Meet the Staff
David Rowe – President/CEO
David has been employed at Holographix for over 30 years playing an active role in technology, business development, and operations. He has been a key contributor to, and author of, Holographix’ patents and has been instrumental in the development and improvement of Holographix’ proprietary replication technology for the manufacture of surface relief-based optical components and sub-systems including diffraction gratings, waveguides and micro-lens array-based devices. David has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the company both technical and operational. He has hands-on experience in the mastering and replication of diffraction gratings and other optical components and has theoretical system and component design experience. Previously he was employed at Honeywell Electro-Optics Division, Millipore Corporation, and Avanex Corporation (now Oclaro).
David F. Millet – Chairman
David has worked with Holographix for over 25 years in a number of different roles that included member of the board of directors, President and CEO, and currently, Chairman. During this time, David has played an active role helping management to define the overall direction of the company. His participation has included numerous trips both inside the U.S. as well as overseas to market Holographix’ technology and to negotiate contracts. Currently, David is a Managing Director (and a founder) of Gemini Investors, a Small Business Investment Company “SBIC”, which invests in growing companies in a wide range of businesses throughout the United States. Prior to joining Gemini Investors, Mr. Millet had over nine years of private company investing experience, with Chatham Venture Corporation (“Chatham”) which managed the Japhet US Venture Capital Fund, Ltd., based in Jersey, the Channel Islands. Chatham invested in venture capital opportunities throughout the United States in the software, data communications and telecommunications markets. Prior to joining Chatham, he held senior operating positions in Continuing Care Associates and NEC Electronics and before that he spent nine years with Arthur D. Little, Inc. a leading technical and management consulting firm.
Russell E. Kerr – Production Coordination Manager
Russ has been employed at Holographix for the past 12 years as manager of the Production team. He has 38 years of experience manufacturing photonic components and assemblies through a variety of disciplines.
A hands-on manager intimately familiar with conventional polishing, diamond turning, thermal set and UV cure replication, he has supported all functions of the manufacturing process.
Russ’ training began at Applied Optics Center (Acquired by Varo Inc. 1984) as a machine operator in the diamond turning department working his way through to Journeyman Optician, Manufacturing Supervisor, and Quality Control Department Manager. As a Quality Specialist at Litton’s ITEK Optical Systems Division, starting in 1985, he honed his skills in alignment, test and measurement of optical components and assemblies including participation in the fabrication of the primary mirror segments for the Keck Observatory Telescopes. Previous to Holographix, Russ spent 14 years with Optical Replication Center Inc. (Opticon Corp., acquired by Thermo Environmental 1999) in a number of roles including Quality Manager, Replication Department Director, and Director of Manufacturing.
Darryl Benzing - Production Manager
Darryl joined Holographix in 2017 as our Production Manager, and is responsible for managing all production technicians both in our cleanrooms as well as on the production floor. Darryl was previously employed at Insight Technology (L3) for over 20 years. For the last 10 years, in his role of Production Manager, Darryl was responsible for a number of production lines over multiple shifts. Darryl has many years of experience with implementing lean manufacturing and 5S. He is a quality conscious individual who helped introduce total quality control (TQC) into multiple programs in previous positions to improve yields and reduce inspections. Darryl is also a Six Sigma Green belt.
Steve Gauthier – Quality Assurance Manager / Environmental Health & Safety Manager
Steve has been employed at Holographix for 5 years as the manager of the Quality Department. He has many years of experience working in an ISO 9001 facility and has some experience with AS9100 and ISO 13485. Previously he was employed at several other local companies in various technical and quality roles. These included: Microsemi Corporation, as Product Assurance Manager, Whalley Computer Associates, as Quality Assurance Manager, Analogic Corporation, as a Quality Engineer in their bomb-scanner manufacturing facility and in their medical products division. Other previous employers include Agilent Technologies and the United States Air Force.
Jesse Van Ven Roy - Senior Program Manager
Jesse has been employed at Holographix for 5 years playing an active role in technology, business development, and program management. He has extensive experience managing waveguide development and production programs. Jesse brings 15 years of optical engineer/program management experience to Holographix, and was previously employed at Adaptive Optics Associates (a Northrop Grumman SBU) as a Principal Optical Engineer, where he was responsible for all technical aspects of several Government and Commercial programs, including diagnostic/alignment subassemblies for the National Ignition Facility (NIF), and programs related to Directed Energy technology. Other previous employers include Melles Griot (now IDEX) and Corning, Inc. (now Oclaro).
Bill DiPippo - Opto-Mechanical Engineering Manager
Bill has been employed at Holographix for over 6 years. During this time, he has played an active role in the development and automation of Holographix’ replication and assembly technologies. Bill has worked closely with other department managers, engineers, and technicians to develop new processes and tooling to support Holographix’ continual technical advancement. In 2017, he was promoted to the position of Opto-Mechanical Engineering Manager. In this role, he is responsible for managing all aspects of opto-mechanical engineering work, including both development and production. Prior to joining Holographix, Bill obtained his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.