|Matt Tyler - President/CEO Red Rabbit Automation, LLC.
While assuming the role of President/CEO of Red Rabbit Automation, Matt also serves as the CEO of Vickers Engineering. A contract Machining supplier to mature industries such as Automotive and Oil & Gas, Vickers Engineering has leveraged Red Rabbit’s automation expertise to become a critical supplier to the likes of Toyota, Honda and FMC Technologies. A 1994 DePauw University graduate, Matt, along with his respective roles at RRA and Vickers, is a current or past Board Director for Littleford Day Corporation, the Southwest Michigan Economic Growth Alliance, the Berrien County Manufacturers Council, the Tri-County Manufacturers Council, the Lake Michigan College Capital Campaign, and other various community boards. Since 2011, Matt has become a regular contributor for CNBC’s Street Signs, and has represented Red Rabbit and Vickers in various publications, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, and Automotive News.
|Scott Dawson - Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Scott, not your average CPA, comes to Red Rabbit Automation with a wide range of experience in successfully running and growing publically and privately held businesses over the past 20 years. Prior to his private sector career, Scott spent a number of years in public accounting, most recently with BDO LLP in Troy, MI. He has also held CFO positions at companies in the software, manufacturing and automation arenas, most recently at Vickers Engineering and Welch Packaging Group, Inc. Scott has an undergraduate accounting degree from Marquette University and graduate degrees in finance and accounting from the University of Maryland and Michigan State University, respectively. Scott enjoys coaching and serves on various community committees and boards.
|Corey Carolla - VP, Corporate Development
In his current role as Vice President of Corporate Development for Red Rabbit Automation, Corey focuses on identifying and evaluating new growth opportunities and designing initiatives primary through strategic partnerships, talent development and long-term corporate strategy. Corey comes to the Red Rabbit team with a unique skill set; an Economic, Business and Workforce Development background, enhanced by over 18 years’ experience in the Manufacturing Industry. Corey has served in key leadership positions in community, workforce, and business development, helping initiate and implement regional business and economic development alliance collaboration, to foster growth and promote the economic vitality of the region and The Industry. Integral to Corey’s efficacy is his strength in identifying and attracting innovative revenue solutions for talent acquisition in both new and existing industries. Corey works directly to engage and collaborate with key stakeholders in community economic development and education in strategic planning, including tactics and initiatives to cultivate and augment the talent pipeline, particularly in the Manufacturing Industry. Corey received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management from Florida State University and is also a graduate from the University of Oklahoma, Economic Development Institute where he also serves on the Board of Directors. In his free time, Corey enjoys spending time with his family, coaching and supporting his children in hockey, soccer, baseball and robotics.
|John Cammarata - Vice President of Operations
A native of the Chicago area, John joined the Red Rabbit Automation team bringing 35+ years of entrepreneurial experience in the Automation industry. With past customers such as: Chrysler, Ford, General Electric, Kraft Foods, 3M, ITW, Motorola, Andersen Windows, and Kimberly Clark, John brings expertise in many manufacturing technologies such as assembly, machining, converting, and molding to name a few… After receiving his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Bradley University, and his double Master’s degree in Computer science and Physics at DePaul University, John built two successful automation companies from the ground up where he held all leadership roles and developed expertise in all aspects of the business. John has been active with Boy Scout leadership in his community, taught boating safety courses with the U.S Power Squadron, and is a member of a vintage sports car racing team where he consults on technical issues and restorations.
Manufacturing automation is trickling down from the massive automotive assembly lines toward the “mom and pop” machine shop. As you take your first look at automation, consider the benefits of and barriers to this technology.
Wall Street Journal article on Robotics and powering the new automated factory floor.