Leadership

Our Firm

Founded in 1989, AMT now employs over 120 engineers who solve manufacturing automation challenges throughout industries in the US and around the world.  We pride ourselves in the diverse breadth of Services we provide and in the depth of Solutions we can offer.

Michael P. Jacobs
President and Founder
As Founder of Applied Manufacturing Technologies in 1989, and current CEO, Mike is an expert in the robotic automation industry. Prior to AMT, at GMF Robotics (now FANUC), Mike pioneered the product development and market introduction of robot simulation and offline programming systems. Mike earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State, MS EE from Wayne State, is a graduate of the President’s Program in Leadership of the Harvard Business School and is a licensed Professional Engineer. Mike is active in the World President’s Organization, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Detroit Economic Club. He serves as the 2017 Chairman of Robotics Industries Association. Additionally, he is a Trustee of Beaumont Health Systems located in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Diane M. Haig
Chief Knowledge Officer
As Chief Knowledge Officer, Diane holds dual responsibility for Human Resources and Information Technology teams. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Oakland University. Diane brought 20 years of diverse professional experience to AMT in 1996 when she joined as a software engineer. She is passionate about ensuring AMT’s customers are supported by talented and skilled automation engineers.

Jason C. Koan
Controller
Jason is the Controller at Applied Manufacturing Technologies. As the overseer of all things financial, Jason is responsible for the financial forecasts and statements, managing the accounting department, setting internal controls and financial procedures, cash management, and facility management. He also represents the company to financial partners, the insurance agent, and the CPA firm. He holds a BBA degree in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University.

Craig J. Salvalaggio
Vice President of Engineering and General Industries Director
Craig leads the largest segment of AMT’s automation engineering business. His technical skills in robotic automation combined with a leadership ability led to his current role as Vice President of Engineering and General Industries Director. His strategic mission is to continue driving growth and diversity of the General Industries market segments.

James C. Cooper
Vice President of Sales
James is a 32 year veteran of the robotics & automation industry. Prior to joining AMT, James held leadership roles within the robotics industry. He is a frequent public speaker on robotics and automation and has served on a variety of industry and academic advisory boards and councils.

Jordan Merhib
Director of Business Development
Jordan leads AMT business development into new markets. He is a 30 year veteran in the industrial automation world with a background in machine vision, industrial robotics, and electronics assembly. Jordan has managed in several international companies and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

Rick Vanden Boom
Automated Systems Group Manager
Rick Vanden Boom is the Automated Systems Group Director at Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT). Rick has over 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing automation industry. His background includes application engineering, sales, and operations management. He has worked for several international companies across multiple industries and has a track record of success in product development and new market introductions.

Rebecca Markel
Director of Marketing
Rebecca comes to AMT with over 15 years of experience in B2B industrial marketing with 8 years in the automation industry. She is passionate about customer focused marketing and measuring success. Rebecca is responsible for AMT brand management, marketing strategy and initiatives, public relations and events.

Troy Schrock
Co-Founder and Principal – CEO Advisors, LLC
Troy Schrock is Co-Founder and Principal at CEO Advisors, LLC, a professional consultancy, and serves as a management and financial advisor to the AMT executive team. Prior to founding CEO Advantage, Troy was a CPA and manager in a professional accounting firm and an independent consultant specializing in emerging mid-market companies. Troy’s guidance has provided key input and guidance to the strategic planning and direction of AMT.