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 over 50 years 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 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. 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.

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 Coming

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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