Mike Wilkinson, Chairman of the Board / Founder / CEO
Mike Wilkinson is CEO, Chairman of the Board and founder of Kewl Innovations, Inc.™ With more than 25 years of hardware and software experience in embedded systems design and development, Mike created the vision for Kewl and led the development of the prototype Kewl products. He is also an insulin-dependent diabetic and the first user of the Kewl ClimaPak.
Mike is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Paragon Innovations, Inc., a leading provider of outsourced technical expertise in the design, development and documentation of medical devices and embedded systems. He leads Paragon’s business strategy and vision, product design, and product development. Customers include Baxter Healthcare, B Braun, Medtronic MiniMed, Advisys, Quest Medical, Siemens, Nellcor, Alcon Labs, and 3M.
Wilkinson holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, where he is a frequent guest lecturer and annual judge for the Venture Challenge and Ideas Challenge for the Mays Business School MBA program. He earned his Eagle Scout at the age of 13. He is a member of Vistage International, the Advisory Council of Texas A&M Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE), serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Texas A&M Engineering Department, served on the Board of Directors of Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) and former Chairman of the AEA North Texas CEO roundtable.
H. Michael Willey, Director / Founder
Mike Willey is co-inventor and the leader of the technical team that brought the ClimaPak to life. Willey is also the Chief Technical Officer at Paragon Innovations, Inc.
Willey received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX in 1978. He has served over five years on the Embedded Systems Conference faculty. Willey also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Texas A&M Engineering Technology Department and frequently serves as a guest lecturer in that department. Willey is an active Boy Scout adult volunteer, currently serving on the Gray Owl District Committee, Troop 145 committee and is an instructor for various adult and scout training programs.
Sam Paulos, Board Member
Sam Paulos has 25 years’ experience as a business owner, consultant and investor in an expansive range of industries, including professional accounting services, ecommerce and fulfillment, CD/DVD manufacturing, music instrument manufacturing, music distribution to retail and electronically, technology, software and real estate development. Sam currently owns multiple operations including Bandwear, Fancorps, Crystal Clear Recording Studios, Crystal Clear Media, Dallas Car Store and Sam’s Consulting Business. He serves as Virtual CFO of Inwood Tavern, the oldest active bar in Dallas, as well as Treasurer of both the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance and the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Dallas. Sam holds a degree in political science from Georgetown University.
Jeff Bonyun, Board Member
Jeff Bonyun is an angel investor from the Central Texas Angel Network with a preference for small businesses in the pharmaceutical and consumer product industries that are developing products with a positive impact on society. Jeff is a small business owner himself, creating software for financial markets. He holds a B.Commerce from the University of Alberta (Canada) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.