Our Team

Columbus Controls, Inc. (CCI) offers well over 100 years of panel building experience between the leadership team and the long term shop employees.  We are the longest running panel shop in Central Ohio, incorporated since 1981.  Please feel free to reach out to any of us if we can be of assistance.

President - Paul Van Schepen – Paul started his career in a panel shop as a wiring technician back in the 70’s.  He quickly moved into sales and began learning all aspects of running a shop.  In 1986 he joined CCI as VP of Sales working alongside Gary Hanold.  Then in 1998, Paul took over as President of the company.  For almost 40 years, Paul has developed many long term customer relationships by providing high quality control panel systems.

Vice President - Bart Baird – Graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  One of his first jobs after graduating was starting a panel shop for a systems integrator.  After a few years of building control panels, Bart went to work for several large industry leading electrical enclosure and wire management manufactures and took on positions ranging from application engineering to district sales and corporate R&D.  Bart brings many years of industry experience to CCI.

Manufacturing Coordinator - Tom Postak – Another Bobcat who graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Tom worked his way up the ranks to Engineering Manager at a Fortune 500 Energy Gas Turbine & Compressor company.  After several years, Tom moved on to Chief Engineer of Package Control Systems for an integrator that specializes in high reliability control systems for gas turbines and reciprocating engines.  Tom brings a lot of engineering talent to the company which gives CCI the ability to add value to our customer’s projects and build the control systems our customers come to expect.  Do you know anyone else that has two holes in one?

Purchasing - Bob Weatherby – Bob started his career in control panels back in 1976.  He quickly worked his way in to purchasing after starting out as a panel technician.  In 1984, Bob joined another panel shop as their purchasing manager.  Their core business was supplying custom control panels for the automotive market in which Bob helped them become a Tier 1 supplier for Honda of America and go on to win multiple supplier awards.  In 2001, Bob joined CCI and has since been leading the material procurement department.

Administrative Assistant - Leigh Ann Burchwell – After school, Leigh Ann entered the financial industry at an investment firm and worked her way up to Manager of Operations.  After 11 years with the same company, she left the workforce to spend more time with family and raise her children.  During that period, she worked in a family owned business in an accounting/payroll position.  In 1999, she joined CCI to work with her father, Gary Hanold, before his retirement.  At that time, she mainly concentrated on transitioning/modernizing the company financial records and accounting system.   Today, Leigh Ann manages company operations ranging from accounting services to human resources and much, much more.

Contact us for your complete custom control panel requirements. Located in Columbus, Ohio, we proudly serve customers throughout the Midwest and around the world.