Jim Curley, President & CEO
Jim Curley was promoted to President & CEO, and also became a member of Nano-Tex, Inc.’s Board of Directors in May 2006. Jim joined Nano-Tex in June 2005 as CFO and was responsible for all financial & administrative functions as well as supply chain and chemical purchasing.
Jim has more than 20 years of experience in executive positions in the consumer products, retail and computer industries. He began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. and has been a CFO for four publicly traded companies, three of which he led through initial public offerings.
Prior to joining Nano-Tex, Jim was CFO of LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: “LF”) from 2001 through 2004. As CFO, he led LeapFrog through its IPO in July 2002. LeapFrog was the #1 performing IPO of 2002. While at LeapFrog, Jim was part of the senior team that led LeapFrog to become the #3 U.S. toy manufacturer where it achieved sales of $680 Million and $73 Million in net income. Jim was also CFO & CAO of The Gymboree Corporation (NASDAQ: “GYMB”) from 1992 through 1998, where he led a high-profile IPO and contributed significantly to Gymboree’s growth from a venture capital backed startup to a multinational operator of over 500 stores.
Jim was an officer with the U.S. Air Force attaining the rank of Captain. He was a Presidential Systems Analyst with the USAF at the Pentagon from 1978 through 1981.
Jim holds a BBA from Texas A&M University and was a CPA registered in the state of Texas. Jim lives in Los Altos Hills, California with his wife and six children.
Dr. Kelvin Chen, Senior Vice President, R&D and Technical Operations
Kelvin joined Nano-Tex in December 2007 as Technical Director overseeing worldwide quality assurance and mill technical transfer. In recognition of his many accomplishments, Kelvin was promoted to head all global R&D and technical operations in October 2009.
Prior to joining Nano-Tex, Kelvin was most recently General Manager of the R&D department at Bondex International Textiles, a leading manufacturer of innovative textile products for brands from LL Bean to Polo Ralph Lauren. In addition to his textile engineering and manufacturing experience, Kelvin also has significant academic and research experience having been a professor and run the department of textile chemistry at the Wuhan Institute of Textile Science & Technology, as well having been published in numerous scientific textile journals and publications.
Kelvin holds a PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as well as a MS and BS in textile chemistry from the Beijing Institute of Chemical Fiber Technology.
Mark Brutten, Senior Vice President,
Sales and Marketing
Mark Brutten joined Nano-Tex in 2004 as senior vice president
of marketing, with more than 20 years of experience in marketing
and advertising. Mark has developed and led strategic marketing,
branding and advertising initiatives across a range of industries,
including consumer packaged goods, technology, media, hard-goods,
soft-goods and the Internet.
Prior to joining Nano-Tex, Mark was vice president at Addis,
a leading brand strategy and design firm. There, he developed
brand platforms for companies in the consumer goods, technology
and fitness arenas, including Intel, Dole, Maytag and 24-Hour
Previously, Mark was vice president of marketing and business
development at Productopia. He earlier led the brand marketing
efforts at When.com, Excite and Segasoft, where he oversaw
the development of three-time Clio award-winning work.
Mark also was marketing director at the E.J. Brach Corporation,
where he spent seven years developing, launching and marketing
Brach’s confections, achieving a significant increase
in that brand’s market share and revenue. He began his
career at Young & Rubicam, a leading global advertising
Mark holds a BS in marketing and advertising from Indiana
University School of Business.