We have sourced the top experts in their respective fields to deliver to you the ultimate design and development experience.
Chris is the Founder and President of SolidBox, a Performance Hardware, IT Support, Project Based Training and Engineering Services company for SOLIDWORKS, Fusion 360, Onshape, and Mastercam users across North America. He is a registered Professional Engineer and SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer. In his spare time, Chris and his wife Jayme run Advenduro Tours, a motorcycle and mountain bike tour guiding business based in St. George, Utah. Chris is also a Commercial Pilot and volunteers for Angel Flight West whenever he can.
Chad is the Founder and CEO of EpiGrid, a managed private cloud solution provider, and Edge Innovative Solutions (EIS), an Engineering Product development services firm based in Gainesville, Georgia. Chad is an accomplished product designer and SOLIDWORKS and PDM professional, holding 5 patents in various industries ranging from medical devices to industrial equipment. Using his experience and knowledge in engineering process, data management, regulatory compliance and IT infrastructure solutions, Chad leads EpiGrid to help companies of all sizes from around the world solve their workflow, collaboration and IT challenges.
Kyle has over 25 years of software sales experience. He is an expert in both direct and reseller sales of ERP/MRP, CAD, Analysis, Data Management, SaaS, Cloud, and Virtualization software across diverse industries and with businesses of all sizes. He is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional with 12 years of SOLIDWORKS experience. Kyle was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia and attained a degree in Business Administration from Lee University in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He’s lived in San Francisco, California for the past 20 years. Kyle has been married to his wife Radhika for 12 years and together they have a 9-year-old son. Kyle is a passionate advocate of health and fitness.
Joel studied at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas when he found his passion for product development and technology integration. Seeing product innovation as a necessity for moving good ideas forward into greatness, he was led into a manufacturing environment where it was paramount to stay nimble and ahead of the curve. Custom manufacturing saw Joel work with everything from electronics to mechanical product integrations. This experience honed his abilities to accept any challenge put forward, and face the task head-on with a positive attitude. Joel has been with SolidBox from day one and has grown exponentially along with the company. He now holds a CSWE SOLIDWORKS Certification and treats each client’s issues as his own.
If he is not behind a laptop crunching numbers or finding elegant solutions to clients’ problems, Joel can often be found on two wheels enjoying life to the fullest. Joel also holds a professional downhill cycling instructor’s license allowing a high-intensity version of stress relief.
Tanner Knight, a Converge team member from the start, heads up the Western region. Originally a professional musician, Tanner entered the manufacturing and design world as a writer, bringing his creative skills to the amazing products and services SolidBox provides.
Tanner quickly learned the software of our trade, SOLIDWORKS, and ascended through the CSWA, and CSWP exams in a few short years. He recently attained the level of CSWE.
With a firm understanding of the tools of the trade, Tanner has turned his focus to the fine-tuning all aspects of the CAD and CAM infrastructure. As the Western Regional Director for Converge, Tanner looks forward to finding solutions for all your CAD and CAM needs.
Jeremy is the Founder of Luchini Design Inc., a product design and development firm in Boston, Massachusetts. With over 20 years of CAD industry experience, he has worked and partnered with some of the world’s best technology and product manufacturing companies. Today he’s designing supercars for Factory Five Racing using SOLIDWORKS, Power Surfacing, and NVidia’s Holodeck Virtual Reality environment.
Prior to starting his own company Jeremy was the long-time certification director for SOLIDWORKS Corp. and responsible for the entire catalog of certification exams still available today. Jeremy and his team built two of the most sought-after test programs for CAD ever: The Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert exam (for end-users) and the Elite Application Engineer exam (for resellers). During his last few years at SOLIDWORKS, he also hosted the company’s global web series program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. In his spare time, Jeremy and his wife Karen spend time motorcycling, hiking and camping across the USA and Canada.
Phillip has over 8 years of experience in the product design and development industry. He has worked on projects with several Fortune 100 companies in packaging design, consumer products, and medical device development. Phillip has also been a partner in developing one of his own patented inventions from conception to the consumer market. This includes being involved in all aspects of the design process from marketing to manufacturing. Phillip is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from Auburn University.
