W I R E L E S S F I B E R — P O I N T T O P O I N T B A C K H A U L
Management & Key Contacts
Heinz Willebrand, President & CEO (spricht Deutsch und Englisch)
Dr. Heinz A. Willebrand is widely regarded as being among key driving visionary forces behind the Free-Space Optics (FSO) and wireless bridges movement, and is an inductee into EE Times list of "Forty Innovators Building the Foundation of the Next-Gen Electronics Industry." Well known and recognized for his contributions to the advancement of FSO, Heinz regularly speaks at national and international conferences on technical and business related aspects of FSO and Millimeter-Wave (MMW) technology. Heinz founded LightPointe in 1998 and after the company was sold to Berg & Berg, LLC in 2006, he co-founded Rayawave, a designer and innovator in the millimeter-wave systems communications space. After the LightPointe/Rayawave merger he became the Chief Executive Officer of the combined company. He is overseeing and guiding all business related aspects of the company and is also actively involved in creating the technology roadmap of the company. Heinz obtained his Ph.D in Applied Physics at the University of Muenster/Germany and has held research and teaching positions with the University of Muenster and the University of Colorado in Boulder. He holds more than 10 national and international patents on fiber-optics and wireless technologies. Heinz has published more than 70 articles in technology and business journals and co-authored the book, "Free-Space Optics: Enabling Optical Connectivity in Today's Networks," the first comprehensive body of work that explores the physics and development of FSO and examines the technology's applications for public and private telecommunications networks.
Lorian Sanders, COO
Lorian Sanders has served LightPointe in a finance and management capacity since 2001 and has over 26 years experience in accounting and finance in both the public and private sectors. In her last position as General Manager and Vice President of Finance, Lorian was instrumental in significantly increasing quality, enhancing manufacturing efficiency, and improving operations processes. Lorian's dedication and enthusiasm have been a source of inspiration to LightPointe partners, customers and employees. She continues to be a driving force behind the long-term success of LightPointe.
Erhard Kube, Chief Scientist
Dr. Kube graduated from the Dresden Technical University with a dissertation on micro strip conductors. Afterward he worked in research and development as both an engineer and project manager, developing measurement and transmission systems in the field of hyper-frequency engineering. From 1964 onward he devoted himself exclusively to working with optical communications technology, an area which later contributed greatly to the development of broadband transmission innovation. His study of the transmission of infrared light through the atmosphere led to his involvement in the development of free space optics, or optical wireless technology, in Germany during the 1960s. In 1972 he completed a doctorate on the optical transmission of information through the atmosphere using GaAs radiation. From 1972 to 1992 Dr. Kube continued working as project manager for various R&D facilities in former GDR and in the field of optical transmission technology via optical fiber cables. During this period of time Dr. Kube contributed to several groundbreaking engineering improvements that laid the foundation for the widespread use of fiber optics transmission in today’s telecommunication networks. In 1992 he joined the company Teleconnect GmbH in Dresden, and dedicated himself with renewed vigor to further developing free space transmission technology without the need for fiber optic cables. The renaissance enjoyed by this sort of 'wireless' technology, for ultra high capacity data transmission with bit rates exceeding the 1 Gbps mark, was partly triggered by the economic need for inexpensive data transmission, but also by engineering improvements in this area that were achieved under the guidance of Dr. Kube. Dr. Kube has served as Chief Scientist since the founding of LightPointe Europe GmbH in 1998. His main interest is to further improve upon the existing free space optics product line and to furthering innovation technologies for next generation products.
John Taylor, Vice President of Sales
John Taylor was co-founder of Rayawave in 2006, and an early employee with LightPointe in 2000, creating and building the channels in both companies. John returns to LightPointe with over 30 years in high-tech sales has proven himself as a leader in last mile relationships for enterprise, carrier and government customers. Prior to LightPointe, John spent many years in various sales management roles at Aironet (Cisco), Tektronix and Motorola developing channel strategy and key customer business development in the United States and abroad.
Brian Schick, Hardware Engineering
Brian Schick serves as Director of Operations and also helps guide mechanical design and product integration/testing. A passionate inventor, Mr. Schick holds 37 key patents and brings to LightPointe a unique ability to envision new products and features. Mr. Schick has 29 years of experience in engineering and manufacturing with industry-leading electronics corporations and, thanks to his Six-Sigma Black Belt/quality background, guides LightPointe in maintaining the quality and documentation processes essential for optimum reliability of optical wireless, radio frequency and hybrid FSO-RF products. He joined LightPointe in 2005, and has a Masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah.
Jeff Rivard, Electrical Engineering (parle français et anglais)
Jeff Rivard joined LightPointe in November of 2014, after fourteen years with a competing radio manufacturer, where he spearheaded base station design, consumer premise equipment (CPE) products, and design of point-to-point and multipoint products. He has over twenty years experience in hardware and electrical engineering. Jeff graduated from the University of Montreal in RF/Microwave Engineering and Communications Systems (MSEE and BSEE). He has led the design of numerous products (e.g., MMIC based Ku-Band LNA hybrid modules, 950-1500 MHz QPSK demodulators, 2.4 GHz radios, 3.5 GHz radios, 5.8 GHz radios, 70/80 GHz E-Band radios, base stations, and other point-to-point and point-to-multipoint backhaul solutions). Jeff has also spearheaded the regulatory and testing processes for various products, ensuring that standards are met and that quality meets or exceeds customer requirements. On occasions, Jeff is called on to assist with customers in French-speaking countries, as French is his native language.
Brian Petersil, Director of Customer Service & Sales Support
Brian Petersil has been a member of the LightPointe team since January 2001. During this time he has held numerous positions including Inside Sales, Outside Sales, Marketing, Strategic Account Manager, and Director of Customer Support. He is well versed in all aspects of LightPointe's products and is a valuable member of the team. Prior to joining LightPointe Brian worked for Sprint as a Senior Sales Representative and for the Dixon Ticonderoga Company as the Western Regional Manager. He is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Business / Economics.
Other key contacts:
Todd Easterling / V.I. Technology Ventures, Marketing, PR, & Corp Dev
Todd works closely with LightPointe's industry-acclaimed management team in the areas of corporate development, partnerships, product development, marketing, web presence, PR, IR, research, and strategy. Todd began his career as a Product Analyst/Product Manager at General Instrument VideoCipher Division in 1987, where he served on the team which invented and marketed the world's first digital television/HDTV system and set the FCC standard for HDTV. Todd subsequently gained experience in vice president roles at companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 in the satellite, cable, and wireless sector, and as CEO and co-founder of AirCam Video Technologies. In addition, he has worked with leading Ad/branding Agencies and Deloitte in the areas of executive coaching, organizational psychology, e-commerce/web use, strategy development, turn-around execution, M&A, fundraising, crisis management/PR, and hands-on and affordable tactical marketing with emphasis on helping companies become leaders in creativity, innovation, and profitability. Todd graduated from SDSU and later studied marketing and business strategy (MIT Executive MBA program), and is a published author. In addition to his passion for cutting-edge technologies and the tech sector, Todd and his extended family have owned a real estate brokerage and investment company since 1989 (La Costa Oaks, La Costa Town Square). Todd resides in the greater San Diego area.
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