About LaserMax

LaserMax, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Rochester, New York. Best known for the design and manufacture of firearm sighting solutions for military, law enforcement and commercial markets, LaserMax also delivers premium laser products and optical systems for the semiconductor, aerospace and biomedical industries. Since the company’s first laser inventions in 1989, LaserMax has grown to become a global leader in hardened and miniaturized laser systems, developing significant intellectual property, resulting in numerous primary patents in laser technology. LaserMax recently celebrated 25 years in business, and shipped its millionth laser.

As an OEM supplier to Fortune 500 companies and a military equipment developer through active defense contracts, LaserMax specializes in packaging and ruggedizing laser systems for use in adverse environments.

Typical LaserMax performance trials include exposure to harsh conditions such as:

  • intense electromagnetic fields
  • extreme temperatures
  • high accelerations
  • deep water immersion
  • salt water spray
  • blowing sand
  • shock and weapons recoil
  • heavy impacts and drops

LaserMax has set the bar for exceptional laser performance and reliability within a diverse range of environments including space platforms and weapons systems. The many types of lasers ruggedized by LaserMax include:

  • quantum cascade lasers
  • solid state lasers
  • diode lasers
  • gas lasers

LaserMax is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and WOSB 8(m) certified Women-Owned Small Business.

DUNS: 605378330
NAICS: 333314, 332992, 334511, 453998, 541712
FSC: 1240
Cage Code: 0L2P0

LaserMax was recently recognized by Inc. 500 | 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States.

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Susan Houde-Walter, Ph.D.

Susan Houde-Walter, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Houde-Walter co-founded LaserMax, Inc. in 1989 and currently serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board. To maintain steady growth and profitability, Susan successfully shifted the Company’s primary focus from semiconductor/telecom OEM to the laser aiming market for law enforcement and homeland security after assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2002. In more recent years, Susan invented thermal laser markers based on quantum cascade laser technology, which have led to a new line of business for the Company.

Prior to joining LaserMax full time as CEO, Susan served as a tenured Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester. In 2003, she was elected to the Board of Directors and later served as President of the Optical Society of America, an international association of seventeen thousand optical physicists and engineers, including thirty-three Nobel Laureates. Susan served on the U.S. Army Science Board for eight years and has been serving on the U.S. Air Force Science Advisory Board since 2012. She lectures as adjunct faculty at the College of Optical Science, University of Arizona, and is Fellow of both the Optical Society of America and the American Ceramic Society. She holds six U.S. patents and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and invited talks.

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Will Houde-Walter

Will Houde-Walter

Will Houde-Walter co-founded LaserMax in 1989, at which time he served as President. Will holds numerous U.S. patents for industrial and scientific laser instrumentation, laser sighting products and holographic optical elements. Prior to his tenure with LaserMax, Will was a guest lecturer in Holography at Boston University’s School of Media and a guest lecturer in Holography at MIT. He also was a Founder of the High Tech Rochester Business Council and on the High Tech’s Manufacturing Board. Will was one of the founders of the Rochester Photonics Cluster. He served as a Marketing Manager at ESTEK, an Eastman Kodak venture, a metrology marketing manager at both Tropel and Burleigh Instruments in Rochester, NY, and before that worked as a Research Scientist at Polaroid and the Smithsonian Institution.

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The Honorable Tina W. Jonas

The Honorable Tina W. Jonas

The Honorable Tina W. Jonas is an executive with a distinguished career. Jonas served at the highest levels in both the government and commercial sectors and is a recognized expert in military, defense and aerospace issues. Jonas currently serves on several boards including the Aerospace Corporation, which provides space launch and mission assurance services to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. intelligence community. Additionally, Jonas serves on the board of Lasermax, a company that provides laser products and technology in the commercial and defense markets. She previously served on the board of EADS, North America (now Airbus Group). She serves as a Trustee for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and is a newly elected member of the board of the National Military Family Association (NMFA).

