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Malisko is a trusted name in industrial automation. At Malisko, we rely on our experienced and dedicated team to deliver the best results for our partners for more than 25 years.

We pride ourselves on the team we’ve built. By bringing together expert engineers, integrators, designers, programmers, and support personnel who thrive in a client-first environment, we’ve created a team committed to your success. Our dedication to task and drive forward shines across all we do.

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Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Ben Meise

Automation Controls Engineer

Brett Mahanna

Senior Automation Controls Engineer & Team Lead

Briana Chamberlain

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Carl Hill

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Carlos Rosado

Senior Automation Controls Engineer & Team Lead

Dan Dennett

Vice President

Dan Malyszko

Director of Sales & Business Development

Dirk Disper

Automation Controls Engineer

Douglas Basler

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Garrett Day

Network Security Engineer

Jacob Jiskra

Automation Controls Engineer

Jason Kampwerth

President

Jess Freels

Director of Operations & Lead Engineer – Wisconsin

Jim Gauch

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

John Brueggeman

Automation Controls Engineer

John Martin

Automation Controls Engineer

Kayla Grogan

Systems Designer

Kevin Long

Senior Automation Controls Engineer & Team Lead

Kyle Moore

Marketing & Communications Leader

Lauren Bostrom

Automation Controls Engineer

Mark Orr

Director of Human Resources & Administration

Mary Bergjans

Director of Mentorship & Lead Engineer

Matt Scott

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Nancy Lange

Automation Controls Engineer

Shreyas Bhandare

Director of Integration

Steve Hutchens

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Malyszko

Senior Director of Engineering

Steve Schneebeli

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Tavo Diaz-Granados

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Tim Garnett

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Thaddeus Anson

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Tom Lee

Senior Network Security Engineer & Team Lead

Corey Schoff

Automation Controls Engineer

Jake Bottari

Automation Solutions Consultant

Jared Hines

Network Security Engineer

Lee Kottke

Internal IT Support Specialist

Greg Hamler

Automation Controls Engineer

Seger Petersen

Automation Solutions Consultant

Emily Pagel

Automation Controls Engineer

Patrick Farmer

Project Accountant

Kentral Brown

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Ryan Benzschawel

Accounting Manager

Laronda Steward

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Ben Meise

Ben Meise brings a unique blend of education, passion, and problem-solving skills to his role at Malisko. With a background in Chemical and Biological Engineering, with a minor in Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University, Ben’s expertise lies in process control. Ben possesses a natural aptitude for understanding and dissecting complex processes, making him a valuable asset to the team.

His fascination with automation was sparked by childhood memories of watching “How It’s Made,” fueling a desire to dive deeper into the field. Now, as a member of the Malisko team, Ben finds immense satisfaction in encountering the diverse array of systems present in every project. Each plant and client presents a unique challenge, allowing Ben to apply his problem-solving skills to tackle issues related to process control effectively.

Passionate about crafting elegant and user-friendly code, Ben strives to develop interfaces that address the nuanced needs of operators. His proudest accomplishment to date is successfully deploying his first project without any major setbacks, demonstrating his dedication and adaptability in the field.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Ben values meaningful relationships and reliability. In his personal life, he finds joy in developing connections and being a dependable presence for those around him.

Ben’s favorite quote, “The mountains are calling and I must go,” by John Muir, reflects his adventurous spirit and thirst for exploration. As an Engineer in Training (EIT), Ben is committed to continuous growth and learning in his field.

Outside of work, Ben is an avid disc golfer, regularly participating in rounds, league matches, and tournaments. His love for technology extends to programming apps and building computers, showcasing his diverse interests and talents. With his passion for problem-solving and dedication to excellence, Ben is poised to make significant contributions to the world of automation at Malisko.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2016

Automation Controls Engineer

Brett Mahanna

Brett Mahanna brings his expertise in Electrical Engineering, earned from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, to his role at Malisko Engineering. With a year of experience in the field, Brett’s passion for understanding and optimizing manufacturing processes was sparked by watching “How It’s Made,” driving him to be a part of the behind-the-scenes action.

At Malisko, Brett enjoys the diversity of process applications the company handles, allowing him to delve into various industries and contribute to creating functional solutions. Specializing in PLC and HMI programming, he consistently solves complex problems for clients, ensuring their systems operate seamlessly.

Professionally, Brett is driven by the challenge of each project, finding fulfillment in delivering a finished product that exceeds expectations and leaves customers satisfied. He believes that his biggest accomplishment is always the next challenge waiting to be tackled.

Outside of work, Brett’s interests include sports, hiking, and spending time in nature. He’s a passionate supporter of the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Vikings. His favorite quote by Jim Carrey, “You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love,” reflects his belief in pursuing one’s passions fearlessly.

Brett’s commitment to excellence, combined with his diverse interests and dedication to his craft, make him a valuable asset to the Malisko team.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2017

Senior Automation Controls Engineer & Team Lead

Briana Chamberlain

Briana Chamberlain brings a fresh perspective and enthusiasm to Malisko, leveraging her Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Colorado State University. Her education provides her with a solid foundation to understand the intricate processes involved in clients’ plants.

Briana’s journey into the automation field was ignited during her year-long co-op at New Belgium Brewing, where she discovered her passion for designing HMI screens and PLC programming. Her experience in overseeing re-control start-ups and collaborating with brewers to enhance efficiency cemented her interest in automation. Briana finds fulfillment in the dynamic challenges of her role, particularly the opportunity to positively impact various industries through system integration.

Although Briana is new to her professional role at Malisko, her previous experiences have equipped her to solve complex problems that arise in clients’ operations. She is dedicated to exceeding client expectations and adding value to the company through her commitment to continuous learning and growth.

Outside of work, Briana is deeply passionate about education, especially encouraging girls and women to pursue STEM fields. She is an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Briana’s favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,” encapsulates her approach to life and work. In her free time, Briana enjoys water sports, playing corn hole, and traveling. Her adventurous spirit led her to study abroad in Chile, and she aspires to visit every national park in the United States.

With her passion for learning, dedication to excellence, and commitment to service, Briana is poised to make meaningful contributions to Malisko Engineering and the clients they serve.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2017

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Carl Hill

Carl Hill is a seasoned professional in the field of Control Systems Technology, boasting nearly 20 years of experience. His journey began at Ranken Technical College, where he obtained a degree in Control Systems Technology in 2008. Throughout his education, Carl was inspired by passionate teachers who made learning enjoyable, sparking his interest in automation.

In his role at Malisko, Carl finds immense satisfaction in designing solutions tailored to the unique needs of each client. He particularly enjoys the autonomy of being able to create something from scratch based on client requirements, showcasing his expertise in process design and system architecture.

Carl’s professional passion lies in creating designs that elicit a “wow” reaction from clients, demonstrating his commitment to delivering exceptional results. His biggest personal accomplishment is being the first in his family to graduate from college, a testament to his dedication and perseverance.

