The Arovia Team 

Alexander Wesley Co-Founder & CEO Alexander co-founded Arovia after years of frustration trying to be productive while on the go. With a background in optics and product management, he invented SPUD so you can GO BIG wherever and whenever you want. LinkedIn. 

Alexander Wesley
Co-Founder & CEO
Alexander co-founded Arovia after years of frustration trying to be productive while on the go. With a background in optics and product management, he invented SPUD so you can GO BIG wherever and whenever you want. LinkedIn. 

George Zhu Co-Founder and CTO George co-founded Arovia due to his passion for productivity, rapid prototyping, and mechanical engineering. He is a master prototyper and was the first person to ever create a one step pop-up display, SPUD. LinkedIn. 

George Zhu
Co-Founder and CTO

George co-founded Arovia due to his passion for productivity, rapid prototyping, and mechanical engineering. He is a master prototyper and was the first person to ever create a one step pop-up display, SPUD. LinkedIn. 

Justin Mintzer Co-Founder and CMO Justin leads the marketing efforts and customer interaction. He has an MEE degree with a 10 year background in the tech industry, extensive experience as a customer advocate, and an MBA degree with a marketing specialization. He loves connecting with customers and ensuring that at Arovia, customers have a strong voice in the decision making process. Linkedin.

Justin Mintzer
Co-Founder and CMO

Justin leads the marketing efforts and customer interaction. He has an MEE degree with a 10 year background in the tech industry, extensive experience as a customer advocate, and an MBA degree with a marketing specialization. He loves connecting with customers and ensuring that at Arovia, customers have a strong voice in the decision making process. Linkedin.

 
Mark Kimbrough Industrial Design Lead Mark created the original SPUD industrial design concept. He holds over 20 design and utility patents, has received 15+ international design awards, and his work has been published in numerous national and international magazines. He has had six products added to the permanent design collection at the Chicago Museum of Design and Architecture. Linkedin.

Mark Kimbrough
Industrial Design Lead

Mark created the original SPUD industrial design concept. He holds over 20 design and utility patents, has received 15+ international design awards, and his work has been published in numerous national and international magazines. He has had six products added to the permanent design collection at the Chicago Museum of Design and Architecture. Linkedin.

Julie Bentley Optical Design Lead Julie designed the space-saving custom optics at the core of SPUD. She is currently a Professor at the University of Rochester, and a world-renowned optical systems designer with substantial industry experience. Linkedin.

Julie Bentley
Optical Design Lead

Julie designed the space-saving custom optics at the core of SPUD. She is currently a Professor at the University of Rochester, and a world-renowned optical systems designer with substantial industry experience. Linkedin.

Erik Welsh Electrical Engineering Design Lead Erik leads the engineering and software development for SPUD.  With a background in electrical and computer engineering, he has an MEE degree with nearly 15 years of industry experience designing and developing hardware and software solutions. He brings his passion and expertise to Arovia, so you can GO BIG with SPUD. Linkedin.

Erik Welsh
Electrical Engineering Design Lead

Erik leads the engineering and software development for SPUD.  With a background in electrical and computer
engineering, he has an MEE degree with nearly 15 years of industry experience designing and developing
hardware and software solutions. He brings his passion and expertise to Arovia, so you can GO BIG with
SPUD. Linkedin.

 

Advisers

Gene Frantz.  Startup founder and Rice University Professor.  DSP Visionary. Formerly Principal Fellow at TI. LinkedIn.  

Gene Frantz.  Startup founder and Rice University Professor.  DSP Visionary. Formerly Principal Fellow at TI. LinkedIn.  

Chris Church.  Co-founder of Alert Logic.  Founder of MacroFab. LinkedIn.

Chris Church.  Co-founder of Alert Logic.  Founder of MacroFab. LinkedIn.

Bruce Smith.  Founder of Safety Vision. LinkedIn.

Bruce Smith.  Founder of Safety Vision. LinkedIn.

Adam Wulf.  Founder of Milestone Made. Formerly Founder of Jotlet. LinkedIn.

Adam Wulf.  Founder of Milestone Made. Formerly Founder of Jotlet. LinkedIn.

Michael Evans.  President at Evans Consulting. LinkedIn.

Michael Evans.  President at Evans Consulting. LinkedIn.

Ryan Tykwinski. Sprosty Network Consultant. Formerly Director of Strategy at Best Buy. Linkedin.

Ryan Tykwinski. Sprosty Network Consultant. Formerly Director of Strategy at Best Buy. Linkedin.

Lydia Musher.  Founder Atid Services. Formerly Amazon, Microsoft, Netscape, and Vulcan Ventures. LinkedIn.  

Lydia Musher.  Founder Atid Services. Formerly Amazon, Microsoft, Netscape, and Vulcan Ventures. LinkedIn.  

Dave Perry.  Global Business Strategist & Technology Commercialization Consultant. Linkedin.

Dave Perry.  Global Business Strategist & Technology Commercialization Consultant. Linkedin.