Part of our commitment to the industries we serve is sharing our expertise with engineers, plumbers, water operators, city officials, and more to ensure end-users are receiving the most out of their water systems. Learn more about the instructors at Metropolitan Industries below.

Mike Ponx (click for biography)

Mike Ponx began his career in small pump repair and shop work, working on various residential sump pumps, sewage pumps and domestic water booster pumps. With a few years of working in residential applications under his belt, Mike advanced into commercial service applications working on projects as a start-up technician and design assistant for replacement pump systems.
With several years of field knowledge, Mike progressed into a sales position, where he currently serves as the commercial sales manager at Metropolitan. He has designed and supplied various pumping systems for commercial buildings such as the John Hancock Center, United Center, U.S. Cellular Field, Merchandise Mart, various universities and medical buildings, as well as many other commercial buildings related to domestic water pressure booster systems, pressure reducing valves, hot water return systems, sump pump systems, sewage pump systems and rain and grey water harvesting systems.
Seminars instructed:
“Commercial Building Pressure Reducing Valves – Application / Operation / Maintenance / Repair"
"Self-Priming Pump Application”

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Keith Girup (click for biography)

Keith Girup is a municipal sales engineer for Metropolitan Industries. Keith is a graduate of Iowa State University, holding a B.S. in Industrial Technology. He has design and sales experience in equipment related to various water, wastewater and stormwater pumping, control, treatment and SCADA systems. Keith currently serves as Metropolitan’s municipal salesperson for the south suburbs of Chicago and northwest Indiana.
Seminars instructed:
“Municipal: SCADA 101”
“Municipal: Upgrade Your Existing System Today”

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Mike Schiazzano (click for biography)

As one of Metropolitan’s longest-tenured employees, Mike Schiazzano began his career with the company as a panel wireman, building control panels and performing field service, eventually working his way into the position of outside service manager for our mechanical division. He held his position for most of his career. Mike recently joined our sales team to take on a role in business development, working with our service, manufacturing and fabrication divisions to ensure customer service demands are met.
Seminars instructed:
“Municipal: Upgrade Your Existing System Today”

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Mark Brickey (click for biography)

Mark Brickey started in the well pump business, working with his father at the age of 14. Together, they installed both well and sump/sewage pump systems. He holds his well pump installers license to this date. Mark continued to work with his father when he began working with Metropolitan Pump Company at the age of 15. He began his career at Metropolitan in the repair shop and advanced into a sales position at the age of 19.
Over the years, Mark has served as Metropolitan’s commercial sales manager, national sales manager, and wholesale manager, a position he currently holds. Mark has assisted in the designs of pumping systems for Chicago commercial buildings such as the Merchandise Mart, John Hancock Building, Northwestern University and many more. He has also designed and commissioned systems that include water heaters, boilers, air elimination products and related items for commercial and residential uses.
He currently conducts training sessions for many plumbing and heating union locals, as well as ASPE, ASSE, ASHRA, and other organizations. He is currently approved by the state of Illinois to conduct CEU training throughout the state.
Seminars instructed:
“Residential-Commercial Plumbing Applications-Sump & Sewage”

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Ken Turnquist (click for biography)

Ken currently serves as Metropolitan’s northern Illinois suburban territory manager for the municipal market, specializing in the design and manufacture of complete pump solution packages, including pumps, controls, SCADA systems, auxiliary power and accessories for water, wastewater, stormwater and custom applications.
Seminars instructed:
“Municipal: Upgrade Your Existing System Today”

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Neil Vogel (click for biography)

Neil specializes in the design and manufacture of various steam and hot water systems including heat transfer, steam piping design, hydronic piping design and more.
Seminars instructed:
“Mechanical: Steam Basics”

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Mike Temes (click for biography)

Mike’s expertise lies in design of steam, hot water and heat transfer systems, along with heat recovery and energy saving applications, system audits and equipment surveys. As an outside sales engineer, Mike goal has been, and always will be, to provide customers with the most appropriate and tailored solution for their application. Mike approaches every project with special attention to customer specifications, striving to ensure the development of a project is as smooth and seamless as possible.
Seminars instructed:
“Mechanical: Steam Basics"

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Training Seminar Instructors

As leaders in the pumping industry, our training instructors are dedicated to providing in-depth courses designed to introduce new technologies and prepare attendees for safe and effective field work.
Part of our commitment to the industries we serve is sharing our expertise with engineers, plumbers, water operators, city officials, and more to ensure end-users are receiving the most out of their water systems.
Many of our seminars satisfy state requirements for continuing educations and are completely free of charge.

Contact Us

For questions pertaining to our seminars, please contact:
Marketing Department
(815) 886-9200 or