Jeffery Nigh

CEO
Background
He began his career at Union Camp Corporation as a process engineer and was subsequently promoted to assistant plant manager for a large paper mill, manufacturing engineering manager and plant manager. After graduating from Harvard, Jeffery joined the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Atlanta. 

After a successful consulting assignment at Springs Industries, the leading manufacturer of textile home furnishings, he joined the company as president of its Basic Bedding Division. Jeffery was promoted to implement a new ERP information system for all of Springs Industries’ global manufacturing. Following that multinational assignment, he was promoted to several senior roles at Springs as vice president and general manager of the entire global Bedding business, executive vice president of global supply chain and Asian sourcing, president of Utility Bedding and president of Springs Renewables, LLC. He worked at various U.S., Brazil and Asia locations during these assignments.

Education
Masters of Business Administration
Harvard University

B.S. Chemical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Phil Cahoon

Executive VP | CFO
Background

A strong believer in financial transparency, accountability, and conservative business strategy, Phil Cahoon took the financial reins of Centralite in 2004. Charged with building a financial infrastructure to ensure the company’s growth, Phil has assembled a highly competent staff of professionals who provide the administrative, tactical, and strategic financial functions needed for ongoing and future operations.

Phil empowers his staff and encourages growth and development. Yet, he is always guiding, coaching and leading. Phil has an exceptional gift for problem solving and a clarity that allows him to clearly communicate his ideas and concepts to those on his team.

Prior to coming to Centralite, Phil served as an Executive Vice President and CFO of QMS, a NYSE-listed printer manufacturer with over $300 million in revenue and 1,400 employees. With Centralite’s significant growth and emerging global opportunities, Phil’s financial experience and pedigree is invaluable.

Phil’s depth of financial and management experience also includes his role as CFO for Mobile Energy Systems Holding, Inc. As an entrepreneur, Phil has also owned and operated his own business.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Florida State University where he earned recognition as an All-Time Letterman. Phil’s strong sense of responsibility, reliability and teamwork were strengthened while wearing a Seminole jersey and playing games as defensive back at “The Doak” in Tallahassee.

An avid golfer, Phil has a regularly scheduled weekly tee time with friends.

Education

B.S. Accounting
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

MBA
The University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama

John Calagaz

Vice President | CTO
Background

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.

Education

B.S. Computer Engineering
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama

Graduate Studies, Software Engineering
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama

Sean Bryant

VP Sales & Marketing
Background

Viewing Centralite’s customers as the company’s largest and most important stakeholders, Sean Bryant leads the sales and marketing team with a customer-centric approach. By putting the client first, he and his sales team deliver an exceptional level of responsiveness and accessibility to customers both large and small.

Sean began his career at Centralite as a college student. With two years remaining before earning his degree from the University of South Alabama, he began at Centralite building circuit panels on the production line. In spite of his youth, Sean took his job seriously and quickly began looking for opportunities to gain new skills and expand his knowledge. He learned about ordering parts and managing inventory, logistics, product installations, shipping, and receiving. Sean’s dedication, competence, and resourcefulness were recognized and he moved up in the organization holding various positions, including managing a home automation subsidiary. Within only two years under Sean’s management, the subsidiary experienced sales growth of 500%. These varied experiences give Sean a unique depth of understanding that allow him to relate well with customers on multiple levels.

Sean is passionate about technology in general and passionate about how Centralite uses it. With his comprehensive understanding of Centralite’s products and capabilities, Sean quickly identifies customer needs and capabilities and tailors an ideal solution to address those needs. Under Sean’s sales leadership, Centralite’s core business has expanded into new markets, sales have grown exponentially, and customers such as Samsung, Lowe’s, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable have been added to the Centralite family.

As Centralite focuses on the massive Internet of Things market and designs more and more solutions that make life easier for businesses and consumers, Sean continues to lead the company to explosive sales and marketing growth. After training for months, he recently competed in the Reebok Spartan Beast obstacle course race. During the brutal 11.2 mile race, Sean faced 25 obstacles and finished with a competitive time.

Education

B.S. Marketing
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama