Why We Do what we do

Bringing together individuals with decades of experience designing and implementing some of the most complex—yet efficient—materials handling systems in the world, Synergy Design & Integration’s lean team of senior-level experts is eager to address your distribution challenges.

At Synergy, our team is your team.

Let us partner with you to create a system for you that reduces costs, increases efficiencies, and delivers products to your customers at the service levels they expect. Evolving business needs? No problem. We’re committed to helping your operations grow and change.

Let’s do this. Together.

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What It Means to Be a Women-Owned Business

In an industry dominated by men, Synergy Design & Integration is a woman-owned business. While rare in our field, women-owned and operated companies are at the leading edge of nearly every sector—and we’re excited to be a part of the movement.

A copy of our certification is available in support of your company’s organization-wide diversity initiatives.

Meet Our Team

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Rachelle Sipkovsky

FOUNDER, CEO

Franklin, TN

With a 20-year career spanning construction and retail, Rachelle is a master of project management, scheduling, marketing and sales—all skills that have transitioned readily to an administrative role overseeing material handling systems engineering projects. A Purdue University graduate with a degree in building construction management, Rachelle is the driving force behind all Synergy projects. She coordinates contracts, monitors projects, minds the details, and interfaces with the team to ensure that each design and installation runs as smoothly as possible. Rachelle founded Synergy in 2016.

Share something surprising about yourself.

I won a college bowling scholarship.

What terrifies you?

Snakes and small spaces.

What’s your favorite food?

A great steak, baked potato with butter and a salad, followed by a Peppermint ice cream sundae with hot fudge and crushed peppermints on top (no nuts, no cherries).

What is your most useful skill?

I have a ridiculous eye for things being out of level or out of plumb…like crazy accurate.
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Steve Sipkovsky

VICE PRESIDENT

Franklin, TN

As Rachelle’s first employee at Synergy (and in life), Steve has two decades of supply chain expertise spanning pre-contract engineering, project management, and control system functional design for both greenfield and retrofit facilities. A mechanical engineering graduate of Purdue University, his design work in retail and e-commerce distribution facilities is informed by extensive data analysis to determine the optimal solution for both process improvements and maximum ROI. Prior to his current role, Steve spent his entire career at another systems integrator serving Fortune 500 retail clients. There, he rose through the ranks from hands-on project design and documentation to upper management. His role at Synergy allows Steve to get back to what he loves: leveraging his extensive, hands-on direct-to-consumer fulfillment center design knowledge to create unique solutions that meet the challenges of today’s retailers and shippers.

What’s your favorite read?

I’m working my way through listening to the DailyAudioBible app for the third time, which is much easier than reading those hard-to-pronounce names myself.

What scares you the most?

Germs. I hate getting sick and will do anything I can to avoid it. Rachelle and I have four children, so staying healthy is no small feat at times.

What’s your most useful skill?

Tractor driving; we have a 25-acre hobby farm, and I do my best strategic design thinking when I’m bush-hogging grass out in the field.

Share something surprising about yourself?

I prefer working third shift! While I do work normal business hours, I often have a lot of my best ideas after dark.
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William “Bill” Miller

Senior Project Manager

Mays Landing, NJ

Bill built his career in supply chain after an extensive and successful career in construction—including owning his own contracting business. Trained as a journeyman carpenter and licensed as a construction code official and building inspector in New Jersey, Bill also holds a civil engineering degree. With the collapse of the construction industry in 2007, he transitioned to supply chain when he accepted an engineering role at a major material handling equipment manufacturer and system integrator, where he spent a decade rising through the ranks to manager of project management. An experienced problem solver whose diverse background in multiple fields affords him a fresh perspective on project management, engineering, design and software challenges, Bill joined Synergy in June 2017.

What’s your favorite read?

“Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. It details the amazing true story of Olympian and WWII veteran Louis Zamperini and the incredible trials he endured during and after the war. It’s a true testament of the indominable human spirit and drive to survive.

What do you fear the most?

Identity theft! No matter how high we build the (fire)wall, there is always a way around it or through it.

