DynamicSignals LLC Company Profile
DynamicSignals LLC is a privately held, US-based small business entity. We have been in business for 40 years originally under the KineticSystems banner. In 1999, the company, under new management undertook a growth strategy that focused heavily on acquisitions of complimentary entities with proven products that DynamicSignals could manufacture yet still market under the acquired company’s brand. To that end, we added the Preston Scientific and Cyber Systems brands in 2002, the GaGe Applied Technologies brand in 2003 and Signatec in 2011. The combined companies headquarters and unified manufacturing facility is in Lockport (Chicago), IL and we have a second office location in Lachine (Montreal), Quebec, Canada. The company is quite vertically integrated in that all product design and assembly is done in-house. DynamicSignals utilizes its own automated surface-mount PCB assembly line as well as through-hole PCB assembly capability. Our employees total 50 with approximately 50% being technical/engineering oriented.
As a whole, the company’s largest market can be defined as Mil-Aerospace and/or Defense. Annual sales to these customers average >50% of total sales. For the Kinetics, Signatec, Preston and Cyber brands this percentage is probably higher. GaGe's primary market is Universities and Research Labs. Many of these projects also benefit from Government and, in some cases DoD funding. The respective brands are sold through a combination of channels including direct sales people (2 US-based and 2 Canadian-based) and a network of independent sales reps and international distributors. Approximately 60% of our sales are to the US. The 40% international is concentrated in Europe (Germany, France and the UK) and Asia (Japan, Korea, India and China). Other strong international markets include Canada and Israel.
Our customers are an impressive list of DoD entities and large DoD prime contractors. We sell directly to the Airforce (AFRL, Wright-Patterson, Arnold, Edwards, Hill, etc.), the Navy (NSWC, NUWC, NRL, etc.), the Army (Yuma Proving Grounds, TACOM, etc.), and the Coast Guard. In addition, we have sold to virtually every NASA site in the US. However, most often we get involved with projects through the large, prime contractors. Over the years, Northrop, Boeing, Lockheed, BAE, EADS, Honeywell, Raytheon, General Electric, General Dynamics, Rockwell and the like have been some of our most valuable customers.
The company’s product offering has traditionally been designed as general purpose function cards to meet industry recognized standards including CAMAC, VXI, PCI/PCIe, cPCI and PXI/PXIe platforms. Additionally, we have developed proprietary platforms to meet the specific needs of certain applications or market requirements. These products range from very high-speed, low channel-count digitizers to lower-speed, high-channel count data acquisition cards for functional test. As a result, our products are used in a wide variety of applications including various jet and rocket engine, wind tunnel, structural and ballistic test systems to name a few. Many applications are, quite literally unknown to us due to the classified nature of the project. For example, in 2007 we were part of a DARPA Program to produce a very high performance (ENOB and bandwidth) digitizer for future use by the DoD.
DynamicSignals LLC Executives
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer - William A. Boston
William A. Boston is the owner, Chairman & CEO of DynamicSignals LLC located in Lockport, IL, as well as the owner and Chairman of GaGe Applied Technologies, Inc. located in Montreal, Canada. DynamicSignals LLC designs, produces and markets high-performance data acquisition and control systems for customers in the aerospace, defense, automotive, scientific, and industrial markets. Since acquiring DynamicSignals LLC (formerly KineticSystems Company LLC) in 1999, numerous improvements have been made in the areas of marketing, new product development, and facility renovation, including the 2003 acquisition of GaGe Applied Technologies, Inc. This sister company added high-end research and design of high-speed digitizers, which combined the paradigm of computing and instrumentation. In addition, Signatec, a company that provides real-time DSP & FPGA products, waveform generation and signal data recording systems, was acquired in 2011.
Prior to acquiring DynamicSignals, Mr. Boston has had 25 years of experience with Rockwell International, Goss Graphic Systems, Inc. Inc. located in Westmont, IL. This is a division of Rockwell International, a $12 billion global conglomerate. At Rockwell, Mr. Boston served as the Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Commercial Operations, where he led and directed product and research engineering, manufacturing, finance, sales, and marketing. He also was the Vice President of Commercial Printing Products Business and Equity Owner of Goss Graphics Systems Inc., a $700 million global manufacturer of high-speed web offset printing systems for the newspaper, insert, publication, book, and catalog publication industries.
