The Lab Owl Team

Michael Blechman CEO, ACC and Lab Owl

Michael Blechman

CEO, ACC and Lab Owl

In addition to providing strategic guidance and planning for ACC and Lab Owl, Michael focuses on specific growth initiatives and oversees financial management. He is a passionate advocate for ACC’s central theme of building long-term relationships with customers, employees and vendor-partners. Michael has an unwavering belief in employee development, the importance of innovation in business processes and personal and corporate integrity. He firmly believes these elements are keys to ACC and Lab Owl’s longevity, stability and sustained success.

Michael joined ACC in 1988 and worked as a sales engineer, product manager and general manager, before becoming President in 1996. He became the CEO of Lab Owl in 2017. Prior to joining ACC, he spent eight years with General Electric (GE) in a variety of sales and application engineering roles in the areas of variable speed drives, PLCs, robotics and vision systems. Michael has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Kevin Hannigan President, ACC and Lab Owl

Kevin Hannigan

President, ACC & Lab Owl

Kevin oversees all aspects of ACC and Lab Owl’s operations. He defines business development strategy and customer solutions. He also establishes target markets and measurable goals for ACC and Lab Owl’s product development initiatives. Kevin has deep managerial experience with large, multi-disciplinary projects and integrating new industries and technologies into ACC and Lab Owl’s portfolio. His industry experience includes biotech, pharmaceutical, electric utility, medical devices, consumer products and commercial facilities. 

Kevin joined ACC in 1988 as a project engineer, subsequently becoming a Project Manager, Manager of Engineering and Executive Vice-President. Prior to joining ACC, Kevin worked as a project engineer for Nabisco. He became president of ACC and Lab Owl in 2017. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Kurt Elam Senior Director Sales and Marketing Lab Owl

Kurt Elam

Senior Director, Sales and Marketing, Lab Owl

Kurt joined ACC/Lab Owl in 2017. He brings 20+ years of specialty biopharmaceutical experience, focused primarily in oncology, infectious disease, and critical care/ICU medicine. He has overseen and managed the successful launch of over 16 new FDA approved products/compounds or new indications, and worked to gain formulary approval in managed care organizations, thereby improving access for patients. Prior to joining Lab Owl, Kurt worked with a number of biopharma companies, including Schering‐Plough, Astra‐Zeneca, EMD Serono, Amylin, and Actelion. He has a BA degree from the University of Virginia.


Victor Ronchetti

Senior VP/Technical Director, ACC and Lab Owl

Vic joined ACC in 1985. He works with both ACC customers and its engineering staff to help architect solutions to manufacturing and facility challenges. Vic helps ACC manage the balance of strategically deploying new technology and implementing proven technology. He has extensive experience in the automation arena, having implemented PLC, SCADA, DCS, and MES systems in many industries. 

Vic designed and built the first Lab Owl prototype and currently leads the development effort for product enhancements, custom applications, and revisions. Prior to joining ACC, Vic worked as a chemical engineer for M.W. Kellogg and Airco Industrial Gases. Vic holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Deep Process Automation Experience

Established in 1983, Automated Control Concepts, Inc. (ACC) is an independent systems integrator delivering automation and manufacturing intelligence solutions to the industrial market. ACC helps businesses improve the efficiency, quality and compliance of their manufacturing operations through the strategic use of technology and standards. For more than 30 years, ACC has been building its reputation for excellence, strong customer advocacy and pragmatic innovation in process automation and manufacturing intelligence.