The eldest son of the Kaspar fourth generation, David graduated with a degree in business management as a member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. David's first project at Kaspar Companies was creating and managing the sales department of Kaspar Companies' now extinct newspaper rack company, Sho-Rack, where he never reneged on a delivery commitment. His unwavering dedication to building a customer experience that exceeded all others is still maintained throughout all of Kaspar Companies' subsidiaries. David developed a series of programs to train managers and staff on proper resolutions to mechanism problems, leading to increased efficiency in all aspects of production. As the chief executive officer, David guides Kaspar Companies on a steady path of sustainable growth.
The eldest fifth-generation Kaspar, Jason is the CFO of Kaspar Companies, the founder and CEO of Texas Precious Metals, and the CIO of Ark Fund Capital Management, a global asset management company. Using the money he made from mowing lawns, Jason bought his first stock at the age of 13. As a high school student, he called his broker between class periods to buy and trade stocks. Jason graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in both finance and accounting. Before settling down in Shiner, Texas, Jason lived in both New York City and Dallas, working as an investment research analyst for Highland Capital Management and a corporate restructuring analyst for FTI Consulting. With a firm foundation in his faith, Jason balances his enthusiasm for business by two-stepping and traveling on the weekends.
Tarek Saab is the COO of Kaspar Companies, as well as the founder and COO of Texas Precious Metals. Tarek graduated with a BS in electrical engineering from The Catholic University of America and a BA in liberal arts from St. Anselm College. After working for five years as Texas Instruments’ global marketing manager for portable power semiconductors, Tarek decided to accept a spot on season 5 of NBC’s The Apprentice in 2006 with Donald Trump. This period in Hollywood would prompt Tarek to publish his memoir: “Gut Check: Confronting Love, Work, & Manhood.” A precious metals expert and entrepreneur, Tarek founded Saab & Company Inc, under which he owned and operated an online bullion business, Guardian Commodities. Around the acquisition of Guardian Commodities in 2010, Tarek partnered with Jason Kaspar to create the company Texas Precious Metals and has since worked tirelessly to build it into the multi-million dollar company it is today, designing innovative online operation systems and creating a solid framework for business to consumer transactions.
After running the office of Alcorn Production in Austin, Texas, Lori Malina began her career with Kaspar Companies as a receptionist. Lori quickly stood out as a tenacious worker who was capable of self-teaching herself anything from computer software programs to accounting practices. Familiarizing herself with every face in the company and gathering a firm understanding of the ins-and-outs of running the office, Lori became the perfect fit to be Kaspar Companies' comptroller. Lori keeps the office updated and running efficiently to ensure smooth processes throughout all the Kaspar Companies’ financial accounts of Kaspar Companies.
A sixth-generation Texan, Trent Nichols is the general counsel for Kaspar Companies. Trent graduated from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received his doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center in 2004. During his studies, he demonstrated his natural ability to lead as the president of the Student Bar Association, the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Council, the governor for the 13th Circuit of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division, and the co-president and co-founder of the Texas Aggie Law Student Association. He worked in education law at Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Schulze & Aldridge and municipal law at Brown & Hofmeister before starting his private practice in 2007. After four years, Trent accepted an associate general counsel position at FTS International, a global leader in well completion services. Self-motivated and solution-oriented, Trent’s extensive experience and expertise in both business and law made him the perfect candidate for the general counsel position at Kaspar Companies.
Jonathan joined Kaspar Companies as the Director of Information Systems and Technology where he is responsible for the oversight of hardware and software at Kaspar Companies’ main campus and nine remote locations. A Texas A&M graduate with an undergraduate degree in accounting and a master of science in management information systems, Jonathan brings 10 years of experience in information systems, cybersecurity and banking. During his seven-year tenure with Bank of New York Mellon, Jonathan was responsible for ensuring the compliance of internal and external regulation related to technology control. He has lead major migrations of data centers, traveled internationally for projects and been responsible for the resolution of short-term and long-term technology issues within several different companies including Bank of New York Mellon, Cognizant Technology Solutions and Deloitte & Touche. Jonathan provides invaluable experience in secure data storage, cybersecurity and information systems.
Doug Kaspar graduated from Texas A&M University in 1980 as a member of the Corps of Cadets with a degree in industrial engineering. After bicycling across Europe for three months, Doug returned to America to work on a multitude of engineering projects for Kaspar Companies, including factory work flows, building design, machinery implementation, system design, information technology and environmental compliance. Throughout his tenure at Kaspar Companies, Doug engineered a multitude of innovative inventions, including the development of a patent electrocoagulation wastewater treatment system, Kaselco. Today, Doug continues to be involved in every aspect of Kaspar Companies as a member of the board.
