Meet CEPEDA's Management Team

CEPEDA has a dedicated group of managers that each have many years of service. If you have any questions feel free to contact us. Click the person's name to email them.


Star Dillard
President & CEO/CFO


Star holds Master of Accountancy and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Louisville. She began at CEPEDA in 1999 and assumed her current position in 2009. Star is dedicated to providing a quality product, manufactured to customer specifications, with on-time delivery to CEPEDA's customers. She is supported by CEPEDA's experienced management team and highly-skilled craftsmen.


Kevin Wilson


Kevin has been with CEPEDA for nearly 39 years. His experience in fabrication and welding, testing, field service, customer service, and company ownership gives him unparalleled insight into CEPEDA's products and applications.


Quality Assurance Manager/Auditor


Keith has been with CEPEDA since 2016. He is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Educator with over 18 years' experience auditing quality systems. He has been in the steel fabrication industry for 29 years, 20 of those years in quality management, and 8 years in operation/plant management. He has strong team building and employee empowerment skills and has extensive knowledge and background in various quality systems with over 12 years of experience in continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, and 5S methodology.


Eric Taylor, PE
Engineering Manager


Eric holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from the University of Louisville and is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 20 years' experience designing, building, and testing equipment that has endured the extremes of both U.S. Navy submarines and orbital flight aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor. For 12 years at CEPEDA, he has managed contracts for new designs, upgrades, and manufacturing and has been the Principal Investigator for several SBIR efforts. In addition to managing projects and leading the engineering team, Eric has responsibility for design improvements and verification testing including the development of appropriate test equipment.


Jamie Lyczak
Field Service Manager


Jamie served as a Machinist Mate in the U.S. Navy submarine fleet. He gained 10 years' experience on the operation, maintenance, inspection, and repair of CO2 scrubbers and CO/H2 burners with the Navy. Jamie was a systems expert selected by Naval Sea Systems Command for naval nuclear submarine auxiliary equipment for the Performance Monitoring Team (PMT) in Norfolk, VA. Since he began with CEPEDA in 2002, his Navy experience and firsthand knowledge of CEPEDA's equipment have been invaluable.


Tiffany Beauchamp
Spare Parts Manager


Tiffany has been with CEPEDA since 2000 and has served in her current position since 2002. She is dedicated to providing customers with competitive pricing and prompt, friendly service.


Bill Poole, PE
IT Manager


Bill holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from the University of Louisville, is a licensed Professional Engineer, and has nearly 20 years' experience in information technology. Bill is responsible for network design and security, database administration, website design, technology acquisitions, third-party application implementation, end-user support and training, and process improvement.