The leadership of Patti Engineering has been a team for nearly 20 years. Their experience has lead Patti Engineering from one man and a laptop, through 2009, to three offices, and into the fourth industrial revolution.
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, and Indianapolis, IN. 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 technologies that have been used for distribution, assembly, powertrain assembly, Food, and Entertainment and amongst other industries. Under Sam’s leadership, Patti Engineering has become a leader in applications of Industry 4.0 and digital twining to improve manufacturing through AI and data science.
Sam is also is the sales and Managing Member of Law Enforcement Intelligent Devices (www.leidproducts.com), a partnership company that spun out 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 almost 30 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, 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.
Vice President, Engineering
David G. Foster holds the position of Vice President of Engineering & Operations for Patti Engineering. Dave has been with Patti Engineering since 1995. He has provided more than 2 decades of executive and management service to all client relations, project planning, project estimation, as well as leading our team of highly skilled engineers. In past experiences, Dave 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.
Dave has both a Michigan and a Texas Professional Engineering license, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University (GMI) in Flint, Michigan. Dave also serves as the Vice President of LEID (www.LEIDProducts.com), and runs his sons automotive racing team (www.EvanFosterRacing.com).
Dave lives in Clarkston, Michigan with his wife and 2 sons; Leading an active lifestyle bouncing between traveling the Midwest with the family race team, attending kids sporting events, or boating on the beautiful Great Lakes.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
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.
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.