The Azumo team
We have some of the best and brightest in the display world helping us deliver the promise of LCD 2.0.
We have some of the best and brightest in the display world helping us deliver the promise of LCD 2.0.
Director, Special Projects
Managing Director, China
Director of Business Development
Principal Optical Scientist
R&D Lab Manager
Electro Mechanical Assembly Operator
Process Engineering Manager, APAC
Quality Assurance Manager
Jr. Test Software Engineer
Junior Mechanical Engineer
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Supply Chain Manager
Sr. Electrical Engineer
Sr. Manufacturing Engineer
Electro Mechanical Assembly Operator
Jr. Electrical Engineer
Sales Director, North America
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Mike is a founding member of Azumo and assisted in the early development of the business. He has 20 years of sales and marketing experience and leads business development, sales, marketing, and outside partnerships at Azumo. Prior to Azumo, Mike was a consultant for ZS Associates, a global sales and marketing consulting firm, and an engineer with 3M working on manufacturing, adhesives, and energy solutions. He holds an MBA in International Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University and also received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Mike is a devoted runner, enjoys coaching youth sports, and lives in Chicago with his wife and children.
Tony is a founding member and is the inventor of Azumo’s technology. He holds a PhD in optics and nano-fabrication from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow. He has over 20 years in lightguide development with expertise ranging from optical design to micro/nano fabrication, system design, and manufacturing, as well as numerical simulation and mathematical modeling of systems. He previously worked as a research engineer in 3M’s Optical Systems Division and is a listed inventor on over 80 U.S. and foreign patents. He also holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Shawn is a founding member of Azumo and has over 20 years of experience in finance, operations, logistics, risk management, and accounting. He manages all financial aspects of the business, internally and externally, and works closely with outside service providers and investors. Shawn is a registered CPA and was formerly a consultant for Ernst & Young in their tax division. He holds a MAcc and BA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin.
Mo leads the operation and production teams at Azumo, plus oversees the manufacturing, production engineering support, scheduling, and quality assurance. He works closely with our R&D and sales teams to support our growing customers along with engaging and managing our global supply chain. Mo has over 30 years of experience in electro-mechanical and specialty web converting with such companies as Dover Technologies, RotoMetrics, and is the previous owner of Solid Tooling Innovations. Mo was recognized by Crains Chicago Business as a Notable Executive of Color in Manufacturing in June 2022. (Congrats Mo!) He holds a BS in Business Operations and Accounting from DeVry Institute of Technology and lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and children.
Eric is the lead physicist and serves as the technical director for Azumo’s special projects (known as “Ghostworks”). He also works closely with external manufacturing, as well as our research partners. He has over 15 years of experience as a research engineer and is a former lecturer in photonics. Eric holds an MS in physics from the National Center for Excellence in Nanoscience at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Shirley comes to Azumo with 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, and business management in the specialty chemicals industry and electronic industry in Asia. She is currently driving business growth in the Chinese region for Azumo’s international front; specifically with LCD and other electronics and display customers, growing a local team, and representing Azumo with local partners in China. Prior to Azumo, she was responsible for developing and executing China’s strategy including fundraising, supply chain, and manufacturing partnerships at CLEARink. Before that position, she was the General Manager Asia at Lord Corporation, responsible for all commercial developments of elastomer, adhesive, and coating solutions in Automotive Assembly. Shirley has a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from Fudan University.
David manages business development activities with OEM customers, RLCD manufacturers, and consumer electronic brands all throughout the Asia region. Prior to Azumo, David managed account relationships and business development activities with Foxconn, LG Display, and Samsung Display. He also brings over 30 years of sales operations, technical marketing, and application engineering experience. David holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and is based in Taipei, Taiwan.
Dr. Robert Holman is an inventor and developer of cost-effective solutions for the most complex optical system problems in commercial lighting and image display – from conception through market entry. Bob has been with Azumo for 5 years where his responsibilities include directionally illuminating LED front lights, backlights, and luminaires that benefit from engineered light guides, reflectors, light control films, and color mixing. He attended Stanford University, received his Master’s in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from UC Berkley.
Andy is the lead fabrication expert and lamination expert here at Azumo. He also manages Azumo’s internal R&D equipment, clean room facilities, prototyping lab, and machine shop. He has over 20 years of high-quality fabrication experience working with mechanical and electrical systems. At Azumo, Andy appreciates being surrounded by innovative peers who encourage him to perform his best.
