Tom Grant, General Manager: Tom has served as Chairman since 2001. Prior to joining ThingMagic full-time as CEO in 2004, he was an early stage venture investor and business advisor to Boston's high technology companies. He is Founder and Managing Partner of Protos, and General Partner for Applied Technology, both early stage venture investment funds. He was previously with Softbridge MicroSystems, a PC software development company, and Data Resources, Inc., where he was group Vice President. Tom has served on the Board of Directors of several early stage companies. He is a Trustee of Northeast Health Systems , a $300M community health system north of Boston, and founder and Director of Heads Up!, a non-profit devoted to linking community service activity and student-athletes.
Bernd Schoner, VP Business Development, Founder: Bernd's expertise includes time series prediction, nonlinear estimation, stochastic processes, machine learning, neural networks, and audio processing. His research has led to devices and software applications as unique as the Marching Cello, a wearable instrument providing the functionality of a cello, and a giant polyphonic floorboard for the Flying Karamazov Brothers. Despite his work on digital stringed instruments, he still enjoys playing his acoustic cello, and is also a competitive gymnast. Bernd holds a Diplom-Ingenieur in Electrical Engineering from Rheinisch-Westphälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany, and an Ingénieur des Arts et Métiers in Industrial Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris, France. He received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory in 2000.
David Emma, VP Sales and Marketing: David brings ThingMagic 25 years of leadership experience and a proven track record of building worldwide sales & marketing teams and developing sales channels for start-ups, mid-sized and global companies. Prior to ThingMagic, Emma served as vice president of sales and system engineering at Microwave Radio Communications, helping the company triple revenues over the course of three years, and expanding the microwave/semiconductor company’s worldwide sales channel. Emma also managed several of MRC’s multi-million dollar programs in the broadcast, wireless, security, military and law enforcement markets. Emma previously served as vice president of OEM licensing at Color Kinetics and senior vice president at Integrated Circuits Systems where he developed relationships resulting in major contract awards with strategic OEMs. While at Integrated Circuits Systems, the company increased profitability by 30 percent and grew an integrated RF/microwave components and subsystems start up business unit to $4 million. Prior to ICS, Emma held senior positions with CP Clare Corporation, where he helped grow gross profits by 40 percent over five years, leading to the company’s initial public offering. David holds a BSEE degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
RFID Demand Increasing
"Month to month, we're seeing demand for RFID label applications that extend far beyond traditional retail and supply chain use. In addition to CPG suppliers, manufacturers and retailers, our RFID customers include businesses in the food industry, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and other markets, using RFID for inventory control, asset tracking, document tracking, and even patient tracking. When they see a demonstration of a 10-second RFID scan of a rack of products versus a 10-minute manual bar code scan of the same rack, they're eager to adopt RFID and customize an application for their specific use."
-- Stephen Hull, Sato America