Horizon Controls Group Leadership

Mike Hourigan
Founder, CEO

As the founder and owner of Horizon Controls Group, Mike’s active expertise spans a broad spectrum of services in the digital process automation arena, including front end studies, capital cost estimating, project management, digital transformation consulting and automation training. Mike’s entrepreneurial spirit combined with his desire to deliver a difference to our clients and our team members motivated him to establish Horizon Controls Group. In 2017 Mike established the International Academy of Automation Engineering® and also acts as a board member for a technology organization and non-profits. When not working, Mike enjoys travel and being a spectator of all sports with a particular interest in soccer and rugby.

Gemma Doyle
Chief Operations Officer

Gemma is a passionate professional leader with 20+ years’ experience in delivering solutions in high-paced organizations. Gemma’s tenure with the Horizon Controls Group of companies spans over 10 years. As the Chief Operating Officer, Gemma oversees the organization’s ongoing operations and procedures with responsibility for the efficiency of the HCG businesses. Gemma is very focused on HCG’s strategic planning, oversight and coordination to improve effectiveness, productivity, performance and functionality to drive extensive and sustainable growth. An innovative thinker with a proven ability to analyze and execute business objectives pertaining to clients, projects, talent acquisition, talent succession, learning and development, etc. Gemma loves the outdoors and is a keen explorer, she is also generous with reading material recommendations.

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Helen Nason
Chief Financial Officer

As Horizon Controls Group Chief Financial Officer, Helen brings an expertise in capital raising, international expansion, strategy definition, accounting systems development, fiscal management, financial reporting, and internal control mechanisms. She is an accomplished, results driven professional with 20+ years of progressive corporate accounting and operations management. She has experience across multiple international entities in technology and services fields. She has proven record of developing and implementing financial and operational strategies that improve Profit & Loss accounts. Helen is excited to be part of group shaping Horizon Controls Group exciting growth plans for the future.  Outside of work Helen loves to spend time with family and friends and travel when possible.

Bryce Stewart
Director, Automation Engineering Professional Development

As Director, Automation Engineering Professional Development for Horizon Controls Group, Bryce leads the Horizon Training Services (HTS) department.  Bryce has worked in the industry for more than a decade and has always had a passion for mentorship and talent development.  With this, he also leverages past roles in automation engineering leadership and technical sales, to develop world class training content to upskill and build capabilities in the industry’s expanding digital workforce.  Bryce boasts expertise in DCS and PLC integration, batch reporting and data management including: Emerson DeltaV, Rockwell Automation, Informetric Systems InfoBatch, AVEVA/OSIsoft PI, and Umetrics SIMCA. Still an engineer at heart, Bryce has been a digital evangelist since the very beginning of his career. He wholeheartedly believes in the immense value that digitalization and future-ready technologies will bring to the manufacturing industry.  Outside of work Bryce enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter, watching sports, and collecting sneakers.

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Alex Maliavin
Director of Sales

Alex leads transformation solutions – working at the intersection of sales, technology, and digitization. He brings best practices in Digital Services, Digital Transformation & Optimization, and Sales and Service Operations. He created a Center of Excellence (COE) focused on process improvement, assessment of future-state needs, and the delivery of custom solutions. His leadership style blends a revenue focus to drive results plus empathy and compassion to celebrate team achievements. He has managed international, remote, and onsite teams. He is a ‘cultivator of culture’ where mentoring and developing others is core to success. Alex proudly served in the Air Force and earned a Master of Science degree in Information Systems. Committed to a well-rounded life, he enjoys skiing, travel, the beach, and the mountains.

Hong Li
Director, Data & Data Science

Hong is an experienced and hands-on Agile transformational leader, data scientist, architect, and engineer. He is a firm believer in driving Agile Digital Transformation that enables great teams to deliver business value and performance improvement to customers. Data is the touchstone and cornerstone of Digital Transformation, as business-IT alignment is the foundation that enables the success of data and data science applications. Hong was a member of the Purdue Laboratory for Applied Industrial Control that developed Purdue Model (ISA95/99) led by the late Prof. Williams. Since he came to industry in the 1990s, Hong has been fortunate to play all kinds of roles in IT projects in various industries. Since 2006, Hong has provided blended technical and organizational leadership on many large and small scale efforts focused on data, BI, and advanced analytics, such as applied data science projects to help organizations digitize data and analytical functions at scale. Hong enjoys reading, swimming, and watching good movies with his family and friends in his free time.

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Ashraf Suri
Director, Digital Twin

Ashraf is an accomplished engineering leader with more than 25 years of expertise in digital transformation, manufacturing, control systems, simulation, new product launches, and customer management. He is a team builder and leader who is passionate about using technology as an enabler to develop and enhance industrial processes. At Horizon Controls Group, Ashraf supports cross-functional engineering teams as they develop innovative solutions for our clients as part of their digital transformation. As a thought leader, he is focused on establishing strategic goals and technology roadmap for the company. Ashraf enjoys spending time with his family and watching sports when he is not working.

Jason Slade
Director, IIOT

As Director, IIoT for Horizon Controls Group, Jason works to assess our clients IIoT landscape and identify issues/improvements, gather information, and implement innovative solutions. leveraging the ability of smart machines and real-time analytics. He helps to develop, manage, and implement business strategies to maximize and fulfill the product vision for our clients, enabling them to have better efficiency and reliability in their operations. Jason has worked in the industry for over a decade and has always had a passion for solution architecture and system integration. Jason has expertise in SCADA and PLC integration, and data management including: Honeywell PHD, AVEVA/OSIsoft PI, and Inductive Automation Ignition. Always forward looking, he believes in the value that digital transformation will bring to the industry’s expanding digital initiatives. Outside of work Jason enjoys spending time tinkering with home automation projects.

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Sam Arena
Financial Controller

Sam provides leadership and hands-on management of all domestic and international financial reporting, treasury, tax and accounting activities for Horizon Controls Group. Throughout Sam’s 25+ year finance career he has served as Accounting Manager, Controller, Treasurer, Corporate Compliance Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, supporting a number of industries that include manufacturing, foodservice distribution, engineering, life sciences, and healthcare. When not at work, Sam enjoys the outdoors, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.