Mike Lally is a second generation entrepreneur in a sensor family. His father and uncle founded PCB Piezotronics in 1968 which still designs and manufactures sensors for force, pressure and motion. The company, now owned by MTS System Corporation, sells and services sensors worldwide to the aerospace, automotive, durable goods, consumer electronics and manufacturing process markets. Graduating from Cornell University in 1986, Mike joined the University of Cincinnati Structural Dynamics research laboratory and later founded The Modal Shop, part of the PCB Group. His expertise is both technical (dynamic sensing, structural testing, calibration systems) and operational (business strategy, quality systems, scaling up) which strategically fits the rapid market expansion of SafeZone.
Mike has a passion for creating and building exceptional products. He has developed and introduced more than 100 products, generating hundreds of millions of dollars. Many of these products were based on technology he invented. Technical knowledge notwithstanding, Mike has spent most of his career in sales and marketing, having led teams to more than $200 Million in annual revenues. He is a serial entrepreneur, building and selling three companies preceding AViG. Mike earned his BSEE while working retail in Hi-Fi shops in the 70s, and his MBA while a sales manager at JVC. Mike is also a Lean Black Belt Professional, a licensed electrician and HVAC technician. Mike’s experience provides a unique perspective on home automation and how it works in the real world.
Growing up in the home of a CEPro 100 integrator, John has spent his whole life around home automation and home control. John became a founding member and product manager of the TiO home automation system, after leaving 3vNet. Now at AVidea Group, John is using his experience and talent to create fresh and exciting technologies in the new Safe Zone product line.
Neil's skills, aptitude, and attitude qualifies him to be a great fit to the Safe Zone team. Neil is in charge of helping solve the issues dealers or uses face day to day with the Safe Zone product, helping solve problems, contributing to customer support, or practical and management uses of the product making the experience with Safe Zone the best it can be.
Irv supports the development of the venture capital and entrepreneurial community in Florida. Irv is an active investor in six early stage companies, supports the development of Florida Funders, and is highly engaged in the nonprofit sector. As an investor he looks for cutting edge innovation through keeping his finger on the pulse and seeks effective, passionate entrepreneurs that share his enthusiasm for business growth. Some of his involvement includes joining the Board of The Pinellas County Urban League, overseeing USF’s incubator and mentoring early stage companies.
Andy Charles is the founder of Central Avenue Advisors—specializing in helping companies and nonprofits uncover found money in their operations. He is the a former Navy submariner, owner of Haven’s Candies in Maine, a certified SCORE mentor and active social impact investor.