About

Havenshine Technologies, Inc. was founded by a team of entrepreneurial engineers in the Chicagoland area.

 

At Havenshine, we are focused on building a world where the use of autonomous technology is not a luxury for the few, but mainstream solution for the many.  We want to live in a world free of job-related injuries, toxic emissions, noise pollution, and resource theft; a world where people have more time to focus on the stimulating tasks by making use of safe and autonomous technology; a world where machines work reliably wherever, whenever, in times of prosperity and in times of pandemic.  Simply put, we want to live in a world where technology gives us back our most valuable resource: Time.

We started building this autonomous world by focusing on the landscaping services industry, which, in recent years, has been plagued with labor shortage, low margins, toxic pollution, and debilitating job-related injuries.

 

We believe that our future depends on safe implementation of autonomous systems.

Ilya Sagalovich

Founder, Chief Executive Officer

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Ilya founded Havenshine Technologies with the idea that humans can automate certain tasks, and, at the same time, help make our world cleaner and safer. Ilya played a key role in the early strategic and technical growth of Havenshine Technologies.

Prior to founding Havenshine, Ilya worked as a senior engineer and product owner at HERE Technologies. In that role, Ilya led key initiatives in improving quality and reducing costs of backend cloud services for connected autonomous vehicles. Before HERE Technologies, Ilya worked on safety-critical systems, robotics, vehicle software, and embedded hardware at Navistar, Qualcomm, and Broadcom.

Ilya holds a Bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Waterloo and has 4 patents in map data processing, vehicle systems, and engine controls.

Paul Susa

 

Chief Systems Engineer

Paul is creative engineer and problem-solver who approaches every problem with “can do” mentality. Paul made significant contributions to the early development of HavenGuide’s embedded software and prototype hardware. Paul continues to be involved in many aspects of engineering including safety systems development and hardware evaluation.

 

Before joining Havenshine Technologies, Paul worked at Nokia where he acquired vast experience in telecommunications software, systems engineering, system architecture, and high-availability systems. Paul became involved with robotic systems as part of Nokia's community outreach program. In that role, Paul has gained experience in robotic control systems, collision avoidance, and robotic applications of Artificial Intelligence.

 

Paul holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Benedictine University and an Associate's Degree in electronics from North Dakota State College of Science. Paul also holds a patent on system down-time reduction.

Ryan Walsh

Business Expert at Havenshine

Co-founder & CEO of Valqari

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A natural-born innovator and entrepreneur, Ryan has been an integral part of Havenshine’s early-stage business success. His expert advice helped Havenshine secure strategic partnerships and raise initial investment.

 

As CEO of Valqari, Ryan has played a key role in the creation of Valqari’s patented Drone Delivery Station. In addition to product development, Ryan also manages Valqari’s intellectual property and strategic partnerships in an effort to ultimately reshape the future of the global logistics industry.

 

Ryan’s focus and determination stems from his six years in the US Army where he served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Ryan learned how to lead elite teams through new and challenging situations with limited resources, and still uses these principles today.

 

Over the past several years, Ryan has built a solid team of dedicated and creative individuals, ranging from executives to engineers. Under his leadership, Valqari has secured multiple strategic partnerships including T-Mobile/Sprint, becoming the first smart mailbox to connect to their HTC 5G Hub. In addition, Valqari was named among “Top 50 Startups to Watch in 2020” by Built in Chicago. And most recently, the company won the 2020 Timmy Awards as “Best Tech Startup in North America,” which recognizes members of the tech community for their resilience, agility and exceptional leadership.

 

Ryan has been featured in FOX Business, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Business Podcast, Unmanned Airspace and more.

 

He has an MBA in Management from North Central College and BS in Economics from Northeastern Illinois University.

Mark Ritzman

Legal Expert at Havenshine

Attorney at Peregrine, Stime, Newman, Ritzman & Bruckner Ltd. 

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A resourceful problem-solver with a knack for creative solutions, Mark was drawn to Havenshine from his very first conversation with llya about the automation of lawnmowers and other off-road vehicles.  The concept of an efficient “green” solution to an age-old problem was what appealed to Mark most, along with the numerous opportunities for alternate application such technology presents.

By day, Mark is a Chicagoland-based attorney whose practice consists primarily of municipal law, corporate law, non-profit law and real estate and business transactions.  By night (and weekends), Mark is an avid outdoorsman, canoeist, husband, father and writer.  He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

During law school Mark earned his LEED Green Associate credential in order to better assist clients interested in “green” solutions and developments, which is exactly what his role as an advisor to Havenshine allows him to do.