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About Us: Ventry Solutions, Inc.

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Staff and Behind-the-Scenes crew of VSI

Our Philosophy

Mission statement: To build the best equipment—in safety, quality, and value—while keeping the designs simple for minimal maintenance and intuitive, cost-effective operation.

Our goal is to build safety equipment that lasts forever! Like the 1941 Ford 9N Tractor we use at the shop for plowing snow, we want VENTRY and LENTRY Units to perform safely and effectively for a very very long time. Our designs are driven by customer needs and feedback, in an unending pursuit of innovation and improvement. As a result, we make our living selling our products, not their parts! We believe this is good business, proven by the loyalty of our customers and the track record of our products.

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Above: James, Sara, Joan
and Doug work on a
huge mailing to customers
in the US.

James, our CEO


James and John

James and John Neils







Graycee in January 2013






Walter, William

Walter and William

Our Team

Knowing who is making a product and why can be very enlightening. Ventry Solutions, Inc. makes only the best equipment possible and provides outstanding customer service—before, during and after the sale. Pertinent to fire/rescue customers, we have four staff members with experience as fire fighters and first responders. Including our friend and subcontractor Myron, we have 123 years of combined firefighting experience between six of us shown in our office Christmas photo!

James Neils
CEO, Mechanical Engineer, Firefighter since 1993. We are proud to share that James was recognized as our local fire department’s Firefighter of the Year for 2012! James was introduced to PPV in 1989 by John Neils (Dad) and has worked with fans and ventilation ever since. He once taught college level physics but gave it up after a year when he calculated his hourly wage. Currently, James serves as Division Chief of Operations (Assistant Chief), an EMT, and a fire fighting Instructor. James is also a pilot and has been working with and on airplanes since he was a small boy. James understands aerodynamics, physics, propellers...He knows how to move air! He is also a talented engineer and expert in fire fighting and ventilation, with a dozen great reasons for every nut, bolt, curve, and material used on our products. Finally, James is an expert you can utilize! Call him anytime. Our business line rings at his home too, so you may reach him even after hours if you call.

John Neils
Founder, and “Dad” to Joan and James.
- Technically retired but still helps as needed. He has been a Firefighter and First Responder since 1989. John’s experience as a pilot, as well as having built several experimental aircraft, led him to be “volunteered” to build our fire department a PPV fan many years ago. Originally called a Windjammer, John built the first VENTRY Fan with help and ideas from fellow Firefighters Myron Richardson (who still does a lot of our welding) and Lynn Borders back in 1989.

Joan Rodman
Communications, Marketing, Dealer Support
- Formerly Joan Neils, she also serves as Fire District Secretary/Treasurer and volunteer Web Admin. She has done data entry and flyer design for Dad and James since Junior High, but came on full time in 2004 to help with marketing for a month. She never left. She has been accused of eating, drinking and breathing fans and lights. She is passionate about getting our products into the hands of those who need them!

Sara Hite
Administrative Assistant
- Formerly volunteered as the Local Program Coordinator with the Idaho Special Olympics. She is ALWAYS friendly and happy to hear from you. Sara is usually the cheerful person you reach first when you call our office.

Ken Birge
- Firefighter from 1997 to 2013. Held the title of Engineer and EMT. Though recently retired from the service, Ken was a certified ventilation instructor.

Doug Weniger
Welding and Production
- Firefighter since 1995 and an EMT. Doug is a dedicated volunteer. When he joined our crew in 2011, also joined our local department in addition to serving on his home department near Coeur d’Alene.

Myron Richardson
Contractor, Welding
- Firefighter since 1976 and an EMT. Myron is a dear friend who does a lot of our welding at his own facility, also in Hauser Lake. He was honored with our department’s Dedication and Devotion Award for the second year in a row for 2012! Myron is pictured in our office photo.

Kids and Critters

We are often “helped” around the office by James’s sons Walter and William, and Joan’s son Reylen, shown at right. On special occasions, grandsons of Ken and Doug also visit! James’s dog Graycee spends most days with us at the shop. She is shown below sitting on a box of paper in our shop this January.

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James and other Hauser Lake Fire Department members rescue an exhausted deer from the ice. Fun photos like this one from 2010 are posted on our Facebok page.



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