Leadership

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We have the best team in the business, and we’re not the only ones who think that.

Dr. Jack Cheng is the Founder, President and CEO of AA Metals. Jack began his career as a researcher but quickly transitioned to an entrepreneur and visionary leader who empowers his employees to push the status quo and drives his company to become a global leader in metal manufacturing and distribution. A humble first-generation Chinese immigrant who has never forgotten his roots, Jack is committed to giving back to his community and inspiring the next generation of leaders and achievers.
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Dr. JACK CHENG
Founder, President, CEO

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Terry Nelson

Position: Chief Financial Officer
Email: info@aametals.com

Terry Nelson serves as the Chief Financial Officer for AA Metals. In this role, Terry ensures the company maintains operational cash flow and provides financial metrics that better inform organizational decisions, expand growth, and drive profitability.

Terry’s finance career spans 35 years across industries such as manufacturing and wholesale distribution. His experience includes oversight of financial activity across countries such as China, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Italy, and Canada.

Terry excels at treasury management, financial analysis, building cross-functional teams, and relationship development. Before joining AA Metals, Terry held senior leadership roles at companies such as Dixon Ticonderoga, Sun & Skin Care Research, Louisville Slugger, and Zeon Chemicals. Terry holds a CPA certification and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois.

Terry Nelson

Chief Financial Officer

Terry Nelson serves as the Chief Financial Officer for AA...

Kent Benson

Position: VP of Sales and Operations
Email: info@aametals.com

Kent Benson is the Vice President of Sales and Operations at AA Metals. In this role, Kent is responsible for providing strategic leadership crucial to achieving sales targets, improving operational efficiency, and driving both revenue and market growth.

Kent joined AA Metals in April 2023, after spending 25 years in supply chain management. He brings hands-on experience in sales and operations management. In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, Kent oversaw 900 employees and was responsible for managing over 5 million square feet of 3PL distribution space for the furniture industry. His expertise is in team building, KPI standards, planning and price modeling.

Kent holds a BS in Business Management from Grand Valley State University, and holds several other certificates in sales, operations, safety management.

Kent Benson

VP of Sales and Operations

Kent Benson is the Vice President of Sales and Operations...

Ying Jiang, LL.M.,SHRM-SCP

Position: VP of Personnel & Public Relations
Email: info@aametals.com

Ying Jiang serves as the Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Personnel and Public Relations of AA Metals. Ying joined the company in 2018 and works directly with the CEO, Dr. Jack Cheng, while also overseeing public relations and human resources. She strives to optimize corporate operational effectiveness, promote company culture and amplify brand recognition and value with talent development, employee engagement and strategic marketing and PR campaigns.

Ying enjoys welcoming new members to the AA Metals family and facilitating their transition and growth within the Company. Ying has extensive experience managing employees and employment policy and public affairs related issues in both the public and private sectors. Ying has been invited to speak about her experience in these areas at conferences and understands the importance of clear and effective communication.

Ying earned a bachelor of law degree from Soochow University, China, where she graduated near the top of her class, and also has earned a Master of Law degree in Comparative Law from the University of Florida, College of Law. As a HR professional, Ying is certified as SHRM Senior Certified Professional® (SHRM-SCP). Ying also serves as the President of Jetport Park Nonresidential Property Owners’ Association and is actively involved in the local business community’s development.

Ying Jiang, LL.M.,SHRM-SCP

VP of Personnel & Public Relations

Ying Jiang serves as the Corporate Secretary and Vice President...

Maria Villasmil

Position: VP of Supply Chain
Email: info@aametals.com

Maria Villasmil is the VP of Supply Chain for AA Metals. In this role, Maria is responsible for developing global procurement and trade strategies to satisfy customer demand. She oversees all international logistics, purchasing, inventory management, trade compliance and adherence to U.S. Customs law and regulations.

Maria joined AA Metals in 2022 and has more than 20 years of experience managing global trade activities and cost-optimization projects across many industries. She has held both consultant and corporate level roles, specializing in building global trade networks focused on strategic logistics operations. Maria holds a BA degree in Economics with advanced studies in International Business from the University of Central in Venezuela.

