Keith Blakely has been selected as the new CEO of NanoMech, a Springdale, Ark.-based designer and manufacturer of application-specific nanoparticle additives, coatings and coating deposition systems. Blakely has a history of successfully transforming startup companies into major technology enterprises. He spearheaded development of Advanced Refractory Technologies, building it from a one-person startup to a multinational operation with multiple manufacturing facilities and over 325 employees.
Following this, he orchestrated the creation, development and growth of what at the time was one of the world’s leading nanotechnology companies, NanoDynamics. Under Blakely’s leadership, the company developed over 120 patents and patent applications and brought three products to commercial viability in five years.
Blakely has delivered strategic executive consulting services to a number of other technology-driven organizations and has led successful turnarounds at several companies, resulting in their acquisition by major U.S. corporations. In addition, he has served as the director of the Center for Competitiveness for the Niagara Region of New York, as well as chairman of the board for the Western New York Technology Development Center. He was also named the New York State Export Entrepreneur of the Year.
“I am extremely impressed by NanoMech’s accomplishments to date, the tremendous momentum that the company’s proprietary technologies and products have established, and the significant commercial interest in NanoMech that major companies have exhibited,” said Blakely. “This is clearly a company poised for major growth in exciting markets, and I am very happy to be joining the team to help accelerate NanoMech’s transition to a commercially focused enterprise.”
“I am very pleased to have Keith on board at NanoMech,” said Jim Phillips, chairman of the board. “He has a great track record and I am confident in his ability to lead the company to the next level. We are already seeing tremendous interest from world-class businesses around the country in partnering with or investing in NanoMech, and Keith’s vast experience just adds to the excitement in what we can accomplish here.”
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