Over the past 10 years, FLEx has pushed the limits in pursuit of the world’s thinnest LED lighting system.
Founded in 2004 in Chicago, USA, FLEx was created as the Film Lighting Experts. The initial technology was built by converting xenon light bulbs, fiber optics and plastic film into a much more compact system of LEDs and optical film.
Years of lightguide research and product developments since have helped FLEx become the market leader in illuminated films in electronics and signage.
FLEx’s management and technical team brings decades of experience in product development, specialty optics design, and high growth enterprises. We continue to expand our team by adding only the highest quality people.
To learn more about FLEx products, please contact your local representative or reach out to us directly at:
11 West Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60654 USA
+1 (773) 295-0305
Mike is a founding member of FLEx Lighting and assisted in the early development of the display products. He has nearly 20 years of sales and marketing experience and leads business development, sales, marketing, and outside partnerships at FLEx. Previously Mike was a consultant for ZS Associates, a global sales and marketing consulting firm, and was an engineer with 3M working on manufacturing, adhesives, and energy solutions. Mike holds an MBA in International Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Mike is an avid runner, enjoys coaching youth sports, and lives in Chicago with his wife and children.
Tony is a founding member and is the inventor of the FLEx technology. He holds a PhD in optics and nano-fabrication from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow. Tony has nearly 20 years in lightguide development with expertise ranging from optical design to micro/nano fabrication, system design, and manufacturing, as well as numerical simulation and mathematical modeling of systems. He previously worked as a research engineer in 3M’s Optical Systems Division and is a listed inventor on over 50 U.S. and foreign patents. He also holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Shawn is a founding member of FLEx and has nearly 20 years experience in finance, operations, logistics, risk management and accounting. He manages all financial aspects of the business and also works closely with outside service providers and investors. Shawn is a registered CPA and was formerly a consultant for Ernst & Young in their tax division. He holds an MAcc and BA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin.
Mo manages the Operations team at FLEx and oversees the manufacturing, production engineering support, scheduling, and quality assurance. He works closely with our R&D and Sales teams to support our growing customers along with engaging and managing our supply chain. Mo has 30 years of experience in electro-mechanical and specialty web converting with such companies as Dover Technologies, RotoMetrics, and is the previous owner of Solid Tooling Innovations. He holds a BS in Business Operations and Accounting from DeVry Institute of Technology and lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and children.
Nick has over 15 years of design and manufacturing engineering experience and manages the talented engineering team at FLEx. He oversees the mechanical and electrical designs, contract manufacturers, and manufacturing engineering. He also works closely with our R&D team, as well as sales, to provide support for new product developments and to stay close to our customers. Nick holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University and lives in the Chicago area with his wife and children. Go Wildcats!
Areli manages all accounting and procurement functions at FLEx and assists with financial reporting for management. She brings nearly 15 years experience across multiple financial accounting functions. Areli attended DeVry University with a specialization in Accounting and lives in Chicago with her husband.
Adnan works closely with customers, engineering, R&D, and sales teams to support integration of FLEx products with our customers. He also helps manage production planning and environmental testing procedures to guarantee the compliance of FLEx products with industry standards. Adnan holds an MS in electrical engineering from Illinois Tech and a BS in mechatronics engineering from Tishreen University in Latakia, Syria.
Eric is the lead physicist and serves as the technical director for special projects at FLEx (known as “Ghostworks”). He also works closely with outside manufacturing and our research partners. Eric has over 15 years of experience as a research engineer and is a former lecturer in photonics. Eric holds an MS in physics from the National Center for Excellence in Nanoscience at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Andy is the lead fabrication expert and lamination expert at FLEx. He also manages FLEx’s in-house R&D equipment, clean room facilities, prototyping lab, and machine shop. He has over 20 years of high quality fabrication experience working with mechanical and electrical systems.
