Team Of Experts

Our Team

Management

Sean Dunham
President, Managing Principal

Sean Dunham

President, Managing Principal

Sean Dunham

Managing Principal, overseeing the Energy & Utility and Outdoor Lighting divisions. Outside Sales account responsibilities include Xcel Energy, Great River Energy, Mortenson, and the consulting engineering firms. Sean is an experienced sales representative with more than 10 years in the industry. Previous industry experience includes multiple roles working for Xcel Energy and outside sales as a Manufacturers Representative. He received his BS in Economics from St. John’s University, and MBA from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(612) 201-4759

Email:sean.dunham@emspartnersinc.com

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Mike Skovran
Vice President, Principal

Mike Skovran

Vice President, Principal

Mike Skovran

Managing Principal, overseeing the OEM and C&I divisions. Outside Sales, with more than 40 years experience in the industry maintaining responsibility for some of our largest customers. Mike served in the United States Marine Corps, was USMC Presidential Security Detail HMX-1, and received his bA degree from the University of Minnesota.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(612) 388-0119

Email:mskovran@emspartnersinc.com

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Lauren Dunham
Business Operations Manager

Lauren Dunham

Business Operations Manager

Lauren Dunham

Business Operations Manager, responsible for executing and managing company's operational activities and initiatives. Reports directly to Principals. Lauren joined the company in 2021. She held previous positions as a Registered Nurse and received her BS in Nursing from Bethel University.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(763) 954-1702

Email:lauren.dunham@emspartnersinc.com

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Representatives

OEM & Industrial

Bryan Grabowski
Sales Manager | Key Accounts Rep

Bryan Grabowski

Sales Manager | Key Accounts Rep

Bryan Grabowski

Sales Representative, responsible for Illinois, Indiana, and Southern Missouri. Bryan joined the company in 2015. He received his BA in Business Administration from Rockford University.

Location:Chicago, IL

Phone:(847) 373-0934

Email:bgrabowski@emspartnersinc.com

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Mike Skovran
Vice President, Principal

Mike Skovran

Vice President, Principal

Mike Skovran

Managing Principal, overseeing the OEM and C&I divisions. Outside Sales, with more than 40 years experience in the industry maintaining responsibility for some of our largest customers. Mike served in the United States Marine Corps, was USMC Presidential Security Detail HMX-1, and received his bA degree from the University of Minnesota.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(612) 388-0119

Email:mskovran@emspartnersinc.com

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Greg Lehner
Sales Representative

Greg Lehner

Sales Representative

Greg Lehner

Location:Cedar Rapids, IA

Phone:(319) 560-7759

Territories

Bob Brama
Sales Representative

Bob Brama

Sales Representative

Bob Brama

Sales Representative, responsible for the Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin territory. Prior to joining EMS Partners in 2024, Bob worked in the industry for 43 years as an Industrial, MRO, and OEM Outside Account Manager.

Shaun Hellmuth
Sales Representative

Shaun Hellmuth

Sales Representative

Shaun Hellmuth

Sales Representative, responsible for the Minnesota and Wisconsin territory. Prior to joining EMS Partners in 2024, Shaun held the position of Vice President at First Trust in London. Shaun previously earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University,

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:612-772-5048

Email:shaun.hellmuth@emspartnersinc.com

Territories

Lucas Blackburn
Inside Sales

Lucas Blackburn

Inside Sales

Lucas Blackburn

Inside Sales Operations, responsible for multiple C&I manufacturer principals. Lucas joined the company in 2022.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(740) 604-1220

Email:lucas.blackburn@emspartnersinc.com

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Contractor & EPC

Mike Ellias
Sales Director | Key Accounts Rep

Mike Ellias

Sales Director | Key Accounts Rep

Mike Ellias

Director of Utility and C&I Sales, managing distribution and partner channels. Mike joined the company in 2017 with 5+ years previous industry experience as a Manufacturer’s Representative. Mike received his BA in Business & Finance from St. John’s University.

