Dr. Jim J. McNally

Fellow Member | CEO at StratTHNK Associates LLC
McNally, Jim J.
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SPIE Membership: 24.1 years
SPIE Awards: Fellow status | 2019 SPIE Community Champion
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Area of Expertise: Laser Communications, Space Hardware, Optical Thin Films
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Dr McNally is a seasoned executive, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, inventor, author and Board Director with extensive experience in establishing start-up companies, raising capital, selling companies, leading organizations, managing large programs & penetrating new markets (bio-medical products, laser communications products, airborne & space-based optical systems, ground-based space imaging systems). He has multi-decade experience providing advocacy expertise on Capitol Hill
Jim is Treasurer for SPIE, serves as Board Director for TruTouch Technologies, SkyShow and SPIE and Advisory Board for the National Photonics Initiative (NPI). For SPIE, his volunteer service includes the Executive Committee, Strategic Planning, Public Policy, Corporate & Exhibitor, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committees, Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow Selection Committee, Financial Advisory, Compensation Committees and CEO Executive Search Committee
Jim was part of the 3-person Executive Team that led the sale of ATA to Arlington Capital Partners in 2020. Jim was the founding CEO & Board Chair of TruTouch that developed the world’s 1st non-invasive alcohol measurement product recognized by TIME™ magazine as an Invention of the Year. TruTouch was acquired in 2020. Jim helped establish Lumidigm, Inc., acquired by HID Global in 2014. He was VP Operations at SVS, acquired by Boeing in 2000
He has enjoyed many decades of volunteer work for charities & non-profits including K-8 schools, food banks, senior living facilities, University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Science Center, UNM School of Engineering, UNM Anderson School of Management, the Central New Mexico Community College, & Chair, New Mexico Optics Industry Association
Jim received the Distinguished Alumni Award from UNM, Innovate Albuquerque Entrepreneur Small Business Award, Manhattan College Alumni Society Medal & School of Engineering General Excellence Medal. He is co-inventor on five patents and is a Fellow of SPIE

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