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Yakov Temov

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Yakov Temov specializes in product development and executive leadership, with a long and consistent track record of successfully delivering innovative products on time and under budget, fast yet high quality roadmap evolutions, and building and growing world-class engineering teams.

  • Most recently, Mr.Temov was CEO and Founder of White Label Corporation.
  • Prior to that, Mr.Temov was VP of Engineering at U4EA Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Gos Networks, Ltd.) where he was responsible for all product design, engineering, and testing.
  • Prior to U4EA Technologies, Mr.Temov served as VP of Engineering and CTO at Voice4biz, Inc., a startup company developing voice/data and video integrated access devices.
  • Earlier in his career, Mr.Temov held various engineering management posts with RapidWAN, Phaethon Communications (acquired by Teraxion) and Zarak Systems Corporation (acquired by Spirent Communications).
  • His expertise includes outsourcing and managing technically complex, multi-national, distributed projects that have included design centers on three different continents.
  • Mr.Temov holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from Saint Petersburg Technical University.

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David Hargis

Chief Operating Officer

MR. DAVID HARGIS is a leading Silicon Valley Engineering Executive, Innovator, and Manager with an extensive record of success over the past 35 years in the ideation, development and delivery of technology based products across Networking, Consumer, Storage, Energy and Mobile environments world-wide.

  • 39 successful product releases, twenty-six completed over the last fifteen years,
  • Numerous patents, issued or pending
  • BSME from the University of Portland Oregon, Mr. Hargis has acquired
  • Technical depth, understanding, and expertise in the areas of mechanical and thermal engineering, polymer technology and unique packaging techniques utilized on cutting edge product applications for the embedded Engineering product arena.

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Jeff Frimmersdorf

VP of Bus Dev, Strategy, Marketing

MR. JEFF FRIMMERSDORF is a seasoned Silicon Valley executive with 25+ years of experience developing businesses around disruptively innovative products and services.


  • Key member of the 6 person team that developed and managed eBay Motors for eBay Inc. (The Fastest growing segment of the fastest growing company in History)
  • Winner of the 1st Annual Jeff Skoll Award for his work developing eBay’s massive online Community and managing its unprecedented growth
  • Sought after Silicon Valley Consultant - Worked Closely with countless influential companies: eBay Motors, eBay, Pay Pal, Auto-Trader, Cox Communications, Clear Channel, Microsoft, McComb’s Enterprises, General Motors, Auto Nation, Auction123, Sonic, Carfax, Google Analytics, Manheim,, BMW of North America, etc.
  • Bachelor of Science - University of California at Davis

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Ken Egan

Chief Technology Officer

MR. KENNETH EGAN is an experienced technologist with more than 30 years in research and development covering the range from technology issues from systems engineering to quantum electro-optical devices. Mr. Egan was founder and CTO of two companies, XEMI and Vizionware, and holds 6 patents and 22 pending.

Mr. Egan was founder and CTO of two companies, XEMI and Vizionware, where the Vizionware team won 5 CEA awards for best product of the year.

In addition to being the technical liaison to several Fortune 500 companies, Ken was the architect for video pipelines within IBM’s 3D graphics products, and holds 6 patents and 22 pending ranging from cache algorithms to video processing and EMI reduction.

Ken was responsible for creating back end parasitic extraction methodology for high density interconnect laminate substrate, and was a principle researcher in electro-optical polymers, laser induced processes. Ken has numerous awards, including an Army Science Medal, Oceanographer of the Navy Award, to the prestigious Westinghouse STS award in 1977 for his work on the laser printer.

Ken studied Electrical and Ocean Engineering from FIT for his BS, and continued work into a post-graduate degree in Chemical Engineering, with emphasis on Computational Chemistry.

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Reffie Foy

SVP of Customer Relations

MR. REFFIE FOY brings 25+ yrs. of Customer Service and Support experience. In his career, he has a proven track record of building Support and Service team leaders and management. This effectively has turned opportunities into long-term profitable relationships.

Reffie’s technical experience ranges from Voice and Data Telecommunications,Networking, M2M Cloud platform development as well as Cellular and Wireless Technology.

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Ted Sanchez

Sr Director of Sales and Marketing

MR. TED SANCHEZ  brings over 25 years of Sales and Marketing experience to Connected IO. Prior to Connected IO, he held senior sales and marketing management positions at Intellisync, Memeo, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Firetide.


  • Employee number 9 at Intellisync where he grew and expanded channel presence and sales domestically and globally (EMEA, Latin America and Pacific RIM).
  • Awarded Golden Apple for marketing contributions such as: defined and implemented numerous marketing promotions and programs for Apple USA and Apple Latin America.
  • Created Memeo’s Channel Partner Program, and recruited over 1,000 resellers globally.
  • Launched the first Hewlett-Packard LaserJet IIP printer under $1000.00
  • Holds an MBA from Cornell University.
  • Earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

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Tom Gricius

Vice President of Sales

MR. TOM GRICIUS brings more than 20 years of sales, business development, customer support, and executive management experience to Connected IO. Mr. Gricius previously spent 10 years as Chief Sales Officer at Premier Wireless Solutions (PWS), a top-tier Verizon Reseller and M2M distributor. While at PWS, Mr. Gricius founded M2M Data Smart.

He was instrumental in growing PWS revenues year-over-year during his tenure. He also spent 2 years at Netcomm Wireless LTD as Western Sales Director, and 10 years at NCTR and Nu Horizons in various sales roles. Mr. Gricius has successfully developed and expanded business ventures within the wireless telecom and M2M/IoT markets. He is a graduate of Columbia College with dual degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration. Mr. Gricius and his family reside in Erie, Colorado where he is an avid outdoorsman and loves to ski, fish, and coach softball in addition to hiking with his family.

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