Our Engineers and Office Personnel

nancy

Nancy Kotula

Owner, Office Manager

After graduating from St. Cloud State, Nancy began working with several large food manufacturing companies within their incentives programs. After gaining several years of experience, she transitioned into handling the finances of Sensors Integration, which she has now been doing for more than 20 years. During her time at Sensors, Nancy has worked within customer service, purchasing and accounting and utilizes this multifaceted experience as well as her natural tendency towards organization to ensure Sensors Integration operates as smoothly as possible, both internally for its employees and externally for its customers.

david tie

David Kotula

President

As the president of Sensors Integration, David has a strong passion for the products he sells and the customers he helps. With a B.S. in Engineering Technology from St. Cloud State and an M.B.A in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas, David brings a holistic approach to running his business that emphasizes customer satisfaction and complex application solutions. During his more than 27 years in the industry, David has seen nearly every application imaginable and brings this wealth of knowledge with him towards every new challenge. David’s expertise lies in optics and lighting, beginning with his love of photoelectric sensors and extending to the most modern vision equipment available. David is ultimately driven by his commitment to his customers, and he works diligently to enable Sensors to have the best products available being supported by the most knowledgeable engineers in the industry.

sandy

Sandy Schansberg

Customer Service and Sales Support

Coming over to Sensors Integration from her time in a Fortune 500 corporation several years ago, Sandy brings more than 20 years of customer service experience with her. After graduating from Mankato State, Sandy gained experience in all aspects of customer service and management, discovering her passion for connecting with customers. Sandy does much of the ordering and customer service for Sensors Integration.

brenda

Brenda Lesnau

Sales Support and Marketing

With a background in project and process management, Brenda brings tremendous efficiency to Sensors Integration. Having graduated from St. Cloud State, Brenda spent years working in support of outside sales staff while improving their inside sales operation. Brenda manages a large portion of the quoting, shipping and ordering done by Sensors Integration.

IMG 2521.1

Zach Navarro

Inside Sales and Marketing

With nearly ten years of experience in project management, marketing, and sales, Zach recently joined the Sensors Incorporated to help in coordinating many of the company's Sales and Marketing activities. Zach holds a B.S. in Communication Studies from Northwestern College and an MBA from Bethel University. He is passionate about supporting the company’s Engineering & Sales teams and building relationships with Sensors Incorporated’s customers.

andy tie

Andy Fredin

Engineering and Sales

Boasting over 15 years of employment at Sensors Incorporated and Sensors Integration, Andy draws from his extensive and diverse industry experience to solve wide-ranging applications. With a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from St. Cloud State and his application experience, Andy specializes in solving highly complex and technical sensing applications. Andy works with a number of the largest OEMs and end-users in Minnesota and enjoys solving his customers’ biggest challenges while getting involved with their design engineers to help improve their business from the ground-up.

rick tie

Rick Hinze

Engineering and Sales

Rick utilizes his 35 years of industry experience and extensive product knowledge to consultatively solve his customers’ applications. After attaining a B.S. in Industrial Technology from UW Stout, Rick had the opportunity to gain experience with Industrial Machine Vision at its inception. With Machine Vision as his specialty, Rick has worked in wide-ranging manufacturing environments from pharmaceuticals to automotive and brings this diverse knowledge to every application he solves. Rick enjoys connecting with his customers and working to find them the right solution as efficiently as possible.

tony tie

Tony Lind

Engineering and Sales

Beginning as an Applications Engineer more than a decade ago, Tony brings a combination of technical knowledge and outstanding service to all of his customers. With a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and his Certified Vision Professional certification (CVP), Tony possesses the requisite knowledge to precisely design solutions for his customers. When tackling his customers’ automation challenges, Tony’s expertise centers on system design and implementation. Whether it is sensing, safety or logistics automation, Tony creates systems that will solve his customers’ specific problem and improve their overall operations.

trent tie

Trent Thies

Engineering and Sales

Coming from the fast-paced upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, Trent has a background in efficiently solving customer problems. After graduating from the University of North Dakota, Trent gained valuable sales experience with a variety of industrial products. Priding himself on solving his customers’ problems as quickly and completely as possible, Trent came to Sensors Integration to challenge himself with solving very technical applications. Although he is new to the sales team, Trent understands how to partner with customers to improve their efficiency and ultimately, their bottom line.

jeremy sensors

Jeremy Groeneweg

Applications Engineering

With a decade of experience in wide-ranging automation applications, Jeremy rarely runs across an application he hasn’t solved before. Following his graduation with a B.S. in Engineering with an Electrical Emphasis from Dordt College, Jeremy dove into the world of automation. A decade later, Jeremy has had the chance to work in control panel design, crane collision avoidance, RFID tagging and extensive programming applications. As a Certified Vision Professional who specializes in PLC, HMI and Vision programming, Jeremy relishes the opportunity to learn about new products while finding new ways to integrate them.

harper sensors

Harper Zwicky

Applications Engineering

Harper brings a diverse background of experience to the automation world. After graduating from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Harper gravitated toward the automotive industry. Harper gained experience with on and off-road heavy equipment, exhaust, and filtration. Harper also has experience working with industrial pneumatics and bulk material distribution. Motivated by his love of cutting edge technology and product testing and evaluation, Harper joined the Sensors Incorporated team in 2015 and has immediately brought advanced design skills (CAD) to complement our team of engineers. He also holds a Certified Vision Professional (CVP) certification.

IMG 2533

Mike Thorson

Applications Engineering

Mike offers a wealth of engineering experience and expertise to the Sensors Incorporated team. As a 2002 graduate of North Dakota State University in Electrical Engineering, Mike has had the chance to jump into multiple corners of the engineering world – first as a Software Engineer, then as an Electrical Engineer, and most recently with the Sensors Incorporated team as an Applications Engineer. With a true passion for all things engineering and his Certified Vision Professional (CVP) certification, he enjoys opportunities to design and implement dynamic solutions for Sensors Incorporated’s customers.

pete kermit

Pete Heule

IT

Having worked with Sensors Integration from its inception, Pete has focused his efforts and more than 25 years of industry knowledge on improving the company’s network and efficiency. Pete’s experience in IT system architecture and design is vast, having spent the majority of his career securing the network of a Fortune 100 financial institution. Pete finds great joy in utilizing technology to create efficiencies and solve problems both in business and engineering. Pete’s experience and natural passion for networking solutions means that Sensors Integration can offer a secure, efficient and reliable business to solve customers’ problems as quickly as possible.