Executive Chairman & Co-Founder
Conrad is the executive chairman and cofounder of SignaGuard, LLC and CEO/Managing Partner of Novatec, Inc. in Baltimore. Novatec is the largest manufacturer of dehumidifying dryers for the plastics industry in North America. Prior to the purchase of Novatec, Conrad worked for The Conair Group, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA) a manufacturer of auxiliary equipment for plastics from 1996 until 2006.
During his tenure, the company grew 500% in revenue. From 2001 to 2006, Conrad was President of Conair North America. He left Conair in 2006 to join with Steve Maguire of Maguire Products, Inc. to purchase Novatec. Through the introduction of new products and with his leadership, Novatec has tripled in sales. This has been accomplished with the active assistance of his wife Susan who is a major part of the leadership team.
In addition, Conrad serves as Chairman of the Political Science Board of Visitors of Pennsylvania State University.
President, COO & Co-Founder, SignaGuard, LLC
Dr. Biplab Pal, PhD
Biplab co-founded SignaGuard, LLC and assumed the role of Chief Technology Officer in September of 2014. Biplab became President & COO of SignaGuard in December 2018.
He leads a multi-disciplinary in-house engineering team in the development of SignaGuard’s IoT technology. The development has led to 14 US and international patent applications in Industrial IoT.
Throughout his career, Biplab has worked extensively in the R&D of sensor and sensor networking for process engineering and telecommunication. Before co-founding SignaGuard, Biplab started a R&D company in 2012, Zreyas Technology, Inc. which produced wireless connected sensors for emerging IoT areas. There he led the development of a fault monitoring earth/ground system for cell towers, IoT based farming automation using an extended Zigbee system, a Bluetooth-based bio-authenticated security system for community locking as well as a IR/UV-based fraud detection system.
In 2013, he spun off Auto Predictive Coding, LLC from Zreyas Technology, Inc. for development of Big Data machine learning algorithms used in extracting real time intelligence from high velocity sensor data. He has also served as advisor to the CEO for Big Data analytic companies Soft10, Inc. and Treeminer, Inc.
Biplab’s extensive experience includes the development of optical sensor technology while he worked as principal sensor engineer and R&D manager for Endress + Hausser in Anaheim. He developed new sensor systems for UV-visible /IR for FDA/EPA mandated quality control in the biotech, pharmaceutical, oil and gas and environmental sectors. He has also worked as Principal Engineer for Ciena Corp.
Biplab is an alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT KGP) where he obtained BS & MS in Physics and a PhD in Electronics and Telecommunication. During the pursuit of his PhD, he worked in Politechnique di Turino and University of Pisa in Italy in a collaborative optical electronics research program funded by the European Union.
Director - Delivery, Prophecy Sensorlytics LLC
Agni leads the product development and project delivery at Prophecy’s development center in Kolkata, India. He oversees the horizontal competencies of Software, Hardware, Firmware and Testing and ensures a coordinated delivery across the Opteev, MachineSense and SignaGuard product ranges of Prophecy, working closely with the CTO, Product Managers and Project Managers.
Agni comes with long and eventful professional background of 25+ years. He spent 22 years in PWC / IBM where he set up global delivery centers, and led numerous initiatives on organizational transformation, productivity improvement, operational excellence, practice building and competency development.
He has delivered large and complex IT programs successfully across geographies in cross-functional domains. He is a PMI Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), since 2005 and an IBM Certified Complex Project Manager. Agni is a recipient of IBM Eminence and Excellence Award in 2012.
In addition, Agni is a visiting faculty on Project & Operations Management in several institutes; he provides voluntary services to a number of organizations dealing with social causes. Agni is an alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT KGP) where he obtained B.Tech in E&ECE; and of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta where he obtained his Post Graduate Diploma in Management.