Ergobuyer® began in 1997 as an advertising based buyer’s guide to the ergonomics marketplace, which was housed within the ergoweb.com site. We quickly found that some marketers were making unsubstantiated or grandiose claims about the ergonomics of their products, so in 2006 we embarked on a campaign to raise the credibility of ergonomic claims, reformulating the Ergobuyer brand into a separate company, and then into an online store: ”No gimmicks. No fads. Only effective, reliable, ergonomically designed products, satisfaction guaranteed.” Ergobuyer has since served businesses and consumers with trusted, reliable products, from a trusted, reliable source.
Key Team Members
Peter Budnick, PhD, CPE, Founder
Peter and his colleagues advise numerous companies and professionals. He has published extensively and has been a featured keynote, plenary, workshop and technical session speaker at national and international corporations and conferences. His service to the ergonomics profession includes roles as a Director and President for the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE); Senior Editor and reviewer for the publication Ergonomics In Design; Chair of the International Ergonomics Association’s (IEA) Certification Subcommittee; and Director for the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE), where he was instrumental in the launch of Ergonomists Without Borders. He is also the recipient of the Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award. Peter earned a BS in Engineering from Michigan Technological University; an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan; and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah.
He resides in Carefree, Arizona where he enjoys family and the beauty of the Sonoran Desert foothills. In his spare time he enjoys nature, exploring, telemark skiing, golf, scuba diving, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, and nearly anything that keeps him outdoors.
Jane Karrels, Sales & Marketing Manager
Jane Karrels joined Ergobuyer in January of 2013 as the Sales and Marketing Manager. Her responsibilities include the daily operations and future growth of the Ergobuyer online store. She is responsible for product selection, content development and technical support. Jane also oversees the writing and distribution of the monthly e-newsletters to Ergobuyer clients and works extensively with the company’s vendor partners.
Jane began her marketing career in 1987 as a sales support administrator with EMS, a Wisconsin-based Enterprise Resource Planning provider. She held positions of increasing responsibility over the next two decades in sales, marketing and management, always ensuring that the development of marketing strategies closely integrated with the company’s branding.
Jane is bilingual in English and Dutch. She earned her Associate of Arts Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and holds certificates in Graphic and Digital Design and Professional Multimedia Arts.
Born in Makasser, Indonesia and raised in northern Holland, Jane’s family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin when she was a teen. After many years of traveling the country, Jane decided to make Cave Creek/Carefree, Arizona her home. She enjoys the warm weather, biking, long walks through the desert foothills, home decorating and Murphy, her 10-year old British Lab.
Quang Budnick, General Manager
Quang Budnick joined Ergobuyer in 2005. She oversees the company’s software, technical and financial systems.
She is a thorough and detail oriented contributor, and she adds value to nearly all processes in the company, from customer service, to developing and maintaining our software systems and web sites, to managing account payables/receivables. She is fluent in both the English and Vietnamese languages.
Quang earned her Bachelor degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah in 1993 and immediately immersed herself in software applications that drive clean room automation systems. Working with Auto-Soft Corporation (later purchased by Brooks Automation), she worked on teams developing, installing and supporting advanced scheduling, equipment automation, fault detection, process and material control software for computer chip makers such as Intel. She was recruited by Applied Materials (AMAT) in 2000, where she worked on similar applications for a start-up internal software team for five years, after which she joined Ergoweb.
Quang, or Hue (pronounced like “Way”, or “Whey”), as her friends and colleagues know her, lives in Carefree, AZ. She loves to cook for family and friends, is a regular at her favorite health club, and a traveler, skier and scuba diver when time allows.