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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 20 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

Dan Dennett

Vice President

Dan Malyszko

Director of Sales & Business Development

Dirk Disper

Automation Controls Engineer

Doug 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

IoT Solution Architect

Levi Iiams

Director of Human Resources & Administration

Mary Bergjans

Director of Mentorship & Lead Engineer

Matt Scott

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Nancy Lange

Director of Finance

Paul Mortensen

Operations

Ryan Malyszko

Automation Controls Engineer

Shreyas Bhandare

Director of Integration

Steve Hutchens

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Malyszko

Director of IT & 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

Corey Schoff

Automation Solutions Consultant

Dave Horn

Automation Controls Engineer

Jake Bottari

Network Security Engineer

Lee Kottke

Internal IT Support Specialist

Greg Hamler

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Ben Meise

Growing up watching the TV show “How It’s Made”, Ben developed an interest in automation. After graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering, Ben jumped right in to a career in process control and automation. Passionate about elegant and easy-to-read code and developing screens that address client’s everyday issues, he enjoys each unique project and system he works on.

What He Likes About Malisko
“I like the variety of projects I get to work on with Malisko. Every plant/client does automation differently, and I enjoy diving into each project. I’ve really enjoyed working on mixer startups. One day I’m on-site troubleshooting issues, the next I’m in the office developing screens.”

Favorite Quote
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

Personal Passion
Developing meaningful relationships and being as reliable as possible.

Interesting Fact
He’s an avid disc golfer. He tries to play 2 or 3 rounds a week solo, a weekly league match, and a few tournaments throughout the year. Every time he travels, he brings his discs and tries to play a new course.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2016

Automation Controls Engineer

Brett Mahanna

Growing up, the show How It’s Made helped to grow Brett’s curiosity about how different things happen in facilities to produce the things we use everyday. He knew he wanted to be a part of that process. So Brett pursued his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, then took a position at Malisko upon graduation. Since joining Malisko, Brett has found he enjoys tackling the different challenges that each job has and leaving a finished site with a working finished product and a happy customer.

What He Likes About Malisko
“I like the variety of different process applications that Malisko handles. You can do and see a little bit of everything and being part of the “behind the scene” is a great feeling.”

Favorite Quote
“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” – Jim Carrey

Personal Passion
Sports (especially the Blues and the Vikings!), nature, hiking and playing games in my free time.

Biggest Accomplishment
The biggest accomplishment is always the next one.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2017

Senior Automation Controls Engineer & Team Lead

Briana Chamberlain

After graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Briana knew automation was the right career path for her. She also has a minor in Spanish. While still in school, Briana was able to design HMI screen and work on PLC programming for a nationally known micro-brewery as well work on the Colorado State University Brewery project. Since graduating, she enjoys working with clients to develop screens and programming that allow them to work more efficiently and with fewer frustrations. The variety of projects and the industries in which she’s working makes every day exciting. Briana is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

What She Likes About Malisko
“Being a systems engineer is pretty awesome because we directly contribute to the ‘magic’ behind an entire processing plant. My favorite aspect of the automation industry is the ever changing challenges. I love working for Malisko because they are a company whose passion is evident in all they do and the opportunities they provide are endless. From the variety of manufacturing industries they serve, to the personal and professional growth they support, Malisko’s commitment to their clients and employees is outstanding.”

Favorite Quote
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Personal Passion
She is passionate about getting young girls and women interested in the STEM field.

Surprisingly Good At
Water sports and corn hole.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2017

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Carl Hill

With 10+ years working in automation, Carl still works every day to design a system that will make a client say “wow”. After graduating from Ranken Technical College with a degree in Control Systems Technology, Carl went straight in to working with PLCs, HMIs, Industrial Networks and process design. He enjoys learning each client’s unique needs and designing a system to meet those needs.

What He Likes About Malisko
“My time at Malisko Engineering has been nothing but fantastic. It has afforded me opportunities I would have never imagined. I really enjoy the opportunity to design something completely on my own based on the needs of the client.”

Favorite Quote
“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.” – Hunter S. Thompson

Personal Passion
Friends and family.

Biggest Accomplishment
Being the first in his family to graduate from college.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2008

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Carlos Rosado

Since graduating Cum Laude from Ranken Technical College, Carlos has spent nearly 10 years in the role of “experienced outsider” to present unique, yet smart solutions to address client’s needs. He appreciates tackling challenging problems and coming up with solutions that may be thought of as “outside the box”.

What He Likes About Malisko
“I enjoy the opportunity for personal and professional development that Malisko brings to my career as well as my family life. The flexible and relaxed environment allows me to develop my potential. As the world becomes more automated, I want to be on the forefront of leading technologies. Malisko provides the conduit for me to do exactly that.”

Favorite Quote
“Once you label me, you negate me.” – Søren Kierkegaard

Hobbies
Plays bass, guitar, and drums.

Biggest Accomplishment
Graduating college and beginning his career at Malisko Engineering.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2008

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Dan Dennett

Dan immediately changed his major the day he witnessed a demo from the Computer Systems Technology Instructor at Ranken Technical College. The concept of programming and running an entire plant from a computer/PLC motivated him to complete his Associates Degree in Technology. Now with over 12 years working with control systems, Dan continues to enjoy the variety of projects and industries he works with. His goal is to exceed every client’s expectations with a dependable control system that meets their precise needs.

What He Likes About Malisko
“Working at Malisko has allowed me to work on different projects at different manufacturing facilities. I enjoy the variety as it breaks up the monotony of being stuck in an office and allows me to see various parts of the country.”

Favorite Quote
“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

Personal Passion
Brewing Beer.

Biggest Accomplishment
The automated brewery in his garage.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2005

Vice President

Dan Malyszko

After graduating from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Dan chose to work in manufacturing automation because of his fascination with helping make everyday products for the greater good. Dan enjoys assembling and working with diverse project teams who work together to make a positive, lasting impact for each client. Dan is also passionate about delivering value to clients beyond plant floor control, specifically with Industrial IT and helping clients address their Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) initiatives. Dan currently is a member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas, The Brewers Association, and is a member on the Colorado State University Industry Advisory Board for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Health and Human Sciences – Fermentation Science.

What He Likes About Malisko
“The diversity of talent and unique perspectives our team members bring. When we assemble a project team, I’m not only impressed by our technical depth, but also the level of experience our people have. We have people who have worked in production, have run IT departments, have supervised maintenance technicians, not to mention all of the complex systems they all have delivered over the years. Having confidence in our team for me personally makes the job very satisfying.”

Favorite Quote
“Make haste slowly” – Emperor Augustus

Personal Passion
His family. He is a new husband and father, and looks forward every day to making new memories with his wife and kids.

Surprisingly Good At
Impressions

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2007

Director of Sales & Business Development

Dirk Disper

After nearly 30 years of working for food & beverage manufacturers, Dirk made the jump to the system integrator side. As Director of Sales & Business Development at Malisko, Dirk works closely with clients and engineers to deliver first-class manufacturing solutions.

What He Likes About Malisko
“TBD”

Favorite Quote
“TBD” – TBD

Personal Passion
TBD

Biggest Accomplishment
TBD

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2021

Automation Controls Engineer

Doug Basler

After taking PLC courses at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Doug found the field of automation and controls to be very engaging and rewarding. After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, Doug joined Malisko first as an Intern then as a full-time employee. Doug strives to provide reliable solutions while also being efficient with resources to clients. He primarily delivers solutions involving HMI displays and design, as well as PLC programming ranging from troubleshooting to new process development.

What He Likes About Malisko
“I enjoy the variety of processes that I am able to witness and work on, as well as the wide variety of people that I collaborate with while working on these various systems.”

Favorite Quote
“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well.” -John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Personal Passion
Emerging technology and its application in industry.

Biggest Accomplishment
Obtaining Ignition Core certification.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2020

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Garrett Day

As a fan of the TV Show “How It’s Made”, Garrett pursued a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University. He also minored in Business and German. His main goal when working on projects is to exceed client expectations.

What He Likes About Malisko
“I really appreciate and like the great team atmosphere at Malisko. Plus interesting work keeps my days enjoyable.”

