Bob is the founder of First Technologies. Alongside our logo, you can read "Putting Education First". This is more than a tag line or attention-getting phrase to Bob. This is how Bob conducts business and is a belief throughout our organization. Bob is proud of the relationships formed over the years and continues to cherish old and new friends in the education community.
One of Bob's passions is raising awareness about meningitis. He and his wife, Dee Dee, founded the Becky Werner Meningitis Foundation in honor of their 20 year old daughter, Becky, who died in 2004 after contracting meningitis. He offers free talks to schools that would be interested in educating their students about this disease and the preventative vaccination that is available. Bob would be honored to present the information to your school.
Mike has been at First Technologies since March of 1995. During that time, he has done a bit of everything for the company. His duties include accounting, invoicing, ordering, payables, etc. He also spends many hours doing service and providing support, mainly focused on LJ Create and Mastercam/CNC. Outside of First Technologies, Mike enjoys spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Larry joined First Technologies in 1996 and has over 20 years of experience in the technology fields. As a Certified SolidWorks Associate, Larry is our CAD expert. He also acts as our go-to person for 3D Printers, Laser Engravers, and STEM Academy. Larry has an outstanding knowledge of all of our products and provides unmatched support. Larry's territory covers Wisconsin and Illinois. He enjoys seeing the students benefit from using our products.
Mary joined the staff at First Technologies in 1996. Her main responsibilities include corresponding with manufacturers, quoting and corresponding with customers, and managing the day-to-day functions of the office. Mary enjoys scrapbooking, walking, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Laura has been a part of the First Technologies team since 2007. Laura maintains our website, is in charge of our marketing and advertising, processes incoming orders, and helps with the everyday happenings in the office. As a breast cancer survivor, Laura is active with the Young Survival Coalition and takes great pride in helping other young women navigate their cancer journey. She also enjoys cookie decorating and scrapbooking.
Rich "Herby" Herbst
Rich began working at First Technologies in December 2014. He was a Technology & Engineering instructor for 37 years at Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson, Wisconsin. Rich's primary focus is teacher training for our Kids Lab program. Outside of the office, Rich enjoys fishing, hunting, camping and playing golf.
Tracy joined the First Technologies team in 2015. Tracy maintains the customer database, assists with quoting and correspondence with customers
and day-to-day office functions. Tracy enjoys cooking and watching her son play college football.
Jason became our Service Manager in June of 2017. Jason coordinates and assists with installations of new equipment. He also works with customers and manufacturers on service related matters. Jason enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and anything involving the outdoors.
Mike has been with First Technologies since June of 2017. He will be primarily helping to bring the latest technology to the K-12 market in Minnesota, North and South Dakota. Prior to joining First Tech, Mike worked as a manufacturer representative for a major appliance company. Mike is an avid golfer and sports fan, who enjoys traveling and going to concerts.
Max joined First Technologies in 2018. He has 24+ years experience in the manufacturing industry as a machinist, CNC programmer and Technical College educator. His territory is the Lake Superior region including Northwest Wisconsin and Northeast Minnesota. Max enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing.