The world leader in innovative lighting solutions.

Over the past 10 years, FLEx has pushed the limits in pursuit of the world’s thinnest LED lighting system.


About Our Team

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.

Contacting Us

To learn more about FLEx products, please contact your local representative or reach out to us directly at:

FLEx Lighting
11 West Illinois Street
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60654 USA
+1 (773) 295-0305

Key Team Members

Bio Mike

Mike Casper, CEO (Co-Founder)

Mr. Casper is a founding member of FLEx Lighting and assisted in the early development of the FLEx technology. He has over 15 years of sales and marketing experience and today leads business development, marketing and outside manufacturing relationships at FLEx. Previously he was a consultant for ZS Associates in Chicago, a global sales and marketing consulting firm. Mr. Casper received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Bio Tony

Dr. Tony Nichol, CTO (Co-Founder)

Dr. Nichol is a founding member and is the inventor of the FLEx technology. He holds a doctorate in optics and nano-fabrication from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow. His expertise ranges from optical design to micro/nano fabrication, system design, and manufacturing, as well as numerical simulation and mathematical modeling of systems. Dr. Nichol 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.

Bio Shawn

Shawn Pucylowski, CFO (Co-Founder)

Mr. Pucylowski is a founding member of FLEx and has over 15 years experience in finance, operations, logistics, risk management and accounting. Shawn manages all financial aspects of the business and also works closely with outside service providers and investors. He is a registered CPA and was formerly a consultant for Ernst & Young in their tax division. Mr. Pucylowski received a MAcc and BA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin.

Bio Nick

Nick Eccles, Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Eccles is the lead mechanical engineer at FLEx and manages all our mechanical component designs, design for manufacture, and assembly processes. Nick also works closely with our outside manufacturing partners and quality assurance programs, as well as providing sales engineering support to customers. Nick has over 10 years experience in mechanical and electrical design for high-volume manufacturing parts. He received a BS in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University.

Bio Eric

Eric Blair, Research Engineer

Mr. Blair is the lead physicist and serves as project manager for all technical projects at FLEx. Eric also works closely with the outside manufacturing and research partners. He has over 15 years experience in research activities and is also a former lecturer in photonics. Eric received is MS in physics from the National Center for Excellence in Nanoscience at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and his BS in physics/chemistry from New College of Florida.

Bio Andy

Andy Gray, Lab Manager

Mr. Gray manages FLEx’s prototyping lab, clean room facility, and all fabrication and testing equipment on-site. Andy is also the lead fabrication expert and lamination expert at FLEx. He has over 20 years of high quality fabrication experience working with mechanical and electrical systems. Andy received his AA from Tallahassee Community College.

Bio Tom

Tom Klopcic, Sales Director

Mr. Klopcic drives sales initiatives for the display products at FLEx through our domestic and 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 received his MBA from DePaul and his BS in production management from Eastern Illinois University.

Bio Yulia

Yulia Trevor, National Account Manager

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.

Bio Areli

Areli Aguilar, Accounting Manager

Ms. Aguilar manages all accounting and procurement functions at FLEx and assists with financial reporting for management. She brings over 13 years experience across multiple financial accounting functions. Areli attended DeVry University with a specialization in Accounting.

Bio Scott

Scott Stilson, Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Stilson leads many of the product designs for FLEx’s internal and external portfolio. These range from sales kit design to semi-automated fabrication equipment. Scott has over 8 years experience in mechanical design and prototype fabrication. He attended Purdue University with a focus in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Bio Jose

Jose Romero, Electrical Engineer

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.

Bio Ben

Ben Wagner, Marketing Intern

Mr. Wagner is assisting with several of the marketing initiatives at FLEx, including digital and social media. Ben is currently working on his BS in marketing from DePaul University.

Advisory Board

Bio Steve

Steve Brown, Advisor

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.

Bio Chip

Chip Halverson, Advisor

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.

Bio Bob H

Dr. Robert Holman, Advisor

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.

Bio Roland

Roland Jacobs, Advisor

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

Bio Norm

Norm Soep, Advisor

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.

Bio Bob Z Small

Bob Zielke, Advisor

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.

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