Before Converge, Matt worked with our partner SolidBox since 2011. Matt has worked in the industry from the ground up starting with Motorcycle and Car mechanics and Fabrication all the way up to design in CAD and CAM. Matt placed his early focus on complex surfacing and plastic part design but excels in all aspects of product design from conceptual models to production.
Matt was one of the first non-VAR CSWEs and has been using SOLIDWORKS since 2009. Before SOLIDWORKS he worked in several other CAD suites including Inventor, NX, and AutoCAD. Matt also has spent a great deal of time in reverse engineering, laser scanning, and NC programming. With a strong foundation in many of the most popular CAM packages on the market as well as a long history of manual machining and fabrication, he is ready to help anyone tackle the challenge of getting “up to speed” in design and manufacturing.
Jason started his mechanical engineering career at NASA’s Jet Prolusion Laboratory (JPL) where he has become a rising star in the past 10 years. At JPL, he led mechanical design projects such as the 70-meter antenna hydrostatic bearing replacement task which was featured on NatGeo’s World’s Toughest Fixes. Most recently, Jason supported the Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity and the Mars Helicopter which is planned to launch with the next Mars Rover in 2020. Besides being a genuine rocket scientist, Jason also has an extensive metal fabrication background. He is a Certified Welder and Certified Weld Inspector. Jason is also a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert and recently taught a mechanical design course at Cal Poly Pomona. After completing his MBA in 2010, Jason and his wife Angie started JCRACING, a business which designs, fabricates, tests and sells aftermarket products for the watercraft industry. In his spare time, Jason loves spending time with his wife and two children who share his passion for riding and racing anything they can get their hands on.
Oun has over 4 years of experience as a mechanical designer in the product design industry. In addition to being a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional and Product Data Management Professional, Oun has combined this experience with his knowledge of software development, system infrastructure, and systems administration to tackle the unique technical challenges of offering DaaS and IaaS tailored to the needs of the engineering/CAD market.
Oun is also a Certified DRIVEWORKS Professional who specializes in the deployment and administration of DRIVEWORKS systems across cloud hosted infrastructures.
Paul’s experiences in his family’s West Texas machine shop stoked a passion for manufacturing and mechanical design at a young age. A graduate of UT Austin’s mechanical engineering program, he first began using SOLIDWORKS 98 as an undergraduate research assistant. SOLIDWORKS remained his favorite design tool over the next 20 years with each successive release. Upon graduation, Paul rejoined the family business for several years to fulfill an essential role by becoming proficient with MasterCAM to improve the shop’s CNC capabilities. As a research engineer at Georgia Tech, he applied his experience to design and build prototype systems for the development of new additive manufacturing technologies to produce ceramic molds used in casting single crystal turbine blades. The period at Tech provided an opportunity to gain experience with 3D scanning and reverse engineering tools, further widening the range of design tools and skills he uses to solve customer challenges today.
Jim is a native Nevadan from Las Vegas. He graduated from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. While attending college, he played in a rock and roll band and also worked in a potato factory.
For the next 30 years, he supported the Department of Energy and Department of Defense as a designer. It was in those roles that he began using CAD software and worked on some great design projects.
After leaving the DOE, he designed products in the Aerospace, Gaming, and the Life Science industries. He formed his own design firm and still lives in Las Vegas.
He enjoys playing golf, hiking with his wife Lisa, and playing the piano to relax on occasion. He has two kids and a granddaughter who all live in Las Vegas. He and his wife just got a Jeep and look forward to learning the way of the off-road world.
A motivated, dynamic, and creative problem solver, Brad has nearly 15 years of experience in several industries including large mobile hydraulic equipment, research tools, consumer electronics, business tool development, and analytics. His most recent experience includes 6 years as an application and custom design engineer working closely with customers to find solutions to their unique needs. Brad's experience has helped him to refine and find creative applications for lean process, design for manufacture, and practical machine and system design. A degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia tech, a diverse 17 years of CAD experience, and hands-on hobbies in the automotive fabrication and mechatronics genres converge to give Brad a strong repertoire and innovative approach to project definition, concepting, and implementation regardless of size or scope.
