NKS is made up of a diversified staff, all playing a vital role in the success of our company. It is the dedication and expertise of each of these individuals that has allowed NKS to grow to be one of the major stainless steel service centers in the USA. Lead by an executive management team that’s highly knowledgeable of the stainless steel industry, NKS is on track to continue to exceed our customer’s expectations and provide world-class service.


Vincent Cmelo


Vince’s steel career started in 1993 working with a carbon/pre-painted flat rolled steel service center. In early 2000, he had the opportunity to get involved with a stainless steel and red metals service center. Vince has been employed with NKS since 2004 and has held the positions of Outside Salesman, Sales Manager, and currently Vice President. With over 20years experience in the steel industry, Vince has been successful in developing new suppliers, and new customers in both domestic and international markets.


Todd Kennedy

Vice President of Purchasing/Operations

Todd’s career in the stainless steel industry began directly out of college in 1992. Initially receiving training and serving in logistics management, Todd quickly transitioned into Quality Assurance where much time was spent gaining an understanding of austenitic and ferritic stainless steel in applications from automotive exhaust and tubing to clips, clamps, brackets and connectors. Being educated in material purchasing helped Todd to move to Outside Sales. Today, Todd is General Manager of NKS of TN where his goal is to set our organization apart by simply implementing some old school, All-American values; hard work, honesty, integrity, ingenuity and open communication.


Veronica Cardenas

Vice President of Commercial

Veronica’s metals market career began after high school in 1995 at the former Stainless Sales Corporation. Her journey up the corporate ladder included time spent in shipping/receiving, accounts payables, inside sales, and account management. Veronica received a B.S. in Business Management from Elmhurst College in 2000 while employed at Stainless Sales.

NKS hired Veronica in 2007 as an Outsides Sales Representative to develop new territories and vertical markets. Her experience in the metals market, fluency in Spanish, and cross functional expertise, contributed to the focus of an untapped market in Mexico. Veronica earned her Master’s in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011.

Years of market development with the company’s vision in mind eventually led to the creation of a new division of NKS in Mexico established in 2016 where Veronica was named General Manager. In 2022 Veronica was named VP of Commercial, and is excited to continue to proliferate the NKS brand with the support of her team.