Leadership Team - experienced, diverse, innovative, solution-driven.

Leadership Team

John Stingel


I began working with industrial automation services in 1981, long before the IoT began to take off. Over the years, I progressed from field work, handling industrial mechanical services, through the ranks to VP of Operations. In this role, I was accountable to all field operations, mechanical and electrical services, as well as manufacturing processes.

When the family-owned business was sold and I completed my obligations for employment, I realized that I wanted to continue developing new industrial material handling and automation technologies.

Congruent Concepts & Solutions, LLC was born from my years of experience and developed expertise in the design, fabrication, installation and integration of automation equipment and processes. The name for the company came from my desire to guide companies by creating concepts and implementing solutions that work together for the greater good, and maintain consistency and compatibility.

We continue to expand our horizons with projects both large and small, and with new custom concepts and solutions for our customers.

Industries of Expertise:

• Automotive • Beverage • Distribution • Industrial • Pharmaceutical

Mark McMeans

Manufacturing Manager

Mark joined Congruent in December of 2013. He has over 40 years of experience in industrial manufacturing, including multiple years of work in tool and die, injection molding, and custom machine design and build.

Mark’s breadth and depth of expertise has been developed across many positions and industries. Mark was a manufacturing manager for a safety and relief valve and refrigeration valve manufacturer. He also owned and operated his own machine shop for fourteen years where he was responsible for sales, employee direction and supervision, as well as machining.

Mark is a wealth of knowledge in the manufacturing and machining world and that background parlays directly to CCS being able to provide more services and results to our customers.

Industries of Expertise:

Automotive • Beverage • Distribution • Industrial • Pharmaceutical

Jimmy Harwood

Project Manager

Jimmy Harwood brings 20 years of project management experience to Congruent Concepts & Solutions. His expertise includes rigging, machinery moving, heavy hauling, automation installation, and most mechanical services. He manages our field crews, millwrights and welders with projects ranging from regular preventative maintenance to industrial mechanical services to full plant relocations. Jimmy and his teams can handle any project you have including destroying equipment for certification and accurately handling expensive, sensitive equipment and machinery.

If it has four wheels and a motor, he can drive it. Jimmy has his CDL Class A license, he is a 6G certified welder, he is a certified forklift operator, and he operates our cranes, scissor lifts, and anything else. Jimmy is very conscientious about his work and his customer service. His capabilities are top-notch and he allows us to provide exceptional skills and service for our customers.

Industries of Expertise:

Automotive • Distribution • Health Care • Industrial • Textiles

Chris Parsons

Assistant Project Manager

Chris Parsons has many years of experience in scheduling and managing projects. As the Assistant Project Manager for Congruent Concepts & Solutions, she handles many HR elements including hiring packets, drug test scheduling, time sheets and allocation of resources.

Chris schedules the CCS teams so that we provide our customers with the correct expertise on each job. She also manages the travel schedules and accommodations for our team. She is a whiz with a spreadsheet and she runs a tight ship to always source the best, most cost effective options for each project.

Chris also handles the shipping & receiving logistics which allows CCS to receive materials, ship materials, and deliver projects on time and under budget.

Industries of Expertise:

Distribution • Logistics • Industrial • Logistics • Mechanical

Jeff Anderson

Solutions Specialist

Jeff began his career in manufacturing with a small, family owned business. The core competencies were injection molding, aluminum die cast, CNC machining, and both mechanical and electrical assembly and test.

Jeff started at entry level and worked his way through the plant doing just about every job in the building. His years in maintenance were the most interesting.

To look back at the way things were done years ago as compared to the automation that is in place today, it is astounding. Jeff truly enjoyed combining several mundane tasks to a level of automation so that one operator could handle several machines. If someone told him it couldn’t be done, he would form a team with the in-house maintenance, tooling, and process engineering groups and challenge them for a solution. They put their heads together and always came up with a cost effective solution.

Jeff’s many years in management were the most rewarding. Traveling, meeting customers and resolving issues provided valuable insight and education.

Starting a new career with CCS is somewhat of a repeat – small business with a group of very smart and talented people, all eager to learn from each other’s expertise and take on new challenges as a team to bring an elevated level of concepts and solutions to the customer.

Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team and is a large part of elevating the customer experience. We all look forward to his long career.

Industries of Expertise:

Controls • Medical • Power Sports • Technical • Telecom

Jody Burgess

Applications Engineer

Jody is a Chemical Engineer with over 10 years of technology implementation, project supervision, and customer support experience.

As the Applications Engineer at Congruent, he works directly with customers to identify process enhancements and solve problems. Once a solution is outlined for the customer, he orchestrates the Congruent team to make sure all of the on-site needs are met.

Jody’s background allows us to ramp up our offerings exponentially, specifically to the brewery industry and the food manufacturing industry.

Industries of Expertise:

Dredging & Mining • Food & Beverage • Manufacturing • Pharmaceutical • Water Treatment & Utilities

Andrew Bostrom

Mechanical Engineer

For Andrew, engineering just comes naturally. He started tinkering at an early age and hasn’t stopped. Andrew joined the Congruent team in late 2015. Prior to coming on board, he was a mechanical engineer for a pulp and paper company in the Midwest.

Andrew’s expertise revolves around large conveyor and material handling systems. He is an adept problem solver and can upgrade an existing system or design and direct fabrication for a custom solution.

During his short time at Congruent, Andrew has made a big impact with several innovative designs and customer solutions including indexing conveyors, a handheld dispenser, and a canning variety pack machine for the beverage industry.

Having Andrew as a part of the CCS team allows us to provide complete engineering and design services for our customers.

Industries of Expertise:

Automotive • Beverage • Conveyors • Packaging • Pulp & Paper

Casey Miller

Mechanical Engineer

Casey is a true local, having been born and raised in Asheville. He went to UNCA and received his degree in Mechatronics, which is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that includes a combination of systems engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. Casey’s specific experience includes mechanical design, electrical design, controls and sensor integration.

A few of his recent projects have included 2D and 3D modeling for industrial equipment, conveyor layouts, electrical drawings, and original machine designs. He has worked on tilt table modifications, industrial stair and ramp designs, and custom material handling end effector tooling.

Since joining Congruent in late 2015, Casey has jumped right in. He’ll do just about anything anyone asks of him and is a great team player.

Industries of Expertise:

Automotive • Beverage • Controls • Conveyors • Material Handling

Rick Minch

Controls Engineer

Rick is the quintessential engineer, always with some type of project going on. He has a wide variety of experience ranging from the military, to family-owned business, to running his own business.

Rick has a great variety of experience in engineering including automation, control systems design, PLC programming, vision systems, motion control, DeviceNet, variable frequency drives and SCADA. He works with all major suppliers including Wonderware, Allen Bradley, Rockwell, and Siemens. And he brews his own beer.

Rick can take a project from concept to design to implementation. His background and expertise is an important part of the single source solution for our customers.

Industries of Expertise:

Automotive • Beverage • Conveyors • Packaging • Robots

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