Gammill employs individuals at our West Plains and Columbia, Missouri, locations. Here are the team members you will work with when contacting our company.
Michelle Weaver – General Manager
Michelle joined Gammill in 2014. She brings an entrepreneurial background with experience in the sewing industry and in education. She and her husband Andrew have been happily married for 17 years. In her spare time she enjoys nature, stargazing, long scenic drives and playing goalie for her hockey team.
Jennifer Smith – Operations Manager
Jennifer joined Gammill in January of 2014. She brings a strong marketing and sales background to Gammill. Jennifer received a MBA from the University of Phoenix with an emphasis in marketing and management. She and her husband Greg have been married since January 1992 and have three children, Ashley, Tayler, and Isaac. Jennifer serves as an Ambassador for the Greater West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce and served as the Heart of the Ozarks United Way Board President.
Corey Pearson – Education Director
Corey is a millennial quilter who has been involved in the quilting industry since he was a small child. He was first introduced to the Gammill brand in 2009 and was immediately amazed. Corey loves the technology that Gammill offers in its machine lineup. He enjoys quilting because every quilt tells a different story. Corey has been a CreativeStudio Certified Instructor since 2015 and previously worked with Linda’s Electric Quilters for seven years. Corey is well known for his easy-to-follow Statler tutorials on YouTube and his fun and interactive Facebook Live videos. He is a graduate of The University of North Texas where he received his Bachelors of Business Administration with a focus in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.
Aubrey Stephens – Warehouse Manager
Aubrey joined Gammill in August of 2001. He has worked in many areas of the warehouse and handles tech calls. He has been happily married for 22 years to his wife Deanna. They have 2 children, Montana and Brianna. Aubrey was born in Salem, AR and raised in Mammoth Spring, AR.
Norman McKeague-Foster – Sales Manager
Norman joined Gammill in 2015 with 48 years of sewing industry experience. Originally from England, he now lives in Utah with his wife, Deidre.
Mary Foley – Production Manager
Mary has been employed with Gammill at the Statler facility since July 2011, but her association with the company goes back to day one. She is the daughter of Paul and Mildred Statler. Her duties at Statler include building most cables, helping with cross tracks, producing videos and making music for the audio tracks. She is also the end tester. The Statler system doesn’t leave the building without this final test. She grew up in Columbia, MO. She and her husband, Tim, were married on Nov. 5, 1988 and have six children. Her hobbies include video work, creating music either playing live or producing tracks on the computer, singing, and theater.
Rob Webb – Quality Assurance Department
Shandi Brinkman – Marketing Coordinator
Shandi joined Gammill in March 2015. She has 15 years of Marketing, Public Relations and Media experience. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Administration and Communications from Missouri State University. She and her husband, Allen, have one son, Jonah, and a daughter, Marat. In her free time, she enjoys long-distance running.
Matt Sherman – Engineering Manager
Matt is the author of CreativeStudio, a Computer-Aided Drafting Manufacturing Application that is used worldwide. He is an artistic programmer who has a great interest in robotics and in helping others become more creative. His development of CreativeStudio from the ground up has been exciting project that continues to this day and into the future. Merging Technology with Creativity is what Matt is good at. His goal is to make a robotic control interface that is as easy to use as a paint brush is for an artist.
John Buse– Mechanical Engineer
John joined Gammill in February of 2013. He has more than 15 years of design experience including work on aircraft, tractor trailer components, semiconductor equipment and exercise equipment. John has been married to his wife Tammy since 2005 and has three children, Evan, Melody and Isaiah. He spends a lot of his free time chasing his kids around to their activities but also enjoys bicycling and spending down time with his wife and children.
Nicholas Defauw – Data and Software Engineer
Nick joined Gammill in December of 2015. He is a life-long programmer with a strong passion for developing technology. He began programming when he was 13 years old and has 20 years of experience in graphic design, databases, networks, development, quality assurance, and performance testing. He enjoys exploring nature, admiring arts and theater, and teaching technology in his spare time.
