Robert “Bo” Buchanan, President
Bo graduated from Warren Central High School in 1973. As a student, Bo always enjoyed math and mechanical drawing classes. He began his college career at Indiana University-Purdue University- Indianapolis (IUPUI) where he majored in Mechanical Engineering Technology. In 1975, while attending college, he began his work experience at Amtrak in Beech Grove. He then cut back his schooling to part-time as he worked at Amtrak during the day and took classes at night. In 1980, Bo was selected to be in the first Electrical Apprenticeship classes at Amtrak. A few years later, he was asked to use his engineering talents at the Amtrak shops. He headed up several specialty projects, many of which are now being designed and built at bo-mar industries.
In 1991, Bo and his younger brother, Mark, decided to combine their talents and start a business of their own. The brothers started off in a section of their father’s polebarn, and today they (along with their 40 employees) occupy a 38,000 square foot building in Beech Grove. As president of bo-mar, Bo’s duties include sales and engineering. For him, the business is “a dream come true,” as he loves his job and enjoys helping customers solve problems. As a child, Bo always liked designing things and working with his mechanical aptitude. bo-mar allows him to utilize his passion for design, engineering, and problem solving.
In Bo’s free time, he is heavily involved with his church, Indian Creek Christian Church, where he teaches classes in Divorce Care and works with the special needs congregation. His hobbies include playing racquetball (several times a week), snow skiing in Colorado, going to all types of racing venues (MotoGP, Indy 500, U.S. Nationals), and spending time with his family. Bo has two daughters (Rachel and Rebekah), two grandsons (Mason and Noah), and a wife, Cindy.
Mark Buchanan, Vice President
Mark graduated from Warren Central High School in 1975. Upon graduating, Mark began working as a line mechanic at Jerry Alderman Ford. He advanced his fabrication skills further when he left Alderman Ford to work in the engine shop at Freightliner. Mark stayed at Freightliner from 1976 until 1982, when he went to work for Amtrak (Beech Grove) as a sheet metal fabricator. During a leave-of-absence at Amtrak, Mark went down to Ocala, Florida in the winter of 1986 to work for 17-time Drag Racing World Champion “Big Daddy” Don Garlits. At the time, Hollywood wanted to make a film about Garlits, and Mark was called to Florida to build dragsters for the movie. Eventually, the movie idea got scrapped, so after helping build Swamp Rat 31 and other cars for “Big Daddy,” Mark came back to Indianapolis and to Amtrak.
Mark worked at Amtrak until he and his brother Bob decided to start their own fabrication business. In December 1991, Mark became the Vice President of bo-mar industries, which he and Bob first ran out of their father’s pole barn. Years later, in 1996, Mark took another job on a race car team. In addition to being Vice President of bo-mar, Mark worked on a front-engine dragster driven by Paul Romine. The following year, the guys switched from a front-engine dragster to a traditional rear-engine Top Fuel dragster. Mark worked on the top end and also did fabrication on the car. In 1997 and 1998, the team won back-to-back IHRA World Championships!
Even after twenty years of co-owning the business, Mark continues to work hands on with the design and fabrication at bo-mar. In his free time, Mark enjoys drag racing, restoring cars, and target shooting. His wife, Jill, is the Secretary/Treasurer at bo-mar, and together, they have two daughters.
Jeff Kornmann, Controller
Jeff is currently a self-employed consultant to small businesses in the Indianapolis area. For most of his clients, Jeff acts as a part-time controller and general business advisor. By analyzing the company financials and business operations, he develops and implements creative solutions to increase cash flow and profits. Most recently Jeff has worked with a manufacturer with 4 million dollars in annual sales that had 1 million dollars of past due orders. By implementing a new MRP system and training new managers, within six months 90% of the orders were on time with no customer cancellations.
Jeff has been a part-time controller at bo-mar since March 1996. In his time here, Jeff has implemented new computer systems to track job profitability. He continuously works with Bob and Mark Buchanan to determine short and long-term business strategies.
His focus is always on effective utilization of business resources insuring maximum return on investment. In most organizations people are the key resource. All of his achievements have been expedited by training and coordinating key management personnel. Jeff’s management style can best be described by the “Golden Rule”– Treat others as you would like to be treated, with respect and honesty.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University. He passed the CPA exam in 1983 and held that designation for 20 years. However, Jeff no longer practices as a CPA.
Adam Skelton, Plant Manager
Adam began working for bo-mar in April 1995, a time when the company consisted of about ten employees. Adam started his career at bo-mar in the shop, setting-up and operating the press brakes. His tasks also included spot welding, shearing, machining, saw cutting, finishing and assembly. As the company grew and more employees were needed at bo-mar, a new opportunity opened up for Adam in 1999 as an estimator. In this capacity, he began working directly with the customers to fulfill all of their needs. When bo-mar expanded to 25 employees, Adam’s responsibilities expanded as well. He made shop routers, ordered materials, and worked with engineers on manufacturing design.
In 2004, Adam was promoted to Plant Manager. He now oversees 40+ employees in engineering, estimating, inspection, office personnel and shop personnel. One of Adam’s mantras is, “the more you know the more you’re worth.” Believing in this and in a sense of ownership in everything that happens at bo-mar has served him, our employees, and our customers well over the past 18 years.
Adam lives on the northeast side of Indianapolis with his wife and five children. He enjoys spending time with his family, as well as working on endless projects at home. Adam also enjoys trail riding on his mountain bike.
Adam knows that bo-mar would not be where it is now if not for the exceptional work of all its employees. He would like to thank bo-mar’s employees for all they do.
Adam Lee, Business Development Manager
Adam joined bo-mar in October 2013 as the Business Development Manager. Adam comes to bo-mar with over 14 years outside sales experience.
As the main salesman in the company, Adam spends his time sourcing unique and challenging opportunities for bo-mar. Bo-mar’s amazing ability to bring an idea or sketch to life is the main message he shares. Architects, General Contractors, Engineers, Plant Managers, and many different types of manufacturers have all experienced the craftsmanship bo-mar provides.
Adam lives in the Center Grove area of Greenwood with his wife, Suzanne and two children, Sam and Audrey. He enjoys spending time with family as well as working on projects at their new home. Adam also likes running and playing basketball and is a big fan of Indycar racing, which is exciting since bo-mar does quite a bit of work for the racing community in Indianapolis and the surrounding area.
Jhennifer Sanchez, Director of Marketing
Jhennifer joined bo-mar in the fall of 2015 as the Director of Marketing. Jhennifer comes to bo-mar with over 8 years of experience in the A/E/C industry.
As the marketer for the company, Jhennifer spends her time finding and nurturing unique opportunities for bo-mar. Bo-mar’s problem solving abilities, intelligent design, and efficient production measures are the qualities that set bo-mar apart and attracted Jhennifer to the company. It’s a slam-dunk when you fully believe in what you’re marketing.
Jhennifer lives in the Center Grove area of Greenwood with her husband and daughter. She is an active Girl Scout leader, past PTO chair, and spends time volunteering for personal causes such as the Alzheimer’s Association and March of Dimes. Jhennifer is also an avid craft beer fan and a novice home-brewer.