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Georgia Whalen, President of Rivergate Marketing

This is Tony with CSIA. This week you get to know Georgia Whalen, president, and owner of Rivergate Marketing, a firm specializing in industrial automation companies. Georgia started her company and reentered the workforce in 2008 after raising her three children. We can all imagine how challenging that must have been given the economic forces at the time. Perseverance and tenacity won out as they often do and now Georgia and her staff perform marketing services for many CSIA system...


Jason Andersen, VP of Business Line Management of Stratus

Jason Andersen and I spoke about industrial automation computing at the edge, 24/7 reliability, and predictive analytics and maintenance. Jason also discusses how analytics are the "sensory stimuli" for AI (Artifical Intelligence) and machine learning and how he approaches a client's project by simultaneously simplifying the installation and future-proofing it. Jason is the VP of Business Line Management and drives the product development of Stratus' products. Enjoy getting to know...


Tim Matheny, President of ECS Solutions

In my conversation with Tim Matheny of ECS Solutions (a system integrator based in Evansville, IN) I learned about how he helps companies make more bread, (figuratively and literally) how buying a controls system solutions is like buying a vacation, and what made Tim successful in his career over 36+years. Enjoy getting to know Tim Matney of ECS Solutions.


Sam Hoff, CEO of Patti Engineering

Sam Hoff of Patti Engineering spoke with Tony Veroeven during the Manufacturing in America conference in Detroit in March 2018. Sam discusses how he named his company, on what he spends the first 90 minutes of his day, and what the first couple years was like when he started Patti Engineering. Enjoy getting to know Sam Hoff of Patti Engineering.


Marketing for Engineers: How to Find Content When Engineers "Don't Write"

Rivergate Marketing's Meghan Pavasaris teaches us content is key in digital marketing, but where do you find content when engineers claim they “don’t write”? We discussed tactics and strategies that work to gather the technical information and create compelling content that customers need and expect. Even though this was a webinar, you can still glean some valuable information from our discussion. If there is something you want to see, all of our tools, tips, and tricks are listed in the...


PC Romano, President of Avid Solutions

In this episode of Talking Industrial Automation, I spoke with PC Romano of Avid Solutions. You're going to learn the unique things he's doing to develop skilled engineers for his company; How he approaches a project and the unique things he does to ensure a project goes well; what are some of the things prospective clients can do to ensure a good relationship with their system integrator. Enjoy getting to know PC Romano.


Rick Caldwell, President of SCADAware - Interview with a System Integrator

In this episode I spoke with Rick Caldwell, President of SCADAware, a system integrator based in Bloomington, IL. Rick grew up plumbing with his dad but realized 10 years into his career that he had penchant for electricity instead of water. After changing his focus to computer science and electrical engineering, he had a serendipitous moment in meeting Dick Morley, the father of the programmable logic controller, otherwise known as the PLC. Enjoy getting to know Rick Caldwell.


Luigi DeBernardini, CEO of Autoware

Luigi DeBernardini, CEO of Autoware, a system integrator in Vicenza, Italy. explains how IIOT (the industrial internet of things) can help manufacturers understand what’s happening real-time in their plant, and explains it with a very understandable and practical analogy. Learn what type of help Luigi’s customers ask of him, and that sometimes what a customer asks for is not always the proper solution. Enjoy getting to know Luigi. Visit our podcast page at:...


Interview with a system integrator: Jeff Miller of Interstates Control Systems

In this episode, you get to know Jeff Miller, Director of Project Management at Interstates Control Systems, a system integrator based in Sioux Center, Iowa. Jeff is based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and is the current Chairman of the Board of the Control System Integrators Association. You'll learn that Jeff always had an affinity for engineering, why hackers are attacking industrial sites, and what traits successful system integrators have. Enjoy getting to know Jeff Miller of...


Matt Burton - Hargrove Controls + Automation - Interview with a system integrator

You’ll learn how Matt was able to grow his business from 4 to over 100 people in just five years, how Hargrove was able to protect its processes and institutional knowledge from being lost by turnover or being owned by just a few linchpins, and what they do to develop new incoming engineering talent. And a fun fact: you’ll learn that Mardi Gras did not originate in New Orleans. Don’t google it, listen to the episode. Enjoy getting to know Matt Burton of Hargrove Controls and Automation.


Eric Schaefer of Stone Technologies

Episode One of the Talking Industrial Automation Podcast. Tony Veroeven of the Control System Integrators Association has a conversation with Eric Schaefer of Stone Technologies, a CSIA Certified system integrator, about his involvement in CSIA, how important Certification is to his clients and his business. Eric is the chair of the Best Practices committee and a big proponent of CSIA's Best Practices. He describes how the Best Practices Manual helps guide system integrators to run...


Stephen Malyszko of Malisko Engineering

In this episode, you get to know Steve Malyszko, owner of Malisko Engineering, a system integrator based in St. Louis. We had a conversation about the importance of hiring a system integrator to bolster cybersecurity, how to do nine months of work in three months, and why Steve’s last name is spelled differently than the company’s. You’ll learn how he started in this industry, and much more. Subscribe to the podcast for interviews with CSIA system integrators and industry...


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