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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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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Alexey 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.

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.

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Youssef El-Bahtimy
Automation Information & Systems Manager

As Automation Information & Systems Manager (AIS), Youssef brings over 20 years of experience working directly with clients in the Life Sciences industry to deliver and manage consultancy, solutions, and advocacy for Manufacturing Execution Systems and Operations Management (MES/MOM), Process Information Management, Operational Technology (OT) Security, Data Integrity, and System Resiliency programs.  Youssef manages growth and leadership of the AIS department, participation and recognition in industry standards groups such as MESA International, and partnerships with best-in-class technology providers such as OSIsoft and Verve Industrial Protection. In his free time, Youssef enjoys songwriting and live performance.