Owner, Engineers & Office Personnel

Nancy Kotula

Nancy KotulaNancy Kotula

Owner, Office Manager

After graduating from St. Cloud State, Nancy began working with several large food manufacturing companies within their incentives programs. After gaining several years of experience, she transitioned into handling the finances of Sensors Integration, which she has now been doing for more than 20 years. During her time at Sensors, Nancy has worked within customer service, purchasing and accounting and utilizes this multifaceted experience as well as her natural tendency towards organization to ensure Sensors Integration operates as smoothly as possible, both internally for its employees and externally for its customers.

David Kotula

David KotulaDavid Kotula


As the president of Sensors Integration, David has a strong passion for the products he sells and the customers he helps. With a B.S. in Engineering Technology from St. Cloud State and an M.B.A in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas, David brings a holistic approach to running his business that emphasizes customer satisfaction and complex application solutions. During his more than 30 years in the industry, David has seen nearly every application imaginable and brings this wealth of knowledge with him towards every new challenge. David’s expertise lies in optics and lighting, beginning with his love of photoelectric sensors and extending to the most modern vision equipment available. David is ultimately driven by his commitment to his customers, and he works diligently to enable Sensors to have the best products available being supported by the most knowledgeable engineers in the industry.

Sandy Bannick

Sandy BannickSandy Bannick

Customer Service and Sales Support

Coming over to Sensors Integration from her time in a Fortune 500 corporation several years ago, Sandy brings more than 20 years of customer service experience with her. After graduating from Mankato State, Sandy gained experience in all aspects of customer service and management, discovering her passion for connecting with customers. Sandy does much of the ordering and customer service for Sensors Integration.

Mike Denlinger

Mike DenlingerMike Denlinger

Engineering and Sales

After 17 years of industrial outside sales experience, Mike is now inside solving applications for the sales team. His product knowledge of sensors, bar code technology and process applications allows him to recommend robust solutions for our customers’ many challenges. Finding and solving an application problem he has never encountered before is Mike’s favorite way to spend time. Give him a call with your application problems and see his passion come to light.

Andy Fredin

Andy FredinAndy Fredin

Engineering and Sales

Boasting over 15 years of employment at Sensors Incorporated and Sensors Integration, Andy draws from his extensive and diverse industry experience to solve wide-ranging applications. With a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from St. Cloud State and his application experience, Andy specializes in solving highly complex and technical sensing applications. Andy works with a number of the largest OEMs and end-users in Minnesota and enjoys solving his customers’ biggest challenges while getting involved with their design engineers to help improve their business from the ground-up.

Pete Heule

Pete HeulePete Heule


Having worked with Sensors Integration from its inception, Pete has focused his efforts and more than 25 years of industry knowledge on improving the company’s network and efficiency. Pete’s experience in IT system architecture and design is vast, having spent the majority of his career securing the network of a Fortune 100 financial institution. Pete finds great joy in utilizing technology to create efficiencies and solve problems both in business and engineering. Pete’s experience and natural passion for networking solutions means that Sensors Integration can offer a secure, efficient and reliable business to solve customers’ problems as quickly as possible.

Rick Hinze

Rick HinzeRick Hinze

Engineering and Sales

Rick utilizes his 35 years of industry experience and extensive product knowledge to consultatively solve his customers’ applications. After attaining a B.S. in Industrial Technology from UW Stout, Rick had the opportunity to gain experience with Industrial Machine Vision at its inception. With Machine Vision as his specialty, Rick has worked in wide-ranging manufacturing environments from pharmaceuticals to automotive and brings this diverse knowledge to every application he solves. Rick enjoys connecting with his customers and working to find them the right solution as efficiently as possible.

Michelle Johnson

Michelle JohnsonMichelle Johnson

Customer Service

Michelle is the newest member of our team as a customer service representative. After graduating from Moorhead State University with a degree in Business Administration and Management, she continued her career at various jobs until she became a stay at home mom taking care of her kids the past ten years. We are lucky to have her as she reenters the workforce at Sensors.

Amanda Panek

Project Coordinator

Amanda is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and holds a degree in Business Marketing with a minor in Psychology. More recently, she obtained a master’s in human resources from Concordia St. Paul University. After graduating from MTU, she held various positions in management, customer service, human resources and project management.  Working with a team of people to achieve goals within the time constraints of a project is what led her to find a passion for project management. She welcomes the unique challenge each project brings and strives to overcome obstacles all while exceeding customer expectations. Her main responsibility at Sensors is to coordinate each piece of the project puzzle to ensure customer expectations are met.

Gary Kocken

Gary KockenGary Kocken

Engineering and Sales

Gary joins Sensors with over 30 years of Factory Automation experience, with a majority of that time in the field of Machine Vision. Gary has a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from UW-Stout, and is a Certified Vision Professional (CVP). He began his career as a Machine Vision Applications Engineer, and has spent the last 20 years as a Technical Sales Professional providing image-based inspection and guidance solutions, and has solved applications across numerous industries. Gary also has extensive knowledge in the field of Laser Marking, which is a great technology to complement Machine Vision. He looks forward to using his experience and knowledge in helping Customers solve their Automation needs!


Tony Lind

Tony LindTony Lind

Engineering and Sales

Beginning as an Applications Engineer more than a decade ago, Tony brings a combination of technical knowledge and outstanding service to all of his customers. With a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and his Certified Vision Professional certification (CVP), Tony possesses the requisite knowledge to precisely design solutions for his customers. When tackling his customers’ automation challenges, Tony’s expertise centers on system design and implementation. Whether it is sensing, safety or logistics automation, Tony creates systems that will solve his customers’ specific problem and improve their overall operations.

Trent Thies

Trent ThiesTrent Thies

Engineering and Sales

Coming from the fast-paced upstream and midstream oil and gas industry, Trent has a background in efficiently solving customer problems. After graduating from the University of North Dakota, Trent gained valuable sales experience with a variety of industrial products. Priding himself on solving his customers’ problems as quickly and completely as possible, Trent came to Sensors Integration to challenge himself with solving very technical applications. Trent understands how to partner with customers to improve their efficiency and ultimately, their bottom line.

Taylor Wait

Taylor WaitTaylor Wait

Engineering and Sales

Taylor has both his bachelor and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University. As an applications engineer, Taylor solves a wide variety of applications ranging from testing barcode reading setups to designing custom bracketry for system installs. His expertise in design and prototyping allows him to efficiently test applications and integrate their systems. Taylor finds his passion through solving frustrating application problems.

Brianna Bren

Brianna BrenBrianna Bren

Marketing Intern

Brianna recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. degree in Journalism. Her passion for marketing continues to grow as she gains new experience in several marketing softwares.

Adam Kotula

Adam KotulaAdam Kotula

Engineering Intern

As an upcoming sophomore at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Adam is pursuing his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He loves being able to gain hands on experience designing various technical solutions for real world applications.

Alex Kotula

Alex KotulaAlex Kotula

 Marketing Intern

Alex is a student at North Dakota State University and is working at Senors as a Marketing Intern. He has been able to work on several marketing projects such as a series of tutorial videos and website creation.