Meet The Executives
Peter Pao has tremendous hands-on experience and expertise in designing and manufacturing food freezing equipment. Prior to founding AEI, he had worked with several refrigeration industry leaders that allowed him to hone his technical skills. Under his leadership for more than 30 years, AEI has earned its prominent spotlight in the industry with almost 400 installations spanning 20 countries over 5 continents.
Peter is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Texas and Washington, USA, since 1978. He is also licensed in Environment Canada for refrigeration applications.
In the community, Peter is a generous philanthropist. He has given to many local charities and been awarded the local Red Cross Honorable Steadfast Supporter award.
Richard Pao’s engineering background ranges from aerospace to manufacturing. During his 10-year tenure at AEI, he has worn many hats, starting out as a drafter and purchaser, and working in customer service. He then rose through the ranks in project management, shop tracking systems, application specialization, PLC programming, office administration, and sales. Being trained across the board has helped him acquire many skills and accomplishments throughout his career. His well-rounded experience is contributing to the growth and success of AEI in the global market.
Richard earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Other skills Richard has developed are turbomachinery development, ACM reliability testing, and flight analysis at Honeywell Aerospace.
Senior sales and support manager
Paul Osterstrom has over 30 years of experience working in the industrial freezer industry in Canada and the US. Previously, Paul teamed up with Lars Johansson, a veteran of the industry, and started the AeroFreeze office in the US. They introduced the spiral product line in additional to the tunnel line, which grew worldwide and resulted in immense growth for the organization as a whole.
He graduated from Tycho Brahe School in Helsingborg, Sweden, before moving to the US. He is well-versed in business planning, development, contract negotiation and supply chain management on a large scale.ed from Tycho Brahe School in Helsingborg, Sweden, before moving to the US. He is well-versed in business planning, development, contract negotiation and supply chain management on a large scale.
Jeff Sitar has over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry spanning engineering, plant management, project management, and sales. Being a previous food plant engineer turned manager, Jeff has ‘been there’ and ‘done it all’ from A to Z and understands what it takes to run a successful food plant. His portfolio of companies include Contessa Premium Foods, Windsor Foods, Day-Lee Foods and GEA. He has a proven record of achieving the most satisfactory results for clients.
Jeff earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology from the University of North Dakota. His is also highly skilled in strategic planning, continuous improvement and product development.