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American Innovations Brings on Richard Counts as VP of Research and Development

Austin, TX – June 17, 2019 – Richard Counts has joined American Innovations (AI) as Vice President of Research and Development. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in the enterprise/SaaS software, biotechnology, precision test instrumentation and electronics systems industries.

He has led the development of complex systems with wide-ranging applications, and also brings hands-on design and development experience with everything from radio to high-speed computing, power electronics, robotics and laser technologies to this newly created role on the leadership team at AI.

“I am excited to join the outstanding research and development staff at American Innovations. AI has a passionate, and experienced R&D team with a history of remarkable achievements that make AI what it is today - a strong business poised for growth,” says Counts. “I am looking forward to working with this great team to continue its string of successes and help it be the most innovative, productive, and forward-thinking R&D group in the business.”

VP of Research and Development is a newly-created position for American Innovations, a company with over 30-years’ experience and commitment to creating products, software and services to serve the corrosion control industry. The company has grown exponentially since its beginnings in remote monitoring products to provide complete compliance solutions that serve all the major gas and oil companies in the United States with its products, software solutions and professional services. Counts has joined the team to help power the company even further in some important ways.

“In his role as Vice President of Research and Development, Richard will lead all aspects of the product development organization,” says American Innovations President Ed Kruft. “He brings a wealth of technical leadership experience spanning diverse industries and technologies. His experience leading the development of complex systems, including hardware and software, will help American Innovations accelerate our product development efforts and create innovation solutions for our customers.”

Counts graduated first in his graduating class in Physics. He received his Bachelor Degree in Engineering Physics/Applied Physics from The University of Texas at Dallas. While attending university, he worked as a research assistant creating electronic and hypersonic shock tube experimental equipment, and on new laser technologies both gas and solid state. Some of his previously held positions include Senior Director of Research and Development of Medical Devices at Luminex Corporation, and Director of Software Development at Miratech.

American Innovations protects people and the environment by helping customers safely and efficiently manage the world's energy infrastructure. Our award-winning hardware, software and services transform the way companies collect, analyze and report compliance information. Used by virtually every oil and gas transmission pipeline company in North America, AI's innovative, reliable products include: Bullhorn® Remote Monitors, MicroMax® Instruments, Allegro™ Field Data PC, Concentric® Survey Manager, PCS™ Compliance software, RIPL™ risk intelligence platform software and accessories critical to maintaining pipeline compliance. AI’s professional services include integrity management (IM), risk analysis, High Consequence Area (HCA) analysis, GIS, data conversion, migration and hosting, training, hardware installation and calibration, midstream and gas distribution, and regulatory compliance consulting.

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