Introducing Our Management Team

Meet the People Responsible for Our Success

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Chris Gabrelcik

Chief Executive Officer

Chris founded Lubrication Specialties, Inc. (LSI) in 1997. He is one of the few people worldwide to hold the designations of both Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) and Certified Oil Monitoring Analyst (OMA). This powerful combination of skills brings a unique perspective to LSI’s product development process, which truly is powered by science.

Under Chris’s leadership, the LSI family of products has grown and Hot Shot’s Secret continues to expand with thousands of dealer and retail locations, including AutoZone, Tractor Supply Company, Rural King, Pilot/Flying J and TA Petro.

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Brett Tennar


Brett leads all day-to-day activities within the warehouse. He came to us as an accomplished executive with a 16-year track record in manufacturing and sales leadership within the automotive and mining industries. Brett forges solid relationships with the employees to achieve high quality and efficiencies in production and safety. Brett served as President of Semco Inc. prior to coming to Lubrication Specialties.

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Kevin Adams

V.P. of Research & Development

Kevin’s background with product testing and analysis, process design and engineering documentation makes him a perfect fit to lead LSI’s product team. In addition to developing new products, Kevin works to improve the Hot Shot’s Secret and Frantz Filter product lines. Kevin founded Fluid Recovery, LTD., which was acquired by LSI in 2014. Prior to LSI, Kevin served as production engineer at FT Precision, Inc. and Engineering Manager at Envirowave Energy. Kevin holds a B.S degree in Chemical Engineering from Geneva College.
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Todd Cawley

V.P. of Global Sales

Todd Cawley has an impressive background of working for almost 20 years at Sinclair Oil Company where he was responsible for the development of new fuel and lubricant products and markets. He worked previously as director of sales, global business development and blended lubes manager for American Refining Group, Inc. There he oversaw all sales and marketing for the base oil refinery and packaging plant based in Bradford, PA. Prior, he worked as vice president of global sales and marketing for Nanotech Industrial Solutions (Avenel, New Jersey), where he headed all sales and marketing of nanotechnology for additives for end users of oils, lubricants, greases and metal working fluids including private label customers. With an extensive sales background in chemicals, fuel and lubricant additives and with in-depth technical knowledge of refining, alternative fuels and nanotechnology, Cawley was selected to develop the global sales strategy for the company’s Lubrication Specialties Inc. brand of oil and fuel additives to large commercial oil blenders and for private label.
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Kyle Fischer

Director of Branding & Promotions

Kyle Fischer has close to 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and management positions. A self-professed “gear head” with a passion for anything car-related, he spends his free time drag racing and attending car club events. Fischer earned a B.S. degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Franklin University in Columbus, OH. Upon graduating, he served as the Field Marketing Manager and then the Regional Marketing Manager for Owens Corning in Ohio and in Chicago. Fischer managed a staff of over 40 field promoters, supervisors and managers, exceeding goals for revenue and new prospect development. Prior to joining LSI, Fischer served as the Regional Marketing Manager for Trident Marketing, where he oversaw lead generation, trade shows and business development partnership programs while effectively growing his territory to the top of the market in sales and revenue.

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Brian Merz

Director of National Account Sales

Brian Merz served as senior key account manager for Idemitsu Lubricants America in Cleveland before joining LSI. With two decades of experience in strategic planning, new business development and sales management, he has worked for some of the largest companies in the lubrication industry, including Shell Oil Products and Penzoil-Quaker State Co., both as Senior National Account Manager. Prior to his position with Idemitsu, he served as Senior National Accounts Manager for ITW Global Brands in Cleveland, OH. There, he managed several of the company’s largest customers, including AutoZone and Target, for the automotive and mass retailer channel, and managed five independent sales rep agencies covering territory in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest.