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Meet Our Team

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Lisa Orlandi

Founder, President, General Partner

Lisa Orlandi is the Founder and President of Focus Design Technologies.

Lisa has always had a passion for technology and learning just how things worked. She brings over 20 years experience in the Electronics Industry. When she decided to leave her previous Representative Firm in the spring of 1999, her vision was to start a company that was different from her rivals who often rely on growth through line acquisition. Dedicated to learning all she could know about the products she promoted, Lisa committed herself to becoming an expert in digital design and networking.  She built a team that is not only passionate about our product lines, but also a team that takes pride in truly understanding our customer's applications so that Focus can provide solutions that solve problems. Lisa says, “We spend a lot of time trying to understand our customer’s problems, their pains, their markets, and help provide them with solutions that will give them a competitive edge”.  Lisa has always wanted to be part of something bigger, whether it's providing a solution to design a higher performance switch, providing leading edge technologies that enable “in car” entertainment, smart appliances, or medical instruments that help patients with chronic pain. She truly cares about her customers and what problems they are trying to solve. In her spare time, Lisa finds solitude in distance running and has completed over 34 marathons and four ultra-marathons.  Lisa’s goal is to qualify to run in the Boston Marathon someday. She hopes that her “never quit” attitude will help her meet this goal before she turns 80.

Michael Orlandi

Vice President of Operations, General Partner

Michael Orlandi is a General Partner, and is the Vice President of Operations for Focus.  His role with the company includes overall responsibility for the day to day operations of the company.  Michael is responsible a variety of the company’s back office functions including Finance, HR, Payroll, Benefits, Contract Review, Operational Control, and Cost Containment.

Prior to joining Focus Michael spent nearly 20 years with Fortune 500 companies in key governance and oversight roles. Most recently he was a Senior Internal Audit Manager for a global mining company where his primary focus was on regulatory compliance, risk management, corporate governance, and security. Michael also has an extensive technical background. Earlier in his career he served in a variety of IT related roles including IT Operations Manager, LAN/WAN Administrator, computer programmer, and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery advisor. At one point, Michael owned a successful computer consulting company. He holds a variety of active professional certifications.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from the University of Cincinnati. While there, he also attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. After college he spent several years touring North America as a professional musician before moving into the corporate world. Michael is still an active musician, with saxophone being his primary instrument. Michael is also a huge baseball fan, and served as a professional scorekeeper and statistician covering the Cleveland Indians for 17 seasons. In his spare time you might find him taking a long walk with his wife, playing with his pets, sitting around the fireplace, or best of all spending time with his grand children.

Jim Amos

Director of Applications Engineering

 

Jim Amos is our Director of Applications Engineering.

Jim has worked in several different industry positions for companies large and small, before joining Focus. These positions have included design responsibility for Embedded Systems, Embedded PC's, microprocessors, microcontrollers, CPLDs, FPGAs, and ASIC development, 802.11 Wireless Client and Access Point design, wireless applications for the smartgrid, Embedded Firmware, and Embedded Device Driver work. He also has system level architecture experience, and hardware architecture experience at both the board and product level and has successfully lead engineering teams to produce world class products. At last count Jim is named on 12 patents. When not spending time with his family, he pursues one of his many hobbies, including ham radio, RC Aircraft, and acoustic guitar.

Josh Peters

Strategic Sales & Business Development Manager
Josh Peters is the lead Strategic Sales & Business Development Manager for Focus.  He proactively engages with our suppliers and customer base, alongside our Sales team, to help identify and service current and future state needs.  Josh also provides technical support to our Director of Applications Engineering. 

Prior to joining Focus, Josh was the Global IT Infrastructure Architect for the Pentair, a multinational Fortune 500 company.  At Pentair, his technical expertise was leveraged in the areas of VMware virtualization, Information Technology consulting, Windows Server Administration and O/S scripting.  Josh is also extremely well versed in project management, team management and development.  In addition, he has past exposure and hands-on experience with Cisco wireless & switching products.  He was a key member of the IT leadership team responsible for setting global IT direction for the company.

Josh graduated Summa Cum Laude from Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology/Computer Sciences.  In his spare time, Josh is a 2nd Degree Black Belt and Class A Certified Instructor in the discipline of Kajukenpo Karate.  He also teaches women's self defense classes.

Katy Garbrandt

Inside Sales Manager

In her role as the Inside Sales Manager for Focus, Katy has various responsibilities to internally support the Focus Team, our suppliers, and our customers.  Katy excels in the areas of customer service and office management, while maintaining a very high degree of professionalism with all of our clients.  

Katy came to Focus with a diverse background from multiple industries. Before working at Focus, Katy worked in the Education field.

Katy received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Mount Union College.  While attending Mount Union College, she was the Vice President of Administration for her Sorority, Delta Sigma Tau.

In her spare time, Katy enjoys taking on various Pinterest projects.

Jeanette Peters

Customer Service & Support
Jeanette recently re-joined our team on a part-time basis.  Her primary responsibility is customer service and support.  In her prior stint at Focus (2003-2015), she was as a key contributor to the original establishment of our Inside Sales function.  Jeanette was instrumental in helping to build and train our Inside team and is the recipient of multiple Inside Sales Excellence commendations, as awarded by our suppliers.  We are very excited to have her back.

Jeanette loves spending time with her family and also practicing and teaching yoga.  Jeanette is a Certified Yoga Trainer.