Don Roberts brings over 30 years of domestic and international systems integration experience to the position of Principal at Exotek LLC. Due to the diversity of his professional experiences and his commitment to the future focus of the industry, Don has become a leader in providing guidance to control systems integrators as they steer their companies through periods of significant growth. In addition to sitting on the board of a number of companies, Don also performs business level audits throughout the world in order to assess companies’ compliance with the CSIA Certification program.
Prior to joining Exotek, Don managed one of Canada’s largest control systems integration businesses. He has served on advisory councils for Allen-Bradley, Digital Equipment, and one of Canada’s leading high tech universities, the University of Waterloo. He served on the Board of Governors of Conestoga College and acted as an industry adviser to several automation courses at the college. Many companies such as National Instruments and Phoenix Contact look to Don for advice on how best to work with their system integrator partners.
Don is a frequent speaker at a number of conferences and he is an active supporter of the CSIA. He is a regular judge in the Control Engineering Magazine System Integrator of the Year Award contest. Finally, Don has been involved in the negotiations of a number of the mergers and acquisitions in the control system integration industry and he provides executive level coaching to many company owners.
Don has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is a graduate of one of Canada’s most prestigious business programs, the Richard Ivey Executive Management Program. He lives with his wife in Waterloo, Ontario and enjoys weekends at their lake house in the Muskokas.
Brian Mullen, an independent management consultant, has over 30 years experience in the control systems integration industry which includes an extensive background in senior management and engineering with one of Canada’s leading control systems integrators. Since 2000, Mr. Mullen has had the opportunity to work globally with numerous and a diverse range of leading control system integrators at various stages of growth to provide management advisory support, facilitate strategic and business planning activities and provide guidance to improve their internal processes relative to industry standards.
Since 2001, Mr. Mullen has served as an auditor for the CSIA’s Certification Program and continues to sit on the CSIA’s Best Practices Committee supporting the ongoing development of the CSIA Best Practices and the Certification Audit Program.
Mr. Mullen currently works with Exotek, LLC providing consulting services to the systems integration industry.
Mr. Mullen is a licensed Professional Engineer with a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is currently based out of Ontario, Canada.
Jack brings 30 years of experience during his tenure at National Instruments, most of which focused on building the NI system integration business as the Alliance Program Manager. For the past 7 years, Jack has working in NI Global Services and Support working with project teams to deliver large-scale solutions to NI’s most strategic and demanding customers.
“In my Alliance role, I recognized the critical importance of assisting Alliance Partners to gain the business acumen necessary to manage and grow their organizations,” explains Jack. So, he spent extensive time Alliance Partners around the world understanding and sharing best business practices. As part of this effort, Jack engaged Exotek to work with NI Alliance Partners become stronger business.
Now, by joining Exotek, Jack can return to his passion of helping NI Alliance Partners. Leveraging Jack’s vast NI and Alliance Partner relationships, Exotek will work even closer with NI to deliver programs that empower our Alliance Partners with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver the professional services demanded by NI customers as part of the ‘NI system evolution.’
He is currently based out of Austin, Texas conveniently located near the National Instruments headquarters to further facilitate NI Alliance Partner business.