Special Products & Mfg., Inc. has a strong leadership team representing decades of in-depth manufacturing expertise and knowledge.
Rob Grand-Lienard is Chief Executive Officer at Special Products & Mfg., Inc. Rob is responsible for shaping the mission, vision, values, and standards of the company as well as linking “the outside” (economy, technology, markets, and customers) with the inside of the organization. He joined SPM in May 1982. Rob has held positions at SPM for over 30 years including shop foreman, estimator, sales, and customer service.
Mr. Grand-Lienard attended Texas A&M Commerce (formally East Texas State University) while majoring in Industrial Technology and minoring in Business. Rob is a member of Vistage and on the Board of Directors for Rockwall Chamber of Commerce.
Rob currently lives in Rockwall, Texas, where he was born and raised. Rob loves spending time with his family, boating, football, and hunting.
Ed Grand-Lienard is President at SPM. Ed is responsible for the daily operations of the company as well as setting direction and vision for the company. Ed joined SPM in September 1984. Ed has held positions at SPM for over 25 years including purchasing manager, plant manager, and sales manager.
Mr. Grand-Lienard attended Texas A&M University while majoring in Industrial Technology. Ed is a member of Vistage and a Board Member of the North Texas Workforce Commission (2005-present), RISD Rockwall Business and Education Council (2007-2011), and Rockwall Chamber of Commerce Member.
Ed currently lives in Heath, Texas, just outside of Rockwall, Texas, where he was raised. Away from the office, Ed loves spending time with his wife and children including attending their sporting events, visiting them at college, hunting, traveling and finding the best dining spots wherever he is.
Director of Outside Sales
Todd Farquhar is Director of Outside Sales at Special Products & Mfg., Inc. Todd is responsible for continued development and execution of SPM’s current sales strategy. He is also responsible for the outside sales force specific to SPM. Todd joined SPM in April 2016. He has over 16 years of experience in outside sales and account management where he worked for a steel service center.
Mr. Farquhar attended Tarrant County Junior College. Todd is on the Board of Directors for Plano East Hockey where he is in charge of player development (2014-present).
Todd was born in Odessa, Texas, and resides in Murphy, Texas. While away from the office, Todd enjoys supporting his children in their athletic and musical endeavors, hunting, fishing, spending time with friends and family, and chasing his grandkids. He also volunteers at Attitudes and Attire, a non-profit organization where they help economically disadvantaged women get off welfare.
Chief Technology Officer
James Morris is our Chief Technology Officer at SPM. James is responsible for facilities management, information technology, new equipment selection, and process improvements. He joined SPM in April 1980. Mr. Morris has over 30 years of experience working at SPM. Prior to SPM, James spent two years in the home construction industry.
Mr. Morris attended Texas A&M University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. James also took additional manufacturing related courses at Texas A&M Commerce (formally East Texas State University).
James’ hometown is not far from Rockwall in Garland, Texas. Mr. Morris currently resides with his family in Union Valley, Texas. Mr. Morris enjoys reading and restoring antique cars.
Director of Leadership Development
Nora Harding is responsible for all human resource functions at SPM including recruitment, staffing, performance management, policy development, benefits, compensation, organizational development and training, employee relations, payroll, records, and HR information management. Nora joined SPM in October 2011. She has over 20 years of experience in human resources management. Prior to SPM, Nora worked at DS Waters, Inc. as Director of Human Resources and McKesson Water Products Company where she was responsible for all administrative processes in HR and employee relations.
Nora received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a Psychology Minor at The University of Texas in Austin. She is currently in the process of becoming a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resources Management. Nora is a member of HR Managers Group, SHRM, Rockwall Women’s League, National Charity League, Texas Exes, and Women’s Bible Study.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Harding currently resides in Heath, Texas. Nora lived in California for 16 years. When not spending quality time with her husband and two children, Nora enjoys movies, reading, and volunteering at Children’s Hospital in Dallas.
Mrs. Harding is a member of Vistage International.
Curt Mesenbrink, CPA
Director of Finance
Curt Mesenbrink is Director of Finance at Special Products & Mfg., Inc. Curt is responsible for overseeing the financial reporting, treasury management, revenue recognition, annual audit, internal controls, risk management / insurance, as well as making sure that the finance department runs efficiently.
Curt joined SPM in June 2016 and brings with him over 25 years of experience in managing accounting and finance teams in a variety of manufacturing, distribution, and service industries. Prior successes and positions held were VP of Finance and Corporate Controller.
Curt graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston in 1990 majoring in Accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1999.
Growing up in Sugar Land, Texas provided a small town feel with the big city amenities of Houston. He moved to the Dallas area with his wife in 2013 after 45 years in the Houston area. Curt calls raising his two beautiful daughters to be his greatest accomplishments. When not working at SPM, Curt enjoys spending time with family & entertaining friends at their lake house on Cedar Creek Lake.
Director of Business Systems
Jared Topping is Director of Business Systems at SPM. Jared is responsible for leading efforts to define and execute best in class strategies for improvements in customer satisfaction, process capability, and quality across the product lines and throughout the entirety of the customer journey. His position is focused on mapping detailed business processes while driving improvements in efficiency and quality through more effective business processes, elimination of non-value added or duplicate efforts, and waste in the business process. The Quality Department also reports to Jared. Mr. Topping ensures a high level of customer satisfaction (internally and externally) and performance through the implementation and application of an efficient and effective QMS across the scope of the business by achieving the targets set for customer quality related KPIs, metrics, and measures.
Jared joined SPM in February 2017. Jared previously worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 20 years. He held the position of Global Category Procurement Manager for Fabrications. Jared led a team of 21 procurement professionals with responsibility in excess of $300M in global spend for light fabrications, burn to shape, and stampings for over 30 North American manufacturing facilities. Jared was also responsible for the development and implementation of a Global Sourcing Strategy and overseas product lifecycle management leveraging NPI, APQP, and CPPD which included machines and engines sold into the primary markets of mining, quarry, construction, electric power, petroleum, industrial, and defense.
Mr. Topping received his bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Bradley University. He is the previous Head Coach for Heart 14U AAU basketball team in Illinois.
Jared was born in Peoria, Illinois, and now resides in Rockwall, Texas. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, coaching basketball, watching his sons play sports, and traveling.