Don co-founded Stone 14 years ago and established the company’s strategy to be a premier provider of process controls and MES solutions. Stone is a CSIA Certified SI and was named as Control System Integrator of the Year by Control System Magazine for 2010, and has been listed in INC Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies. Prior to Stone he was the Director of the SI group for a large Engineering/Construction company and a Sales Engineer for a major electrical and control equipment vendor. During his 30 year career he has managed, designed, developed, and commissioned challenging control and MES solutions for small to very large companies in the food, beverage, consumer products, and pharmaceutical industries. He is a founder and past Chairman of the Automation Alliance Group, presented papers on Strategies for Successful SIs, the benefits of CSIA Membership, OEE Systems, and Automation Strategies. He is a member of CSIA, MESA, ISPE, and has a BSEE from the University of Missouri – Rolla.