Aircuity Management Team

Daniel E. Diehl | CEO & President

Mr. Diehl brings over twenty-five years of industry expertise across a wide variety of vertical markets and disciplines in commercial and light industrial building markets. Dan has been an integral part of  the growth and success of Aircuity, leading global sales for his first four years with the company before being appointed CEO.  Previously, Dan led business development at Lutron Electronics, an industry leader in lighting controls. Prior to this, Dan was a partner for six years with Synergy, an energy services company that delivers energy efficiency programs for national clients in the light industrial sector. Dan began his career with Johnson Controls, Inc. working for eleven years with increasing responsibilities in sales, branch and regional management positions.

Mr. Diehl earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and has an MBA from Villanova University.

Robert E. Brierley | COO

Robert Brierley has extensive expertise managing the growth of venture-backed and publicly traded technology companies. Spanning more than twenty eight years of experience, his business career has included executive-level positions with responsibility for strategy formulation and execution, business development, operations, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Robert is a construction industry veteran from his six years with Phoenix Controls Corp. where, as COO, he teamed with founder Gordon Sharp to lead the development and execution of the growth strategy that successfully positioned this leading critical room airflow systems company for its sale to Honeywell, Inc. in 1998. More recently, Rob was instrumental in the re-positioning and profitability growth of semiconductor filtration equipment maker Extraction Systems which resulted in its successful sale to Mykrolis Corporation.

Mr. Brierley earned his MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Luca Mazzei | Chief Growth Officer

Luca Mazzei brings in-depth knowledge of IoT and a proven track record of driving company growth. Mazzei previously held the position of Chief Growth Officer at John Crane, acted as a Board Advisor at Daintree Networks and has mentored clean-tech portfolio companies in both the smart grid and energy efficiency spaces. Most recently he served as an Advisory Partner at Momenta Partners where he guided connected industry companies through a digital transformation.

Mr. Mazzei earned a MS degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics, MS in Mathematics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Pete Hmelyar_HeadshotPeter M. Hmelyar | Vice President, Sales

Peter Hmelyar joined Aircuity in November 2000. Peter has over 35 years of sales management experience in the building and laboratory controls businesses. Mr. Hmelyar spent 10 years at Phoenix Controls in various positions of sales management including their VP of Global Sales with responsibility for all of their sales activities. During this time and before at Solidyne and Margaux Systems where he held VP of Sales, and VP of Sales and Marketing positions respectively, Mr. Hmelyar achieved great success working through independent distribution channels to provide building and laboratory controls solutions to their customers. Peter is responsible for all channel sales activities for the Aircuity System in the United States and Canada and is based in Wheaton, IL.

Mr. Hmelyar holds a BSME from the University of Akron.

Gordon P. Sharp | Chairman & Founder

Gordon Sharp has over 25 years of wide-ranging entrepreneurial experience and more than 25 U.S. patents in the fields of energy efficiency and laboratory controls. As founder, former president, and CEO of Phoenix Controls, he led the development of this world leader in laboratory airflow controls that was acquired by Honeywell in 1998. In 2000, Gordon founded Aircuity, which was spun out of Honeywell. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories, the nonprofit foundation that officially cosponsors and operates the Labs21 conference. Mr. Sharp is also a member of the ANSI Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation Committee and has testified before the US Congress on the topics of climate change and energy efficiency.

Mr. Sharp is a graduate of MIT with bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering.