Our Team

Navitar's team consists of an accredited group of engineers with over 100 man years of experience, a dedicated team of solution managers with average tenure of 15 years, and highly-trained optical assemblers. We take full advantage of the large base of intellectual capital found within the Rochester, NY community and hire local talent from the area's outstanding educational institutions.

Navitar employees and building

Leadership Team
  • Julian Goldstein
    CEO
  • Jeremy Goldstein
    CEO
  • Thomas McCune
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Michael Thomas
    President
  • Russ Hudyma
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Julian Goldstein
    CEO

    Julian began working for Navitar while still in high school in 1976. He learned about the company operations, target markets, product lines, etc, from his father, David Goldstein, founder and then-President of D.O. Industries (soon to become Navitar). He attended Washington University in St. Louis, MO and graduated with a BS degree in Finance. In 1980 and 1981, Julian served an internship with Kowa Company of Japan. There he learned international marketing techniques, general business practices and the Japanese subcontractor system, as well as the Japanese culture and language.

    In 1982, Julian was appointed Sales Manager for the Consumer Products Division of D.O. Industries and in 1985 he was promoted to Vice President. He was instrumental in building the audio visual product line and setting up the domestic and international sales network. In 1988, he negotiated the purchase of BrightLight, Inc., which was the first acquisition for the company. He was also responsible for the company entering the slide-to-video and electro-optical devices field.

    In 1991, Julian and his brother Jeremy purchased the company from their father and became co-presidents, and in 1993 D.O. Industries changed its name to Navitar. In 1997, Julian spearheaded Navitar’s acquisition of Buhl Optical Company and played a key role in growing the LCD video projector lens division. Julian now focuses on mergers and acquisitions as well as strategic and long-range planning for Navitar, Inc.

  • Jeremy Goldstein
    CEO

    Jeremy also began working at Navitar while in high school. He then attended Boston University and received a BS in Business Administration with a major in Finance and International Management in 1984. In 1984 and 1985, he served an internship with Kowa Company in Japan. His concentration was on Japanese manufacturing methods, international marketing and sales techniques.

    Jeremy’s 30+ years of experience started with the commercialization of Navitar’s optical systems for microscopy and imaging used in emerging highly automated semiconductor wafer manufacturing equipment in the 1980’s.  His experience included the expansion of worldwide sales to include both the European Economic Community and the Asia-Pacific Region.  His knowledge of optical solutions for semiconductor manufacturing and automation processes later led to expansion of Navitar’s modular microscopy and custom microscopy optical solutions for scores of automated Life Science applications. 

    In his spare time, Jeremy has climbed Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, become a black belt in TaeKwonDo, ran the Boston Marathon and completed the Lake Placid Ironman.  

    Today, Jeremy shares strategic and long-range planning activities with his brother Julian.

  • Thomas McCune
    Chief Operating Officer

    Tom holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and a degree in Economics from the University of Rochester. From 1965 through 1982, he worked for Xerox U.S. Supplies Manufacturing Operations. His experience with Xerox included Supervisor, Quality Control Manager, Manufacturing Manager and Operations Manager with responsibility for all U.S. Supplies Manufacturing. Included with these positions was direct responsibility for all machining operations that supported Supplies Manufacturing.

    From 1982 through 1987, Tom was with Nu-Kote International. In addition to being the General Manager of the Manufacturing and Engineering Division, he was President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of MDIC, which was a joint venture of Unisys and Dai-Nippon Ink and Chemical Company. He was a member of the management team that executed the buy-out of Nu-Kote from Unisys in 1986. Tom also served as the Eastern Regional Vice President for Ivex Corporation from 1987 to 1990. While there, his responsibilities included the construction and start-up of two new manufacturing facilities, while managing the total P&L performance for this autonomous region.

    Tom joined Navitar, Inc. in 1990 as Vice-President of Manufacturing and in 1993 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer.

  • Michael Thomas
    President

    Michael Thomas was appointed President of the Navitar family of companies after the acquisition of Hyperion Development and AMF Optics in February 2016. Michael was co-founder and a partner of Hyperion Development, co-owner of AMF Optics and is an accomplished optical engineer specializing in supply chain development and custom optical design for emerging imaging applications.

    Michael started his career as a lens designer and optical engineer with Optics 1, Inc, in Westlake Village, CA and worked on numerous optical design and engineering projects In 1992, he joined Optikos Corporation, an engineering services and instrumentation company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as Senior Lens Designer and Fabrication Supervisor.

    In 1996, Michael launched his own optical design and OEM lens company called Optical Product Development, Inc. (OPD) and worked with numerous start-ups in virtual reality, 3D projection, high resolution displays and free space laser communication.

    Michael was a co-founder of Moment Lens Co., a Seattle-based start-up company manufacturing high quality lens attachments for a variety of smartphone platforms. Michael previously sat on the company’s Board of Directors. Moment products are now being sold by Apple, Inc. as a photography lens accessory for iPhones.

    Michael is a graduate of The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester.

  • Russ Hudyma
    Chief Technology Officer

    Russ Hudyma joined Navitar as Chief Technology Officer in February 2016 after the company acquired Hyperion Development, where he served as managing partner for over 15 years. Russ has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in optics from the University of Rochester. He is an accomplished optical engineer, physicist and scientist, with experience in advanced design, analysis and modeling of lithographic optical systems. He has published more than 20 papers on microlithography and related topics, holds or has applied for more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents, and teaches a popular SPIE short course entitled, "Optical Design in the Ultraviolet."

     

    As managing partner of Hyperion Development, Russ spearheaded the creation of intellectual property resulting in 100+ patents either currently issued or pending. He developed and patented new catoptric design forms that will be the basis of future commercial extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithographic printing tools in excess of 0.3 NA and commercial immersion lithographic printing tools in excess of 1.0 NA, developed new dioptric design forms for high-dry and immersion ArF lithography, designed novel compact extended range zooms for multispectral (VIS thru MWIR) and dual-band (MWIR-LWIR) image acquisition and targeting, and developed SVD-based algorithms to align complex optical systems. He also developed and reduced to practice product families of 4K & 5K taking lenses for digital cinematography and a series of 2D/3D projection zoom lenses for DLP and SXRD digital cinema.

    Prior to starting Hyperion Development, Russ was a Physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he developed novel optical projection concepts for the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithographic printing. While at LLNL, Russ was responsible for the final design and analysis of Engineering Test Stand (ETS) and Micro Exposure Tool (MET) Projection Systems. The body of work included optical design, tolerance analysis, detailed error budgeting, and analysis of lithographic performance using Prolith. He contributed to the developed of high accuracy, non-actinic interferometric test sets for both EUV components and EUV systems that exceeded program accuracy goals and developed and patented novel six-mirror anastigmatic catoptric design forms that define the fundamental imaging architecture for EUV lithographic printing tools used today for high volume manufacture.

    Prior to his work with LLNL, Russ was a Staff Scientist at the Santa Barbara Research Center in Coleta, CA. He led the engineering model (EM) optical development team on the HRMSI (High Resolution Multispectral Stereo Imager) program and directed the development and delivery of the MODIS On-Board Calibrators (Solar Diffuser, Solar Diffuser Stability Monitor, Blackbody, and Spectroradiometric Calibration Assembly). Russ’s technical contributions included advanced unobscured telescope concepts for the Advanced Land Remote Sensing System (Landsat 8), Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS) development for next generation weather sounding requirements (NPOESS), and concept definition for the Mars Infrared Imaging Radiometer (MIRIR).

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