Hunt Valve Actuator Division is led by an innovative executive team motivated by designing the perfect electromechanical actuator solutions for your company’s needs.

Brad Sterner

Chief Executive Officer

Since 2015, Brad has been providing the leadership, lean-based operating and commercial toolkit needed to promote accelerated growth and margin expansion at Hunt Valve. His strong reputation for global business leadership, platform business start-ups, business unit turnarounds, product development and global vertical market expansion contributes to his success as a business strategist.

Prior to joining Hunt Valve, Brad was the vice president and general manager of Power and Industry at Colfax Fluid Handling. He brings extensive financial and operational experience in leading private equity companies and blue-chip multinational corporations, including Danaher and Emerson.

Brad earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is also a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Indiana University Bloomington.

Charles Ferrer


Charles joined Hunt Valve in March 2017 as the Vice President and General Manager of the Actuator Division. He was promoted to President of Hunt Valve in November 2017 with full P&L responsibility for both the Valve and Actuator Divisions.

Prior to joining Hunt Valve, Charles was a senior program manager at General Electric where he managed multiple programs winning over $100M in contracts. Before entering the corporate world, he was a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 fighter pilot. He deployed worldwide including flying over 350 combat flight hours during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Charles has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Jessica Kline

Vice President – Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Jessica joined Hunt Valve in May 2016 as the controller. Upon the acquisition of the Actuator Division, she was promoted to the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. In this role, she is responsible for the financial reporting, cash management, and human resources functions for both divisions of Hunt Valve Company.

Jessica brings more than 17 years of experience to Hunt Valve Company. Prior to joining the company Valve, she was the Corporate Accounting Manager at Arconic (formerly RTI International Metals, Inc.). She managed the general ledger functions and monthly, quarterly and annual reporting requirements for the publicly traded company.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA (Finance) from Youngstown State University.

Michael Johnston

Vice President Operations and Supply Chain

Michael joined Hunt Valve in March 2017 as the Director of Supply Chain and was promoted to Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain. In this role, he is responsible for efficient production operations at both Hunt Valve locations. He and his team identify business improvement opportunities through implementation of LEAN manufacturing principles, improving the total supply chain, and optimizing the use of Hunt Valve’s core manufacturing competencies.

Prior to joining the Hunt Valve Team, Michael worked in supply chain functions supporting operations in the metals manufacturing and oil & gas industries.

Michael has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Duquesne University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dan Coughlin

Vice President of Business Development

Dan joined Hunt Valve in 2016 with the objective of strengthening Hunt’s relationships with U.S. Navy shipbuilders. He brings extensive shipbuilding experience to Hunt Valve as a prior leader at General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB). While employed at EB, Dan held critical roles in systems engineering, project management and shipyard operations. In addition to his time in the shipyard, he has worked closely with Hunt’s U.S. Navy customer at the Naval Submarine Base New London.

Prior to joining Hunt Valve, Dan oversaw the global fleet of Proton OnSite’s (now Nel Hydrogen) hydrogen generators, as their Director of Global Service. He also has experience leading service organizations at both Doosan and United Technologies.

Dan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Business from Penn State University.