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.
Suresh Sundarababu, VP of Sales, Marketing, and Product
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.
Richard Counts, VP 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.
Charlie Hampton, VP of Operations
Charlie oversees manufacturing and 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.
John Renfroe, VP 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.
Julie Ohlendor, Director of Human Resources
Julie joined American Innovations in February of 2020 as the Director of Human Resources. She holds an SPHR certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute and SHRM-SCP professional certification through the Society for Human Resource Management. Julie has over 20 years of Human Resource experience working for Fortune 500 and privately held companies in the United States and Central America. Julie has a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and recently completed her Professional Executive Coaching Certification at the University of Texas at Dallas.