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Management Team

JVS has a long and successful history of providing the highest level of QualityDeliveryService and overall Value to our customers, globally, for nearly 60 years. As a tribute to our longevity, JVS reached another milestone this year with the production of our 7 Millionth engine brake.

During this time, we have developed unique processes in hydraulics, precision machining, motion, valve timing and electronics applied to engines and vehicles.  The foundation of our success is based on four Core Values that drive our business today and will continue into the future…

  • We build extraordinary teams for extraordinary results
  • Kaizen is our way of life
  • Customer success inspires our innovation
  • We compete for shareholders

As we continue our journey, increased demand for our products and technologies is coming from new geographies requiring us to evolve our portfolio and customer services to meet the high level of expectation from these markets.

Our brand and reputation are important to us, so you can count on JVS to provide solutions based on proven technologies and demonstrated reliability.  We also strive to be good citizens and neighbors, so we develop our products and processes with consideration given to their impact on the environment and those we share it with.

On behalf of all of us at Jacobs, thank you for your support and interest in our company and our products.  Don’t hesitate to contact us in any way if we can be of assistance.

Our Team

Dennis Gallagher

Dennis Gallagher President

Dennis’s background consists of over 25 years of experience within Danaher and Fortive companies including Dover, Danaher Motion, and Pacific Scientific.

At these companies, he held various positions of increasing responsibility ranging from engineering, sales, and marketing.  Most recently, he served as Vice President and General Manager for Kollmorgen in the European, Middle Eastern, African, and Indian markets while residing in Germany. 

Dennis, originally from Boston, MA, is a graduate of the University of Lowell with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  

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Steve Ernest

Steve Ernest Vice President, Engineering and Business Development

Steve Ernest is the Vice President, Engineering and Business Development.

Steve originally joined Jacobs in 1996 as a Development Engineer.  Since then, he has held roles of increasing responsibility with his last engineering assignment being the Director of Technology Development.    

Prior to joining Jacobs, he held various positions of increasing responsibility as part of the Cummins Engine Company.

Steve holds a B.S. from Southern Illinois University and an M.S. from Purdue University.


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Sam Fabian

Sam Fabian Vice President of Global Operations

Sam Fabian is the Vice President of Global Operations at Jacobs. Sam originally joined the Jacobs’ team in 2008 as an Operations Manager in the Bloomfield, Connecticut, facility.

Sam returned to Jacobs after spending seven years at Gems Sensors.  Most recently Sam was the Vice President of Global Operations where he was responsible for Gems Sensors’ facilities located in Connecticut and the United Kingdom. 

Prior to joining Jacobs in 2008, Sam was employed by Detroit Diesel / Daimler Trucks North America for 12 years.  During this time, Sam was directly involved with the launch of several global engine series and had roles of increasing responsibility in factory management and lean manufacturing deployment.

Sam is originally from the Detroit, Michigan area and received his B.S. Degree from Michigan State University in Packaging.  

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Jay Handel

Jay Handel Vice President, Finance

Jay joined Jacobs in March 2012 as Controller. Jay also spent time as Director, FP&A prior to being appointed Finance Director and was then promoted to Vice President, Finance in December 2016.

Prior to joining the JVS team, Jay held finance or audit positions with Stanley, Black & Decker and PwC.  

He holds a B.A. from Eastern Connecticut State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.



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William Wang

William Wang General Manager, China

William has been in the Chinese automotive industry for more than 20 years with experiences in sales, marketing, product planning and M&A business development.

William has been in the Chinese automotive industry for more than 20 years with experiences in sales, marketing, product planning and M&A business development.  Prior to joining the JVS team, William worked for Fiat Group China, Knorr-Bremse China, General Manager China Group and SKF China.  

William joined Jacobs in March, 2011 as the General Manager in China.

William holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and receives his MBA from Webster University in US.


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Our Story

Although the Jacobs Engine Brake has been on the market since 1961, the need for it was terrifyingly demonstrated to its inventor Clessie L. Cummins, some thirty years earlier. In August of 1931, himself, Ford Moyer, and Dave Evans driving a Cummins diesel powered Indiana truck from New York to Los Angeles...

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