Mr. Boston holds three United States Patents. These patents deal with self-cleaning threaded shafts and cutting methods on web offset printing presses.
Mr. Boston received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at Northern Illinois University in 1970. He earned his MBA in International Management the following year, also at NIU.
With regard to community service, Mr. Boston is active on the Business Advisory Board for the Mayor of Lockport, IL. Additionally, he serves as a member of the NIU Foundation Board of Directors and has previously served as the Chairman of the NIU College of Business Board of Executive Advisors. In 2004 he received Distinguished Alumnus Award from NIU’s College of Business. In 2000, he was awarded The Excellence in Corporate Achievement Award from NIU.
Mr. Boston and his wife, Priscilla, who also graduated from NIU, reside in Western Springs, IL. They have four children and twelve grandchildren.
President & Chief Operating Officer - André G. Lareau
André (Andy) Lareau is the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of DynamicSignals LLC and Mr. Lareau's career spans 36 years of general business management with advanced technology companies in the military, transportation, energy and commercial/industrial sectors. Prior to joining DynamicSignals, Mr. Lareau was General Manager of Moog QuickSet, a manufacturer of rugged and durable tripods and electro-mechanical positioning systems for a wide variety of US and International markets. Moog QuickSet was formerly QuickSet International, Inc., where Mr. Lareau served as President and CEO until 2007 when it was purchased by Moog, Inc., a Buffalo NY based company. During Mr. Lareau's tenure at QuickSet, the company experienced growth over 7X in revenues from a small niche business to a multi-site, multi-business line company becoming a major supplier to industrial customers and military and government agencies including NASA, the Border Patrol and Coast Guard.
From 1991 to 2002, Mr. Lareau was the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Recon/Optical, Inc., an international manufacturer of airborne reconnaissance cameras for military applications. His responsibilities included program development of Advanced Technology business to the US DoD and foreign markets. This included the development of the corporate R&D and product strategy with the Executive Management of the company and the Board of Directors. He was also responsible for marketing advanced technology concepts to DoD laboratories and US Government Agencies and establishing "earmarked" program funding within Congress to support Advanced Development programs.
Earlier in his tenure at Recon/Optical, Inc., Mr. Lareau was the Vice President of Engineering where he managed a staff of 116 engineers, scientists and technicians in opto-electronics, servo-mechanical and software technologies. In this role he was responsible for new product initiatives using patented and proprietary technology. He developed and managed the Intellectual Property program at Recon and under his leadership the patent portfolio of the company grew from five to 27 United States Patents. He invented and developed a breakthrough electronic imaging product line, which included seven camera models, five that went into production. He was then promoted into the role of Vice President of Advanced Reconnaissance Business where he was responsible for developing the marketing strategy for those camera products and leading the international marketing campaign in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim.
Prior to his work at Recon, Mr. Lareau was a Project Engineer at GARD, Inc., the research and development division of GATX Corporation. There he was responsible for the development and field support of a state-of-the-art Transient Data Recorder for underground nuclear events at the Nevada Test Site.
Mr. Lareau graduated with a BSEE from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign and holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from Northwestern University. While at Recon/Optical he held a DoD Top Secret Clearance. He now holds eight US Patents, several with foreign counterparts. He has published dozens of articles in industry trade magazines, journals and conference proceedings.
Executive Vice President - Patrick T. Cassady
Mr. Cassady is currently an owner and Executive Vice President of DynamicSignals LLC located in Lockport, IL as well as an equity partner of GaGe Applied Technologies Inc. located in Montreal, Canada. Since joining the company in 1999, Mr. Cassady has directed the Sales and Marketing activities of the company including the direct sales team of application engineers, network of domestic sales representatives and international distributors and all marketing activities and relationships.
Prior to joining the company, Mr. Cassady had over twenty years of experience at Rockwell International.
Mr. Cassady received his BA degree in Political Science from John Carroll University, University Heights, OH in 1979. He went on to earn a Masters of Management in 1995 from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Mr. Cassady lives in Wheaton, Illinois with his wife Debbie and they have one son.