Maria Villasmil

VP of Supply Chain

Maria Villasmil is the VP of Supply Chain for AA...

Joe Burkhart

Position: VP of Information Technology
Email: info@aametals.com

Joe Burkhart is the Vice President of Information Technology at AA Metals. In this role, Joe provides strategic direction to lead a high-performing IT team and drives technological transformation and innovation to achieve operational excellence and enhanced productivity.

With a proven track record in IT and engineering leadership roles at companies like Exploria Resorts, Thales Avionics, and GE Transportation & Healthcare, Joe has consistently delivered strategic vision and transformational change, notably improving on-time delivery, customer satisfaction, and operational efficiency. He excels in strategic planning, technology management, quality systems development, and cybersecurity, underpinned by a strong foundation in Six Sigma and Lean methodologies.

Joe holds an MBA from Colorado Technical University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. Joe is a veteran of United States Navy.

Joe Burkhart

VP of Information Technology

With a proven track record in IT and engineering leadership...

Ruth Gomez

Position: Director of Business Development
Email: info@aametals.com

Ruth Gomez is the Director of Business Development for AA Metals. In this role, she is responsible for developing new business opportunities globally, including oversight of customer relations to ensure customer satisfaction. She has a proven ability to leverage business acumen and tactical planning skills to drive change, resolve complex business challenges, and attain superior results.

Ruth joined AA Metals in 2015 and previously held positions in both Operations and Administration within the company. She has over two decades of experience in international trade, business development, operations, and project management.

Ruth has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Universidad Externado De Colombia in Bogota, Colombia and a master’s degree in International Business from both Universidad Externado De Colombia and Columbia University in N.Y.

Ruth Gomez

Director of Business Development

Ruth Gomez is the Director of Business Development for AA...

Robert Rogers

Position: Director of Sales
Email: info@aametals.com

Robert Rogers is the Director of Sales for AA Metals. In this role, Robert is responsible for the continuous growth and overall sales of the company’s metals division. His holds primary responsibility in leading the sales team in achieving and surpassing sales goals.

Robert joined AA Metals in 2010, with experience in sales, operations, and supply chain management. His experience spans several industries including metals, electronics, retail, distribution, and hospitality, with companies such as Hewlett-Packard, 3M, Avery Dennison, Walt Disney, Universal, and Sony.

Robert has an established track record of obtaining and growing market share aa well as the ability to combine business acumen with leadership skills to build strong relationships with top performers.

Robert Rogers

Director of Sales

Robert Rogers is the Director of Sales for AA Metals....

Ni NI, MBA

Position: Director of Financial Planning
Email: info@aametals.com

Ni Ni is the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for AA Metals. In this role, she is responsible for the company’s budgeting, forecasting, planning and strategic analysis.

Ni joined AA Metals in 2013 and has previously held positions in both the Sales Department and Supply Chain Department. Ni always finds swift resolution to organizational challenges through her solid understanding of the metal market products and suppliers..

Ni holds an undergraduate degree with double majors in Accounting and Technology Management, an MBA and a master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Indiana University Bloomington..

Ni NI, MBA

Director of Financial Planning

Ni Ni is the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis...

Daniel Day

Position: Director of Operations
Email: info@aametals.com

Daniel Day is the Director of Operations for AA Metals. He leads the company’s quality and safety programs by maintaining OSHA standards, ISO and CTPAT certifications.

Daniel joined AA Metals in 2012 and has held positions in the Sales, Logistics, Claims, Purchasing, and Compliance departments. His experience has given him unique insight into company operations, assisting in the delivery of quality products to customers. He holds certifications for a wide breadth of programs, including OSHA, ISO, CTPAT, and DOT.

Daniel Day

Director of Operations

Daniel Day is the Director of Operations for AA Metals....

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At the end of the day, we are glad to take part in this growing family in an expanding industry. We’re proud to be here, and we’re glad to talk to you about what we can do for you. Please, contact us if you have any questions about our experience, our company, or our vision for AA Metals.