutting History...
Incorporated in March, 2009, we are a new engineering enterprise operating under the name CoreTech International. We are comprised of several executives, engineers and service technicians that have over 100 years of combined experience in core cutting machinery, core cutting technology and core handling systems. Our team members have worked for the original Coretech, Inc., and we have spent the past years re-building the brand name by distancing ourselves from both old régimes. We encourage our visitors to peruse our bios to understand the depth of our team’s experience.
We have serviced and provided parts for hundreds of customers with old Coretech machines, and we hope you give us a chance to establish new partnerships and to help in extending the life of your machine and maximizing your return on your investment.
Jillian Rossi, Office Manager
Jillian Rossi joined CoreTech International in 2015. Her experience in media sales and marketing for a national publishing firm brings a fresh perspective to our team. She brought with her a background in customer service and account management which supports her success in daily office functions, including human resources, accounts receivable and payable operations, and customer relations. Jillian is a native of Easton, PA; She is also a talented vocalist in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding area.
Craig Prescott, VP of Engineering and Production
After his graduation from Lehigh's Engineering School, Craig has been involved with core cutting with CoreTech since 1979, initially with assembly, and then all aspects including design and service since 1982. His experience and expertise is vital to the daily endeavors of CoreTech. He enjoys dealing with customers to solve any problems related to core cutting and core handling. This has resulted in the design and building of many special projects as well as the enhancement of standard core cutter products to modify them to the special needs of the customer. CoreTech is constantly on a mission to upgrade our line with new technology. Craig's know-how is an essential aspect to our research and development of new machines.
Joseph Karpinski, Service & Parts Manager
Joseph brought friendly service and a thorough understanding of the CoreTech line to our team in 2010. In his first year of employment with CoreTech International, he has traveled thousands of miles throughout North America, providing our customers with those aforementioned qualities. Joe is the man to call if any technical difficulties should arise. He is happy to provide our customers with assistance over the telephone. In the case of a more urgent post-purchase issue, Joe is more than willing to travel to our customers’ plants to ensure the highest efficiency of our coveted machines. He also has five years of management experience, and has since brought the skills he acquired there to the core-cutting industry.
Dave Abel, Assembly Foreman
Dave has over 25 years experience with CoreTech as it foreman, he has tremendous experience testing our machines with all different applications from Paper to Plastics. His expertise of and dedication to flawless cutting machinery are imperative to CoreTech International. He is not only our assembly foreman; he is also a single point quality control person for final inspection before machine shipping. Due to his vast experience in core cutting, Dave is involved in all aspects of new design, custom applications and is also a reference to assist customers and provide technical support. Dave is more than willing to discuss any technical problems that may arise for CoreTech customers, an easy conversation which always leads to the solution to get your core cutter back to running smoothly.
Jeff Higbee, Sales
Jeff Higbee has over 30 years of sales experience, including Midwest regional sales manager for CoreTech. He has a background in web guiding, trim removal, wrinkle control and core processing in the converting industry. Jeff has been successful in account management and development with significant repeat business by providing excellent customer service. He has a BA degree in psychology and resides in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, where he is active in the borough open space and park committees as well as the local museum.
Joel Bartelt, Sales
Since 1993, Joel has been providing engineered solutions for web printers and converters in the Mid-West. As owner of Dotray & Associates, he has extensive experience with web guiding, tension controls, trim removal, video inspection and core processing. Creating long term relationships by providing excellent service to his customers has been the key to his success. After graduating from St. Olaf College with a BA in Economics and Finance, Joel began his professional career with the Boy Scouts of America serving the northern suburbs of Minneapolis for three years. For the next seven years, Joel managed several departments at Northwestern National Life Insurance Company where he also earned his Fellow Degree in the Life Management Institute.
Steve Hesser, Sales
Steve Hesser, President of Hesser Associates, joined CoreTech International in May 2013. Steve launched Hesser Associates in 1997 and has thrived since. He found success in branding an exclusive manufacturing representative agency for the Northeast in Converting, Printing, Paper, and Plastics Industries. With Steve’s extensive background in the industry, he has the experience to successfully collaborate with our customers on new projects. With Steve residing in New Hampshire, he has have been a vital part in growing our business in New England and New York.
Mo El Banna, CEO
In 1986 upon finishing his Graduate studies, Mo joined Outreach International in New York City as its VP of International Marketing. In 1990 he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Huberth and Peters, the oldest privately held Real Estate Company in the US. He was promoted in 1992 to become the CFO of the parent company The DiLorenzo Group, a 3.2 billion dollar corporation where he held his post until 1995. In February of 1996 Mo Partnered with Time Warner, LLC to head Blue Nile as it’s President, a NY based company that produced the largest outdoor opera in the world at the Great Pyramids of Giza. In 2001 Mo joined the Business School at Lehigh University where he was Director of the International Trade Development Program at the SBDC. In 2003 he joined Muller Martini Mailroom Systems as its International Sales Manager & Corporate Accounts Executive untill Ocober of 2006. Mo joined CoreTech in March of 2007 and with his extensive professional experience and personal traits he is determined to assemble the best team possible to make CoreTech International the world leader in the industry.
Mo earned his Bachelor of Science in business and has attended the MBA program at the University of Colorado.