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Management Team

The leadership of the Patti Engineering team is a dynamic group; as devoted to the company and client base as they are to their engineering team and the Auburn Hills community.

Sam Hoff, President of Patti Engineering, Inc.

Sam Hoff, Chief Executive Officer

Samuel M. Hoff, Chief Executive Officer, started the company from his home in 1991. Since then he’s expanded his business to more than 35 college-degreed engineers. Patti Engineering has engineering offices in Auburn Hills, MI, Austin, TX, Indianapolis, IN and Chattanooga, TN. Patti Engineering is named after Patti Hoff, CFO of Patti Engineering, who married Sam three weeks after the formation of Patti Engineering.

Under his leadership, Patti Engineering has developed and implemented several cutting-edge control systems that have been used for distribution, automated painting, powertrain assembly, Oil and Gas, and Energy Management amongst other applications. Sam also is the sales and business manager at Law Enforcement Intelligent Devices (, a partnership company of Patti Engineering.

Sam has served on several boards and committees including Automation Alley, Kettering University Electrical Engineering Department and the Controls Systems Integrators Association. Sam also is a past president of the Clarkston Rotary Club in Clarkston, Michigan. With more than 20 years of experience in the controls system integration industry, Sam and his employees have an outstanding record of satisfying clients and receiving repeat business.

Sam earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan.

Originally from Maryland, Sam resides in Clarkston, Michigan with his wife Patti, a Flint, MI native and two beautiful children. The Hoff family enjoys spending time together in the Michigan outdoors. Sam has a passion for golf and is an avid baseball fan.

Patti Hoff, President of Patti Engineering, Inc.

Patti Hoff, Chief Financial Officer

Patti, Chief Financial Officer, is a Michigan native and has been with the Patti Engineering since its inception in 1991. She provided the company with the inspiration for its name and worked alongside her husband, Sam.

Patti earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. Under her leadership, Patti Engineering has built a solid financial position to ensure continued growth.

Dave Foster, Vice President of Engineering.

Dave Foster, Vice President of Engineering

David G. Foster holds the position of Vice President of Engineering. David has been with Patti Engineering since 1995. He has provided more than 13 years of executive and management service to all client relations, project planning, project estimation, as well as managing the employee development and hiring process. David also leads the effort at Patti Engineering in developing a product-based portfolio. In past experiences, David has worked in the electrical utilities industry for a Caribbean-based company on several assignments including ‘hands-on’ work in transmission and distribution systems, as well as asset management systems development.

David earned his Michigan Professional Engineering license in 2000, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University (GMI) in Flint, Michigan. David also serves as the Product and Engineering manager of LEID (Law Enforcement Intelligent Devices) and has served as the Automation Group leader for the Southeastern Michigan chapter of ISA.

David lives in Clarkston, Michigan with his family and enjoys summer boating on Lake St. Clair and all of the Great Lakes.

Steven Palmgren, Vice President Texas Operations.

Steve Palmgren, Vice President Texas Operations

Steve Palmgren holds the position of Vice President Texas Operations.  Steve has been with Patti Engineering since 2001 and has 20+ years of experience in controls and information systems from plant floor and assembly automation; to developing oil and gas drilling/production applications; to specializing in assessing and manipulating databases.  Steve moved to Texas from Michigan in 2010 to start and develop the Texas office for Patti Engineering and is responsible for all aspects of the Texas office.  On top of that Steve is also responsible for contributing to corporate strategy.  His management responsibilities include:  engineering, project, sales and account management, hiring, training, and mentoring.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.  In 2012, Steve furthered his engineering accomplishments by earning his Professional Engineer (P.E.) license from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

Steve and his wife Lindsay have a daughter, Reese and son, Isaac. The Palmgren family enjoys spending time outdoors enjoying many of Austin’s live music venues, parks, and pools.  You will commonly find Steve tinkering or fixing something in his garage or gardening in his free time.  Steve is also an avid College Football fan.

Georgia Whalen, Marketing Director.

Georgia Whalen, Director of Marketing

Georgia H. Whalen serves as the Director of Marketing for Patti Engineering, responsible for strategic development and implementation of Patti Engineering’s marketing and public relations initiatives. In addition, Georgia spearheads business development opportunities for Patti Engineering’s North East Regional office. Her responsibilities include forming strategic partnerships with automation manufacturers and distributors to bring Patti Engineering’s expertise in developing and implementing cutting edge control systems to clients in the North East Market.

Georgia is a seasoned professional with 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, distribution and account management. She has a track record of increasing sales and identifying and developing new market opportunities with fortune 500 companies, as well as growing small to mid-size businesses.

Georgia earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Georgia resides in Arlington, Massachusetts with her husband and three children.

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Erik Pedersen, Business Development Manager, North & Southeast

Erik Pedersen joined Patti Engineering in 2012, bringing a wealth of sales knowledge to the company to support ongoing business development efforts. In his business development role, Erik pursues establishing new business and developing existing relationships with our current clients to contribute to the continued growth of the company. Previously, he worked for Olympia Entertainment managing premium sales. Prior to Olympia, he was responsible for corporate sales with the Detroit Pistons.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Administration with an emphasis in Business Management, Marketing and Communications from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. He also earned his Master’s degree in Education from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio while assistant coaching the school’s football team.

Eric resides in Royal Oak, Michigan, and enjoys travel, golf, football, running, fishing, water skiing, wake boarding and camping.

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Nick Hobbs, Business Development Manager, Midwest

Nick Hobbs joined Patti Engineering in 2015, responsible for the growth and development of Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio.  Nick is a sales professional who had 4 years of experience with the manufacturing industry during his times working with distribution sales.    His relationships and experience have been in the technical sales and marketing for the automotive industry, pharmaceutical industry, food & beverage industry, plastics industry, as well as the veneer industry.

Nick earned his Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering with a minor in Business Management from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  He currently resides in Kokomo, Indiana.  Nick enjoys football, travel softball, bowling, baseball, basketball, and much more.

Wayne McNeil, Senior Sales Engineer.

Wayne McNeil, Senior Sales Engineer

Wayne McNeil holds the position of Senior Sales Engineer. Wayne is a seasoned business professional with 25 years of experience in engineering and sales within the automation industry. His responsibilities include developing partnerships with manufactures and end users that rely on automation to meet the demands of their day to day operations.

Wayne has wide range of experience with automated systems including motion control, assembly, automated test and data handling systems. His previous experiences have offered him the opportunity to work closely with the engineering staff at Patti Engineering. He understands how to deploy the expertise at Patti Engineering to provide value added design, engineering and programming to meet today and tomorrow’s demands in the automation industry.

In addition to completing numerous training courses, he completed Associates of Science degrees in robotics and electrical engineering technologies at Delta College. He has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Saginaw Valley State University in electrical engineering.

Wayne lives in Saginaw, MI with his family and enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and snowmobiling in Northern Michigan.