Our Team

Mike Lefton

Executive Chairman

Mike represents the second generation of the Lefton family to lead the Metal Exchange family of companies.  Mike has spent his entire working career at MEC and prior to becoming CEO in 2010 held a variety of roles under the leadership of his father, MEC founder Morris Lefton. Mike holds an MBA from Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri.

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Rick Merluzzi

CEO

Rick oversees the strategic and operating performance of our family of companies. He joined the organization in 2005 and served as the President of Pennex Aluminum prior to joining the corporate team at MEC.  Rick holds an MBA from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

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Matt Rohm

CFO

Matt joined MEC and the Executive Leadership Team in the summer of 2016. He holds an MBA from Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University.

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Ben Evans

Vice President, Corporate Development

Ben has been with the organization since 2007, starting as a Business Unit Manager and then being promoted in 2013 to lead the Trading Division.  He earned his current title in 2019.  He holds both an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University.

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Vijay Natarajan

Executive Vice President, Trading Division

Since joining MEC in 2007, Vijay has built strong customer relationships while progressing through roles of increasing responsibility in the company’s scrap, remelt scrap ingot and value-added product businesses.  He was named Executive Vice President of the Trading Division in 2019.

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Mark Mantooth

President, Pennex

Mark was appointed to his current position in 2016 following assignments as Director of Business Development for MEC and President of ElementAL Holdings.  Mark has been with the organization since 2011 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University.

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Mark Buchner

President, MEC Cast Products

Mark has been with the organization since 2012.  Mark holds an MBA from Athabasca University in Canada, where he also did his undergraduate work in Chemistry.

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Scott Bichel

Director, Engineering Services, Trading Division

Scott has overall operational responsibility for our Electro Cycle, Inc. business, the MEC Trailer Shop and the Security enterprise wide.  Scott has been with the organization since 2002 and holds both a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri.

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Tom Marklin

Vice President, Information Technology

Tom has been with the organization since 2004.  Tom leads all enterprise-wide IT initiatives and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.

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Dave McCoy

Vice President, Finance

Dave joined Metal Exchange in 2016.  Dave leads the FP&A and Treasury functions for the organization.  He holds an MBA from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Belmont University.

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Becky Parisi

Vice President, Human Resources

Becky, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Lindenwood University and Advanced Human Resource Executive Education Certificate from the University of Michigan-Ross, joined MEC in 2015. In that time she has brought significant value and leadership to the HR organization. She has progressed through roles of increasing responsibility and has been proudly serving as VP of HR since 2019.

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Jeff Rosenblum

General Counsel

Jeff has been with the organization since 2011.  He holds a Juris Doctorate from Washington University as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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