About MBX Systems

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Our Team

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Tom Crowley, CEO

As founder and CEO, Tom’s laid-back intensity is not an oxymoron – at MBX, we work hard and play hard. Tom fosters a culture of innovation and respect, where cross-functional departments collaborate to develop breakthrough solutions for customers. Tom fuels his passion for quality by empowering his employees to, above all, do what’s right for the customer.

  • Greatest achievement is launching two kids into college
  • Has played in the same Southern Rock band for 24 years
  • Takes annual ski trip to Telluride with the same high school buddies
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Jill Bellak, President

If MBX were an orchestra, Jill would be its conductor. Jill harmonizes departments – from engineering to sales to support – ensuring everyone is working towards the same goals. Jill stays hands-on with customers long into the relationship, looking to flesh out new MBX products and services to make their job easier.  This customer focus keeps Jill’s teams charging forward to build Raving Fans of MBX.

  • Loves to travel, most unusual trip was an African safari in Tanzania
  • Favorite competitive sport is fantasy football
  • Loves to drive her Jeep with its top off
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Justin Formella, CSO

Justin stands at the helm of the high-tech side of MBX’s operations. With the mindset that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, Justin leads a talented team of IT and development pros that are instrumental in creating the cutting-edge applications and systems on which MBX operates. This in house expertise and capability gives MBX the flexibility our customers appreciate and our competitors envy.

  • Drives a ’66 Mustang and other vintage cars
  • Aficionado of craft brews
  • Had photography published for an article in Money
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Len Petty, CFO

Len keeps his magnifying glass aimed at supply chain efficiency and keeping customers’ credit flowing. Len runs a tight ship to maintain a healthy balance sheet so MBX can scale capacity to meet customer demand and to finance MBX’s growth strategy. Len’s passion is promoting personal development– whether it’s encouraging his team at MBX or the athletes he coaches on the grid iron.

  • A big fan of all Marvel Comics movies
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are his comfort food
  • Has a Class A CDL to drive big rigs and operate heavy construction equipment
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Carl Nothnagel, VP of Operations

Carl oversees manufacturing, distribution and logistics and all the technicians and specialists who document, schedule, configure, test, package, stock and deploy systems globally.  Carl ran the factory during MBX’s triple digit growth in 2010, adeptly finding ways to scale operations without impacting quality. Relocating in Q4 2012 gave Carl’s team an 8-fold increase in manufacturing and warehouse space plus additional technology-based processes to continue driving high quality and on-time delivery.


  • Likes fishing for walleye in Canada
  • Listens to audio books, enjoys zombie apocalypse and survival books
  • Watches football too much
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Chris Tucker, VP of Customer Engagement

Chris and his energetic team defied the recession and brought a record number of new customers to MBX over the last two years. Chris’ team stays involved in the relationship to ensure new customers achieve results with MBX that exceed expectations. Chris works tirelessly championing MBX in the market and demonstrating the abundant advantages MBX hardware programs provide.

  • Removes ‘Caps Lock’ from his keyboards
  • Plays drums and taps compulsively
  • Swears its aluminium, not aluminum

About MBX Systems

At MBX, we manage hardware programs for ISVs and service providers that deploy their software on hardware appliances. By becoming the hardware arm of their company, MBX customers are able to stay focused on developing and selling their software, while we take care of the rest. From platform engineering, custom branding, and manufacturing to certifications, global inventory management, and warranty support, we’re there every step of the way.

Powerful Partnerships with Industry Innovators

We consistently achieve quality metrics above 99% by working closely with the most respected hardware manufacturers in the industry to ensure platform reliability, longevity, and supply chain continuity. We’ve earned partner-level status with the industry’s best of breed, with designations such as:

  • Intel Technology Partner Platinum
  • Seagate Elite Partner
  • Supermicro Partner
  • Avago/LSI Channel Partner
  • Micron Enterprise Elite MVP

Our engineering and supply chain teams work in concert with many top-tier industry vendors so we can remain hardware agnostic and develop platforms with the best components to enhance the software’s performance. We never force-fit an application into a preconfigured BOM.

The MBX Difference

When new customers come to MBX, they are usually feeling pain with their current hardware provider or launching a new product, and generally customers stay with MBX for a couple of reasons: one, it’s the quality, flexibility and scalability of their hardware program; and two, it’s the dedicated MBX people and company culture they experience.

MBX embodies the same culture we’ve had since our inception in 1995, while continuing to grow exponentially over the years. At our core are the MBX values of Passion, Quality, Teamwork, Respect, Integrity and Innovation.

Customers openly tell us the reasons they switched to MBX, and sometimes the reason is refreshingly unique. As one customer said, “The difference in working with MBX is that there’s intelligent life on the other end of the phone.”


Gold Stevie - Women in BusinessManufacturer of the YearQuality Plant of the Year