About Ergodyne

Our Commitment
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INNNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE

Since the day we planted our flag and set up shop, we’ve been awarded hundreds of global patents and trademarks—with plenty more on the horizon. Along the way, we’ve been recognized with multiple growth awards and several international innovation and design honors.

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CRACKERJACK TEAM

We are a workforce of tenaciously dedicated pros utterly obsessed with delivering safety excellence and abiding by our company ethos. We work with passion and purpose, but also make time for fun. We never rest on our laurels because we know you’re only as good as your last product—though ours was probably legendary.

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INTERGALACTIC HEADQUARTERS

Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota (the center of the universe), our offices are located in the historic Bandana Square. Our space is pretty dang cool, including its brand-inspired floor plan, larger-than-life wall graphics and pulse-pumping playlists. It’s a stimulating creative space where innovation is not just encouraged—it’s required.

Our Story
Meet the Leadership
Meet the Leadership

Tom Votel

President & CEO

I became president and CEO of Minnesota-based Ergodyne in 1985—just two years after becoming the company’s first full-time employee. This sounds like a big hoop-dee-doo. It was not. We were out of dough and everyone else had jumped ship. Well, all righty then!

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Karen Vanderbosch

VP & CFO

A native Minnesotan, I grew up about 45 miles west of Minneapolis in Waconia (when it was just a small town with a population around 2,000.) I am the middle of three girls—always striving to out-perform my overachieving older sister and seeking some of the attention my younger baby sister received. This combination made me a fierce competitor, but also a negotiator and peacemaker.

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Mark Lindstrom

Senior VP, Sales

Originally from Massachusetts, I literally fought my way through a family of five brothers (explains this annoying little facial twitch). Graduated from Boston University and began my "working" life as a physical therapist and then a variety of safety sales positions before embarking on my journey from darkness to light (light being the start of my career at Ergodyne in 1998, of course).

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Greg Schrab

SVP Operations & Product Management

Born and raised in the Badger state, which helps explain my childhood ambition, I grew up playing every sport imaginable from sunup ‘til sundown. Was forced into child labor by my parents who owned a landscape business and flower shop. Those early work experiences with my mom and dad taught me the value of hard work and that is something that has stuck with me, and driven me, throughout my career.

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Lindsay Herda

VP of Marketing

Growing up on the east side of town, I started life out as a St. Joe's Jet, made my way to become a Visitation Blazer, Tar Heel and then rounded things out as a Tommie with a BA in Communication. I've dabbled outside of this frigid state to awesome places like North Carolina, New York and Rome—but it never stuck (cuz there's no place like home…

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Meet the Experts Inside Ergodyne
Meet the Experts Inside Ergodyne

Alsie Nelson

Product Manager

In Alsie's role as Product Manager, she focuses on development of products that combat temperature stress—including Chill-Its® cooling gear, N-Ferno® warming gear, Trex ice traction, SHAX® portable work shelters and KREW’D skin protection. Alsie’s dedication to mitigating the risk of temperature stress on the job has helped propel Ergodyne into one of the most respected thought leaders in the category.

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Chris Cota

Product Manager

Chris joined Ergodyne’s Protection Pillar in 2018 as Product Manager for Skullerz® head and eye protection, ProFlex® supports and knee/hand protection and GloWear® hi-vis apparel.

A native of Omaha, NE, Chris graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (but still has the Huskers in his heart).

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Brent Velenchenko

Product Specialist

Brent Velenchenko joined Ergodyne in 2014 as Product Specialist for the Prevention Pillar. Brent is always searching for ways to improve worker organization solutions and minimize at-height risks, bringing three years of product development experience to the Squids® Tool Lanyard line and Arsenal® Tool Storage collection.

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Allie Thunstrom

Field Product Specialist

An Ergodyte since 2014, Allie Thunstrom is the Orange Planet’s Field Product Specialist. Allie works closely with end users to identify solutions that meet their unique needs. Her focus is primarily Objects at Heights but, as Ergodyne’s resident field expert, she is well versed in all of the company’s safety categories. Prior to her role as a Field Product Specialist, Allie was focused on temperature stress as Product Specialist for the Elements Pillar.

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Aaron Skemp

Product Specialist

Aaron Skemp joined Ergodyne’s Protection Pillar in 2017, where he works to develop the Skullerz® line of head and eye protection, ProFlex® supports and knee/head protection and GloWear® hi-vis apparel.

A native of La Crescent, MN, Aaron attended the University of St. Thomas and enjoys hunting, golfing and all things sports.

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Jessica Ellis

Product Specialist

Jess Ellis joined the Ergodyne team in 2019 as Product Specialist for the Elements Pillar, focusing on the development of temperature stress-combating products—including Chill-Its® cooling gear, N-Ferno® warming gear, Trex ice traction, SHAX® portable work shelters and KREW’D skin protection. She brings two years of product management experience to the team from her previous role at a towing and truck accessories company in Eau Claire, WI.

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