Outside of work, Carl is deeply passionate about his friends and family, cherishing the time spent with loved ones. His favorite quote, attributed to Hunter S. Thompson, reflects his adventurous spirit and willingness to embrace challenges that ignite his passion.

With a solid foundation in control systems technology and a drive to continuously exceed client expectations, Carl Hill is a valuable asset to the Malisko Engineering team.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2008

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Carlos Rosado

Carlos Rosado is an accomplished professional in the field of control systems technology, bringing nearly two decades of experience to his role at Malisko Engineering. His journey began at Ranken Technical College, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Control Systems Technology. Additionally, he holds certification as an ACP (Automation Control Professional).

Driven by the challenges and rewards of his field, Carlos has dedicated himself to making a difference through his work. At Malisko Engineering, he finds fulfillment in the flexibility and diverse challenges that allow him to continuously sharpen his skills. He takes pride in his ability to offer innovative solutions to clients, drawing on his unique perspective and experience gathered from various environments.

Carlos’s biggest accomplishment includes putting himself through school to graduate with honors and securing his position at Malisko Engineering. This achievement has served as a springboard for personal and professional growth, reflecting his commitment to self-improvement and excellence.

Passionate about personal growth and improvement, Carlos aspires to be the best version of himself in all aspects of life, including professionally, personally, and spiritually. He finds inspiration in the words of Søren Kierkegaard: “Once you label me, you negate me.”

Outside of work, Carlos is a talented musician, proficient in playing bass, guitar, and drums. He has been part of several bands and has performed at numerous shows, showcasing his diverse talents and interests.

With his dedication to excellence, innovative thinking, and passion for growth, Carlos Rosado adds value to the team at Malisko Engineering and continues to make a positive impact in his field.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2008

Senior Automation Controls Engineer & Team Lead

Dan Dennett

Dan Dennett is a skilled professional with over two decades of experience in Control Systems Technology. He earned his Associates Degree in Technology from Ranken Technical College, where he specialized in Control Systems Technology.

His journey into this field began with a captivating demonstration by the CST Instructor at Ranken, sparking his interest in programming and operating entire plants from a computer/PLC. This experience led him to change his major and pursue a career in control systems technology.

For the past 2 decades, Dan has been dedicated to his profession, finding fulfillment in working on various projects and exploring different manufacturing facilities. He prides himself on consistently delivering results for his clients, often meeting tight deadlines and exceeding expectations.

Professionally, Dan is passionate about providing dependable control systems that surpass client expectations. He sees each project as an opportunity to deliver excellence and build lasting relationships with clients.

Outside of work, Dan channels his passion into brewing beer. He enjoys creating recipes and controlling every aspect of the brewing process, from the mash tun to the keg. In fact, he has even automated a brewery in his garage, showcasing his dedication to the craft.

Dan finds inspiration in the words of Hunter S. Thompson: “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” This quote reflects his adventurous spirit and willingness to embrace new experiences.

With his expertise in control systems technology and his passion for brewing beer, Dan brings a unique blend of skills and interests to the Malisko team. His dedication to excellence and commitment to exceeding client expectations make him a valuable asset to the organization.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2005

Vice President

Dan Malyszko

Dan Malyszko, a key figure at Malisko Engineering, brings over nearly three decades of experience and a passion for manufacturing automation to his role. His journey began at Colorado State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, laying the foundation for his career in the industry.

Drawn to the field by the diversity of products and the gratification of seeing clients’ goods on store shelves, Dan has been working in manufacturing automation since 2002. At Malisko, he finds immense satisfaction in the diverse talent and perspectives of his team members. Their collective expertise and collaborative spirit enable them to tackle any challenge with confidence, ensuring client satisfaction and success.

While Dan excels in PLC programming and HMI development, he often finds himself assisting clients with Manufacturing Intelligence and architecting plantwide control and connectivity solutions. His background in production and maintenance supervision equips him with a unique perspective on streamlining processes and turning data into actionable intelligence for clients.

Passionate about establishing Malisko Engineering’s Industrial IT business, Dan is fascinated by the evolving intersection of industrial automation and information technology. He strives to ensure the company remains relevant and continues to deliver value to clients beyond traditional plant floor control.

Outside of work, Dan’s greatest passion lies in his family. As a husband and father, he cherishes every moment spent making memories with his loved ones. When not at work, Dan enjoys graphic design, home brewing German beer, and skiing.

Known for his diverse interests and talents, Dan is also admired for his skill in doing impressions and his knack for winning costume contests, including one memorable victory as Buddy the Elf. With a love for German beer and a college nickname paying homage to the Blues Brothers, Dan brings a unique blend of creativity, expertise, and humor to the Malisko team.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2007

Director of Sales & Business Development

Dirk Disper

With nearly three decades of experience in the food & beverage industry, Dirk Disper has transitioned to the forefront of system integration. As the Director of Sales & Business Development at Malisko, Dirk brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, collaborating closely with clients and engineers to deliver top-notch manufacturing solutions.

A principled and results-driven leader, Dirk is adept at establishing trust with stakeholders, cultivating effective teams, and achieving profitable outcomes. With a background in field sales and national accounts management, Dirk is skilled at navigating complex business landscapes and driving innovation to enhance market execution and customer retention.

Dirk’s success lies in his ability to devise and implement strategies that drive positive change, solve intricate problems, and streamline processes for improved performance. His focus on market execution and customer satisfaction underscores his commitment to delivering tangible results in every endeavor.

Dirk thrives on driving change and bringing structure to chaotic environments. He excels in building, leading, and nurturing teams, fostering a culture of transparency and trust along the way. His ability to connect with people on a personal level enables him to forge strong relationships and drive collaboration toward shared goals.

Driven by a passion for excellence and a commitment to delivering value, Dirk is dedicated to driving growth and success for both Malisko and its clients.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2021

Automation Controls Engineer

Douglas Basler

Meet Douglas Basler, an electrical engineering professional with a passion for automation and controls. Douglas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he discovered his interest in the field of automation during PLC courses.

With a practical work experience primarily at Malisko, Douglas has spent around two years honing his skills in automation and controls. He finds immense satisfaction in the variety of processes he encounters and the diverse collaborations he engages in while working on different systems.

At Malisko, Douglas specializes in delivering solutions involving HMI displays and PLC programming, ranging from troubleshooting to developing new processes. His primary professional passion lies in providing reliable solutions while optimizing resource efficiency.

Douglas’s dedication to professional development is evident in his achievement of Ignition Core certification, which has contributed to expanding Malisko’s development capabilities.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Douglas is deeply interested in emerging technologies and their applications in various industries. He finds inspiration in John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s quote, “The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.”

With a commitment to excellence and a keen interest in emerging technologies, Douglas Basler is a valuable asset to the Malisko team, bringing innovation and efficiency to every project he undertakes.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2020

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Garrett Day

Garrett Day brings a fresh perspective to the team at Malisko since having joined as a Mechanical Engineer. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, with minors in German and Business, Garrett is also an Engineer in Training (EIT), demonstrating his commitment to professional development.

