Our leaders include award-winning scientists, published authors, and experienced executives who love the environment that Novinium helps protect. Together with their teams, they are deeply committed to keeping power flowing to those who depend on it.
CEO, President & Chairman
Glen Bertini founded Novinium in 2003 and is the original inventor and world’s foremost expert on cable rejuvenation. He has worked passionately for three decades to perfect the technology since developing it at Dow Corning in 1986. He holds more than 30 patents and has published more than 45 articles on cable rejuvenation and related technologies.
Glen was the co-recipient of the prestigious R&D 100 award for cable rejuvenation in 1992 and won a $100,000 Zino Zillionaire Investment Forum award for best investment opportunity in the Pacific Northwest in 2006. In 2010, he was honored as the Puget Sound Engineering Council’s Industry Engineer of the Year and received the Top Innovators award from Seattle Business.
Glen is a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AlChE), a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a voting member of the Insulated Conductors Committee (ICC), and a licensed professional engineer. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
“Our society depends on electricity to work, to play, to live. Our why, our reason for our passion, is to improve the reliability of the global electrical transmission and distribution grid—improving everyone’s life. We do this in the most capital-efficient way. And we teach those that we touch how to do it safer and better.”
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jan Cannon has extensive experience as a senior HR professional in the biotech, technology, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Her previous experience includes leadership positions at Discover Books, HipCricket, Cranium, Sur La Table, Cendant, Vulcan Northwest, and Intel.
Jan is passionate about creating vibrant cultures, assessing and aligning talent, and coaching and developing leaders. She holds a B.A. in Communications Theory from Seattle University.
Chief Financial Officer
Jon Engman has more than 20 years of experience leading high-tech companies experiencing rapid growth in revenue and enterprise value. Throughout his career, he has served as an early pioneer in voicemail, Internet software, e-commerce, broadband, and security and has held executive leadership positions at DayDials (“Dials”), Sesame Communications, Saflink, and multiple companies owned by Paul Allen.
Jon holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Washington.
“I love that Novinium is innovative and cutting-edge. We’re always trying to press forward and take on new ground.”
Mark Newton, Ph.D.
Vice President, Engineering
Dr. Mark Newton champions product development and engineering at Novinium, drawing on more than 20 years of corporate leadership experience. He spent more than 17 years at W.L. Gore & Associates, the maker of GORE-TEX®, accelerating research, technology, and product innovation as Research Leader, Global Core Group Leader, and Global Technology Leader.
Mark is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Instrumentation Society of America (ISA) as well as a Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) fellow. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Men’s Health and has authored more than 10 scientific papers and journal articles. He also holds 6 patents.
Mark holds a B.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering and Business from Kingston University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Physiology from the University of Portsmouth.
“We have data to support the fact that injecting cable can address issues that occur during cable manufacture. The product we’re providing can have better performance than new.”
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Chris Sams brings more than two decades of sales, marketing, and business development experience to the Novinium team. His background includes working in the energy, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, government, and high-tech industries. Chris previously led the enterprise sales organization across the western U.S. and Canada for Lexmark.
Chris is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
“We are committed, in everything we do, to improving the reliability to our customers’ networks.”
Vice President, Market Development
Rich Brinton has more than 30 years of business development experience in the Americas, Europe, and Asia across multiple industries. He previously served as the founder and president of a profitable export management company, which established overseas distribution channels for dozens of North American companies, from construction equipment to software industries.
Rich is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Pennsylvania State University.
Vice President Operations, Eastern
Robert Hughes leads operations for Novinium in the Eastern region and brings more than 20 years of experience in materials management and field operations to the team. He began his career at Novinium in purchasing and moved on to become Materials Manager. In 2008, he moved to oversee field operations for the Southwest region before assuming his current position.
Robert holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and an M.B.A from the University of Washington.
Vice President Operations, Western
Mike Woodmansee brings more than 30 years of experience in financial and executive management across the public and private sectors. He has deep expertise in leadership, team development, financial management, and operations management, including contracting, operational performance, and customer relations. He holds industrial construction licenses in 15 states.
Mike is a Certified Public Accountant and the author of Trekking Washington, the definitive guide to the best long hikes in Washington State. He holds a B.A. in Business, Accounting and an M.B.A from the University of Washington.