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Company Profiles

Jill Mayer, CEO

Jill Mayer started at Bead in 2007 as Financial Controller where she managed HR, financial planning, budget management and financial reporting of both Bead Chain and Bead Electronics divisions. In 2014, she assumed the role of Corporate President and was responsible for strategic planning, executive leadership and capital allocation. In 2018, she was promoted to CEO to lead the company into the future through growth and innovation. Prior to coming to Bead, Jill was Director of Operations at an online marketing firm. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Vermont and Master of Science from Champlain College. In addition to serving on Bead's board, Jill is an active board member of the University of New Haven Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program, the Center for Family Business and the New Haven Manufacturers Association.

Lou Guerci, President 

Lou Guerci joined Bead in 2015 to lead electronic sales and marketing efforts. In 2020, he was promoted to President where he will continue to build customer relationships as well as lead the company to be more innovative, successful and profitable through growth and acquisition. He has more than 25 years of experience in the electronics and technology sector, working at Winchester Electronics, Amphenol and Teradyne. Lou has held a various role in marketing, operations and engineering roles like Global Director of Strategic Marketing, Business Unit Manager and Global Account Manager. Lou holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Kristen Moreira, CFO

Kristen Moreira joined Bead Industries as Corporate Controller in 2015 and was promoted to CFO in 2018. As CFO, she directs the accounting, treasury, and control functions at both Bead Industries and McGuire Manufacturing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bead. Prior to joining Bead, Kristen worked as in Audit Manager at CohnReznick. She has more than 10 years experience in public accounting. Kristen holds holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Science in Accounting from UConn. She is a Certified Public Accountant and serves as vice-chair of the New Haven Manufacturers Association Finance Committee.

Leah Davenport, Chain Product Manager

Leah Davenport came to Bead in 2010 as Marketing Manager. She was promoted to VP of Marketing in 2014. She wears many hats, managing marketing initiatives at Bead's subsidiary, McGuire Manufacturing Co, Inc., as well as managing the Bead Chain product line. Leah brings more than 20 years of experience in the marketing, advertising, and public relations fields. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA).