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  Management Team
  George M. Kauffman, P.E. - Founder, VP, Engineering
  George oversees NexTek’s engineering team in developing new lightning arrestor and DC power conditioning products. George is a recognized leader in the lightning protection industry and holds multiple patents in the EMC field. His technical expertise assures that each product line exhibits optimal technical performance characteristics. George also leads NexTek’s technical support. Many customers have benefited from George’s technical guidance when selecting the most appropriate and cost-effective product solution.

Prior to NexTek, George spent eighteen years at Digital Equipment Corporation in numerous roles including manufacturing, product development, product management and software development. George holds both a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. He is registered in Massachusetts as a Professional Engineer.

  Karen McKnight - Director, Supply Chain & Manufacturing

With over 25 years experience in the electronics industry, Karen brings experience in providing value and cost analysis, contract negotiations of existing products, new product introduction and manages the acquisitions of goods and services including PCB assemblies and Turnkey builds manufactured in Asia, Mexico and the U.S.

Prior to joining NexTek, Karen was the Supply Chain Manager for 3.5 years at Radianse, Inc. a company that provides solutions for healthcare by processing real -time location data, for equipment, patients and staff.  Prior to Radianse, Karen was in audio industry with Lexicon, Inc. a subsidiary of Harman International for 29 years as the Commodities and Contract Manufacturing Manager.   Harman designs, manufactures and markets audio and infotainment products for the car, home, theatres and venues, as well as electronics for audio professionals. Harman International's consumer group makes loudspeakers, CD and DVD players, CD recorders, and amplifiers under several brand names such as Harman Kardon, JBL, and Infinity.

Karen holds a BS from Northeastern University and is a member of the Purchasing Management Association of Boston.

  Ed Cope - Sales Manager
  Ed brings more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience selling instrumentation and services to the Industrial, Test and Measurement, Military, Aerospace, Semiconductor, and HVAC industries. Prior to joining NexTek, Ed worked at HITEC Corporation as their Global Sales Manager managing the services of installing strain gages; and for over 20 years worked at Setra Systems, Inc as their Director of Sales and Marketing for Pressure Products and Weighing Systems. Ed has a BS from Boston College and when not traveling spends time with family or on a volleyball court.
  Anne Naugler - Finance Manager


Nextek is the manufacturer of all the products listed in these pages. We are not a reseller or distributor.

Nextek Engineering designs only the highest quality devices: Poorly designed and manufactured devices can greatly reduce RF signal quality, be susceptible to weather elements, and fail to protect over time.

Be smart, don't settle for cheap protection of your valuable equipment.

Lightning protectors are also known as lightning arrestors, lightning suppressors, surge protectors, surge arrestors, and surge suppressors.

High Current Filters are also known as feedthrough filters, EMI filters, RFI filters, power filters, and low-pass filters.


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