United Enertech Leadership
Over 30 Years of Experience
President & Executive Chairman
Ken Trent joined the company in December 2016 and is the President and Executive Chairman.
Mr. Trent was formerly an owner and executive at Professional Power Products, Inc. (PPPi), a vertically-integrated manufacturer of enclosed gas and diesel power generation systems. At PPPi, Mr. Trent directed sales, engineering and manufacturing activities. He joined PPPi in 2001 and played an integral role in increasing revenue from $3 million to approximately $40 million at the time of the company’s sale to Power Solutions International (Nasdaq: PSIX) in 2014. From 2015-2017, Ken served as an advisor and also on the Board of Directors for portfolio companies of AEA, a private equity company based in London and New York City.
Prior to joining PPPi, Mr. Trent held M&A, corporate finance and corporate development positions with Lehman Brothers in New York, NY and Overture (Yahoo) in Pasadena, CA. Mr. Trent earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Needles was named Chief Financial Officer of United Enertech in January 2017. He is responsible for all financial and administration activities of the company, including financial reporting, treasury, tax, legal, audit, IT, banking and insurance. Prior to being named CFO, Mr. Needles was Chief Financial Officer of Schnellecke Logistics USA, LLC.
From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Needles was Director Financial Planning & Analysis at MasterCraft Boat Company (NASDAQ: MCFT). Prior to that, he was Senior Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis for the Furniture Brands International. His professional career began at Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s (NYSE: HOG) Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Missouri and Harley’s corporate headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mr. Needles earned his degree in finance at Saint Louis University (SLU) and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Washington University’s Olin School of Business. Jeff is a CPA certified in the State of Missouri.