Say hello to our friendly team of surface preparation and surface finishing professionals.
If you have any questions:
Roger Van Brussel
Roger assumed ownership of American Dry Stripping™ from the Jones family in January 2013. In 2016 he acquired Xtreme Temperature Coatings, completing a strategy to offer customers an end to end surface preparation and surface finishing solution for their projects all under one roof.
After spending 30 years as a sales, marketing and business development executive in healthcare biotechnology and healthcare information technology Roger elected to make a career change and apply his skill sets to his own business. He did have a good foundation for understanding dry abrasive media blasting operations, commonly referred to as sandblasting, prior to purchasing the business.
After he was discharged from the U.S. Navy and before returning to school he spent 7 years sandblasting and painting bridges and other industrial complexes. Roger completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Rhode Island and graduate studies at Boston University in Biological Sciences. An eternally hopeful “Cubbies” fan, which says something about his perseverance and loyalty, Roger brings leadership, vision, strategic planning and determination to execute on opportunity with the objective of taking American Dry Stripping™, along with its incredibly talented team of professionals, to a new level of growth.
Director of Operations
Every day is a good day with John at the helm. An essential member of the management team and respected leader, John Gurrieri oversees the production team and all sandblasting and dry stripping work performed at American Dry Stripping™.
John brings 30 plus years of experience in quality control, alloy and mechanical expertise as a part of his skill sets. Under John’s leadership, operations processes run smoothly. He ensures efficient, high-quality output and rapid turn-around times for our customers. John loves to problem solve and meets with customers to offer the most effective solutions for their surface preparation problems.
John joined American Dry Stripping™ in 2004. He began his love of cars and car collecting at the age of 14, developing extensive mechanical knowledge along the way. John’s lifelong love of cars is evident from his “one-of-a-kind” 1955 Chevy Camper taking many awards over the years in car shows all over the East Coast.
Sarah is the friendly voice behind your phone call to American Dry Stripping™. She joined our team in March of 2012. Sarah, a Connecticut native, is the cog at the center of the American Dry Stripping™ wheel coordinating and routing all customer inquiries across the company.
In addition to managing all administrative operations, Sarah is accomplished in all the popular office software applications like MS Office and QuickBooks necessary to running an efficient office environment. Sarah is our expert “multi-tasker”. Say hi to Sarah when you give us a call.
Shop Foreman & Master Blaster
Jose, our other big booth operator, has been with American Dry Stripping™ for 20 years. Starting his tenure in 1998, Jose is the longest standing team member at American Dry Stripping™ and a mentor to other blast technicians. It stands to reason then that nothing — and we mean nothing — gets by him. He is all about perfection. He critiques every job he does for quality. Jose is almost satisfied with great… because good just isn’t good enough.
A native of Puerto Rico, Jose is a Bridgeport High School graduate and a three-time New England Golden Glove champion. Jose knows training, determination and reaching for excellence. When you get your project back from Jose, you can be confident it is done right the first time….every time.
Anthony “Tone” Petrone
Manager, Coating Operations
Anthony (everyone calls him “Tone”)’s attention to detail made him the perfect candidate to manage our busy powder coating and ceramic operations, added to the shop in 2016.
Since he started in March of 2012, Anthony made sure to incorporate his incredible range of skills in the shop, blasting, repair, welding and coatings.
Did we mention Tone is a 17 handicap golfer, too?
Frederico “Tony” Barbosa, Jr.
Bead Room Blaster
Tony started at American Dry Stripping™ in 2005. Amazingly, Tony was only sixteen years old when began his career with us. Tony recently was promoted to the bead blasting booth. No matter what media type the job requires, glass bead, aluminum oxide or its complexity, Tony is adept at analyzing the size and scope of work to be performed and then coming up with creative ways for the most efficient methods for completing the task at hand. Tony is the quiet one, not saying much because he is always hard at work thinking about the job.
Mary Ann Brunetto
Blast Cabinet Technician
Mary Ann started with American Dry Stripping™ in 2015, bringing with her a diligent work ethic. Mary Ann pestered Roger for months to work in the shop. The quality of her work and her level of commitment convinced him. Prior to this, she worked in a scrap metal shop in Bridgeport. Mary Ann focuses on smaller parts jobs and industrial, to ensure they get the fine detail attention they deserve in the blast cabinets. In her free time, Mary Ann is an artist.
Parts Room Blaster & Shop Tech
Juan joined his brother at American Dry Stripping™ in October of 2014. Juan goes above and beyond when it comes to work ethic and, besides that, has a positive attitude and smile for every day. He and his family moved to Bridgeport in 1993 from Puerto Rico. When he isn’t working, you might find him stalking Pokemon.
Hunter Van Brussel
Hunter recently assumed the role of transportation specialist and is the front person for ADS when making his deliveries. Hunter ensures industrial or car parts and vehicles get picked up and delivered on time and with care.
Hunter began playing baseball at a very young age and ultimately pitched college ball for the Allegheny Gators until a shoulder injury sidelined him. He’s glad to be giving the throwing arm a rest for now.
Our ADS and XTC Emeritus
Retired, Former Owner
In 1982, Gary Jones along with his brother and cousin launched American Dry Stripping™. After many years of hard work, establishing an exemplary reputation for being one of the best at abrasive blasting and stripping processes, he transitioned the business to Roger.
Gary, who from time to time fondly refers to himself as the “the best stripper in the Northeast,” was the driving force behind the company’s successful history of growth and longevity. Under Gary’s leadership American Dry Stripping™ and its team of professionals developed an extensive and incredibly loyal customer following based on a culture that is committed to the highest standards of quality, service that exceeds expectations and the philosophy that each and every one of our customers is important to the success of American Dry Stripping™.
Committed to leveraging past successes and eager to accelerate future growth Gary elected to remain at American Dry Stripping™ working alongside Roger and the team he built to finish what he started. Today he is “Easy Rider” and responsible for traveling the magnificent roads of the USA in his RV and is thoroughly enjoying his new role.