Kenneth “Kip” Kokinakis is the CEO for MicroOptical Corporation . Mr Kokinakis is a 33 year veteran in technology. His career includes CEO and Senior management positions with companies in semiconductor manufacturing, distribution services and consumer products . Mr. Kokinakis has significant global experience, operating companies in the US and several foreign countries. During his career Mr Kokinakis has focused on the development of start-up and or emerging companies, successfully demonstrating the ability to grow companies from zero sales to substantial sales revenue.
Most recently he served as Chairman and CEO of Aura Communications a pioneer in Magnetic Induction and Near Field Communications. Mr. Kokinakis was responsible for re-positioning the Company, productizing the technology and successfully raised $12M in new capital funding.
Between 1996 and 2000, Kip was the CEO and president of Aureal Semiconductor, a leader in audio for the personal computer. Kip was hired to re-start Aureal’s business, turning it around and growing annual revenues from zero to $45 million. He subsequently led the company’s development of a new product family of PCI audio chips and sound cards, which resulted in numerous awards for product innovation and Aureal’s position as a standard for audio in PC games.
As CEO and Managing Director of Memec Asia-Pacific, a unit of a billion dollar European electronics components distributor, Kip built the Pan-Asia division, growing it to 125 people with sales of $150 million in five years. His leadership resulted in the first Pan-Asian electronics distribution operation for Memec with 13 offices in seven countries.
Additionally, Kip has held executive level positions with other market leaders, including Microchip Technology, Xilinx, National Semiconductor, and Silicon Systems.
For more than twenty years, Mark Spitzer has thrived on the technical and business challenges that "experts" say cannot be done. He has led research groups in displays, photovoltaics, and semiconductor process development, many times finding success in the "impossible." MicroOptical, which Dr. Spitzer founded in 1995, is building advanced display eyewear to support a revolution in portable personal electronic devices. Prior to founding MicroOptical, Dr. Spitzer was principal scientist at Kopin Corporation where he was responsible for a number of development projects involving solar cells, light emitting diodes, and active matrix displays. He served as principal investigator reporting to the CEO on several multi-year DARPA-funded display technology development programs with funding of more than $20 million. Prior to joining Kopin, Dr. Spitzer was manager of Photovoltaics Research at Spire Corporation, where under contract to the U.S. DOE and NASA he led the successful development of a number of advanced solar cells. He has published more than 80 technical papers and holds 36 issued U.S. patents. Dr. Spitzer attended Boston University under a State of Connecticut Scholarship and a Boston University Trustee Scholarship, and graduated with distinction in physics. Dr. Spitzer earned a Ph.D. in physics at Brown University. Although he was trained formally in physics, Dr. Spitzer also studied electrical engineering, and was designated the Amperex Fellow in Electronic Research at Brown. Dr. Spitzer is a member of the American Physical Society, IEEE, Optical Society of America, and the Society for Information Display.
Steven Beckett is a versatile and operations-focused financial executive with more than 30 years of experience in global manufacturing, distributing, selling and retailing businesses. He has an extensive corporate finance, M&A and treasury background in large, middle-market multi-business, global organizations. Prior to joining The MicroOptical Corporation Beckett spent the majority of his career at American Optical Corporation, a leading global ophthalmic lens manufacturer, where he progressed through a wide variety of positions to become the vice president of Finance and treasurer. Beckett's background also includes the public accounting firm Price Waterhouse and Company, and Girffin LLC, a global agriculture business where he was director of Finance for Latin America. Beckett, who is a Chartered Accountant, attended Liverpool Polytechnic. He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England.
Lampert worked as vice president of business development for GoldPocket Interactive. In this role, he helped guide and position the company as a leader in the interactive television industry. Prior to GoldPocket, Lampert served United Technical Products, a domestic leader in conductive ESD flooring, for 15 years as president and executive vice president of sales and marketing. Among his many accomplishments, he positioned the company as the dominant market share leader in the industry, managed a highly profitable business, created a strategic channel partnership and sales network and developed new international distribution channels. He also opened and developed national programs for multiple million-dollar accounts. Lampert sold the company to Fidelity Capital.
Lampert earned an MBA from Babson College with a focus in Marketing and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester. He also participated in the London School of Economics' In Step Program on International Relations.