Ms. Jonas most recently served as a chief executive with UnitedHealthcare, part of UnitedHealth Group (UHG), a Fortune 14 company. As President of UnitedHealthcare, Military and Veterans (UMV), she led and was responsible for one of four UHC businesses. UMV provides healthcare to 2.9 million Tricare beneficiaries and manages a $21 billion contract for the Tricare West Region. Ms. Jonas previously served as President of Logistics Health Incorporated (LHI) and as a Senior Vice President of Optum Health, also part of UnitedHealth Group. As President of LHI, she was responsible for operations and a portfolio of business of over $200 million. LHI provides health services to commercial industry and to the U.S. military and veteran population.

Prior to joining UHG, Ms. Jonas held executive positions in the Aerospace and Defense industry from 2008 to 2012. From 2010 to 2012 she served as Executive Vice President, Operations for PASSUR Aerospace, a business intelligence and aviation company based in Stamford, Connecticut. From 2008 to 2010 Jonas served as an operations executive with United Technologies, a Fortune 45 engineering and manufacturing company. As Director of Operations for Sikorsky Aircraft, she developed operations strategy and served as a member of the corporate strategic planning group. She led and managed operations teams responsible for global production, supply chain, and facilities. Jonas was responsible for integrated operations management and performance for a $500M global aftermarket business.

Prior to her corporate experience, Ms. Jonas served in the federal government for over twenty years culminating in her service as Undersecretary of Defense/Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Defense (DOD) from 2004 to 2008.

Her government career also included service as Assistant Director and Chief Financial Officer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Financial Management, as well as senior positions with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee.

She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service (Bronze Palm), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the Army Distinguished Civilian Service Award and the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award as well as the DOD Inspector General's Award for Excellence.

She is a frequent public speaker and has appeared on CNN and in leading national publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. She holds several awards, including the Silver Anvil for Public Communications, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and accolades from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Army, the Navy, and the Coast Guard.

Her executive education includes studies at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. Ms. Jonas holds a Master's degree in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University.

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Stephen C. McCluski

Stephen C. McCluski

In addition to his duties with LaserMax, Steve is also Chairman of the Board of Directors at Immunogen, Inc., and American Aerogel, a privately-held, Rochester-based company, and is on the Board of Standard Microsystems Corporation, the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center of the University of Rochester, and Deltapointe Capital.

Steve’s previous positions include many executive capacities at Bausch & Lomb Incorporated and its subsidiaries, culminating in Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, prior to his retirement, as well as a director of Indevus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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ADM Eric T. Olson (USN, ret.)

ADM Eric T. Olson (USN, ret.)

Eric T. Olson retired from the United States Navy in 2011 after more than 38 years of military service. He served in special operations units throughout his career, during which he was decorated for valor and leadership. He commanded at every level and was the first Navy SEAL officer to be promoted to three- and four-star ranks.

Admiral Olson was commissioned in 1973 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy. He studied Arabic and French at the Defense Language Institute, and he earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Admiral Olson’s military career culminated as the head of the United States Special Operations Command, where he was responsible for the mission readiness of all Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces. In this capacity, he led over 60,000 people and managed an annual budget in excess of ten billion dollars.

Admiral Olson is now an independent national security consultant who supports a wide range of private and public sector organizations. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and sits on the Board of Directors of Iridium Communications, Under Armour, LaserMax, Tracking Point, Imperatis and the non-profit Special Operations Warrior Foundation and National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum.

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James R. Schenck

James R. Schenck

James is President and Chief Executive of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union. PenFed is an $18.0 billion dollar financial institution that serves the worldwide financial needs of over 1.2 million Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security personnel. As part of PenFed's executive team since 2001, he led most of the operating divisions. He led PenFed's Real Estate, Title and Secondary Mortgage Operations, served as President of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation and concurrently, Executive Vice President, Credit and Collections at PenFed. Previously, James served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw its branch, call center and mortgage operations. Prior to that, James was PenFed's Chief Administrative Officer (2001-2006) responsible for the institution's E-commerce, Marketing, Credit Card, Items Processing, Human Resource, Facility, and Security activities.

Prior to joining Pentagon Federal Credit Union, James served in the U.S. Army. James began his military career upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as an aviation officer flying UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters. He subsequently earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and taught Economics and Corporate Finance at West Point. He then served on the Army Staff in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans overseeing the Army's OPTEMPO budget. He is a former member of the West Point Federal Credit Union and Pentagon Federal Credit Union Board of Directors. Additionally, he was a former term member on the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC.

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