Chris is one of our youngest engineers but has already accomplished quite a bit. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from UNLV and recently passed the Professional Engineering licensing exam in Machine Design and Materials. He was raised in a family-run construction business and managed operations by the age of 16. In college, he worked on a satellite trajectory project for NASA, and developed a robotic optical electronic testing platform for nuclear fusion experimentation. This project gained worldwide recognition in the scientific community and he was awarded a grand prize of $75,000 from the Young Minds Awards in Research and Development. After college, he attained a mechanical engineering position at Hoover Dam. Here he wrote, awarded, and managed engineering contracts in excess of $1,000,000 for the Bureau of Reclamation. Chris has a passion for solving difficult engineering problems using SOLIDWORKS Simulation and is constantly trying to learn new things.
Ben is a dedicated and hardworking professional with over 20 years of experience working in engineering and design-oriented roles, providing training and support to engineering teams to promote best practices in design projects. He has a successful track record in new product development, large government projects, and consultations. Ben has over a decade of experience as a SOLIDWORKS Certified Elite Applications Engineer, the highest certification level attainable. Projects worked on include molded plastic parts to food processing machinery, controls, pressure vessels, offshore oil and gas, laser fluid flow measurement devices, precision sheet metal and weldment work. Ben recently relocated to the UK, but is available for US consultancy.
Eric Spendlove brings nearly two decades of designing and fabricating experience to the team. Eric is based in Las Vegas where he has become well known in the entertainment industry as a leading designer. His work has been viewed by millions around the globe in large live acrobatic productions and concerts for well-known musicians. He has also designed for top content creating companies. He always has a broad view on what can be done and has never limited his skills and drive to just one industry. Some of his works currently have “Patent Pending” status for orthopedic designs and credit card processing machines. Eric enjoys the project management side as well because, for him, it is like watching his small child grow up.
Ben is a young undergraduate Product Design student from England and is the newest member of the Converge team. Being recognized by SOLIDWORKS and invited to SOLIDWORKS World 2018 boosted Ben's passion for this area of industry and has enabled him to gain his CSWP and specialty certifications in Sheet Metal, Advanced Surfacing, and Drawing Tools. While new to the industry, Ben strives to acquire new skills and expand his knowledge in all relevant areas.
Joey is a Senior Mechanical Designer with over 26 years of experience in product design, product development, and manufacturing across multiple industries and product lines including residential windows and doors, commercial storefronts, marine enclosures, and subsea oil and gas custom products. He also has experience with manufacturing engineering, engineering processes and procedures, and tool and die design. He is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert with 20 years of SOLIDWORKS experience and several years of experience in 2D CAD. Joey’s SOLIDWORKS Professional Certifications include Sustainable Design Associate, Advanced Weldments, Advanced Sheet Metal, Mold Tools, Drawing Tools, and Surfacing. He is a 1994 honors graduate of the Lanier Technical Institute in Oakwood, Georgia with a degree in Drafting. Joey is also a Desert Storm veteran with 3 years of military service.
Jayme has a background in theatrical management for live performances. After stage managing for many years, she discovered the exciting realm of order processing. She currently splits her time between stage managing operas and musicals around the country and processing account change requests, new product sales, and renewals for Converge. Balancing these two worlds can be exciting and challenging. But not to worry, her management skills are out of this world.
Chris came to Converge after spending the previous 10 years working for an online retailer in the outdoor industry. He brings a fresh perspective and is having a blast in the new-to-him world of CAD. He has been working with Converge partner SolidBox since 2016. His roles with SolidBox include system integrations, quality control, technical support, and marketing. He manages all of the digital marketing for Converge. Chris graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism in 2005 and has lived in Salt Lake City, Utah ever since. He and his wife spend a lot of time chasing their 3-year-old daughter and caring for their twin infant girls, but during his free time Chris enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and camping.
Kathleen is a strong professional team leader who has 20+ years of experience in sales and service oriented environments. She is recognize for strong project and account management, as well as building and maintaining solid customer relationships.
Before joining Converge, Kathleen was the Operations Manager for 3Dconnexion. Her job responsibilities ran the gamut and she earned the nickname "GG" (the glue girl). In that role, Kathleen implemented and significantly improved the processes and organization of a small but dynamic sales team. Her primary responsibilities included managing the distribution and hardware reseller channel, sales order administration, event logistics and support, as well as providing ongoing sales and marketing support for the Americas sales team.
Kathleen has spent many years in and around the SOLIDWORKS community and is excited for what the future holds in her new role at Converge.