The LumaStream team is comprised of solutions driven individuals with creative approaches that result in our extraordinary products. We combine a combination of backgrounds typically not seen in the lighting industry, such as electrical contracting, sculpture, high-tech, lighting design, architecture, and green building; thus, our results are both surprising and uncommon. This approach is the key to our innovation and success.

Executives


Eric Higgs, President and CEO. Board Member

Eric Higgs is a dynamic leader who brings more than 20 years of high-tech business experience, with a focus on industry changing innovation, calculated risk-taking, and efficient, profitable paths to market.

As President of LumaStream, Eric Higgs is the chief architect of the go-to-market strategy including technology development, sales and marketing strategy, operations, and investor relations. From his experience with successful, hyper-growth companies, Eric Higgs is able to quickly deploy enterprise business processes and information system design to support the company’s dramatic growth. Additionally, Eric Higgs steers the company’s sustainable differentiation and profitability by enforcing tenants of speed to market, a patented technology portfolio, and high quality service.

Eric Higgs started his career in 1988 with KPMG Peat Marwick as an information technology consultant. He subsequently joined Citysearch in 1995 as the Chief Information Officer, successfully leading the design, development and implementation of the operating and information infrastructure within that hyper-growth environment that culminated in their successful public offering after a merger with Ticketmaster. Shortly thereafter Eric Higgs was named Chief Operating Officer of Cerego, LLC, a company executing a radically new technology paradigm for adaptive learning.

Eric Higgs is also an accomplished sculptor. His work is in major public installations, museums, and private collections around the world.

Eric Higgs received a B.S. degree in Computer Science at the College of William and Mary and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.


Tom Richards,Chief Business Development Officer, Board Member

Tom has more than 20 years in senior management of manufacturing organizations. His primary functional focus has been in sales, marketing and strategic planning. Tom was President of E Craftsmen Corporation and Power Vector for 10 years and joined LumaStream as our COO following the acquisition of Power Vector in 2011. He also spent more than seven years at Easy Heat primarily as Vice President Sales and Marketing. He has developed new sales channels and markets in North America and Europe and has taken the lead for strategic sourcing initiatives in Asia. Tom has executed assignments in accounting, production, human resources, strategic planning and acquisitions. His channel experience includes OEM, wholesale hardware, and wholesale electrical. He has been the catalyst for key strategic initiatives including partnerships, acquisitions and outsourcing, and has a history of consistently generating revenue growth and profit.

Tom has an MBA from the University of Manitoba and a BA from the University of Saskatchewan.


Michael Gaydos, AIA , Vice President of Market Development

As VP of Market Development, Michael Gaydos holds a critical role in promotion of LumaStream, Inc. to the architecture and lighting design communities, and other entities that specify lighting on commercial projects.  He will also spearhead the national rollout of the Integrator distribution model.

Michael Gaydos has been working in the field of architecture for 22 years and has worked on a wide variety of projects including government, commercial, retail and high-end residential.

Michael Gaydos graduated from the College of William and Mary with honors earning a B.S. in Computer Science and a minor in Fine Arts. He received an academic scholarship to Virginia Tech, one of the nation’s top architectural schools, where he earned a Master of Architecture degree. After graduating he played a key role in the creation and production of the architectural plans for the renovation of the Pentagon, the world’s largest low-rise office building. He created CAD programs and helped introduce new techniques to efficiently execute jobs of this scale to other architects. Subsequently he created customized CAD software specifically developed for designing rooftop telecomm cell towers. Michael Gaydos left the corporate world of architecture 11 years ago to pursue his passion in residential architecture. Some of his work has appeared in both Washingtonian Magazine and Luxury Homes Magazine.


Dave Tikkanen, VP of LumaStream Canada, Director of Engineering

For the past 22 years Dave Tikkanen has developed expertise in new product development, applied research management, manufacturing engineering and quality management in the field of power conversion and power technology. These innovations form the basis of LumaStream’s Intellectual Property portfolio. This portfolio includes industrial design patents and multiple patents pending for Solid State Lighting. Many of these innovations will be applied first hand, as Dave directs all Engineering activities at LumaStream, Inc.

He led the team of LumaStream (formerly Power Vector) engineers and technicians in the development of custom power supplies. In 2006 Dave Tikkanen initiated the process of developing and implementing highly innovative power and driver technologies for Solid State Lighting. These innovations include: Digital power conversion technology that provides industry leading efficiencies; Unique dimming methodology; Innovative thermal management techniques.

Dave Tikkanen has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. He spent the bulk of his professional development at E Craftsmen and Power Vector starting as power supply engineer and through multiple promotions has worked as the Quality Manager, General Manager Power Vector and Vice President Power Vector. His responsibilities included full P&L accountability, product development roadmaps, project management, regulatory compliance and product testing, management of patents and trademarks and securing R&D funding from various government sources. The vision he saw for Power Vector’s future in Solid State Lighting is coming to reality through LumaStream’s ‘Distribution and Distribution’ product/market approach.