Chief Financial Officer - Eric Schroeder
Mr. Schroeder is the Chief Financial Officer of DynamicSignals LLC located in Lockport, Illinois. He has held this position since 2002. DynamicSignals designs, produces, and markets high-performance data acquisition and control systems to a broad range of customers in the aerospace, defense, automotive, scientific, and other industrial markets.
Prior to joining DynamicSignals, Mr. Schroeder had twenty-two years of experience working in the avionics and telecommunications businesses of Rockwell International. Rockwell International Inc. is a $12 billion global conglomerate. Mr. Schroeder also worked for more than five years with Goss Graphic Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-speed web offset printing systems for the worldwide newspaper, insert, publication, book, and catalog publishing industries. At Rockwell and Goss, Mr. Schroeder held a variety of key financial executive positions throughout the years, most notably serving as the Vice President, Finance and Treasurer at Goss Graphic Systems, Inc.
Mr. Schroeder received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the same university. Mr. Schroeder also served as an electronics systems officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Schroeder is active in church and community relations in the area and works with community representatives to provide assistance as needed. Mr. Schroeder and his wife reside in Naperville, Illinois, and they have two daughters.
Vice President and General Manager of GATI - Andrew Dawson
Born in Montreal, Dr. Dawson received his Doctorate in experimental solid-state physics from McGill University. His thesis presented low-temperature heat capacity measurements on glassy magnetic metals. These measurements provided solid experimental verification for recent theories on the fundamentals of transition metal magnetism - a long-unresolved and hotly-contested topic.
After graduation, Dr. Dawson worked for several years as a Research Officer at the Industrial Materials Institute - part of the Canadian National Research Council. His work involved the ultrasonic study of powder metal parts – which account for about 25 pounds of a typical automobile. New results included the ultrasonic monitoring of metal powder during its compaction into parts and during its sintering into the final part.
Dr. Dawson joined GaGe's Sales department in 1997 as Applications Engineer responsible for ultrasonic applications. Since 2003, he has been GaGe's Sales/Business Development manager. In addition, as of 2012 Dr. Dawson was named Vice President and General Manager of Gage Applied Technologies Inc. (GATI).
Director of Engineering for KineticSystems Brand - Steven Krebs
Steve Krebs is the Director of Engineering for the KineticSystems product brand at DynamicSignals LLC. Mr. Krebs has been a member of the DynamicSignals family since August, 1980.
During his tenure, Mr. Krebs has held a variety of engineering roles from engineering assistant early in his career to design engineer, engineering manager, and currently as engineering director – a role he has occupied since 1999. Mr. Krebs has been instrumental in the design of a number of KineticSystems products throughout the years.
Mr. Krebs holds a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology from the DeVry Institute of Technology. He resides in Plainfield, IL with his wife, René, and their four sons.
Director of Manufacturing - Wayne Coppe
Mr. Coppe is the Director of Manufacturing Operations of DynamicSignals LLC.
Mr. Coppe has been in the electronics assembly business nearly 40 years. He began his career in 1973 as an inspector for Rockwell International, and for the next 10 years progressed in a number of Quality Engineering and Management positions. Mr. Coppe is an ASQC certified Quality Engineer. In the mid 1980s when Rockwell entered into Surface Mount technology, he assumed a position as a Process Engineer on their new assembly line, principally focused on soldering technologies.
In 1991, Mr. Coppe joined Westell Technologies as Manager of Advanced Manufacturing. In this position he was responsible for all aspects of surface mount implementation including equipment selection, programming, process optimization, and employee management and development. In 1997, Mr. Coppe left Westell to embark on a new career path in capital equipment sales. He spent five successful years in this new role working for a manufacturer’s representative serving customers in Illinois, Indiana, & Wisconsin. In keeping with his background, he focused on the technical representation of equipment for electronic circuit board assembly, but also branched into wire and cable processing equipment sales.
In 2002, Mr. Coppe joined DynamicSignals where he started Advanced Assembly Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary focused on capital equipment representation, contract assembly services, and OEM product sales. In October, 2003 Mr. Coppe was promoted to his current position of Director of Manufacturing Operations. In keeping with his background, much of his recent effort has been on the implementation of the latest advancements in manufacturing technology.
