Executive Leadership

The Founders

The company was formed and is managed by Bob Cobak and Kyle Hester, who have a combined 40+ years in the industry. These partners have been involved in more than 800 projects and earned more than $150M in sales in the last 10 years.

Bob Cobak president

Bob Cobak is an entrepreneur and engineering professional with over 20 years of experience in the design, supply, project management, and installation of industrial storage systems and related industrial equipment.

Bob started his career with Southern Conveyor Concepts (SCC), a systems integrator based in Atlanta. He was involved with the design and project management of several large storage systems during this timeframe. In 1996, Bob left SCC to co-find a new company focused on rack systems. He had many years of success, establishing a well-earned reputation in the storage systems industry.

Starting the new company required efforts across multiple fronts. Bob was responsible for the design, engineering, sales, project management, and installation of numerous industrial storage systems, as well as company operations. Bob has designed, engineered and project managed over 1000 projects within a 20 year span, valued at over $150M. During this timeframe, Bob developed key, multi-level relationships with numerous customers.

Bob is a co-founder of A2i Systems and is President. Bob is responsible for all operating functions, engineering and project management as it relates to the integration of material handling equipment, engineering and installation services.

Kyle HesterVice-President operations

Kyle Hester is a sales and engineering professional with over 20 years of experience in material handling automation design, sales, and management. Mr. Hester has a unique blend of experience from both the material handling supplier and corporate implementation environments.

Kyle began his career working as project engineer for a Buschman conveyor distributor where he completed a variety of conveyor projects from low to medium speed applications. After working initially in an engineering design focused role, Kyle moved into a sales engineering and business development position with Alvey/Busse. In 2000 Kyle became a corporate staff engineer for UPS Supply Chain Solutions, where he served as a Facility Engineering Project Manager. While overseeing the design, pricing and implementation of conveyor and automation capital projects, he also conducted feasibility analysis and served as the managing designer and owner’s representative on a large scale greenfield building project. Kyle returned to material handling in sales for Intelligrated, a new start-up conveyor company at the time and high-speed sortation manufacturer.

After a very successful career in business development and account management with Intelligrated, Kyle co-founded A2i Systems and is Vice-President of Operations. Kyle is responsible for all operations as it relates to the integration of material handling equipment, engineering and installation services.

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Brian UlanchVice-President of sales

Brian began his career with Siemens Dematic as an Electrical Engineering Co-op student while attending Kettering University. After graduating from Kettering University in 2004, he accepted a position in Atlanta with Intelligrated as a Sales Engineer. While there, Brian was responsible for developing new clients as well as cultivating new business opportunities within the existing client base. This was achieved by defining areas for improvement, providing thorough Return on Investment Analysis, Engineering the solution, and ensuring successful Implementations.

After 10 years of providing integrated solutions to clients like Kimberly Clark, Nike, Cracker Barrel, Hanes, etc. Brian transitioned to Bastian Solutions to lead their Atlanta office as Regional Director. While there, he grew the office substantially.

Brian has also been very involved in Professional Associations, most notably the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). He has served on the Atlanta Roundtable Board of Directors for over five years where he was President for two years.