Paul Herman, President:

As Firwin’s president, Paul has seen the company grow from its small origins in the early ‘80s to its position today as a leading North American provider of insulation solutions. Originally from South Africa, Paul holds a bachelors of commerce from the University of Stellenbosch (ask him how to pronounce it). Paul’s vast knowledge and experience in the insulation industry have him involved in many aspects of Firwin’s day to day activities, in addition to overall company management and strategic growth.


Brett Herman, Vice President, Sales & Customer Service:

One of the more senior members of the Firwin team, Brett puts his 12 years of experience to use in helping customers develop the insulation solutions that they need. In addition to overseeing the sales and customer service departments, Brett works closely with design and engineering and is well-versed in the field of heat flow simulation and CFD (computational flow dynamics). Brett holds a degree in mechanical engineering. As busy outside the office as in, Brett keeps himself occupied volunteering in his community and looking after his growing family.


Rael Herman, Vice President, New Product Development:

As his title suggests, Rael spends most of his time at Firwin Corp researching and developing new insulation products. He is currently working on a number of projects, including Formed Metal Insulation. With a Master of Engineering Materials from the University of Toronto, Rael also works with Firwin’s production department, helping to introduce new equipment and increase efficiencies. With Firwin Corp since 2007, Rael is an avid cyclist, and enjoys woodworking and metalworking is his workshop at home – “but who has the time?”


Sidney Tannenbaum, Marketing Manager:

Sid’s duties at Firwin range from the traditional marketing activities such as creating marketing materials (brochures, information sheets, etc.), advertising, and press releases to writing Firwin’s quarterly newsletter and managing Firwin’s website. Sid also lends a hand to the sales department when necessary and assists with quoting. Sid joined Firwin Corp in 2006, and has an MBA from York University. Most of his out of the office time is spent enjoying his young family.


Jon Miles, Design & New Development Manager:

With Firwin Corp since 1998, Jon manages the design department, creating the patterns for the multitude of different insulation requests that cross his desk. In addition to his design duties, Jon works with Rael Herman on new product development and R & D, and can also be seen on occasion at customer sites taking dimensions and installing blankets. Jon holds a diploma in Industrial Design. In his spare time, Jon enjoys spending time with his family, renovating his home, and playing ice-hockey.


Joe Hajsan, Design & Sales Engineer :

Joe joined Firwin Corp in 2011. Joe holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and previous to Firwin was employed by a Plasma Cutting Company, where he worked in drafting and design. At Firwin, mosts of Joe’s time is spent preparing quotes for customers. Given his background in design and knowledge of material specifications, Joe often finds himself looking after some of the more challenging projects. An avid back country camper, Joe likes to spend his time away from work in the Northern Ontario outback – tents are optional.