Mike Skovran
Vice President, Principal

Mike Skovran

Vice President, Principal

Mike Skovran

Managing Principal, overseeing the OEM and C&I divisions. Outside Sales, with more than 40 years experience in the industry maintaining responsibility for some of our largest customers. Mike served in the United States Marine Corps, was USMC Presidential Security Detail HMX-1, and received his bA degree from the University of Minnesota.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(612) 388-0119

Email:mskovran@emspartnersinc.com

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Rich Donley
Sales Representative

Rich Donley

Sales Representative

Rich Donley

Sales Representative, responsible for the Minnesota territory. Rich joined the company in 2024. He has 40 years previous experience at Graybar in the Minneapolis district.

Tim McNaboe
Sales Representative

Tim McNaboe

Sales Representative

Tim McNaboe

Sales Representative, covering Wisconsin and Northern Minnesota since 2015 when he joined the company. He has 5+ years previous experience as a Civil Engineer at Ducks Unlimited, as well as other engineering and industry roles.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(701) 595-1538

Email:tim@emspartnersinc.com

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Tim Sanford
Inside Sales

Tim Sanford

Inside Sales

Tim Sanford

Inside Sales Operations, responsible for multiple manufacturer principals. Tim joined the company in 2022. He has previous experience in the Medical Sales Industry as a Territory Manager, and received his BA in Financial Planning from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(763) 222-7188

Email:tim.sanford@emspartnersinc.com

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Lucas Blackburn
Inside Sales

Lucas Blackburn

Inside Sales

Lucas Blackburn

Inside Sales Operations, responsible for multiple C&I manufacturer principals. Lucas joined the company in 2022.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(740) 604-1220

Email:lucas.blackburn@emspartnersinc.com

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Utility & Renewable

JJ Svac
Sales Manager | Key Accounts Rep

JJ Svac

Sales Manager | Key Accounts Rep

JJ Svac

Sales Representative, responsible for the Northern Minnesota Territory. JJ joined the company in 2019. He started as Inside Sales right out of college and eventually transitioned to his current Outside Sales Representative role. JJ received his BA in Finance from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Matt Hoese
Senior Sales Engineer

Matt Hoese

Senior Sales Engineer

Matt Hoese

Senior Sales Engineer covering the Transmission & Substation markets at Xcel Energy and Great River Energy, along with full responsibility of Mortenson, MYR Energy and consulting engineers. Prior to joining EMS, he held roles as a Senior Manager of the CMT Group and Manager of Transmission Engineering at Xcel Energy. Matt maintains his PE in the State of Colorado.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:720-326-1891

Email:matt.hoese@emspartnersinc.com

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Chris Akers
Senior Sales Engineer

Chris Akers

Senior Sales Engineer

Chris Akers

Sales Engineer Representative, responsible for the North Dakota and Eastern South Dakota territories. Chris joined the company in 2022. He has 20+ years previous experience as an Application Engineer at Border States, as well as other industry roles.

Location:Fargo, ND

Phone: (701) 371-6635

Email:chris.akers@emspartnersinc.com

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Jordan Rykal
Sales Representative

Jordan Rykal

Sales Representative

Jordan Rykal

Sales Representative, responsible for Wisconsin, Southern Minnesota, and Upper Peninsula Michigan. Jordan joined the company in 2019, with a few years of previous experience at Border States. He received his BS from the University of South Dakota.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(612) 986-6117

Email:jordan.rykal@emspartnersinc.com

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Joe Ries
Sales Representative

Joe Ries

Sales Representative

Joe Ries

Sales Representative, responsible for the Michigan, Ohio and Indiana territory. Prior to joining EMS Partners, Joe has worked in the industry for 15 years in various sales and industry roles.

Location:Toledo, Ohio

Phone:734-590-0345

Email:joe.ries@emspartnersinc.com

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Territories

Brian Anthony
Sales Representative

Brian Anthony

Sales Representative

Brian Anthony

Sales Engineer Representative, responsible for the Colorado, Wyoming and Rapid City territories. Brian joined the company in 2022. He has 7+ years previous experience as a Utility Account Manager at Siemens Energy, as well as other industry roles. Brian received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University.

