Meet Our Team

Eric Henken


Eric Henken is Karpen Steels President. As President Eric is responsible for overseeing all areas of the company in order to ensure all product is made to Karpen Steels stringent quality measures. Eric came to Karpen in 2003, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in the Door & Hardware Industry. Originally from Long Island, NY, Eric moved to western NC to be closer to family and enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Larry Doan

Customer Service

Larry Doan began his career with Karpen Steel in 1988 in the Shipping department. In 1999, Larry moved to Customer Service. Originally from Western North Carolina, Larry attended the University of Tennessee after high school. In addition to being an alumnus, Larry is a fan, particularly enjoying UT football. In his free time, Larry plays golf and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Bob Harris


Bob Harris joined the Karpen Steel Engineering team in 2006, bringing with him over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing. Bob has worked as Master Tool & Die Maker, designed automated assembly systems, and served as a Tool Room supervisor.

Jeff Schandevel


Jeff Schandevel was hired by Morris Karpen in 1985, after graduating from Western Carolina University. Jeff has worn many hats at Karpen Steel over the years, helping out wherever needed as Karpen grew. Since the mid-90s, Jeff has been in the Engineering department. Jeff actively volunteers in his community. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, cooking, and being outdoors in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Rhonda Herron


Rhonda Herron began working at Karpen Steel in 1989 when her youngest child started kindergarten. Rhonda started at Karpen, as our data entry clerk, entering all orders into the computer for the customer service team. Later, Rhonda moved into accounting, and the customer service team began entering orders into the computer. Rhonda is also a semi-professional photographer. In her free time, Rhonda enjoys crocheting and spending time with her family.