Doug started working on CopperZap in 2012. He came up with the idea after he discovered he could stop a cold just by briefly touching copper in his nose. He searched online and discovered a huge body of research confirming copper kills germs just by touch. Doug is an investor and investment manager. His background includes product innovation and invention. He developed and patented a unique solar water heater which was chosen as the best in the world at the 1984 World’s Fair. Since 2012, mostly in spare time, Doug tested CopperZap, oversaw development of a manufacturing process, and hired a great team of people for day-to- day operations. Doug has a BA from Yale University and a PhD from University of Michigan.
Priscilla brings managerial talent, management experience and media sense to CopperZap. She currently focuses on our marketing efforts, working with media outlets and preparing ads and articles to get the word out. She also helps with quality control, order-taking, packaging and shipping. She is in training for general management.
Charles manages production, inventory, and work flow in the manufacturing shop. He brings a wide variety of experience in teaching, administration, catering, and stage production, plus a natural ability to manage people and processes. His gentle and effective leadership style helps the shop run smoothly, safely, and productively.
Great organizational skills and attention to detail make Aimee perfect for running the shipping department. She is the final quality control inspector. She makes sure each CopperZap meets high quality standards before it goes out, and that orders are filled and packaged correctly and shipped promptly, usually the same day. In the summer when there is less shipping, she also works in the manufacturing shop, where she has become a skilled machine operator. Her sunny disposition and cheery good humor contribute to team spirit and a pleasant atmosphere.
Eddie was Doug’s obvious first choice to launch the manufacturing of CopperZap. In 2013 several consultants had warned it would difficult to manufacture. Pure copper is hard to work with compared to other metals because it is soft and turns “gummy” when worked. It causes more wear on tooling. From working with Eddie in the past, Doug thought if anyone could figure it out, Eddie could. He is a skilled craftsman, amazingly resourceful and thoughtful, and dedicated to the highest quality. Eddie attacked the problem with a can-do spirit. He experimented, developed new techniques, selected tools and equipment, and gradually overcame the difficulties. He developed specialized procedures to achieve the right shape and texture and get the most out of our tools and equipment. We call him “the machine whisperer.” On top of that, he is patient and effective in training our shop workers to produce a top-quality product efficiently. Eddie served as a United States Marine in Gulf One in highly technical, dangerous, and demanding specialties. He was involved in high-end woodworking when Doug met him.
Chris Crosby, New Media Makers: Chris did our web development work. He is smart and hard-working, and a great help to the company. In case of website issues, we immediately text, call or email him. Sometimes all three, poor guy!
Jennifer Rickard: Jen provided early valuable assistance with many administrative and marketing tasks, all with enthusiasm, creativity and infectious good humor. She had developed a special interest in viruses after reading “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston. She now pursues a career in elder care, at which she excels.
Whitney Martin: Early on, Whitney gave the company special help as model and spokesperson, wth great patience and presence in front of the camera.
Mark Harris, Ryan Harris, and Amy Harris have been super helpful in many ways, with office space, business setup, research work, and advice.
Emily Polis, Maria Maldanado, and others provide great reception work and help Mark Harris and The Intelligent Office provide us with excellent office services.
Quan Nguyen of Nguyen & Tarbet, LLC, has been a key with our patent and intellectual property work.
Don Theriault, President of Industrial Tool, Die & Engineering, Inc., an aerospace manufacturer, has given valuable information, advice, and help, plus high quality die production. In metal work, Don is one of the most knowledgeable people around.
Carlos Ruiz, President of HT Metals, has been hugely helpful with his knowledge and with specialized pre-production work.
Rosaleen Ochoa of Moments To Remember has provided outstanding photography, and has pitched in when needed with ad preparation and packaging and shipping.
Joshua Simpson and Betsy Gilbert of Simpson Computer Services have provided excellent IT and technical support.
Doug Compton of Dynamic Computing Technologies has provided great support with IT setup and technical issues.
Danielle Escorza, a US Air Force veteran, boosted our manufacturing capacity and efficiency in an all-too-brief stint after finishing an overseas job in military communications technology and before starting a new job at the US Air Force Academy.
Jan Terbush helped in the early days with setup and acquisition of equipment, and pitched in with exhibits.
John Stobie, DFM Solutions, machined an early prototype and gave valuable consultation on manufacturing setup and operations.
Lee Shadbolt, Shadbolt Corporation, provided early technical advice and CAD modelling.
Brian Duddles and Jim Lyon helped enormously with art work.
Sterility Assurance Laboratories has been very helpful with research and testing.
We thank the many experimental users and customers who have given us valuable feedback.
Many others have helped in many ways. We are grateful to all.