David Gershaw, President, is an innovative engineer who established two high tech design and manufacturing companies with a worldwide presence by the age of 21.
A true engineering entrepreneur, David started his first company, CustomAngelEyes.com, by his sixteenth birthday filing his first patent for an upgrade for BMW headlights at age seventeen. Gershaw attributes his entrepreneurial inspiration to his family. His grandfather owned a retail clothing store, and his father is a CPA who owns his own practice.
David studied engineering for manufacturing and business management at the University of Connecticut, and employed fellow students to assemble LED headlights out of his dorm room. The headlights were sold to BMW parts dealers, and people could buy them to customize their vehicles.
David learned more about LED technology while interning as a college junior at Osram Sylvania in its advanced solid-state lighting lab. After graduating from UConn, he founded RemPhos Technologies in 2008, connecting the name of the company to LED technology he developed and patented. White LED lights are achieved through covering blue LED chips with a layer of phosphor, a yellow powder that is often adhered to the LEDs with silicon. Gershaw patented a method of adding phosphor to plastic, which can then be molded into lighting lenses so that each individual LED chip does not need to be treated with the phosphor and silicon mixture. This technology, known as remote phosphor because the powder is not in direct contact with the LEDs, is the origin of the name RemPhos.
RemPhos develops and manufactures LED lighting products for business partners such as OSRAM Sylvania, Siemens and a variety of Lighting Solutions Providers.
In 2010, RemPhos expanded its manufacturing capability by establishing a joint venture partnership with an LED manufacturer in China to support mass production manufacturing opportunities for high volume LED solutions.
David recently authored several patents related to LED lighting and in 2011 moved his R&D and US production facility to a new location in Danvers with five times the space of his former location in a continued effort to keep as much of his manufacturing in the United States as possible.
David continues his passionate support for LED technology and the contribution it can make to reduce the carbon footprint of lighting in the US. David has developed community education programs designed to teach grade school children about energy savings and the benefits of LED lighting technology. In addition, on a regular basis, David confers with industry experts and governmental contacts to promote LED’s clean, efficient and safe characteristics.
David is a proponent of creating and keeping jobs in America, and his many visits and experiences at RemPhos’ factory in China have allowed him to learn more about bringing jobs back to America. A big limitation to manufacturing in America, he believes, is the lack of young workers in the business. In order to inspire young Americans to enter manufacturing in this field, David visits elementary schools to show young students his projects and teach them about LEDs. He also works with high school students at local tech schools, and provides internship opportunities for many high school and college students.
David wants to collaborate with others on projects, and welcomes new ideas and opportunities. His intense commitment to projects is notorious, and he regularly becomes so engrossed that he is known to skip meals — earning the young entrepreneur the title “Superman” from his workers in China.
To learn more about RemPhos Technologies LLC., visit www.remphos.com or call 877-997-3674.
Scott Gershaw, CFO, earned his Certified Public Accounting in 1981, then added to his expertise with a Master’s Degree in Taxation from Bentley University. He established a private practice as sole practitioner in 1984 and recently joined the firm of Silverman, Avila and Gershaw as a principal. Over the past thirty years, he’s provided valuable financial advice to hundreds of individuals, non-profits, corporation and start-ups. Scott has extensive experience guiding growing businesses through the valley of financial death as they rapidly expand. No stranger to navigating dangerous waters, Scott began Scuba Diving at the age of 12 and at the time was the youngest certified diver on the North Shore of Boston. Scott exhibits an avid interest in cars, boats and in gently guiding his son and daughter through the complexities of adulthood.
JoAnne Adinolfi, Chief of Staff, graduated from Bryant University and ran her own accounting business for several years before joining RemPhos in 2010. Bringing her experience with startup companies and budgetary controls, JoAnne watches over RemPhos with a keen eye towards the bottom line. She is instrumental in forming accounting strategies and implementing hands-on control measure to improve efficiencies. JoAnne also handles the HR function at RemPhos. Not your usual number cruncher, JoAnne always looks forward to a teaching moment with employees or a chat with customers to catch up on their news.
Mandy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel often comes to the office with her mom, JoAnne. She’s the only associate who can be found running in the factory or sleeping on the job (we hope)!
Michael Starr, Vice President of Operations, graduated from Providence College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics. He joins RemPhos Technologies from the water/wastewater industry where he held a leadership position at the clean-tech startup Environmental Operating Solutions, Inc. as Director of Operations. Michael drove the development of EOSi’s physical and corporate infrastructure, enabling the company to become the global leader for sustainable carbon sources.
Working smarter, not harder is one of Michael’s core beliefs. He is excited to join in Remphos’ efforts to develop the smartest, most efficient solutions for our customers. Michael likes to dream big and envisions a smart-grid enabled future, allowing cities to operate in the most efficient way possible.
“Mike will be applying his vast experience in operations, management and mergers/acquisition to
enable RemPhos to achieve our goal of being the premier supplier of innovative and creative lighting solutions. Building the organization to support our rapid growth while remaining focused on providing the highest level of efficient and effective customer service to our partners. Mike represents a turning point in our corporate evolution and will ensure that RemPhos has the appropriate infrastructure so that we can successfully scale the business, bringing our solutions to additional markets.” – David Gershaw.
An avid fisherman and Cape Cod native, Michael spends his spare time on the water, whether it involves fishing or relaxing. Michael often heads over 100 miles offshore to seek out some of the ocean’s biggest fish. Ask him for some stories!
Wayne Rothwell, Business Systems Analyst has been an active member of the RemPhos Team since 2014, joining as a full-time employee in January 2016.
As our Business Systems Analyst, Wayne is responsible for planning and coordinating all computer-related activities within RemPhos. He also manages our main business software system.
Being in a tight situation and solving multi-layer issues is never a problem for Wayne, bringing his 40 years of experience with computer systems and his 12 years in the U.S. Navy to bear. While in the Navy, Wayne served on 2 destroyers and a submarine.
In additional to playing keyboard and enjoying his grandchildren, Wayne is an avid New England Patriots fan. A dedicated professional, Wayne can be called upon at any time except when Tom Brady is on the field.
Meet Meagan Davis, Customer Service Specialist, who started with the RemPhos Team approximately 1450 sales orders ago in April, 2016. Now an expert at product names, descriptions and our inventory software, Meagan is the first point of contact for all sales orders received in our portal.
Meagan prides herself on her impeccable attention to detail, following special order notes, and hitting the mark on required lead times. Her day is spent making our customers happy. With Meagan on our Team, each order receives dedicated attention, from confirmation to acknowledgement through to entering and processing.
Years of experience in customer service attributes to the upbeat way she makes our customers know how important they are to RemPhos.
Meagan resides on the seacoast area of New Hampshire where she enjoys heading to the beach, lakes, and mountains. In her spare time you can find Meagan paddling the quiet waters in her kayak (no doubt thinking of our customers) or hanging out with family and friends. Artistic at heart, Meagan likes to express herself by decorating cakes. Both her cakes and her order processing, are completed to perfection!
Chris Rosa, Production Supervisor, runs a tight ship. Chris directs RemPhos assemblers, employing the best from training for quality, 5S, OSHA, ISO, UL, 6-sigma, Centerlining, Lean, Kaisen, TQM, Value Stream Mapping, and when needed, FMEA. To design-in quality, Chris works closely with Yan on DFM and conducts DFMEA of critical designs. Chris’ love of technology includes his strong interest in radiology and human health.
Amy George, Creative Director, A scholarship recipient, Amy graduated from Salem State College with a degree in Art.
Before joining our Team in 2015, Amy was the owner of her own business in graphic design with a vast portfolio of designing and developing collateral brochures, annual reports, signage and direct mail advertisements for a variety of industries.
