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Executive Team

Dr. Timothy Day

CEO, CTO, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Tim DayDr. Timothy Day is a cofounder of Daylight Solutions and serves as the CEO and CTO for the company. Dr. Day has over 20 years' experience in both technical and business management in the photonics industry. He has led engineering, research, product development, manufacturing, and marketing operations. He started his career as a cofounder of New Focus, where he served from 1990 through 2004. During his time at New Focus, he was involved in all aspects of the company’s history, concluding with his work on the sale of the company to Bookham Technology PLC for $338M. While at New Focus he also contributed to the raising of over $500M though public and private equity offerings. From 1990 to present, while at New Focus and Daylight Solutions, Dr. Day has developed extensive patent and product portfolios and transferred numerous products into production, both onshore and overseas. Dr. Day has extensive technical knowledge and experience, and is considered an expert in the field of photonics.

Dr. Day holds both a BS and an MS in Physics from San Diego State University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. 

Paul Larson

President, COO, Director

Paul LarsonPaul Larson is a cofounder of Daylight Solutions and serves as the company’s President and COO. He is a seasoned executive with over 25 years' experience managing business operations and developing leading-edge technologies. Mr. Larson has held senior management positions with successful start-ups such as San Diego-based Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC), and Qualcomm Inc. As Director of ASIC Programs for Qualcomm, Mr. Larson contributed significantly to the company's early efforts to establish a commercially viable ASIC division, generating over $600M in revenue during its third year. Mr. Larson also contributed to business operations of larger, global companies such as Ericsson, where he was Director of Business Management.

Mr. Larson began his career as an Electrical Engineer with Motorola’s Integrated Circuits Research Applications Laboratory (MICARL). He holds a BSEE from the United States International University and an MBA from San Diego State University.

Dr. William B. Chapman

VP, Engineering

Bill ChapmanDr. Chapman brings over 20 years of experience in research, design and development of infrared laser and detection technologies for scientific, industrial and telecom applications.  As individual contributor and Principal Investigator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Focused Research, Inc. respectively, he contributed to ground-breaking work in infrared detection, semiconductor laser tuning range and wavelength stabilization. At New Focus, Intel and most recently as Senior Director of Engineering at Emcore/Telco Division, Dr. Chapman led engineering teams in developing three generations of tunable lasers and transmitters that have been deployed extensively in metropolitan and long-haul optical telecommunications networks. His responsibilities have spanned all phases of product life cycle from proof-of-concept to oversight of offshore high-volume manufacturing.

Dr. Chapman holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Board of Directors

Timothy Day, PhD


See above.

Paul Larson


See above.

Frank Levinson, PhD


Frank H. Levinson, PhD, is the founder and managing director of Small World Group, PTE LTD, with offices in Singapore and Syracuse, Indiana. From 1988 through 2005, he was founder, CTO, and chairman of Finisar Corporation, a technology leader in fiber-optic subsystems and network performance test systems, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California in the heart of Silicon Valley. Frank lead a dynamic team of talented technology and business professionals who helped build Finisar from a start-up to ~$350M in annual sales by 2006. He also worked extensively with manufacturing teams in Asia to help make Finisar a leader in high-volume manufacturing of fiber optics components.

Before Finisar, Dr. Levinson developed fiber-optic technologies at Raychem/Raynet in Menlo Park, California, and at Bell Labs and Bellcore in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 1984, he founded Netek Corporation in Lincoln Park, New Jersey in partnership with AMP.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Levinson has been associated with a number of areas of technical development resulting in the creation of intellectual property such as optical fiber couplers, WDM couplers, optical switches, diffused waveguides, optical fiber connectors, optical transmitters and receivers, high speed network architectures and protocols, and broadcast network architectures. He has worked on more than 35 successfully granted fiber optics and technology patents, with more pending.

Dr. Levinson’s interests range from astronomy and fiber optics innovations to global ecology and tropical rainforests. He founded Small World Group to help advance world awareness of a number of scientific issues and new technologies that may help improve our quality of life. 

Dr. Levinson earned a BS in Mathematics and Physics from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and both an MS and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. 

William L. Potts, Jr.


Mr. Potts has over 35 years of experience in corporate finance and has served as the senior financial executive on management teams at private start-up and mature public companies in Silicon Valley for over 20 years. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of New Focus Inc., a publicly owned optical components manufacturer. New Focus was acquired by Bookham Technology PLC in 2004 for $338M. Prior to New Focus he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Komag Inc., a publicly owned storage components manufacturer. He began his career in the consulting division of Arthur Andersen & Co. in New York City.

His accomplishments include private and public equity transactions, syndicated bank facilities, acquisitions, divestitures, domestic and international joint ventures, formation of offshore manufacturing entities, international tax strategies, and corporate restructurings. The public and private equity transactions raised over $750M and $100M, respectively. The syndicated bank facilities raised $345M.

During his tenure at New Focus and Komag both companies underwent significant expansions and established sizable offshore manufacturing facilities. He played a key role in these expansion activities and the subsequent restructuring activities that were required at both companies in response to unprecedented downturns in the fiber optics and storage component industries.

Mr. Potts holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Stanford University. He is a member of Financial Executives International. 

Jeffrey Harper


Jeffrey Harper is the President and Owner of Harper Construction Company in San Diego, California. The company was founded by Ron Harper in 1974. Mr. Harper has worked at Harper Construction for more than 24 years. Some of his early projects include: Point Mugu Naval Air Weapons Station ($10M), Vandenberg Air Force Base ($76M), and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii ($150M).

Mr. Harper returned to San Diego in 2000 as Vice President of Operations. Since that year, Harper Construction Company has performed $1.3B of work, and in 2005 Mr. Harper purchased the company and owns 100% of the stock. Mr. Harper and his team completed $225M in revenue for 2008 and as of January 2009 anticipate a construction backlog of nearly $350M. Mr. Harper and his company have been involved in a wide variety of projects for both public- and private-sector clients across the United States, including the US Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Army, General Services Administration, City of San Diego, State of California, University of California, and the Los Angeles Community College District. Harper Construction also anticipates an international role as Construction Manager at Camp Humphreys in the Republic of Korea for a nearly $1B Bachelor Enlisted Quarters housing project commencing in 2009.

In January of 2009, Mr. Harper was appointed to serve on the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) committee for the Association of General Contractors of America. Mr. Harper earned a BA from UCLA.