Our Leadership Team
Al Rausch, President
Al Rausch began his journey at Power/mation in September of 2023. His impressive track record speaks volumes of his expertise and leadership capabilities. With a rich background serving in varied leadership roles across diverse industries, Al’s insights into strategic growth planning, technology innovation, and ensuring business model and cultural alignment are exceptional. His tenure of eight years with the Glen Taylor group of companies in the Travel Tags division and an extensive 22-year association with the Merrill Corp – encompassing significant logistics experience – is a testament to his depth of knowledge.
Al’s commitment to excellence is further demonstrated in his various roles as an executive leader and his significant leadership experience spanning over 25 years. Recognized for his vision, Al excels in driving long-term growth and value. His experience not only promises growth for the company but also the fulfillment of our vision for the future.
Eric Grott, Chief Operations Officer
Eric Grott joined Power/mation in February of 2023 as our Chief Operations Officer with responsibility over accounting, operations, purchasing, and warehousing. Prior to joining Power/mation, Eric served as CFO/COO at a custom thermoformer, New Plastics Plus. Eric brings over 20 years of experience leading finance and operations teams across both private and publicly traded entities.
Bob Ricci, Regional VP of Sales & MKTG - WI, ND, SD
Bob Ricci is our Regional Vice President of Sales for Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. Bob has a broad set of experience in both sales management and automation. Prior to joining Power/mation in February of 2017, Bob was the Regional Sales Leader for Border States Electric in their NE Region where he had sales management responsibility over both their industrial and construction markets’ sales. Before his time at Border States, he spent fifteen years with Werner Electric in Minnesota serving as Vice President of Technology (Automation) and then as Vice President over both the Automation and Construction teams.
Bob has a wealth of experience and industry knowledge. In addition to his twenty plus years of experience in electrical distribution and automation, he worked for thirteen years at Jerome Foods (Jennie O’ Foods) designing automation systems along with managing the automation and electrical maintenance teams. Bob is also a Navy veteran.
Adam Jackson, Regional VP of Sales - IL IA NE
Adam Jackson joined Power/mation in May 2007 as an Account Representative out of the Wood Dale, IL office. He spent five and a half years developing a territory on the south side of Chicago before moving back to his home state of Iowa. In 2016, Adam joined the leadership team and focused on growing Power/mation’s presence in Iowa and Nebraska. Adam’s role expanded in 2018 to include responsibility for Illinois.
Dan Colvin, Regional VP of Sales - MN
Dan began his role at Power/mation in October of 2023. He is a seasoned senior sales executive with an extensive 27-year background in industrial automation, where he has demonstrated a robust aptitude for steering high-achieving sales teams towards significant revenue growth, while driving operational efficiencies within the organization. Most recently he was with Banner Engineering where he progressed through many roles within sales and product management and led the US and Canadian sales organizations to consistent growth for over 10 years.
Known for his exceptional leadership qualities and relationship-building skills, Dan has leveraged these attributes to bring tangible value to Power/mation. His ability to align cross-functional teams under a unified vision and his strategic insights will not only drive sales excellence but will also be fundamental in fostering lasting client partnerships and nurturing a culture of success within the organization.
Julie Ross, Director of Sales Operations
Julie Ross began her Power/mation journey in 2000 as an Inside Sales Assistant. After a brief period spent away from Power/mation to raise her children, she returned, and then in 2014 was promoted to Inside Sales Supervisor for our Wisconsin and Illinois territories. In 2019 she gained responsibility for all of Power/mation’s Inside Sales personnel. With her unmatched organizational knowledge and team leadership qualities, Julie was again promoted in 2023 to Director of Sales Operations. Julie now holds responsibility for the entire customer order process from order entry to fulfillment: “Knowing our customers are being taken care of with exceptional service is what makes me strive to do the best for Power/mation, our team members, but most importantly, our customers.”
Sue Loff, Director of Pricing & Strategic Initiatives
Sue joined Power/mation in May 1995 with a background in customer service and management in the finance industry. Learning about industrial automation distribution on the inside sales staff eventually found her managing the inside sales team. In that role she was integral in developing the Power/mation Customer Portal, which gave our customers 24-hour access to inventory, price and availability. Now she leads the purchasing and pricing team with a customer-focused approach, striving to meet our customers’ on-time delivery needs by having the right inventory available at a competitive price. Sue also led the team that launched Power/mation’s next generation ecommerce platform: Power/mation Shop.
Jason Schlangen, Director of IT
Jason joined Power/mation in December 2018 as the Director of Information Technology. Prior to joining Power/mation, Jason served as the Director of IT Infrastructure at Oldcastle APG for three years, overseeing over 200 locations across North America. Before that, he led IT at Anchor Wall Systems & Anchor Block Company as IT Manager, where he worked for ten years.
David Jagt, Director of Engineering
Dave Jagt joined Power/mation in March 2023 as our Director of Engineering and business leader for Power/mation Solutions Group. He has over 25 years of experience within the high-volume electronics manufacturing market holding various roles from supplier development, process engineering, and automation equipment development. Dave has served for the last 10 years as an Engineering Director for Seagate Technology and brings extensive experience in technical and business leadership to the Power/mation team.
Scott Omodt, Corporate Controller
Ashley Jacobs, Director of Human Resources
Ashley joined Power/mation in January 2024 as the Director of Human Resources. She comes to us from the Manufacturing industry with robust experience in strategic HR leadership, talent acquisition, training & development, and HR Operations. Ashley is passionate about developing people and streamlining processes through the effective use of technology & automation.
With a focus on enhancing workplace culture and aligning HR strategies with business objectives, Ashley is poised to drive growth and foster an inclusive environment at Power/mation.
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