Tom drives sales initiatives for the display products at FLEx through our international sales partners and distributors. He works closely with customers to understand their display needs and facilitates the technical team at FLEx to find solutions. Tom has over 30 years experience in marketing, sales planning, and delivering emerging technology programs among high tech companies, including with displays at Hitachi and Sharp. Tom holds an MBA from DePaul University and a BS in production management from Eastern Illinois University.
Gil leads the R&D projects here at FLEx. These projects can range from designing and testing new designs, to modifying existing products for mass production and cost savings. Gil works closely with the optics and manufacturing teams to deliver the best products for our clients at a cost-efficient rate. Gil has over 10 years of product design and engineering experience. Gil holds an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Romero leads all electrical design and embedded firmware development at FLEx. He also provides sales engineering support to customers for electrical and programming topics. Jose has several years experience in electronics design, prototyping and troubleshooting.
Kevin assists in the design and development of FLEx's products and drives manufacturing engineering initiatives. He works closely with many of FLEx's contract manufacturers and vendors to implement production and supply chain improvements. Kevin's duties range from prototype builds to quality investigations to high-volume production design. He has nearly 10 years of experience in mechanical design, analysis, and testing in a variety of industries. Kevin holds a BS in engineering mechanics and astronautics from the University of Wisconsin and is an avid Badger fan.
Anthony manages all accounts payable and inventory management. He has over 5 years of experience in accounting, project planning, and supply chain. He has a BS in Finance from Southern Illinois University and is a devoted Chicago sports fan.
Andy is a mechanical engineer who works on our R&D projects here at FLEx. These range from in-process vision systems to assembly fixtures and automation. Andy works closely with the optics and engineering teams to develop, test and implement these new solutions in our supply chain. Andy has over 12 years of engineering, project management and implementation experience in assembly automation, displays, and solar applications. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer and holds an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.
Ms. Trevor drives sales initiatives for the display and signage products at FLEx working closely with customers, sales partners, distributors, vendors and FLEx’s engineering staff. She brings over 10 years of direct sales and customer service experience to FLEx and helps to deliver solutions for our customers. Yulia received her BA in Finance from DePaul University.
Diana is the marketing specialist here at FLEx, leading the charge of all things marketing and sales operations. Her marketing activities range from content creation to event management to customer service. Diana has 8 years of experience in marketing and client services working with a variety of consumer electronic brands and their channel partners. She holds a BS in Sociology from DePaul University and lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, 2 kids, and 2 cats. Go BLUE!
Mr. Brown is currently CEO of Bill Brown Sales, a leading distributor in the lighting industry and CEO of A.L.P. Lighting, a lighting design and manufacturing company. He has also formerly served as a Board member of IESNA in Chicago and LA.
Mr. Halverson is currently a Board member of Richardson Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ: RELL), a leading electronics components distributor. Previously he was a founding member of a venture-backed company and was key to leading the IPO process.
Laurence K. Hayward is a founding partner of Independence Equity, an early-stage venture fund focused on engineering and scientific breakthroughs. He is co-founder the Cornerstone Angel group, which has invested in more than 100 companies. Previously he was President of Vcapital.com, an internet startup, and global marketing director of the small business practice at Arthur Andersen.
Dr. Holman has 40+ years of optics technology experience. He is currently providing optical consulting for a variety of technology companies and was formerly a founding CEO of a lighting company purchased by Qualcomm.
Mr. Jacobs is currently CEO of AspireUp!, a marketing strategy firm based in Chicago. He is also a marketing lecturer at the Kellogg and Booth MBA programs, and was formerly CMO of Orbitz.com.
Mr. Soep is currently President of Global Materials Technologies, Inc., a Chicago-based manufacturing leader since 1896. Norm has 40+ years experience leading international manufacturing operations in the US, China, South Africa, Ukraine and India.
Mr. Zielke has 30+ years experience managing direct, outside rep and distributor sales organizations in high tech product categories. He was formerly the top sales manager at Sharp North America.