Chris Booth, Vice President of Design

Chris Booth received his B.A. in Fine Art from the University of South Florida, where he also worked to manage and maintain the Art Department’s fabrication shop and equipment.

Chris Booth offers a variety of skills, ranging from electrical knowledge and artistic training to hands-on design, contracting and inspection experience. Chris Booth has a proven record of translating his technical and mechanical vision into elegant, practical design solutions. As VP of Product Design, Chris Booth is responsible for translating the latest technology and materials into innovative, beautiful, and robust fixture and system designs. His innovative design contributions are part of the LumaStream intellectual property portfolio.

Heather Evereth, Director of Marketing

Heather brings with her over 18 years of experience in marketing, sales strategy and software development to her role of Director of Marketing at LumaStream.  Heather’s primary focus at LumaStream is to drive to business forward through rapid conceptualization and development of critical tools and marketing materials.

Marcia Burris, Controller

Experienced Controller with a demonstrated history of working in the electrical and electronic manufacturing industry. Skilled in Internal Audits, Analytics, and Systems integrations. Strong accounting operations background with a professional focus on Finance/Micro-economics/cost accounting and Lean Manufacturing Controls. She received her degree from Indiana University in 1995. Marcia has spent the majority of her career working with US manufacturers that had procured USG prime contracts and specializes in Cost Accounting Standards and Federal Acquisition Regulations for Department of Defense. She holds a black belt in Six Sigma lean manufacturing. In her spare time she enjoys racquetball, long walks and boating.


Board Members, LumaStream


Robert Kapusta Jr., Chairman of the Board

Robert Kapusta Jr. joins LumaStream as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is an attorney at Fisher & Sauls, P.A. specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax and Estate Planning, and Business and Corporate Law, with extensive expertise in leading and growing emerging businesses in St. Petersburg. Among his many affiliations, Rob is serving as the Chairman of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and Chairman of the Mahaffey Theater Foundation.

Robert Kapusta was instrumental in the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership initiative to keep LumaStream in Florida and establish manufacturing partnerships locally to build the clean tech base in the Tampa Bay area. His insights and strategic approach are incredibly valuable to LumaStream customers, employees and shareholders.

Robert Kapusta’s education includes a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law; Master of Laws (L.L.M. in Taxation): University of Florida College of Law; B.S. Hotel Administration: Cornell University.


Paul Kallmes, Board Member

Paul Kallmes brings decades of experience in managing intellectual property (IP) portfolios in lighting.  He is the Virtual Chief IP Officer (VCIPO) at Metis Partners Inc. providing strategic asset (IP) and resource management consulting.  His experience includes the role as CIPO at LUXeXceL, an innovator in robust printing of optical materials on different substrates. Paul Kallmes was the IP strategist and general manager at Lighting Science (LS) group leading the Custom Solutions business unit.  The LS group high profile projects include the lights on the Times Square Ball for 2008 and 2009 and the new Armani HQ in New York.

Paul Kallmes earned a BSEE at Northeastern University and an MPA in Risk Assessment of Environmental Health Hazards at the University of Washington.


Jonathan Webster, Board Member

Jonathan Webster is President and CEO of EnvAerospace, Inc., an innovative leader and ecosolutions provider offering award winning ‘EcoBlade’ technology and specialized nanocoating solutions engineered to improve material wear, compressor and fuel efficiency in the gas path of aero and aeroderivative gas turbine engines. The firm became an official supplier to GE Aviation and GE Energy in 2013 and is ISO and AS9100 certified.

Jonathan Webster is an experienced international airline pilot with over 16,000 hours of flying experience type-rated on Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft including the A330, A340 and B-777. Formerly the vice-president of LPS AVIA, an airport planning and management consulting firm, he worked as an aviation consultant.

A Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), Jonathan Webster holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University as well as a combined MSc. in Global Finance from NYU Stern and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).  Jonathan Webster also holds certificates from Columbia University in Carbon Finance Strategy and The Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing also from the Richard Ivey School.

Mr. Minesh Patel, Board Member

Minesh Patel is the CEO of PBP International, Inc., an International Business Development Consultancy. He is also a Director for Business Development and Investor Relations for a Private Multinational group operating in 4 continents. He is also an investor in several Start Ups, established ventures and Real Estate Development companies in Florida.

He is Past President of Tampa West Rotary Club and Rotary GSE Ambassador, past Vice-Chairman of INDO – US Chamber of Commerce at Tampa Bay and current Board Member. He is also a Charter Member of TieCon TAMPA BAY Chapter and recipient of several Community Service and Business Achievement Awards.

