ACTnano, Inc., is a nanotechnology company that was founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 2012 according to the guiding vision of founder, CEO, and Chairman Taymur Ahmad. Mr. Ahmad, who has a degree in engineering enjoyed an extensive first career in electronics manufacturing management. As a result of this work, he was intimately acquainted with the immense challenges manufacturers face in trying to protect their electronic devices from the destructive effects of water, oil, and dirt. His first-hand experience with the dramatic shortcomings of conformal coatings led him to believe that there had to be a better way to protect vulnerable electronic components like PCBAs than ineffective relics of the mid-twentieth century like conformal coatings. With this belief firmly in mind, he embarked on a mission to field a more effective coating solution. That mission soon led him into the emerging nanotechnology field.

As a result of Mr. Ahmad’s driving vision of a world where everything, from sensitive electronic devices to clothing, can be protected from water, oil, and dirt by the nano-scale application (“nano” being defined one-billionth of a meter) of materials designed to repel these agents, he left the electronics manufacturing world and founded ACTnano. His dream was to offer electronics manufacturers superior, nano-scale water-, oil-, and dirt-repellent coating solutions that were completely undetectable by the unaided human senses of sight, touch, and smell.

Today, Mr. Ahmad’s dream is a reality. The extensive and unique family of Advanced nanoGUARD (ANG) coatings now offered by ACTnano presents manufacturers of electronics and textiles with multiple chemistries and application methods that will help them achieve their goals in water, oil, and dirt protection by providing everyday products with twenty-first-century coatings.


ACTnano is proud to be a Dell Technology Partner and to have had its founder, CEO, and chairman, Taymur Ahmad, chosen as one of the Dell Founders 50.

Taymur Ahmad – Founder and CEO

Mr. Ahmad has 18 years of manufacturing management experience with Fortune 50 companies such as Alcoa and Philips Electronics. Among other accolades, in 2010 he was awarded the “Visionary of the Year” award by Surface Mount Technology magazine, the premier industry publication for electronics manufacturing. Mr. Ahmad’s success stories have been featured in various magazines and newspapers including USA Today. Dell’s Center for Entrepreneurs picked Mr. Ahmad to be one of the top 50 CEO’s in the world. He is a member of the Dell founders 50 club and the Philips Alumni Club. Mr. Ahmad speaks 5 languages, and has lived in Europe and Asia. He earned his MBA from Business School Lausanne in Switzerland, and his Engineering degree from the University of Iowa.

Jim Sheridan – Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Sheridan is an Executive in Accenture’s High Tech, Industry Strategy Consulting Practice. His experience comprises over 16 years of assisting Fortune 1000 clients with their most challenging and urgent issues including growth strategy, operating model development, operations improvement and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked across a wide range of technology industries including hardware, software and telecommunications. Prior to Accenture, he was a Director in Gartner’s Go-to-Market Strategy Practice where he delivered growth and performance advice to senior executives in technology industries. Additionally, Mr. Sheridan has held leadership positions at several high growth technology startups including Scient, Think Tools AG and The Patent Board. He earned an MBA in Strategy and Operations from The Ohio State University and a BS in Marketing from Miami University. Prior to his professional career, he was a nationally ranked decathlete, competing for the VISA National Decathlon Team in preparation for the 1996 Olympic Trials.

T. Scott Housefield – Managing Director - Asia

Mr. Housefield brings decades of experience in driving revenues and building profits for top tier companies. He has been successful in helping his clients build valuable relationships with hard-to-reach high-level decision makers, close complex game-changing deals and dramatically grow sales. He has built and orchestrated substantial business enterprises in 108 countries and has often been described as a “rainmaker.” As the former President and CEO of Brightpoint International, Mr. Housefield was credited with increasing international division revenues from $3 million to $700 million in just three years; under Mr. Housefield’s leadership, international sales ultimately exceeded $1 billion USD. Most recently, Mr. Housefield founded HP International, LLC, advising clients ranging from small companies to Fortune 500 firms leveraging his expertise, M&A activities, marketing and sales initiatives, business strategy and market development. At HP International, LLC, Mr. Housefield established strong relationships with companies in various industries, including mobile telecom, payment platform technology, information technology and several others.

Robert C. Dobkin – Independent Board Member

Mr. Robert C. Dobkin, also known as Bob, Co-founded Linear Technology Corporation. Mr. Dobkin has been Chief Technical Officer of Linear Technology since April 1999. Mr. Dobkin serves as Technology Advisor at Aerielle Group International, Inc. He served as Vice President of Engineering of Linear Technology Corp., from September 1981 toApril 1999. From January 1969 to July 1981, he was employed in various positions at National, where his most recent position was Director of Advanced Circuit Development. Mr. Dobkin serves as Chairman of Technology Advisory Board at Bam Labs Inc. Mr. Dobkin serves as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board at Genia Corporation. He has been a Director at Spectra7 Microsystems Inc. since March 20, 2013. Mr. Dobkin has extensive experience in linear circuit design. Mr.Dobkin serves as Technology Advisor of Aerielle Technologies, Inc. He has been a Member of Advisory Board of Quellan, Inc. since September 2007. Mr. Dobkin attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Dobkin holds more than 100 patents in the field of analog circuits.

