Our company, SGNT (pronounced sig-net), is a tech startup based in Tucson, Arizona. We started with 2 co-founders and a great idea and have quickly grown to 10 full time-employees with a patent-pending market-ready product.

We are fortunate to call Tucson home (let’s not forget to mention the beautiful weather and scenery). Between the innovation at the University of Arizona, a flourishing aerospace industry, a unique culture, and a growing startup community lead by organizations such as StartUp Tucson and the Tucson Metro Chamber, we have been fortunate to find all of the resources a tech startup needs. This has allowed us to build a talented and experienced group of advisors which have helped the company accomplish a lot in a very short period of time.

Mission Statement

Develop revolutionary technologies that ensure product authenticity and integrity; to implement these globally in order to improve quality of life, to save lives, and to minimize loss.

Our Values

  • Openness.
  • Creative but Deliberate (strive for excellence).
  • Accountable (teamwork, hustle, results oriented, on-time).
  • Positive thinking and acting (fun, respectful, not cynical).

We got our start working out of a townhouse.

We´re a dog company.

We’re passionate about the startup ecosystem in Tucson.

We celebrate Canada Day (one of our founders is Canadian).


Emil Tremblay

CEO & Co-Founder
Entrepreneur / Software Engineer / RFID Veteran

Emil is Chief Executive Officer of SGNT INC. His key functional areas include company vison, direction & strategy, technology development, and fund-raising. SGNT is Emil's second technology startup, the first being a Canadian firm specializing in the application of RFID to industrial inventory management. With more than 15 years of experience in the technology space and a lifelong track-record in sales and leadership, he brings his software engineering background and entrepreneurial spirit to his roles as Co-Founder and CEO. Additionally, Emil is the inventor of the break-through technology that inspired the creation of SGNT.

Educational Background: University of Alberta – Software Engineering.

Tommy Rompel

COO & Co-Founder
Entrepreneur / Sales & Marketing Veteran / Operations Manager

Tommy is Chief Operating Officer of SGNT INC. His key functional areas include business development and strategy, business operations, and sales and marketing. A graduate of the University of Arizona Eller School of Business, Tommy founded, built, and ran a successful retail business.  With more than 15 years of B2B and B2C sales, government procurement, e-commerce operations, extensive organizational, and logistics experience, SGNT's sales, marketing, and logistics roles have a leader with rare skill for a technology startup.

Educational background: University of Arizona – Eller College of Business – B.S. in Business Economics.

Josh Gill

Entrepreneur / Startup Veteran / Software & Hardware Guru

Josh is Chief Technology Officer of SGNT INC. His key functional areas include software development, hardware development, and security planning and oversight. His addition to the team has helped transition SGNT’s idea from paper to the real world. Previously he served as CTO of a Tucson-based real estate software company, and has extensive custom software, hardware, and mechanical design background. Additionally, he is experienced in managing technical teams and maintaining software and database management systems.

Educational Background: University of Arizona - B.S. Mechanical Engineering, extensive courses in control systems, mechanical design, and numerical computing.

Tony Grega

Entrepreneur / Startup Veteran / Experienced CPA

Tony is Chief Financial Officer of SGNT INC. His key functional areas include financial planning & forecasting, bookkeeping & accounting, and compliance. His skills include operations and financial management, innovative problem solving, negotiations and acquisitions. He has held executive finance and accounting positions at small and large companies both private and public, most recently as a COO for DNX Foods, a startup in the healthy snack food industry. Tony originates from Canada where he became a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) through the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.

Educational Background: Mohawk College (Hamilton, ON, Canada) Business Administration Degree. Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) through the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.

Manny Teran

VP Business Development
Entrepreneur / Business Development Executive / Strategic Leader

Manny is VP of Business Development of SGNT INC. His key functional areas include business development, building partnerships, and deploying SGNT’s growth strategies. Manny has 20 years of direct operating experience in cross-market high technology companies, serving in founder, leadership, and business development roles. Manny is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Arizona and serves on the University of Arizona College of Engineering Industry Partnership Board and Tech Launch Arizona Advisory Board.

Educational background: University of Arizona – B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Don Finkle

VP Manufacturing Development & Supply Chain
Entrepreneur / Manufacturing Development Expert / Commercialization Veteran

Having simplified and turned-around global supply chains and multi-site product development organizations, Don brings over 25 years experience in building winning operational teams.  With a deep network of talent and a focus on strong processes, and systems, he has successfully commercialized a wide range of technologies that involve advanced polymers, precision electronics, optical systems and medical devices.

