Steve founded Scynce in 2015 working with a few key launch partners to develop a disruptive LED grow light system. Steve started his career as a pilot for AmericaWest airlines but in 2007 he became a partner in Rigid Industries with the goal of revolutionizing vehicle lighting. By 2014 Rigid Industries was ranked #150 on the INC 500 list as fastest growing companies in the US and was sold to a division of the Penske Corporation. Steve is a graduate of Arizona State Polytechnic University, with a Bachelor of Technology and holds over 30 patents in all aspects of LED lighting.
Brent leads the tribe of Scyntists focusing on marketing, brand building and product development all while achieving Scynce’s corporate vision. Prior to Scynce Brent was the President/CEO of Noraxon, a global biotechnology manufacturing and design firm. During his seven year tenure with the company, he built a team and culture with a focus on integrated software and hardware systems, high-fidelity data and exceptional customer experiences. Prior to 2011, Brent was a serial entrepreneur having founded multiple businesses in the financial sector. Brent is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Management.
Mike is responsible for all legal operations at Scynce with a keen focus on developing and growing its intellectual property portfolio. Having spent almost 16 years as an electrical engineer with Motorola, Mike is uniquely positioned to monitor, track and ultimately patent the technological advancements at Scynce. Subsequent to Mike’s tenure at Motorola, he attended law school and has since obtained an equal mix of in-house and law firm experience totaling 20 years. Mike is a named inventor on multiple issued U.S. Patents and several other patent applications now pending before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and a combined Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN, and Arizona State University.
VP of Engineering
John is responsible for the engineering and design of all products at Scynce. He has been part of the Scynce team from inception and continues to have a heavy hand in product development. Prior to Scynce John was owner of a product design firm, Division DEM, for 5 years with the focus of taking product ideas from concept through the design and prototype phase and onto production. In John’s early career he worked for Honeywell and Orbital Sciences, where he participated in the design, manufacturing, and launch of Space Launch Vehicles (rockets!) to deliver satellites into Earth orbit. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
VP Business Development
Grant is responsible for developing distribution channels, delivering on sales targets, and leading client support efforts for Scynce. Based in Oregon, Grant has 15 years of Executive Leadership experience spanning the finance, medical & staffing fields. Grant is also involved in youth sports, as he founded a rapidly growing Futsal organization and league in the Pacific Northwest. Grant holds a Bachelor’s in Finance from Arizona State University.
Director of Software
Jay is a master of bringing together software and hardware systems. His career began in the Army working on the Vulcan Anti Aircraft System, designing medical devices from scratch for WellsJohnson or implementing network and IT solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Over the last 20 years Jay has synthesized this knowledge and put it to work on more advanced projects, such as: jet engine testing, developing cat scan sensor chips and heading up the R&D on night vision simulators. At Scynce LED, his team has been the brains behind our wireless controls and “full power spectrum tuning” capabilities. They also developed one of the most advanced IoT based wireless networks, creating the largest test Thread Mesh network in the world. Jay is an embedded systems savant who also has the ability to see the big picture and execute on it.
Director of Cultivation Sciences
Greg heads up the cultivation research division at Scynce with the goal of creating synergy between plants, lighting and environments. Prior to joining Scynce, Greg was a Production Manager and Head Grower at multiple commercial cannabis and hemp facilities throughout Oregon. Coming from a research background rooted in soil ecology and horticulture from Colorado State University and The University of Northern Colorado, his early work had an emphasis in soil food webs and soil biodiversity. Greg has a unique understanding of plants’ needs and their corresponding physiology. Greg and his wife now reside in Arizona to practice year round urban farming and work with farmers in different and unique soil systems.
Tom has 20+ years of accounting, financial and operational experience with multiple start-up and early stage growth companies specifically focused in the engineering and technology space. Nine years after starting his career in semiconductor manufacturing with VLSI Technologies he went back to school to pursue a graduate degree in biomedical engineering. After twelve months of study, Tom was invited by the founder to become one of the four original members of Acoustic Technologies Inc., a start-up company that developed the electronics later found in Zounds hearing aids. After ten years with Acoustic, he transitioned from a finance to an operational role, and helped lead Zounds to become the fastest growing hearing aid company in the United States, expanding to over 200 locations in 36 states within a four-year time frame. He has also held key executive level financial positions within the healthcare industry, engaged on improving the quality of life for all patients. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and is an active volunteer within the community.
With a degree in Fine Arts from SFSU and a Graphic Design degree from the Academy of Art University San Francisco, German has worked in graphic design and the creative fields for the better part of 20 years. Born in Uruguay, country of free just about anything, he brings those South-of-the-border-under-the-belt flavors into everything he does, and pushes for our brand to stay true, original, and coveted. He spends his days keeping us looking fresh, enjoying time with his family, camping, playing soccer (– Slap, football ) and jamming on whatever 6 string device he can get his hands on to.