His interest in engineering was sparked by watching “How It’s Made” on the Science Channel, which ignited his curiosity about the inner workings of mechanical systems. Garrett appreciates the supportive team environment and the opportunity to engage in diverse and stimulating work at Malisko.

Passionate about exceeding client expectations, Garrett strives to deliver exceptional results in every project he undertakes. His biggest accomplishment to date is securing a job in his desired industry, reflecting his determination and dedication to his career goals.

Outside of work, Garrett is passionate about staying active and exploring new experiences. He believes in Aristotle’s wisdom that “Quality is not an act, it is a habit,” and he applies this philosophy to both his personal and professional life, striving for excellence in all endeavors.

With his enthusiasm for learning and his commitment to quality, Garrett Day is poised to make valuable contributions to the success of Malisko Engineering and its clients.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2017

Network Security Engineer

Jacob Jiskra

Jacob Jiskra is a seasoned networking professional with nearly 5+ years of experience in the field. His journey into technology was shaped by hands-on courses at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), where his passion for working with technology blossomed.

Having grown up around family members in the field, Jacob developed a natural inclination towards technology and support. This early exposure sparked his interest and set him on the path to his career in networking.

At Malisko, Jacob finds fulfillment in witnessing the growth of projects from inception to completion. His dedication to using his skills and knowledge to help others navigate technology makes him a valuable asset.

Professionally, Jacob is driven by a desire to leverage technology to improve people’s lives. He finds satisfaction in solving problems and providing solutions that empower others to make the most of the technology available to them.

Jacob’s biggest accomplishment lies in his education at CVTC and his subsequent career at Malisko. Outside of work, he’s deeply passionate about his hobbies, including working out, motocross racing, fishing, hunting, and spending quality time with family.

His favorite quote, “Your character, integrity, work ethic, and hard work will bring you more in life than anything else,” by Jason Poston, reflects his values and approach to both personal and professional endeavors.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Jacob’s diverse interests, from traveling to racing motocross, add depth to his character and make him an engaging individual both inside and outside of the workplace.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2020

Automation Controls Engineer

Jason Kampwerth

Jason Kampwerth is a seasoned professional with two decades of experience in the field of electrical engineering. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

His journey into this field was driven by the promise of opportunities it presented. Since then, he has been dedicated to his career, tackling new challenges with each project he takes on.

At Malisko, Jason enjoys the variety of challenges that come with working at different locations. His expertise lies in troubleshooting problems, where he consistently finds solutions to ensure smooth operations for his clients.

Professionally, Jason’s biggest accomplishment is graduating college, which laid the foundation for his successful career in electrical engineering.

Outside of work, Jason’s passions and interests are not specified, but he brings dedication and reliability to his professional endeavors. His commitment to problem-solving and his educational background make him a valuable asset to the Malisko team.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2012

President

Jess Freels

Jess, former Executive Vice President of PREMIER System Integrators, Inc. comes to Malisko with over 20 years of experience with leadership, operations, business development, and succession management. The appointment is a clear reflection of Malisko’s pursuits: ready to take on the future after another strong year of growth and successful customer experiences.

Jess’s extensive experience combines strategic business development, change management, and result-driven leadership to manage and build high-performance teams. As a value-based leader, Jess leads by developing a shared vision and guiding principles, fostering an environment where every team member feels empowered to contribute and excel.

With Jess at the helm of business development, Malisko is poised to continue its trajectory of growth and innovation, further solidifying its reputation as a leader in the industry.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2020

Director of Operations & Lead Engineer – Wisconsin

Jim Gauch

Jim Gauch brings nearly 30 years of expertise in control system technologies to his role at Malisko Engineering. His journey in the field began at Ranken Technical College, where he earned an Associates in Control System Technologies, providing him with a solid foundation for his career.

Driven by the challenges of manufacturing different products using automation, Jim found his passion in ensuring clients’ control systems are efficient and reliable. At Malisko, he enjoys the satisfaction of seeing a project come to fruition and a product meeting specifications. The positive work environment, supportive colleagues, and excellent benefits further enhance his experience at Malisko.

Jim’s professional passion lies in designing robust and professional-looking systems for clients. His biggest accomplishment includes successfully managing a complex, multi-year project for a client, overseeing multiple employees and coordinating with other integrator companies to ensure client standards were met.

On a personal level, James values living a simple life and being kind to others. His favorite quote reflects his belief in the importance of manual craftsmanship, echoing Thomas Jefferson’s sentiment and reinforced by Nick Offerman’s advocacy.

Beyond his professional achievements, Jim is an individual dedicated to integrity, hard work, and kindness, embodying the values that contribute to a strong and supportive work environment at Malisko Engineering.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2000

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

John Brueggeman

John Brueggeman is a dedicated professional with a strong foundation in industrial and technical education. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Ranken Technical College in 2008, John’s education equipped him with the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in the field.

With over two decades of experience under his belt, John’s passion for his work stems from the perfect blend of blue and white-collar aspects that the job offers. His enthusiasm for travel and meeting new people adds an exciting dimension to his role, where each day brings new challenges and opportunities.

At Malisko Engineering, John finds fulfillment in exceeding client expectations and witnessing their satisfaction with the solutions provided. He thrives in high-pressure situations, pushing past obstacles to achieve project goals and deliver results that make a difference.

Personally, John’s passions extend to hockey, hunting, and fishing, reflecting his love for outdoor activities and conservation efforts. He values principles of respect, gratitude, and the pursuit of excellence, which are evident in both his professional and personal life.

John’s favorite quotes, ranging from Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee Nation to Theodore Roosevelt and Voltaire, reflect his admiration for wisdom, courage, and critical thinking. These values guide him in his quest for personal and professional growth, making him a valued member of the Malisko team.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2010

Automation Controls Engineer

John Martin

John Martin is a dedicated professional with a passion for automation engineering, bringing years of experience to his role at Malisko Engineering. His journey in the field began with an Associate’s degree in Electromechanical Technology, which equipped him with the technical expertise necessary for his career.

Driven by a lifelong fascination with manufacturing processes and technology, John was drawn to the field of controls and automation. He saw it as the perfect marriage of his interests, allowing him to delve into the intricacies of how things are made while leveraging his affinity for computers.

At Malisko, John finds fulfillment in the dynamic nature of his work. He thrives on the opportunity to tackle different projects and collaborate with diverse teams, embracing the ever-changing challenges that come his way. His problem-solving skills shine as he delves deep into complex hardware, software, or technology to provide innovative solutions for clients.

Professionally, John is passionate about continuous learning and self-improvement. He dedicates himself to mastering new technologies and techniques to enhance his value to Malisko and its clients. His proudest accomplishment to date is successfully managing four concurrent projects during a client’s plant shutdown, ensuring they were completed on time and with precision.

Outside of work, John is committed to personal growth and improvement, striving to be the best version of himself for his friends and family. He draws inspiration from Dale Carnegie’s words, viewing failures as stepping stones to success and embracing them as opportunities for growth.

