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Ron Kirk, President

Ron has been at the helm of CMI since 1967, growing it from a small spinoff into a busy home-based business and then into the globally recognized name it is today. Ron is responsible for the designs of most of the hardware we manufacture and sell today and works tirelessly to improve and refine our manufacturing processes.

Ron is an accomplished mountaineer, caver, and rescuer. Increasingly, he is returning to the cliffs and caves of eastern West Virginia testing first-hand the equipment he manufactures, and passing his hard-earned outdoor experience on to the next generation of CMI.

Marcia Kirk, Vice President

Marcia handles the day to day accounting for the company--payables and receivables, approving new customers, and perhaps the most important of all functions here: the payroll.

In times passed, aside from raising two sons, Marcia spent 17 years volunteering as an EMT and supply officer for Pendleton County Emergency Rescue, our local all-volunteer ambulance service. She also enjoys baking enough goodies to keep the rest of the staff happy, and playing with her first grandchild.

Kris Kirk, Sales Manager

Kris heads up our Sales Department and is largely responsible for making improvements around CMI's headquarters. He is currently working to expand our retail presence and Outfitter Shop. Kris regularly travels to trade shows around the continent meeting with dealers, customers, and end-users, bringing home valuable suggestions and field experience to be incorporated into our next designs.

Kris enjoys running adventure races, specializing in mountain biking, and is active in local softball leagues during the summer. He lives with his wife and two sons in a house they built near CMI's headquarters.

Rachel Bowers, Sales Associate

Rachel handles all of the order taking and processing, and coordinates the shipping at CMI. She is responsible for making sure that orders are picked accurately, packed securely, and shipped as rapidly as possible. She is the first point of contact for most customers, taking orders, answering questions about our products, and handling support and customer service issues.

Rachel is a native of Franklin, and lives with her daughter.

Jeremy "Badger" Raines, Shop Manager

As our Shop Manager, Badger makes sure that components are manufactured and that our assembly staff get hardgoods assembled on time and according to specification. He is directly responsible for maintaining our advanced machinery, and continually works to refine assembly processes. He frequently travels to trade shows to meet with customers and stay current on developments in the industry.

Badger enjoys hunting and fishing the wilderness of Pendleton County, and spending time with his wife and two daughters. During the summer he plays softball with the CMI sponsored team.

Ron Kirk, Sr, Shop Technician

A retired master printer from Ohio, Ron works a few days a week to help keep our assembly schedule on track. Having spent many years behind the scenes at CMI, he is well practiced in all of our assembly processes and brings a fine eye for detail to our final inspections.

Ron and his wife retired to the Franklin area 15 years ago, constructing a circular house in a quiet valley a few minutes outside of town.

Tim Nixon, Webmaster/Troubleshooter

Tim handles the programming and maintenance of CMI's website and fields technology-related questions around the office. From his other previous lives as a firefighter/paramedic in West Virginia and flight paramedic in Washington, DC, he brings valuable first-hand vertical rescue experience. He is an avid caver, and is our resident expert on many local caves.

Tim is an enthusiastic globetrotter. He has just returned from spending a year in Central America, and after a brief interlude in the states is headed south to Antarctica to work in support of the National Science Foundation programs there.

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