Management Team

AKJ Industries, Inc. was founded in 1981 and is a privately held Indiana corporation. AKJ serves customers and clients from our two divisions: Steel Processing and Refinery Processing.

We take extra pride in our people, whose leadership and experience has allowed AKJ to continually sit as the industry leader in providing services and products for hazardous waste to fuel conversion, and alternative steel industry fuels.

Kenneth D. Burnside
Principal, AKJ IndustriesEmployment History:

  • AKJ Industries,
    Principal
    1981-Present
  • ARCO Performance Chemicals,
    Steel Industry Sales & Service Engineer
    1979-1981
  • Inland Steel Company,
    General Foreman, Coke Production
    1974-1979

Education:

BS in Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1974

Daniel C. Deer III
Principal, AKJ IndustriesEmployment History:

  • AKJ Industries,
    Principal
    1981-Present
  • ARCO Performance Chemicals,
    VP Specialty Sales & Service
    1977-1981
  • Betz,
    District Sales & Service Manager
    1967-1977
  • USS – Homestead,
    General Foreman Open Hearth
    1965-1967

Education:

BS in Chemical Engineering, Grove City College, 1965

 

Jerold P. Nelesen Jr.
Executive Vice President, AKJ Industries
Employment History:

  • AKJ Industries,
    Executive Vice President
    2011-Present
  • Hansco Corporation/Brambles/NRS
    Corporate Account Executive
    1997-2010
  • Betz Dearborn/Betz Industries
    Account Representative
    1991-1997
  • Phillips Petroleum
    Sales Management
    1990

Education:

BS in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University-West Lafayette, IN, 1990

John W. Bielich
Vice President/Steel Operations, AKJ Industries 
Employment History:

  • AKJ Industries,
    Vice President/Steel Operations
    1985-Present
  • USS Steel
    Mon Valley Works
    Edgar Thomson
    Blast Furnace Supervisor
    1978-1985

Education:

BA History, Carnegie Mellon University, 1978


Jack E. Burnside
Director of Operations, AKJ Industries 
Employment History:

  • AKJ Industries,
    Director of Operations
    2005-Present
  • Great Point Capital
    Equities Trader
    2003-2005

Education:

BA Finance, Florida State University, 2003

 Willie McHale
Manager Refinery Operations