Working with VanTran means working with family. Our team of experts has the knowledge, years of experience, care and attention to detail that keeps VanTran on the cutting edge of the industry. Learn more about our team members by clicking to read their bios below.
Don Bolin grew up in Vandalia, IL, where VanTran was founded. Don’s family moved to Waco when he was 11, when the company moved its main operations to Texas. Growing up, Don cleaned the offices on weekends until he was old enough to work in the plant in the summers. He spent 30 years selling VanTran’s product separately and remained on the board at VanTran to manage the business with his father, Al Bolin. He earned the role of CFO from 2011–2016 and took over the role of CEO upon the passing of his father in 2016. Today, customers can find Don navigating VanTran toward its goals, ensuring a safe work environment for employees and keeping the focus on its core values. Don spends time reviewing financial reports, company KPIs, interfacing with legal and accounting providers, reviewing sales and marketing proposals and staying current on industry and economic news.
J.P. grew up in Dallas, Texas, and has spent much of his life traveling and working in several states across the nation. He joined the VanTran team in 2016 as President. J.P. holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering and an MBA. Throughout his life, he has worked in design engineering, project management, sales and marketing, quality management, purchasing management, operations management, general management and more, working with high-profile organizations like Honeywell, GE, ABB, Alstom and CG. Our customers can find J.P. overseeing VanTran’s business operations in every aspect. J.P. is proud of the quality products, efficient deliveries, superior customer service and willingness to find solutions that VanTran consistently provides.
Doug grew up in South Florida and moved to Waco to work with VanTran as our Sales and Marketing Director. He joined the VanTran team with experience as OEM electrical power equipment supplier having held roles in engineering, product development, general management, marketing and sales. Doug works hard to expand VanTran’s sales network and brand awareness through social media, trade shows and customer visits. Doug’s work ensures that VanTran customers are served efficiently and reliably, from tendering to order processing through post-product delivery. According to Doug, VanTran is a company where experts work beyond the specification to understand the customer’s needs. Doug is proud of the opportunity to be part of growing an already successful company by increasing its brand awareness and expanding its market coverage.
Jaber grew up in Amman, Jordan. He had family near Waco and decided to stay after starting a relationship with VanTran. After spending time as a Sales Engineer and Project Coordinator for several months, Jaber worked as a Transformer Design Engineer and Engineering Manager. Before joining the VanTran team, Jaber worked in a power plant as a performance engineer, performing several roles in quality control and facility management assurance. Today, our customers can find Jaber managing all incoming orders and factory support, as well as managing the internal testing department, leading R&D prospects and representing VanTran by engaging in technical conferences. Jaber enjoys building and strengthening relationships with VanTran customers at all times, ensuring above-expected results.
Supply Chain Manager
Daniel Marzan, VanTran’s Quality Manager, has been with VanTran since September 2019. With nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, Daniel brings his extensive knowledge of transformers bear for VanTran. As Quality Manager, Daniel maintains the highest quality standards across all internal processes while also ensuring continual quality improvement within the facility. Daniel establishes, maintains and leads projects in conjunction with department managers and supervisors. Daniel goes above and beyond for VanTran by emphasizing the importance of viewing our products through the eyes of the customer.
John was born and raised in Indiana, but moved to Texas at 19 and instantly felt at home. He has been with VanTran as our Controller for 6 months. Before joining the VanTran team, John worked in several accounting and finance roles. He most recently spent over 21 years as the Starch Product Line Controller for Cargill, Inc. Today, John manages all financial business for VanTran, including A/P to A/R, product costing, insurance, taxes, financial reporting and more. John works to ensure that VanTran consistently offers the best price to our customers, no matter their situation.
Allison Bulkley, VanTran’s HR Manager & Safety Coordinator, has been with VanTran since 2013. Graduating from Baylor with her BBA in Marketing & Management, Allison brings a fresh and high-energy dynamic. Allison’s prior experience includes both sports and collegiate marketing, but she has found great enjoyment in learning about the transformer industry, as well as the technical aspect of our products. With her go-to motto, “teamwork makes the dream work,” Allison is always looking to learn something new and improve business processes, helping in whatever way she can.
Account Specialist Sales
Jeff grew up in Killeen, Texas and has worked for VanTran for seven years. Before working with VanTran, Jeff spent 35 years in Electrical Distribution Sales & Management. Our customers can find Jeff reviewing and analyzing specifications, quoting RFQs, working in customer service, processing orders, contacting potential customers and working with data entry and maintenance. Jeff loves working with his great team of my peers and meeting the challenges of technical and customer service requirements. VanTran customers can expect Jeff to go above and beyond our standards of on-time quote and order processing, quick follow-up and more. Jeff works to provide information to assist the customer, solve problems and maintain relationships within VanTran’s customer base.
Michael was born in San Jose, California, and graduated high school in Stigler Oklahoma, then joining the Army in 2005. There, Michael served in two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2013, Michael began work in manufacturing sales where he spent several years with an electronic and weapons containment manufacturer. Michael then moved to Waco to work with the VanTran team, where he has worked as an Account Specialist since October 2017, where he provides consistent quality customer service, maintains and expands existing accounts and works to bring in new opportunities. Michael loves working for VanTran because of the camaraderie and willingness to provide superior results.
Holly grew up in West, TX and has been part of the VanTran team as an Account Specialist since September of 2018. Before coming to VanTran, Holly gained extensive experience through her five years in sales, working in alterations and merchandising for a number of industries. Our customers can find Holly producing quotes, analyzing product specifications, working directly with sales representatives, the engineering and production teams and our customers, attending trade shows and working as a project coordinator on various special tasks. Holly likes working for VanTran because of the family dynamic. For Holly, there’s a “no man left behind” mentality that allows for great care of customers and execution of a superior product. Holly champions our customers’ access to information and assistance at any time—our team deeply values her constant care and accessibility.
Erica grew up in Corpus Christi, TX, and moved to Waco in 2010. With over 20 years of experience as a customer service representative and manager and eight years with VanTran, Erica has worked in our customer service, inside sales, production scheduling, purchasing and shipping departments. VanTran customers know Erica as the front line of support. Her main goal is to take care of our customer’s needs and to help them find solutions to their problems and questions. Erica maintains the daily production schedule and updates it accordingly, based on the current load, customers’ required ship dates and material availability. Erica also helps to purchase material for customer transformers and handles all outbound shipping. Erica’s favorite part about working for VanTran is the people, and she works to treat each customer as she’d want to be treated.