Hamilton Associates


Douglas Hamilton III

Douglas is the CEO of the Hamilton Associates portfolio of companies and President of the ELSCO business unit. He literally grew up in the business, working summers and school breaks in a variety of roles: machine operator, mechanical assembler, inventory manager, web designer, and others. Douglas held positions in financial services and in the early days of internet advertising before returning to Hamilton full-time as Sales and Product Manager within ELSCO. He was named President of ELSCO in 2007, and CEO of the full Hamilton portfolio in 2013.  Douglas is passionate about the interlocking roles and responsibilities that businesses and people play in a global economy – how a machinist’s work product in Maryland impacts a commuter in Hong Kong, how a technician in Letchworth, UK contributes to a cancer patient in Poland, and how the return flow of consideration paid for those products enriches a local community.

Douglas attended Princeton University before completing his BS in Business Administration at Johns Hopkins University on nights and weekends while working full-time. He serves on the boards of the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Outside of the office, Douglas is passionate about his wife and teenage daughter, the dog Aria, showing love for his family and friends through experiments in the kitchen, exploring different peoples, cultures, and perspectives through international travel, and playing competitive tennis.

Douglas, in his own words:

My vision for Hamilton is to be a shining beacon on a hill – the kind of company that customers are excited to buy from, that employees love to work for, that suppliers are proud to sell to, and that other businesses strive to be like. I want everyone that comes into contact with our business – from a prospective employee to a business partner to a tax auditor – to walk away from the experience thinking “now THAT is a great company doing it right.” It’s a bold vision with a lot of competing interests to balance – and we don’t always get it right – but I believe that if we attract the best people and put them in an environment that fosters respect and collaboration, we can’t help but find success.

Ron Adkins

Ron Adkins is the President of ATI. He joined Hamilton in this role in 2014, following a series of escalating roles over 18 years within the Spectris group of companies. At Particle Measuring Systems, he was the Vice President & General Manager of the Life Sciences Division, the Director of the Asia Pacific region, and the Manager of the Services Product Line. Before that, at NDC Technologies, he spent several years as a Global Product & Market Manager, after starting his career as an Electrical Engineer.

Ron is passionate about creating transformational growth, developing teams, and finding ways to unlock the potential in a business and its people. An avid learner, he works hard to develop and improve his emotional intelligence and leadership toolset on a lifelong journey to try to become the best version of himself. He has an Executive MBA from the University of Colorado and an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton. Outside of business pursuits, Ron enjoys spending time in the outdoors, especially with his wife and two daughters and friends, and he enjoys traveling (especially internationally) and playing (or now watching) football and other sports.

Ron, in his own words:

I was drawn to join Hamilton and ATI because I wanted to contribute my strengths to creating something very special, and I could tell that I shared many beliefs and values with Douglas (our CEO) and the Hamilton Board. I was energized by the opportunity to help create a safe and inspiring workplace for our people, and by the significant growth potential I could see in the ATI business. Several years later, I remain just as energized by creating opportunities for people to live their best lives, by the incredible work we do to improve the quality of human living, and by the significant growth potential that remains in the ATI business. We have hard work ahead to become the company we want to be, but we are building a tremendously talented team of people who believe in our cause and in each other, and from my viewpoint, that is the key ingredient for success. It is humbling, a great responsibility, and quite a lot of fun to have the opportunity to lead such a team, and I look forward to seeing what we can do in the years ahead in ATI and in all the Hamilton companies.

Angela Lunczynski-Hamilton

Angela is the Operating Partner and President of Dirt Killer Pressure Washers (DK) and its associated retail store Atlantic Pressure Washers (APW), a position she has held since 2018. Before that, Angela spent 25 years in Operational Procurement, specializing in enterprise procurement programs, operational efficiency, and change management for companies such as Panasonic Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Johns Hopkins University. She is a true local, born and raised in Baltimore, a graduate of the University of Baltimore and a hometown fan of everything Baltimore, the Orioles, Ravens, BSO and the many fantastic Baltimore Museums. She has been trained as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt through Villanova University and is a graduate of Goldman Sachs’ “10,000 Small Businesses” program.

During her time off Angela is most likely to be spending time with her family and her dog, “Aria” who can frequently be found chilling out in her office at APW. Angela recently served on the Board of Maryland CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Foster Children). Her other passions are tennis, travel, entertaining and antique jewelry.

Angela, in her own words:

My mantra is simple – a rising tide lifts all boats. If we are the best we can be, we lift ourselves up and take everyone around us with us. I love this business because of the deep respect I have for our customers. They have incredible work ethic, they continually show strength and perseverance, and they have a direct impact on our communities. They hire within them, spend within them, and beautify them!

Ryan John

Ryan is the Chief Financial Officer of Hamilton Associates, with responsibility for all financial reporting, internal controls, and associated strategies for all three Hamilton operating companies, as well as operational leadership for ELSCO. Ryan came to Hamilton in 2023 after nearly 4 years as the Chief Financial Officer of Independent Can Company, a family-owned manufacturer of metal packaging solutions. Prior to that he spent nearly 19 years with Alban Tractor Company in various financial and operational leadership roles, including Vice President of Accounting & I/T, Vice President of Marketing & I/T, and finally Executive Vice President.

Ryan is a certified public accountant and spent two years in public accounting with CW Amos to start his career after graduating from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and is Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee.

Ryan is passionate about team development, continually adding to his technical and leadership skills, and creating opportunities for those around him to grow and flourish. When not focused on his work or volunteer activities, Ryan loves to spend time with his wife and three kids (two daughters in college and a son in high school) and his two dogs. Traveling, golfing, and running marathons are the other pursuits that he enjoys outside the office. He is a season ticket holder for both the Orioles and Ravens and loves to watch his kids play sports as well.

Ryan, in his own words:

The culture of a company is the highest responsibility of its leaders, and I was immediately drawn to the culture at Hamilton. The humility and open-minded approach of the entire organization comes through loud and clear as you walk the building. Douglas’s vision is exactly what I want to be part of achieving, and I think my past professional experience will help us move further down that road. I felt welcomed from day one and am excited to see what we will accomplish as a team!

Kathy Burke

Kathy Burke is the Human Resources Director for the Hamilton portfolio of companies. Kathy joined Hamilton in 1994 as the company’s Human Resources Manager at a time when the company had approximately 40 employees – a number that has almost tripled today. Along with her prior experience in all aspects of human resources management, Kathy also brought with her a deep passion for helping others and building an organization that values and respects its employees. Kathy is proud of the people-first organization that Hamilton has become over the years.

Kathy holds a BS Degree in Business Administration/Human Resources Management from Towson University and is an active member in SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) and CHRA (Chesapeake Human Resources Association). In her free time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling (especially beach vacations), biking, cooking and reading. Kathy is also an avid sports fan, especially Ravens football and college lacrosse.

Kathy, in her own words:

I am so proud of the company Hamilton has become, the dedicated team we have built and the company culture that we have created over the years. We have a truly unique company culture—one that is built on a foundation of a small company, family “feel” and empowers our employees to make a difference in their jobs, their careers, and their communities. Our employees are able to contribute in meaningful ways that instill a great sense of pride and ownership in their roles. We have built a team that is invested in what we do, feels emboldened to share and implement their ideas, and has fun doing it!