Management Team

J. David MahoneyPresident/CEO

J. David MahoneyJ. David Mahoney is a successful small businessman who owns and oversees Noble Gas Solutions, headquartered in Albany, NY. With more than 50,000 square feet of office, manufacturing, distribution and lab space in Albany, plus another 5,000 square feet in Kingston, NY. Noble manages over 30,000 gas cylinders and thousands of SKUs of gas-related equipment and supplies on a daily basis. The company also operates a specialized gas laboratory that is one of only 10 independent ISO 17025-accredited laboratories nationwide, and the only one in New York State.

Born in Waterford, NY, one of six children, Mr. Mahoney learned the value of hard work, perseverance, and overcoming obstacles from a young age. Unable to afford college tuition and needing to help support his family, he went to work as a sales trainee for a small, local welding supply company in 1976. He worked his way through the ranks, becoming sales manager in 1978, Vice President in 1980, and President in 1985. In December of 1986, Mr. Mahoney purchased the company, and since then, has turned what was once a welding supply company into a nationally recognized player in the gas and welding supply industry. He is actively involved in many industrial trade organizations, including service as President of the Northeastern Sub-Contractors Association (1992-1993) and President of the National Welding Supply Association, now The Gases & Welding Distributors Association (1999-2000).

An energetic, passionate business owner skilled at leading and motivating his team to success, Mr. Mahoney enjoys speaking about business, leadership and philanthropy. Just as importantly, he is committed to practicing what he preaches. A true believer in giving back to the community, Mr. Mahoney raised more than $3,000,000 to support a host of charitable causes and organizations.

When Mr. Mahoney is not in the office or enjoying time with his family, this avid golfer can be found perfecting his game on the golf course, aiming for his third hole-in-one!

Patrick O’DonnellVice President of Sales

Pat O’Donnell joined Noble Gas Solutions as the Director of Sales in 2011 and has served as the Vice President of Sales since 2013.  He is responsible for driving profitable, sustainable growth and expansion into new markets and products.  Pat reports to President/CEO Dave Mahoney and serves on Noble Gas Solutions’ Executive Management Team.

Prior to joining Noble Gas Solutions, Pat held positions of increasing responsibility at industrial companies across several locations and functions.  He ran sales and operations for the Albany and Queensbury branches at NES Rentals, a national heavy equipment sales and rental company.  Prior to NES he spent a year as a founding member of a small, international technology startup.

Pat began his career with GE Plastics in the Information Management Leadership Program which gave him experience in global project management across finance, supply chain, operations, and quality.  Upon completion of the program he joined GE Water & Process Technologies as a LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt.  There Pat developed a passion for customers and sales working in new product development and commercial activities focused primarily in the oil refining and chemical processing industries.

He is actively involved in the industry, having served as the Chairman of the Northern New York Section of the American Welding Society, and as the Marketing Committee Chair for PurityPlus, the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative’s (IWDC) specialty gas program.  Pat graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2001 with a B.S. in Management.

Pat continues Noble’s legacy of giving back to the community and serves as the Board Chairman at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.  He and his wife Dayna, and their two children reside in Clifton Park, NY.

Colleen KohlerVice President of Customer Service & Finance

Colleen Kohler

Colleen Kohler has served as Noble Gas Solutions Vice President of Customer Service & Finance since September 2018. Colleen leads the company’s administrative team, overseeing our branches and the administrative offices. She is driving the company’s initiative to progress processes and procedures in order to improve the total client experience. Colleen reports to President/CEO J. David Mahoney and serves on Noble Gas Solution’s Executive Management Team.  Colleen returned to Noble in 2017, taking her prior role as the Director of Operations.

Before joining Noble Gas Solutions, Colleen was the Lead Business Architect for the Plenti Program at American Express.  She was responsible for driving integrated teams in delivering technology solutions in support of key product initiatives while working closely with product owners, architects, engineers and their quality assurance team.

Prior to her work at American Express, Colleen was Director of Operations for Noble Gas Solutions, overseeing the plant and distribution of the business. At this time she implemented a governance structure which the department used to manage, monitor and document business unit projects and activities.  She began work with Noble in 2009, working in both the sales and marketing departments.

Before her Noble Gas Solutions tenure, Colleen was a National Account Manager at Mimeo.com.  She also spent a year working as a Specialty Gas Sales Manager with a welding and gas distributor, Prest-O-Sales & Service, in Queens NY.

Colleen earned a master’s degree in Operations Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University. Colleen enjoys running and participated in the 2009 NYC Marathon.  She resides in East Greenbush, NY with her husband Rob and her four children.

Robert KohlerVice President of Operations

Robert Kohler headshotRobert Kohler has served as Noble Gas Solutions Vice President of Operations since September 2018. Rob leads the company’s operations team, overseeing the plant, distribution. Robert reports to President/CEO J. David Mahoney and serves on Noble Gas Solution’s Executive Management Team.  Robert joined Noble in 2018 as the Director of Operations, making vast improvement to the Operations processes.

In addition to joining Noble Gas Solutions, Robert owns his own contracting business, Kohler Contracting, Inc. Robert started this company 26 years ago. With the guidance of his grandfather, who was a contractor himself, his company became very successful. Robert’s company frames homes and buildings for many of the leading builders in the Capital District. He has been in the contracting business for over 25 years. His knowledge of this industry has positively impacted the functionality of Noble Gas Solutions’ newly-renovated space, as well as cater to the needs of our customers in the construction business.

Robert earned an associate’s degree in Construction Technology from Hudson Valley Community College. He enjoys playing soccer with his kids and golfing with friends in his free time. Robert resides in East Greenbush, NY with his wife Colleen and their four children.

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