As our Creative Director, Amy is responsible for our creative vision, the look, the feel and tone of RemPhos’ personality, Amy is committed to bringing the culture of our company to light. As the branding ambassador, Amy guides every means at her disposal, from the website to printed material to displays and packaging.
Amy believes being a designer is not a job, but rather a lifestyle. She excels at the process of helping push along all our marketing ideas into reality.
When not on her computer or doodling ideas in a sketch book, she and her husband spend their time cheering on their two boys as they pursue their passions – or just acting goofy.
Pal Calisi, Application Specialist, Paul brings to RemPhos experience interacting with VIP customers on high-performance products. This has taught him the importance of communicating the design, development and implementation of custom solutions to the end user.
He believes that “impossible” is never an answer for your custom needs and will work side-by-side with you and your team to find a solution. Paul is a “hands on” specialist and can be found on any project site investigating and understanding all components to fit that project. Whether a parking garage or hospitality venue, historical buildings to university dorms, Paul focuses on customizing RemPhos’ environmentally friendly, efficient LED product base to fit your custom application.
Paul studied mechanical and environmental engineering at the University of Montana. When he is not working, Paul enjoys the high-speed life of jet skis and motorcycles. In addition to the ever changing world of LEDs, Paul’s passion is working on “anything with an engine” striving to make it run faster and more efficient.
You can call on Paul for any of your custom LED needs!
Heather McLeod, Staff Accountant, Joining us 3rd Qtr. 2015, Heather performs the general accounting functions for RemPhos. As our Staff Accountant, she is a decimal away from solving any of our customers’ or suppliers’ accounting questions.
After years in business administration, Heather’s next position as a stay at home Mom to her two children further enhanced her experience in time management, accuracy in gathering pertinent information and the skill set of solving issues as a referee. All character traits she brings to her position.
Heather recognized her love of numbers and went on to earn a degree in Accounting & Finance. Prior to joining RemPhos, she was responsible for all accounting functions for, the US subsidiary office of a worldwide telecom business.
Although confident in her responsibilities at RemPhos, Heather admits to being a bit camera shy. The fear was almost conquered as Heather, an avid Disney fan, was sprinkled with Tinker Bell’s pixie dust…oh well, maybe next time. Heather loves her job at RemPhos, but readily admits she prides herself on being a great Mom.
Bryan Mulholland, Custom Assembler, Bryan joined RemPhos in 2015. His attention to detail and skill set is evident on our line, carefully fitting parts and components together to make our products. Adherence to all instructions, reporting any issues and restocking components makes up his daily responsibilities.
Bryan has assembled and disassembled each of our products to master the inner circle of design. His growing experience often helps tighten a scheduled target date.
His love of Transformers is functional in this positon. Bryan knows that even a fairly simple transformation for a project is much more complicated than meets the eye. Bryan is our step-by-step, speed changer, custom assembler.
After hours he can be found taking apart his daughter’s electronic toys to see how they work, playing bass guitar in his own band or repairing and customizing musical instruments. Bryan attributes his passion and excitement for the LED industry from his grandfather, a former lighting engineer.
Jeremy Butterfield, joined RemPhos with a unique history. He started his career as a fisherman for a local company out of Gloucester, MA and moved onto larger fleets in Alaska. Jeremy shared his riveting stories of being on the open seas with our team, and how he came to the realization that he should stay on land after falling overboard twice.
To our benefit, he moved onto the mainland, working for years in shipping and receiving in the retail industry with large box stores in Virginia.
Upon returning home to the Boston area, we received his resume, and railed him in (pun intended) to join our crew. Jeremy will work both as a shipper and receiver. With the guidance of our warehouse manager, Jeremy has become quite familiar with the RemPhos procedures.
Jeremy has four children and two grandchildren, who light up his life. He enjoys bringing them to the zoo and the park, and he looks forward to sharing many more special moments with them as they grow.