Paul Blount, President and CEO

Paul Blount

President and CEO

Paul Blount founded Custom MMIC in 2006 and has served as its CEO and CTO since its inception. His primary focus was to develop products that solve the issues encountered by engineers as they try to build state of the art systems. To that end he has been instrumental in the creation of 6 product lines - amplifiers, switches, mixers, attenuators, phase shifters, and multipliers. Key features within these products are positive gain slopes, all positive bias operation, low phase noise, and high integration. He was awarded the Army Achievement Award in 2011 for his work on lowering the power dissipation of low noise amplifiers in phased array systems by an order of magnitude.

Prior to Custom MMIC, Paul worked designing MMICs for Hittite Microwave, Alpha Industries (Skyworks), and Thorn EMI Electronics. He is a US citizen. His education includes a BEng from Brunel University and an MSc from University College London.

Dr. Charles Trantanella, Vice President of Engineering

Dr. Charles Trantanella

Vice President of Engineering

Dr. Charles Trantanella has been involved with Custom MMIC since its inception in 2006, first as a consultant, and then, beginning in the fall of 2007, as the company's Vice President of Engineering. Within this role, he has championed a number of high value design contracts including Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants from United States governmental agencies, helped create numerous custom and commercial components including digital phase shifters, switches, mixers, and frequency doublers, and published over half a dozen technical articles in trade publications including Microwave Journal, Microwave Product Digest, and the conference proceedings of the International Microwave Symposium.

Dr. Trantanella began his career at Hittite Microwave Corporation in 1994, where he was responsible for developing their world renowned mixer and passive doubler product lines. Dr. Trantanella holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University (summa cum laude) and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Dr. Trantanella is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies.

Dave Folding, Vice President of Operations

Dave Folding

Vice President of Operations

David Folding is a seasoned veteran of the RF/Microwave industry, having started as a production engineer with Raytheon Corporation in 1986 where he was responsible for transitioning electronic warfare (EW) subsystems from engineering to production while also servicing a broad range of government prime subcontractors. Mr. Folding then joined Hittite Microwave Corporation in 1994, where he held key positions in manufacturing and operations that led to Hittite's growth in annual sales from $2M to $20M over a span of four years. After Hittite, Mr. Folding became a senior product line manager at M/A-COM, playing an integral role in Asia Pacific business development for commercial wireless applications. In his position, Mr. Folding was responsible for key design wins in commercial infrastructure and mobile wireless applications. In June 2009, Mr. Folding joined the Custom MMIC team as the Vice President of Operations, where he is currently responsible for multiple organizational departments strategically focused on the growth of the company's standard and custom products in both the commercial and military markets.

Mr. Folding holds a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an MBA in Marketing from Bentley University.

John Greichen, Vice President of Sales & Marketing

John Greichen

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

John Greichen brings over 30 years of technology and management experience to his current role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Custom MMIC.

Prior to joining Custom MMIC, he was General Manager of the RF & Microwave Business Unit at Analog Devices, Inc. from 1997 to 2014, where he started a group, which grew to a highly profitable $200M business. Prior to ADI, Mr. Greichen was Director of Marketing at Hittite Microwave Corp, a microwave IC startup where he accelerated the transition from military to commercial focus. From 1987 to 1996, he served as Senior Technology & Management Consultant at Arthur D. Little, Inc., leading electronics technology management engagements in wireless/wired communications, industrial, consumer and health care markets. Mr. Greichen began his career as a Design Engineer at Raytheon and Textron Corporations.

Mr. Greichen holds a BS in Electronics Engineering and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.