Location:Denver, CO

Phone:(303) 842-1272

Email:brian.anthony@emspartnersinc.com

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Zack Schommer
Sales Representative

Zack Schommer

Sales Representative

Zack Schommer

Product Line Manager, supporting distribution focused manufacturers. Zack joined EMS Partners in 2022. He has 4+ years previous experience as an Inside Sales Supervisor for Border States, as well as serving 8 years in the US Marine Corps.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(651) 491-4954

Email:zack.schommer@emspartnersinc.com

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Ron Foss
Sales Representative

Ron Foss

Sales Representative

Ron Foss

Sales representative, responsible for technical distribution product sales. Ron joined the company in 2022. He has 20+ years previous experience as a Sales Engineer for Eaton, as well as other industry roles.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(612) 840-5270

Email:ron.foss@emspartnersinc.com

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John Primus
Sales Representative

John Primus

Sales Representative

John Primus

Sales Representative, specializing in transmission and substation project business development. John joined EMS Partners in 2019. He has 17 years previous experience as a Sales Representative for Alcoa Aluminum and Sales Manager Conductor Products Inc, as well as owning his own sales agency , Primus Marketing, for 35 years.

Kaitlyn Bicha
Inside Sales

Kaitlyn Bicha

Inside Sales

Kaitlyn Bicha

Inside Sales Operations, responsible for multiple manufacturer principals. Kaitlyn joined the company in 2022. She has previous experience as a Service Coordinator at Convergint Technologies. Kaitlyn received her BA in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(612) 237-3294

Email:kaitlyn.bicha@emspartnersinc.com

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Joe Schommer
Inside Sales

Joe Schommer

Inside Sales

Joe Schommer

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:651-295-5265

Email:joe.schommer@emspartnersinc.com

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Jordan Sanford
Inside Sales

Jordan Sanford

Inside Sales

Jordan Sanford

Jordan joined EMS Partners in 2023. She managed inside sales operations for a number of Utility market manufacturers. Jordan's previous experience includes roles as a National Sales Rep and National Account Manager for APi Group in the construction industry. She holds a Finance Degree from Minnesota State University - Mankato.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:612-850-2732

Email:jordan.sanford@emspartnersinc.com

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Noah Junker
Inside Sales

Noah Junker

Inside Sales

Noah Junker

Inside Sales Operations, responsible for multiple Utility & Renewable manufacturer principals. Noah joined the company in 2024. He graduated from Saint John's University with a focus on Global Business and Economics.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:763-548-4145

Email:noah.junker@emspartnersinc.com

Representatives

Municipal Lighting

Phil Gusick
Sales Manager | Key Accounts Rep

Phil Gusick

Sales Manager | Key Accounts Rep

Phil Gusick

Outdoor Lighting Specialist, responsible for the non-metered municipal market. Phil joined the company in 2022 through the ALD acquisition. He has 20+ years previous experience with Architectural Lighting Designs. Phil received his BA in Business Management from Bethel University.

JJ Svac
Sales Manager | Key Accounts Rep

JJ Svac

Sales Manager | Key Accounts Rep

JJ Svac

Sales Representative, responsible for the Northern Minnesota Territory. JJ joined the company in 2019. He started as Inside Sales right out of college and eventually transitioned to his current Outside Sales Representative role. JJ received his BA in Finance from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Jordan Rykal
Sales Representative

Jordan Rykal

Sales Representative

Jordan Rykal

Sales Representative, responsible for Wisconsin, Southern Minnesota, and Upper Peninsula Michigan. Jordan joined the company in 2019, with a few years of previous experience at Border States. He received his BS from the University of South Dakota.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(612) 986-6117

Email:jordan.rykal@emspartnersinc.com

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Brian Anthony
Sales Representative

Brian Anthony

Sales Representative

Brian Anthony

Sales Engineer Representative, responsible for the Colorado, Wyoming and Rapid City territories. Brian joined the company in 2022. He has 7+ years previous experience as a Utility Account Manager at Siemens Energy, as well as other industry roles. Brian received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University.

Location:Denver, CO

Phone:(303) 842-1272

Email:brian.anthony@emspartnersinc.com

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Zack Schommer
Sales Representative

Zack Schommer

Sales Representative

Zack Schommer

Product Line Manager, supporting distribution focused manufacturers. Zack joined EMS Partners in 2022. He has 4+ years previous experience as an Inside Sales Supervisor for Border States, as well as serving 8 years in the US Marine Corps.

Location:Minneapolis, MN

Phone:(651) 491-4954

Email:zack.schommer@emspartnersinc.com

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Territories

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