2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Chris Vitale, 38

Director of Marketing, TURCK; Plymouth, Minn.; BS Electrical Engineering, Minnesota State University—Mankato; MBA, University of Phoenix

09/17/2015


Chris VitaleChris Vitale, 38
Director of Marketing, TURCK; Plymouth, Minn.
BS Electrical Engineering, Minnesota State University—Mankato; MBA, University of Phoenix

During his 15 years with TURCK, Vitale has demonstrated a deep understanding of how their products work and make a difference in the field. He has a passion for educating others about TURCK technology and how it can be applied. He is constantly searching for ways to evolve this skill, most recently transitioning from a role as product manager of TURCK’s network and interface division to serve as director of marketing. Vitale is skilled at connecting and creating conversations between end users and engineers, and he continues this tradition in his current position. Vitale joined TURCK in 2000. From his first position as a field-service engineer, he spent time in a number of roles before joining the network and interface division as a product manager in 2008. During that time, he helped guide many products from concept to installation in customer applications, including TURCK’s Multiprotocol Ethernet technology platform. The platform has earned recognition from users and been adopted into additional TURCK products since its introduction. After 6 years in the division, Vitale transitioned to lead the marketing department as its director in December 2014. He saw this as an opportunity to apply his product knowledge and engineering mindset to the creative design and marketing skills of the team. Outside of work, Vitale spends as much time as possible being outdoors and with his family. His hobbies include hunting and fishing, working out, family bike rides, and playing sports like Wallyball and basketball.



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