Leadership Team

The Maintex leadership team has developed a successful, high performance company culture that fosters continuous improvement based on training, collaborative problem solving, and high-touch customer service.

Stu Silverman, CEO

Stu joined the family business full-time in 1976 after graduating law school. With decades of industry knowledge and real-world experience in every aspect of Maintex's manufacturing and distribution operations, Stu provides guidance and oversight to administration, operations, and finance and mentors the next generation of leaders.

A cum laude graduate of UCLA, Stu also earned a JD from Southwestern University and an MBA from Pepperdine University

Linda Silverman, Executive Chair

Linda grew up working at Maintex during summer vacations before officially joining the family business full-time in 1978. Linda’s broad expertise and customer-focused sales approach was instrumental to growing Maintex into a strong market player.

As a woman in a male-dominated industry, Linda constantly had to prove herself. Today, Linda is known nationally as a thought leader in the cleaning industry and a champion of the development of the next generation of women leaders. Linda is past president of ISSA and and a founding member of the ISSA Hygieia Network for the advancement of women in the cleaning industry. She is recipient of the Jack D. Ramaley Industry Distinguished Service Award and is on the board of Network Distribution. Linda earned a BS in Psychology from UCLA.

Danny Silverman, President & COO

Danny joined Maintex in 2017 as a third-generation family member, bringing a fresh perspective borne from a variety of job experiences in the non-profit, higher education, biotech, energy, and digital media sectors. Danny has a passion for learning and challenging teams to grow and improve. Danny's focus is on bringing industry best practices, technological innovation, and process improvements to Maintex. He is excited to be launching Maintex's third chapter with a renewed emphasis on the core values that have made the company successful for over 60 years.

Danny earned a BA in American Studies from Brandeis University.

George Barraza, CFO

George joined Maintex in 2022 as CFO. He's an accomplished executive with strong CEO/CFO experience, a proven success record as a business leader, and over thirty years of experience in both public and private sectors.

George earned a BS in Business Finance from California State University.

Brian Goad, Senior Vice President of Sales

Brian focuses his efforts on the acquisition of new business, vertical alignment of the sales process, and building strategic relationships.

A former sales director for GOJO, Brian has also held executive positions in sales and business development for a number of public and private companies, doing business in more than 20 countries throughout Europe and Asia. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara.

Carol Dell'Aquila, Vice President of Corporate Sales

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, Carol Dell’Aquila oversees corporate accounts, ensuring that key customers receive the highest level of service.

Dedicating her career to help grow Maintex, Carol rose in the ranks in a number of positions, including customer service, purchasing, as a sales consultant, and then as sales manager. Carol has served as a longtime member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Southern California Sanitary Supply Association (SCSSA). She is CIMS (Cleaning Industry Management Standard) Certified, and is one of the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (ISSA)’s California CIMS Experts.

Jose Guerrero, Vice President of Operations

Jose is responsible for overseeing all aspects of manufacturing and distribution at Maintex. With professional expertise in strategic planning, continuous improvement and system applications, Jose brings a disciplined approach and high standard of operational excellence to the company’s operations.

Jose's previous positions have encompassed all aspects of manufacturing and distribution, including stints as production lead, production supervisor, master scheduler, operations manager, assistant mechanical engineer and machine shop apprentice.

Jerry Zacarias, Vice President of Information Systems

Jerry wears many hats at Maintex. He oversees information technology and business systems, data/analytics, the marketing team, and special projects. Jerry's intimate knowledge of Maintex's systems and processes makes him the go-to person for complex data analysis and research.

With more than 15 years of experience and a passionate commitment to his work, Jerry is relied upon by his colleagues to solve complex problems and stay calm under pressure.

Melanie Sergejeff, PHR, Vice President of People and Culture

An energetic, forward thinking, and creative HR professional with high ethical standards, Melanie is recognized as an inspirational, motivational leader who celebrates diversity, builds trust, proactively leads, and challenges staff. With a broad range of successful experience in change management, coaching and mentoring, training and development, risk management, benefit administration, performance management and employee relations, Melanie brings a new level of professionalism to the Maintex human resources practice.

Melanie is PHR certified and holds a Masters Certification in Organizational Leadership from the Eli Broad College of Business.

Ali Abyane, Technical Director

Ali has served as Maintex's technical director and head chemist for over 25 years. Ali is responsible for R&D, product formulation, and our on-site laboratory, which handles raw material sourcing, quality assurance, competitive analysis, and regulatory compliance.

Ali earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from the College of Higher Education in Southampton, UK, and his MS from City of London Polytechnic, UK. A career-long member of the American Chemical Society, his experience includes projects for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the U.S. Armed Services through an analytical and engineering laboratory.