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Joe Roberts joins RTI as CEO

Joe Roberts joins RTI as CEO

SHAKOPEE, Minn.—RTI, a global control and automation company, has hired a new chief executive officer, Joe Roberts, who will lead the company through initiatives that expand the RTI control platform with solutions for its global “resimercial” customers.

Roberts takes over for interim CEO Mark Derus, who will return to his role as chief financial officer.

“We're very fortunate to have Joe join us as CEO,” Derus said in the announcement. “His passion for building a culture that consistently delivers exceptional service and innovative products makes him a perfect fit. Under Joe's leadership, we look forward to expanding the business opportunities for our distribution partners around the world.”

Roberts has a history of customer focus, product innovation and delivery, helping turn around Core Brands and reestablishing ELAN as a leading control brand. During his time at Core Brands and then Nortek, he and his teams had earned coveted awards including top dealer program, human interface of the year, customer service awards and best product awards across multiple categories. Roberts is tasked with accelerating innovation within the residential market, and positioning the company to expand its suite of solutions for the commercial market.

“I am excited to join RTI, where the team shares my passion for our dealers,” said Roberts. “We have a strong foundation with nearly three decades of creative solutions for both residential and commercial integrators worldwide. I look forward to leading the team to build on this momentum.”

As president of Core Brands, he was recognized for building an award-winning product portfolio across multiple categories. Roberts later helped lead the merger with Nortek Security & Control. He also has held executive level, general management and senior marketing positions at The Learning Company, Broderbund, Corel, eLanguage and others.

The RTI portfolio includes remote controls, touchpanels, apps, processors, and A/V distribution, all backed by the company's Integration Designer programming software, enabling integrators to deliver complete custom control for their clients. More information is available at and


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