Fact Sheet

Rockford Systems, LLC fact sheet providing details about the business, including management.

Rockford Systems, LLC
5795 Logistics Parkway
Rockford, Illinois 61109
800-922-7533 | 815-874-7891

Founded: 1971
Type: Private
Sector: Industrial Plant Safety Solutions

Headquartered in Rockford, Illinois, Rockford Systems, LLC delivers trusted machine safeguarding solutions for organizations working with industrial machinery. As a trusted adviser since 1971, Rockford Systems helps organizations interpret and apply complex Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) machine safety standards for a broad array of industrial applications. In addition, Rockford Systems provides complete Turnkey Machine Safety Solutions, including machine safeguarding assessments, machine risk assessments, customized build-to-spec integration, over 10,000 safeguarding products, expert installation services, training and technical support, and ongoing compliance validation. Rockford Systems has improved the profitability of many of North America’s largest companies by increasing compliance, reducing worker risk, enhancing productivity and decreasing costs.

Key Personnel

Chief Executive Officer: Joe Nitiss
An experienced business leader with extensive background leading industrial companies, Joe Nitiss has introduced next generation strategies to Rockford Systems that are aggressively driving its growth with an emphasis on strong execution and operational efficiency, while fulfilling its mission to deliver products and solutions that promote a safer, healthier and more profitable workplace for its customers. Before joining Rockford Systems 2016, Mr. Nitiss served as General Manager of the North American business unit of Elster. Mr. Nitiss also spearheaded major strategy and technical shifts as President North America of Emerson’s Chloride Group and during his tenure overseeing Genesis Cable (now Honeywell Cable) as General Manager. Prior to those positions, Mr. Nitiss was Vice President of Marketing & Business Development for Honeywell International and Vice President of Marketing for Emerson. Mr. Nitiss holds an BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The University of Chicago.

Vice President of Finance: Bill Holliday
Bill Holliday is responsible for all accounting, finance and human resource activities. Bill has over 35 years of financial experience in the manufacturing industry, including Vice President of Finance for J.L. Clark LLC, a diversified packaging company based in Rockford, Illinois from 2002 to 2017, and was Director of Finance at tool maker W.A. Whitney Co. from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Holliday holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from Northern Illinois University.

Vice President and GM of Machine Safeguarding Services: Matt Brenner
Matt Brenner has more than 16 years of experience at Rockford Systems where he began his career as Inside Sales Coordinator, then advanced to Regional Sales Manager/Machine Safeguarding Specialist. In his time with Rockford Systems, Brenner has developed strategic relationships with Fortune 500 customers and distribution partners instrumental to the company’s ongoing success. Matt holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from The University of Illinois.

Vice President of Electrical Engineering & Service: Brian Boes
Brian Boes is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Electrical Engineering Department. He oversees the design process of Safety Integration to Controls and Machinery, works to develop new products, and assists salespeople in the field with product applications. Brian is a member of the ANSI B11.0 Standards Committee. He has been with Rockford Systems for 19 years and holds an Associates in Applied Science for Electronics Engineering Technology from Rock Valley College.

Director of Machine Safeguarding Services: Phillip Reuter
Phil Reuter has more than 10 years of combined experience at Rockford Systems where he began his career as Machine Safeguarding Installation Lead Technician, then advanced to Regional Sales Manager/Machine Safeguarding Specialist, and is currently leading the company’s installation and technical services function. Previous to Rockford Systems, Phil worked for Silgan Containers as a Production Supervisor. Phil holds an Associates Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Southwestern Illinois College.

Director of Training: Matthew Clutter
Matthew Clutter has more than 16 years of experience at Rockford Systems where he began his career as Inside Sales Coordinator, and then advanced to Regional Sales Manager/Machine Safeguarding Specialist. In addition to his time at Rockford Systems, LLC Matthew has also managed a large territory for a major bulk chemical distributor, has conducted several hundred hours of chemical safety training for both companies and at municipalities of all sizes, and has extensive experience in both private sector and government security. Matthew is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and has attended both Rock Valley College and Western Illinois University.

Director of Marketing: Kari Larson
Kari is Rockford Systems’ Director of Marketing; responsible for Market Insights, Inbound Marketing, Data Analytics, Project/Product/Brand Management and Strategic Planning. Kari began her career performing market research in the media/communication industry, and has spent the past 20+ years accomplishing roles with increasing responsibility in companies specializing in Hardware, Packaging, Bearing, Paint/Craft/Hobby, Adhesives, Capital Equipment, Solenoid Valve, Heat Treat and Chemical Industries. Kari’s ’s work experiences include product lifecycle management, project management, process improvement, brand management, Partners in Leadership trainer, LEAN leadership certified, public relations, trade show management, channel management, competitive market intelligence, marketing automation, content creation, voice of the customer, and P&L responsibilities for product lines ranging from $5 million to $500 million. Kari holds a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and an MBA.

Vice President and GM of Combustion Solutions: Paul Schneider
Paul began his career performing design work in the automation and packaging industry, and has spent the past 22+ years accomplishing roles with increasing responsibility in companies specializing in Thermal Processing and Combustion. Paul’s work experiences include vacuum furnace design, combustion system design, burner design, combustion industry educational workshop instructor, leadership and mentoring experience. As a working manager, Paul brings a wealth of knowledge to his team, as he is well-versed in Design and Drafting, CAD, CFD, FEA, Basic Engineering Principles, and Custom Engineering of Electrical Control Systems, Combustion Control Systems, Ovens, Furnaces, Burners and Burner-related equipment. As Rockford Systems’ GM, Paul has been instrumental in assembling a team of experts with many years of combined experience in the Thermal Processing and Combustion industries.

Director of Business Development: Robert Sanderson
A registered Professional Engineer with an excess of 25 years industrial installations and practical application experience, Robert Sanderson expands our safety portfolio into fuel and thermal safety fields. Prior to joining Rockford Systems, Bob started his career as the primary thermal and applied process expert for a global corporation which built automotive and aerospace assembly plants. Subsequent to that he continued as an industrial combustion and emissions technology specialist for a Fortune 100 company. Bob is a member of the NFPA 86 Standards Committee, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan.