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ShockWatch Leadership Team

Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer, MRI

As Chairman and CEO of MRI, Gerry directs the management team for the parent company of ShockWatch and DataSpan. He also serves as chief executive officer of both operating companies. Prior to joining MRI, he served as Managing Director of Ogilvy & Mather/Los Angeles; Publisher of Newsweek; Managing Director of the WTA Tour – the women’s worldwide professional tennis tour and, most recently, CEO of Saxon Publishers.

Smith received a B.A. in psychology from Seton Hall University and attended Suffolk Law in Boston, MA, while serving on active duty in the United States Air Force.  A Vietnam veteran, Captain Smith was awarded a Bronze Star, USAF Commendation Medal for Valor and the Republic of Vietnam Medal of Honor, First Class.

David Chisum

David Chisum

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, MRI

David manages and directs all financial resources and reporting for MRI, the parent company of ShockWatch and Dataspan. As Vice President and CFO, he oversees the company’s information technology initiatives, serves on the management committees of the operating divisions and works closely with the Board of Directors to meet the company’s strategic goals. He joined the company in 2007.Previously, David served as the Regional Vice President of MedeFinance, Inc and served as CFO for multiple companies including: RealPage, Inc, A Novo Broadband, AMX, Piper Industries, Inc. and Panja Inc.David earned a B.B.A. from Baylor University and was granted a Certified Public Accountant certificate by the State of Texas in 1978.

Jim Edwards

Jim Edwards
Vice President, Operations
Jim joined the ShockWatch team in June 2012 as Vice President of Operations. He is responsible for manufacturing, production, warehouse management, shipping, receiving, quality assurance, and procurement. His specialties include: risk management, lean manufacturing, quality management, cost management and negotiation, cross functional team leadership, people management, team building and continuous improvement. Before joining ShockWatch, Jim spent four years at South Carolina Yutaka Technologies as Assistant Vice President of Operations. Prior to that, he held various manufacturing positions with leadership responsibility in the automotive industry. Jim received bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision with a minor in computer technology from Purdue University.

Angela Kerr

Angela Kerr
Vice President, Marketing and Product Management
Before being named Vice President of Marketing and Product Management in October 2012, Angela was the director of product management, responsible for developing roadmap strategies and coordinating with engineering and manufacturing teams to launch new products. Prior to that, Angela spent three years as our product manager and one year as our marketing manager. In her new role, she  is responsible for the ShockWatch brand, and continues to be the driving force behind product management, developing go-to-market strategies that deliver unique benefits and superior value to customers. Angela holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University. She has completed numerous professional development courses, including Next Generation Leadership, Power of Self Leadership, 10-Step Business Planning.

Dennis Raymond

Dennis Raymond
Vice President, North America Sales

A 25-year veteran of ShockWatch, Dennis leads our North American sales team and association partners toward achieving and exceeding the revenue and growth targets by driving sales activities. As an active problem solver for his customers, Dennis plays a vital role in the product and application development of the product line. Prior to joining ShockWatch, Dennis was sales engineer for EG& G Sealol, a John Crane company, representing the company in the oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper and mining sectors.

Marcus Smith

Marcus Smith

Vice President, International Sales

Marcus Smith manages all aspects of ShockWatch’s export business and directs its strategy for growth.  Prior to joining ShockWatch in 2011, Marcus was Director of International Sales for Pelican Products, Inc.  Marcus joined Pelican’s Hardigg division in 2003 and during that period he assumed international sales management roles and was directly involved in establishing new sales offices in Europe, Korea and India. During Marcus’ years with Pelican’s Hardigg division, the company realized record export sales each year and was the recipient of the 2008 Massachusetts AIM-IBC Global Trade Award.Prior to his position with Pelican, Marcus worked for Lucent Technologies (now Alcatel Lucent) where he held different roles in Product Management and Sales.  Marcus has lived and worked in Europe twice during his career and speaks Spanish and French.  Marcus holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and a M.B.A. from Duke University.  He resides with his family in Plano, TX.