With his enthusiasm for learning, problem-solving prowess, and dedication to excellence, John Martin is an invaluable asset to the Malisko Engineering team.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2015

Automation Controls Engineer

Kayla Grogan

Meet Kayla Grogan, a dedicated professional with a passion for making a difference through her work in Chemical Engineering. Kayla holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology, complemented by a minor in Chemistry.

Her journey into the field of system integration was fueled by a fascination with the diverse range of work it entails. In her time at Malisko, Kayla has relished the opportunity to work with a variety of industries and clients, finding fulfillment in the dynamic environment and the supportive, hardworking team at Malisko.

Professionally, Kayla is driven by her desire to help others and implement solutions that enhance efficiency and productivity. She finds inspiration in Vince Lombardi’s words, “It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.”

Beyond her professional pursuits, Kayla is passionate about empowering young girls to explore STEM careers and discover the vast opportunities available to them. Together with her husband, she embarks on adventurous hikes, aiming to conquer all 58 of Colorado’s fourteeners, with their chocolate lab named Moose accompanying them on their outdoor escapades.

With her blend of professional excellence, passion for mentorship, and adventurous spirit, Kayla embodies the values of dedication and compassion, both in her work and personal life.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2021

Systems Designer

Kevin Long

Kevin Long brings over two decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role at Malisko Engineering. His educational background includes an Associates Degree in Applied Electrical Technologies from Vatterott College, where he excelled academically and received several awards for his outstanding performance.

With 20+ years of professional experience in the field, Kevin’s journey began as an electrician, where he honed his skills in electrical control systems installation. His transition to an AutoCAD position allowed him to leverage his expertise in panel designs and advanced troubleshooting.

At Malisko, Kevin appreciates the flexibility to work across various areas of the company, including CAD and on-site client engagements. He finds fulfillment in solving design issues for clients and delivering solutions with minimal errors, ensuring customer satisfaction.

Outside of work, Kevin’s passion lies in seeing his daughter succeed and spending quality time with her and his pets. He also enjoys hunting, reloading ammo, and engaging in electrical projects to help friends.

Kevin’s favorite poem, “The Dash” by Linda Ellis, reflects his philosophy on life and emphasizes the importance of how we live and love during the time between our birth and death dates. This sentiment resonates with Kevin as he strives to make a positive impact both personally and professionally.

With a dedication to excellence and a passion for problem-solving, Kevin Long is an invaluable member of the Malisko team, committed to delivering innovative solutions and exceeding client expectations.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2010

Senior Automation Controls Engineer & Team Lead

Kyle Moore

With over two decades of experience in the field, Kyle Moore brings a wealth of hands-on expertise to his role at Malisko Engineering. Having attended Ranken Technical College, Kyle’s education in electronics theory, PLC/HMI programming, and instrumentation calibration provided him with a strong foundation for his career in electrical design.

Kyle’s journey into the field stemmed from a family connection to electrical work and a desire for hands-on work. While initially pursuing a career as a lineman, Kyle shifted gears to pursue a path that offered a safer yet equally fulfilling opportunity to work with electrons and electrical systems.

At Malisko, Kyle finds joy in the hands-on nature of his work, particularly in electrical design. He is passionate about providing the highest quality work to clients, ensuring that no corners are cut in the pursuit of excellence.

Outside of work, Kyle’s interests include church, family, fitness, and the outdoors. He finds fulfillment in volunteering for various causes and has surprising talents such as personal training and backpacking guiding. Kyle’s adventurous spirit extends to his desire to live off the grid in an isolated mountain cabin, demonstrating his unique blend of passion for both the outdoors and technology.

With a dedication to quality work and a diverse range of interests, Kyle Moore brings a dynamic energy to the team at Malisko Engineering.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2005

Marketing & Communications Leader

Lauren Bostrom

Lauren Bostrom brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role at Malisko Engineering, drawing from nearly 25 years of marketing leadership in diverse industries. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Lauren has consistently demonstrated a keen understanding of marketing principles and strategies.

Throughout her career, Lauren has held various marketing leadership roles, spanning both business-to-consumer and business-to-business sectors. She has led marketing efforts encompassing branding, direct response, web marketing, demand generation, graphic design, and customer relationship management. Her overarching goal is to ensure consistent messaging that drives brand equity and fosters positive experiences for clients.

What sets Malisko apart for Lauren is the opportunity for diverse roles and responsibilities. Embracing the variety that comes with her position, including operations and accounting responsibilities, she finds fulfillment in the dynamic nature of her work, where each day presents new challenges and opportunities.

In her personal life, Lauren’s passion lies in raising her two daughters and her love for volleyball, which she also instills in her children. Beyond her professional and family commitments, Lauren enjoys hands-on activities, harboring a dream job that involves working with her hands.

One of Lauren’s favorite quotes by Elbert Hubbard encapsulates her outlook on challenges and perseverance: “The man who says it cannot be done is generally interrupted by someone else doing it.” She believes in overcoming obstacles and achieving success despite naysayers.

Lauren’s dedication to her work, coupled with her multifaceted talents and commitment to personal and professional growth, make her a valuable asset to the Malisko team.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2016

Automation Controls Engineer

Mark Orr

Mark Orr is a seasoned professional in the field of Control Systems, bringing years of expertise to his role at Malisko. Graduating from a two-year technical college with dual associate degrees in Control System Technologies and Electrical Automation Technologies, Mark’s educational background has provided him with a solid foundation for his career.

Inspired by his father’s work in a similar field, Mark found his passion for control systems early on and has since thrived in the industry. What he enjoys most about his job at Malisko is the opportunity to see projects through from start to finish, witnessing them come to life as a result of his contributions.

Consistently troubleshooting problems on the systems he works with, Mark excels at finding solutions to complex challenges. His professional passion lies in seeing the finished product, knowing the effort and innovative ideas that went into its creation, which fuels his drive for the next project.

One of Mark’s notable accomplishments is his involvement in starting up a new project professionally, while personally, he takes pride in completing a Tough Mudder Marathon in 2016. Outside of work, Mark’s greatest passion lies in his friends and family, cherishing moments spent with them and exploring new experiences together.

A quote by J.K. Rowling resonates deeply with Mark: “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” This philosophy reflects his values of respect and empathy in both personal and professional interactions.

In his leisure time, Mark enjoys embracing new experiences, whether it’s trying new foods, exploring new places, or taking up hobbies like rock climbing with his network of friends. With a zest for life and a commitment to excellence, Mark continues to make valuable contributions to the field of Control Systems at Malisko Engineering.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2011

Director of Human Resources & Administration

Mary Bergjans

Mary Bergjans brings nearly 30 years of experience in human resources and leadership development to her role at Malisko Engineering. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in HR Management, she is well-equipped to shape company culture, support employee growth, and foster high-performing teams.

