MechOptix is a sensor company focused on safety.
 
We apply our experience in mechanical ("Mech") and optics ("Optix") to improve safety on and near the road.
 
Our first line of products is our Stoptix automatic brake lights.  

Meet the Team
160 Years Combined Experience, 12 Patents

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Jeff Hammock, Founder & CEO Jeff has experience in two previous startups including optical computing and commercial optical test equipment.  He has 20 years of experience with sensors, instrumentation and optics.  Jeff has the ability to draw from his experience in commercial test equipment, telecommunications, computer manufacturing and defense to design and develop unique products at MechOptix.  He is a gearhead and a motorcyclist.  Jeff is passionate about products for transportation and wearable products that increase safety and save lives.

Jeff Hammock, Founder & CEO

Jeff has experience in two previous startups including optical computing and commercial optical test equipment.  He has 20 years of experience with sensors, instrumentation and optics.  Jeff has the ability to draw from his experience in commercial test equipment, telecommunications, computer manufacturing and defense to design and develop unique products at MechOptix.  He is a gearhead and a motorcyclist.  Jeff is passionate about products for transportation and wearable products that increase safety and save lives.

Joe McGinty, Product Design & Development, Manufacturing Joe has been Jeff Hammock's mentor since 2011.  Joe joined the MechOptix team in June 2014 and has taken on the role of co-designer with Jeff.  Joe brings his extensive knowledge of product development, electronics, mechanical assembly, programming, and Asian manufacturing to our startup.  Joe has had great success working with the same contract manufacturer in Taiwan for 20 years.  He also holds 11 patents.  

Joe McGinty, Product Design & Development, Manufacturing

Joe has been Jeff Hammock's mentor since 2011.  Joe joined the MechOptix team in June 2014 and has taken on the role of co-designer with Jeff.  Joe brings his extensive knowledge of product development, electronics, mechanical assembly, programming, and Asian manufacturing to our startup.  Joe has had great success working with the same contract manufacturer in Taiwan for 20 years.  He also holds 11 patents.  

Bob Seaman, Chief Financial Officer Bob has 35 years of experience in business management & ownership in the areas of computer network administration, consumer electronics, and contract manufacturing.  Bob is also a motorcyclist.  

Bob Seaman, Chief Financial Officer

Bob has 35 years of experience in business management & ownership in the areas of computer network administration, consumer electronics, and contract manufacturing.  Bob is also a motorcyclist.

 

JJ Handfield, Powersports Aftermarket Sales JJ has 45 years of experience in the powersports industry including sales, international markets, and as a manufacturers' representative.  JJ develops strategy and our market penetration plan.  JJ also plans our powersports event participation (trade shows and rallies).  JJ is also a motorcyclist.

JJ Handfield, Powersports Aftermarket Sales

JJ has 45 years of experience in the powersports industry including sales, international markets, and as a manufacturers' representative.  JJ develops strategy and our market penetration plan.  JJ also plans our powersports event participation (trade shows and rallies).  JJ is also a motorcyclist.

Bryan Garcia, Heavy Duty & Automotive Aftermarket Sales Bryan brings over 20 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket and the heavy duty trucking market.  Bryan is developing our strategy and arranging field testing with trucking fleets.  Bryan's unique approach to solving problems for the Heavy Duty market have led to him requesting MechOptix to develop additional products and solutions.

Bryan Garcia, Heavy Duty & Automotive Aftermarket Sales

Bryan brings over 20 years of experience in the automotive aftermarket and the heavy duty trucking market.  Bryan is developing our strategy and arranging field testing with trucking fleets.  Bryan's unique approach to solving problems for the Heavy Duty market have led to him requesting MechOptix to develop additional products and solutions.

Jim Cantrell, Racing Applications & Sales Jim has been and advisor to MechOptix since 2015.  He was so impressed with the Stoptix automatic brake lamp that he asked for a tuned racing version that he can sell to his fellow racers and the racing community at large.  Jim is our distributor for the racing market.  Jim is currently the CEO of Vector Space Systems working to provide affordable and reliable space access (he was formerly with Space X). 

Jim Cantrell, Racing Applications & Sales

Jim has been and advisor to MechOptix since 2015.  He was so impressed with the Stoptix automatic brake lamp that he asked for a tuned racing version that he can sell to his fellow racers and the racing community at large.  Jim is our distributor for the racing market.  Jim is currently the CEO of Vector Space Systems working to provide affordable and reliable space access (he was formerly with Space X). 

Kevin Percy, Optical Engineer & Test Kevin graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in May, 2016.  He worked as a co-op at Redstone Test Center developing and fielding optical products and instrumentation for the U.S. Army.  Kevin assists in design, test and quality control.

Kevin Percy, Optical Engineer & Test

Kevin graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in May, 2016.  He worked as a co-op at Redstone Test Center developing and fielding optical products and instrumentation for the U.S. Army.  Kevin assists in design, test and quality control.

Justin Sulfridge, Mechanical Engineer Justin is currently pursuing his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University.  Justing accelerates our product prototyping, test fixture design, and product development.

Justin Sulfridge, Mechanical Engineer

Justin is currently pursuing his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University.  Justing accelerates our product prototyping, test fixture design, and product development.

Korbyn Kelly, Social Media & Events Korbyn manages our social media accounts and customer engagement.  He has increased our following via Instagram and Facebook.  Korbyn also engages our customers in person at events and rallies.

Korbyn Kelly, Social Media & Events

Korbyn manages our social media accounts and customer engagement.  He has increased our following via Instagram and Facebook.  Korbyn also engages our customers in person at events and rallies.

Ann Gardner, Graphics Design Ann graduated from Auburn University's School of Industrial and Graphic Design in May, 2016.  Even before finishing at Auburn she was busy redesigning our Stoptix logo and preparing the graphics for blister cards, flyers, and trade show displays.

Ann Gardner, Graphics Design

Ann graduated from Auburn University's School of Industrial and Graphic Design in May, 2016.  Even before finishing at Auburn she was busy redesigning our Stoptix logo and preparing the graphics for blister cards, flyers, and trade show displays.


Founder's Story

An avid motorcycle rider since age 14, Jeff Hammock has made many road trips. A 1996 cross-country motorcycle ride almost ended tragically when Jeff neared the D.C. metro area as part of the Ride to the Wall event on Memorial Day weekend to honor M.I.A. and P.O.W. soldiers. His own wife almost rear-ended him when he downshifted instead of applying the brakes, a natural and common riding style.

This close call led to an idea for an automatic brake light that worked even if the brakes were not used.  Jeff knew that the only solution that would be readily accepted by his fellow riders was if this technology could replace the original brake light bulb using the same socket -- no bolt-on part and no modification to the wiring.  PC board technology has caught up with the idea so in 2013 Jeff designed Stoptix Automatic Brake Lamp that offers the peace of mind in knowing that your brake lights will light up every time they should.

The Stoptix automatic brake lamp is the first product from MechOptix that is collision avoidance technology as retrofit products for the vehicles you already own and enjoy.

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Photography provided by Andrew Hall