The Bothe Team
Cathryn has been President since 2003. She is completely committed to the success of the Bothe Associates, which can only be based on quality and service to our customers. The reinvention of a thousand year old product and the founding of Signature Needle Arts was the result of always seeking better ways to serve customers.
Kent has worked at Bothe Associates since the company was founded in 1950. With nearly seven decades of job shop experience, he has been involved at the forefront of machining technology; from the manually-controlled machines of our early years and into the complex multi-axis CNC world today. Kent was instrumental in pushing Bothe Associates to acquire its first CNC machine in the early 70’s and he has unmatched expertise in machining custom metal parts. Today, Kent programs our lathes and is our most valuable resource in terms of machine shop experience and knowledge of parts, processes and equipment.
Laura coordinates all customer-related functions from order-processing and expediting to scheduling and shipping, while managing all the intricate parts and processes within our shop. With three decades of job shop experience, Laura has tremendous expertise in crafting manufacturing solutions for our customers and tackling any issues in production. She prides herself on knowing the status of parts in the shop at nearly all times and being the primary contact for most of our customers. Laura also is a key member of the Signature Needle Arts traveling team. She spends her free time with her husband and two kids and their crazy dog Mel.
Paul has nearly 25 years of experience in manufacturing and truly enjoys the sounds, sights and smells of a machine shop. At age 11, Paul started regularly running machines, and spent as much time as possible learning machining and running parts on nights, weekends, and summers. In 2003, Paul joined Bothe Associates full time and is responsible for process planning and estimating on all new parts, along with interfacing with customers and managing larger projects. One of the most enjoyable parts of his job is using maufacturing knowledge to creatively solve problems for our customers. Paul enjoys many outdoor activities, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and spending time with his wife, Marian, and his dog, Data.
Brian Schulz is the Operations Manager of Bothe Associates and has the responsibility of scheduling, employee interactions, and managing all aspects of manufacturing. With over 30 years of manufacturing background, Brian is well versed in all aspects of machining, setup, management, and keeping a shop running efficiently. Brian has a degree in Supervisory Management and is well versed in CAD/CAM software. Brian and his wife Tammi have been married more than 25 years and are lifelong residents of Kenosha WI. They have two children: Krystal and Kyle. Brian’s hobbies include Vintage BMX bicycle collecting and BMX racing. He also is a certified BMX coach and highly renowned in the BMX world.
Ryan has been a member of Bothe’s Quality team since 2011. As Quality Manager, Ryan takes a hands-on approach and works closely with internal operations to ensure a quality product. He is a firm believer that the QMS should forever evolve through continuous improvement projects and preventative action. He works closely with our customers’ quality and engineering departments to quickly resolve any quality issues that may arise. As a certified internal auditor, Ryan helps oversee our ISO 9001 Quality Management System and works as a part of a cross functional Material Review Board team to eliminate quality issues through corrective action.
Human Resources Manager
Megan joined the Bothe team in September of 2018. She has nearly 20 years of human resources experience primarily in HR Generalist roles, with large and small companies in a variety of industries. She has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting and benefits administration. Megan earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources from Miami University (Ohio). When Megan isn’t working, she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and three children and their dog, Jeff.
Vicki is Financial Manager at Bothe Associates. She also works with Signature Needle Arts, and is part of the team that attends our trade shows. With 9 years at Bothe Associates and 23 years of accounting experience, she can help you resolve any of your accounts receivable questions.
Annette joined the Bothe team in November 2017. She comes to us with 6 years of manufacturing industry experience and more than 20 years of Customer Relations. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She maintains our Office Administration, ISO document control, and Accounts Payable. Additionally, she handles the Signature Needle Arts Wholesale Accounts and assists with Customer Relations.