Our Leadership Team
Ed Kruft, CEO and 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.
Dan Jensen, Chief Financial Officer
Dan is a CPA with more than 20 years of experience in Finance, Accounting and Operations. He joined American Innovations in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the company, Dan held leadership positions at Capson Corp, Nanostone Water, Advanced Micro Devices, Freescale Semiconductor, and Motorola. Dan has Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems from The University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh.
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 Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Angelo State.
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 Systems Professional.
Richard Counts, Vice President of Research and Development
Richard brings hands-on design and development experience with everything from radio to high-speed computing, power electronics, robotics and laser technologies to his role on the leadership team at AI. He worked for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in the enterprise/SaaS software, biotechnology, precision test instrumentation, and electronics systems industries before joining American Innovations. He received his Bachelors Degree in Engineering Physics/Applied Physics from The University of Texas at Dallas.
Suresh Sundarababu, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product
Suresh Sundarababu is the newest executive leader to join the American Innovations team. As Vice-President of Sales, Marketing and Product, he is responsible for understanding customer goals, developing product and service propositions to provide more value-added solutions, and guiding the company’s strategic product management initiatives. He has worked with global brands including National Instruments, Dell, and Insights Group. Outside of work, he serves as Board President of the non-profit African Leadership Bridge, which provides scholarships to promising young African leaders. He lives in Austin with his wife and their two young sons. He earned his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Florida and proudly roots for the Gators amongst all the Longhorn and Aggie fans at American Innovations.
John Renfroe, Vice President of Advanced Engineering
John Renfroe joined American Innovations in December of 2010. As the Vice President of Advanced Engineering, he is focused on the innovation and technical advancement of American Innovations products and software. John brings a strong history of technical, product and team leadership from both startups and Fortune 100 companies. Over the course of John's 20 plus years of experience in software development, he’s worked for companies such as eBay, ADP, and Troux Technologies. John graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University.