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1361 Schiferl Rd. Bartlett, IL 60103 847.841.8260
Patrick Bertsche

Pat is an experienced strategist, financial executive, and operations change agent. Growing up in the family business at Camcraft, Inc. a precision component part supplier, Pat led teams to improve processes in 6 industries over his 30 year career. As the vice president of operations at Camcraft, he was involved with the purchase of capital equipment enabling him to understand the value suppliers provide to improve safety, quality, and productivity. Selling capital equipment now with Matrix Design, Pat is committed to leading the company to be our customers’ most trusted automation supplier. He holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from LeTourneau University.

Jeff Bennett
VP Sales & Marketing

Jeff has nearly 20 years’ of experience working in the automation integration business serving in various capacities. Jeff has a Mechanical Engineering degree, beginning his career designing robotic work cells, automation systems, and positioning equipment. He holds patents for designs involving robotic work cells. Besides engineering, he held roles in production management and various executive roles including VP of Operations and Managing Director.

Ken Harvey
VP Engineering

Ken has nearly 21 years’ of experience working in the CNC machine and automation integration business. After graduating with a degree in Electronics, he spent the first 5 years of his career designing control systems, servicing systems, and developing grinding processes for high precision cylindrical grinding machines. In 2000, Ken and two friends started Matrix Design, Inc. building the company from operating out of a basement to a multi-million dollar operation providing custom automation solutions to a variety of industries. After the sale of the business in 2013 to the Bertsche family, Ken remains part of the Matrix team as VP of Electrical and Controls.

Doug Sands
Service & Application Manager

Doug has over 20 years’ experience in the machine building industry. He assembled precision grinders where he learned how to build, wire, and program machines. Doug eventually led their service department, overseeing acceptance and installations around the world. He joined Matrix in 2010 as the Service & Applications manager and is responsible for leading over 25 applications engineers and robot technicians at Matrix to ensure each system is designed, built, programmed, approved, and installed successfully for our customers. Doug has an Associates of Science in CAD/CAM.

Ivette Franco
Director of IT

Ivette has 30 years’ experience in IT solutions. While pursuing a business degree at Northeastern Illinois University, she joined Matrix’s sister company, Camcraft, where she worked as the IT Manager for nearly 28 years. While at Camcraft, she worked alongside Management, Financial, Operation, and Quality that provided her the understanding to successfully streamline many business processes through the implementation of appropriate technical solutions.Ivette is a passionate and progressive Information Technology Professional who has made significant successful impacts at Matrix with the implementation of a new ERP system, applications automation, business case development, and infrastructure transformation.

Mark Belanger
Human Resources Director

Mark joined the Matrix team with a varied and unique background, from being a Captain in the US Air Force to being the COO of a large finance company, he has overseen the HR function for many years.He is passionate about team building and cultural development because it is through developing and taking care of your people that you are able to serve your customers with excellence. We help employees grow by engaging with them on a personal level. We want to know what their goals and aspirations are how to help them grow at work, at home and within the community.

Rand Estlund

Rand has over 30 years’ of business experience. Ten of those years were in the consumer electronics field while over 20 years were spent in the manufacturing and automation industries. In addition to various accounting roles, he has also held numerous positions outside of finance including Operations and General Management. Rand holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Mankato State College.

Jack Chiappe
Production Manager

Jack recently celebrated his 10th year as the Production Manager at Matrix. He has over 30 years’ experience in the automation industry. Previously, Jack owned and operated his own machine shop making parts for many companies including Matrix. He held positions at other automation businesses over the years, which include Manufacturing Engineer, Application Engineer, Machine Designer, and Machine Builder. Jack started out as a Tool Maker and served his apprenticeship at his family’s business.

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