Our Story

In 2000, Alan Carty founded a company that quickly evolved into two businesses; a technical recruiting and staffing firm focused on all automation related positions (Automationtechies) and an automation industry online magazine (Automation.com).

In October 2014, Automation.com was acquired by The International Society of Automation (ISA).

Under Carty’s leadership, Automationtechies continues to provide hiring solutions and top industry talent to companies in need of automation professionals.

Alan Carty
Alan Carty President & Founder
Alan Carty has worked in automation since graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Before starting Automationtechies and Automation.com, Alan worked as an Automation Specialist, Automation Sales Engineer, and Operations Manager for a large independent Rockwell-Automation distributor for 11 years. Prior to that, he had worked as a Field Engineer, Plant Engineer, and Systems Programmer.

Something interesting about Alan: I can ride a unicycle and Arnold Schwarzenegger once put his fingers in my mouth.

For more about Alan, and to read his career and hiring advice, click here.

Our Valuable Team Members

Patrick Supanich
Patrick Supanich Vice President
Pat has worked in automation since graduating from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. During his 15 years of experience in the field, Pat worked for 3M Company as a Systems Engineer and then successfully started and led a location for Tegron, a large independent systems integration firm. His industry roles include Systems Engineer, Plant Engineering Supervisor, Location Manager and Division Director. Pat joined Automationtechies in 2012.

Something interesting about Pat: While trekking in Nepal, I unknowingly wandered into an area controlled by communist guerrillas. I discovered this fact one evening when my wife and I were staying in a local village tea house which suddenly filled up with communist guerrillas carrying assault rifles. Among them were ten-year-olds with large pipe bombs. I was offered a demonstration which I politely declined.

For more about Pat, and to read his career and hiring advice, click here.

Kelly Laurel
Kelly LaurelOperations Manager
Kelly has been the Operations Manager at Automationtechies since 2004. She strives to keep the business running smoothly so the recruiters can focus on serving their clients. Kelly has a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Minnesota.

Something interesting about Kelly: My boss set me up on a blind date with my now husband. Talk about perks of the job…thanks Alan!

For more about Kelly, and to read her career and hiring advice, click here.

Kristy Fitch
Kristy FitchRecruiter
Kristy is a technical recruiter who has been with Automationtechies since its beginning in 2000. Kristy started out supporting job posting clients and moved into recruiting in 2003. Like all Automationtechies recruiters, Kristy has experience placing candidates with Control Systems Integrators as well as end user accounts.

Something interesting about Kristy: I love exploring the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Once a bear chased us from our campsite in the middle of the night.

For more about Kristy, and to read her career and hiring advice, click here.

Michelle Johnson
Michelle JohnsonRecruiter
Michelle joined Automationtechies in 2003 after recruiting for a supply chain execution software company. In addition to working in the automation and engineering sector, Michelle’s previous experience allows Automationtechies to expand its scope to include software developers, marketing, sales and administration positions.

Something interesting about Michelle: I love raising chickens for the fresh, free range eggs – the veterinarian classifies my chickens as pets.

For more about Michelle, and to read her career and hiring advice, click here.

Kristy Fangman
Kristy FangmanRecruiter
Kristy joined Automationtechies in 2008 after being recruited by her lifelong friend, and founder of the company, Alan Carty. Kristy has had success in placing Sales Engineers, Controls Engineers, Product Engineers, and Technicians. Prior to her work in recruiting, she was a freelance Interior Designer and Project Manager for retail and commercial clients. Kristy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design form Purdue University.

Something interesting about Kristy: I love traveling, movies, and the arts.

Lisa Delgado
Lisa DelgadoRecruiter
Lisa joined Automationtechies in 2013 after working for a systems integrator for 13 years. Her hands on experience in automation and controls along with recruiting in the industry as well, helps her gain a solid understanding of the needs of both clients and candidates. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Something interesting about Lisa: I am the Founder and President of a nonprofit organization, project AVA, that serves at-risk children and families.

For more about Lisa, and to read her career and hiring advice, click here.

Todd Eide
Todd EideRecruiter
Todd has worked in automation for over 25 years. For more than 21 years, Todd worked for a large independent Rockwell Automation distributor where he held positions including: Automation Specialist, Account Manager and Sales Manager. Prior to that he worked for automation manufacturers as an Application Engineer and a Technical Instructor. Todd joined Automationtechies in 2015.

Something interesting about Todd: I love music and am the lead singer for the band “Load Center” based in Minneapolis, MN.

For more about Todd, and to read his career and hiring advice, click here.

Lisa Reitz
Lisa ReitzCandidate Sourcing Manager
Lisa has been with Automationtechies since 2004; starting first as a Candidate Researcher before being promoted to Candidate Sourcing Manager. She works with candidates from all areas of automation and strives to place them in their best possible job. Lisa enjoys working with candidates from diverse backgrounds within automation, from programmers to sales and everything in between. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri.

Something interesting about Lisa: When I am not connecting with automation professionals I enjoy finding hidden objects using GPS coordinates (geocaching).

Megan Carty
Megan CartyCandidate Sourcing Specialist
Megan joined Automationtechies in 2012 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. As a Candidate Sourcing Specialist, Megan works to connect engineers with current opportunities in the industry. She also enjoys growing Automationtechies’ social media presence, creating email job alerts and newsletters, and maintaining the company website.

Something interesting about Megan: I basically have the Muppet Treasure Island movie memorized.

Caleb Heussner
Caleb HeussnerCandidate Sourcing Specialist
Caleb Heussner joined Automationtechies in 2015 after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During a summer internship in Human Resources, Caleb realized how exciting recruiting could be and decided to pursue a job in the industry after graduation. He’s looking forward to learning the ins and outs of finding candidates and matching them to career opportunities.

Something interesting about Caleb: I enjoy watching movies, swimming, and reading in my free time. I’ve read “The Hobbit” 8 times and my birthday is on Halloween…so I’m spooky.