Employee Profiles

Meet The People Who Drive The Performance

We have key leaders across our organization to ensure a complete understanding of your automation needs and to deliver flawless execution and implementation of every project.

Steve Nordness - President

Steve Nordness

Steve Nordness was “born and brewed” in the metro Milwaukee area. A WI native who attended the University of WI-Platteville and Waukesha Co. Technical College, Steve is not only one of the area’s experts in Automation and Control Systems, having led or assisted with key operations at organizations both large and small; he’s been successful in helping to achieve the automation goals of companies across the country. While enjoying a prosperous career with a prominent electrical company, Steve decided he wanted to focus on a more specific aspect of the business, eventually leaving to form Automation Solutions LLC.

Steve’s always possessed the ability to examine an organization’s productivity levels and processes, finding ways to achieve operational enhancements and efficiencies aligning to the ROI goals of the customer. This skill set helped create the values shared across all employees at Automation Solutions LLC:

  • Curiosity
  • Safeguarding
  • Betterment
  • Partnership

Another trait of Steve’s, which is shared across the organization, is the belief that since no two business are exactly alike, every client is privy to custom solutions designed for their specific needs. While there may be times an “off the shelf” solution could be the answer, Steve enjoys examining the issue to find ways that particular solution could be expertly crafted to more specifically deliver the customer’s objective. He often equates this level of service to what you would expect from a boutique retail store or custom tailor. For some customers, there may be a place for “off the shelf,” but when you’re seeking an option you want to feel really good about (knowing it was designed with the best intention for you), Automation Solutions LLC is the answer.

Since opening the doors to Automation Solutions LLC in 2011, Steve’s been the one overseeing big picture goals for the company, while remaining close to the daily operations. From sales proposals to panel installation, Steve remains involved where appropriate in order to stay in touch with the work Automation Solutions LLC puts forth.

Steve enjoys spending time away from the office with his family, in addition to the never-ending quest for that perfect round of golf. Now if only there was a way to automate that much needed 9-iron fade from 110 yards out from the pin…

Autumn Matian, Manufacturing Revolutionary

Autumn Matian
Manufacturing Revolutionary

All companies wish they had a team member who literally knows everything that’s going on within the organization. Meet Autumn, a true aggregation of the entire company’s knowledge base. Autumn has a vast history and is constantly updating her knowledge base – while providing insights on many of the industry’s most relevant topics. Her contributions have helped transform manufacturing companies who believe they have labor issues (workforce shortage, high cost of wages & benefits, training, human error, etc.), by shifting the discussion to how their real issues are inefficiencies with production and/or operations. Autumn’s experienced in showing businesses how to cut costs and save time on the logistics associated with hiring; while helping them transition to innovative solutions to optimize their process and become more efficient in achieving their desired ROI targets.

Autumn’s the collection of knowledge of our entire team. Having earned degrees from many of Wisconsin’s top engineering schools (including UW-Madison, Marquette University, MATC, UW-Platteville, WCTC and more), she’s a resource to both existing and future Automation Solutions LLC customers. Be sure to follow her at https://www.linkedin.com/in/autumn-matian/ as she shares valuable information regarding Conveyance, Batching, Machine Tending, Motion Control Packaging, Robotics, Press Operation, CNC, and Safety.

Autumn remains active and connected to many of Wisconsin’s top business organizations. Her reach and impact extend well beyond this geography, as her learnings apply to any manufacturing business world-wide. Feel free to reach out and connect with her any time at autumn@automationsolutionsllc.com.

Michael Shea VP Marketing

Michael Shea

A graduate of Marquette University who relocated to South Florida to run an International Marketing Agency, Michael Shea recently returned to his Midwest roots and joins Automation Solutions as our Vice President of Marketing. While serving as the Managing Partner at his agency, Michael was responsible for over 40% growth in margin, having contributed over $250M in incremental revenue during his tenure.  

Michael’s experience extends across multiple industries ranging from CPG, Food & Beverage, Brewing, Distilling, Technology, Automotive, Pharmaceutical and Financial Services. Some of the more prominent clients Michael has been fortunate to work with are MillerCoors, Pabst, Samuel Adams, Dodge, Ford, Mini, BMW, Volkswagen, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, Comcast, Bacardi, Allied Domecq, Campari, Sparkling ICE, Vanguard Financial, Abbott Labs, and Coca-Cola Co.

Michael spent eight years at Miller Brewing Company (MillerCoors / MolsonCoors), enjoying his time as an innovative Product Manager. This experience allowed him to refine his knowledge of the entire production process, understanding what is required to take a product from an “idea,” through all operational and production/packaging aspects to make it a reality for consumers.

The opportunity for Automation Solutions to help enhance our clients’ productivity and efficiency excites Michael because it aligns with his professional philosophy of…

  1. Contribute – Add value every day.
  2. Learn – Surround yourself with people smarter than you.
  3. Enjoy – Have fun and make the environment better for those around you.

Michael is extremely bullish on the opportunity and need for increased Automation in every industry- as it not only positively contributes to an organization’s ROI goals, it also poses an opportunity to increase individuals “quality of life.” Applying automation to process-driven functions helps in shifting people from performing mundane tasks to allowing them to develop more purposeful skills and applying their time to focus on the things they love.

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Adrienne Wolf
Office Manager

Every organization should be so fortunate to have an employee like a Swiss Army Knife who can do it all; or maybe the better analogy in this instance is a PLC. Adriene is skilled at both proactively and reactively monitoring the organization to keep things running effectively. When asked about her favorite aspect of her job, Adrienne frequently responds, “that no two days are exactly alike.”

Adrienne started with us back in 2014 and has either led or assisted with A/P, A/R, Payroll, Employee Benefits, Job Costing, Recruiting, etc; along with general office duties. She enjoys the tight-knit culture at Automation Solutions LLC and gets excited when she hears from employees and customers about how we were able to help fix issues and/or save them money.

With a background in Nursing, Accounting, and working with an Electrical Contracting Company, Adrienne has the ideal skillset to assist the various personalities across our company. Adrienne enjoys spending time outside the office with her family; especially enjoying the great outdoors and camping during the WI summer months.

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