Our Solutions Team

Professional Sales Staff Backed by
Expert Engineering Technicians and Solutions Specialists

Sterling-ES office signAt Sterling-ES, we think of our customers as our partners in success. We understand the importance of knowing your applications, requirements, deadlines and budgets.

We also believe the best solutions come from teamwork, so we’ve assembled a first-rate crew of engineers, technicians, customer service and sales representatives. Talk to any of our employees and you will quickly learn that they know their stuff. Our solution experts love a challenge; but, if you manage to stump them, great. They’ll take pride in tracking down the answer for you because they want to know, too!

When you order from Sterling-ES, we will review your order to make sure the components you select are compatible. For example, if an antenna in your order does not match the frequency of the radio you’ve ordered, then expect us to call. Getting it right the first time is important. It is all part of the value proposition of Sterling-ES and our commitment to be partners in success.


Lisa GarstCompany President and Co-Owner Lisa oversees accounting, strategic planning and marketing. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College. Lisa has served on numerous regional boards and commissions.  She is an active volunteer and President of the Rotary Club of Salem (VA).  She is shown here with Mango (the lab) and Cookie (the border collie mix).




Reid Garst, E.I.T., MBAFounder, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Owner
Reid is responsible for daily operations. He is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. More than 25 years after passing the EIT, he is still an Engineer in Training, and likes it that way. There is always something new in automation. He also holds an MBA from the College of William & Mary. Reid worked for seven years prior to starting Sterling-ES as a controls engineer in industry and as an integrator for a boiler controls company. Reid is an active member of the community serving on the Salem Planning Commission and is also a member of the Rotary Club of Salem.



Inside Support

Sterling EngineeringBryan Browning, PEInside Engineer
Bryan is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a degree in Civil Engineering. He received his Master of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering from Mississippi State University. Bryan has 19 years of engineering and project management experience with a concentration in water and waste water and expertise in telemetry. Bryan is a certified MCAA Inside Sales Professional.



Carolyn Greene Customer Service Representative
Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Oregon. She works with customers and vendors to process and track orders. She also assists customers with warranty returns and equipment repairs. When the “you know what” hits the fan, Carolyn is here to make things right for you.  Carolyn is a certified MCAA Inside Sales Professional.



Field Service/Product Support


Dennis RitchSenior Automation Technician
Dennis is a licensed Master electrician with close to 20 years of industrial and municipal control experience. Dennis is qualified on Moxa, Cal-Amp, Allen Bradley, Modicon, Koyo, Sixnet, Toshiba and Iconics, RS-View, CitectSCADA, Wonderware, and Intellution and countless other platforms. Dennis is Moxa Technical Support Certified (MTSC).


Outside Sales

Sterling-ES outside supportMatt MacBrienSales Manager
Matt has more than 20 years experience selling controls and instrumentation. Matt has a degree in Applied Science from the State University of New York. He has completed training classes for Sterling-ES’s specialized lines. Matt is a natural problem solver who enjoys getting to know customers and understanding their applications. In addition to acting as Sales Manager, Matt also covers customer accounts from Danville to Charlottesville, up and down I-81 and Greensboro to Charlotte in North Carolina.  Matt is a certified MCAA Sales Professional.



John Willis, P.E. 
Sales RepresentativeJohn Willis 1 Cropped
John is a native of Virginia Beach and covers NOVA,  Richmond and Tidewater accounts for Sterling-ES as well as parts Eastern North Carolina.  John has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) from Old Dominion University. He has held a P.E. license since 2007.  He has worked for more than 23 years in automation, transportation and controls.   John joined the Sterling-ES team in 2015.