Master of Science (MS) @
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
CEO @ Robots are powering the next innovation surge in agriculture. Backed by a team of world‐class robotics innovators, Harvest Automation has engineered the first practical, scalable robots for a range of Agricultural applications. Addressing labor scarcity issues, Harvest enables growers to create a sustainable workforce of robots working safely alongside people to increase efficiency, reliability and
CEO @ Robots are powering the next innovation surge in agriculture. Backed by a team of world‐class robotics innovators, Harvest Automation has engineered the first practical, scalable robots for a range of Agricultural applications. Addressing labor scarcity issues, Harvest enables growers to create a sustainable workforce of robots working safely alongside people to increase efficiency, reliability and plant quality.
• Raised $16.5M in Venture Funding to commercialize technology
• Led team to introduce first product in 2013, gaining first installations at large accounts
• Developed roadmap for platform extension into additional agricultural markets and warehouse fulfillment applications. From December 2012 to Present (3 years 1 month) Greater Boston AreaBoard Director @ EnvisionTEC is a market leader in providing 3D printing solutions for professional applications. From May 2014 to Present (1 year 8 months) Greater Detroit AreaAdvisor @ Voxel8 exists to disrupt the design and manufacturing of electronic devices by providing new functional materials and 3D printing platforms that allow the mass customization of electronic devices. Currently users of 3D printers are constrained to printing plastics and metals in complex geometries, limiting 3D printings application to prototypes. Voxel8 brings the technology needed for the direct printing of functional electronic devices From October 2014 to Present (1 year 3 months) Greater Boston AreaBoard Director @ SpaceClaim has become the leader in 3D Direct Modeling solutions for rapid concept design and geometry manipulation, with adoption rates within engineering, product development, and manufacturing companies soaring. Company acquired by Ansys (NASDAQ ANSS) for $85M in April 2014. From January 2013 to April 2014 (1 year 4 months) Vice President @ Provided advisory/consulting and transition support for integration of 3D Printing businesses. Integrated two sales & marketing channels to carry full line of 3D content to print solutions from the combined companies. From January 2012 to November 2012 (11 months) President/Chief Executive Officer @ Manufacturer of 3D printers, 3D Scanners, materials and services.
Led all operational and functional departments spanning sales, service, marketing, business development, manufacturing, finance, administration, research and development, product management, and legal. Led company on behalf of our Private Equity owners, Ratos (www.Ratos.se). Successfully sold business to 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) in early 2012 for $137M. From March 2008 to January 2012 (3 years 11 months) EVP Sales, Marketing & Business Development @ Drove marketing vision to help create the 3D Printing market segment.
Grew from $0 to $45M in revenue, eight employees to global sales organization with 180 dealers with sales in over 40 countries.
Developed and implemented the infrastructure to actively support the channel, including partner websites, interactive training and applications engineering protocol. From November 1997 to February 2008 (10 years 4 months) Product Manager @ Drove start-up and development of an industrial filtration product line in North American Markets. Worked closely with international manufacturing partners in Mexico, Australia and South Africa defining product requirements and ensuring satisfactory fulfillment of customer orders.
Recruited, trained and managed a group of 10 distribution partners in North America. Evaluated new business opportunities through partnerships and acquisitions. Led efforts to identify and close merger with a ceramics-based filtration company to add to the company portfolio. From February 1995 to November 1997 (2 years 10 months) Vice President @ Air Purification was a small start-up effort ( From January 1994 to February 1995 (1 year 2 months) Project Manager @ The Industrial Power Systems Division of GE supplied major components and services for industrial, marine and commercial power generation facilities. Served as project engineer and customer liaison for GE Industrial Power Systems business. Actively managed procurement projects for new concept components. Managed team of six direct reports with responsibility for projects valued at $300M. From September 1989 to January 1994 (4 years 5 months)
Bachelor of Science (BS), Mechanical Engineering @ Cornell University From 1984 to 1988 Master of Science (MS), Mechanical Engineering @ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute From 1990 to 1992 Master of Business Administration (MBA) @ Union College From 1994 to 1997 John Kawola is skilled in: Technology Development, Sales Management, New Business Development, Channel Management, M&A execution, Full P&L Responsibility, International Sales, International Business Development, Marketing Management, Strategic Partnerships, Private Equity, R&D Operations, Channel Partners, Manufacturing, Channel
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