A fourth-generation Kaspar, Dan Kaspar was recruited to be the plant’s new manager by his father, Don Kaspar, during his senior year at Texas A&M University. A member of the Corps of Cadets, Dan graduated in 1977 with a degree in agricultural economics. As Kaspar Companies' plant manager, Dan oversaw the factory, supervised production processes and purchased new machinery. Over the years, Dan advanced into the vice president position of Kaspar Companies, where he used his economic expertise to create efficiencies in administrative duties, such as insurance, 401K, accounting and purchasing. Growing up with Kaspar Companies, Dan has enjoyed watching the company’s commitment to quality and excellence encourage the continual expansion of both the business and the corporate campus. A naturalist, Dan’s hobbies include hunting, hiking, fishing and gardening.
Terry Rathert serves on the Board of Directors for Kaspar Companies, as well as Southwestern Energy and the YMCA of the Greater Houston Area. Terry graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in petroleum engineering and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Graduates of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering. He continues his presence at the university by serving on Texas A&M University’s Petroleum Engineering Department Industry Board. Terry co-founded Newfield Exploration Company, where he held the position of chief financial officer from 1992 to 2013 before retiring as the executive vice president and senior advisor in 2014. Prior to joining Newfield in 1989, Terry was the director of economic planning and analysis for Tenneco Oil Exploration and Production Company. A graduate of the Rice University Management Program and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Terry has experience as the treasurer for the Houston Energy Finance Group, the American Exploration and Production Council, and America’s Natural Gas Alliance. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Terry is an avid cold water fly fisherman, turkey hunter, wing shooter and bow hunter.
David Jamail is a member of Kaspar Companies' board of directors. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1979 with a BS in mechanical engineering. After graduation, David worked as an engineer for four months before accepting a stockbroker trainee position with Paine Webber. From 1982 to 1993, David worked as an options trader, first with EF Hutton and later for his own account. In 1993, David decided to start an electronic day training firm named Cornerstone Securities. He traded, coached other traders, and then developed day trading software for 8 years with his company until he sold it to Reuters in 2001. Since then, David has managed his personal investments as a self-proclaimed stay-at-home dad of four daughters.
Kaspar Companies exists to improve lives by being faithful stewards of God-given resources. Established in 1898, Kaspar Companies remains strong and secure more than a century later because of three core values that have shaped our identity since the company’s beginning. Our hands are outstretched and open representing our dedication to STEWARDSHIP, carefully receiving and cultivating the resources entrusted to us so that we may responsibly return them to the world in the form of prosperity and opportunity. Moving forward in a purposeful direction, our feet take each step with the balance of VERSATILITY to remain guided and diverse as we carefully maintain our established roads while actively exploring new paths. Supporting all members and making us whole is the backbone of our organization: FAMILY. Owned and operated by five generations of the Kaspar family, we believe in the strong family unit and are committed to being a family friendly employer.
With over a century of experience, we're proud to say that our family of businesses spans 20 recessions, one depression, two world wars, oil embargoes, steel shortages and 20 presidential administrations. Starting with a single wire basket, Kaspar Companies has since grown to be the parent company of eight subsidiaries: Ranch Hand Truck Accessories, Kaspar Manufacturing, Texas Precious Metals, BEDROCK Truck Beds, Truckfitters, Silverback Homes, Horizon Firearms, and iota Outdoors. A fifth-generation family business headquartered in Shiner, Texas, Kaspar Companies has evolved and expanded into diverse industries while remaining grounded in the founding principles of quality American workmanship and honest business practices.
In the 1890s, Texas farmer and son-of-an-immigrant missionary August Kaspar fashioned a basket out of an abandoned wire fence. August watched as his fellow Texas ranchers discarded their old smooth wire fences for the newly invented barbed wire and discovered that the scraps were not simply trash. Using nothing but his hands and a pair of pliers, he created a crude looking basket that was intended to help him carry hay and corn shucks from the barn to the animal stalls. Little did he know that this basket would lead to a century-old business legacy and serve as the entrepreneurial spark of modern day Kaspar Companies.
Peddling from farm to farm in a loaded wagon, he continued to sell his baskets until the business became a full-time replacement for ranching. August invested in wire straightening machines to create a more attractive product and built a wooden barn to house the headquarters. He began to place his products in general stores and hardware stores, eliminating the door-to-door peddling and increasing sales.
August’s son, Arthur, joined the family business at the age of 10, quickly excelling in operating the unruly pieces of equipment, learning how to fine tune the gasoline engines, and handling the maintenance and repairs.
His passion for machines and manufacturing continued to grow, and soon Arthur was designing new machines specifically for the production of Kaspar products. As the company expanded its product line, it introduced what many consider to be the first shopping carts in grocery stores.
Don Kaspar continued the work of his father, Arthur, by building the business into a worldwide corporation. During the mid-1950s, Don worked diligently to develop a superior rack dispenser that would dominate the newspaper rack industry. Sho-Rack provided products for newspaper industry leaders, including USA Today and The New York Times, and introduced a plethora of new and innovative technology to the rack dispenser.
Kaspar Companies’ ability to adapt and evolve with the changing world contributes to its flourishing survival. Under the leadership of the fourth and fifth generations, Kaspar Companies has since grown to be the parent company of seven subsidiaries, built from the original hard-working ingenuities and faith-driven principles that were put into that first wire basket.