The HPI Sales Team 

Representing the leading manufacturers of automation equipment and utilizing over thirty years of experience in the automation industry, the HPI Sales team is prepared to answer your questions and develop solutions to your most complex issues.


Erik Hostvedt, President

Prior to forming HPI in 1977, Erik was an entrepreneur in the Philadelphia area. He is a graduate of Drexel University with a degree in Commerce and Engineering.



Craig Disston, Senior Account Manager

Craig is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who joined HPI in 1987. In addition to coordinating HPI training seminars, Craig is a Sensor Specialist and Distributor Specialist.



Jim McNicholas, Sales Representative

Jim is an Electrical Engineer with an MBA from Rutgers University. Jim is an integral part of our complex, technical solutions. He specializes in PLC/HMI, AC/DC motor drives, motion control, vision and sensing applications.