Meet the Team

Ryan Marks

Renowned fabricator, Ryan Marks, had over 20 years of quality behind him before Marks Design & Metalworks. He started this business to outfit talented brewers with the equipment needed to make great brew.  

Ryan started working with tanks and stainless steel in 1990 at St George Steel in Southern Utah. In 1994 Ryan moved back to the Northwest accepting a job at HelserInd. Later he was recruited to fabricate stainless steel tanks in Canby Or.

Ryan has supervised almost every facet of tank fabrication, including pharmaceutical tanks, mixer systems, machined parts, wine vessels, brewery tanks, brewhouse systems, and distillery tanks

Ryan believed that there was more to the sanitary stainless steel vessel industry than just brewing. He invested in acquiring equipment and started Marks Design and Metalworks. Ryan's goals are to create products that are superior on all levels, rising above the industry standard.

Chad Kennedy

As Technical Sales Director. Chad comes to Marks with over 15 years of experience in the craft beer industry.
Ryan Marks, owner of Marks said, "Chad brings a level of expertise that we know will certainly benefit our customers. We look forward to providing people with much more than just great US made equipment."
Chad was most recently the founding Brewmaster at Worthy Brewing Co. in Bend, Oregon. He was also the Brewmaster at Laurelwood Brewing Co. in Portland, Oregon. As a brewer, Chad has won numerous awards and adds industry know-how to the Marks team of equipment designers and manufacturers.
Ryan added, "We'll now be able to give our customers the support from somebody that has been there and done that. I think that both veterans and new-comers will find Chad's experience a big help."

Jim Paulsen

Jim has a BS in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue, as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Jim also holds a professional certification in Project Management. He has worked in Nuclear Power for 14 years, and was also was a manager at a rigging company. In his spare time he enjoys hockey and spending time with his two kids and lovely wife.

Christopher Born

Chris is a mechanical engineer who graduated from Letourneau University in 2014 where his emphasis was on fluid and thermodynamics.  While at school he did research into experimental airfoil designs for drone applications. 

Ian Hermanns

Ian recently graduated from the University of Portland with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In collaboration with his Senior Design Project team, he spent 2 years designing, manufacturing and programming mining robots, culminating in a visit to Kennedy Space Center to compete in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition. However, the experience led him to the realization that the space industry wasn't for him, and he headed in a new direction. After volunteering with several local breweries, and venturing into home brewing for himself, he knew he wanted to enter that industry, and is excited to be a part of the team here at Marks Design & Metalworks


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