Her passion for building positive work environments and developing the Malisko team aligns perfectly with the company’s values. Mary finds fulfillment in collaborating with leadership teams to cultivate a culture of employee focus, growth, and development, ultimately leading to high-quality results and customer satisfaction.

At Malisko, Mary consistently solves problems related to employee development and team building, ensuring that the workforce remains skilled and competitive in the system integration market. She is dedicated to maintaining a high level of job satisfaction among all team members, contributing to MEI’s success and positive client experiences.

Beyond her professional achievements, Mary finds joy in raising her two sons and coaching young professionals on professional image and presence. She is known for her ability to get along with anyone and her passion for fostering pets, making her a well-rounded and engaging member of the community.

With her extensive experience, dedication to employee development, and commitment to fostering positive work cultures, Mary Bergjans plays a crucial role in shaping the success and growth of Malisko Engineering.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2016

Director of Mentorship & Lead Engineer

Matt Scott

With a solid educational background from Ranken Technical College, where he earned an Associates Degree, Matt Scott has established himself as a skilled professional in the field of control systems technology. His education provided him with a strong foundation in PLCs, HMIs, networks, and process design, laying the groundwork for his successful career.

Driven by a deep interest in technology and a lifelong curiosity about how things work, Matt was naturally drawn to the field of automation. Over the past 20+ years, he has honed his expertise and embraced the rich opportunities this dynamic field offers, feeling that it is future-proof and aligned with his passions.

As the Director of the Mentorship Program at Malisko Engineering, Matt plays a crucial role in fostering learning opportunities and ensuring that the company maintains its distinctive culture. He takes pride in safeguarding the qualities of Malisko’s identity that set it apart as both a service provider and an employer.

In his professional endeavors, Matt consistently aims to make his clients’ lives easier by delivering exceptional service and instilling confidence in the value they receive. His primary focus is on providing efficient, reliable control systems that meet and exceed client expectations.

Outside of work, Matt’s passions extend to his family and music, finding fulfillment in spending time with loved ones and engaging in musical pursuits. His favorite quote, by Robert Frost, reflects his philosophy on life and his belief in resilience and perseverance.

With a commitment to excellence and a dedication to both personal and professional growth, Matt Scott is a valuable asset to the Malisko Engineering team.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2004

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Nancy Lange

Nancy Lange, co-founder of Malisko Engineering, has been instrumental in shaping the company’s trajectory over the past two decades. With a Bachelor of Science from Drury University and ongoing MBA studies at Lindenwood University, Nancy’s educational background has been pivotal in her role as a leader in managing a profitable small business.

Drawing from her extensive experience in banking, insurance, and underwriting sales, Nancy’s diverse career background uniquely positions her as a driving force behind Malisko Engineering’s success. As a co-founder, she has played a vital role in establishing the company’s reputation as a reliable and trusted System Integrator.

Throughout her tenure at Malisko, Nancy’s passion for maintaining a profitable company with a sterling reputation has remained unwavering. She has overseen the company’s financial direction, implemented competitive benefits and profit-sharing programs for employees, and supported the development of administrative staffing needs.

Beyond her professional achievements, Nancy is an avid adventurer who enjoys embracing life’s experiences to the fullest. Whether she’s engaging in athletic pursuits like biking, hiking, skiing, golfing, or running, or embarking on new travel adventures, Nancy’s zest for life is evident in all she does. Her commitment to excellence, paired with her dedication to her employees and clients, continues to make her a driving force in the success of Malisko Engineering.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:1994

Automation Controls Engineer

Shreyas Bhandare

Shreyas Bhandare is a skilled professional with a background in Chemical Engineering, holding degrees from the University of Pune, India, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. His commitment to excellence in his field is evident through his ISA CAP Associate Recognition earned in July 2020.

Driven by a fascination with Process Control and Automation, Shreyas discovered his passion during a multi-disciplinary course called “Plant-wide Process Control” during grad school. This realization led him to pursue a career where he could leverage his chemical engineering expertise to design and implement controls effectively.

With four years of experience in the field, Shreyas finds joy in the diversity and challenges of each project he encounters. His role in providing Process Control support for a Pulp and Paper mill and troubleshooting DCS-related issues underscores his problem-solving skills and dedication to client satisfaction.

Professionally, Shreyas is passionate about continuous learning and collaboration. He sees every project as an opportunity to enhance his skills and contribute to successful outcomes. His biggest accomplishment to date is the successful completion of a DCS migration project in just six weeks.

Outside of work, Shreyas enjoys exploring new places, trying new experiences, and cherishing time with family. His favorite quote by Albert Einstein, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning,” reflects his thirst for knowledge and curiosity about the world.

As an ISA member, Shreyas is committed to staying connected with his professional community. Additionally, he surprises others with his exceptional handwriting and maintains a personal collection of international stamps and coins, showcasing his diverse interests and passions.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2020

Director of Integration

Steve Hutchens

Steve Hutchens is a seasoned professional in the field of control system technology, bringing over two decades of experience to his role at Malisko Engineering. He holds an associate degree in Control System Technology, laying the foundation for his successful career.

Steve’s interest in this field was sparked during his education, and he was drawn to its ever-changing nature. At Malisko, he finds fulfillment in helping the team succeed and supporting individuals in achieving their goals. The collaborative atmosphere and collective effort towards success make his work meaningful and rewarding.

One of Steve’s key strengths lies in solving complex problems for clients. He recognizes that clients often overlook simple solutions to big problems in complex systems. By slowing down and focusing on individual situations, he helps uncover effective solutions.

Professionally, Steve is passionate about assisting clients and supporting his team in achieving success. His dedication and leadership have led to his appointment as a Director at Malisko, where he continues to guide his team towards excellence.

Outside of work, Steve prioritizes his family and enjoys spending time with them. He finds inspiration in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.”

Steve’s interests extend beyond his professional life. He is an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoys coaching baseball, and loves traveling. His work has taken him to Denmark, Mexico, Germany, and Italy, while personal trips have led him to destinations like Colorado, Destin, and Gatlinburg.

Known as “Hutch” among colleagues, Steve is a dedicated professional with a passion for helping others succeed. His diverse interests and leadership qualities make him a valuable asset to the Malisko team.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2002

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Malyszko

Steve Malyszko, co-founder of Malisko Engineering, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the field of manufacturing. With a solid educational foundation from Colorado State University, where he earned his BSEE with honors in 1975 followed by an MSEE in 1977, Steve has dedicated nearly five decades to the industry.

His fascination with manufacturing sparked his interest in pursuing a career in the field, leading to a remarkable journey over several decades. At Malisko Engineering, Steve finds fulfillment in witnessing tangible results from his work, particularly in addressing challenges related to quality, efficiency, and safety for clients.

Steve’s professional passion lies in providing top-notch solutions that align with clients’ objectives. His dedication to this goal has been reflected in the steady growth and success of Malisko Engineering. One of his proudest accomplishments is the consistent delivery of high-quality deliverables, enabling clients to achieve their goals and objectives effectively.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Steve is deeply passionate about helping others achieve their professional and personal goals. He believes in the principle of achieving success by assisting others in reaching theirs, a philosophy he holds dear.