Bart Spurling – Research & Development Specialist
Bart joined the company in January 2005. He and his wife have been blessed with five children, triplet boys and a twin boy and girl. He has always been interested in technology – agricultural, mechanical, and electronic. Bart resides in Fulton, Missouri and grows vegetables for the farmers market with his wife and children, and tries to satisfy his technological curiosity with Raspberry Pi projects.
Justin Walgamuth – Engineering Technician
Justin joined Gammill in April of 2005. He is an Engineering Technician dealing directly with Statler machines the past 11 years. He works to help improve electrical and troubleshooting processes and also works on projects to better the customer experience. Justin is married with two kids and too many cats. He has a few tattoos and possibly an unhealthy obsession with both Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain).
Paul & Mildred Statler – Creators of Statler by Gammill
A life-long inventor, Paul owned his own electronics business at the age of 15, mastered multiple electronic equipment during four years in the Air Force, and worked 26 more years with the VA in biomedical technology. After retiring, Paul began a new career when he built the first Statler Stitcher for his wife, Mildred, in 1990 and they began production quilting. Paul continued improving the system and the first machine with Statler Stitcher technology was sold in 1994. To this day, Paul and Mildred continue to build and improve the Statler by Gammill. In addition, Paul loves to share his talents and knowledge, providing training and guidance to Statler users and instructors.
Inocencio (Chencho) Leija – Senior Accountant
Chencho has been with Gammill since February 2008 and his responsibilities include Financial Accounting and Human Resources. Chencho was born and raised in central Mexico in the state of San Luis Potosi. At the age of 15, he moved to Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, OR. He went on to study at Portland State University School of Business Administration where he obtained degrees in Accounting and General Management. In January 2008, he and his family moved to West Plains, MO. Chencho and his wife have three children
Debbie Strong – Bookkeeper
Customer Service and Support Team
Lana Adams – Customer Service Clerk
Lana joined Gammill in September of 2013. She processes and ships all parts and supplies. Lana is married and has 2 children, Braxton and Kynsley. Lana enjoys spending time with her children and family.
Lis Groe – Customer Support
Lis joined Gammill in July of 2009. She began her career with Gammill in the supply department but transitioned into a technician and trainer in 2013. Lis has been to most of the major quilt shows around the country. In her spare time, Lis spends time playing with her two adorable dogs, practicing martial arts, and watching science fiction movies.
Jearld Collins – Master Technician
Jearld joined Gammill in September of 1989. He is a Master Technician and has assisted with many national quilting shows throughout the years. Jearld and his wife Vivian have been married 40 years. Jearld and Vivian enjoy spending time with their three children, three grandkids, and one great-grandprincess.
Mike Caldwell – Tech Support
Mike joined Gammill in November 1985. He began by working with Ken Gammill at the store on Washington Ave. Mike has delivered quilting machines, worked at various quilting shows, and trained customers all over the USA & Alaska. Mike has been married to Donna for 45 years. They have one son, Chris, who also works at Gammill.
Kenny Collins – Electrical Supervisor
Kenny joined Gammill in March of 2009. He has wired handguided quilting machines since 1999, when the wiring was previously subcontracted to KC Shops. He enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. He has been married for 34 years and has two daughters.
Kent Adams – Tech Support
Kent joined Gammill in March 2011. He began with table assembly and now works in various parts of the warehouse including sewing off machines. He and his wife, Lana, have two children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.
Production and Warehouse Team
Chris Caldwell – Shipping
Chris joined Gammill in September 2000. He began in table assembling. He now takes care of shipping, small part box assembly and loading and unloading trucks. In 2014, Chris earned a degree in Audio Engineering and Music production. Chris and his wife, Marietta, have been married since 2010. He enjoys playing music and spending time with family and friends.
Angela Ruebling- Production
Angela has worked for Gammill for 10 years. She builds heads and in-home kits at the Statler Production facility. She lives on a farm in Central Missouri.
Richard Capp – Crating
Brandon Collins – Electrical Shop
Richard Wood – Machine Technician
Kyle Mings – Shipping
James Lockerby – Driver
Al Hargis – Production
Justin Foley – Production
Pat Jens – Production
Patty Collins – Production
Bonnie Phillips – Production