William Brewer – General Counsel

William Brewer graduated from the University of Iowa in 1979 with a BBA and earned his JD degree from Drake University Law School in 1982. He worked as assistant Des Moines County Attorney for three years and has been engaged in private practice since. Mr. Brewer is licensed in the State Courts in Iowa and Illinois as well as Federal Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to his vast corporate, civil and criminal litigation and trial experience, Mr. Brewer acts as corporate counsel for scores of corporations in his practice where he is a shareholder and a founding partner of the McEnroe Gotsdiner Brewer & Steinbach law firm in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Brewer is a founder and currently on the Board of Directors of The Friends of the Platte River, Inc., a nonprofit corporation working toward the restoration of the Platte river in southeast Wisconsin. He also is on the Board of Directors of Covers of Comfort Inc., a nonprofit corporation which distributes special blankets to cancer patients at area hospitals.

Kaj den Daas – Independent Board Member

Kaj den Daas, age 64, retired in 2009 as Executive Vice President of Philips Lighting B.V. of the Netherlands (manufacturer of lighting fixtures and related components) and Chairman of its North American Lighting Operations. Mr. den Daas was responsible for oversight of the manufacturing, R&D, distribution, commercial and all other corporate functions of Philips Lighting in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Under his leadership, the company acquired Color Kinetics, Genlyte and a number of smaller players, making Philips the largest lighting company in North America. Kaj Den Daas has an extensive Philips experience in the Asia Pacific area as well. Mr. den Daas, a native of the Netherlands, has more than 30 years of international experience in the lighting industry. His extensive international business experience provides value to the Valmont board of directors. Mr. den Daas has been a director of the Company since October 2004. Mr den Daas served as a Governor to NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturing Association) from 2007 to 2010. He is also a member of the IES (Illumination Engineering Society) since 1987.

Patrick R Bartling – Independent Board Member

Patrick R. Bartling, age 57, is the Vice President of Global Operations for Joy Global(Manufacturer of the world’s largest electric mining shovels and mining solutions) he has been with Joy since 2008. Prior to Joy Global Mr. Bartling was Chief Industrial Officer for the Lighting Electronics Business Group of Philips Lighting. During his career Mr. Bartling has had full P&L responsibility as well as functional responsibility for manufacturing, sales, supply chain and distribution. Mr. Bartling has extensive international experience, with specific focus on the European, South American and Asia Pacific regions. Mr. Bartling serves on the board of directors of the Sheboygan Paint Company since 2004 and the Winsert Company since 2013. He is also a member of The Dean’s Council at Marquette University Business School and the Supply Chain Institute at Marquette University.

Brad W. Buss – Principal Advisor

Brad has served on the Board of Directors of Tesla Inc. since 2009. He retired as the Chief Financial Officer of SolarCity Corporation in February 2016 and prior to that role served as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation from 2005 to 2014. Mr. Buss also held prior financial leadership roles with Altera Corporation, Veba Electronics LLC and Wyle Electronics, Inc. Mr. Buss also serves as a director for Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Cavium, Inc. Mr. Buss was born in Canada and holds a B.A. in economics from McMaster University and an honors business administration degree, majoring in finance and accounting, from the University of Windsor.

Lothar Maier – Principal Advisor

Mr. Maier was named Chief Executive Officer of Linear Technology in January 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Maier served as Linear Technology's Chief Operating Officer from April 1999 to January 2005. Before joining Linear Technology, Mr. Maier held various management positions at Cypress Semiconductor Corp. from July 1983 to March 1999, most recently as Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Operations. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Maier serves on the board of directors of FormFactor, Inc. Mr. Maier's qualifications to sit on the Linear Technology board of directors result from his three decades of experience in the semiconductor industry, including ten years as Linear Technology's Chief Executive Officer.

Konstantin Othmer – Principal Advisor

Konstantin was founder and CEO of Core Mobility, a private company that worked with device manufacturers and wireless operators to provide visual voicemail, voice SMS, wireless backup, and push-to-talk. Core Mobility solutions shipped on over 40M mobile devices in four countries. Core Mobility was purchased by Smith Micro Software. Before co-founding Core Mobility, Konstantin was the founding CEO of ePeople, Inc., a collaborative CRM application software company, that raised over $70M from Redpoint Ventures, Menlo Ventures and Integral Capital. With his first startup, Catapult Entertainment, later acquired by HearMe.com (NASDAQ: HEAR), he served as vice president of product development and customer support.Konstantin began his career at Apple, where he became a Distinguished Engineer. He has authored over 25 technology patents and has many others pending. Konstantin holds B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from California Institute of Technology.

Steve Pietkiewicz – Principal Advisor

Mr. Steven Pietkiewicz, also known as Steve, has been Vice President of Analog Devices Inc (ADI:NASDAQ GS) since July 2007. Mr. pietkiewicz has been General Manager of S Power Products of Linear Technology Corporation since April 2005. From March 1995 to April 2005, Mr. Pietkiewicz was a Design Engineering Manager responsible for switching regulator and linear regulator integrated circuits. He began his employment at ADI as a Design Engineer in December 1987. He served as Design Engineer at Precision Monolithics, Inc. from 1981 to 1985, and Analog Devices Inc. from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Pietkiewicz received his BSEE degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981.

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