Our Kem-Shield team is dedicated to bringing our community back together through passion, commitment, and impact. We specialized in curating effective sanitization solutions for companies big or small. Scroll below to learn more about Kem-Shield’s leadership team. 

Rudy Yakym III, Director of Growth Initiatives 

During the COVID-19 crisis, Rudy helped launch the Kem-Shield business unit, resulting in the delivery of much needed health and safety products to our nation. In Rudy’s spare time, he enjoys flying remote control airplanes, managing his real estate private equity partnerships, and robust civic and political engagement. Rudy also takes flight lessons and recently completed his first solo flight! He is actively involved at New Life Church, serving as the head usher. Rudy married the love of his life, Sallyann, in 2006 and they have three beautiful children – Elle, Rudy IV and Eliza.
Email: ryakym@kemkrest.com

Ben Decker, Director of Supply Chain 

Ben formally joined Kem-Shield after its inception in the fall of 2020. He is now applying his knowledge in sourcing, product and warehouse setup, and the connecting points within systems of this ‘start-up’. His daily activities keep him engaged in all areas of the business, working closely with team members in sales, customer service, warehouse operations, and supply chain. Outside of Kem-Shield, Ben is the father to two boys and enjoys staying active with them. He runs a local non-profit with a focus of organizing events (like the Elkhart Jazz Festival) that contribute to making Elkhart a fun place to live.
Email: bdecker@kemkrest.com

Jonathan Paige, Sales and Operations Manager 

Jonathan has been with Kem-Shield’s parent company, Kem Krest, since November 2013. He has overseen MRO purchasing including facility growth project assistance, corporate receiving supervision, general maintenance management, operations management, and support at our corporate warehouse. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his wife Jenifer and his 2 daughters, Aubrey and Addison, as much as possible. He loves to be outdoors and enjoys hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, cooking out, and swimming. He is very much in love with Lake Michigan and the beach communities that surround the lake.
Email: jpaige@kemkrest.com

Melissa Adams, Customer Service 

Melissa is our lead Kem-Shield Customer Service (and chat bot) representative and has been serving our Kem-Shield customers since our launch. Melissa has over 20 years of customer service and project management experience in various industries and strives to always provide the best service to all external and internal customers. From onboarding new customers, processing orders start to finish, providing exceptional service and supporting her fellow associates, Melissa continues to be a stable force and integral part to our team. When time allows, Melissa likes to travel. Her most recent travels took her to Punta Cana and the Grand Canyon, but the beach is her favorite place, just being near the water is what makes her happy. She also has a black cat named Ziggy. Email: mkurtz@kemkrest.com

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