David Ronsen – CEO
David Ronsen is the Founder, President & CEO of Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc. David spends his time between Oregon where he resides with his wife and three children and the company headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A Letter from David
Let me be the first to welcome you to Meridian Specialty Vehicles. Here at Meridian we have a proud tradition that spans nearly 2 decades of building the most durable, aesthetically pleasing, and affordable specialty vehicles available anywhere but, we don’t stop there. After we deliver your new vehicle we enter into customer service relationship that is nothing short of exceptional. Our philosophy is simple, you, the customer are always right. You have a problem, a question, or just want to talk, call us 24/7. We put your needs above ours. Your work is important to you, and you are important to us. We would welcome an opportunity to meet with you. We offer weekly plant tours at our beautiful facility in Henderson, Nevada just minutes from Las Vegas. Give us a call! You will be glad you did.
Sincerely, David Ronsen
President & CEO of Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc.
Vern Kauffman – Chief Operations Officer
A tenacious and visionary leader with a talent for anticipating issues and opportunities ahead of others and a constant drive for perfection
with more than 20 years of senior-level leadership and a proven record of results within the second-stage automotive manufacturing industry.
Vern is an avid fan of NASCAR, Harley Davidson motorcycles, antiques and studying history. He has been married to his wife Kimberly Kauffman for over 32 years and is the father of 2 children, grandfather of 2, and owner of 3 dogs.
Vern holds extensive working relationships with companies like MB USA, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, General Motors,
Lincoln Mercury and Toyota.
Royce Harper – Director of Sales
Royce Harper has joined the Meridian SV team and will assumed the capacity of Director of Sales. Previously his outstanding sales track record and nationally recognized expertise in the commercial bus, custom bus build projects, and mobility products (handicap accessibility) markets will further strengthen the depth of experience that we have to support all our customers.
Formerly based in Kansas City, Royce served as the Regional Sales Manager for a mid-western bus dealer for several years prior to relocating to the Phoenix area where he was assigned the duties and responsibilities as the acting Commercial Bus Sales manager for a major truck and bus sales organization. His management skills and techniques have been recognized as one of the many successful tools used in obtaining customer satisfaction, increased sales from his staff, and support from production and manufacturing lines.
When he’s not working, Royce enjoys the outdoors; whether on the golf course, upland game hunting, hiking the desert landscape or simply relaxing by the pool. Additional interests include cooking, motorcycling and getting together with friends for wine tasting.
Glen Henderson – Vice President, Franchise Dealer Sales
Glen Henderson is the Vice President of Sales for Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc. Glen was formerly a top producer for a Fortune 200 Company that had sales in Excess of $14 Billion Dollars annually. Prior to that he was the President & CEO of a major specialty vehicle manufacturer.
Glen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Computer Science and is a graduate of Liberty University. He is a U.S. Army Veteran and served for 5 years at the Pentagon in the Information Systems Command where he held a Top Secret Security Clearance.
Glen has 2 children and spends his time between his home in Yukon, OK and the company headquarters in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kevin Kropf, Eastern Region Sales Manager
Kevin Kropf has joined Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc. and will be responsible for sales in the Eastern region of the US. With 25 years in the bus industry, working in customer service and sales, his knowledge of the product along with his personality will bring him much success with our team.
Kevin is based out of Northern Indiana and has been married to his wife Sherrie for 25 years. He has three married children, a grand-daughter and 2 grandsons. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, riding his Harley and spending time with friends and family.
Elizabeth Edwards – Program Manager
Elizabeth Edwards is the Program Manager of Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc. Elizabeth’s brings to Meridian Specialty Vehicles an extensive skill set in project management, account management, customer support, and product marketing. Prior to that, Elizabeth managed prime manufacturing and GSA contracts and provided customer account management as the Director of Business Management for Orbit One Communications, a division of Numerex.
Elizabeth is based out of Whitehall, Montana where she resides with her husband and 2 children.She enjoys riding horses both back country and in the arena, hunting, 4 wheeling and camping.
Jo Soveranes – Sales Support/Logistics Manager
Jo Soveranes is the Logistics Manager for Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc. As Logistics Manager, Jo has her hand in every aspect of operations at MSV and is a key player in “making things happen” both internally and externally. She is 100% committed to the Meridian philosophy of producing a world class product and providing a level of customer service that is nothing short of exceptional.
Jo comes to MSV with over 20 years of administrative, management, customer service and sales experience, most recently within the transport refrigeration industry as Assistant Branch Manager & Rental Manager for the local Carrier Transicold dealer.
Originally from New Mexico, Jo has called Las Vegas home since 2009 her daughters and grandson.
Shawn Duffy – Financial Controller
Shawn Duffy is the Financial Controller at Meridian Specialty Vehicles Inc. Shawn brings 19 years experience in Forecasting, Planning, and Analysis to guide Meridian Specialty vehicles in the design of efficient processes with the necessary controls. His background in industries as diverse as Pharmaceuticals, Trucking, Trade Shows, and Architecture & Construction brings a unique perspective to
complex business problems.
Shawn comes to Meridian Specialty Vehicles after spending 2012 combining the financial statements and tracking the costs in the merger between Medco Health Solutions and Express Scripts (2 Fortune 50 companies). At Medco, Shawn received the “President’s Award” for the dramatic improvements his project
team made in the return process for prescriptions in the Las Vegas pharmacy.
Shawn has a Finance degree from the University of Notre Dame and remains an ardent fan on the Fighting Irish.
Aaron Christensen – Product Designer
Aaron Christensen is the Product Design Engineer for Meridian Specialty Vehicles Inc. Aaron is a very hard working, quick learning, young CAD Engineer. He has four years of High School experience along with one year of study at the College of Southern Nevada.
In Aaron’s spare time you will find him expanding his knowledge of the field of work he is in, attending classes and workshops.
When he is not at work or in classes you will find him spending time with his six month old baby girl Audrina.
Rafael Garcia – Quality Control
Originally from Mexico, Rafael is a certified electronics technician, emergency vehicle technician, and general auto mechanic technician. Previous jobs include Washtronics of America, design and construction of truck wash equipment and control panels, assisted service as a technician on troubleshooting problems in the field, and specializes in quality control and customer service. A family man and father of 3 girls and a wonderful wife. His job duties for Meridian include Customer Service, Quality Control, Electrical Design and Purchasing.
His hobbies are reading technical, mechanical, and electrical trade publications.
Judy Pearson – Office Manager
Judy Pearson is the Office Manager for Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc. As the office manager she is responsible for the smooth operation of the day-to-day business. Her attention to detail and tenacious nature make her an outstanding contributor to the administrative and organizational needs of the company. “A good office manager makes it possible for other people to function effectively and efficiently.” Judy is an avid bowler and likes to spend her free time with her husband and three dogs.