George A. (Sandy) Thomson, BscME

Founder & Innovator

With Thomson Gordon Group:
Since 1965

Thomson-Gordon Group consists of:

Sandy's Bio/News/Docs
Sandy attended Northrop University in Inglewood, California studying Aircraft Maintenance Engineering but graduated as a Mechanical Engineer. In 1965, he decided to join the family business, Thomson-Gordon Ltd., in Hamilton, Ontario. At the time, this company was primarily a distributor of Engineers Supplies. Looking for a niche where engineered mechanical products made from rubber and plastic components could be designed, he was the catalyst in developing the Thordon polymer in the late 1960’s.

Sandy’s focus on innovation and developing export markets has been the key to Thordon’s success. In 1990, he bought the Russian deep-sea salvage tug, Rudokop, and converted it to a “floating showcase” of Thordon marine bearing and seal products, then captained this ship visiting more than 200 ports in Europe.

With Sandy at the helm, Thordon has become a global leader in seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings and seals as well as offering a complete range of non-metallic sleeve bearing solutions for marine, clean power generation, pump, offshore, and other industrial markets. The Thomson-Gordon Group has evolved with several industrial and aviation companies over the past 30 years. Sandy is also actively involved in Marsh Brothers Aviation, a non-metallic bearing and seal manufactured for aircraft landing gear, Cinema Sixteen Inc., a film production business, besides being the Innovator at Thordon Bearings Inc.

In 2019, Sandy won the prestigious Elmer A. Sperry award for advancing the art of transportation in recognition of leading the innovation for water-lubricated propulsion shaft bearings for marine transport through the application of polymeric compounds.

Critical Documents

Sandy - In the News

If you would like Sandy to present a webinar on the Marine, Hydro or vertical pump industries to your organization or university, please get in touch with us.


Greg Auger, P. Eng.

Global Strategic Account Manager - Hydro Power

With Thordon Bearings:
Since 2007

Greg's Bio/News/Docs
Greg is an accomplished engineer with extensive experience delivering bearing and shaft sealing solutions to OEM and End-User customers in the Hydropower and Clean Energy equipment market. He attended McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario graduating with his Mechanical Engineering degree in 2000, and earning his P.Eng designation in 2004. Prior to starting at Thordon Bearings in 2007, Greg worked in Product Design and Test Engineering roles within the automotive industry. 

He has been with Thordon since 2007 where he started as an Application Engineer, progressed into the Sales side of the business, and now leads a dedicated team in his current role as the Business Unit Manager for Thordon Hydro & Clean Power sales globally. While supporting Thordon’s distributors worldwide, Greg has had the opportunity to travel to over 40 countries, gathering bearing and sealing success stories from power stations and installations around the world. These visits range from the oldest power stations still operating with 100+ year old equipment in Europe and North America, to the largest and most modern new plants now operating in India, Asia and South America. This diversity of experience gives Greg a deep knowledge of the mechanical aspects of turbine design, maintenance & operation that he is happy to discuss with anyone who shares his enthusiasm for the Hydropower industry. 

Critical Documents

Greg - In the News

Greg has been a regular speaker and presenter at global Hydropower conferences and events, including HydroVision in the USA, Hydropower & Dams events in Europe and Asia, and several Tribology-themed conferences in Europe and Scandinavia.  If you would like Greg to present a webinar on clean power industry products to your organization or university or participate in a panel discussion on themes including Bearings, Seals or Tribology, please get in touch with us. 


Jeffrey Butt, P.Eng.

Business Dev. Manager

With Thordon Bearings:
Since 1990

Jeffrey's Bio/News
Jeffrey Butt graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada with a degree in Naval Architectural Engineering. Before joining the Thordon team in 1990, Jeff worked at Burmeister & Wain Shipyard in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Jeffrey has had extensive roles during his many years at Thordon which gives him a deep understanding of the complexities and needs of the marine industry. He started at Thordon as the Engineering Manager before becoming a Product Development Manager in 2001. In 2005 his job became even more hands on as the Global Service & Support Manager where he helped shipowners around the world with the installation of Thordon’s products.

Since 2013, Jeffrey has been a Business Development Manager for the Marine market where he brings his wealth of knowledge and experience to the Thordon sales team.

Jeffrey In the News

If you would like Jeffrey to present a webinar on the Marine industry to your organization or university, please get in touch with us.

Keith Brand Profile

Keith Brand

Strategic Account Manager
Vertical Pumps

With Thordon Bearings:
Since 2007

Keith's Bio
Keith’s first experience with pumps was in his teens when he worked in a steel mill grinding shafts for rotating equipment. When the water pump on his car broke, he became more intimately involved in the mechanics of pumps. Keith studied at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where he received a BA in Economics and Political Science. He furthered his education in Philadelphia studying Polymer Engineering at Drexel University as well as earning his MBA in Industrial Marketing from La Salle University.

Before joining the Thordon team Keith was a Sales Engineer at the Swagelok Company where he sold valves and fittings to the refining, power, and analytical equipment industries. He later became Product Manager – Polymers, a position he held for 23 years, at Greene, Tweed & Company where he was responsible for the development of PEEK Polymers. Among his first successes were polymers for valves, poppets, and bearings for the compressor industry. Those successes led to the development of carbon fiber and graphite bearing grades for the pump industry. Keith also developed a method of bonding polymers to metal for use in tilt pad bearings and a polymer labyrinth seal design for turbo compressors.

Since joining Thordon Bearings in 2007, Keith has been a Territory Manager, a Business Development Manager and he was recently appointed Strategic Accounts Manager. Keith has been vital to Thordon’s growth in the pump and industrial markets. He has traveled the world training OEM pump engineers how to design non-metallic pump bearings and it is thanks to Keith’s hard work that Thordon’s bearings and currently used by most of the major OEMs.

Keith has conducted presentations at a number of major utilities that include solving bearing issues involving abrasive wear, dry start up, and extending bearing wearlife. He is a Subject Matter Expert who can provide media commentary on the vertical pump industry or participate in related panel discussions. If you would like Keith to present a webinar on Pump or Industrial applications for Thordon to your organization or university, please get in touch with us.


Jim Bright

Business Dev. Manager