Menu

Induction Heating Tools

Extinguish the Flame

Induction Innovations Team

Each team member of Induction Innovations, Inc. brings a level of expertise and experience invaluable to the longevity and growth of the company.

Tom Gough

President

Tom founded Induction Innovations® in 2000 following 28 years as a collision repair technician. With a strong desire to find an easier and better way to the repair procedure Tom learned the induction heat theory, self-taught the process and applied it to the many applications that it is used for in the automotive repair industry. Tom also serves as President and CEO of Circuits by US (CBUS) a contract printed circuit board (PCB) assembly house.

What Tom loves most about his job: his employees. In his free time, Tom enjoys boating when the weather allows it.

Tom Gough on LinkedIn

Alicia Hawkins

Director of Marketing

Alicia has been with Induction Innovations since 2016 and some of her responsibilities include, managing the marketing and communications for the company, advertising, trade show planning as well as developing marketing and product development plans for products. Alicia has a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Communications from Monmouth College.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter as well as traveling to spend quality time with family and friends. Her favorite season is football season - GO CHIEFS!

What Alicia loves most about her job: "I enjoy the variety of my job. No day is the same. I love our customers and interacting with them. I enjoy learning about all the different industries our products contribute to and educating our customers on our products."

Alicia Hawkins on LinkedIn

Norbert Jillich

Sales Manager & Technical Support

Norb has been with Induction Innovations since 2015. Some of his responsibilities include, educating and training our distributors on our products, attending trade shows, helping customers troubleshoot with repair issues and more. Norbert is very knowledgeable within the industry and is always eager to lend a helping hand.

Outside of work, Norbert enjoys spending time with his family, especially his four grandkids. He also has many hobbies, such as cars, motorcycles, slot cars and going to the shooting range.

When asked what he loves most about his job, he said, "I enjoy working with customers, attending trade shows and learning something new every day."

Previously, Norb served as a Field Service Engineer for Eastman Kodak for 35 years. Norb earned his Associates Degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Triton College.

Norb Jillich on LinkedIn

Elizabeth Charlton

Marketing Specialist

Beth graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor's degree in Business and Marketing Communications. She joined the team in 2019, bringing her passion for graphic design and keen eye for detail to the marketing team. Her responsibilities include managing all social media accounts, website content, creating new editorials and attending trade shows. 

When not at work, Beth volunteers at animal shelters and fosters dogs until they find their forever home. She also enjoys traveling around the world and working out at the gym after work. 

What Beth likes most about her job is the fast-paced work environment and that no two days are the same. 

Beth Charlton on LinkedIn

Paul Astrowski

Operations Manager

Paul has been with Induction Innovations since 2007. As the Operations Manager, Paul oversees the production of our products, monitors our existing processes and analyzes the effectiveness as well as managing the resources which are devoted to the production and delivery of products and services.

When Paul is not at work, he enjoys spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, as well as spending time outdoors.

What Paul loves most about his job. "The constant challenges that the job entails and the reward of always learning from my co-workers."

Paul Astrowski on LinkedIn

Deb Brey

Office Manager

Deb has been with Induction Innovations since 2018 and her organization and communication skills are key to our team. Multi-tasking with phone reception, receiving and finalizing orders, helping customers troubleshoot with repair issues and arranging shipping and receiving is done flawlessly.

Debbie enjoys spending time with her family & friends. She likes doing fun activities, such as being outside watching her kids play soccer, being inside solving a puzzle or just curled up with a good book.

When asked what she loves most about her job, she said, "My days as an Office Manager is ever changing and I love everything I do, including communicating with customers, processing orders, arranging shipping for all of our customers worldwide and most of all, my co-workers."

Amy Schmiedekamp on LinkedIn

Amy Schmiedekamp

Bookkeeper

Amy, has been with the company since 2018. Her responsibilities include financials and reporting, accounts receivable and payables, inventory tracking and reporting, and payroll and insurance (HR). Call her today if you have questions on an invoice or payment.

When Amy is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as her two daughters who are very involved with cheerleading competitions. She likes attending Chicago Cubs games, hiking and being outdoors.

What Amy loves most about her job. "I like the people I work with along with the day-to-day variety of tasks that I am responsible for and how nothing is never the same."

Amy Schmiedekamp on LinkedIn

Destiny Fontanez

Customer Service Representative

Destiny joined the Induction Innovations team in 2019 and is a true team player. Her core responsibilities include order processing, shipping and internal and external customer service.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending her time with her 3 children. She also has a passion for cooking and baking.

What Destiny loves most about her job is the encouragement given by her team and the calm and pleasant work environment.

Destiny Fontanez on LinkedIn

Contact us to learn more about the Mini-Ductor Venom portable induction heater

Induction Innovations, Inc.

U.S. patents: 10,349,470, 6670590 and 6563096 apply to all products; D841,788, D707,804 and D728,086 apply to handheld, inline induction heaters;
European Patent Office (EPO): patent 002076372-0001 applies to all handheld, inline induction heaters