Our Leadership Team
Rich Smalling, CEO
Rich has led American Innovations since 1994. Prior to AI, Rich worked for FMC, General Electric, and Borg Warner, both in the U.S. and Europe. He is past President of Young Entrepreneurs Organization and has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization since 2005. Rich is past President of the board of Creative Action, an Austin non-profit that uses creative arts to educate youth. He has also served on the board of the NACE Foundation. Rich received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1985 and an MBA from The University of Michigan in 1993.
Monica Rowley, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Monica has 20 plus years of expertise in Finance and Accounting and holds a CPA license in the state of Texas. Prior to joining American Innovations, she worked with high growth software and technology companies in Austin. Monica has a BS in Finance from the University of Houston and has also completed advanced coursework at Texas State University.
John Renfroe, Vice President of Software Development
John is responsible for all software product creation and maintenance at American Innovations. John brings a strong history of technical, product, and team leadership from both start-ups and Fortune 100 companies. In John's 20 years of experience in Software Development, he worked for companies such as eBay (General Manager of CarAd), Affiniscape (Senior Director of Engineering), and Troux Technologies (Senior Director of Engineering). John graduated with honors from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
Erik Potter, Vice President of Professional Services
Erik has more the 20 years of technology experience in the energy and power utility sectors. He joined American Innovations in 2017. Prior to joining the company, Erik founded and sold several GIS consulting firms, and served as the GIS manager for two midstream operators, including Momentum Energy and Navitas Midstream. He is a submarine veteran of the US Navy and the Colorado Army National Guard. Erik has a BS in Business from Colorado State University and an MS in Geographic Information Sciences from the University of Denver and is a certified Geographic Information’s Systems Professional.
Ed Kruft, President
Ed has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and technical leadership positions. He joined American Innovations in 2010 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing, becoming President in 2012. Prior to joining the company, Ed worked at National Instruments for over 15 years in various sales, marketing, and engineering leadership roles, most recently leading the strategy for the NI's high-performance instrumentation products. He has a BE in Electrical Engineering and Math from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from The University of Tulsa.
Charlie Hampton, Vice President of Operations
Charlie oversees manufacturing, purchasing inventory. He joined American Innovations in 2009. Hampton has multiple certifications in lean manufacturing, quality controls and process management. He has spent twenty plus years in distribution and manufacturing. Hampton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Angelo State.
George Galaz, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
George has more than 20 years of experience in domestic and international sales and marketing leadership roles in the Oil & Gas and Power Generation industries. In the past, he has worked with various equipment, software, and services companies, including Telvent (Schneider Electric), Siemens, and Brush Turbo-Generators. He has conducted business in more than 20 countries in 5 continents, and lived in Chile, Canada, and Venezuela, prior to relocating to Texas in 2008. George has a background in Computer Science and an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business in Canada.