Management Team

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.

Jim Barbookles
Nova Ventures - Chairman & CEO
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.
Janet Barbookles
Nova Ventures - President/General Counsel
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.
Michael Larkin
Nova Ventures - Chief Financial Officer
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.
Karl Boone
Nova Ventures - Executive Vice President
Mr. Boone assists with M&A activity and supporting local divisions. Prior to joining Nova Ventures in 2016, Mr. Boone was Chief Executive Officer of Industrial Physics, Inc., a manufacturer of test, measurement, and inspection equipment that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Union Park Capital. 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 B.A. 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.
Jeffrey Cohen
Nova Metrix - President
Prior to joining Nova Metrix in 2012, Mr. Cohen served in various executive roles at a number of publically traded companies including Larson Davis, which specializes in acoustic and vibration measurement systems, and Harvard Bioscience, a leading molecular biology manufacturer and supplier of instrumentation and consumables. Mr. Cohen also held a number of Operations and Management positions within the acoustic and vibration industry. He holds an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Amy Wysolmierski
Nova Metrix - Division Finance Manager
Ms. Wysolmierski has over 17 years of experience in various accounting and finance roles at a number of large global public companies such as Anheuser-Busch Inc., Perrigo Company plc, and Jabil Circuit Inc. Ms. Wysolmierski has held Plant Controller positions at each of these companies with multi-site responsibilities and has particular expertise in Operational Finance for manufacturing businesses. Ms. Wysolmierski holds a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A from Southern New Hampshire University.
Laura Davies
Nova Metrix - Global Sales & Marketing Manager
Ms. Davies joins Nova Metrix as its Global Sales & Marketing Manager with over 15 years of diverse sales and marketing leadership experience across North America with an acute focus on top line growth through new customer acquisition, expansion, and retention. Ms. Davies' experiences and successful outcomes have been as a result of applying consistent standards, operating procedures, and disciplines that have built her “best practices toolbox” in both enterprise and small company environments in manufacturing, distribution, solution, and service sales. Along with a reputation for delivering financial results, creativity, and innovation in sales and marketing strategy, Ms. Davies also understands and embraces the importance of the human element – building strong teams, inspiring and developing high potential employees, while building and growing relationships with colleagues, leaders, customers, and partners. Ms. Davies' alma mater includes both the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College in Ontario Canada.
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Jean-Marc Muller
Nova Instruments - President
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.
Andreas Ullmann
Nova Instruments - Division Finance Manager
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.
Randy Scheib
Nova Instruments - NDT Sales & Marketing Manager
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.