The Leadership Team of B+B SmartWorx

Jerry O'Gorman

Jerry O’Gorman

President
Advantech B+B SmartWorx

Jerry O’Gorman is president of Advantech B+B SmartWorx, headquartered in Ottawa Illinois USA. Prior to 2013, he served as Managing Director of B+B SmartWorx EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) division located in Oranmore, Co. Galway, Ireland. Jerry has over 25 years of experience in business leadership, international sales and marketing for a variety of technology-based industries.

A member of Advantech B+B SmartWorx senior management since 2006, O’Gorman understands the company’s customers, products and operations, as well as its strategic growth plans. He played an integral role in a number of company acquisitions which expanded the company’s portfolio of mission-critical network connectivity solutions.

O’Gorman was instrumental in the acquisition and integration of Czech Republic-based Conel and its industrial wireless cellular routers product line. He established a business development team for the EMEA region to manage the company’s expanding portfolio of cellular, fiber and Wi-Fi network connectivity solutions.

Mike Fahrion

Mike Fahrion

Vice President of IoT Technology
Advantech B+B SmartWorx/Ottawa, IL

Mike Fahrion, Advantech B+B SmartWorx director of product management, is an expert in data communications with 20 years of design and application experience. He oversees development of the company’s rugged M2M connectivity solutions for wireless and wired networks. Fahrion has particular expertise in reliable connectivity solutions for devices deployed at the “edge” of networks in remote, harsh or uncontrolled environments. Mike has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Gail Farlee

Gail Farlee

Vice President of Marketing and Sales Operations
Advantech B+B SmartWorx

Gail Farlee has global responsibility for promoting the company’s products across all media and enabling Channel Partners to communicate the value of Advantech B+B SmartWorx to their customers. Along with her marketing background, Gail brings significant experience in demand generation, service operations and internal sales development to B+B. Prior to arrival at B+B in early 2008, Gail spent 5 years as Vice President/Operations Services with Call Center Clinic. As a senior consultant, Gail worked with underperforming centers, restructuring operations, aligning technology and implementing the people and process changes to support corporate objectives. She also served services operations leadership roles for JC Whitney, Gander Mountain and Cabela’s.

She has an MBA and a BS in Business Administration from Franklin University.

Rich Czekanski

Rich Czekanski

Director of Human Resources
Advantech B+B SmartWorx

Rich Czekanski has a Human Resources background with a reputation as a strong business partner and advisor to executives regarding business, performance, leadership and strategic issues. His HR expertise helps to align people with the business strategy and to achieve optimum results. Rich has extensive and diverse experience in consumer packaged goods (CPG), transportation, healthcare and electronic component distribution and manufacturing, and global management responsibility at both the plant and corporate levels covering both union and union-free settings. In his most recent role, Rich helped Richardson Electronics’ global business more than quadruple in sales to over $660 million. Rich has a BS degree in Management from Lehigh University.