Tom Norris – Software Engineer

Year you began at Nysus: 2019

College: The University of Toledo.  BS in Computer Science and Engineering, BS in Electrical Engineering

Hometown: LaGrange, OH.

About Tom: I currently live in Parma, Ohio with my long-time girlfriend, our two dogs and cat. We enjoy spending time outdoors, going on walks and watching Netflix. I also like to program in my spare time and have a handful of personal projects in operation at home.

Favorite Sports Team: I have never been one for sports, so I do not have a favorite team!

Favorite Food:  Chicken Parmesan

Talk about a positive experience you’ve had with the Nysus Solutions team.  When I was first hired, I had a lot of questions and faced many challenges. The entire Nysus Solutions team was eager to answer any questions that I had, no matter how trivial they seemed. I am extremely thankful for this, as it provided a solid foundation and allowed me to quickly build strong relationships with the whole team. 

Why do you enjoy working at Nysus Solutions? The people are simply amazing. Everyone is kind, courteous, talented, smart, and thoughtful. They are more than willing to help one another and that helps us to strengthen and grow as a team.

John Harkness – Mechanical Designer

Year you began at Nysus: 2019

College: Bowling Green State University, 1985, BS in Technology-mechanical design concentration

Hometown: Bowling Green, OH. 

About John:  I describe myself as a creative person who is mechanically inclined. I love being outdoors doing things like hiking, biking, gardening, kayaking, fishing, hunting, making things.  I have been married 30 years to Teri, my best friend. We have two grown children. 

Favorite Sports Team:  Detroit Red Wings

Favorite Food:  my wife’s spaghetti

Talk about a positive experience you’ve had with the Nysus Solutions team.  Nysus truly operates as a team.  I have never heard anyone say, “That’s not my job.” Everyone is willing to pitch in to get the task at hand done. 

What do you like most about working within the manufacturing industry?  I really enjoy designing mechanical things to solve manufacturing problems. I am a machine geek, I guess. I enjoy planning out a project and designing the equipment to satisfy the application requirements. Then seeing the project become a reality when things are turned on.

Jared Geiner – Customer Support Manager

Year you began at Nysus: 2019

College: Owens Community College  

Hometown: Toledo, OH.    

About Jared:  I am from a family of 4 that always had a dog, cat or both in the house. I am currently living in Perrysburg with my girlfriend and our dog, Maple. In my off time, I am usually either studying my class material or am taking some time to relax and play games with my friends.

Favorite Sports Team:  Ohio State

Favorite Food:  Prime Rib

Why do you enjoy working at Nysus Solutions?   There are many reasons to enjoy working at Nysus Solutions, but the main reason for me is that it has such a large knowledge pool that I can have almost any question pertaining to my field and someone would either know the answer or know how to find it.

Talk about a positive experience you have had with the Nysus Solutions team.   An experience I will never forget with this team was right after my first week at work – I received a call that was for an issue that I had not dealt with and I had no experience on how to help.   I was able to call a Nysus teammate in the wee hours of the night and they helped me through it and even stayed on the call afterwards to make sure that I understood the solution. That experience really solidified the feeling of being a member of our Nysus team. 

Mary Figueredo – Documentation Specialist

Year you began at Nysus: 2019

College: Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale / Bachelors in Multimedia and Graphics Design

Hometown: Born in Havana, Cuba.  Raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

About Mary:  I was born in Cuba and moved to the United States when I was 12.  I have always been a country girl at heart and although I enjoy a minute or two in the city, I could not live anywhere that was not surrounded by nature. I have been blessed with an amazing family, some in Florida and the rest here in Ohio. I am an animal lover, especially horses. Love music, cultures, art, people, and I am obsessed with photography.

Favorite Sports Team:  Cleveland Browns and Florida Panthers (hockey!)

Favorite Food:  Sushi, Mac and cheese (or anything with cheese!)

How do you apply the Nysus Solutions Core Values (Be United/Be Passionate/Be Thankful) to your position?

Be United – I am a team player and truly believe in doing whatever it takes to get something done. It is important to me to be able to jump in and assist however possible.

Be Passionate – I take pride in my work ethic and it is important to do my best with the current role I have in the company by finding effective and new ways to deliver what I do, not only for the client but also for the company.

Be Thankful – Where I am right now it is definitely something that I do not take for granted. I am very thankful to work with a team that cares, and it drives me to do my work well and be part of the projects in any way I can.

Why do you enjoy working at Nysus Solutions?  It is truly a blessing to work for a company that not only cares about the clients but also about their employees. It is the first time that I have worked for a company where it is obvious that management truly cares.

Talk about a favorite project you have worked on at Nysus Solutions.  I have really enjoyed my involvement with any projects we do with IAC Monterrey. It provides me with a chance to assist the company in communicating with our Spanish-speaking clients and continue to build that relationship with clients in another country.

Steve Sass – Co-Owner/Vice-President/Lead Geek

Year you began at Nysus: 2005

College: The University of Toledo – BS & MS in Engineering

Hometown: Lambertville, MI.  Also lived in California (Point Mugu) for 3 years while in the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician.

About Steve: I am married with 3 kids: Sophia, Evelyn, & Vincent, and a funny dog named Puj.  Loving the dad-life, and I enjoy pretending I am still young enough to play basketball, woodworking, music, and various geek-ish projects.

