NextShift Robotics, Inc.


NextShift Robotics provides automated robotics material handling solutions to innovate companies in distribution, manufacturing, and logistics. NextShift's solution contains a full automated robotic fleet that increasing labor productivity by 50–70% and installs quickly within existing warehouse infrastructure and software. Additionally, our system’s patented IP and hardware allows us to remove manual bottlenecks from other automation systems.

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Management Team

Co-founder & CEO

Mary Ellen Sparrow

Mary Ellen has created material handling robotics systems for Fabrication Plants & Warehouses. She has held executive management positions at Brooks, AS&E, Symbotic, Veeco, & Harvest, where she managed software, systems, controls, quality, service, & prog. management. She has 25+ yrs in industrial automation and is a member of the ASTM F45 committee. Mary Ellen has developed patented & trademarked traffic management software for robotic systems.

Co-founder & Chief product Officer

Stephen Toebes

Stephen Toebes has 18+ years leading engineering teams in robotics & automation, with 23+ patents. In addition to his roll at NextShift, he is the Senior VP, Robotics at HDS Global. He has held executive management positions at Humantics, Rethink Robotics, Harvest, and Symbotic, and Brooks. He is an External Advisory Board Member, Georgia Tech Institute of Robotics & Intelligent Machines and Advisor on ASME Robotics Technical Advisory Panel.

Board Advisor

Christopher Russell

Chris Russell is an industry veteran who’s has deep experience in supply chain, startups and sales. His domain expertise spans the breadth of the supply chain from demand through distribution and supply optimization. He has been a founder and a management team member through two successful exits. He has been a sales leader driving contracts and revenue successfully in multiple organizations.

Board Member

Tom Nightingale

Tom brings over 27 years of leadership experience in the transportation and logistics industry. He is the president and CEO of IPS Ultimate Holdings, LLC (International Package Shipping) and its operating companies, Polonez Parcel Service, Doma Export, and IPS Universal Trucking. Collectively, the companies are the largest consolidator of consumer-to-consumer packages to Europe with service to 43 countries and over 700 domestic agents.

Board Member

Dave Anderson

Dr. Anderson is a 30 year veteran and Managing General Partner of Supply Chain Ventures, LLC, a venture capital fund specializing in software investing, a member of the Boston Golden Seeds Forum and is a retired managing partner of supply chain consulting at Accenture, a global technology consulting company. At Accenture, he was instrumental in building the company’s $2 billion supply chain management practice in North America, Asia and Europe.

CFO (pt)

Dennis Cusick

Dennis Cusick is a 30 year veteran in financial services. He is a principal at Hamilton Associates Group, CFO at Solectria Renewables as well as NextShift Robotics.

Board Observer

Laurie Nuzzo McPhee

She is a Managing Director at Golden Seeds and member of the Big Brother/Big Sister Advisory Board. Her prior experience at both Raytheon and BAE Systems features over 30 years of project leadership in the defense electronics industry encompassing P&L performance and short/long term strategic planning for aircraft defense electronics, and broadband commercial electronics. She holds a master’s from MIT/Sloan School in the Management of Technology.