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Our Team

Our Team

Axis is fortunate to have exceptional people working in all facets of our operation. While most of these folks work behind the scenes machining, fabricating, and welding, here are the people who work directly with our customers:

James Lewis (May 1990)

James Lewis (May 1990)

President

Since taking over as majority owner and president, James has stuck to the values and principles that have been instilled in Axis from the beginning. He believes the best way to afford our customers great service is to have great people.

His Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Tennessee and his shop experience enable him to handle the day-to-day operations as well as plan for Axis’ future. Having learned from the ground up, James brings a dedication and knowledge of the company that its customers have benefited from for over 25 years.

Brian McCarter (June 2002)

Brian McCarter (June 2002)

CAD Manager

Brian’s excellence in the area of CAD provides Axis with the tools to put our clients’ ideas into reality. With 19 years of experience in areas ranging from plastic injection molding to metal fabrication, he understands how designs affect the quality of your products. Brian allows Axis to take a design that’s “drawn on a napkin” or an actual model of the item and prepare it for production. Among Brian’s other skills, he handles our software upgrades and keeps our facility’s computer systems operational.
Brad Moore (March 2007)

Brad Moore (March 2007)

Machine Manager

As Machining Manager, Brad brings 20 years of industry experience to Axis’ machine shop. He is responsible for overseeing a wide variety of operations that change daily to meet our customers’ demands.

Brad’s departmental leadership is demonstrated through his hands-on knowledge of all the machining operations performed at Axis. This gives our customers the benefit of working hand-in-hand with Brad during the quoting and purchasing process in order to save time and money.

Mike Pettit (Aug. 2009)

Mike Pettit (Aug. 2009)

Project Manager

With 18 years of management experience in the service industry, Mike provides Axis with distinct benefits in his role as Project Manager.

With a BS in Operations Management and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Tennessee, Mike helps maintain the company’s focus on meeting its clients’ needs. In addition to servicing our customers during the estimation/bidding process, Mike assists Axis in targeting and acquiring new clients.

John Reed (Jan. 2005)

John Reed (Jan. 2005)

Project Manager

Our customers reap the benefits of having a project manager who knows design and fabrication.

John uses his years of experience and his degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Pellissippi State to provide our customers with accurate quotes and top-notch service. Whether you have a large stack of architectural prints or just a pencil drawing on a napkin, John will get you what you need to turn your idea into a reality.

Gene Bowling (Feb. 1993)

Gene Bowling (Feb. 1993)

Sheet Metal Fabrication Manager

Gene provides Axis with over 21 years of experience in our sheet metal fabrication department. One look at examples of parts he and his team have produced and the high level of excellence he exudes will quickly become evident.

Gene manages his team in the use of our TRUMPF laser cutting machine and CNC press brake & punch machines to create complex prototypes or large production runs of standard parts. If requested, he also consults with our clients to determine the most cost-efficient and effective way to produce their parts.

Mark Rogers (Oct. 1998)

Mark Rogers (Oct. 1998)

Welding Manager

Having 27 years of experience in the machining and fabricating industries allows Mark to handle multiple responsibilities as Welding Manager. He benefits Axis by overseeing the daily processes involving welding, painting, screen-printing, and surface preparation while also contributing in other crucial areas of our business.

Mark uses his background in facility construction and machine maintenance to keep our facilities in top working order. If needed, he can also provide expertise as a field consultant during a client’s design/build phase at a job site.

Vivian Low (Jan. 2006)

Vivian Low (Jan. 2006)

Office Manager

Vivian helps bring order to the extremely busy office environment of Axis by efficiently handling all the functions required in the world of management and human resources. She makes sure all day-to-day operations for the office staff go as smoothly as possible.

For over 9 years, she has been invaluable to our company. Our employees count on Vivian and her staff to make certain that nothing is overlooked in the world of 401k’s, medical insurance, and payroll.

Travis Hodge (Dec. 2010)

Travis Hodge (Dec. 2010)

Quality Manager/Safety Director

With 23 years of management experience in the fields of quality, sales, and distribution, Travis provides Axis with valuable experience in multiple industries. He has an A.A.S. in Electronics Technology from ITT and secondary training in quality disciplines in the military, automotive, and commercial fields. As Quality Manager, Travis focuses on the quality objectives of our customers to ensure that their parts are manufactured to meet their specific needs. He also leads the shipping and receiving department to ensure that all parts are packaged and delivered in accordance with the customer’s expectations.

Pat Hughes (Aug. 1989)

Founder

Since retiring in January 2014, Pat has reaped the rewards of 25 years of wise leadership and consummate effort. Pat achieved his dream of launching a state-of-the-art fabrication and machine company. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, his vision began in the model shop at Phillips Electronics as he developed his zeal for the industry.