Educational background: University of Arizona - Masters of Science in Systems and Industrial Engineering; BSBA specializing in Finance.


Gina Catalano

Founder & Principal, Venture Solutions. Gina works with high growth CEOs to improve their operations and increase the value of their business. She has over 20 years of experience leading and working with businesses, including as a director of a manufacturing consulting firm in addition to stints as a General Manager and Vice President in several entrepreneurial companies. She has authored two Amazon bestsellers, Tandem Leadership: How Your #2 Can Make You #1 and Changing Lanes: The Owner’s Guide to a Successful Exit. She holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Master of Public Administration from the California State University, East Bay.

Katina Koller

Katina Koller – Former Chairwoman, CEO and owner – and the Teams she led have been recognized for many awards including the INC 5000 list as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in America for two consecutive years. Katina also volunteers for IdeaFunding within StartUp Tucson’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, where she serves on the Board. She is a Commercialization Partner with the University of Arizona: Tech Launch Arizona and an I-Corps Business Mentor thru the National Science Foundation program. Katina holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

John Wright

John Wright works with Northland Power Inc. is a global independent power producer based in Toronto Canada. Northland develops, owns and operates large scale clean electricity projects. As the Executive Director of Business Development for Northland, John was a lead developer for energy storage ventures including the 400MW Marmora Pumped Storage Hydro project which has gained positive national and international attention. In addition, John also sits on the Board of Directors for Energy Storage Canada. Prior to joining Northland, John was a commissioner at the City of Brampton and also served as Vice Chairman of the Board for the municipal power company.

Dr. David Allen

Dave has spent his working life teaching, conducting research and engaged in technology development and commercialization at five US universities. Early in his career he earned a national reputation as a researcher, consultant and manager in the field of technology business incubators. Later in his career he gained a national reputation for turning around underperforming university technology transfer operations, and for creating and operating university proof of concept programs. Over his career he has developed a knack for understanding the asset potential in research derived inventions and how to move the inventions to the market through intellectual property strategy and early stage technology development. He has spent decades building innovation and commercialization networks to augment technology transfer operations. During his tech transfer career, he supervised over 600 exclusive licenses, over 175 start-ups, nearly 225 POC projects and two major ($40M+) royalty monetizations. Currently he is a business advisor to a start-up technology firm and is building a PoC consulting practice with Jacob Johnson of Innovosource, a long-time friend. He is a fitness buff, traveler and avid outdoorsman.

Sonia Vohnout

Sonia is an independent minded entrepreneur and mentor to small technology companies looking to commercialize their ideas. Currently she owns OppsSpot, LLC, and provides consulting services for start-up and small technology companies looking to commercialize their ideas through strategic partnering and Government contracting and grants. During her career Sonia has held executive management and senior technical positions and has co-founded several companies. Sonia has over 20 years of experience in systems engineering, quality systems, business development and program management. Over the last 10 years Sonia has been supporting small businesses and start-ups with their R&D needs by leveraging Government contracts/grants, the SBIR/STTR programs, and assisting with their commercialization efforts. She is well known for her expertise in the SBIR/STTR program and offers consulting services to assist small business with SBIR, STTR as well as other government funding vehicles such as Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs). Sonia has co-authored numerous publications in the field of Prognostics and Health Management (PHM). Recently she co-founded and is the COO for ElectroSonix, LC, a medical device startup to design state-of-the-art non-invasive acoustoelectric cardiac imaging (ACI) technologies. Sonia has a BS and MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Michelle Lott

Michelle Lott has been the Principal and Founder of Lean RAQA since 2010. By 2018, Lean RAQA supported more than 100 companies with services including regulatory strategy, regulatory submissions, quality systems compliance, due diligence, and a considerable range of technical support services.  Lean RAQA specializes in supporting startups' first quality system and submission as well as remediation services for large companies.  Michelle currently serves a four-year term on the FDA DeviceGood Manufacturing Practices Advisory Committee (DGMP); reviewing feasibility and reasonableness, recommending proposed good manufacturing practice regulations in manufacturing, packing, storing, and installing devices. Michelle achieved a Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society Executive Leadership Certification from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management and aBS in Chemistry from Troy State University.  Interesting fact:  Michelle formerly served as an expert witness in forensic toxicology at the Mississippi Crime Laboratory.
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