Rick Pierro is co-founder and owner of Superior Controls and has over twenty-five years of control systems experience. Mr. Pierro has served as President of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Boston Area Chapter and has been on the ISPE Board of Directors since 2004 as Chairman of Student Affairs. He is currently Chairman of the ISPE International Membership Committee, a Trustee for the New Hampshire High Technology Council and is Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Engineering Department. Mr. Pierro’s longtime support of the UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering earned him the “Francis College Distinguished Engineering Award” in 2003.
In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of Acumentrics Corporation, a leading fuel cell development and manufacturing company, E-Trolz, Inc., a leading provider of technology for electrophysiological medical devices, Mind Child Medical, a leading neonatal EKG medical device manufacturer, and Degree Controls, Inc., a leading thermal dissipation company for the IT industry.
Prior to Superior Controls, Mr. Pierro held various positions in project engineering, sales, and sales management. His work experiences include serving as an automation engineer at a systems integrator, where he designed and implemented PLC-based control systems for both the chemical and food and beverage industries.
Mr. Pierro graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Chemistry in 1981 and received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lowell in 1983. He researched and wrote his thesis on the testing of advanced PID tuning techniques for process control applications, and also taught several process control courses. He later completed several business courses at Harvard Business School. He is a frequent guest speaker on topics ranging from biotech automation, batching, and FDA validation requirements such as 21CFR Part 11, Process Analytical Technology, and GAMP.
Vice President of Engineering
Robert Patrick is responsible for management of the engineering department, project management oversight, resource allocation, and project cost control at Superior Controls. Mr. Patrick has over 18 years of control systems experience.
Mr. Patrick also provides proposal support with evaluation and qualification of project opportunities, conceptual design of control systems, and development of project costing. He is responsible for overseeing quality assurance for Superior Controls which includes the development of standards and procedures, development of training programs, and guiding customer quality audits. Mr. Patrick is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Boston Area Chapter.
Mr. Patrick has worked as a controls systems engineer implementing automation and control strategies for the biotech, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and specialty chemical industries. Prior to joining Superior Controls, Mr. Patrick performed cyber defense research and development.
Mr. Patrick graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1994 and received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University in 1996.
Vice President of Operations
Damon Robbins is the Proposals Manager at Superior Controls and has over fifteen years of control systems experience. Mr. Robbins is responsible for the risk analysis, evaluation, and qualification of project opportunities, conceptual design of control systems, and development of project costing.
Mr. Robbins is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) Boston Area Chapter, works closely with Superior Controls Sales and Engineering, and has been a project manager and project engineer for the team.
Prior to Superior Controls, Mr. Robbins has held various positions in the manufacturing and service sectors including engineering management, product and sales engineering, project management, and project engineering. His work experience also includes being involved in the architecture, design, and automation/controls of machinery that was awarded one of Time magazine’s inventions of the year for 2000.
Mr. Robbins graduated from Western New England College with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1993 and received his M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 2004.
Business Development Manager
A 28-year veteran of the automation industry, Ken Hackett joined Superior controls in 2016 after spending two-and-a-half decades with Horizon Solutions, a Rockwell Automation distributor. Over those 25 years, Mr. Hackett held several positions from warehouse, to sales manager covering the Northeast, including NY, VT, NH, MA and Canada. While working in sales, Mr. Hackett covered such diverse industries such as pulp and paper, food and beverage, automotive, biotech, and more.
Vice President, Banks Integration
Gary Powell has been with Banks Integration for nearly 20 years, and is currently the company’s vice president. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Powell has a degree in mechanical engineering and has achieved his professional engineer’s license in the state of California. Mr. Powell began his career at Pacific Gas and Electric, where he was introduced to control systems.
Director of Operations
Originally from France, Stan Reyna studied electrical engineering at the National Engineering School of ENSEM in Nancy, France. Mr. Reyna’s first job in the U.S. was with Certainteed as an assistant financial analyst, where he learned about finance in a manufacturing setting. Mr. Reyna later returned to France and spent several years as an automation technical manager at a shipbuilding plant, working on some of the most impressive cruise ships of the day. A Banks Integration employee now for 13 years and counting, Mr. Reyna is the company’s Director of Operations in the Vacaville, California office.
Director of South Bay Operations
In early 2018, experienced electrical engineer John Simpson joined Banks Integration’s California-based team as the Director of South Bay Operations for the new South San Francisco office. Prior to joining Banks Integration Group, Mr. Simpson worked for 23 years at Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, where he served in various roles including senior engineer, senior manager and associate director of biochemical automation in the San Francisco area.