Director of Human Resources - Patricia Ramazinski
Patricia Ramazinski is the Director of Human Resources at DynamicSignals LLC. Ms. Ramazinski has been a member of the DynamicSignals family since November, 1999.
Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Ramazinski held the position of Executive Assistant to the President at Holy Cross Hospital, a position she occupied for seven years. Earlier in her career, she also held a variety of administrative roles at Rockwell International/Rockwell Graphic Systems, Inc., located in Westmont, IL.
During her tenure at DynamicSignals, Ms. Ramazinski first held the position of Executive Assistant to the President and then was appointed to Director, Human Resources in March, 2001. In September 2005, she assumed an additional role managing internal Sales Administration. Ms. Ramazinski oversees DynamicSignals' overall recruitment efforts, benefits management, employee relations, and domestic and international sales administration processes. She also is responsible for managing the Company’s export compliance program.
Ms. Ramazinski and her husband, Jim, reside in Chicago, IL. They have one son.
Technical Support Manager - Natalie Rauworth
Ms. Rauworth is the Technical Support Manager at DynamicSignals LLC. Prior to joining DynamicSignals, Ms. Rauworth had more than ten years of software engineering experience working with various defense contractors. Ms. Rauworth has been a member of the DynamicSignals family since October 1997. During her tenure with DynamicSignals, Ms. Rauworth has held a variety of engineering roles including Software Engineer, Technical Support Engineer, Manager of Technical Support and Services, Quality Manager, and Product Line Manager.
Ms. Rauworth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1990. Additionally, Ms. Rauworth is active in community outreach and volunteering with her local church and other organizations. Ms. Rauworth and her husband, Bob, reside in Plainfield, IL with their two daughters.
Sales Account Manager for GaGe & Signatec Brands - Faisal L. Kadri
Dr. Kadri is the account manager covering GaGe and Signatec brand sales in the US and Canada. Prior to joining GaGe in 2000, Dr. Kadri excelled in his career in test and measurement instrumentation sales in several overseas companies; starting with Hewlett Packard in Greece, then with Lotus Engineering and EELCO in Egypt, and moving into Canada with Willer Engineering in 1990.
Dr. Kadri received his Electronic Engineering and Communications degree from the Northern Polytechnic (now the University of North London) in 1969. He received his Masters and PhD in Control Systems Engineering from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology in Cardiff, U.K. in 1974. He has a number of publications, holds a US patent, and has a keen interest in Cybernetics, Artificial Psychology and Humor Research. His wife Lucy is originally from South Korea. Their daughter Nadia attends McGill University.
Customer Service Representative for GaGe & Signatec Brands - John Strama
Mr. Strama is Customer Service Representative for the GaGe and Signatec brands and is located in the Lachine, Quebec office. He began his career as a machinist at Bombardier. In the late 1990s, he studied to become an electronics technician. After completion of his studies, Mr. Strama worked as an electronics technician at Alstom and then joined Nortel Networks. Mr. Strama joined the GaGe technical support team in 2000. Since then, he has served as lead resource for after-sales customer support for GaGe and Signatec products. In addition to his technical support focus, Mr. Strama also handles direct sales to International customers.
Applications Specialist for GaGe & Signatec Brands - Gerald Allgaier
Gerald Allgaier is an Applications Specialist for DynamicSignals LLC. Prior to joining DynamicSignals, Mr. Allgaier spent 19 years working for Signatec as the Information Systems Manager. Mr. Allgaier's experience includes the custom design, development, and administration of Signatec's high-performance PC-based workstation and data storage system product lines. These advanced systems are designed to maximize the operational performance of Signatec products with the ability to acquire, process, transfer, and generate signal data simultaneously and continuously with no breaks in the analog record at sustained high-speed data rates. Mr. Allgaier collaborates closely with DynamicSignals customers in order to tailor advanced, real-time data streaming systems for applications such as signals intelligence (SIGINT), RADAR, and medical imaging.
Mr. Allgaier earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Systems Management from California State University, San Bernardino. Mr. Allgaier resides in Riverside, California with his wife and two sons.