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Blake Kirby, CEO

Blake co-founded Inovar in 1998 and has been the Chairman and majority shareholder since that time. Blake has been involved in numerous entrepreneurial ventures in a variety of industries including finance, technology and manufacturing. He was a finalist for the 2004 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He began his career with the consulting division of KPMG International. Blake is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Utah State University.

Craig Rupp, President

Craig joined Inovar in November of 2008 as an experienced engineering professional. He has over 25 years of engineering experience working in both product development and manufacturing environments. Craig is passionate about Continuous Improvement and has considerable experience with both domestic and international manufacturing best practices. Craig holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University.

Jeff Lowe, Vice President, Operations

Jeff Lowe joined the Inovar team in March, 2018. Prior to Inovar, Jeff had over 26 years of manufacturing and executive experience. Lowe brings a wealth of relevant experience in leadership, continuous improvement and sustained growth in Operations, Research and Development, Engineering, and Sales and Marketing. In his role as CEO of Qnergy (2014-2018), Jeff was crucial in product development, market analysis and creation, and final distribution. During his tenure at Autoliv (1992-2010), he served as Director of Operations as well as in Engineering and Technical Management. Jeff was instrumental in Autoliv being awarded the Shingo Prize for manufacturing excellence.

Jed Jones, Executive Vice President, Business Development

Jed Jones has served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing since 2003. He has more than 30 years of technical sales and sales management experience in the electronics industry. His extensive experience in the electronics industry has been a significant advantage to Inovar. Jed received his Bachelors Degree in Organizational Communications from the University of Utah.

Eric Shipley, Chief Financial Officer

Eric Shipley is a CPA and has served as Inovar Inc’s Chief Financial Officer since May 2017. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from USU and a Masters of Accounting Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Shipley is a seasoned professional with experience overseeing and auditing the financial aspects of several manufacturing and high-growth companies. In his role at Inovar, he leads the Human Resource, Finance, IT and Facilities departments. Mr. Shipley has over 18 years of experience ensuring financial growth, strategy, and leadership. He spent 5 years at Deloitte and comes to Inovar most recently from ICON Health and Fitness where he was the Director of Finance.

Tom Sunderland,
Vice President, Information Technology

Tom Sunderland joined Inovar in June of 2003. He has over twenty years of I.T. experience working in hardware, programming and business. He has been instrumental in developing Inovar's internal MES system. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems from Utah State University.

 

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