November 2nd: Cobotics Lunch & Learn Event

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Join us at KleenMark Distribution in Madison for a Cobotics Lunch & Learn on Thursday, November 2, 2023

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Staffing is an ongoing concern across many industries. Cobotics, or the use of robotics in tandem with janitorial staff, is one way to address employee shortages. Cobotics are not intended to replace people, but to assist them and work together for a faster and more cost-efficient cleaning plan.

Hear from our own Doug Lerch about the future of cobotics and from Diana Kittlelson of Stoughton Area School District about her own experience with an autonomous floor scrubber in this informative lunch and learn!

Thursday, November 2 from 10:30am-1:30pm

KleenMark Distribution
1206 Ann St
Madison, WI 53713

Schedule of events: 

  • 10:00am
    • “Sneak Peek” Preview Demo
  • 10:30am
    • Check-In with Free Coffee
  • 10:45-11am
    • Welcome and Future of Cobotics with Doug Lerch from KleenMark
  • 11-11:45am
    • Keynote Speech: ROI with Diana Kittelson from Stoughton Area School District
  • 12-12:40pm
    • Lunch Provided: Tacos from Compadres Mexican Restaurant!
  • 12:45 -1:15pm
    • Panel Discussion with Diana Kittelson, Francis Balthazor from Urban Land Interests, Adam Russ from Tennant, Mark Halverson from SoftBank, and Doug Lerch from KleenMark
  • 1:15pm
    • Closing Remarks & Demonstrations

Meet the Discussion Panel


Diana Kittelson

Custodial Operations Supervisor at Stoughton Area School District

Diana has more than 30 years of career experience within the Stoughton Area School District. In her current role, she oversees the district’s custodial team, budget, supplies, equipment, and custodial operations at 10 facilities.


Doug Lerch

Business Development Manager at KleenMark Distribution

Doug has 40+ years in the cleaning industry. He enjoys all aspects of finding the right solution for each customer. He is considered a “Subject Matter Expert” with 22 years at KleenMark Distribution. Training and Innovation are his passions.


Francis Balthazor

Facilities Services Manager at Urban Land Interests

Francis has over 30 years’ experience in the cleaning industry. He has consulted on cleaning standards for the IICRC and has assisted with developing plans with authorities and private entities to respond to a regional emergency. He is the immediate Past President of IFMA Madison Chapter.


Adam Russ

Commercial Manager at Tennant

Adam has spent the last 10 years at Tennant Company providing innovative cleaning solutions that address today’s increasing challenges. He has worked on autonomous products in almost every vertical market and helped create robotic cleaning programs at over 50 unique facilities.


Mark Halverson

Sr. Advisor Strategic Market Development at SoftBank Robotics America

Mark has 30+ years of experience across global strategic business development, delivery, channels, and customer success with both emerging aggressive growth and leading Fortune 100