After graduating from Southeast Community College with a manufacturing engineering degree, Nik Ditzler started his career at a major aircraft manufacturer in Wichita, Kansas. He came to Bison in 1999 in the engineering department and moved over to the sales department after four years. When Bison purchased IPI, his job added responsibilities of overseeing dealer networks and the day-to-day business of those divisions. Nik likes to treat customers the way he would want to be treated and likes the variety and uniqueness of each customer interaction. He is married to Lisa and lives in Palmyra, Nebraska.
Dave Smith joined IPI in 1986 after he graduated from Ball State University, where he studied engineering and architecture. He worked in the curtain and wall padding division of IPI while doing custom quotes. When Bison Inc. acquired IPI in 2012 and relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, Smith followed. He now is a Project Manager and helps engineer custom backstops and curtains, process orders, and provide custom quotes and customer service for IPI products. He says he can even weld to meet demand if necessary!
Dan Shaw joined IPI by Bison in February 2017 and brought with him many years of experience in gym equipment design, production, marketing, and dealer development and training. Prior to entering the industry, Shaw attended West Point Military Academy. He has previously worked for Jaypro Sports and Spalding, while also working with the NBA and NCAA. Shaw’s role, as a Business Development Agent, with IPI by Bison is focused on multiple operational facets with a heavy emphasis on dealer development and recruitment.
Lee Ramirez has more than 20 years of experience as an international sales manager in our industry and will be representing IPI by Bison outside the United States. In many cases he will be working through dealers and distributors, but in some cases, he may be working directly with facilities, government agencies or contractors. In addition, Ramirez speaks Spanish and will be able to assist in Spanish speaking countries. Ramirez also has an engineering background he plans to use to expand opportunities internationally for IPI by Bison equipment.
Iman Salafian joined IPI by Bison in August 2017 in a position that gave him an opportunity to develop a new efficient method to develop and design products. Prior to IPI, he earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran and his Master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Iman played professional volleyball in high school and today enjoys playing volleyball, camping, and spending time outdoors.
IPI by Bison welcomed Aryssa Borrenpohl, Project Designer, to the team in March 2020. She’s a native of Beatrice, Nebraska, and recently graduated from Southeast Community College with an applied associate’s degree in manufacturing engineering. She comes from a family where sports is a big deal and enjoys working for IPI because it incorporates her love for sports with her job. As a project designer, Borrenpohl creates drawings for gymnasiums and works out how requested equipment will be installed into the buildings based on specs provided.