Anthony oversees Azumo’s materials procurement and manages all our accounts payable and inventory management activities. He has over 5 years experience in accounting and project planning in various manufacturing environments. Anthony has a BS in Finance from Southern Illinois University and is a devoted Chicago sports fan.
Antonio has been with Azumo for 3 years and has over 10 years of experience in the field of manufacturing. In his position, it involves the diversified electro-mechanical assembly of units that are complex and require adjusting, fitting, and aligning to ordinary tolerances. Antonio is originally from Mexico and now resides in the Logan Square Chicago area. He loves the Chicago Cubs and spending time with family!Antonio Salgado
Areli is a crucial asset for all accounting functions at Azumo and financial reporting for management. She brings nearly 15 years of experience across multiple financial accounting functions. Areli attended DeVry University with a specialization in Accounting, and currently lives in Chicago with her husband.
Ben is a crucial asset to working closely with our supply chain partners in Asia to validate the quality and continuous improvement of processes. Previously, Ben was an NPI engineer at E ink for over 10 years and possesses’ 16 years of quality engineering and new product introduction in the display industry. Ben holds a BS in Biochemistry Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology and is based in Shanghai, China.
Carlos manages all aspects of Azumo’s quality assurance program and brings over 12 years of experience working in QA at various roll-to-roll contract manufacturers. He currently holds a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, has developed Azumo’s quality program, manages vendor audits, and leads our corrective action team to safeguard the quality of the products we produce at various facilities. He is currently attending Penn State University, majoring in business and accounting. Carlos wishes to travel to St. Lucia one day and currently resides in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and children.
Cassie is currently employed at Azumo as a Marketing Intern, under the direction of Marketing Manager, Diana Van Dusen. Cassie collaborates with the team brainstorming creative ideas to market to key demographics and developing a plan for execution. She also manages Azumo’s social media pages, aids in the creation of email campaigns, and assists Diana with any administrative tasks as needed. Cassie is a senior at the University of Kentucky, planning to receive her Bachelor’s of Administrative Business in Marketing from the Gatton College of Business. Cassie resides on the south side of Chicago with family, and intends to travel to Asia after graduating!
As Azumo’s junior test software engineer, Dante is involved with the development and sustainability of the software for all test applications. He also manages all of Azumo’s internal IT to ensure everything runs smoothly. Dante enjoys the positive work atmosphere, flexibility, and all the knowledge he absorbs daily here at Azumo. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his free time, Dante is an avid musician, and plays percussion and drum instruments.
Diana manages all aspects of Azumo’s marketing initiatives. Spanning from content creation to strategy to analytics. She also assists the sales and production teams with operational efforts. Diana has 10 years of experience in marketing and client services working with various consumer electronic brands and their channel partners. Diana holds a BA in Sociology from DePaul University and a certificate in Marketing Strategy from Cornell University. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, 2 kids, 2 cats, and 1 dog. Go BLUE!
As an integral member of Azumo’s R&D department, Dominick works on designing fixtures and processes to speed up prototyping and cut down lead times. Prior to Azumo, he worked on developing high-performance electric vehicle motors, gaining experience with precision winding and making fixtures. He is a problem solver and uses his experience to tackle any and all obstacles. Dominick holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Dominick grew up in Florida but now calls Chicago home where he enjoys bicycling, photography, and doing spur of the moment activities.
Edward comes to Azumo with over 12 years of experience in new product design, testing, root cause analysis, and end-user support. He also engaged with sales support and vendors in the LED lighting industry. As Azumo’s Test Engineer, he maintains and designs test equipment, automates testing & reporting, and performs optical measurements. Edward holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He hails from Ohio but calls Chicago home. Edward is passionate about all things electronic and adores small puppies.
Ernest has 8 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry and has extensive knowledge of display structure design, product management, and product development. As Azumo’s Display Engineer based in Asia, he will provide local technical support to customers in Asia and is committed to the research and development of LCD 2.0 and our front light technology. Ernest has an MS in Mechatronic Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China.
Gil leads the R&D projects here at Azumo. These projects range from designing and testing new designs to modifying existing products for mass production and cost savings. He works closely with the optics and manufacturing teams to deliver the best products for our clients at a cost-efficient rate. Gil has over 13 years of product design and engineering experience and holds an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He also is a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and would like to try bungee jumping!
As product manager, Greg provides support to several departments at Azumo unifying engineering, sales, and marketing under a singular purpose. He has 20+ years of experience in cross functional leadership, product management, business development, and strategic account management. Day to day Greg is heavily energized by discovering customer needs, and bringing new and exciting solutions to the market. In his free time he enjoys coaching his sons sports, cooking, playing basketball, pickleball, and traveling with his wife and family.
