Meet the Guys That Made Your Table
FastCut CNC was started as a family business; we all take pride in and are proud of what we do. We consider our customers part of that family. And our staff… they’re family, too. They’re committed to our vision and superior product quality. And we’re committed to them. Which is why we have an extremely low turnover rate.
Russel joined the family business in 2003 with a vision to build his father’s small company into a thriving and profitable business. He’s worked tirelessly to ensure that FastCut continues to deliver a standard of excellence that surpasses all competition. His proactive, entrepreneurial spirit was cultivated early at age 6 when he began helping his dad restore and sell old pedal bikes to finance his first dirt bike. Never one to shy away from getting his hands dirty, Russel started working on the oil rigs at 18, then ran a chainsaw on production operations in the logging industry. He has worked as a pipeliner in Northern Alberta and installed snow making equipment across North America, most notably at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. In fact, Russel’s wanderlust takes him all over the globe, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, France, Italy and South Africa. He is also a dedicated father whose son is the light of his life. Together they enjoy camping, fishing and dirt biking, snowboarding, wake surfing and troublemaking. Naturally skilled and a true jack-of-all trades, Russel is also a ticketed welder and experienced fabricator. Smart, funny and down to earth, Russel is FastCut’s passionate leader who genuinely cares about his team (the ‘family’), taking extreme pride in the work that they do together.
Jordan joined the FastCut family in 2008 and is the official in-house technical expert. Jordan designs and develops the electronics and circuitry for FastCut’s range of plasma tables, provides exceptional customer support and troubleshooting, and is heavily involved in the research and development of new ideas and components. A certified Computer Automated Systems Technician with 15 years of industry experience, Jordan also has a background in building custom electronics for heavy equipment. Since joining FastCut he’s been industriously developing the FastCut electronics system. Jordan cites customer satisfaction as his highest priority, and his main goal is to ensure that the software and hardware driving every FastCut product is the most reliable and user-friendly system available. Jordan loves to spend time hiking with his family and enjoys digging into technical projects such as custom LED lighting, wireless control systems, and proportional valve drivers.
Tyrone is a Mechanical Engineering Technologist at FastCut CNC, where Tyrone provides computeraided design and drafting (CAD), implements workflow and manufacturing processes, and is involved in new product development. Tyrone received his Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma from NAIT in 2013 and proceeded to work in the oil and gas industry for 4 years. In search of a new and exciting career, Tyrone joined FastCut in April of 2017. Possessing a keen eye for detail and a meticulous approach to his work, Tyrone has enjoyed the challenges and rewards of working with the exceptional people at FastCut to deliver the best CNC plasma machines possible. When not at work, Tyrone enjoys playing guitar, target shooting, and exploring the great outdoors with his girlfriend and their dog.
Todd joined the FastCut family in 2018 as a key member of the Sales Department. Todd works with new and existing clients to build custom tooling packages specific to each customer’s needs. Taking into consideration things like shop size, plate thickness, budget, cut design and cut speed are all part of what makes Todd’s custom proposals unique to each client. Business degree educated, Todd has over 15 years of experience in unique value sales. Todd is married with three kids and volunteers as a Firefighter in his spare time. He also has a passion for the outdoors, loves to dirt bike, snowboard, run marathons, and is always up for a good laugh. You can expect 100% transparency, customer focus and care when working with Todd.
Charlie is the lead support technician at FastCut CNC, but he is not limited to just support. Charlie also builds the computers for the tables, completes setup and testing, and performs quality control. In his spare time around the shop, Charlie also takes care of company social media, special cut jobs, and product demos. You may have noticed Charlie on TV, having accompanied Russ in FastCut’s TV segments on the show The Lifted Life. Customer service has always been at the forefront for Charlie, having learned all about satisfied customers running his mom’s store. Charlie further perfected his craft with internet tech support for Time Warner Cable, where he won multiple customer service awards. Outside of work, Charlie loves spending time with his kids, drifting, playing drums and guitar, and is the president of his local drone racing club. In the winter, you will find Charlie tearing up the mountains on his turbo snowmobile.
Steve is the welder/fabricator at FastCut CNC, though his responsibilities don’t end at depositing metal. Whether it’s building tables, cutting surfaces, and any other welded components, Steve also has a hand in shop production flow, table operation, troubleshooting, and testing new product. Steve finished his Welding Level C in 2012 and continued to work at Fountain Tire retread in Kamloops BC. After learning every piece of equipment in the retread plant, Steve sought a more appropriate career, and started at FastCut CNC in January of 2013. Steve embraces the changes needed to keep FastCut CNC on the forefront of plasma technology. In his free time, Steve plays rugby with the Kamloops Raiders rugby club, and had a key role in their 2018 Div2 BC championship. Steve also enjoys building and selling gas and electric powered RC cars, trucks, and planes, working on, and customizing cars, playing the bass guitar, and shooting pool.
Robert is a Software and Hardware Technician at FastCut CNC. He uses bits, atoms and ideas to help make plasma table components and software. Robert recently graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a diploma in computer programming. Before going back to school, Robert had a career in IT Support and, previously, another career programming and operating CNC routers in the custom millwork industry. He is excited to now be combining all those skills, training and experience in helping FastCut to engineer and build their tables. A collector of obscure pop & rock music, Robert likes to keep fit with running & cycling. Originally from Edmonton, Robert relocated to Kamloops over 10 years ago, after many years in Vancouver, to escape high housing costs and provide a better lifestyle for his daughter.
Tamie is a wiring technician at FastCut CNC, where she provides the manufacturing and assembly of electrical wiring components. Tamie came to FastCut CNC in 2015 after raising her four children and owning her own successful business. Extremely organized and a hard-worker, Tamie is well suited for building and testing the wiring components for all of FastCut CNC’s plasma tables. And as the only female at FastCut, Tamie has earned the title of shop mom, and enjoys taking good care of the crew. Outside of work, Tamie can be found spending time with her family camping, fishing and anything else that takes her outdoors.
Andy is a CNC machinist at FastCut CNC and is responsible for in-house design and manufacture of components for FastCut’s range of CNC plasma cutting tables. Andy emigrated to Canada in 1992, having worked for 23 years as a CNC machinist in the aerospace industry in England. When not working, Andy can be found pursuing his hobby of building and running radio-controlled monster trucks. Andy also has a passion for craft beers and single malt whiskies from around the world.