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David Levine, 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 Amazon.com, 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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Manufacturing Tomorrow ( is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.
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.
Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity.
About Your Host
Marty Kress serves as assistant vice president for research business development The Ohio State University Office of Research.
Prior to joining Ohio State, Marty was the executive director of the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation, a Huntsville not-for-profit organizations established to foster the integrastion of university and industry research to provide new and innovative applicaitons.
Marty also worked for U.S. Senate as senior energy analyst on the Senate Budget Committee and senior majority staff of the Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space; as associate administrator for legislative affairs and deputy center director of NASA Glenn, and vice president/general manager of the NASA Sector at Battelle Memorial Institute.
He has degrees from Notre Dame, Northeastern University and MIT and was a PhD candidate in political science at Georgetown University.
David Levine, Wireless Environment
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