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Duane Knecht graduated from Widener University with an Engineering Degree in 1981 and became a Design Engineer with GAI-Tronics Corporation in 1981. While there, he developed and designed mechanical packaging for Key/PBX telephone systems from conception to production. He also established a format for computerized estimating procedures for standard and special equipment. After leaving GAI-Tronics, Duane advanced quickly with Unisys Corporation in various management positions and continued designing numerous systems within the Manufacturing and Operations Departments, resulting in significant cost savings in several areas of the corporation. While at Unisys, Duane piloted extensive efforts related to the production and cost-reductive design and end-to-end manufacturing of printed circuit board manufacturing and initiated bar code tracking of assets.


Duane started with CTDI in September of 1989 as Director of Quality, resulting in a complete overhaul and upgrade of CTDI's Quality System. Under Duane's leadership, CTDI has achieved many awards from our client base in the areas of Quality and Cost Services. He embarked upon and achieved ISO 9001 registration from Bellcore. He has actively participated in several industry forums including QuEST, RQM's Standards, NESAC, TRAC-F and several MWBE committees.

As Vice President of Sales & Marketing for CTDI since 1997, Duane's responsibilities include total customer relationship management and overall business growth through the development and execution of strategic marketing plans, the expansion of existing relationships, and the development of new strategic relationships with industry leading carriers and OEMs. To this end, one of Duane's primary objectives has been to develop repair and logistics relationships to better serve our end-user customers. Over the past ten years, CTDI has transitioned several major forward and reverse logistics programs to support our global customer base, positioning CTDI as a global leader in the telecom industry for high volume, time-critical global repair and logistics services.


Duane is an active volunteer for various community events and is a leadership contributor to the United Way of Chester County. Duane and his wife, Patty, and their children, have created a non-profit corporation called the Holiday Hope Chest. The Holiday Hope Chest is a charity store that opens its doors once a year at the Chester County Intermediate Unit for local residents to shop, free of charge, for new and unused clothing, toys, accessories, and electronics. Duane completed the Leadership Chester County board development program and currently serves on the board of the Youth Leadership Program which helps to groom our local leaders of tomorrow.