Our Team

Mike Lefton

Chairman & CEO

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

President & COO

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 is the newest member of the Executive Leadership Team, having joined MEC 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

President, Trading Division

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 holds both an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University.

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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

Continental Aluminum

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, IT

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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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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