He has been a resident of Tampa for last 20 years.


Business Advisors, LumaStream


Andres Wydler, Advisory Board

Andres Wydler has close to two decades in business development, senior management and finance, predominantly with early stage technology firms focusing on clean tech companies. He was co-founder of smart grid firm BPL Global and helped grow the company to 120 employees. He established and managed all commercial activities and investor relations. Over the last decade, Andres has raised over $30M in equity and debt financing from first tier Venture Capital firms, investment banks, strategic investors, and economic development partners. He secured US and state government funds to augment private capital and completed acquisitions in the US, Europe, and Latin America valued at $45M. His leadership and close collaboration with CTOs resulted in distribution and development partnerships with both multi-national technology firms and technology niche players to drive the companies’ rapid expansion. He co-founded an angel investment group that successfully invested in tech firms with cross-border strategies.

He developed and lectures real-world focused courses at Stanford on Clean Tech Entrepreneurship. Topics include evaluating and financing superior business opportunities, and developing effective strategic partnerships.

Andres Wydler has an MBA from Stanford University and a Law Degree from the University of Zurich.


W. Geoffrey Beattie, Business Advisor

W. Geoffrey Beattie has served as a member of the Board of Directors of GE since 2009. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Royal Bank of Canada (where he serves as the chairman of the Risk Committee) and Maple Leaf Foods Inc. In addition to his public company board memberships, W. Geoffrey Beattie is a trustee of the University Health Network in Toronto.

W. Geoffrey Beattie received a law degree from the University of Western Ontario and served as a partner in the Toronto law firm Torys LLP before joining The Woodbridge Company Limited, where he served as president from 1998 through December 2012. The Woodbridge Company Limited is a privately held investment holding company for the Thomson family of Canada and the majority shareholder of Thomson Reuters, where W. Geoffrey Beattie served as deputy chairman from 2000 through May 2013 and director from 1998 through May 2013. He has served as chief executive officer of Generation Capital since September 2013, and he has served as chairman of Relay Ventures since June 2013.


George Gordon, Technology Advisor

George Gordon relocated to Tampa Bay from Silicon Valley in 2001 to become Chairman and CEO of Enporion, a business-to-business electronic commerce company.  He brought with him to Tampa Bay a passion for entrepreneurism and regional economic development. George Gordon joined the board of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum in 2002 and later served as its Chair for four years. During this time he also served on the Board of the Tampa Bay Partnership and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council on which he continues to serve. George Gordon acquired Enporion in 2009 and sold it in 2011 to Global eProcure, a leading sourcing and procurement technology company.

Prior to joining Enporion, George Gordon was President and CEO of FastParts.com, a B2B trading exchange for electronic components.  Before his tenure with FastParts.com, he co-founded and was Chairman and CEO of Datamatix, an e-commerce trading exchange company specializing in public-sector procurement services.  Earlier in his career, George Gordon was Chairman and CEO of SPD Technologies, a company he created by leading a management buyout from Gould, Incorporated.  George Gordon and his management team established SPD Technologies as the world leader in advanced shipboard electrical distribution, monitoring and control systems for the U.S. Navy’s fleet of combat ships.

George Gordon is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and served for 26 years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve. He holds the rank of Captain, US Navy Retired.  In addition to his civilian and military accomplishments, George Gordon is active in a number of civic and business association groups. In addition to TBTF and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, George Gordon serves on the Florida Technology, Scholarship and Research Board and the TBTF Foundation Board.  He is also Chairman of the Board of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center and recently became the Chairman of the Executive Steering Committee of First Wave, a Federal EDA grant project to promote the growth of entrepreneurism and technology companies in Tampa Bay.

Over the eleven years since moving to Tampa Bay, George Gordon has provided leadership to our technology community, mentored scores of entrepreneurs and colleagues and been an inspiration for our youth to pursue a STEM education and careers in technology.


John Disa, Advisory Board

John is the CEO of John Disa Associates, LLC, a management consulting group specializing in developing growth strategies for retail and consumer product companies. Highly skilled in growing companies and executing turnarounds, John brings the unique skills of driving growth in the roles of CEO, COO and CFO. John’s background includes over 30 years retail experience including leading Ashley Furniture Industries retail practice as President Global Retailing; President and CEO of Wickes Furniture; Chief Operating Officer for Lady and Kids Foot Locker; SVP Merchandise Planning for Foot Locker Worldwide; President Casual Corner- national apparel chain; Chief Financial Officer for Women’s Specialty Retailing Group; Adjunct Professor, Western New England University.

John is an investor, advisor and board member for SavvyCard, Inc. a mobile technology start up located in St Petersburg, FL. as well as an advisor to FlexShopper, Inc., a lease to own financing company headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.


