Comhear believes in sound that moves you. Comhear is an audio technology R&D company that brings people closer together through pristine communication, and enhances immersive entertainment with the physical sensation of sound you can practically touch. Consumer Electronics Speaker and Headset OEMs, Enterprise TEMs, Kiosk systems manufacturers and integrators and Gaming/VR platforms benefit from Comhear’s revolutionary beamforming capabilities, which add vocal clarity and customization to audio systems.
Comhear products are powered by our patented KAP™ software, which gives you wider, more natural soundscapes while protecting long term hearing acuity. This passion for healthy audio, combined with a deep understanding of how the brain processes sound, enables Comhear to develop products and solutions that adapt to your environment and transform the listening experience.
Gerry Chastelet – Chief Executive Officer
Gerry Chastelet joined Comhear as CEO in June 2017. Gerry is an experienced C-suite executive with extensive business success in both large corporate environments as well as in emerging growth public and private companies. With an engineering and sales and marketing background, Gerry has held senior management positions at leading technology companies including IBM, Paradyne Corporation, Network Systems and Digital Lightwave. The former Chairman and CEO of Dominus Innovations and Digital Lightwave, Chastelet is well versed in global sales and marketing, company turn-arounds, business operations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and financing. He received a BS in Electronics Engineering from DeVry University and has an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto.
Perry Teevens – President
Perry Teevens joined Comhear in July 2015. Prior to being appointed President, Perry was a Comhear investor and board member. Recently, he was AVP of Global Partnerships for Symphony Teleca Corporation (a HARMAN International Company). Prior to Symphony Teleca, Perry was the Head of Business Development at Skype where he was responsible for strategic planning and global business development for the Skype-for-Business and Enterprise Business Unit. Perry has held senior leadership positions at leading software and networking companies including Microsoft, Intel, MCI, Radvision, and Aricent. He received his bachelor’s of science degree in business administration from the California State University.
Jim Lucas – Chief Financial Officer
Jim Lucas is the CFO of Comhear, where he oversees finance, administration, and Human Resources. Jim brings over 20 years of financial leadership and accounting experience to Comhear, with a proven record in contributing to the financial growth and leadership of companies in a wide range of industries and stages of development. Before joining Comhear, Jim was Chief Financial Officer at PrimaPharma, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, where he provided executive leadership in finance and administration for all corporate functions. Previously, Jim served in a number of senior management roles with companies undergoing significant change either through high growth, M&A or restructuring. Jim spent the first ten years of his career working with two private equity firms focused on middle-market leveraged buyouts. Jim received his MBA from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and his Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a member of CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Diego.
Tom Craft – Chief Technical Officer
Tom Craft is the CTO at Comhear. In this role, Tom is responsible for the company’s overall technical direction and architecture of all the company’s products. Previously Tom has held several senior management positions in military, aerospace and consumer electronic companies. Prior to Comhear, Tom was working on in-flight entertainment systems for Boeing and Airbus aircraft. He received a B.S.E.E. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Peter Otto – Chief Science Officer
Peter Otto joined Comhear as CSO in July of 2016 after a long term collaboration with the Company in his role as Director of Sonic Arts R&D at the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD. Peter is responsible for leading development efforts that leverage the company’s audio IP portfolio across a range of application areas. He functions as Comhear’s primary liaison with academic and research labs, and is active in development and refinement of spatial audio (3D audio) techniques and content, while maintaining focus on audio quality and user experience. Peter Otto is an expert in the language and aesthetics of musical and media expression, and is also accomplished in advanced hardware/software design, including instrumentation and facilities, systems and networking applications, and a wide array of media technology research and development. Classically trained in musical performance and composition, he completed his graduate work at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles in 1984, and has served as music technology director at Tempo Reale in Florence, then at SUNY Buffalo, and prior to joining Comhear, served on the faculty for 20 years at UCSD Music and in a variety of roles in music technology and research directorships at UCSD.
Board of Directors
Andrew Sassine – Chairman
Andy Sassine has served as a member of Comhear’s Board of Directors since September 2014 and Chairman since April 2015. He has been retired since 2012 after serving in various positions at Fidelity Investments from 1999 to 2012, rising to the position of Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining Fidelity, he served as a vice president in the Acquisition Finance Group at Fleet National Bank. Andy currently serves on the Board of Directors of iCAD, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICAD) and Gemphire Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEMP). iCAD is an industry leading provider of advanced image analysis, workflow solutions and radiation therapy for the early detection and treatment of cancer, and Gemphire is developing and commercializing therapies to help patients with cardiometabolic disorders. He previously served on the boards of: MYnd Analytics, Inc., Acorn Energy, Freedom Meditech, Inc., and MD Revolution.
Mr. Sassine has been a member of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa Board of Advisors since 2009 and served on the Board of Trustees at the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech from 2009 through 2014. Mr. Sassine earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Iowa in 1987.
Brad Buss – Director
Brad Buss has served as a director since 2015. He retired as the Chief Financial Officer of SolarCity Corporation in February 2016 and prior to that role served as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation from 2005 to 2014. He also held prior financial leadership roles with Altera Corporation, Veba Electronics LLC and Wyle Electronics, Inc.
Brad currently serves as a director for Tesla Motors, Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Cavium, Inc. Brad was born in Canada and holds a B.A. in economics from McMaster University and an honors business administration degree, majoring in finance and accounting, from the University of Windsor.
Andrew Arno – Director
Andrew Arno joined Comhear’s Board of Directors in April 2017. He has more than 30 years of experience working with emerging growth companies. Andrew is currently Vice Chairman of The Special Equities Group at Chardan Capital Markets, LLC, a privately held investment banking firm. From June 2013 until July 2015 he served as Managing Director of Emerging Growth Equities, an investment bank, and Vice President of Sabre, Inc., a family investment group. He was previously President of LOMUSA Limited, an investment banking firm. From 2009 to 2012, Andrew served as Vice Chairman and Chief Marketing Officer of Unterberg Capital, LLC, an investment advisory firm that he co-founded. He was also Vice Chairman and Head of Equity Capital Markets of Merriman Capital LLC, an investment banking firm, and served on the Board of its parent company, Merriman Holdings, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Smith Micro, Oncocyte Corporation and Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc.
Jon Sundt – Director
Jon Sundt has served as a director since 2014. He has more than 28 years of experience in the alternative investment industry. He founded asset management firm Altegris Companies in 2002 and has served as its President and CEO. Altegris is one of the leading providers of best-of-breed alternative investments including private funds and mutual funds.
Jon began his career as an options trader in 1986. Prior to founding Altegris, he served for six years as Director of Managed Accounts and Senior Vice President of the Managed Investments Division of Man Financial, a subsidiary of the Man Group. An expert in managed futures and alternative investment strategies, Jon has been widely quoted by leading financial media and is a frequent guest on CNBC.
Jon attended the University of California, San Diego with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Economics. He is a member of the San Diego Coastal Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and a long-term member of Vistage International.
Wyatt Briant – Director
Wyatt Briant is the President of Zylux America Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Zylux Acoustic Corporation. Zylux specializes in the design and development of consumer electronics systems, servicing major brands with a focus on life-style audio products. Wyatt is responsible for strategic planning, business development and US sales operations for Zylux. Wyatt joined Zylux in 2002 and has served in a variety of roles including Managing Director, Director of Operations and Sales Account Executive. Prior to joining Zylux, Wyatt worked for United Parcel Service in operations, logistics optimization and industrial engineering departments. He received his bachelor’s of science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.