Our Team

Wendell M. Smith

Wendell M. Smith was born in Brooklyn, NY, raised and educated in Hartford, Connecticut and Maplewood, New Jersey. He attended Dartmouth College for his B.A. and M.S. in mechanical engineering.

Wendell is the Founder and President of Polestar Ltd – International Consultants and Investors, who  actively manage Technology Transfer Group, a division of Polestar engaged in licensing and consulting in Security Printing technologies.

Previously Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Baldwin Technology Company, Inc., a Member of the Boards of Directors of American Maize-Products Corporation, Globe Ticket and Label Company and Bowne & Company, Inc.

Employed Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford Ct. Development Engineering Group; Barnes Engineering Corporation, Stamford, Ct, Sales Engineer/General Sales Manager, Electro-Optical Equipment; Baldwin-Gegenheimer Corporation, Brooklyn NY; led MBO, IPO, and growth from $2.5 M revenues to $250 M with operations in 5 countries; renamed Baldwin Technology Co – Printing Press Controls.

Mike Hayes

Mike Hayes is Managing Director of DNA Technologies and brings over 20 years experience in the marketing and business development fields.  Mike started his career with the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency in London, England where he worked on many of the agency’s large international and pan-European clients.  Upon his return to his hometown of Halifax, he worked through several levels of increasing responsibility to become Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning for Corporate Communications Limited (now Colour), one of Atlantic Canada’s largest marketing and communications firms. Mike joined the team at DNA Technologies in 2000, and now works tirelessly to rid the world of counterfeit and diverted products.

Dr. Gil Jones

Guilford Jones retired after 38-years at Boston University. An alumnus of Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), he completed graduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with the widely recognized photochemist, Howard Zimmerman. Dr. Jones was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, studying physical organic chemistry with Jerome Berson. He joined the BU faculty in 1971 where his early research in the chemistry of small-strained – ring organic compounds focused on energy storing photoreactions. His later work centered on photochemical conversion of energy (‘artificial photosynthesis’) focusing on photoinduced electron transfer that can be observed with fast-pulse laser techniques.

He led the Organizing Committee that obtained the original funding to establish the BU Photonics Center and co-founded one of the Center’s early incubator companies, PhotoSecure, Inc.

Gil Jones is active at international meetings and has served on organizing committees (e.g., International Symposium on the Photochemical Conversion of Solar Energy), chairing the 2002 Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions Gordon Conference. He has authored/coauthored over 200 publications and book chapters.