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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.

Ric LeyvaRic Leyva - Branch Manager, Northern and Central California; Northern Nevada

Ric Leyva is the Branch Manager of Clayton Controls Northern and Central California; Northern Nevada 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 and Northern Nevada 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! ”.


Mike AngottiMike Angotti - Branch Manager, Arizona/Southern Nevada

Mike Angotti has been in the Automation Industry since 1994. Holding many positions from Sales, Pnuematic Specialists, and Sales Director. He also spent two years as Director of Sales in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand stationed in Singapore.

“I have been working with Clayton Controls since 2008 and am excited to now be part of the team. My goal is to help expand the Clayton Controls footprint into the Arizona, Southern Nevada Market. The focus will be to provide first class service along with superior customer support to solve our client's needs. Our breadth of knowledge on the industries served and the technologies offered will help put our customers' needs first and allow them to achieve thier goals ”.

Clayton Engineered Solutions Management Team

Don AllenDon Allen - Manager

Don had 10 years of experience in Packaging and Automation prior to coming to Clayton in 1994. He enjoys problem solving and works closely with the sales department, reviewing projects to ensure it fits with their core competency. Once the project is accepted, he works directly with the customer to provide a quote based upon the BOM customer drawings, digital images and assembly instructions. Don draws upon his experience to discover the best way to build and manufacture the product in a timely and cost efficient manner.

IngoIngo Ruppert – Project Manager

Ingo has been working in the Automation Industry since 2006 with a high focus on building lasting connections with his customers. Having been in multiple executive roles from engineering to sales for component manufacturers allows him to see the big picture and focus on what makes a project a success.

“Before starting my role at CES, I worked with Clayton Controls as a vendor. Here I had a chance to get to know the team. One of the driving forces for me accepting this role is to support the CES team that breathes the Clayton Controls spirit of building long lasting relations with customer and earns a seat at the table as trusted advisor. If the customer is successful, we will be successful.”


Sales Team

Southern California

SeanSean Julian - Territory Manager, Los Angeles and Inland Empire

Sean has been working in Industrial Automation distribution and Manufacturing for over 20 years. First in the San Francisco Bay area assisting large companies in the Semiconductor, Bio Medical, Clean Energy & Pharmaceutical industries. And the last 5 years in Southern California working with Aerospace, Packaging, Food/Beverage, and Electric Vehicle companies.

“I have worn many hats in my 20 year Automation Career. Inside Sales, Project Manager, Assembly Tech manager and for the last 10 years Field sales. I enjoy meeting new customers and working with them to find the best fitting solution for their automation applications. I’m very excited to be part of the Clayton team.”  

arun AlagappanArun Alagappan - Territory Manager, Orange County

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.”

arun AlagappanKen Crilley - Territory Manager, Ventura, Santa Barbara and North Los Angeles Counties

Ken has been working in Industrial Automation and Aerospace/Defense Manufacturing for over 20 years. Ken has been involved in Vacuum Automation and Robotic End of Arm Tooling technologies the last 5 years serving Automotive, Food/Beverage, Aerospace, Medical and Packaging companies.

“Having worked with Clayton Controls in the past as a manufacturer representative, I was continually impressed with their ability to provide the right solution rapidly for the customer. I’m excited now to be a part of that Clayton Controls team leveraging years of knowledge and expertise within the organization delivering a powerful result for our 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/Northern Nevada

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, Northern Nevada

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.” 

Arizona/Southern Nevada

John Stielow - Territory Manager, Arizona/Southern Nevada

Prior to moving into a technical sales role, John was a Manufacturing Engineering Manager for a California servo motor and amplifier manufacturer. For the past 20 years, John has been a Business Development Manager/Sales Engineer in the automation industry with a focus on custom engineered motion control solutions. He has teamed up with customers to help them succeed in such industries as Semiconductor, Machine Tool, and general motion applications.



Bill NevillisBill Nevills - Territory Manager, Arizona/Southern Nevada

Bill has been in the Fluid Power Industry for many years, and he’s held positions in Warehousing, Customer Service, Outside Sales and Sales Management. Bill has had the benefit of serving first hand at a broad base of industries and worked with the Users and OEM’s in each learning their needs and challenges.

“I’m excited to be joining Clayton Controls with their broad, well-designed offering of products that serves many industries most of which I have experience with, or knowledge of.”


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

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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