Collaboration Applies

ESE is a trusted name in plant automation. With more than 30 years in business, ESE has a proven performance record for quality process design and industrial controls integration.

Working together as a team of employee-owners, our process controls engineers, designers, programmers and support personnel provide the knowledge and expertise our customers need to solve problems, meet challenges and uncover opportunities for optimization and plant automation.

Leadership Team

Keith Fraleigh

Keith Fraleigh President & CEO

Keith Fraleigh was named President and CEO of ESE in 2018. A true servant-leader, Keith believes that it is his job to provide the support and tools to ESE team members so that they can take care of their customers. Keith is a voracious reader and enjoys many genres. However, his favorite fiction authors would include: J.R.R. Tolkien, Tom Clancy and Frederick Forsyth.

Kevin Nowack

Kevin Nowack Director of Project Management

Kevin Nowack has been with ESE for more than two decades and brings 30+ years of industry experience to the table. He currently leads the team’s Project Management team and has contributed to hundreds of projects across dozens of sectors in Food & Beverage processing. An avid mountain climber, Kevin is always ready to surmount the next challenge.

John Tertin

John Tertin Director of Sales

John Tertin holds a degree in Computer Information Systems and spent his first years with the company as a key component of ESE’s Automation and Analytical solution teams. He then served as Director of MIS, but now is excited to lead the sales function of ESE. Fun fact – early in his career, John programmed a 240 kW co-generation power plant for the city of Santa Maria, California.

Tim Steinke

Tim Steinke Director of Engineering

With over 28 years of experience (ten of which were spent at ESE), Tim is an expert in HMI/PLC Programming and Process Control Engineering. He loves baseball, especially the Brewers. In fact, the historical figure he would most like to meet is Ted Williams.

Brian Pierce

Brian Pierce Business Operations Manager

A Microsoft Certified Professional with a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management from Herzing University, Brian has been supporting both ESE colleagues and customers for the past seven years. Anytime, he isn’t working you can bet that Brian will be on the golf course trying to make that ever elusive hole-in-one.

Sales Team



Cory has more than two decades of Automation industry experience and holds a degree in Engineering from Northern Illinois University. His time spent directly in the field makes Cory particularly astute in understanding ESE’s customers. It’s also no surprise that he names famed inventor Nikola Tesla as one of his most influential historical figures.



Graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Craig often works with ESE customers in the Dairy, Egg, and Flavors & Ingredients industries. With 13 years of experience, Craig excels at what he does. However, work is not the only thing he excels at. He loves to water ski and has even water skied on Team USA in three Chinese tournaments in 2012!

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