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seth ellisSeth Ellis

Mr. Ellis currently serves as Managing Principal at Penta Mezzanine Fund. Formerly, Seth was a Principal and Co-Founder of the Florida Mezzanine Fund, a $30 million mezzanine fund based in Orlando, FL. He is the former CEO of Digital Infrared Imaging, Inc. and led the company through 18 acquisitions and an eventual public merger with ICX Technologies, Inc. Previously, Seth co-founded Florida Regional Emergency Services, the largest hospital based ambulance management company in the U.S. at the time, ultimately engineering that company’s sale to American Medical Response, Inc. Seth began his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young and KPMG. He is a CPA and received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida.


Günter ZahnenbenzGünter Zahnenbenz

Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1955.
Studies of business management in Stuttgart and Tübingen with PHD in 1984.
Joined Hartmann Electronic GmbH in 1984. Position of an executive shareholder from 1987 to 2000.
2000 Hartmann Electronic GmbH Merger into the Phoenix Mecano Group.
CEO of Hartmann Electronic GmbH in Stuttgart since 2009 also CEO of Wiener Plein & Baus GmbH in Burscheid.
Now responsible for the subdivision Industrial Computing of Phoenix Mecano AG.
Member of the board since 2017.


Andreas RubenAndreas Ruben

Born in Berlin, Germany in 1961.
Studied physics at the Technical University in Dresden, graduated with PHD in nuclear physics in 1990.
3 years research assistant at Technical University Dresden.
Joined W-IE-NE-R Plein & Baus GmbH Germany in 1993 as product manager.
1997 in charge of setting up the US sales office in Ohio which he is leading and managing as president since that time.
2008 W-IE-NE-R Plein & Baus GmbH Merger into Phoenix Mecano group.
Since 2012 he also holds the position of a managing director of W-IE-NE-R Plein & Baus GmbH in Burscheid, Germany.
Member of Board since 2016.


phillip brownPhilip Brown

Mr. Philip J. Brown has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Mecano (USA) since 2005. Mr. Brown has served as a Member of the Executive Committee of Phoenix Mecano AG since 2007. Mr. Brown worked for 11 years as Chief Engineer in the British navy. Since 1988, he has occupied a variety of posts, including Managing Director of the UK subsidiary of a global industrial controls manufacturer. He served as Managing Director of Phoenix Mecano UK. from 1997 to 2005.


niravNirav Pandya

Nirav Pandya is a New Jersey native and received a degree in Chemistry from Ursinus College in 1998. With insatiable curiosity and an ambitious nature, he received a second degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 2000. Before finishing college, Nirav started an internship at Digital Infrared Imaging (which later became ICx Imaging Systems). After being hired as a full-time team member, Nirav worked on high-speed image processing software and hardware. His experience with ICx Imaging Systems expanded on his unique combination of engineering expertise and customer relations skills, making him proficient in managing sales and production, as well as marketing for several large and complex infrared applications.

In March 2010, Nirav decided to move on to a new challenge and joined Orion Technologies. Over time, he was named the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company. In August of 2012, Orion’s Board of Directors named Nirav the CEO and President of Orion Technologies. Since being named CEO, Orion has continued to grow in its employee base and has expand its services to Orlando.

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