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Sean’s Work

by on March 5, 2011

In August of 2010 I formed a new company-Airis Envirosystems LLC-and I’ve jumped in with both feet.  Let me explain.

In the mid 90’s I got a random entry-level job at a small engineering firm.  The firm design and built equipment for power generation and petrochemical industries.  We had a shop in the back and I got lots of hand-on experience to augment my own personal interests.  The equipment was a small part of a larger air pollution control system which utilized a catalyst to reduce NOx (causes smog and other bad stuff).  In the late 90’s, I moved up the chain of suppliers and got a job at Mitsubishi which designed the catalyst component and was a system integrator (i.e. put all the individual pieces of equipment together).  My equipment experience was very useful and I also learned how to work with the catalyst and all the other equipment.  I worked there for over a decade.

In 2006, I figured out that the corporate world wasn’t for me and I ventured out on my own.  I provided technical services that ranged the gamut of my experiences-managing projects, designing systems, troubleshooting-all of the stuff I had done before.  But I did not build anything and that was my strongest attribute.  As you can imagine, building equipment is a huge step compared to “consulting” and I just couldn’t justify doing it.  A large part of it was that I was just chicken-Cluck, cluck.

Dealing with Satomi’s cancer has had a profound effect on my attitude.  First and foremost, I’m not chicken anymore.  I don’t have anything to lose and I have everything to gain.

I finally got off my butt and begun all the steps necessary to become a full-fledged equipment supplier, including getting a partner.  All our insurance and licensing is in place and we sub-leased an office in Irvine.

Troubleshooting is an ideal way to compose new solutions.  Last year I filed a Provisional Patent application for one of my ideas.  We’ve spent the past eight months nurturing the idea and speaking with potential Clients.  I am happy to say that there is interest, market demand is growing, and we are designing a prototype.

With Satomi’s condition worsening, I cannot devote the time necessary and development has slowed but my partner has been very supportive and is continuing the effort. 

Although we have no revenue generating work in-house yet, our progress is still forward.  We are optimisitic that the next few months will be pivotal to our future success.

The tunnel has been long but I think I can see a glimmer off in the distance.

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