Calmont is a family business that has brought together the brightest minds in the business to tackle outstanding challenges every day. Our executive team is as follows.
Bobbe Monteleone, CEO
As the daughter of the founders of the company, Bill & Blanche Chilcote, Bobbe grew up at Calmont. From taking home wire scraps from the shop floor for art projects as a grade schooler to preparing payroll in high school to becoming an owner in the 1990s, Calmont has always been an integral part of her life. Bobbe took a slight detour from the family business to dip her toe into politics and law, working in campaign management, and practiced estate planning briefly. But ultimately decided that the family business is where she wanted to be. Bobbe earned a bachelor’s in economics & political science from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Todd Johnson, President
Todd joined Calmont Wire & Cable as President in 2016 and is leading Calmont’s transformation into a lean design and manufacturing culture. Before coming to Calmont, Todd served as: President and COO of OrcaEyes, a data analytics software and services firm; Publisher of Workforce Management magazine, a 90-year old publishing enterprise that included a monthly magazine, a website, six newsletters, and a job board; and Director of Global Solutions at ICon Professional Services. Todd is a seasoned negotiator, having been involved in numerous business acquisitions and sales throughout his career, including: Staffing Industry Analysts, Maccabees Insurance, and Workforce Management. He also managed real estate portfolios and commercial leasing. Todd has a bachelor’s degree in Employee Relations from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Finance from Walsh College.
Shala Overstreet, VP of Engineering
At Calmont, Shala acts as the Director of Research and Design Engineering. Prior to joining Calmont, she spent 15 years in research and development, and custom cable design for the medical, aerospace, military, and robotics industries. In a variety of roles, she provided design consulting for custom applications, including: Ventricular Assist, Diagnostic Sensing, Image Guided Surgical, Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy, DARPA Robotics, and DOD Programs. Shala holds a bachelor of science in Electronics Engineering Technology from Eastern New Mexico University, as well as a master of science in Project Management from the Kellog School of Management at Northwestern University. Shala is a current member of ASQ and a former member of IEEE and IWCS.
Don Dodge, VP of Research
Don has been with Calmont for 33 years, starting out as Chief Engineer. Don started in the wire and cable industry after leaving the Army in 1969. He began at Pacific Electricord as Quality Control Laboratory Supervisor, then moved up to Quality Control Manager, and finally became Chief Engineer. Over the years, he has designed many ultra-flexible cables for military, medical, and aerospace applications. Don is a respected thought leader in the industry, having presented papers on aerospace, medical, and robotic applications for wires and cables, in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Don holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics and a master’s degree in Business Administration. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Society of Automotive Engineers, has acted as Chairman of the Flexible Cords Technical Committee of NEMA, and served as Chairman of the US Delegation for IEC SC20B for Wires and Cables.
Francis A. Fapohunda, Research and Development Engineer
Francis is a Lean and Six-Sigma Black Belt, and an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) in the State of California. Prior to joining Calmont, he served as: Electrical Designer for Sutton Enterprises in California; Power Engineer for the Delta State Ministry of Energy in Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria; and Electrical Designer for Concise Image in Bakersfield, California. Francis graduated from the University of Benin at Benin City, Nigeria, with a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Physics, and from the University of California, San Diego, with a master of science degree in Electrical Engineering. While receiving his education, Francis interned at the Nigerian Ports Authority in Warri, Nigeria, and Polarix Corporation in San Diego.