Paul Sagues, Co-Founder and Chairman

Paul is a seasoned veteran with a distinguished career in the process control business. Paul is a co-founder of Berkeley Process Control, a company that generated more than $250 million in sales in the high precision motion and machine control business. Paul co-authored the textbook Microprocessors for Measurement and Control (Osborne/McGraw-Hill) with Professor David M. Auslander of the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Sagues has more than one hundred patents in the field of microprocessor based control systems. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Sagues is a Registered Professional Engineer in California.

Mauritz Botha, Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering

Mauritz was the co-founder and CTO of Lontech and Sperolon, where he was the architect for intelligent residential demand side systems and the SL2000 environmental sensing system that is widely deployed in mines in South Africa. Mauritz worked as a product manager for Coactive Networks where he was part of the team that oversaw the move to large scale production of home gateway systems for a large Swedish utility. He was the co-founder and CTO of IMSI-Design where he was responsible for the TurboCAD range of products and helped establish TurboCAD as the dominant CAD application in retail in the US. Mauritz was Chairman of the Board of the Open Design Alliance, an entity providing libraries for open exchange of geometry between various popular CAD platforms. He holds a Bachelor in Electronic Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, an Hons. Bachelor of Computer Engineering from the University of Pretoria and a Masters of Electrical Engineering (cum laude) from the University of Potchefstroom. He also holds a patent on a machine vision system for industrial control and a number of patents pending associated with his work at XiO.

Mario J. Lento, Director of Business Development

Mario has extensive experience as an engineer working with complex industrial processes from semiconductor to nuclear power to medical equipment. He was actively involved with the design team for Soft-I/O through its long development cycle. After beginning his career as a metallurgist working with high-strength alloys, he moved into the controls business as a Engineering Project Manager. Mr. Lento gravitated to problem solving by selling complex control solutions. In that role, Mr. Lento has more than ten years experience selling tens of millions of dollars of motion and machine control solutions. His customers included General Electric, Boeing, Applied Materials, Novellus Systems and Siemens Medical Solutions. Mario earned his BS (Cum Laude) in Industrial Management and Electrical Engineering from the University of Lowell, Lowell Massachusetts. He has published numerous technical articles on machine control systems. Mario is an avid racing coach for racecar drivers. He is a driving instructor for NASA Pro Racing, TEAM Racing, and in 2007 won the California Region Championship for Performance Touring, class E.

Mark Puckett, Director of Operations

Mark is an experienced water system product and project manager who brings his more than ten years of experience to head up the rapidly growing XiO production operation surrounding both the innovative Soft-I/O technology and the unique XiO Cloud SCADA® control system. Mark began his career in software systems but then moved into the irrigation business, commercial, municipal and agricultural, spending nearly ten years serving the delivery of water to the customer. Now, Mark turns his focus to serving the water production side of the equation. Mark is overseeing the scaling of XiO’s business that is ramping at an explosive rate. Mark earned an A.B. from Harvard University.

Kevin J. Liscovitz, Chief Logistics Officer

Kevin joined XiO in 2015 after having receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Army at the rank of Captain. During his time in the U.S. Army, Kevin held various leadership positions in the 82nd Airborne Division and was a graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School. Kevin has applied his extensive logistics and leadership experience to dramatically expand XiO’s ability to deliver large quantities of its Cloud SCADA® control systems. Kevin was a Distinguished Military Graduate and holds a BS in Industrial Technology from Eastern Illinois University.