Our team is comprised of individuals with deep technology experience and understanding, and a track record of innovation and business success. 

Larry Felton, President and CEO
Larry has more than 15 years of experience in semiconductor technology with an expertise in operations and commercial product development. As President and CEO, Larry sets the company vision and leads Crystal IS in its development and delivery of groundbreaking applications for UVC LEDs. Prior to joining Crystal IS, he was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of R&D at Evergreen Solar. Larry received his Ph.D/Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York and M.S./Solid State Science and Technology from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.


Leo Schowalter, Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Schowalter is one of the original co-founders of Crystal IS. He has more than 30 years of experience in crystal growth, semiconductor thin film and nanotechnology. Dr. Schowalter has been part of GE's Global Research Center and was a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he chaired the Physics Department from 1997 to 2000. He holds over 17 U.S. patents and has 26 pending patents. Dr. Schowalter is a published author and renowned industry speaker. He is recognized by the global technology community as an expert and leading authority in crystal growth, thin-film, nanotechnology and nitride semiconductors. He has a Ph.D./Physics from University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.

John Gartner,Vice President of Operations
John Gartner has more than 30 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, process development, organizational effectiveness and product development. John leads the manufacturing and contracting operations, process engineering, supply chain and facility management activities for Crystal IS. He previously held senior management and leadership positions at Nuvera Fuel Cells, Plug Power, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and GE. John has been active in the application of organizational learning disciplines and is passionate about sustainability activities. He has a M.S./Computer Science and B.S./Electrical Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, New York.


Ben Jamison, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Ben's diverse career in sales, marketing and product management spans over 30 years in electronics and cleantech. His expertise is critical for Crystal IS as it delivers its groundbreaking UVC LED technology to the market. Prior to joining Crystal IS, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Galcon USA, a worldwide leader in cloud-based central irrigation control systems for water conservation in agricultural, commercial and residential applications. He also held key senior management positions at Soliant Energy, NEC Technologies, Savant Systems and Runco International.

Eoin Connolly, Vice President of Product Management
Eoin brings more than 25 years of cross-functional experience in marketing, strategy, business development and engineering to Crystal IS. He is responsible for executing strategic and tactical go-to-market plans for UVC LED products. Eoin previously held senior management and leadership positions at GE, Siemens and Plug Power with a focus across industry verticals including energy, healthcare and consumer. He has a MBA/Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York and B.Sc./Mechanical Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland.

Masato Toita, Vice President of LED Research & Development
Masato Toita has over 20 years of experience in semiconductor manufacturing technology, including mass production of Si-based, ultra large scale integrated circuits and research on InGaAs metamorphic HEMTs. He is responsible for development of cutting-edge LED device technology that maximizes the performance and reliability of Crystal IS UVC LEDs. Masato received his Ph.D. from Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan and holds eight Japanese patents.