Favorite Quote
“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” – Aristotle

Personal Passion
Staying active and trying new things.

Biggest Accomplishment
Getting a job in the industry he was hoping for.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2017

Network Security Engineer

Jacob Jiskra

Growing up with family members that worked in technology and support, Jacob knew networking was what he wanted to do for a career. His education from Chippewa Valley Technical College provided him with many hands-on courses that only increased his desire to work with technology as a career. Now as an IT support specialist at Malisko, Jacob is passionate about using his skills and knowledge to help people use the technology Malisko offers.

What He Likes About Malisko
“I enjoy being able to see projects grow.”

Favorite Quote
“Your Character, integrity, work ethic and hard work will bring you more in life than anything else.” -Jason Poston

Personal Passion
Working out, riding motocross, fishing, hunting, and being with family.

Surprisingly Good At
Pool.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2020

Automation Controls Engineer

Jason Kampwerth

After graduating from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Jason has spent 12+ years thriving as a team player with the number one goal being making the customer happy. He enjoys the challenges that come with the variety of projects and industries he works with.

What He Likes About Malisko
“I enjoy working in the controls industry because every project has a new set of challenges. This allows me to learn new skills so that I am always learning something new.”

Biggest Accomplishment
Graduating college.

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.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2020

Director of Operations & Lead Engineer – Wisconsin

Jim Gauch

After receiving his Associates Degree in Control System Technologies from Ranken Technical College, Jim dove straight in to designing robust plant control systems for clients. His daily goal is to make each client’s control system more efficient and reliable so that each product comes out to specification after his work is complete. Today, he leads a team in Malisko’s Wisconsin office while continuing to contribute to projects.

Favorite Quote
“I would like Americans to make things with their hands. Thomas Jefferson and I feel that makes for a much stronger nation.” – Nick Offerman

Personal Passion
Living a simple life and being kind to others.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2000

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

John Brueggeman

After receiving his Associates Degree in Control System Technologies from Ranken Technical College, Jim dove straight in to designing robust plant control systems for clients. His daily goal is to make each client’s control system more efficient and reliable so that each product comes out to specification after his work is complete. Today, he leads a team in Malisko’s Wisconsin office while continuing to contribute to projects.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“I love working as an Programmer/Integrator at Malisko Engineering. Each project brings unique problems for me to solve, or obstacles to overcome. The phases of a project keep things different from week to week, which is important for me as a person, and at the end of the project, I get to travel to the client and see exactly where the project I have built is going to be run. I get to see new places and meet new people, and then I get to solve their problems. The whole process is very gratifying.”

Favorite Quote
“We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds… A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar

Biggest Accomplishment
Turning his life around by finding a good school, a good career, and a great employer. All which led to personal growth, including getting married and becoming a father.

Hobbies
Hockey, Hunting/Conservation, and Fishing.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2010

Automation Controls Engineer

John Martin

With a life-long interest in manufacturing and learning how things are made, John pursued an Associate’s Degree in Electromechanical Technology. His education directly translated in to a career in engineering and design, instrumentation, automation controls and PLC/HMI programming. John enjoys solving client issues by deeply analyzing hardware, software, or technology to then demonstrate its capabilities to the client.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“I enjoy being able to work on different projects and with different people all of the time. There’s nothing “static” about it. Everyday brings new challenges and things to work on.”

Favorite Quote
“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” – Dale Carnegie

Biggest Accomplishment
Completing four concurrent projects that were to be completed during a client’s plant shutdown on time.

Personal Passion
Improving himself every day both personally and professionally so that he can be a better member of the Malisko team and so that he can be my best for his friends and family.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2015

Automation Controls Engineer

Kayla Grogan

TBD

Why She Likes Working at Malisko
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Favorite Quote

Biggest Accomplishment

Personal Passion

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2021

Systems Designer

Kevin Long

After obtaining an Associate Degree in Applies Electrical Technologies from Vatterott College, Kevin spent many years as a field installer for electrical control systems. He eventually moved to working with AutoCAD to assist with panel designs. Kevin enjoys visiting client locations and working hands-on directly with clients. His goal is always to provide a solution with limited mistakes.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“Working at Malisko is a team environment. We work as a group and our successes and or failures are as a group. In most places I have worked it is every man for themselves but here it is a true Team Effort.”

Favorite Quote
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

Biggest Accomplishment
Large design for a Biopharmaceutical client. Worked on a team that built a double tank control system on a mobile gas rack with a high voltage panel. This included 3 panels on a cart with gas piping. All equipped with quick disconnects.

Personal Passion
His daughter being more successful than himself.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2010

Senior Automation Controls Engineer & Team Lead

Kyle Moore

With the desire to work with his hands, Kyle originally went to school to be an electrical lineman. The risk involved in that career, however, lead him to switch fields to electrical design. Having worked 11+ years providing the best quality work for customers, Kyle enjoys the opportunity to continue to work in a hands-on career, without the risk of “getting fried on poles”.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“Hands on, electrical design is one of the reasons I really love my job.”

Favorite Quote
“If God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against?”

Personal Passion
Church, family, fitness, and the outdoors.

Dream Job
Farmer/Rancher.

Surprisingly Good At
Forgetting people’s names.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2005

Marketing & Communications Leader

Lauren Bostrom

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Lauren has spent nearly 15 years in marketing leadership roles in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business industries. Enjoying the variety that comes with marketing roles, Lauren has had the opportunity to lead marketing efforts and activities including branding, direct response, web marketing, demand generation, graphic design, and customer relationship management. Her goal is to keep consistent messaging to drive brand equity and positive experiences for clients.

Why She Likes Working at Malisko
“I love working at Malisko because I have a variety of roles and responsibilities. My day is never the same, which keeps my job interesting.”

Favorite Quote
“The man who says it cannot be done is generally interrupted by someone else doing it.” – Elbert Hubbard

Personal Passion
Raising her two daughters and volleyball. And raising her daughters to play volleyball!

Dream Job
Anything to do with her hands.

Surprisingly Good At
Plumbing and electrical work.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2016

Automation Controls Engineer

Mark Orr

While growing up, Mark saw his Dad enjoy working with technology and systems. After graduating with a dual Associate Degree for Control System Technologies and Electrical Automation Technologies, Mark joined the Malisko team. He enjoys working on projects for clients from start to finish.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“I enjoy being able to work start to finish on a project. Watching the project come to life, in part, because of the work I contributed is such a rewarding experience.”

Personal Passion
Friends and family.

Biggest Accomplishment
Completing the Tough Mudder Marathon in 2016.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2011

IoT Solution Architect

Levi Iiams

TBD

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2021

Director of Human Resources & Administration

Mary Bergjans

With more than 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, Mary is the ultimate professional when it comes to supporting and strengthening employees at Malisko Engineering, Inc. She appreciates working with leadership teams to shape company culture that focuses on employees, quality results and performance ultimately leading to client satisfaction. Mary also enjoys collaborating with employees and leaders to ensure a high level of job satisfaction of all team members.

Why She Likes Working at Malisko
“The culture Nancy and Steve have built over the years. There are no politics, no posturing, no focus on status at MEI – the focus is all about maintaining and building a winning team to provide the best and highest quality solutions for our new and longstanding list of clients.”

Favorite Quote
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” – B.B.King

Personal Passion
Raising her two sons.

Hobbies
A lake, a boat, a sunny day – my favorite past time.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2016

Director of Mentorship & Lead Engineer

Matt Scott

A deep interest in technology combined with a lifelong curiosity of how things work led Matt to pursue a career in automation by first obtaining his Associates Degree from esteemed technical college Ranken Tech. Matt’s major focus with every project he works on is to make the client’s life easier. He works hard to provide clients confidence that they are getting great service at a reasonable price. Through direct experience in many fields, Matt has developed an understanding that the importance of continued technical skill improvement is just as important and client relationships and company culture. As Director of Mentorship, Matt makes it a priority help Malisko Engineering continue to grow while continuing to deliver service with a personal touch. The Malisko culture places employee and client satisfaction at the top, an integral a part of every project.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“As Director of the Mentorship Program I get to spread not only learning opportunities to keep us up to date, but also assure that the “soft” aspects of what sets Malisko apart as both a service provider and employer remains close to what it was 15+ years ago when I started.”

Favorite Quote
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on…” – Robert Frost

Personal Passion
Family and music.

Biggest Accomplishment
Being father to two beautiful girls and a husband to a caring wife for 18 years.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2004

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Nancy Lange

With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing & Finance from Drury University, Nancy started her career in banking, insurance, and underwriting sales. Her time working in these industries provided her a broad base of key skills for managing a small business successfully. Nancy has supported and grown Malisko Engineering to be recognized as a reliable and trusted System Integrator.

Why She Likes Working at Malisko
“Watching everyone within MEI work together for the same overall goals year after year & accomplishing those set targets.”

Favorite Quote
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He/she is the one that gets people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

Personal Passion
Enjoying life while we are here on earth. Feeling fulfilled with a happy and healthy family.

Surprisingly Good At
Creative flair and various athletics (biking, hiking, skiing, golfing, running, tennis).

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:1994

Director of Finance

Paul Mortensen

With both a Bachelor’s Degree from Truman State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Washington University’s Olin School of Business, Paul has nearly two decades of experience working in finance. Paul was initially drawn to finance because it’s an incredibly dynamic and creative field that never fails to challenge one’s skills and it touches every part of every business organization. He specializes in translating data from operations into actionable information for decision-making.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“I love the people with whom I work the most.”

Favorite Quote
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

Personal Passion
Spending time outdoors. Hiking, biking, running, and fishing.

Biggest Accomplishment
My greatest accomplishment professionally was leading a $3B acquisition of a vendor. Today, the investment is worth 4X that investment.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2021

Operations

Ryan Malyszko

After graduating from Regis University with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing, Ryan was able to obtain several certifications including Bing Ads Accredited – Professional Status, Adwords Certification, Analytics Certification, Search Advertising Certification, with his work at various organizations. As a member of the Malisko team, Ryan enjoys tying data together to present a bigger picture that helps the organization move in the right direction.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“Tying data together to present a bigger picture that will help the organization move in the right direction.”

Favorite Quote
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.” – Paulo Coelho

Personal Passion
Affecting positive change, whether it be in an organization or community.

Biggest Accomplishment
Going 65 miles per hour on his snowboard.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2019

Automation Controls Engineer

Shreyas Bhandare

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pune, India, Shreyas came to the United States to pursue his Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. During this time, he enrolled in a multi-disciplinary course called “Plant-wide Process Control” which sparked his interest in the field of Process Control and Automation. He realized that being a chemical engineer, he could understand the process better which would be useful to design and implement controls.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“I enjoy that every project is different and a challenge on it’s own. Working in the field of Process Control and Automation gives me an opportunity to learn new things and gives me a sense of satisfaction when I am a part of successful projects. I think that working at Malisko will provide me amazing learning opportunities and build my expertise in the field of Automation.”

Favorite Quote
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning” – Albert Einstein

Personal Passion
traveling, trying new things and family.

Surprisingly Good At
Handwriting

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2020

Director of Integration

Steve Hutchens

While studying at Ranken Technical College, Steve became interested in systems integration and completed his Associates Degree in Control System Technology. With 15+ years’ experience in the field, Steve can take big problems in complex systems and focus on all the parts individually to solve the issues. As a team leader, he enjoys helping his team succeed together, but also help individuals achieve their own goals.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“I enjoy helping the team succeed and helping individuals achieve success. The team atmosphere at Malisko and the all in effort to achieve success makes all the efforts worthwhile.”

Favorite Quote
“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Personal Passion
His family.

Biggest Accomplishment/strong>
Becoming a Director and team leader at Malisko.

