A self-proclaimed tech junkie, John Calagaz made the move from graduate school at Auburn University to Centralite in 2004. He was 23 years old at the time. When John came for his initial job interview, he also demonstrated his master’s project. He picked up an old bulky Motorola telephone and wirelessly turned a light bulb on and off. This was years before smart phones or even flip phones. Centralite’s management was so impressed, they immediately offered him a position as a software engineer. Having demonstrated his exceptional abilities, John joined the executive team in 2010 as Chief Technology Officer.
As CTO, John serves dual roles, one as the company’s chief engineer with the responsibility of ensuring that current products are exceptionally well-engineered and reliable; the other as that of a predictor–continuously imagining and planning the future Centralite’s technology. Aligning with his role as chief engineer, John firmly believes that manufacturers should use and love to use their own products. Therefore, he personally conducts alpha testing of all Centralite products in his own home before releasing them for beta testing.
Since coming to Centralite, John has continuously pressed the limits of wireless technology. He led the ZigBee initiative and shifted development to open-standards. Doing so, he established Centralite as a leader in ZigBee-compatible devices and products.
His aggressive product development strategies have allowed Centralite to be first to market with a multitude of products.
John has led the engineering initiative that developed Jilia™, the company’s newest IoT software offering. Jilia™, a robust framework and developer platform that empowers developers of all skill levels to imagine, build, and expand the Internet of Things with a single, simple API. With the lion’s share of development completed for IoT connectivity, Jilia allows unprecedented speed to market for new product launch. Being protocol-, brand-, and platform-agnostic, Jilia’s offers a 100% software solution that opens the door for Centralite’s explosive growth in the IoT arena. Over three years in the making, John sees Jilia as a manifestation of the company’s vision and constant evolution.
With proximity to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, John is an avid fisherman and enjoys reeling in cobia, drum, redfish, grouper, and other saltwater fish.
B.S. Computer Engineering
Graduate Studies, Software Engineering