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Joseph Quather – Sales Manager

Serving  Cape May, Gloucester, Salem, &  Cumberland Counties

 Joe recently retired from the Fire Service after over 40 years of service, with a majority of that time being served with the Alloway Township Fire Company (Salem County) where Joe held the positions of Fire Chief and Assistant Chief for over 20 years. In addition to his actual fire service time, Joe has over 22 years of experience as a fire apparatus sales representative having worked with multiple departments in Southern New Jersey (many on a repeat basis) from initial apparatus concept development through delivery and more importantly post- delivery customer relations on multiple apparatus of all types. As a Professional Project Manager and Engineer, and an experienced fire service provider and apparatus sales professional,  Joe has the abilities to blend and manage a customer’s requirements in a logical and deliberate manner to fully achieve the needs of the department / customer.

Raymond L. Van Marter – Sales

Serving Ocean County



Ray is a 28 year veteran of the New Jersey fire service. He currently is a Deputy Fire Marshall in charge of training for Ocean County. Ray has been a firefighter with Toms River Fire Company #1 & #2, United States Veterans Administration, Jackson Township Fire District #3 and is a current member of the Stafford Township Fire Department. Knowing how to coordinate is part of Ray’s day to day activities. When it comes to finding the right apparatus for you, he will be nothing but hands on. Walking you through the steps to find what your company is looking for.


Charles Ferrante – Sales

Serving Morris, Somerset,  & Hunterdon Counties


Charles is presently a career firefighter for  the past 10 years with the  North Plainfield Fire Department. Charles is an active member of Bernardsville Fire Co for 23 years where he is currently a Captain and is an Ex-Chief.  He is a  veteran of the USAF and  served active duty for 4 years as a firefighter.  In the USAF he trained in Aircraft firefighting and rescue. Charles is also a qualified fire instructor. With this extensive fire career background – Charles brings to the table vast  knowledge of the fire industry to help assist  your department in finding the perfect truck.


Keith Oberlin -Sales

Serving Middlesex County

Keith has actively been a  volunteer firefighter since graduating in 2008 from the Ocean County Fire Academy.  During that time he was an active member with Manchester Fire Company. For the past three years Keith resided in Carteret and was an active firemen with Carteret Fire Department.  Now living back in Manchester, Keith currently serves as Lieutenant in the fire department. Keith has a great background with working in a industry with  a competitive market, let him show you why a Sutphen should be added to your fleet. He knows what it takes to provide his customers with the best knowledge and customer service in today’s fire industry. 


James Schwartz  –  Sales

Serving Burlington, Camden, & Atlantic Counties

James has been an active fireman with the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company for 8 years. He has held the following positions at the fire company, Vice President and Lieutenant. James is a crew member of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.  With  James broad background in the fire services, he can help you design the finest fire truck for your fire company.


Chris Aldrich – Sales

Serving Mercer & Monmouth Counties






Jay Sonnenfeld – Lead Development

Jay  has been an active Pine Beach firefighter for 31 years.  Serving as Chief and President in the Pine Beach Fire Department, has given Jay the skills to organize and set standards for his department. Jay is an instructor at the Ocean County Fire Academy, where he keeps all his knowledge up to date with all the newest technologies.  Jay has been instructing on all facets of pump operations since 1985.  He has extensive training in all phases of fire ground hydraulics.  Jay has worked with Hale and Waterous pumps on engines and aerial devices.