What’s your most useful skill?

Old school mechanical drafting, with pencil and ink. I spent many years at a 4-post drafting table creating drawings for parts, assemblies, oil tanker double hull refits, and construction projects from concept to completion.

Share something surprising about yourself?

In my spare time you can find me at the helm of my sailboat, the “Laura B.” I’ve been sailing and boating for more than 40 years. I have taken the 100-ton Vessel Masters test but am limited to in-shore and day-time due to being color blind. I’m also a certified scuba diver, and an avid fresh and saltwater fisherman.
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Jerome Hull

Senior Project Engineer

Alexandria, KY

With 27 years of experience in material handling systems 3D design and modeling—as well as a veteran of the US Army Reserve—Jerome has held many titles, both formal and informal. Among them, Mechanical and Systems Engineer and Mister Parcel (after creating many of the standard new facility and system designs still deployed by a major international courier delivery company). Additionally, Jerome designed and engineered a complete product line—including unique drawings for more than 550 parts—to enable his company to replace a supplier with in-house manufactured components. As the material handling brands he worked for consolidated via acquisition by ever-larger corporations, Jerome decided he prefers the atmosphere of small business. He joined Synergy in 2018.

What’s your favorite activity?

Long-distance competitive shooting. I specialize in both rifle shooting to 1,200 yards and pistol shooting to 220 yards. It’s an activity that requires intense focus and attention to detail.

What scares you

Falling off my bike. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen often, even though I enjoy riding long distances. I’ve done several week-long bike rides covering at least 50 miles a day.

What’s your most useful skill?

Making customers happy; I always put them first in my designs and strive to ensure I’m creating a solution that best addresses what they want and need.

Share something surprising about yourself?

I love to rebuild muscle car engines. I even designed and had made all of the special parts needed to marry a bigger engine to a manual transmission that everyone said could not be connected together—then fit them into my wife’s Chevy S10 truck.
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Ken Randolph

Procurement/Customer Service

Dimondale, MI

Having won numerous awards and achieved multiple promotions during more than 20 years in restaurant management, Ken left the hospitality field for a completely new challenge: conveyor installation. After discovering his management skills made him a better fit for administration and supervision, he transferred to project and site management, ensuring that installation crews equipped with the right components and at the right time to complete jobs on schedule. After traveling the country coast-to-coast from one installation to the next for another decade (and delighted to get paid for indulging his travel cravings), Ken brought his 30-plus years of customer service and project management expertise to Synergy in 2018.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you do?

I’d love to be a meteorologist. The weather has always fascinated me, plus nothing beats a good thunderstorm at night.

What’s your biggest fear?

Being stuck on the ground. I’ve flown both an airplane and a glider and ridden in a hot air balloon. I want to skydive one of these days, just to say I did it.

What’s your most useful skill?

Organization and follow-through. I enjoy the challenge of keeping a project on task through to completion and ensuring that each customer’s satisfaction is at the highest level possible.

Share something surprising about yourself

I’ve always wanted to be a performer or entertainer, such as an actor (any role would be fine), a singer (unfortunately, the only place I sound good is in the shower), or conductor (what could top producing such a beautiful sound?).
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Kyle Tornquist

Senior Project Manager

Parker, CO

Hired immediately after graduation from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in engineering systems technology, Kyle spent eight years at a systems integrator alongside Steve Sipkovsky. There, as a project manager, he designed and integrated material handling systems for a variety of retail, e-commerce and parcel facilities. Additionally, Kyle is certified in Lean Manufacturing and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. He brought his project management expertise to Synergy in 2019.

What’s your favorite activity?

It’s a toss-up between eating donuts with Captain Crunch and deadlifting.

What scares you the most?

The Kansas City Chiefs winning a Super Bowl. I’m a Denver Broncos fan.

What’s your most useful skill?

Possessing all types of useless knowledge. Don’t bet against me in a trivia contest.

Share something surprising about yourself?

I won a Lion King coloring contest at a local movie theater as a kid, but was unable to defend my title when the remake was released this past summer.