Advanced Machining & Tooling Management Team



Meet the Team

Keith Felts, President
Keith is President of Advanced Machining, a position he has held since he co-founded the firm in 1985. In addition to having seasoned management and overall manufacturing skills, he is also a leading expert in electrical discharge machining, particularly sinker EDM.  Before starting Advanced Machining, Keith worked as an application engineer for Agie Charmilles, a top manufacturer of EDM equipment based in Switzerland.

Patrick Reynolds, Operations Manager
Pat joined Advanced Machining in 2015 as a supervisor and quickly took on increasing responsibilities. He was promoted to Operations Manager in 2016. Pat’s machining background began with Framatome Connectors USA. He later worked at Vermont Aerospace before moving to North Carolina where he was employed as a machinist for Hi-Tech Machining before being promoted to Production Manager. He then served as Production Manager at ECS Enterprises before joining Advanced. Pat has a degree in Manufacturing Engineering.
Paul Lutz, EDM and Maintenance Specialist
Paul began his career with Advanced Machining in 2014. He initially served as wire EDM operator, then gradually expanded his role to include CMM programmer/inspector. In his present role, he specializes in EDM and manages preventive maintenance and equipment repair. Paul gained great understanding of electrical discharge machining, particularly wire EDM, as a field service technician from 1998 to 2014 for GF Machining Solutions, a leading manufacturer of wire EDM equipment. Prior to that, he served as a petty officer third class in the US Navy.
Jeff Geoghan, Quality Manager
Jeff started at Advanced Machining in 2016 as a machinist, was promoted to Chief Inspector in 2018, and then named to his current position as Quality Manager in November 2019. He previously worked for ECS Enterprises as a machinist, quality manager, shop foreman, and lead for their 3D printing operations.
Gary Holcomb, CEO
Gary serves as CEO of Advanced Machining as well as its sister companies Quality Products & Machine, LLC and Tri-Tec Industries, LLC. He joined these organizations in October 2019 in conjunction with their acquisition by Main Street Holdings, a Pittsburgh-based private equity firm. Gary previously was CEO of Coining, Inc; President & CEO of Dawar Technologies, Inc; Vice President & General Manager of Fisher Scientific Company’s Lab Equipment Division; and General Manager of Dynamet Inc’s Forged Products Division. He graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Paul Wilhelm, Vice President & CFO
Paul joined Compass in February of 2020 as Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Like Gary, he has a strong CNC machining industry background. Paul worked for Paragon Metals from 2016 through early 2020, most recently as the firms’ Chief Financial Officer. Paragon machines tight-tolerance, precision-engineered metal components for the automotive industry.
Previously, he served in various accounting and finance roles for several other Charlotte-area manufacturing companies including IntraPac International, a speciality packaging company manufacturing plastic, laminate, tin and aluminum products. Paul has a BS in Business Administration and an MS in accounting, both from Georgia Southern University.
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