Dave Valentine serves as the President of Esys Automation. Dave leads Esys with a diverse expertise in manufacturing automation and 20+ years in the industry. As a Clemson graduate, Dave also utilizes his engineering background to shape the technical direction of Esys solutions. When away from work, Dave enjoys spending time outdoors with his three children.
Dave Valentine, President
Chris Marcus, CEO
Chris Marcus serves as the CEO of Esys Automation and focuses his efforts on “what’s next” for Esys. With a 20+ year background in paint and assembly automation, he has helped lead Esys to be twice recognized by Inc. 500 magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America. Outside of Esys, he enjoys family activities such as boating and snow skiing with his wife and their two children.
Scott Claxton, Vice President
Scott Claxton serves Esys Automation as Vice President of the Production Systems division. He is responsible for the design and manufacturing activities for turnkey automated solutions. Scott is a founding member of the Esys Automation team with over 18 years of experience and has been a key contributor to developing the Esys operational philosophies and culture. When away from the office, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife of 15 years and their three daughters. He is also an avid reader, enjoys playing beer league hockey and likes to fish.
Kevin Gaines, Vice President
Kevin Gaines serves Esys Automation as Vice President of the Automation Design division. He utilizes his 25+ years of experience in final assembly plants in order to oversee this group. This division was started by Kevin in July of 2000, shortly after the founding of Esys. Away from the office, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and beer league hockey.
Kathie Belkowski, Director of People Engagement
Kathie Belkowski is the Director of People Engagement. Kathie aims to move Esys past the traditional thoughts on Human Resource Management. She strives to continuously improve the employee experience at Esys and work toward making Esys a workplace of choice. Kathie has a BS in Industrial Administration from Central Michigan University and is HRCI, SPHR, SHRM-SCP and CHRS certifications. Outside of work Kathie enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Chris Bologna, Account Manager
Chris Bologna serves Esys as an Account Manager for the General Assembly group. He has 25+ years of experience in automation and assembly. Chris has had roles in global automation purchasing, program management and sales. Chris has a degree in business and a masters in economics and played college soccer on scholarship. When away from work he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, golf and racing his open wheel race car.
Bryan Blunk, Group Manager
Bryan Blunk is the Group Manager for the Automation Design – Controls division at Esys Automation. He brings 20+ years of experience in designing, installing and programming various controls systems ranging from Energy Management Systems, HVAC and Powerhouse Equipment as well as Body Assembly Manufacturing Systems. He has extensive experience in Underbody, Framing, Bodysides and Closure Body Shop Processes and has implemented numerous systems utilizing the latest DeviceNet, EtherNet IP and Safety PLC Architectures. Currently, Bryan is responsible for co-managing, along with Matt Cagle and Mark McGinnis, a very talented group of approximately 50 engineers.
Craig Brooks, Account Manager
Craig Brooks serves Esys as an Account Manager for the Paint and Dispense division. Craig has over 25 years of experience in the automotive field, primarily focusing on paint and sealing applications. Craig is an expert at working with customers to develop budgets and strategies to successfully implement automation.
Matt Cagle, Group Manager
Matt Cagle is the Group Manager for the Automation Design – Controls division at Esys Automation. Matt has 10+ years of experience in designing, building, installing, and programming automated systems. He has also managed multi-disciplined engineering and installation teams for projects in many automotive manufacturing facilities. Matt takes pride in building trust and lasting relationships with his customers and suppliers that benefit all involved. His current focus is co-managing, along with Bryan Blunk and Mark McGinnis, a group of approximately 50 engineers that take on our controls engineering and design service efforts. Outside of Esys, Matt enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Marcus Chisholm, Account Manager
Mark Compton, Director
Mark Compton serves as the Director of Intellectual Property and Products. Mark lead a talented group of individuals responsible for winning an Automotive News PACE award. Over the past 22 years, Mark has become an industry expert in automated systems. He utilizes this experience in a range of engineering disciplines to lead product development efforts and to manage Esys’s product portfolio. Throughout his career, he has helped develop a wide variety of new products, such as TPM antenna systems, AutoW8t, pick to light applications, various automotive parts and more. Mark has a BSME from Lawrence Technological University.
Carlos Cruz, Director
Carlos Cruz serves Esys as Director for the Assembly division. Carlos left Caracas, Venezuela in 2001 to pursue an Electrical Engineering degree at Western Michigan University. Over the past 15+ years, Carlos has successfully managed projects in the Body Assembly, Paint, and General Assembly divisions with emphasis on providing great service and exceeding customer expectations. After spending several years as an Account Manager for the General Assembly team, in 2017 Carlos was promoted to his current Director position where he manages the General Assembly Division. Outside of Esys, he is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. With interest in continuous learning, Carlos completed a Master of Business Administration at Northeastern University in 2015.
Paul Cutean, Director of Business Development
Paul Cutean is the Director of Business Development for Esys Automation. Paul has over 25 years of experience in the automation field and was most recently Director of Estimating as well as Proposals & Business Line Manager for Dispense at a large global robotics company. Paul oversees all proposal development and estimating and leads our strategies for growing and better servicing our customer base. Outside of work Paul enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and two children.
Dan Jones, Director of Finance
Dan Jones serves as Director of Finance for Esys Automation. He has 25+ years of finance experience including a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and an MBA in Finance. “I enjoy working at Esys. Our environment encourages collaboration to help solve problems and improve processes.” Away from work, Dan likes to mountain bike, play hockey, and spend time with his wife and 3 children.
Kevin Lipischak, Manufacturing Manager
Kevin Lipischak is the Manufacturing Manager at Esys Automation’s E2 manufacturing facility. Having a background in all types of machine and panel build activities, Kevin has over 30 years of industry experience. “My goal is to create a great working atmosphere that helps promote craftsmanship and a special pride in building superior machines.” When away from Esys, Kevin enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Ed Loder, Manufacturing Manager
Ed Loder is the Manufacturing Manager at Esys Automation. Having a background in Journeyman Electrician, Ed has spent the last 15 years managing the construction and integration of automated machinery in the Automotive Industry. When away from Esys, I enjoy cooking, boating and spending time with family and friends.
Mark McGinnis, Director
Mark McGinnis is the Director for the Press and Plastics Group. Mark has 20+ years of experience in Manufacturing Automation. Safety and customer satisfaction have always been his main goal. He strives to develop efficient, valued engineering, and a lasting customer relationship. “The thrill for me is working with others in the industry who are equally passionate about providing quality-manufacturing systems in a Team atmosphere.”
Randy Parzych, Director
Randy Parzych is the Director of the Paint and Dispense division. He leads a diverse team of individuals that designs, builds, and installs turnkey robotic systems. Randy has over 25 years of experience in robotic automation systems and has a passion for developing new and innovative products to meet the ever changing needs of customers. He has extensive experience leading projects and teams in the automotive paint and sealer industry from design concept through implementation on the plant floor. When away from the office Randy enjoys fishing and hunting with his family and friends.