Steven Brimmer President and CEO
Mr. Brimmer has been a global adventurer, explorer and innovator for over 30 years. In business, Brimmer spent the first 27 years of his career in the entertainment industry, first in television, then music and finally in motion pictures. During those years he was distinguished as a leader in developing technical advances in film and sound, managing studio operations at Lion’s Gate Films, The Walt Disney Company, and Meridian Studios. His inclination for innovation combined with technical knowhow was the ideal platform, and motivated his jump into the new technology sector of business.
After “retiring” from the entertainment business in 1999 he quickly moved to running technology companies in San Francisco, San Jose and Orange County, including developing the world’s first wireless digital camera, which transmitted photos to your home computer from anywhere on the globe; software that allowed “stitching” of multiple digital still photos together, to form a single seamless image, and of course SunCore’s world first light-powered charging system for mobile handheld devices.
In global exploration, Mr. Brimmer has led 7 alpine mountain expeditions around the globe, 5 to the Nepal Himalaya. In 1987 his expedition to Annapurna IV (24,688') made the first American team ascent by a new route direct up the north face. A route that has not been repeated since.
The utilization of his business and technology experience permitted him to see the entire market opportunity for profitable start-up business ventures, making him even more effective in the rapidly expanding technology sector of mobility devices. This quality was cultivated in the first branch of his career, thus making the two seemingly distant experiences congeal. He was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and participated with 3M Corporation in winning an Academy Award for Technical Achievement in 1985 for developing a new 35mm recording film which enabled such sound formats as THX, Dolby 5.1 and others in use today. He was also a past member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and The Explorer's Club.
Mr. Brimmer also has over 15 years of experience in managing venture capital and private equity financed companies both in entertainment and technology.
Peter English Vice President, Engineering
Mr. English has over 30 years of experience in semiconductor design, development and implementation of new circuit designs into working products, as well as a depth of experience in innovation for which he holds a number of patents. He began his career as an Integrated Circuit Design Engineer at General Instruments working on microcontrollers and then at Inmos working on memory chips. He moved to Digital Equipment Corporation as a Principal Engineer , managing a chip design team to develop a state of the art 2D and 3D Graphics Processing Units for DEC Micro VAX workstations, generating $20M in annual revenue.
Following this, he joined Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation working as Director of ASIC Design, where he oversaw development of memories and libraries to support GaAs ASIC products utilized in supercomputer technology. In addition, he acted as Director of CMOS Product Development, spearheading engineering design operations including: Leading an advanced development team to migrate from Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) serial link chips into CMOS technology, creating scalable interface chips for networking a supercomputer cluster and analyzing, authoring and implementing ISO 9001 design qualification procedures. Then, as Director of Foundry-Design & Technology, Mr. English formed the central group for the foundry, library and intellectual property, as well as evaluated, selected and implemented CMOS, SiGe and InP foundry relations with IBM, TSMC, UMC and TRW.
His next venture was as Chief Technical Officer for 5 Minute Networking, Inc., where he designed, patented and marketed Business Networking Software to major universities, Chambers of Commerce and Alumni organizations nationwide. Following that he joined Cypress Semiconductor as Director of Engineering, where he managed a large design team working on I/O and Memories for the PSoc3 platform. In 2008, bringing all of his semiconductor and circuit expertise, patent knowledge and leadership skills, Mr. English joined SunCore as Vice President of Engineering, co-developing our patented solar charging system. As a key member of SunCore, he continues to utilize his expertise in further refining and developing our products. Mr. English holds both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Alan Landau Chief Marketing Officer
Mr. Landau is an entrepreneur, businessman and marketing/communications expert with over 25 years of experience in marketing, corporate communications and advertising for the entertainment industry, primarily producing national TV commercials for Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, McDonalds, Budweiser, IBM and BMW, to name but a few. The excellent quality of his work has been honored by some of the most prestigious awards in the commercial industry, including the receipt of two CLIO awards and an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects, in addition to numerous other awards.
After graduating from college, he began his career as Marketing Director for Praxis Filmworks, which produces special visual effects for movies and commercials. Following that, he produced national commercials for one of the leading production houses, Hisk Productions. While there he worked for an array of major corporate clients including Folgers Coffee, AT&T, American Express, Coca Cola, Beatrice Foods and McDonalds. Notably, Mr. Landau’s work here also included IBM’s Charlie Chaplin campaign which introduced the world’s first PC. Several years later he reunited with former collaborator, award-winning director Stu Hagmann (director of the first Star Wars), and formed Hagmann-Landau Films which focused on the production of national commercials for major clients including Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Allstate Insurance, Ford Motor Co. and many others, averaging $4-7 million in revenues annually during the five-year partnership.
Continuing his entrepreneurial spirit, in 1995 Mr. Landau started his own venture, Cognito Films Inc., which grossed $3 million its first year, and eventually grew to $14.5 million in annual sales with a nationwide sales force and staff of 25 providing global production services in Canada, Europe and South America. In 2007, as an outgrowth of Cognito Films, he began LA.B Film and Content, LLC, a creative, one stop production company that provides services ranging from original concept and project development to innovative execution with a national sales force and representing an international staff of directors.
Bringing all his creative force, business savvy and marketing expertise Mr. Landau then joined SunCore in 2013. Heading up business development and marketing, his proven business acumen and innovative approach to deal structuring and corporate branding add strength and diverse marketing knowledge to SunCore’s leadership team, as well as benefitting SunCore’s customers. Mr. Landau holds a degree in political science and economics from Occidental College.