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
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 Metrix - President
Mr. Boone joined Nova in 2016 and serves as the Division President. Prior to joining Nova Metrix, 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.
Frederic Borne
Nova Metrix - Vice President
Mr. Borne was promoted to Vice President of Nova Metrix in 2019 with nearly 20 years of engineering and operations leadership experience. Mr. Borne joined FISO Technologies Inc. a subsidiary of Roctest Ltd., in 2004 and has been its General Manager since 2009. In 2012, Mr. Borne was promoted to General Manager of Roctest where he currently oversees the entire Roctest Group. Prior to joining FISO, Mr. Borne worked at JDS Uniphase in their Fiber Optic Component Division in Ottawa, Canada, where he held various positions in R&D, Manufacturing Engineering, and Project Management. Mr. Borne has a Bachelor’s degree from Laval University in Physics Engineering with specialties in Optics and Electronics.
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 MBA 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.
Jennifer Vandermolen
Nova Metrix - Division Marketing Manager
Ms. Vandermolen joins Nova Metrix as its Global Marketing Manager with over 18 years in radio news and broadcast television; from live operations and on-air reporting, to story producing and production manager in a national newsroom. Following a natural career transition from TV & radio into marketing communications, Ms. Vandermolen excels as a marketing professional with a demonstrated and diverse background in digital media, long-range strategy and implementation, and project management. Her projects incorporate story-telling formulas through video and image production, print & digital graphic design, media relations, and engaging website content. Prior to becoming the Division Marketing Manager with Nova Metrix, Ms. Vandermolen began her career in the Nova family in 2016 as the Marketing Communications Specialist supporting three of its key global subsidiaries (Waterloo Hydrogeologic, Van Essen Instruments and Westbay Instruments); working with the management and sales teams to develop and implement marketing strategies resulting in sales growth and strong brand awareness.
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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.
Kevin Weiler
Nova Instruments - Division Marketing Manager
Mr. Weiler supervises the marketing efforts of Nova Instruments and its subsidiary companies. He has extensive experience in lead generation, content production, and marketing analytics in technical business environments. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Bates College and earned his M.B.A. from Northeastern University in 2011. Prior to joining Nova, he most recently served as the marketing manager for ADMET, a manufacturer of innovative material testing systems.
Randy Scheib
Nova Instruments - NDT Sales 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.