In April of 2017, East Coast-based Superior Controls merged with West Coast-based Banks Integration Group. In 2019 Superior Controls and its West Coast division, Banks Integration proudly joined the E Technologies Group as the foundation of its Life Sciences Center of Excellence. In our continuing blog series introducing our corporate leadership, we are spotlighting the West Coast management team, who we have asked to share details of their tenure with the company, information about their background, and personal fun facts.
Gary Powell, Vice President of Life Sciences Center of Excellence
Gary Powell is Vice President of Banks Integration Group and the Life Sciences Center of Excellence for E Technologies Group. Gary has more than 20 years of leadership experience with Banks Integration, and has previously held positions as Director of Operations, Business Unit Manager, Engineering Manager, and Senior Project Manager.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Gary has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has achieved his professional engineer’s license in the state of California. Gary is a member of the Leadership Board of the University of California, Davis in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. Gary began his career at Pacific Gas and Electric, where he was introduced to control systems.
Fun facts: “I have participated in a few SF Giants Fantasy Camps and have played baseball there against Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam lead vocalist), John Cusack (actor) and Benjamin Bratt (actor) – I claim to be the only guy on the planet that has struck out those 3 individuals.”
Stan Reyna, Director of Operations
Originally from France, Stan Reyna studied electrical engineering at the National Engineering School of ENSEM in Nancy, France. Stan’s first job in the U.S. was with Certainteed as an assistant financial analyst, where he learned about finance in a manufacturing setting. Stan 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 since 2005, Stan is the company’s Director of Operations in the Vacaville, California office.
Fun facts: Stan and his family enjoy road trips through the US and Canada, skiing in the nearby Lake Tahoe resorts and going on cruises. Stan spends his free time playing tennis and golf, and working on his old BMW. Stan was born in France, and spent time during his youth assisting his grandparents with their vineyard and blacksmith shop. He is an enthusiastic Minnesota Vikings fan.
For more information about Stan, read this blog post.
John Simpson, Director of South Bay Operations
In early 2018, experienced electrical engineer John Simpson joined our California-based team as the Director of South Bay Operations for the new South San Francisco office. Prior to joining Banks Integration Group, John 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.
Fun facts about John: Born in Scotland, John relocated to California for a wind turbine project and was so pleased with the weather that he never went back! “I didn’t know you could have weather that wasn’t rainy!” he quips. “My birthday is in June. In Scotland, you can’t have a BBQ without a backup plan.”
John and his wife have three adult children who grew up with California as their home. The family enjoys spending summers at a remote cabin on the Canadian border in Maine. The couple has two sons, Alasdair, age 24 and Duncan age 27, and a daughter, Tia, age 23.
For more information about John, read this blog post.
Christina Lamparski, Business Development Manager
Christina Lamparski joined the South San Francisco office of Banks Integration in 2019 as the company’s business development manager. Christina brings more than 20 years of experience in the automation, engineering services, and software industries with her past employment at Rockwell Automation, Honeywell Process Solutions, and NNE Pharmaplan.
A California native, Christina grew up in SoCal and earned her B.S. in industrial technology from California Polytechnic State University. After graduation, Christina relocated to NorCal where she currently resides. When not at work, Christina enjoys spending time with her family exploring the outdoors, learning about history, and traveling.
For more information about Christina, read this blog post.