Jeff Wolfe, Operations Advisor

Jeff Wolfe graduated from the Management and Technology program at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned an engineering degree from the Moore School of Engineering and a business degree from the Wharton School. While at Penn, he specialized in the Management of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship. After completing his degree, he spent several years in Washington D.C. developing strategic information technology plans for complex government organizations, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jeff Wolfe later moved to his hometown of Los Angeles where he managed large technology organizations as part of the executive team at two Internet companies, Citysearch and Overture. In each case, Jeff Wolfe was instrumental in the development of best practices for managing the rapidly changing technological environment, helping those two organizations succeed during their transition from “start-ups” to more mature publicly traded companies.


Don Wright, Manufacturing Advisor

LumaStream LLC has added Don Wright as a very key member to the Advisory Board filling the role as LumaStream’s Manufacturing Advisor. He brings 37 years of experience with a focus on manufacturing efficiency, product Quality Control and Just-In-Time production. He is the CEO and President of Universal Stenciling and Marking Systems, Inc., a world leader in their class of products.

Don Wright began his career serving in the Navy on a nuclear submarine with a focus on sonar electronics. After separation from the Navy in 1973, Don co-founded Nautek, Inc., which established two production facilities for the manufacture of scuba diving equipment and accessories.

In 1975 he purchased Universal Fountain Brush Company, an industrial products manufacturing business, which had been owned by the Wright family since 1904. The business was incorporated several years later and the name changed to Universal Stenciling & Marking Systems, Inc. As President & CEO, he transformed the business from an assembly operation to a self-sufficient manufacturing facility. He added an in-house engineering and product design department utilizing CAD/CAM systems and a fully equipped CNC production plant, which produces all of the parts used in its products. The company now holds numerous patents on proprietary industrial printing system designs with international product distribution.


Dr. Hoshedar Tamboli, Advisory Board

Dr Hoshedar ( Hoshi) Tamboli has been a resident of the Tampa- St Petersburg area for the last 25 years. He is currently a Senior Partner and Vice-President at Bay Area Cardiology and Vascular Associates, Hillsborough County’s largest group of Cardiologists and Vascular Specialists. He became a physician at the age of 21 years standing first at the graduating class at the prestigious University in Pune, in India. He placed the first cardiac stents in the area 23 years ago and has been associated with many pioneering procedures in his fiel in the Tampa Bay area, in addition to assisting in running a busy multilocation large medical practice. He currently also is a Clinical Assistant Professor at University of South Florida.
He is a Certificant of the Comprehensive Test of the CFP Board in 2001.
Over the last 20 years he has been an active angel investor in a number of local technology and insurance start up companies locally in the Tampa Bay Area. He brings with him keen critical insight, astute business perspective and a treasured outsider’s view. He will assist in obtaining funding for the company, and with marketing strategies both abroad and in the U.S.
His other interests are in international travel and in pursuing charity work locally and abroad.

Anthony Caldarone, Business Advisor

Tony Caldarone served as a division president of Kaufman & Broad, arranging a successful leveraged buy out of the division in 1981 to form Calton, Inc. He became the CEO and President of Calton, Inc., which built more than 25,000 homes on the U.S. east coast and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

The housing subsidiary of Calton, Inc. was later sold to Centex, Inc. in 1998. After the sale, Calton continued as a venture capital firm until it closed in 2001, paying out a dividend to all shareholders. Tony Caldarone remains an active entrepreneur.

Tony Caldarone earned a degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from Tufts University. He also participated in the General Electric apprentice program and completed advanced study at RPI while working for General Electric at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, NY.


Mr. Brian Christopher, Business Advisor

Mr. Christopher is a New Zealand citizen and Florida resident who started his career working as a manager at IBM in Auckland, New Zealand. He left IBM in the early 1960’s and went to Hong Kong and founded his own electronics company, called Astec.  In a few years, the business grew successfully with factories in Hong Kong, Malaysia, China and new offices in the west coast of the U.S.A..  The company continued to expand over the next 25 years until the early 1980’s, when Astec took over a British public company called BSR plc. It then changed its name to Astec (BSR) plc.

Brian Christopher continued as CEO and later, Chairman, and grew the company to a point where it became one of the largest power supply manufacturer in the world with 25,000 employees and globally scaled operations.  During this time frame, Brian Christopher was also a director of Intertan Inc for 10 years.  This company’s main trade product name is Radio Shack.  He was a very active member of the World Economic Forum and travelled to many of its annual meetings.

Just prior to Mr. Christopher’s semi-retirement in the mid 1990’s, Astec (BSR) plc was acquired by Emerson Electric (EMR).  Brian Christopher then moved to Florida, USA with his family and diversified into a number of industries, heavily focused on real estate and financial investments.  He continues to remain active in developing potential businesses in the Far East and in Florida.