Senior Vice President
Damon Johnston has over 35 years of experience as a project engineer, program manager and senior level management bringing projects to commercialization. Damon has been awarded nine U.S. patents, owned several companies and worked for major corporations and high profile Chicago based design firms. In all of these positions he has managed the efforts of complete product development and implementation into manufacturing. He also has extensive experience managing and sourcing offshore manufacturing of products. A small sample of Damon’s management portfolio includes: Proctor and Gamble Swiffer program, a tethered rechargeable ratchet wrench for the Endeavor shuttle, Heinz Ketchup squeeze bottle,and the Coleman generator for camping use. Damon is a professional member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and has extensive experience in plastic product development and implementation into manufacturing. Mr. Johnston served his country as a U.S. Marine Sergeant instructor at Officer Candidate School, Quantico VA.
Vice President - Operations
With more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience directing operations and team building through superior leadership, including implementing budget reductions, installing effective management information systems and leveraging resources, Ed is a powerful business driver whose entrepreneurial instincts and clarity of vision have carried multiple companies through rapid and continuous growth.
Ed is distinguished by his passion for business and his commitment to meeting customer and market demands. His contagious enthusiasm instills him and his team members with extraordinary energy and dedication in an environment where creativity and innovation are encouraged. Ed does not just set out ambitious goals … he motivates people to deliver in a timely, efficient and professional manner to the end user/customer.
Ed earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida majoring in economics and political science and spends much of his free time with his family of 7 pursuing outdoor adventures.
Bruce Melanson embodies all that is the entrepreneurial spirit. Over the last 35 years Bruce has founded over a dozen companies in many states and countries. With his Midas touch, he has turned them all into gold! Bruce’s keen eye for business, and love of numbers, has made him a key mentor for many seeking commercial success. Bruce is a true Florida native and in his free time enjoys all that Florida has to offer, from boating to catching one of Tampa’s many concerts.
Steve Bannister, PhD
Dr. Bannister is a physical and analytical chemist with more than 30 years of industrial product development experience. Steve develops product formulations and selects container and other product-contact materials based on chemical compatibilities. Using a variety of instrumental techniques he assesses the potency and stability of product-package combinations. Areas of technical expertise include solution thermodynamics (solubility, extractability, vaporization and freezing phenomena, and acid-base behavior); chemical kinetics (degradation reaction rates and stability predictions), and solid-state phenomena (chemical reactions and phase transitions). Steve has a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Georgia and MS and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Kansas.
John Belle, PhD
If asked, John Belle can honestly claim that he is a rocket scientist. For the past 30 years, he has worked as a structural mechanics engineer in advanced product development for the aerospace and medical industry. Belle began his education at College of DuPage and finished his undergraduate degree in mechanical/aerospace engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. Significant projects he has worked on include: Airborne Laser Modules installation and flight structure repair of the YAL-1; dual speed centrifuge design for the AMICUS®, a continual process apheresis blood cell separator from Fenwal, Inc; primary support structure for the F-18E/F fighter 20mm Gatling gun; and of course rockets (Atlas, Centaur, Shuttle-Centaur, Trident II D-5 3rd Stage nozzle, Titan-IV Engines both solid and liquid, Shuttle RSRM, and the CrIS instrument of the NPOESS Satellite).