Preston Refrigeration was founded in 1946 by Eugene T. Preston. Under Eugene’s guidance, Preston was one of the first to use dry fan coil evaporators which were pioneered by W.E Gebhardt for use in Meat Packing Plants. Eugene was also an advocate of pumped liquid recirculation systems and one of the first to utilize those as well. Eventually Eugene passed his legacy on to his son Clifford E. Preston who led the company through many prosperous years until his passing in July of 2014. Today, Preston Refrigeration is headed by President and CEO, Brian Schnepf and Vice President, David Smreker and features a team of experienced and dedicated engineers and field crew who are committed to upholding the company’s time honored traditions of innovation and service. We invite you to meet our team and learn more about our capabilities.
Former Chairman of the Board
Cliff started working summers at Preston in 1955 at the age of sixteen on a job at Mountaire Farms in DeQueen, AR. After taking over for his father, Cliff led the company through many prosperous years until his passing in July of 2014. Cliff was loved by his employees and his customers, and he will be greatly missed.
President / CEO
Brian is a graduate of Iowa State University and has 20 years of experience in the industrial refrigeration industry. Brian grew up in NW Iowa on a family farm raising and tending to the same animals which we currently pride ourselves on chilling by utilizing our patented carcass chilling system. In 2004 he became Vice President, and in 2014 Brian transitioned into ownership of the company.
Dave began his career in Preston's warehouse on April 23, 1976 while still attending High School. After graduation he began his working in the field for the next 16 years as laborer to certified pipe welder to Job Superintendent. In 1998 Cliff Preston offered an opportunity to join the engineering staff. In 2004 he was promoted to Vice President.
While attending school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Joe spent several years working as a project manager for a Midwest based manufacturing company. After leaving UMKC with a degree in accounting and a degree in finance, he ventured into the world of public accounting. He spent several years at one of the top 10 CPA firms in the country before he made the move back into the private sector and found Preston Refrigeration.