Hobbies
Hunting and fishing.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2002

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Malyszko

Fueled by “a fascination with electricity”, Steve has always gravitated towards science and math which led to a career in Electrical Engineering. After receiving both a Bachelor’s of Science and Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University, he landed his first job with Ralston Purina in St. Louis, as the company’s first Control System Engineer. He later went on to work for another company that specialized in manufacturing automation systems. In 1993, Steve and his wife, Nancy, realized he could take his passionate drive, management experiences and technical know-how to form what is now Malisko Engineering, Inc. Along with Nancy, Steve has built Malisko with quality and commitment to the client, as well as his team members, in mind. Steve is a Registered Professional Engineer in Missouri, Colorado, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Texas and is a member is NSPE, MSPE, ISPE, ISA and NFPA.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“I enjoy seeing tangible results of my work.”

Favorite Quote
“Achieve success by helping others achieve theirs.” – Unknown

Personal Passion
Working hard and being diligent, professional, ethical and detailed.

Hobbies
Skiing, biking and hiking.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:1994

Director of IT & Engineering

Steve Schneebeli

Malisko’s third employee and IEEE member since college, Steve is a master of overall system architecture. Steve graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He’s passionate about working on diverse and challenging projects while delivering a quality product to every client he works with.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“The Malisko culture and teamwork.”

Favorite Quote
“Achieve success by helping others achieve theirs.” – Unknown

Personal Passion
His family.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:1997

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Tavo Diaz-Granados

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Computer Science, Tavo has spent the last 20+ years enjoying the variety of work when it comes to automation. His passion for the field shows in his many certifications he’s pursued over the years, including but not limited to, FactoryTalk Historian, Mead Johnson Overview of Computerized System Validation, Intermediate Applications of SQL Reporting Services, and Intermediate Applications of ASP.NET.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“The wide variety things I work on/with – PLCs, RDBs, HMIs, Various kinds of programming, etc; Software and Hardware.”

Favorite Quote
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There’s no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker

Personal Passion
Peace and respect.

Biggest Accomplishment
Raising his son.

Dream Job
Lego Imagineer.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2000

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Tim Garnett

A self-proclaimed “born engineer”, Tim completed his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at University of Missouri – Columbia. Tim has been efficient in problem solving, programming and designing systems for nearly 10 years. He enjoys both designing new systems from the ground up and working to improve existing systems. Tim’s goal for each project he works on is to deliver an end product that is very clear to understand for a first-time user, and for maintenance to troubleshoot in the future.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“I really enjoy the opportunities to really dig in and design something from the ground up, or contribute significantly to the essence of a new process going into a factory.”

Favorite Quote
“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” – Doc Emmett Brown

Personal Passion
Music and being a good daddy.

Biggest Accomplishment
Help kids with troubled family backgrounds.

Surprisingly Good At
Guessing what time it is without looking at a clock.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2007

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Thaddeus Anson

After receiving his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Colorado – Boulder, Thaddeus went on to receive his Master’s Degree from University of Washington in Dynamics and Advanced Control Theory. He was introduced to industrial controls in his early career while working for an OEM building custom robotic machinery. Now working on industrial process control systems, Thaddeus enjoys working and learning in a constantly evolving industry where he can create novel solutions for each client’s needs.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“I like the small company atmosphere at Malisko Engineering. We are a very collaborative bunch and its fun to constantly bounce ideas off of each other. This is especially useful because we are all constantly learning about new processes or equipment and how to apply our skills to program them as desired.”

Favorite Quote
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

Personal Passion
He is devoted to raising his family of two boys (and one dog). When time allows, he like to go to the mountains as much as possible where he likes hiking, fishing, and mountain biking.

Biggest Accomplishment
Completing his Master’s Degree.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2012

Senior Automation Controls Engineer

Tom Lee

While attending the University of Missouri – St. Louis pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Tom had the opportunity to work on a water purification project which introduced him to automation with PLCs. He enjoyed the project so much, he decided to pursue a career in automation. Tom enjoys the opportunity to learn and work with different technologies and processes.

Why He Likes Working at Malisko
“I enjoy my job because it gives me the opportunity to work with different type of technologies and processes.”

Favorite Quote
“See what’s on the end of everyone’s fork” – Burroughs

Personal Passion
U.S. Politics.

Biggest Accomplishment
Being the first in his immediate family to graduate college.

