David Gershaw, Chief Innovation Officer, 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.
JoAnne Adinolfi, Director of Speciality Operations , 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, 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!