The Nova Ventures management team brings together the skills and experiences of several disciplines within the instrumentation industry. Our collective experience covers a wide range of knowledge and experience in engineering, operations, product development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, finance, legal and general administration.
Before joining Nova Ventures and becoming its Chairman and CEO in 2003, Mr. Barbookles served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Thermo Orion, a major water analysis instrumentation manufacturer that was a wholly owned subsidiary of Thermo Electron. Mr. Barbookles also served as President and CEO of Thermedics Detection, a provider of Analytical Instruments for Quality Control and Airport Security. Over the span of Mr. Barbookles’ career, he has held several Senior Management positions in manufacturing and operations with Cambridge Instruments, Warner Lambert/American Optical, Sierra Research, United Nuclear, United Technologies, and General Dynamics. He graduated from Buffalo State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an M.B.A.
Ms. Barbookles, who began her career at Nova Ventures in 2005, works with its Division Management teams ensuring the successful implementation of the company’s strategies. She also oversees general legal affairs and manages all M&A activities from due diligence and deal execution to transaction financing. Prior to becoming President of Nova Ventures, Ms. Barbookles served as its Vice President/General Counsel. She holds a B.S. from Northeastern University, a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law, an L.L.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law and an M.B.A. from Boston University School of Management. She also maintains her license to practice law in California and Massachusetts.
Mr. Larkin, who joined Nova Ventures in 2009, is responsible for its financial functions including accounting, audit, tax and corporate finance, and also works on M&A. Prior to joining Nova Ventures, Mr. Larkin was the Chief Financial Officer of Home Made Brand Foods, a manufacturer in the chilled food market, and held several senior finance positions with Munters Corp., a climate solutions provider, and Thermo Electron, which was a provider of analytical instruments and services. Mr. Larkin holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston College, an M.B.A. from the Suffolk University Executive Program and has completed certifications as a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Management Accountant.
Ms. Bodkin joined Nova Ventures in 2024 and serves as its Vice President of Finance and Global Accounting where she is responsible for the global financial functions with respect to accounting, audit, and tax – in addition to supporting the CFO with various corporate finance projects. Prior to joining Nova Ventures, Ms. Bodkin was a Partner with BDO Canada LLP specializing in accounting and tax for entrepreneurial businesses servicing manufacturing and consumer product clients. While at BDO she was elected to the Canadian firm’s National Policy Board and implemented strategic change to drive growth and improve overall quality. She also served as the BDO Canadian Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer to assist maintaining and growing diverse talent across the firm. Ms. Bodkin holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce from University of Windsor, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Western Ontario, Honorary Honors Bachelor of Counselling Psychology from Georgian College and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Ms. Colby joined Nova Ventures in 2023 and serves as the Vice President of Engineering supporting the Nova Instruments and Nova Metrix Divisions. Prior to joining Nova, Ms. Colby was the Director of Engineering at Axcelis Technologies, primarily responsible for driving gross margin improvement programs across all aspects of the business. Ms. Colby also served as a product manager for the flagship products at Axcelis during one of the largest growth periods in the company’s history. During her time at Axcelis, Ms. Colby was a senior ISO 9001: 2015 auditor, is a named inventor on two patents granted by the USPTO, and was the systems engineer responsible for designing and releasing many high value aftermarket upgrade products. Ms. Colby holds a B.S.E.E from Northeastern University, an M.B.A from University of Phoenix, and completed an executive leadership program at Bentley University.
Ms. Torcoletti, who joined Nova Ventures in 2021, has over 20 years as a marketing and communications leader by developing and implementing results-driven strategies in both B2B and B2C markets. In her role as Vice President of Marketing, Ms. Torcoletti works with the Nova Instruments, Nova Metrix, and Nova Measurements divisions to drive the development and execution of marketing plans and strategies to grow the revenue and profitability of the portfolio companies. She is also responsible for keeping the company at the forefront of development, leading the implementation of new systems, best practices, and technologies to improve lead generation and brand awareness. Ms. Torcoletti holds a Business Administration Marketing Diploma from Sheridan College and holds several certifications from the University of Toronto in Advanced Marketing, Digital Strategy & Communication Management as well as Digital Marketing Management.
Mr. Brady joined Nova Ventures in 2024, bringing over 10 years of experience in Recruiting and Talent Management. Before joining Nova, Mr. Brady led a technical recruiting team for a supply chain technology organization before shifting into program management focused on workforce augmentation and talent optimization. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Brady will drive recruiting efforts, streamline talent assessment and processes internally and externally, and manage talent partnerships across Nova.
