Leadership Team

SUN Automation Group’s® Management Team members are all industry specialists. Several of them have worked for SUN Automation for many years and are well-known in the industry for their knowledge and expertise.

Ron Diedeman
Ron Diedeman

President

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Prior to becoming President, Ron Diedeman served as SUN Automation’s Vice President of Parts and Service. Diedeman started his career in the corrugated container industry with FX Hooper Co. in 1956. His experience includes engineering, manufacturing, customer service, and general management positions with Koppers, Ward Machinery, and Corrugated Gear. Ron was born and raised in the greater Baltimore, Maryland area and holds a B.S. Degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Chris Kyger
Chris Kyger

Vice President

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Mr. Kyger joined SUN Automation Group in 2004 and brings over 20 years of corrugated industry experience. In a career that started at Langston, Chris served as a field service technician, parts sales supervisor, manager of inside sales and service and rebuild sales manager.Continuing at United Container, Chris was parts sales manager before coming to SUN where he has worked in various assignments including parts coordinator, parts department manager and most recently, Director of Parts and Service. Chris and his family reside in Monkton, Maryland just north of SUN Automation’s world headquarters.

Rob Dal Lago
Rob Dal Lago

General Manager EMEA

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Mr. Dal Lago joined SUN Automation in 2001 as General Manager of the UK operation, following an extensive industrial career. Firstly served at Rolls Royce Aerospace focusing on Control System Design and Development. Broadened his skills in Project Management at GW Engineering, with a subsequent move to Langston Europe where he held positions in Design, Customer Service, and latterly as General Manager. Currently General Manager EMEA with full responsibility for Sales and Customer Support throughout these territories.   Mr. Dal Lago resides in the UK and is a graduate of the University of Bath where he earned a Bachelor Honors Degree in Systems Engineering.

Frank Lu
Frank Lu

General Manager China

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Mr. Lu joined SUN Automation in 2008, as Sales Manager and latterly as General Manager for China operation. Mr. Lu graduated from Hehai University and holds an MBA from HongKong Asia Business College. Prior to joining SUN Automation he served as the Sales Manager of Deritend Engineering China. He has over 15 years of experience of the sales and customer service for international quality flexo printing equipment in China market. Now responsible for Manufacturing, Sales and Customer Service throughout China.

Pat Carner
Pat Carner

Director of Operations

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Mrs. Carner has global leadership responsibility for the materials, manufacturing, distribution, procurement and planning operations. She is accountable for the integration of manufacturing, distribution and supply chain to improve cost, quality, delivery and operating efficiency for SUN Automation’s value chain.Mrs. Carner joined SUN Automation as Director of Materials in early 2013 and brings over 30 years of Supply Chain and Materials Operations experience. Prior to joining Sun she served for 16 years as Director of Materials for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, and Complete Knock Down (CKD) Materials Operations Manager at the York Vehicle Operation. Mrs. Carner was part of the leadership team that successfully led the Supply Chain transformation supporting Harley Davidson's New Factory York. Prior to her role with Harley Davidson, Mrs. Carner's career included positions such as Purchasing Manager with True Temper Hardware Corp, York International Corp, and Allied Amphenol.Patricia holds an MBA from Lebanon Valley College, a BS in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her CPM certification through the Institute for Supply Management. She served on the Board of Directors for MANTEC, an Industrial Resource Center supported by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Department of Community and Economic Development, and has served on the Advisory Board for the York Campus of Penn State University.

Greg Jones
Greg Jones

Director of Sales and Marketing

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Greg became part of the SUN team in 2012. He came to SUN after 12 years of working with Illinois Tool Works (ITW), a Fortune 200 company. Managing and leading sales teams for ITW, Greg gained a great understanding of working in cross functional teams, that implemented 80/20, Product Line Simplification, In-Lining, and Market Rate of Demand principles. Greg brought over 25 years of sales and management experience with him to SUN. During his first three years at SUN, Greg was tasked with building and developing relationships and trust in the North America region by listening and collaborating with the internal SUN team to bring solutions to our customers. In December 2015 Greg was moved into the role of Director of Sales and Marketing to bring this same type of customer focused solutions to SUN customers and employees globally. Greg, along with his wife Karen and their children, live in Fallston, MD a short drive from SUN’s world headquarters.

Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith

Director of Human Resources

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Joining the company in 2015, Jeff brings over 30 years of Human Resources (HR) experience to SUN. In addition to his recent experience at SUN, Jeff’s background spans the aerospace, defense, commercial products, satellite communications and commercial moving industries. He began his career as a Recruiter with AAI Corporation in Maryland and left as the Manager of Employee Relations. He went on to work in key leadership positions at Lenox China, Hughes Network Systems and the Kane Company. Prior to joining SUN, Jeff was the Director of Human Resources at Textron Systems in Hunt Valley, MD where he served as an HR Business Partner. A true HR Generalist, Jeff has worked hands-on and managed every aspect of HR over his career to include talent acquisition, leadership development, employee relations, benefits, compensation, compliance, affirmative action, and labor relations. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and a certified instructor to deliver the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and Vital Smarts Crucial Conversations. He holds a BS in Psychology from Towson University and a MS in Business with a Behavioral Science concentration from Johns Hopkins University.

Jim Brown
Jim Brown

Director of Engineering

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Jim comes from an engineering background He was in mechanical design at Ward Machinery, as well as at Sun. He brings his Ward experience and Sun reNEW product knowledge to the group.

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