Al Kapoor has three decades of experience with cutting edge industry formation at either startups or established corporations. His newsletter Pioneering Minds serves over 100,000 industry leaders worldwide to reveal epicenters of new industry formation. He has a Master’s degree in Engineering (Material Science, Robotics) and also an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Al was a member of YPO from 1999-2019 and has been a member of The National Scientific Research Honor Society (Sigma Xi) since 1991. Al is on the advisory council for the AIM Academy at MIT that fosters education in photonics integrated circuits. From 2005-2015, Al was an executive volunteer for TiE (largest entrepreneurship non-profit organization in 60 cities and 20 countries), serving as chair of innovation conferences 2006-2008, president in Boston from 2008-2012, and then Global Chairman in 2015.
As Chairman, he also worked with the White House for a year to establish a national and global entrepreneurship program.
Al started his career in 1992 at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana where he led a new product development team for cam systems. He also worked at BMW in Munich, Germany advising the head of R&D. In 1999, Al began to start ventures like Syntec Optics, Wordingham Technologies, RTM that he grew over tenfold. He has also been involved as an investor in several companies, most recently Spark Photonics, a spinoff from MIT AIM Academy, and an advisor for over a dozen other companies.
Joe Mohr started his career at Wordingham over 25 years ago, engineering and building optical components. Joe’s diverse background in Manufacturing Engineering of mechanical components for optics, along with his experience with design for manufacturability and process improvements, enable him to be an effective leader of Syntec Optics. He brings a continuous improvement philosophy to Syntec and Wordingham with an emphasis on customer satisfaction. Joe is responsible for the daily manufacturing at our facility and looks to implement process improvements and to expand and improve our product offerings, facilities and culture to deliver our world-class technologies, quality and skillsets to our customers products.
In 2017 Donna joined Syntec Optics in a supporting role to Company Controller in the finance department. Over the years she has expanded her role to include managing Customer Service in addition to her support in Finance. In 2019, she took over the role of Controller and consolidated the finances of all business units to provide a cohesive offering to our customers. She became Corporate Finance Manager/Corporate Secretary in 2022.