Ms. LaPerriere joined Nova Ventures in 2024, bringing over 10 years of experience in human resource management, benefits administration, and office management to the company. Before joining Nova, Ms. LaPerriere was the Human Resources Manager for a heavy civil construction company and worked for many years as an executive legal secretary. In her role with Nova, Ms. LaPerriere will be instrumental in streamlining human resource processes, including interviewing, hiring, and onboarding new staff as well as benefits administration and strategic planning, providing valuable perspectives on all facets of human resources.
Mr. Zadah, joined Nova Ventures in 2019, with over 17 years of experience in Information Technology, with major focus on web and digital solutions. He has been instrumental in successfully strategizing and implementing web solutions for financial and technology industries globally. He has managed various IT projects and brings a vast experience and knowledge in all fronts of IT, which helps drive productive web and digital space for Nova Ventures and it’s platforms. Mr. Zadah hold a MSc. in Internet Systems Development from University of Portsmouth, UK, a Postgraduate diploma in Interactive Media Management, Sheridan Collage, Canada along with PMP, ITIL foundation and other technological credentials.
Ms. Hector, who joined Nova Metrix as the General Manager of Sherborne Sensors Limited in August 2022, has over 20 years of experience in highly competitive and specialist businesses. As an experienced Executive, Ms. Hector brings a wealth of knowledge in managing multiple companies and engineering projects with a proven track record of effecting positive change. She is a performance-driven professional who specializes in positioning organizations to improve their overall profitability through streamlining operations, ensuring financial standards are met, instituting benchmarking, and carefully balancing risk and reward. Ms. Hector holds a Bachelor of Soc. Science Degree in Business Administration and Law from the University of Natal, South Africa, and completed the Executive Leadership program through the Säid Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Mr. Scott joined Nova Metrix in 2024 as Division Finance Manager. Before joining Nova Metrix, Mr. Scott held the position of SVP of Operations at Coravin Inc., where he was responsible for the development and implementation of global operations and supply chain strategies, including scalability of production and logistics, materials management, production planning, warehousing, distribution, and supplier management. Mr. Scott’s previous positions include Global Controller and Head of Human Resources at Coravin, VP of Finance and Administration at Beam Interactive, Corporate Controller at PA Consulting Group, and Associate Director of Finance at Digitas Inc. Mr. Scott is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA), received his MBA from Boston University and has a BA Honors in Accountancy and Law from Nottingham Trent University, UK.
After serving as Director of Global Operations for Nova Instruments, Mr. Muller was promoted to President in 2011. His experience, including holding various management roles involving manufacturing and engineering support at Airbus S.A.S. in Europe, which designs, manufactures and delivers aircrafts, has made him an expert when it comes to sourcing and evaluating acquisitions. Mr. Muller holds a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Technical University in Munich, Germany and an M.B.A. from Boston University School of Management.
Mr. Geis joined Nova Instruments in 2021 and serves as the Executive Vice President supporting the Nova Instruments Division. Prior to joining Nova, Mr. Geis was President of KPM Analytics North America Corp., a manufacturer of analytical instruments for food and product quality. He also served as Vice President of Xylem Inc. for the Analytics Division, manufacturing instrumentation for water, and wastewater, environmental, medical, and industrial applications. Mr. Geis holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Just before joining Nova Instruments in 2012, Mr. Ullmann served as a partner and head of the audit department at BDO in Munich, Germany, a global auditing and consulting organization. He also held senior management positions at KPMG in Germany and the United States, one of the Big Four auditors. Mr. Ullmann holds an M.B.A. from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, is a Certified Public Accountant and Tax Counselor in Germany and has completed certification as a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.
Mr. Scheib is responsible for driving business results of the global portfolio for Nova Instruments within the NDT division, which includes Dantec Dynamics, NDT Systems, Phoenix Inspection Systems and Technology Design. Prior to joining Nova Instruments, he held various sales positions with Olympus Corporation, a manufacturer of optics and reprography products; MISTRAS Group, a provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions; and Imperium, Inc., which specializes in ultrasound camera technology.
Mr. Boone joined Nova in 2016 and serves as the Division President. Prior to joining Nova, Mr. Boone was Chief Executive Officer of Industrial Physics, Inc., a manufacturer of test, measurement, and inspection equipment. He also served as Divisional President pre and post divestiture of Nova Technologies Corporation, a former instrumentation platform of Nova Ventures that served the water, wastewater, and hydroelectric industries. Mr. Boone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geoenvironmental Science from Shippensburg University and completed the Advanced Finance for Executives program at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Executive Education.