President and Chief Executive Officer
Earl was previously the President of Chart Industries’ BioMedical Division. He joined Chart in May 2016 from The Linde Group.
He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, and the Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to CAIRE, Nick spent 12 years with The Home Depot where he was the Finance Director for the Pro Business leading business operations, analytics and insights for over $40B in sales. Nick was also the Divisional CFO for the Western Division stores where he supported over 500 stores and over $35B in revenue.
Nick graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is very active in the Cherokee County, GA, community, where CAIRE is headquartered, and is currently an elected official who serves as a City Council member for Canton, GA.
Vice President, Global Marketing
Barry graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from Duke University and a Master of Science in Bioengineering from Dartmouth College.
Vice President of Global Operations
Sonny leads the operations and supply chain functions for CAIRE’s global business, with locations in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific. His experience spans nearly four decades with multiple international organizations, bringing operational leadership focused on a culture of continuous improvement, with strategic and tactical assignments in mergers and acquisitions, complex supply chains, and synergy alignment. He has been involved with industrial, respiratory, medical, safety products, lighting, and battery industries.
Sonny joined CAIRE in January 2022. He previously served as the Global Vice President of Avon Protection Systems plc, and prior to this held similar global roles with Honeywell, North Safety Products, and ABB. He holds a B.S. in Management of Industrial Operations, and is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
Vice President and General Manager of AirSep Commercial Products
Larry started his professional career with the Buffalo Forge Company in Buffalo, NY, where he was recruited for their Sales Engineer Training Program. He then joined Xorbox Corporation in Tonawanda, NY, a manufacturer of Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Equipment as their Director of International Sales.
Leaving Xorbox, Larry helped found AirSep Corporation in 1986 and served on its Board of Directors. As Vice President of Sales, Larry started and expanded the AirSep PSA and Vacuum Pressure Swing Adsorption (VPSA) Oxygen Commercial Products Business to over 70 countries worldwide, becoming the industry’s market leader.
Larry is a graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Vice President of Global Respiratory Sales
Before joining CAIRE, Kurt was a member of the Board of Management and Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, at the French med tech company, Supersonic Imagine. He has lived and worked in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom and has vast knowledge and experience in global healthcare markets.
Kurt held multiple sales and marketing executive roles in large, medium and small medical device companies. He also has 10 years experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions, and was responsible for much of the integration activity while an executive at Philips Healthcare.
He studied Business Administration at the University of Washington and completed the Octagon Executive Program at Wharton Business School. Kurt relocated back to the US in 2020 after 20 years of overseas assignments.
Vice President of Engineering and Regulatory Affairs
Edward brings nearly 20 years of engineering, R&D and product development experience in various industries including satellite, airline, environmental, and technical plastics. Before joining CAIRE, he was the Vice President of Engineering for the BioMedical Division of Chart Industries. He led the global engineering team to various industry innovation awards including the HME Business 2018 New Product Award. Prior to Chart, Edward was the Director of Product Development for the Environmental Products division of Cole-Parmer.
Edward has earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a native of Georgia and resides in a suburb of Atlanta with his wife, Lauren. In his free time, he is an avid tennis player and a strong supporter of the Atlanta Falcons football team.
Vice President of Human Resources
Prior to joining CAIRE, Candace was the Human Resources Director at JE Dunn Construction. As a member of their Senior Leadership Team, she played a key role in driving the people strategy and positively impacted operations by cultivating a company culture with an engaged and empowered workforce.
Candace is a trusted business partner in the areas of Employee Relations, Recruitment, Compensation, Talent Management, Worker’s Compensation, Organizational Effectiveness, Benefit Design/Administration and Compliance.
Candace holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Georgia State University and an MBA from Shorter College. She also is a member of the National Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification, SPHR along with the SHRM- SCP Certification.
Vice President of Information Technology
José is responsible for CAIRE’s global IT organization with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. He brings 20 years of leadership and market experience across multiple industries including manufacturing, energy, chemicals, metals and health care.
José was previously the Director of IT for LifeWorks where he lead the IT organization through a divestiture with its former parent company, and played a key leadership role in the growth of the company. He joined CAIRE in October 2018.
José holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kennesaw State University. He is a native of Georgia and resides in a suburb of Atlanta, where is he active in his community.
Board of Directors
Mr. Keizo “Ken” Furusaki
Director, and Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
Mr. Furusaki currently serves as Senior General Manager of Corporate Planning Department of NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. in Japan. He was one of the key players in their successful commercialization of oxygen sensors for vehicle emission control in Automotive and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for cleaner power generation with carbon dioxide, or CO2, reduction. He has led several cross-border alliances with his entrepreneurship throughout his career in Japan, and when he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of its U.S. subsidiary. Currently, he is also a board member of Spirosure, Inc., a start up for asthma care in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mr. Furusaki’s personal driving principle in his work is to “make people breathe easier.”
Mr. Ken Hosako
Executive Vice President of CAIRE Inc.
Mr. Hosako has been with NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD for over 27 years with increasing levels of responsibility over this time. In 2014, he became President of NGK SPARK PLUG (AUSTRALIA) PTY. LTD. Mr. Hosako became Vice Division Manager of Medical Division at NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD in 2020 and a board member of NTK MEDICAL CO., LTD in April 2021.
Mr. Hosako relocated to CAIRE’s corporate headquarters in June 2021.
Mr. Mikihiko Kato
Director, and Executive Officer and Chief Director of Business Strategy of NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
Mr. Kato has been with NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD for over 34 years. He has expanded his role over this time, becoming General Manager Corporate Planning in 2012 and President of Cerâmica e Velas de Ignição NGK do Brasil Ltda later that year. In 2016, Mr. Kato became a Corporate Officer. In 2017, he became a Member of the Board. And, in 2019, he was elevated to Board Executive Officer.