Steve’s dedication and contributions to the field have been recognized through various awards and honors, including the 2011 CSU College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award. As a Registered Professional Engineer in multiple states and a member of several professional organizations, including NSPE, MSPE, ISPE, and NFPA, Steve continues to make significant contributions to the industry.

In his personal life, Steve’s humility and commitment to helping others shine through. He finds fulfillment in volunteer work aimed at assisting those less fortunate. Known for his strong work ethic, professionalism, ethics, and attention to detail, Steve is a reliable and respected figure in both his professional and personal spheres.

Despite his numerous accomplishments, Steve remains grounded and values simplicity. He prioritizes people’s well-being and happiness above all else, embodying a genuine and caring spirit that makes him truly unique.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:1994

Senior Director of Engineering

Steve Schneebeli

With over three decades of experience in the field, Steve Schneebeli brings a wealth of expertise and a strong commitment to delivering quality solutions to his role at Malisko Engineering. His journey began at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, honing his problem-solving skills and laying the foundation for his career.

Steve was drawn to the field by the diverse and challenging projects it offers, finding satisfaction in seeing how his work positively impacts others. Over his many years in the industry, he has consistently excelled in solving complex controls and batching strategy problems, as well as designing robust system architectures.

At Malisko, Steve particularly values the company culture and teamwork, which foster an environment of collaboration and mutual support. He is passionate about delivering high-quality products to clients, ensuring that their needs are met with excellence.

Outside of work, Steve’s greatest passion lies in his family, whom he cherishes dearly. While he may not have a favorite quote, his dedication to his profession is evident through his membership in IEEE since college, demonstrating his commitment to professional development and networking.

As one of Malisko’s earliest employees, Steve has played an integral role in the company’s growth and success. His dedication, expertise, and passion make him an invaluable member of the team, dedicated to exceeding client expectations and driving innovation in the field of engineering.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:1997

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Tavo Diaz-Granados

Tavo Diaz-Granados is a seasoned professional in the field of electrical engineering, nearly three decades of experience. With a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis, Tavo’s educational background has provided him with a solid foundation for his career.

Tavo’s journey into the field began serendipitously when he landed a job with a local Intellution representative in 1994. Since then, he has been immersed in various aspects of the field, working with PLCs, RDBs, HMIs, and various programming languages. His passion for efficiency, quality, and teamwork is evident in his approach to his work.

One of Tavo’s greatest accomplishments is raising his son, highlighting his dedication to his family and personal values. Professionally, he is committed to continuous learning and improvement, evident from his extensive list of certifications and memberships in organizations like the Engineer’s Club of St. Louis.

In his free time, Tavo indulges his creative side through hobbies like Maker Electronics, particularly Arduino projects. He is also known as “The Tavologist” among his peers, reflecting his unique perspective and expertise in his field. Tavo’s eclectic taste in music, ranging from Reggae to R&B, Rock & Roll, and Ragtime, showcases his diverse interests and vibrant personality.

With a wealth of experience, a passion for excellence, and a creative spirit, Tavo Diaz-Granados adds depth and expertise to the team at Malisko Engineering.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2000

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Tim Garnett

Tim Garnett is an experienced professional with a background in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. With nearly two decades in the field, Tim’s passion for engineering extends beyond his professional life into his personal endeavors.

Driven by his innate engineering inclination, Tim finds joy in problem-solving and designing processes that are intuitive for users and easy to maintain. At Malisko, he relishes the opportunity to contribute significantly to the development of new processes and systems, from inception to implementation.

Tim’s biggest professional accomplishment lies in his work on flexible batch systems for infant formula and nutritional drinks, demonstrating his ability to tackle complex challenges and deliver innovative solutions.

Outside of work, Tim’s passion for music is evident, particularly his talent as a drummer. He also values his role as a father and enjoys spending quality time with his family. Additionally, he finds fulfillment in volunteering to support children from challenging family backgrounds.

With a knack for guessing the time accurately without looking at a clock, Tim brings a unique blend of engineering expertise, creativity, and compassion to his work and personal life, making him an invaluable member of the Malisko team.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2007

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Thaddeus Anson

Thaddeus Anson is a seasoned professional in the field of industrial process control systems, bringing over a decade of experience to his role at Malisko Engineering. His journey began with a master’s degree in Dynamics and advanced control theory, which laid the foundation for his career path.

Initially drawn to the field by his passion for creating systems to control machinery, Thaddeus found his niche working with custom robotic machinery at an OEM. This experience exposed him to industrial controls, ultimately leading him to Malisko Engineering, where he specializes in designing novel solutions for controlling processes according to client specifications.

At Malisko, Thaddeus thrives in the collaborative and dynamic atmosphere of the small company. He enjoys the constant learning and problem-solving inherent in the industry, as well as the camaraderie among colleagues who are always eager to share ideas and expertise.

Professionally, Thaddeus is passionate about staying abreast of industry advancements and applying his skills to develop cutting-edge solutions for clients. His dedication to ongoing learning is exemplified by his commitment to completing his master’s degree, which he considers one of his proudest accomplishments.

Outside of work, Thaddeus devotes his time to his family, consisting of two boys and a beloved dog. He relishes opportunities to escape to the mountains for hiking, fishing, and mountain biking whenever possible, cherishing the tranquility and beauty of nature.

Thaddeus finds inspiration in Henry Ford’s words: “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing,” embodying the value of continuous growth and learning from experiences.

With his expertise, passion for innovation, and commitment to personal and professional development, Thaddeus Anson is an invaluable asset to the Malisko Engineering team.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2012

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Tom Lee

Tom Lee is an accomplished professional with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). His education laid the foundation for his career in automation, where he has been thriving for over a decade.

His journey into the field began when he worked on a water purification project and discovered his passion for automation with PLC. This experience ignited his interest, leading him to pursue a career in the field.

At Malisko, Tom finds fulfillment in the diversity of technologies and processes he works with. He excels at solving problems for clients, particularly in retrieving and sending data to and from databases, and resolving issues with thin clients.

Passionate about continuous learning, Tom is dedicated to expanding his knowledge and honing his skills in new technologies. His proudest accomplishment is being the first in his immediate family to graduate from college, a testament to his hard work and determination.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Tom is deeply passionate about US politics and enjoys staying informed about current events. He values community involvement and finds joy in meeting new people, making him an engaging and dynamic member of the team.

With his expertise, dedication to learning, and commitment to excellence, Tom Lee is an invaluable asset to the Malisko Engineering team.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2014

Senior Network Security Engineer & Team Lead

Corey Schoff

Meet Corey Schoff, an experienced IT networking professional with a passion for leveraging technology to drive business success. Corey earned his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management from UW-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin, where he also minored in Project Management. He further solidified his expertise by obtaining a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification.

