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Executive Team

  • Mike
    Mike Mandina


    Mike Mandina is a master optician and entrepreneur. After starting two manufacturing businesses providing precision optics to photonics companies, Mike joined Optimax in 1991. Read More…

  • Rick
    Rick Plympton


    Fun-loving CEO demands precision
    Rick Plympton is the energy and drive behind Optimax. He began his career at Optimax in 1995 managing the sales and marketing activities as well as the QA department. Rick provides the leadership and vision needed to position Optimax as America’s largest prototype optics manufacturer. Read More…

  • Bob
    Bob Wiederhold

    Corporate Fellow

    Bob Wiederhold’s background in optics spans over 40 years. It began with an apprentice program at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY. Bob has previously held engineering and management positions at Tropel, Hughes, II-VI, and Melles Griot. Read More…

  • Tom
    Tom Kelly

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    Tom Kelly, our Chief Financial Officer, joined Optimax in May 2001. Tom spent twenty-five years as a Partner with a large, regional certified public accounting firm serving many Not-For-Profit, Retail and Manufacturing clients. In addition, Tom served as the firm’s IT leader. Read More…


Management Team

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    Joseph Spilman

    Sales Manager

    “I love finding opportunities where Optimax lens manufacturing capabilities can be leveraged to benefit mankind.”
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  • Jessica
    Jessica DeGroote Nelson

    Director of Technology & Strategy

    “Spirit of innovation. There’s very little “I can’t” and a lot of “I’ll try” or “I can’t believe I did that”, which is absolutely fantastic.”
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    Josh Dennie

    Manufacturing Manager

    “Great people, great culture. That’s why I enjoy coming into work everyday.”
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    Jon Watson

    Coating & Assembly Manager

    “At Optimax, our employees are the number one asset and are treated as such. It’s a small company culture in a fast-paced environment with new challenges each day.”
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    Alejandro Mendoza

    Human Resources Manager

    “I get to collaborate alongside a team that is passionate and determined to fulfill our mission and committed to having fun.”
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