Ben Durbin, P.E.


Ben Durbin started his career in 1994 and has since designed and implemented industrial automation and information systems for industrial processes in food and beverage, chemical, automotive, and more. Ben joined Cybertrol in 1997 as a project engineer and held lead engineering and business development positions before his promotion to President in 2007. Ben leads with passion and works to serve staff and clients to cultivate a “whatever it takes” attitude across the team to successfully complete every aspect of a project. Ben holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Minnesota and is a registered Professional Engineer.

"It’s fun to come to work each day to be a part of a dynamic, technically-leading business and experience how the Cybertrol team helps our customers achieve their goals. It is a privilege to be surrounded by such talented, dedicated people."


Tim Barthel

V.P. Automation Solutions

Tim Barthel is the Vice President of Automation Solutions for Cybertrol Engineering, where he has worked since 2007. During his years at Cybertrol, Tim has served as the project lead for a number of multimillion-dollar food and beverage and oil and gas projects. Tim is involved in scoping projects for existing and potential customers. He specializes in plantwide operational design approaches for totally integrated automation and information systems – for new and existing facilities. Tim regularly presents at major conferences on these topics and recently presented at an industry Smart Manufacturing conference.

Tim holds an Electrical Engineering Degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).

"With the continuing advancements in technology, being part of a group that is at the forefront of the ever changing landscape of information and controls is exciting. It is enjoyable being involved with engineers who are able to speak the same language as the plant floor operators, as well as the corporate IT group, and able to put a system in place that merges these technologies."

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Alexei Sacks

V.P. Integration

Alexei Sacks, who joined our team in 2021, is the Vice President of Integration for Cybertrol Engineering. Alexei started his career in the hard disk drive industry in grad school, followed by 20 years in that industry working in a variety of disciplines including embedded servo control, electro-mechanical design, signal processing, high volume manufacturing processes and even nano-scale fabrication. Prior to joining Cybertrol, he led engineering and operations for a pre-clinical medical device company in wireless telemetry and respiratory products, including design and manufacturing and software products. For most of his career, Alexei has led small and large technical teams, including global technology efforts.

Alexei holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is an inventor on 33 U.S. patents.

"It is an exciting time to be part of the industrial controls business with the increased global focus on automation and the translation of data into information using the latest that Industry 4.0 has to offer. The technical opportunities are boundless, and I am grateful to be working with an inspired, talented, and visionary team."


Jeff Reust

V.P. Finance, Administration & Operations

Jeff Reust has over 30 years of industrial controls experience in various industries including automotive, life sciences, and capital equipment. Jeff has coached, led, and managed staff for over half his career, and he is focused on providing customers high-quality deliverables in accordance with customer timelines.

Jeff holds a degree in Manufacturing Technology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Management from Saint Mary’s University. Additionally, Jeff is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with years of experience implementing Lean tools and techniques.