Rave Gears Team

Narendra (Nick) Patel

Nick Patel


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Nick developed a passion for manufacturing early on while working at Arrow Gear Co. He knew then that “Gears” would always be a part of his life; however it wouldn’t be until later that this passion for Gears would be fully realized. Nick left Arrow Gears when he was thirty one to become an entrepreneur and succeeded in the formation of many businesses in Illinois and Texas. Twenty years and several successful ventures later, he was ready to return to his roots and founded Rave Gears.


Vinay Shah


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After gaining his Master’s in Engineering (Production/Industrial Engineering) from
M. S. University of Baroda. He did his MBA from Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. Vinay has worked as Engineer for over a decade for State of New Jersey.


Thomas Alaniva

Thomas Alaniva


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• Over 27 years of experience in the aerospace industry, Manufacturing and engineering gears.

• Over 21 years at Honeywell Aerospace (engines division) Phoenix, Arizona

• Over 6 years at Bell Helicopter Drive system center (transmission plant) Grand Prairie, Texas

• Specializing  in designing and implementing State of the art “closed loop digital topography process” for manufacturing and inspecting Spiral bevel gears.

• Established a robust, cost effective process for “deep grinding” bevel gears (From solid) prior to heattreat that significantly reduces variation and improves overall Quality.

• Certified Six Sigma Greenbelt

• Expert in Lean manufacturing techniques


Anthony Fedor

Vice President


Narendra (Nick) Patel

Melissa Bauer

Quality Manager

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Coming from a background as a Quality Engineer and Supervisor at Northstar Aerospace, Melissa joined Rave Gears in 2012. Inspired by her father, a machine tool and die maker, Melissa developed her interest in precision manufacturing early on. She began her career as machine tool operator and worked her way into Aerospace. After 20+ years in machining and production with positions held at Reeder & Kline Machine CO and Northstar Aerospace, she was found her true calling in Quality.


Narendra (Nick) Patel

Mike (Magan) Patel

Vice President of Engineering

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After completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Magan joined Arrow Gear Company in February, 1975. He worked for (15) years at Arrow and acquired experience in manufacturing and design of precision gears and gear drives. His passion for gearing, took him to Solar Turbines Inc., a subsidiary company of Caterpillar Corporation, located in San Diego, California. He retired from Solar with (23) years of experience in Development Manufacturing and Test of Auxiliary and Planetary Gear Drives, and Gas Turbine Engines.


Rashesh Rangrej

Director, Business Development

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Rashesh has a B.S. in Chemistry from South Gujarat University, India, and an MBA. He has 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including as General Manager, Managing director and Regional Manager of multi-brand franchise properties in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Boerne Texas. He also served to develop, build, finance, and perform construction administration on many hotel projects.

Thomas Alaniva

Cary Rolfing

VP Sales & New Business Development

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*Over 30 Years Manufacturing Experience, Twenty of those years in Aerospace Gear Manufacturing *Managed the Gear Value Stream at Bell Helicopter for twelve years responsible for all Gear Machining *Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from Dallas Baptist University *Certified Six Sigma Black Belt *Technical Advisory Board Member at Texas State Technical College