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Our Team


Management Team

ChrisChris Brown – President

Chris Brown is the president of Clayton Controls and is responsible for all aspects of the company's management. An eighteen-year veteran of Clayton, Chris has held many positions in sales and operations.

“When I started with Clayton, I immediately liked that it had a small company feel with big company expectations,” Chris said. “That is what makes Clayton such a unique company and sets the tone for our culture.” Chris is very involved in the company's day-to-day operations and works closely with customers and suppliers. “We have a great team of professionals who make it happen everyday for our customers,” he said. “That level of dedication and service is invaluable to our success and the success of our customers”.

JohnJohn Allard – Vice president

John Allard is the vice president of Clayton Controls and oversees the company's sales, technology support and marketing strategies.

“I've seen a lot of changes during my 23 years at Clayton but our company culture and customer relationships have remained the same,” said John. “Our focus is on serving our customers and putting together the right solution for their specific need.” John played a key role in delivering the company's electronic product lines and expanding their offering to customers.

Marsha Stachowiak – Controller

MarshaAs Controller of Clayton Controls, Marsha is in charge of the financial statements, payroll, supervising the office accounting and warehouse staff. Marsha Stachowiak joined Clayton Controls in 1999 as Controller, and brought with her valuable experience that would help the company improve the efficiency of their financial operation. Marsha was looking for a new challenge and had confidence in Clayton's management team.

“My first thought of Clayton Controls was that it was a small company atmosphere that cared genuinely about their employees and their customers. I felt comfortable right from the beginning, and I was enthusiastic at the fact that I had challenges that were new to me and were going to make me grow not only in this position but as a person,” said Marsha.


Ric LeyvaRic Leyva - Branch Manager, Northern Central California

Ric Leyva is the Branch Manager of Clayton Controls Northern and Central California and has been in the Automation industry since 1990 with experience ranging from Application Engineering to Sales and all levels of corporate management.

“Our focus in Northern and Central California is to assist our customers in getting to market faster than their competition by leveraging our decades of combined experience in automation, motion, robotics, vison, sensor and pneumatics. The customer is the expert at their process and we are experts at applying the latest technologies to achieve their manufacturing goals. It used to be the BIG that ate the small, nowadays it’s the fast that eat the slow! Let us help make you the fastest in your industry! ”.

Sales Team

Southern California

GerryGerry Sakoda – Territory Manager, San Diego and Imperial County

Gerry started his career as an Electrical Engineer working at several large manufacturers in the San Diego area.  For the past twenty plus years Gerry has been an Applications/Sales Engineer providing automation solutions in the motion control and automation field.  This technical background and first-hand experience provides him with a better understanding of his customers needs.   

“Having been at Clayton Controls for only a short time, I’m impressed with the level of expertise and depth of technical capabilities everyone brings and am looking forward to being part of this team.”


Mark SteffensMark Steffens - Territory Manager, Los Angeles

Mark has an extensive background in fluid power and motion control with 30+ years experience in the field in southern California and Arizona.

"I have always enjoyed meeting new customers and helping with new challenging applications to provide solutions to manufacturers. Our products and internal support team insure successful integration from order to install. With today’s products being much more technical than in the past, Claytons full staff of application engineers insure the right solution is implemented. The team environment at Clayton is second to none."


arun AlagappanArun Alagappan - Territory Manager, Inland Empire

Coming from an engineering background in the medical device industry, Arun is excited to make the transition into technical sales. He started out as a Biomedical Engineer for large medical device corporations in both Northern and Southern California. His technical background and expertise will further help him provide the most efficient solution for his customers.

“I have always enjoyed interacting and building positive relationships with people. Having experienced the engineering side, I am ecstatic to transition into a role where I can help customers and provide them with solutions while creating long lasting relationships. Having worked in larger corporate companies, I feel Clayton Controls is the perfect fit for my growth in a team and family oriented environment. I am beyond excited to take on this new journey with a forward thinking company that’s continuously finding ways to affect positive change in the industry.”


ToddTodd Tomlinson – Territory Manager, Orange County

Todd has been involved with Industrial Automation throughout the southwest and west coast for over 20 years in distribution and system sales. Todd has worked with some of the largest companies in various industries, which include; cosmetics, packaging, food and dairy, water & waste water, aerospace, medical, biochemical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor & solar. By understanding the overall system, Todd is able to help you find the optimum solution from PC based controls, motion and robotics to sensors.

“I have worked with Clayton Controls for the past 15 plus years and always admired their relationships they develop with the customer. The new management team at Clayton Controls is dynamic and willing to explore the unknown as it relates to finding the need for the individual client rather than making all the decisions based on a consensus of an industry. Clayton Controls is a forward thinking company and we can’t wait to hear your ideas. Clayton Controls is a company with big ideas and an even bigger commitment to your success.”

Brad FogeltanzBrad Fogeltanz - Territory Manager, Ventura, Santa Barbara and North Los Angeles Counties

Brad began his career two years ago in technical sales working for the largest connector manufacturer in the world. He has worked with customers all over the western part of the United States in various markets ranging from automotive, medical, industrial, aerospace, IOT, broadcast, and broadband.

“I am excited to work for Clayton Controls, and be apart of a team that truly cares about building long lasting relationships with their customers.“


Central California

Jason SpicklerJason Spickler - Territory Manager, Central Valley

With 25 years in customer service , and the last 20 in the Agricultural and Industrial industry, Jason brings knowledge through experience to add to our hard working team. He has worked on both sides of the counter in purchasing , inside sales , and outside sales. With this experience he understands how the supply chain should flow and how to keep equipment running.  He is knowledgeable in conveyor mechanics, pneumatics and electrical. This has made him a great asset to his customers in regards to recommending the correct parts for there projects.

“I am grateful for the opportunity Clayton Controls has given me. The level of professionalism and team support within the company is amazing.“

Northern California

IrvingIrving Villeda - Territory Manager, Peninsula and South Bay

Irving is an Engineering graduate from the University of California Irvine and been working across California with many of Clayton Controls customers and helping them achieve their automation goals. He enjoys using his technical background and enthusiasm for customer service to provide solutions for his customers.

“The culture at Clayton is unmatched, and no day is the same here. I genuinely enjoy working and building relationships with all of our customers. I hope to continuously learn from my peers and mentors around me, so that I can continue growing as an individual and be of greater value to my customers.”


Jason Bauman - Territory Manager, Mid Valley/I-80 Corridor

Jason has been involved in helping customers with their automation and fluid power needs for over 18 years. His background as both a salesperson and business owner has provided Jason with a unique perspective of all aspects of the business and helps him understand the needs of our customers.

“I love Clayton Control’s dedication to our customers.  There is a real family atmosphere and a can do attitude throughout the company.   We have an awesome team!”



Derek FullingtonDerek Fullington - Territory Manager, Peninsula

Derek has been in the fluid power industry for over 10 years servicing the Bay Area. He has worked with a large array of different companies and industries from your billion dollar semiconductor company to your two man startup medical device company in a garage. His years of experience provide his customers with a great resource for any automation need.

“Over my years in the industry I have never worked for a company that provides their customers with more resources than Clayton Controls. The specialists, engineers, and sales support we have behind us is top of the line. It provides our customers with highest quality service you can fine.” 


Product Specialists

ChrisChris Prior - Motion & Controls Product Manager

Chris joined the Clayton Controls team with a background in motion controls and robotics. With over fifteen years in the automation industry covering projects from design thru implementation and production he brings a wide range of talent covering servos, VFD’s, PLC’s, robotics and motion control programming.


FarhanFarhan Mahbub – Vision and Sensor Product Manager

Farhan comes to Clayton Controls with over 10 years in the machine vision industry, including 4 years with Cognex, the leader in machine vision technology. 

He brings a level of experience and expertise that is rare and has already proven to be extremely valuable to increasing the success of our customer's machine vision projects.  We invite you to contact Farhan to discuss or review your machine vision applications.


JoshJosh Mylnar – Universal Robots and Mitsubishi Electric Automation Product Manager

Josh Mylnar is the product manager for Universal Robots and Mitsubishi Electric Automation for all of California and Nevada. Josh is highly experienced in all things Automation with over 20 years of selling, supporting, and implementing almost every form of automation there is from down to the component level all the way to complex turnkey robot cells. Josh is passionate about helping customers from all industries solve complex automation applications. “I am beyond excited to be working with the Clayton team. It has been very obvious from the beginning that the level of professionalism and the level of technical expertise that we have at Clayton is top notch.”

Engineering Team


MinhMinh Tran - Application Engineer

Minh joined the Clayton Controls team from a motion control company, with ten plus years of experience in the motion industry involving the analysis of motion dynamics, motion controller programming, and eletromechanical interfacing.  Minh’s fascination and expertise in automation are integral keys to successful application support.

"I've always enjoyed working on all kinds of applications with our customers and colleagues, and I enjoy that even more being part of the team here at Clayton Controls." 


SonuSonu Singh - Design & Application Engineer

Sonu a recent graduate joined the Clayton Controls team with a background in product design and development. He has a Master’s in engineering and will be working closely with our CES team to support them on projects that require his engineering expertise right from design thru assembly. He will also work and support our applications and technical support team.

“I enjoy working on different projects and to learn something new from each one of them.”





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