CAI Executive Team


R. P. Furton

President

Pete Furton has been a visionary in the systems and instrument business for more than 40 years.  He began his career at Beckman Instruments in finance in 1958, subsequently serving in various marketing management capacities. 

Mr. Furton was a principal founder of Horiba Instruments, Inc., and directed its growth to a dominant position within the gas analysis industry, holding the position of President until 1981 when he left to launch Automated Custom Systems, a precursor to California Analytical Instruments.  

Hal Peper

Sr. Vice President

Hal Peper joined CAI in 1985. After serving four years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, he began his career at Beckman Instruments in 1959. During his lengthy tenure at Beckman, Mr. Peper held several management positions, including Vice President, World Marketing and Sales.  His leadership and sales and marketing expertise were significant factors in Beckman’s growth into a dominant position in the medical and analytical instrumentation markets.

Gerry DeMint

Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering

Gerry DeMint’s career in manufacturing and engineering management in the systems and instrumentation business spans nearly 20 years. Prior to joining CAI, he held management positions in the electronic assembly/manufacturing industry. 

Mr. DeMint has been instrumental in designing new products, and in implementing new programs for optimizing engineering, documentation, manufacturing and inventory levels.

Frank Smith

Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Frank Smith came to CAI as a result of the Liston Scientific acquisition in 2006. He brings a wealth of application and market knowledge and management experience to CAI.  

Mr. Smith served as General Manager at Liston for 13 years. Prior to Liston, he spent 13 years with Beckman Instruments in various sales and marketing management positions. Mr. Smith is firmly committed to the philosophy that understanding and meeting the customer’s needs, both before and after the sale, is the company’s most important priority.

Loren Mathews

Senior Vice President

Loren Mathews has worked in the automotive emissions systems industry since 1972. Formerly the Chicago Regional Manager with Horiba Instruments, Inc., he left Horiba to join CAI in 1981. Prior to Horiba, Mr. Mathews held engineering, sales and marketing positions with Motorola, Honeywell and Keithley Instruments, Inc.

Matt Swanson

Vice President, Sales

Matt Swanson has worked in the mobile and stationary source emission measurement industry for more than 18 years. He has managed several EPA/State of California testing and laboratory functions at CAI during the past 13 years. Mr. Swanson has played a key role in the development of several innovative CAI products.

Doug Omer

Chief Financial Officer

Doug Omer joined CAI in May 2008. He spent the previous 10 years as Chief Operating Officer for Surface Protection Industries, Inc., a specialty paint manufacturer.  He previously held a number of senior financial positions with American Cyanamid, Beecham Pharmaceuticals and Roberts Consolidated.

Dr. Murty Neti

Vice President of Research and Development

Dr. Murty Neti has participated in research and development of instrumentation for the process, automotive and clinical diagnostics markets beginning with his tenure at Beckman Instruments and Rosemount Analytical. He had key responsibilities for designing electrochemical (pH, ORP, ISE and O2), chemiluminescence, fluorescence and flame ionization analyzers. Dr. Neti has also served on the faculty of the Universities of Illinois and Notre Dame.

Dr. Kevin RamazanĀ 

Vice President of Research and Product Development

Dr. Kevin Ramazan came to CAI from the semiconductor industry where he helped develop the manufacturing process of computer components at companies such as Intel, AMD and Texas Instruments.  Prior to that, he performed atmospherically relevant gas-phase chemical research that included designing and developing a long-path FTIR system at UC Irvine.

David White

Manager, Custom Products

David White has served as Custom Products Manager at CAI since July 1985. Mr. White has been directly involved in the design of current, state-of-the-art custom emission test systems since 1977. He is the co-inventor of a CAI patent for a system for mass emissions sampling of combustion products.

Prior to joining CAI, Mr. White held positions with Horiba Instruments, Inc. and Econolite Group, Inc.