Corey’s fascination with networking and technology stems from his belief in their transformative power to enhance business operations. With many years of experience in IT networking, Corey brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role at Malisko.

At Malisko, Corey finds fulfillment in working with people and bridging the gap between IT and OT systems to meet the unique needs of each client. His dedication to ensuring the seamless integration of technology aligns with the company’s mission of providing innovative solutions that drive business growth.

Professionally, Corey is passionate about helping clients recognize the strategic value of IT and networking beyond mere infrastructure. He emphasizes the importance of security in an increasingly interconnected world, striving to implement robust security measures to safeguard business operations.

One of Corey’s proudest achievements is successfully leading a project to overhaul a critical water utility network, enhancing its reliability and uptime while minimizing disruption to business operations. His commitment to excellence and attention to detail were instrumental in the project’s success.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Corey is a multifaceted individual with diverse interests. He cherishes spending quality time with family and friends, exploring new culinary experiences, and traveling to exotic destinations. An avid downhill skier, Corey frequents Crested Butte in Colorado to indulge in his passion for the slopes. Additionally, he is actively pursuing his private pilot’s license and volunteers his expertise as a sound technician at local community theater productions.

With his broad skill set, adventurous spirit, and commitment to excellence, Corey Schoff is a valuable asset to the Malisko team, bringing innovation and strategic vision to every project he undertakes.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2021

Automation Controls Engineer

Jake Bottari

Introducing Jake Bottari, an innovative Electrical Engineer with a passion for automation and cutting-edge technology. Jake holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University, where he also minored in Industrial Robotics. During his time at Purdue, Jake obtained a master certification in Microsoft Office and earned two Fanuc robotics certificates, showcasing his dedication to continuous learning and skill development.

Jake’s journey into the field of controls engineering was inspired by a college professor who introduced him to the diverse and dynamic nature of the profession. Fueling his passion further was the TV show “How It’s Made,” which ignited his curiosity about the intricacies of manufacturing processes.

After three years of experience in the field, including internships with NIPSCO and Toyota Material Handling Heavy Duty, Jake joined Malisko and has honed his expertise in controls engineering. His proficiency in screen design and system visualization has enabled him to excel in providing innovative solutions to clients.

At Malisko, Jake is driven by the variety of projects and the opportunity for continuous learning. He thrives on the rapid progression of technologies and manufacturing processes, particularly the integration of virtual reality into factory design.

Outside of work, Jake’s passion for automation extends to his personal life, where he envisions a future where everything, from household chores to transportation, is automated. His adventurous spirit is evident in his favorite quote from Dylan Thomas and his aspiration to explore space, fueled by his love for the unknown.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jake is an avid collector of movie tickets and boasts an impressive collection of over 200 tickets from every movie he’s seen. With his innovative mindset and adventurous spirit, Jake brings a unique perspective to the team at Malisko.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2022

Automation Solutions Consultant

Jared Hines

Meet Jared Hines, a dedicated professional with a passion for bridging the gap between mechanical and electrical systems. Jared holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Ole Miss, where he honed his skills and expertise in the field.

Driven by a desire to expand his knowledge base and integrate various disciplines, Jared embarked on a journey to become a one-stop shop of knowledge for his customers and colleagues. His dedication to excellence is evident in his track record of successfully solving mechanical and electrical bugs in systems, showcasing his commitment to delivering top-notch solutions.

At Malisko, Jared is excited to continue his professional journey, surrounded by a welcoming and supportive team. His biggest accomplishment to date includes solo managing a multi-million-dollar project for the DOD, demonstrating his ability to excel under pressure and deliver results.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Jared finds fulfillment in being a good son, brother, and friend, valuing the connections he has made along the way. He draws inspiration from Tyler Durden’s words in Fight Club, reminding us that we are more than our possessions or titles.

With his diverse skill set, dedication to lifelong learning, and commitment to excellence, Jared brings a dynamic energy to the team at Malisko, poised to make a significant impact in the field of engineering.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2022

Network Security Engineer

Lee Kottke

Meet Lee Kottke, a dedicated professional with a passion for cybersecurity and networking. Lee holds a degree in Computer Networking and Information Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he was part of a research team developing a zero-trust, defense-in-depth Smart Manufacturing network sponsored by the Department of Defense.

Driven by a lifelong love for computers and networking, Lee was drawn to the challenges and puzzles presented by cybersecurity. He brings with him experience as a lab assistant and manager for networking labs at UW-Stout, showcasing his commitment to the field.

At Malisko, Lee is enthusiastic about the company culture and environment, feeling welcomed and part of the team from day one. His passion lies in cybersecurity and IIoT devices, where he aims to become a one-stop shop of knowledge for his customers and colleagues.

Outside of work, Lee finds joy in woodworking, particularly cabinetry, and draws inspiration from his time as an Eagle Scout, valuing the lessons learned through the Boy Scouts of America. His favorite quote, by Robert Baden-Powell, reflects his dedication to spreading happiness and making a positive impact on others’ lives.

With his blend of technical expertise, passion for cybersecurity, and commitment to personal growth, Lee brings a dynamic energy to the team at Malisko, poised to make significant contributions in the field of network security.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2022

Internal IT Support Specialist

Greg Hamler

Introducing Greg Hamler, a seasoned IT professional with a passion for technology and helping others. Greg’s educational journey began with an Associate degree in IT-Network Specialist from Chippewa Valley Technical College, followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Information Communication Technology from UW-Stout.

His interest in computers sparked during high school, where he delved into hands-on experience building and troubleshooting systems. Over his 11-year career in IT, Greg has honed his skills and expertise, previously supporting manufacturing environments and now embarking on a new chapter at Malisko.

At Malisko, Greg is excited to learn and grow alongside the team, relishing the opportunity to provide support and assistance to his colleagues. His passion for helping and teaching others shines through, as he looks forward to sharing his knowledge and expertise with the Malisko team.

Outside of work, Greg is an avid tennis player and cyclist, finding joy in both training and competing. He’s also a fan of Electronic Dance Music, having attended EDC Las Vegas four times and enjoying concerts featuring his favorite DJs. An unexpected talent of Greg’s? He used to breakdance in high school and college, adding a unique dimension to his interests and hobbies.

With his blend of technical prowess, dedication to learning, and diverse array of interests, Greg brings a dynamic energy to both his professional and personal pursuits.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2022

Automation Controls Engineer

Seger Petersen

Meet Seger Petersen, an adept professional in Electrical Engineering Technology, specializing in troubleshooting and integrating systems seamlessly. Armed with an Associate degree from Madison Area Technical College, Seger brings years of expertise to his role at Malisko.

Seger’s journey into this field was driven by a love for the challenges inherent in troubleshooting and integrating smaller systems into larger, cohesive units. He thrives on the diversity of projects, relishing the opportunity to tackle unique problems and continually grow his skill set.

At Malisko, Seger finds joy in the camaraderie of his colleagues, valuing the collaborative spirit that drives the team forward. His knack for troubleshooting extends to solving issues with graphics or logic, ensuring that client systems operate smoothly and efficiently.

