Michael Pentaris (President and Chief Executive Officer)
An accomplished business leader with a proven track record of engineering business turnarounds and improving profitability, Michael is focused on increasing sales and establishing market leadership for CEI.
Michael has earned a reputation of being an effective negotiator with the ability to mobilize private and government investment sources. Upon joining CEI, he reorganized the company and introduced lean manufacturing methodologies, as well as established a business development department to focus on new products to fuel company growth.
He has both a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree from Binghamton University.
Jonathan Dokuchitz (Board of Directors, Vice Chairman)
Since joining CEI in 2007, Jonathan has implemented LEAN principles, squarely focusing the company’s efforts on specifying value for the customer and streamlining the manufacturing process.
Jonathan’s two decades of work in the field of creative arts production provides him with a solid background for employee management and group wellness within the CEI community. As liaison to CEI’s human resources department, Jonathan strives to ensure quality of workplace while encouraging open communication. He also serves as CEI’s compliance officer for all military exports, and is responsible for ensuring strict compliance to ITAR, BIS and other government agencies.
Fred Winters, Lt.Col. USMC (Ret), (President of Power & Energy Solutions Division)
Fred brings over thirty-five years of progressive leadership, team building and operational planning experience. With a unique background in multi-national, multi-service, and multi-agency operations he has an unusual, proven and very effective approach to organizational structuring, planning and decision making. In addition to his extensive experience in multifaceted expeditionary operations, he brings nearly a decade of experience in Consequence Management, Special Operations, Humanitarian Assistance, and Disaster Relief Operations. It was his vision and entrepreneurial spirit that lead to the inception of V2, the V2 iBMS™ and our unique systems-based solution designs. Fred is a retired United States Marine having served 22 years as an Infantry Officer.
Fred has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from The Citadel and an Australian Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the Australian Command and Staff College.
Carol Brower (Vice President of Operations)
Carol has been with CEI for over two decades where she previously held the position of Materials and Logistics Manager. In her role as Vice President, Carol interfaces between senior leadership, business teams, and other stakeholders. She has expertise in planning, coordinating, and leading simultaneous projects to optimize productivity, efficiency, and resources to meet deadlines, budgets, and performance goals.
In 2007, Custom Electronics created Ioxus, an Ultracapacitor manufacturer in which she was instrumental in the setup of the new infrastructure including the supply chain, equipment acquisition and transport. Since then she has directed the acquisition of two additional businesses. Carol led the implementation and conversion to a new MRP system allowing for more streamlined processes focused around improving on-time delivery and material requisitions. She continues to be instrumental in leading R & D and business partnerships with both industry and academia.
Michael Schulte (Sales Manager)
Michael has served the sales effort at CEI since 1985. During that time, he has been the sales and project leader for nearly all of CEI’s major customer accounts and programs, and he now directs the outside sales representatives program as well. During his time at CEI, Michael has been instrumental in further extending CEI’s reach in key markets, including military, aviation and oil and gas exploration.
Throughout Michael's career he has been bringing his deep knowledge of needs to CEI customers across various industries to the product development process. He works directly with CEI engineers on design efforts and with manufacturing staff for production efforts.
Michael has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York, Albany.