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David Levine, Wireless Environment

David Levine, Co-founder and President of Wireless Environment

David Levine, co-founder and president of Wireless Environment, has built an innovative lighting company that produces LEDs, power sources and controls under the Mr. Beams and SwitchSense brands. Based in Mayfield Village, Ohio, Wireless Environment produces off-grid, energy-efficient lighting with integrated power sources for light bulbs and fixtures. In 2008, they launched a line of wireless LED light fixtures under the Mr. Beams brand, a best seller on, with lighting bright enough to illuminate a closet, powered only by batteries so it could be installed anywhere, by anyone. ReadyBright, the world's first home portable power outage lighting system run solely on batteries, followed. The company exceeded $20 million in revenue in 2016. 

David has launched 21 consumer products to date and built a power tool company to $4 million in sales from start-up. A senior product manager at Black & Decker and DeWalt from 1995 until 1999, he launched their rotary tool business. In 2000, he co-founded Home Products and launched eleven Kitchen Drawer Power Tools, including the first miniature-powered screwdriver. David earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a BA in History from Washington University.

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Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

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