Executive Chairman, Al Kapoor started Millennium Ventures to invest in American manufacturing companies immediately after graduating from Harvard Business School in 1999. He acquired a manufacturing company in Rochester New York, renamed it Syntec Optics, and transformed it into a defense and medical optics leader. He grew the company tenfold in spite of the disruptions in American manufacturing caused by the internet bidding and outsourcing to China.
He also led, as Chairman, the world’s largest non-profit organization called TiE that fosters entrepreneurship worldwide in 60 cities and 20 countries.
Al runs an app called PioneeringMinds and a fortnightly newsletter on future industries. He continues to invest in optics and photonics, from driverless cars, robotics, virtual reality, sensors, to terabit internet.
He is also on the advisory council for MIT’s program to train and educate the workforce for new disruptions in the area of integrated photonics. Al has been invited to the White House on several occasions to participate in innovation policy discussions.
Al studied at 5 universities and holds masters’ degrees in various disciplines of engineering and business.
Advisory Board Member, Steven Polvinen brings years of experience in customer relations, business analytics, and as a product development engineer. More than this, Steven has been active more than a decade in product marketing, strategic planning, Lean Six Sigma and customer proposal management. Steven joined Syntec as a Business Analyst in 2013, then he headed Business Development as VP before becoming President of the company in 2016 & 2017. He received his MBA in Marketing and Financial Analysis from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and his BS in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.
President & General Manager, Dr. Robert Parada joined Syntec in 2014 as VP of Operations. From 2015 till 2017, he led Syntec’s customer product development division which encompasses manufacturing engineering, program management, tooling design, optical and opto-mechanical design, and optical thin film coating. He launched and scaled Syntec’s coating lab for R&D. Before joining Syntec, Rob held numerous R&D leadership roles at Eastman Kodak Company, and was VP of Engineering at a high-technology panoramic imaging company. He received his BS degree in Imaging Science from RIT, his MS and PhD degrees in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, and a second doctoral degree in optics from the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale in France.
Controller & Corporate Secretary, Marc Hurlbut attended UB majoring in Finance. He has over 20 years of experience in Financial operations and controls, external audit interface, forecasting reporting, purchasing, and strategic planning.
Vice President & Director Business Development/Technology, Richard Arndt is particularly qualified to lead Syntec Optics new business development team due to his exceptional blend of practical and theoretical expertise in optical tooling, optics molding and the application needs of many industries. He has over 30 years of precision manufacturing, design for manufacturing, and sales experience, the last twelve with Syntec. Rick co-founded Rochester Tool and Mold, a successful mold manufacturing firm subsequently acquired by Syntec, and holds a patent as co-developer of Syntec’s HRDT technology.
Vice President of Operations, Douglas Axtell joined Syntec Optics in 2016 as Program Manager in Syntec’s polymer optics division which encompasses process engineering, quality engineering, optical and opto-mechanical assembly. Prior to joining Syntec’s team, Doug held various project, chemical and coating engineering positions in Kodak’s Research Laboratories and later at Reflexite Display Optics as Sr. Material Scientist in Product Development where he contributed IP in UV cure formulation and coating performing toll R&D work. He achieved his Six Sigma Black Belt certification while at Kodak and during his tenure at Kodak and Reflexite he was awarded ten patents. He received a BS in Imaging Science and a MS in Product Development from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Chief Opto-Mechanical Engineer, Joe Mohr started his career at Wordingham over 20 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 Wordingham Technologies. He brings a continuous improvement philosophy to Wordingham with emphasis on customer satisfaction. Joe is responsible for the daily manufacturing at our facility and looks to implement process improvements and to expand our product offerings and facilities.