John Bair


John is the founder, CEO, and CTO of Converge Technologies. Prior to founding Converge, John founded the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) at The Ohio State University. This industry-facing applied engineering center, a first for universities in the State of Ohio, successfully, generated over $21 million in revenue in the first three years, and serves as the primary model underpinning Converge Technologies. John also co-founded Pinnacle Data Systems, a full product lifecycle, diversified integrated computer and electronics systems company responsible for designing, commercializing, manufacturing and supporting technology that integrated into Fortune 100 and 500 OEM product lines. As president and CEO, he grew the company into a global manufacturer/provider of OEM-integrated product and design solutions and support services focused on the telecom, imaging, defense/aerospace, medical, semiconductor, industrial automation and IT markets. John took Pinnacle public through an initial public offering on the Nasdaq-AMEX exchange (Nasdaq: PNS) and led it through a subsequent acquisition by Avent, Inc.