Team

Al Kapoor

Al Kapoor is the president of Millennium Ventures. He has created and transformed many enterprises. His ideas have turned into useful products, processes and enterprises. Formerly a technical leader at Cummins Engine Company and an advisor to senior executives at BMW, Al architects and oversees the growth of the portfolio companies. Al was inducted into the National Honor Scientific Research Society in 1991, Young Presidents’ Organization in 1999, and National Register’s Who’s Who in 2005.

He has an MBA from Harvard University, a MS degree from Iowa State University and a BS in technology from IIT – an institute that CBS 60 Minutes boasts as one of the most intellectually rigorous. He also attended University of Cincinnati for Robotics and University of Indiana to study Finance. His prior articles and case study on new endeavors have been published by Harvard University and Harvard Business School.

Al is the president of TiE (Boston), the world’s largest entrepreneurial non-profit organization that uses over 5% of US venture capital. He also chaired TiECON East, the largest global innovation conference. Al, along with Mike Roberts (Executive Director of Arthur Rock Center) is the founder and also Chair-Programs of the HBS Entrepreneurial Alumni Association. Al is on the board of advisers for Foley Hoag Law Firm (EEC) in Boston.

Al recently joined the board for Global Public Diplomacy Collaborative at Harvard Kennedy School. He is also on the Science Visiting Council for NOVA, nations leading program for science education airing on the PBS TV station.

Al is currently working on his book on how advancement can be accelerated and sustained in different societies and how such universally accessible actions can create a new world order of diplomatic co-existence.

Steven Polvinen

Steven Polvinen is the Director Business Mgmt/Planning. Steven 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. 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.

Dr. Robert Parada

Director Optical Systems & Molded Polymer Optics, Dr. Robert Parada heads up Syntec’s optical systems division which encompasses polymer optics molding, electro-optical assembly, optical and opto-mechanical design, and optical thin film coating. Before joining Syntec, Rob held numerous R&D leadership roles at Eastman Kodak Company, and was VP of Engineering at Remote Reality, 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.

Marc Hurlbut

Director Finance, 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.

Richard Arndt

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.

Joe Mohr

Joe is Chief Opto-Mechanical Engineer at Wordingham Technologies. Joe 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.

James Wood

James is the New Business Development at Wordingham Technologies. James has been an integral part of the Wordingham team for over eight years. During his time at Wordingham, James set up an effective logistical department. James has also managed production scheduling and order expediting. James’ knowledge of Wordingham’s manufacturing capabilities and his proven track record in customer satisfaction will enable him to be effective at developing long term customer partnerships.

Tony Phillips

Tony is the Process Engineer at Woringham Technologies.Tony began his career on the production floor as a lathe programmer, quickly progressing to Group Leader and then Production Manager for lathe department. Tony has indepth experience with technical review of complex optics machined components and systems. Tony prides himself on offering customers solutions that save timelines and dollars. His strong optics machining and optics engineering background has enabled Wordingham to offer high quality prototype and production components and systems to our customers.