Favorite Sports Team: Michigan Wolverines….mainly basketball & (I suppose) football, and the Detroit Pistons

Favorite Food:  Chocolate shakes.  In high school, I installed car stereo systems for my friends and my only required payment was a chocolate shake!

Why do you enjoy working at Nysus Solutions?   It has been amazing watching Nysus grow into what it’s become.  We have grown into a real powerhouse amongst the MES and automation sector.  We have built a great team that has a ton of manufacturing experience and great work ethic.  This allows us to tackle and overcome any challenge that we face and deliver a quality product for our customers that helps them achieve their goals.

What do you like most about working within the manufacturing industry?  As a programmer, it is rewarding to see what you are working on be applied to the physical world.  I don’t think I could have ever written financial software or something that wasn’t tangible.  To drive down the road and see a car or other product that we helped ensure the quality of is really satisfying.

Kevin Wickenheiser – Co-owner/Vice-President/Business Development

Year you began at Nysus: 2011

College: The University of Toledo – BS & MS in Engineering and Master of Business Administration

Hometown: Erie, MI.

About Kevin:  I am married to my wonderful wife Christine of 17 years.  We have two children (Collin and Erin) and their schedules keep us pretty busy.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, working around the yard, playing soccer or basketball, hunting, planning to go hunting, and talking about hunting.

Favorite Sports Team: Michigan Wolverines and all the Detroit sports teams (Pistons, Lions, Red Wings, Tigers)

Favorite Food:  Venison (shocking)

Why do you enjoy working at Nysus Solutions?  The reason I enjoy working at Nysus Solutions is our team.  There is a very strong sense of comradery and people are always willing to jump in and help out.  I am constantly impressed by the things our team does to make sure our customers are successful.

What do you like most about working within the manufacturing industry?  I really enjoy getting to visit so many manufacturing facilities and see how a variety of products are made.  It is very rewarding to be able to help all types of manufacturing organizations implement new technologies and improve their businesses.  It is an exciting time to be involved in manufacturing in North America as there is an increased focus on lead time reductions and a constant push for improved efficiencies.

Michael Karpinski – Director of Manufacturing Systems

Year you began at Nysus: 2018

College: The University of Toledo, BS in Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Summerfield, MI.

About Mike:  I enjoy participating in and watching a variety of sports, spending time outdoors and being with my family.

Favorite Sports Team:  Michigan Wolverines

Favorite Food: Seafood

Why do you enjoy working at Nysus Solutions? Nysus provides an environment that stimulates innovation and growth of its employees.

How do you apply the Nysus Solutions Core Values (Be United/Be Passionate/Be Thankful) to your position?  I am a perfectionist. This trait drives a passion to not only provide a solution, but to try as many times as it takes to provide the best possible one.

Bob Coldren – Director of Automation

Year you began at Nysus: 2015

College: The University of Toledo – BS in Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Findlay, Ohio

About Bob: I am married with 3 sons and 2 cats. I enjoy spending time with family at home, golfing, coaching baseball and playing drums in the praise band at church.

Favorite Sports Team:  Ohio State Buckeyes

Favorite Food:  Steak

What do you like most about working within the manufacturing industry? I love getting to see how things are made, from people assembling parts to large machines and robots making and handling parts. The technology advances rapidly in this industry and it is very exciting to get to be a part of that.

What do you see for the future of Nysus that you are excited about? The sky is the limit for what we can achieve at Nysus over the next several years. We are expanding our automation capabilities and our core MES products have gone through several cycles of improvement to get to a point where we are providing what we believe are extremely reliable and user-friendly systems.

David Von Sacken – Director of Engineering

Year you began at Nysus: 2014

College: The University of Toledo.

Hometown: Toledo, OH.

About Dave: I have worked in manufacturing plants for nearly 20 years.  I have been married for 13 years to my wife Rosey and we have 1 daughter. I also enjoy golfing as much as possible.

Favorite Sports Team: My favorite sports team is the softball team my daughter is currently playing on.

Favorite Food:  My favorite food is a salad.  Just kidding, it’s tacos.

Why do you enjoy working at Nysus Solutions?  I enjoy working at Nysus Solutions because of our team.  I can honestly say we always have a laugh every single day.  Each team member working at Nysus brings a unique skill set, we have some of the smartest, most talented people working here that I have ever met.

What do you like most about working within the manufacturing industry?  What I like most is meeting new people and seeing new companies and their products.  Working at Nysus is a unique position, we have helped companies build all sorts of products.  On any given day I am shown something that raises my interest in societal innovations.

Kristin Martin – Controller

Year you began at Nysus: 2015

College: BA Business Accounting Siena Heights University / MBA Davenport University

Hometown: Erie, MI.

About Kristin: I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and 2 daughters.  I love running and playing soccer in the “old lady” league.

Favorite Food:  Grilled Salmon

What do you see for the future of Nysus Solutions that you are excited about?  I see continued growth and success for Nysus Solutions in the future. I am excited to see how Nysus Solutions will use the latest technology to improve the manufacturing industry.

What do you think sets Nysus Solutions apart from the competition? The quality of service sets Nysus Solutions apart from the competition. Our team members go above and beyond to help each customer. We provide them with the best solution, support, and overall experience.  Our team is made up of knowledgeable individuals with unmatched industry experience.