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Ray Benoit – President
Email: rbenoit@kozelsteel.com
Ray graduated from Linton High School in 1979 in Schenectady, New York, and went on to college to study Accounting and Business Management. While attending RIT, Ray worked for Seabreeze Park being charged with the job of computerizing their accounting system. In 1985 Ray started working at J. Kozel & Son, Inc. as an outside salesperson.

With a background in Accounting/Management Ray was moved inside the office to computerize their inventory and manage sales of Corrugated Metal Pipe and Purchasing for the entire company. In 1988 Ray was promoted to Vice President with all departments reporting to him. Working alongside Jeff Loeffler for the next 10 years Ray and Jeff bought the company from Burton Kozel in 1998, and along with Jeff Loeffler started Trojan Steel in 2002.

Ray lives in the greater Rochester area with his wife and daughter.

 

 

Jeff LoefflerJeff Loeffler – Owner
Email: jloeffler@kozelsteel.com
Jeff was born and raised in Maine. After graduating high school in 1982, he attended Carnegie-Mellon University, graduating with Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering in 1986. Jeff joined J. Kozel & Son Inc . in June of 1986 and after working in the reinforcing bar department, became an outside salesman from late 1986 through 1989. Jeff came off the road and became the rebar department manager, a position he held thru the end of 1993.

After owner Burt Kozel retired in 1998, Jeff, along with Ray Benoit, purchased J. Kozel & Son, Inc. Over the next 10 years, he helped transform the company from a Rochester-only based steel supplier to a statewide supplier, selling to builders and general contractors from Buffalo to Albany. In 2001, Tool Ranch, an established Buffalo N. Y. based supplier of tools and fasteners was added to the Kozel family of companies and a Rochester location was opened. For the first time, the Rochester market had a top-level supplier for the many framers and building professionals in the area.

Jeff lives in the greater Rochester area with his wife and children.

 

 

Curtis Morin – Operations Manager
Email: cmorin@trojansteel.com
Curt joined Trojan Steel in early 2014 as our Operations Manager.

Curt attended Syracuse University, where he received both a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree.

In the beginning of his career, Curt spent most of his time in the credit and collections department.  He worked four years with Carrier Corporation as the credit and financial analyst for their corporate headquarters, as well as two years with CB Sports as a credit and collections manager.

In 1980, Curt took the opportunity to be the Vice President of Administration with Bennington Iron Works, Inc., becoming President in 1988.  He spent 31 years working with this company until it closed operations in 2011.

Curt's vast knowledge of business and steel will help the Company grow and service our customers at the best level possible.

 


 

Mark PhelpsMark Phelps – Sales Manager
Email: mphelps@trojansteel.com
Mark joined Trojan Steel in early 2009 as our Sales Manager.

After graduating from Tamarac High School in Brunswick N.Y. in 1991, Mark went to work for Curtis Lumber Company in East Greenbush N.Y. He started as a yard worker but shortly thereafter was promoted to assistant yard foreman, and from there was promoted to an inside sales’ position. He went on to Contractor sales where he worked as both an inside and outside salesman.

After several years in that capacity, Mark was recruited to work as a Project Manager for one of the largest homebuilders in the Tri-City area. After working for several other capital area Homebuilders as an executive superintendent, he moved on to Commercial Building and Construction Management where he achieved LEED certification in 2008.

Working in these various fields for almost 20 years has allowed Mark to become a valuable resource to our customers, with the experience necessary to answer many of your construction related-questions.

 

 

Wendy VincentWendi Vincent – Office Manager
Email: wendi@trojansteel.com
A 1999 graduate of Hoosick Falls Central School, Wendi has been working locally and joined Trojan Steel in 2003 as our secretary. Since then her position has grown so that today she manages our office, purchases steel and other supplies for the company and does inside sales as well.

Wendi takes great pride in her work and always taking care of our customers.