Hobbies
Community involvement and meeting new people.

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2014

Senior Network Security Engineer

Corey Schoff

After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management with a minor in Project management, Corey started his career in networking. With his love for networking and technology, specifically how it helps many parts of a business work better together, he works with clients to connect the IT and OT systems to drive business needs. Corey is passionate about helping clients see IT and networking as more than just a means to an end but a tool to open up new opportunities across the business. All while keeping a focus on security, which is more important than ever before in IT. Corey is also a Cisco Certified Network Associate(CCNA).

Favorite Quote
“The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity” – Ayn Rand

Personal Passion
Spending time with and supporting family and friends. Also very passionate about aviation and travel.

Surprisingly Good At
Cooking and coming up with something good to eat with almost anything ingredients in a kitchen.

Hobbies
Downhill skiing, working on getting his pilot’s license, volunteering as a microphone/sound technician at local community theater productions

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2021

Automation Solutions Consultant

Dave Horn

With a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia, working towards a Masters of Business Administration from Rockhurst University, and previously having a Professional Engineering Licence, Dave Horn is able to help clients while understanding their business from many different aspects. Dave has been working with System Integrators for more than 10 years and continues because of the limitless opportunities in the industry. As an Automation Solutions Consultant, he enjoys working with people, problem solving, and creative thinking. He delivers solutions to clients that result in increased quality, faster throughput, safer operations, and at a greater value/return on investment.

Favorite Quote
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Personal Passion
Family

Office Location:St. Louis, MO

Team Member Since:2022

Automation Controls Engineer

Jake Bottari

While completing his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology and minor in Industrial Robotics from Purdue University, Jake was encouraged to by a professor to pursue his career in controls. Rather than waiting until after graduation to start his career, Jake took on his first controls-related job during his sophomore year at Purdue. He began working with electrical distribution, then continued as an electrical engineer and finally a controls engineer…all before graduating. While with Malisko, Jake enjoys putting together a system from concept to visualization, and especially likes screen design.

Favorite Quote
“Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” – Dylan Thomas

What He Likes About Malisko
“The variety, the constant learning, and the types of projects are what I love about the position.”

Biggest Accomplishment
Jake is extremely proud of working hard through college to have the experience and opportunity to move across country to the mountains.

Personal Passion
Automation of everything! From home chores, like laundry and mowing the lawn, to driving.

Office Location:Denver, CO

Team Member Since:2022

Network Security Engineer

Lee Kottke

Lee has always loved computers and networking, especially when it comes to cyber security. Which is why he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking and Information Technology from University of Wisconsin-Stout. During his time at college, Lee received a sponsorship from the Department of Defense to work on a research team developing a zero-trust, defense-in-depth Smart Manufacturing network. As a part of the Malisko team, Lee most enjoys the challenges and puzzles that come with cyber security and IIoT device work.

Favorite Quote
“The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” – Robert Baden-Powell

Biggest Accomplishment
Lee is a proud Eagle Scout and attributes everything he’s learned in the Boy Scouts of America to the person he is today.

Personal Passion
Woodworking, especially cabinetry.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2022

Internal IT Support Specialist

Greg Hamler

Greg earned his Associates Degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College in the IT-Network Specialist program and Bachelor of Science in Information Communication Technology from University of Wisconsin-Stout. Prior to joining Malisko, Greg supported a manufacturing environment where he assisted team members at remote warehouses. Now Greg supports the entire Malisko team, across all locations, with their technology and networking needs.

Biggest Accomplishment
Personally: Earning his first-degree black belt in Karate when he was 15. Greg also completed and won the Junior Grand Champion trophy for traditional forms in a local tournament.

Professionally: Working for a single company for 11 years. As a very loyal person, Greg dedicated all his time to help support the company.

Personal Passion
Everything tennis! Greg enjoys the training and the skill aspect of the game, as well as watching tennis on TV. His favorite grand slam is the French open.

Office Location:Eau Claire, WI

Team Member Since:2022

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St. Louis, MO 63102
314.621.2921

Western Regional Office

4600 S Ulster Street
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Denver, CO 80237

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Suite 2
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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