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

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

Craig Harris

Solutions Specialist

Craig has over 25 years of industrial experience meeting the needs of commercial clients in the material processing and power generation equipment market, along with abrasion resistant materials and processing systems.

He worked with power generation plants to improve the flow of coal storage to boilers. His work has been instrumental in identifying, designing and implementing material processing enhancements that improve and processes at cement ready-mix, aggregate and block operations.

He has also lead teams to provide critical high-temperature solutions to manufactures of optic, ferrous and non-ferrous cable as well as manufactures of medical devises and sapphire substrates.

Currently, Craig serves the material handling and processing industries for Congruent. His focus areas include heavy industrial plant maintenance and upgrade/improvement services.

Industries of Expertise:

Power Generation • Cement-Ready Mix • Aggregates • Block • Bulk Material • Asphalt • Advanced Ceramic Materials • Material Handing • Processing

Joe Mercer

Solutions Specialist

Joe began his career in warehouse management and purchasing in the furniture industry. He has worn many hats over the years, including a background in construction and maintenance. Most recently he worked in the laundry industry where he was involved in operations branch management and delivery. Additionally, he had responsibility for multiple aspects of laundry plant operations.

Joe is very customer service oriented and has handled many high profile and national accounts. His extensive management background gives him the ability to help lead our teams in the field to ensure customer satisfaction.

Joe lives in and covers the upstate of South Carolina and will travel whenever and wherever needed beyond the area.

Joe looks forward to tackling your specific needs with his goal of 100% customer satisfaction.

Distribution • Logistic • Construction • Textiles

Christian Miller

Solutions Specialist

Christian has 14 years of progressive beverage operations supply chain experience. As a beverage operations executive he held ultimate responsibility for successful planning, sourcing and delivering 40M cases to 15 Distribution Centers (DCs) and select retail customers.

As a director at a software company and as a superuser he had design, installation and improvement experience in Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Route Accounting Systems (RAS), Order Management and Business Intelligence (BI).

Prior to those roles he was in the 3PL industry working various positions including sales, sourcing and Industrial Engineering.

Currently Christian is working on automated solutions for the beverage industry for Congruent in product design and business development.

Industries of Expertise:
Beverage • 3PL • Food • Retail • Warehousing

Michael L. Morrison

Flooring Solution Specialist

Michaels’ professional career in sales and customer service began over 35 years ago. From local, regional to national sales experience he has progressed through technical knowledge, leadership and field training implementing and providing both products and support systems.

For the past 15 years he has expanded his expertise in high-performance flooring systems to industrial, commercial, retail and residential customers. He uses that expertise to understand each facility’s unique needs and recommend solutions that are appealing and comply with industry regulations. Additionally, he provides site management and follow up assuring projects are done right the first time.

Michael focuses on fluid applied industrial flooring for Congruent clients as part of our larger industrial project management service as well as on an individual flooring projects.

Industries Served:
Industrial • Commercial • Health Care • Animal Services • Food & Beverage • Restaurants • Retail• Institutional • Educational • Food Service

Ernest Devlin

Director of Operations

Ernest has over 32 years of experience in industrial manufacturing, including construction, rigging, setting machinery, electrical hook-up and commissioning. Specifically, his focus over the last 20 years has been in industrial automation with deep indolent with carton pick and pack and conveyor systems. His expertise includes design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, manufacturing and system installation.

Ernest broad-based industrial knowledge bolsters Congruent’s ability to execute wide range opportunities from specialty custom machinery to large project-based build and install.

Ernest’s focus is dedicated to safety and housekeeping, quality of work and on time delivery.

Industries of Expertise:
Industrial • Automotive • Beverage • Distribution • Construction • Pharmaceutical

Brian Owenby

Manufacturing Manager

Brian has over 25 years of experience in industrial manufacturing and machining. Specifically, he has many years in the industrial drives components industry including industrial machinery repair, conveyor and custom machinery builds.

Brian worked as an Engineering Technician for a major manufacturer and developed a strong background in Lean manufacturing and operations safety. His experience includes shop layout, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, sales, supervision, and project management.His machining management and strong CNC programming skills have helped Congruent create many customs and replicated complex parts to get our customers back up and running.

Brian’s background allows us to operate an efficient shop that provides our customers with quality products and excellent customer service.

Industries of Expertise:
Industrial • Automotive • Beverage • Distribution • Pharmaceutical

Mark Means

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

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 • Mechanical

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