Helena comes to Azumo with over 21 years of supply chain management experience. She manages all aspects of our material procurement process, manufacturing tooling and supplier management. She works closely with our production and engineering teams sourcing materials and components, managing vendor relationships, and is consistently improving our inventory management process along with incoming inspection procedures. She lives in the Chicago area and is an avid volunteer and foster for the Chicago English Bulldog Rescue.
Jami assists with all of Azumo’s marketing initiatives. In her position, she works designing creative marketing content and materials, brainstorming strategies, reviewing analytics, and assisting with administrative tasks. She holds a B.A. in Communication and Media with a minor in Sociology from DePaul University. Jami resides in the Gold Coast area of Chicago with her partner and two cats. In her free time, she loves exploring in Chicago and trying new restaurants.
Jacob is a member of our R&D team here at Azumo where he focuses on designing our QC systems. He is very hands on when it comes to prototyping, mechanical fabrications, and 3D printing. He enjoys building, tinkering, and exploring how the world works and embraces all the challenges that come his way! Jacob holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, rock climbing, and is an avid plant collector.
Jonathan is a key member of our in-house assembly team and manages all aspects of shipping and receiving for Azumo. He is very hands-on and also works closely with the R&D team during our new product development initiatives throughout the early concept and prototyping stages. Jonathan lives in the Chicago area and is a White Sox fan.
Jose leads all electrical design and embedded firmware development at Azumo. He also provides sales engineering support to customers for electrical and programming topics. Jose has over 9 years of experience in electronics design, prototyping, and troubleshooting.
As Azumo’s account manager, Jun advocates to ensure client’s needs are addressed and satisfied. She builds relationships with customers and works to understand their needs. Jun was drawn to this industry because of her passion for traveling and connecting with others. She was raised in China, experienced school in Kentucky as an exchange student, and then moved to Chicago 6 years ago to receive a Masters of Science in Information Technology from Loyola University. Jun currently resides in River North with her husband and son, who love going to the museum, park, and beach with her on the weekends.
Kevin manages the design and development of Azumo’s products and propels manufacturing engineering initiatives. He works jointly with many of Azumo’s contract manufacturers and vendors to implement production and supply chain improvements. Kevin oversees and contributes to prototype builds, quality investigations, and high-volume production designs. He has over 10 years of experience in mechanical design, analysis, and testing in various industries. Kevin holds a BS in engineering mechanics & astronautics and a Master’s in Engineering: Engineering Management from the University of Wisconsin. It’s no surprise that he’s a devoted Badger fan!
Margaret has over 20 years of experience when it comes to electrical manufacturing and brings her well-found knowledge to Azumo every day. In her position, it includes assembling a number of diversified units correctly in order to create products efficiently and accurately. She enjoys working on projects with team members to aid in the creation of the final product. Margaret lives in Chicago with her husband, 3 children, and 2 cats. She wishes to complete her college degree at Roosevelt University and receive her Bachelors of Science in Technology! (You can do it Margaret!)
Mike manufactures and prepares components for prototype builds and aids in the creation of the final demo to send to customers. He also helps with the framework of newer designs as well as machines to refine the process in its entirety. He appreciates the ability to be hands-on with his work, so he always puts his very best foot forward. Prior to Azumo, Mike was involved in automotive engineering and was also part of IIT’s maker space, which was designed to help students bring their ideas to life – exactly what made him interested in this specific field! Mike holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. In his free time, he is extremely involved in the camping world, and goes on the weekend when he’s not building electric vehicles!
Yulia drives Azumo’s display sales primarily located in North America. She manages close to 20 sales rep organizations and works closely with all our display partners on current and future growth initiatives. With close to a decade at Azumo in sales and new product introduction roles, Yulia brings deep knowledge of all Azumo’s products and solutions as well as the operational savvy to advocate for our customers’ needs. She has nearly 15 years of direct sales and customer service experience and helps to deliver solutions for our OEM customers, their integrators, and our display partners. Yulia holds a BA in Finance from DePaul University and lives in Chicago. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.
As one of Azumo’s Manufacturing Engineers, Zach is involved in creating and manufacturing demo products as well as prototyping newer designs and machines to improve processes. He appreciates having a small team where everyone is accounted for by the quality of the product that is created. He has always been captivated by electronic devices and is very passionate about making the world a more energy-efficient and environmentally conscious place. Zach holds a BS in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He isa Green Bay Packers fan and dreams of vacationing to Hawaii to learn how to surf.