His success has come from a philosophy to hire the best people available and produce results that exceed the clients’ expectations. Pat is enjoying retirement, but he still makes time to stop by the shop for social visits.

James Lewis (May 1990)

James Lewis (May 1990)

President

Since taking over as majority owner and president, James has stuck to the values and principles that have been instilled in Axis from the beginning. He believes the best way to afford our customers great service is to have great people.

His Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Tennessee and his shop experience enable him to handle the day-to-day operations as well as plan for Axis’ future. Having learned from the ground up, James brings a dedication and knowledge of the company that its customers have benefited from for nearly 25 years.

Brian McCarter (June 2002)

Brian McCarter (June 2002)

CAD Manager

Brian’s excellence in the area of CAD provides Axis with the tools to put our clients’ ideas into reality. With 19 years experience ranging from plastic injection molding to metal fabrication, he understands how designs affect the quality of your products. Brian allows Axis to take a design that’s “drawn on a napkin” or an actual model of the item and prepare it for production. Among Brian’s other skills, he handles our software upgrades and keeping our facility computer systems operational.
Brad Moore (March 2007)

Brad Moore (March 2007)

Machine Manager

As Machining Manager, Brad brings 20 years industry experience to Axis’ machine shop. He is responsible for overseeing a wide variety of operations that change daily to meet our customers’ demands.

Brad’s departmental leadership is demonstrated through his hands-on knowledge of all the machining operations at Axis. This allows our customers the benefit of working hand-in-hand with Brad during the quoting and purchasing process to save time and money.

Mike Pettit (Aug. 2009)

Mike Pettit (Aug. 2009)

Project Manager

With 18 years of management experience in the service industry, Mike provides Axis with distinct benefits in his role as Project Manager.

With a BS in Operations Management and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Tennessee, he helps maintain the company’s focus on meeting its clients’ needs.In addition to servicing our customers during the estimation/bidding process, Mike assists Axis in targeting and acquiring new clients.

John Reed (Jan. 2005)

John Reed (Jan. 2005)

Project Manager

Our customers reap the benefits of having a project manager who knows design and fabrication.

John uses his years of experience, and his degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Pellissippi State, to provide our customers with accurate quotes and top notch service.  Whether a large stack of Architectural prints or a pencil drawing on a napkin, John will get you what you need.

Gene Bowling (Feb. 1993)

Gene Bowling (Feb. 1993)

Sheet Metal Fabrication Manager

Gene provides Axis with over 21 years of experience in our sheet metal fabrication department. By looking at examples of parts they have produced, the high level of excellence is evident.

Gene manages his team in the use of our TRUMPF laser cutting machine, CNC press brake & punch machines to create complex prototypes or large production runs of standard parts. Also, he consults with our clients, if requested, to determine the most cost-efficient and durable way to produce their parts.

Mark Rogers (Oct. 1998)

Mark Rogers (Oct. 1998)

Welding Manager

Having 27 years of experience in the industry allows Mark to handle multiple responsibilities as Welding Manager at Axis. Although he oversees our daily processes involving welding, painting, screen-printing and surface preparation, he also benefits Axis in other crucial areas.

Mark uses his background in facility construction and machine maintenance to keep our facilities in top working order. If needed, he can also provide expertise as a field consultant during a client’s design/build phase at a job site.

Vivian Low (Jan. 2006)

Vivian Low (Jan. 2006)

Office Manager

Vivian efficiently handles all the functions required in managing an extremely busy office environment like Axis. She makes sure all day to day operations for the office staff go as smooth as possible.

For over 9 years, she has been invaluable to our company as our employees count on Vivian and her staff to make certain that nothing is overlooked in the world of 401k’s, medical insurance and payroll.

Travis Hodge (Dec. 2010)

Travis Hodge (Dec. 2010)

Quality Manager/Safety Director

With 23 years of management experience in the fields of Quality, Sales & Distribution industries, Travis provides Axis with experience in multiple roles. As Quality Manager, with an A.A.S. in Electronics Technology from ITT and secondary training in quality disciplines in the military, automotive and commercial fields. Travis focuses on the quality objectives of our customers to insure that their parts are manufactured to meet their specific needs. He also leads the shipping and receiving department insuring that all parts are packaged and delivered in accordance with customer expectation.

Pat Hughes (Aug. 1989)

Founder

Since retiring in January 2014, Pat is reaping the rewards of 25 years of wise leadership and consummate effort.  Pat achieved his dream to launch a state-of-the-art fabrication and machine company. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, his vision began in the model shop at Phillips Electronics as he developed his zeal for the industry.

His success has come from a philosophy to hire the best people available and produce results that exceed the clients’ expectations.  Pat is enjoying retirement, but he still makes time to stop by the shop for social visits.