Leadership Team

HTX Material Handling is proud to be on the rise as a premier industrial equipment and solutions provider. Our corporation is led by those who aim to continuously revolutionize and improve the industrial equipment distribution industry.

Leadership profiles

Julio Herrera – Vice President

Julio is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 25 years of leadership experience in various sectors, including commercial real estate development, industrial construction, hospitality, franchising, and retail. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a wealth of knowledge and expertise in creative and innovative business endeavors, consistently achieving high returns on investment and building a legacy of successful ventures. In his current role as Managing Partner at HTX, Julio provides long-term strategic direction for the company. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidad del Centro de Mexico.

Marcello Lo Cicero – Vice President

Marcello is a highly experienced executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in Construction, Power, Oil & Gas, and other industrial sectors, working for various Fortune / FTSE companies across three different continents. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a Master of Science degree in Electromechanical Engineering from Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, as well as advanced degrees from IMD and MIT, which further amplify his knowledge and expertise in business management and engineering. Marcello’s multifaceted background and exceptional experience make him a valuable asset to HTX, providing executive leadership for the organization’s daily operations.

Clint Chandler – Director of Operations

Clint is a seasoned operations and product support leader with over 20 years of experience in managing large-scale operations across multiple branch locations. He has held director-level positions at a nationwide distributor, honing his expertise in overseeing parts, service, and overall operations. In his current role at HTX, Clint is responsible for ensuring the delivery of exceptional Parts, Service, and Rental operations for the flagship brands, Linde and Baoli. His focus on delivering excellence and unique product support and customer satisfaction make him an invaluable asset to the HTX team.

Giovana Valerio – Finance and Accounting Manager

Giovana is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of experience in the Construction Equipment, Power Systems, and Environmental services sectors. Her diverse skill set and global experience in financial management make her a valuable asset to HTX. Giovana holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification, a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and an MBA from Bradley University in Illinois. With her extensive experience and advanced education, Giovana is well-equipped to provide strategic financial guidance for HTX’s continued success. She is currently working on her CPA.

Jacob D. Ratekin – Managing Director

Jacob has 15+ years of experience in finance, sales, and operations in material handling. His expertise spans strategy development, financial planning, P&L management, and operations with industry leading Material Handling distributors. Jacob holds an MBA from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, and other leadership development programs, which complements his practical experience and ability to drive operational excellence at HTX.

Ana Paula Soto – Human Resources Manager

Ana is an experienced professional with a degree in HR and a minor in Business from the University of Texas at San Antonio. With over 15 years of experience in various industries, she has developed a deep understanding of HR operations and talent management. Ana has a proven track record of designing and implementing successful HR policies and programs that have resulted in increased employee satisfaction, retention, and productivity. As a strategic thinker, Ana is skilled in organizational development, talent acquisition, and performance management. She is passionate about helping organizations create and maintain a positive and productive work environment.

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