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      OUR PEOPLE MAKE THE REAL DIFFERENCE.

      Ryan Kauffman

      President

      Ryan Kauffman

      President

      WHY I DO THIS:I have always been interested in energy management and how we can save energy. After working for a couple different companies, I knew I wanted to start my own business. I’m both happy and proud to see where CSI is today and look forward to our future.

      STRENGTHS: Customer-Driven, Passionate, Motivator

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Professional, Service-Oriented, Fun

      Mike Heavner

      Vice President

      Mike Heavner

      Vice President

      WHY I DO THIS: I knew that I wanted to be in a trade that offered challenging work physically and mentally, and I never wanted to stop learning. After doing some research, I quickly learned that the controls industry would provide all of those benefits, and more.

      STRENGTHS: Troubleshooting, Client Relations, People-Person, Communicator

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Family-Oriented, Driven, Customer-Focused

      Liz Pearson

      Director of Finance

      Liz Pearson

      Director of Finance

      WHY I DO THIS: I’ve always been a numbers person, but didn’t know where I would most enjoy applying my skillset. When I came across CSI, I recognized there was a lot of opportunity for the company to grow, and for personal growth as well. I immediately found their work interesting, and knew I had to be a part of this team.

      STRENGTHS: Hard-working, Organized, Driven, Focused, Motivator

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: High-Energy, Smart, Fast-Paced

      Reed Kauffman

      Director of Construction

      Reed Kauffman

      Director of Construction

      WHY I DO THIS:I have always enjoyed hands-on work, and became an electrician by trade. I started working in building automation in 2005 and eventually made the move to Control Solutions in 2012.

      STRENGTHS: Problem Solving, Time Management, Technically Savvy, Self-Starter

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Fun, Fast, Exciting

      Nick Elzinga

      Fast Track Manager

      Nick Elzinga

      Fast Track Manager

      WHY I DO THIS: I do this simply because I love everything about my job. As a Service Manager, I’m able to work with people often, program and repair their building systems, collaborate with my co-workers in the office, and continue to develop established relationships and build new ones. At the end of the day, I’m able to make something work that someone else couldn’t, and that’s an awesome feeling.

      STRENGTHS: Customer Support, Troubleshooting, Relationship-Building

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Great culture, Dynamic, Driven

      Dan Rademacher

      Service Sales

      Dan Rademacher

      Service Sales

      WHY I DO THIS: Growing up on a farm, I’ve been a hands-on person for as long as I can remember. Knowing that I wanted to work in a hands-on industry, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in HVAC/R Engineering at Ferris State University and then spent 11 years at Cochrane Supply, where I became Regional Sales Leader. During my time at Cochrane, I built strong relationships with the team at Control Solutions. When the opportunity opened up at Control Solutions, I took it! I’m excited to be able to work with many of the same clients I’ve met at Cochrane in Service Sales.

      STRENGTHS: Tech Savvy, In-Depth Industry Knowledge, Customer Service & Support, Relationship-Oriented

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Cutting Edge, Forward-Thinking, Customer-Oriented

      Pat Trainor

      Eastern Michigan Branch Manager

      Pat Trainor

      Eastern Michigan Branch Manager

      WHY I DO THIS: I enjoy this industry for a number of reasons. Continued advances in technology ensure there is always something new to learn. I’m driven by the goal to earn a customer’s business and being able to provide a solution to a customer’s problem. Most of all, I enjoy the people in the industry; I’m fortunate to work with good people every day.

      STRENGTHS: Relationship-building (especially with diverse groups of people), Detail-Oriented, Career-Focused, Driven

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Fearless, Enthusiastic, Thorough

      Robert McGrew

      Director of Technology

      Robert McGrew

      Director of Technology

      ?WHY I DO THIS: I am new to the Building Automation industry, but as a 20-year IT veteran, it’s exciting to find a new challenge for taking this technology to the next level. With the birth of IoT, everything is connected, and the possibilities are endless. A company is a sum of its parts, and in our line of work, it’s people that make the difference. Everyone at CSI is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure it’s right, which perfectly aligns with my work ethic.

      STRENGTHS: Early Tech Adopter, Fast Learner, Organized, Process-Oriented, Ability to Translate Business Goals with the Appropriate Technology

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Accountability, Service-Oriented, Fun-Loving

      Kevin Skiba

      Northern Michigan Sales

      Kevin Skiba

      Northern Michigan Sales

      WHY I DO THIS: I’ve always had a passion for building relationships and selling products and services that can truly help people and change lives for the better. People have always come to me for help and now at CSI, I can reach out to others and share the great things this company has to offer in a different market.

      STRENGTHS: Positivity, Dedication, Loyalty

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Customer Service-Oriented, Motivated, Employee-Focused

      David Rawles

      Account Manager

      David Rawles

      Account Manager

      WHY I DO THIS: At the end of the day, I have a passion and commitment to finding the best solution for your building and its occupants. The people that work at CSI are all amazing, and I really appreciate our approach to listening to our clients’ needs first before we implement a system.

      STRENGTHS: Customer-Oriented, Leadership, Results-Focused

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Efficient, Passionate, Committed

      Derek Strong

      Sales Engineer

      Derek Strong

      Sales Engineer

      WHY I DO THIS: I love how the controls industry is ever-changing and evolving—it makes for an exciting atmosphere where there is always a new way to help a customer. And working for Control Solutions specifically is great because we’re a team of eager and dedicated people that take pride in what we do. We strive together, every day to make sure we are taking care of our customers.

      STRENGTHS: Dedicated, Detail-Oriented, Honest

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Motivated, Passionate, Fun

      Chris Snyder

      Director of Test & Balance

      Chris Snyder

      Director of Test & Balance

      WHY I DO THIS: I enjoy the various challenges this industry can throw at you every day, as well as it being an ever-changing and evolving space. Control Solutions meets these challenges head-on, offering our clients leading-edge, one-stop solutions.

      STRENGTHS: Leadership, Flexibility/Adaptability, Strategic

      3 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CSI: Dedicated, Driven, Passionate

      Ryan Kauffman

      President

      Mike Heavner

      Vice President

      Liz Pearson

      Director of Finance

      Reed Kauffman

      Director of Construction

      Nick Elzinga

      Fast Track Manager

      Dan Rademacher

      Service Sales

      Pat Trainor

      Eastern Michigan Branch Manager

      Robert McGrew

      Director of Technology

      Kevin Skiba

      Northern Michigan Sales

      David Rawles

      Account Manager

      Derek Strong

      Sales Engineer

      Chris Snyder

      Director of Test & Balance

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