Our Team of Experts
AndyMark develops, manufactures, and distributes mechanical and electrical parts for the mobile robotics market, with a focus on robotics education.
Formed in 2004 by Andy Baker and Mark Koors, AndyMark, Inc. aims to support and grow robotics education and innovative mechanical design for mobility applications. Together Mark and Andy have over 60 years of engineering experience. Through their volunteer work with FIRST Robotics Competition teams they identified a niche market and began designing and selling robotics components targeting the FIRST Robotics community.
Andy and Mark have been mentors in the FIRST Robotics Competition since 1998. Many staff members at AndyMark also serve as team mentors and key volunteers at many robot competitions.
From 2007 to 2011, AndyMark was a tenant within the Inventrek technology park in Kokomo. They outgrew Inventrek in the fall of 2011 and moved in to a commercial building on the north side of Kokomo, where there is plenty of space to do cool things. Also, AndyMark was named "Business of the Year" for 2011 by the Kokomo Chamber of Commerce.
Currently, AndyMark is one of the leading distributors and makers of robotics parts within the robotics mobility and competition market.
AndyMark takes pride in providing high quality, robust gearboxes, wheels and components for mobility platforms. Cost-effective solutions and options for robotics and mobility applications are designed and distributed here, with an emphasis on customer service. Motivation and hard work founded this company. The staff at AndyMark works together as a team to meet our customers’ unique needs, and achieve success through creativity and development to provide the highest quality products available.
President & Owner
Andy is a graduate of the University of Evansville with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at Delphi Automotive for 15 years before leaving to work full time at AndyMark, Inc. in 2007 When Andy started at Delphi in 1992, his co-workers were the mentors on one of the initial 28 FRC teams. In 1998, Andy joined that team (FRC 45, TechnoKats Robotics Team) and was a TechnoKat mentor for 15 years.
During those years on team 45, Andy developed and communicated many designs which are now standards in FIRST. For this effort, Andy was awarded the Championship Woodie Flowers Award in 2003. Andy founded the Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI), Indiana FIRST, the Indiana FIRST Workshops, and serves as a Woodie Flowers Award judge. He even designed the WFFA trophy. Andy is now leading FRC team 3940, at Northwestern High School, where his daughter is an active team member.
Andy is active in the Kokomo community, and has acted as a coach and mentor within many organizations. Andy currently serves on the board of directors at Bona Vista, and is an active member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Andy and his wife, Mary, have three wonderful daughters, and enjoy living in Kokomo.
Andy oversees the AndyMark business and also enjoys designing many of products, especially the shifter transmissions, single-speed gearboxes, and omni wheels.
Vice President & Owner
Mark is a graduate of General Motors Institute of Technology, with dual degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He was employed for 35 years with GM/Delco/Delphi Electronics and worked primarily in research and development. Mark authored 16 US Patents during his tenure.
At AndyMark, Mark serves as Chief Engineer and is responsible for electrical and mechanical design of many new and existing products. His mecanum wheel design is patented and is sold around the world by AndyMark.
Mark mentored Kokomo High School's Technokats, FIRST Team 45 for 15 years and is now helping the Northwestern High School Cybertooth, FIRST Team 3940. He volunteers at FIRST headquarters every year and serves as FTA at FIRST Regionals and Nationals.
Mark has many hobbies other than robotics. He enjoys ham radio and working in his garden. A member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mark volunteers with their Haiti Ministry and has traveled to MarFranc, Haiti 29 times since 1996. He has engineered the drilling of water wells, designed and installed a stained glass window for their church, built a solar electrical system for the church and rectory, and supported the annual medical mission teams.
Mark and Emily have been married for 31 years and have three children. Dan is completing his MBA in Health Sector Management at Duke University. Kate is a resident in OB/GYN at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and Mary is a Doctoral candidate in Pharmacy at the University of Michigan.
Director of Customer Service
Mary has been with the company when it started in her garage and home office in June, 2004. She joined the AndyMark staff in 2007 as Shipping and Customer Service Manager when it moved out of her home. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University. Mary’s FIRST team experience has been limited to that of team supporter for Team #45. Her role will change to Mentor this year when her oldest daughter will participate on FIRST Rookie Team #3940. Mary is married to Andy Baker and the mother of three amazing daughters. What she enjoys most about her job is working within the FIRST community and with people who share a passion of inspiring young people to learn more about science, technology and exploring their individual potential.
Director of Accounting
Emily started with AndyMark when it was home-based in 2004. She joined the staff in 2007 doing accounts payable, accounts receivable and anything else finance related. Emily earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University, but her career was in Management with SuperX Drugs. She retired from that position to devote her time to raising three children. She returned to the workforce part-time working for Pizza Hut until AndyMark demanded her full-time. Emily is married to Mark Koors.
Lori graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Management and a minor in Accounting. She was employed by EDS for 8 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. After raising 3 wonderful children, she was ready to rejoin the workforce. Lori started part time with AndyMark back in 2010 helping with shipping. She became full time in 2011 and works in the Business Office with Purchase Orders and Accounts Receivable. Lori enjoys working with the customers and meeting them in person at the competitions.
Toni first came to AndyMark to help pack boxes in 2008. Her son was a team leader on the TechnoKats, and she was a very supportive parent on the team. After her son went on to college, she showed interest in staying involved at AndyMark and is now our warehouse technician. Toni brings her skills to AndyMark after working for many years with the Kokomo Center School Systems as a media specialists within their libraries. Her attention to detail and strong work ethic are great assets to AndyMark
Brandon received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University. He has been with AndyMark since September 2009. Although he does not have any direct team experience with FIRST he has been volunteering as an FTA since 2012 at FIRST Regional events in the spring. Brandon was born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana. He especially enjoys working with the students on local FIRST teams who assist with product assembly at AndyMark as team fund-raising.
Director of Technology
Robot Controls Engineer, IT, Webmaster, anything you need. Jerry joined the AndyMark staff in 2010. He earned a BS in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology from Purdue University. He has been involved in FIRST Robotics for several years as a College Mentor/Staff Mentor on Team 461 and as an Engineering Mentor on Team 3098. Jerry has served as a FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA) 2008, 2011, 2012 at various regional and Championship events. His position at AndyMark allows Jerry to work with high school students within the FIRST community and see first-hand their eagerness to learn how things work. Plus, he gets to learn from them!
Brett is a FRC success story, as he was a student on team 1529 from Southport High School in Indianapolis. Brett is continuing his studies and also working full time at AndyMark. He is our Swiss Army Knife here at AndyMark as he jumps in to help wherever is needed. Brett is our in-house expert on the NIS hardware, and assists in keeping the website looking spiffy.
Liz was a student on FRC team 555 in Montclair, NJ and since then she has been volunteering at FIRST events and mentoring teams. She earned her bachelor's degree in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. She has been a FIRST Technical Advisor (FTA) since 2009.
The best of the AndyMark Personnel
So many more help make AndyMark what it is. We are happy to have an entire floor of assembly workers, pickers, packers, shippers, business office specialists, and all around helpful hands. Without them we would be no where near as able to reach as far as we have, and continue to push further.