Director, President, and COO of Hirotec America in Auburn Hills. Toeniskoetter directs the research and development of new technologies and products for Hirotec in North America and personally holds more than 10 patents. His most recent invention, the E3 Hemming Press, won an Automotive News Pace Award for innovation in April 2008. Toeniskoetter is a leading proponent of using electromagnetic pulse technology in the auto industry to reduce vehicle weight. The company has recently taken the equipment out of the research lab and into the production plant. Toeniskoetter is also responsible for overseeing all transactions within Hirotec America, including Astrum Contract Services and KGHIROTEC Engineering Service Pvt. Ltd. in India. Toeniskoetter joined Hirotec America, then known as Tesco Engineering, in 1989 as operations manager. He was elected director in 1996 and then became vice president and COO. He was appointed president in 2000. Under his leadership, the company has experienced 14 consecutive years of profitability. Before joining Hirotec, Toeniskoetter ran program and group management activities at ABB Robotics Inc. In 1997, he was recognized as a Crain's Detroit Business “40 Under 40” honoree. He was also a finalist for the 2007 Automation Alley Emerging Leader award. Toeniskoetter received his bachelor's degree in software engineering from Ohio State University.