Boldy moving manufacturing forward.

SteamChain is a startup in age only, as our team’s years of experience in manufacturing, engineering, industrial automation and business technology perfectly positions us to drive successful outcomes.

Our Team

Michael Cromheecke


Michael Cromheecke has 17 years’ experience at Rockwell Automation. His background includes the acquisition and growth of early-stage robotics technology companies as well as the creation and development of multi-million dollar, cloud-based software platforms. Mike has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Tom Tichy


Tom Tichy has 17 years’ experience working in manufacturing technology, including developing the architecture and leading software development activities at Rockwell Automation. Tom has a degree in Applied Mathematics from Kettering University and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Cleveland State University.

Christopher Zei

CMO, Board Member

Christopher is a growth-focused global executive with a strong track record in helping organizations develop sustainable revenue growth. Setting the vision, developing a well-understood strategy, and building out global organizations to execute go-to-market strategies has resulted in transformational changes across companies.

Joe Kann


Joe Kann is a veteran technologist and strategist with over 30 years of experience in driving growth and innovation in manufacturing and industrial companies. After a rich and fulfilling career at Rockwell Automation, Joe retired in January 2017. He has now formed Cobble Creek Solutions, a consulting and advisory practice helping businesses and their investors develop new growth opportunities at the intersection of industrial markets and emerging technologies.

Jared Swarts

Vice President - Engineering

Jared Swarts is former principal software engineer for The NERDERY development firm in Minneapolis and has 10+ years experience developing solutions for leading corporations including numerous years working with Rockwell Automation on their online Motion Analyzer platform.

Zac Tretow

Vice President - Business Development

Zac Tretow was most recently the Director of Business Development at gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator, where he was responsible for consulting with large corporations on their innovation programs. He has an extensive background in events and special projects.

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