November 7, 2014
EDINA, Minn. – ReconRobotics, Inc. today announced that it has appointed Kyle Nelson and Don Krantz to its Board of Directors. Nelson is the CEO of Adventium Labs, an internationally recognized research and development company operating in the fields of automated reasoning, cyber security, and system engineering. Don Krantz is the Chief Operating Officer of Proto Labs Inc., a fast growing leader in the high-tech field of rapid injection molding. Nelson and Krantz are filling the Board seats vacated by Dennis Schulstad and Charles Swannack, who are stepping down following six years of service.
During his leadership tenure at Adventium, Nelson has been instrumental in winning numerous contract awards from the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Institute of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Adventium, he worked for 14 years in leadership and technical positions with Honeywell research laboratories, including programs in avionics and automated reasoning. Nelson holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado College, a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota, and a Mini-MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Since 2005, Don Krantz has overseen engineering, technology development and manufacturing at Proto Labs, and has supervised the creation of several new products that have helped fuel the company’s explosive growth. Between 2010 and 2013, Proto Labs revenues increased from $65 million to $163 million, and net income more than tripled. Prior to joining Proto Labs, Krantz held senior engineering and management positions with Honeywell Defense Systems and MTS Systems Corporation. Krantz earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota in 1995, and in 2005 he received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in Computer Science and Engineering.
“We believe that Kyle Nelson and Don Krantz will have a significant, positive impact on our company operations in the years ahead,” said Mary Wilson, President and CEO of ReconRobotics. “They are dynamic and creative individuals who will broaden the expertise of our board, assist us as we design and develop new technologies, and help guide our company into new sectors.”
About ReconRobotics, Inc.
ReconRobotics is a leader and innovator in ultra-light tactical, micro-robot and UGV systems. Over 5,000 of the company’s Recon Scout® and Throwbot® systems have been deployed by the U.S. military, first responders and international friendly forces, and by more than 900 law enforcement agencies, worldwide. These systems save lives by providing immediate situational awareness and greater standoff distance to warfighters and law enforcement personnel during high-risk operations. ReconRobotics is based in Edina, Minnesota, and markets its products through a distribution network in 35 countries.