Professionally, Seger is passionate about being challenged and expanding his skill set, all while interacting with field personnel. Among his proudest accomplishments are his personal milestones, including relocating to Denver, purchasing a home, and tying the knot with his partner.

Outside of work, Seger’s passions lie in spending quality time with his wife and their beloved pets. He also dedicates his time to fostering dogs through Animal Rescue of the Rockies and enjoys outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and fishing with his family.

Inspired by Babe Ruth’s timeless words, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game,” Seger embraces life with courage and determination. His diverse skill set extends beyond the professional realm, as he excels in mathematics and finds solace in riding and restoring his 1982 Honda Nighthawk 750 motorcycle.

With his blend of professional expertise, personal passions, and adventurous spirit, Seger brings a unique and dynamic energy to both his work and his hobbies.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2022

Automation Solutions Consultant

Emily Pagel

Meet Emily Pagel, a dedicated professional in Industrial Manufacturing and Systems Engineering, driven by a passion for pushing the boundaries of industrial manufacturing to new heights. With a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri, Emily specializes in optimizing manufacturing processes and systems to deliver superior products and services to consumers.

Emily’s journey into this field was motivated by a desire to revolutionize industrial manufacturing, striving for excellence in quality and efficiency. Over the course of her time at Malisko, she has thrived on the collaborative environment, working across the organization to deliver innovative system solutions to their valued customers.

Her expertise lies in providing tailored system solutions that not only enhance equipment efficiency but also drive increased throughput, empowering clients to achieve their production goals effectively. Emily’s professional passion extends to fostering connections among individuals with diverse perspectives, united by a common goal.

Among her notable achievements are published research papers exploring the future of IoT devices in both home and workplace environments, showcasing her commitment to staying at the forefront of technological advancements. Outside of work, Emily finds fulfillment in continuous personal growth through intentional learning and self-reflection.

A favorite quote by Billy Joel, “You can’t be everything you want to be before your time,” serves as a reminder of the importance of patience and perseverance in pursuing one’s goals. Emily’s talents extend beyond the professional realm, as she surprises others with her prowess in singing and dancing.

One of the things that make Emily truly interesting is her pet leopard gecko, Frankie, whose spunky and chaotic nature adds a touch of excitement to her life. With her blend of professional expertise, passion for growth, and unexpected talents, Emily is an invaluable asset to both her team and her community.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2022

Automation Controls Engineer

Patrick Farmer

Meet Patrick Farmer, a skilled Electrical Engineer with a passion for crafting intuitive control systems. With a Bachelor’s degree from Missouri S&T, specializing in industrial controls, Patrick has spent the last four years honing his expertise in PLC coding and control system design.

His journey into this field began during his undergraduate years, where his fascination with PLC coding ignited. A pivotal internship at Hallmark solidified his interest as he collaborated on coding a section of a conveyor system, which he helped design alongside fellow interns.

What Patrick relishes most about his role at Malisko is shepherding projects from conception to fruition, relishing the challenge of troubleshooting and problem-solving in the field. His dedication shines through in his commitment to creating control systems that are not just functional but easy to read and maintain.

Patrick’s professional passion extends to aiding clients and coworkers alike, leveraging his expertise to simplify tasks and enhance efficiency. One of his standout achievements includes seamlessly integrating a Yaskawa Motoman robot with minimal prior robotics experience, showcasing his adaptability and skill.

Beyond the workplace, Patrick finds joy in various pursuits, from delving into the intricacies of Japanese language and culture to engaging in spirited games of chess with his older brother. He’s equally at home hiking through nature trails, losing himself in a good book, or serenading with his saxophone.

With a favorite quote by Stephen R. Covey serving as his guiding principle, Patrick embodies the essence of lifelong learning and proactive action. His eclectic blend of interests and unwavering dedication makes him an invaluable asset, both personally and professionally.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2024

Project Accountant

Kentral Brown

Meet Kentral Brown, a dynamic professional with a passion for numbers, problem-solving, and helping others thrive. Armed with a BS in Accounting from Chicago State University, an MBA with an emphasis in Project Management from Webster University, and a DoD Financial Management Certificate, Kentral brings over a decade of expertise to his role.

His journey into accounting was fueled by a love for numbers and a dream of ascending to the heights of corporate leadership. At Malisko, Kentral finds fulfillment in collaborating with colleagues and tackling complex challenges head-on.

With a keen eye for detail and a knack for thinking outside the box, Kentral consistently navigates accounting issues that could impact project funding, alongside technical hurdles beyond their control. His dedication to professionalism extends beyond numbers, as he prioritizes providing top-notch accounting services and dressing the part.

Among his proudest achievements are his academic accomplishments, embodying his commitment to lifelong learning and growth. Personally, Kentral thrives on being a supportive listener and offering sound advice, all while effortlessly crunching numbers in his head.

Outside the office, Kentral is a force to be reckoned with, whether he’s coaching youth sports, imparting financial literacy, or staying abreast of global trends. A dedicated family man, he cherishes spending quality time with his wife and two boys, drawing inspiration from role models like LeBron James for their prowess on and off the court.

Kentral’s blend of ambition, resourcefulness, and compassion make him an invaluable asset, both professionally and personally. With a favorite quote from Mahatma Gandhi as his guiding principle, he exemplifies the change he wishes to see in the world.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2024

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Ryan Benzschawel

Introducing Ryan Benzschawel, a seasoned professional in Electrical and Controls Automation, with over a decade of experience under his belt. Ryan’s journey into this field began with a fascination for automation during high school, sparked by a captivating tour of a college with cutting-edge robotic setups. From that moment, he knew his calling lay in the automation industry.

Armed with an Associate Degree in Electromechanical Technology from CVTC and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from UW Stout, Ryan has dedicated himself to advancing technology and enhancing efficiency through electrical and controls design and development.

At Malisko, Ryan finds joy in the diversity of projects, relishing the unique challenges each one brings, from varying timelines to different software and hardware requirements. His passion for continuous learning drives him to stay abreast of the latest technological advancements, ensuring he remains at the forefront of his field.

One of Ryan’s proudest accomplishments is earning his engineering degree while juggling full-time work and starting a family, showcasing his determination and dedication to personal and professional growth.

Outside of work, Ryan finds solace in the great outdoors, enjoying camping, hiking, kayaking, and quality time with his family. He draws inspiration from Albert Einstein’s words, “Scientists investigate that which already is; engineers create that which has never been,” embodying the spirit of innovation and creativity in his work.

In his downtime, Ryan indulges his culinary curiosity, experimenting with recipes and cooking techniques. Despite his proficiency in electrical and controls automation, he humorously admits to one surprising skill – his knack for forgetting people’s names.

Ryan’s multifaceted interests, commitment to excellence, and thirst for knowledge make him an invaluable asset, both professionally and personally.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2023

Accounting Manager

Laronda Steward

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2023

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Eau Claire, WI 54701

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