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In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

We assign a Team Lead to your project, and that person will have at least 15 years experience with a record of success. Whenever possible, we also work with local universities to assign interns to our projects. We do this to help sow the seeds needed to build future US engineering skills.

Phoenix has three guiding principles:

  1. An organization’s strength is in the people it employs.
  2. An organization’s abilities stem from the freedom it gives those people.
  3. Maintaining a strong team of seasoned, skilled professionals serves the best interests of our company and our clients.

Penny Caran-Kervill

Owner and CEO

Penny Kervill has 30 years of experience working in state and national governments and in the development of US and international businesses. Her focus has included government project and office coordination and business development for engineering operations, training and regulatory compliance:

  • Staff Member, office of Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York.
  • Deputy Director, Federal-State Relations in the Washington DC Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she headed all office operations.
  • Vice President, International Sales and Marketing, Interference Control Technologies (formerly Don White Consultants Inc.).  She supervised sales in Europe, Japan and Australia. In three years she tripled sales by listening to clients and representatives in fourteen international engineering sales offices.
  • Program Manager, National Alliance of Business. Penny developed public private partnerships to promote job growth and formed programs with the White House and US Courts.
  • CEO, Technology International 1991 – 2000. Penny developed the business of EU Regulatory Compliance, recruiting and supervising 40 local staff members. She set up and managed the national field sales network of over 20 offices in the US and Canada with an international network of affiliated electronic testing laboratories.

Penny’s achievements have been recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Fabulous Fifty Award, their most prestigious annual award for small businesses, signifying growth of 500% or more for three successive years.

Nigel Burtt

Nigel graduated from the University of Warwick in 1984 with a Master’s degree in Engineering, and in 2000, he was accepted as a member of the IEE (now IET) and gained Chartered Engineer status.

After graduating, he embarked upon a 25 year career with Dolby Laboratories, which allowed him to indulge his love of audio electronics; beginning in1984 as a test engineer in their London professional product manufacturing facility, and moving on to be the production engineering department manager when the company relocated to new premises in Wiltshire in 1992. Nigel was responsible for all test and assembly process andwas the main liaison contact with the USA-based product development and design teams for new product introductions. With the implementation of the RoHS and WEEE Directives, Nigel was a key member of the corporate team ensuring compliance would be achieved in advance of the deadline and he was awarded the company President’s award in 2004 as a result of these efforts.

Alongside his work for Dolby on compliance, he also became involved regularly with the SMART Group trade association who were keen to ensure that the UK electronics manufacturing industry and supply chain were well informed about all the issues that this raised. He helped organise and gave presentations at several SMART Group events, receiving the honour of a SMART Fellow award at their European Conference in 2004. Nigel was asked to join their Technical advisory committee in 2005 and in 2008 became a Director of the group, joining the Steering committee as vice-chair of the Technical committee.

Nigel left Dolby in July 2009, after it closed its UK manufacturing facilities in April 2009 and moved all production activities to the USA, and set up a freelance electronics manufacturing consultancy business, Enjaybee Associates. He obtained the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management and IOSH Managing Environmental Responsibilities Certificate and became an Affiliate member of the IEMA in September 2009.

He is currently working on an assignment with the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers (IABM), advising their membership on environmental regulation compliance. He recently completed an agency contract with Invensys Rail working with overseas CEMs on localised and licensed manufacture of their signalling system products.

Since 2009 Nigel has been a member of the UK Government’s Electronics Regulatory Group which is a liaison committee of UK industry trade bodies which meets to ensure up to date information is transmitted to industry by government on all relevant regulatory matters both current,  planned and provisional, in particular for EU legislation such as the RoHS Directive and the REACH regulation and for government to receive stakeholder feedback back on implementation.

Dai Davis

Expert in International Legal, Safety and Regulatory Requirements

Dai is a United Kingdom-based Solicitor* and Engineer who specializes in product liability, product safety, product recalls and intellectual property.

He is a committee member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers’ Management Professional Network, and  a member of the Laws Committee and the IT & E-Commerce Committee, both based in the United Kingdom. He was also a past Chairman of the Society for Computers and Law.

* “Solicitor” is the professional title for Lawyer in the United Kingdom.

Gregg Kervill

Vice President, Technical Operations

Gregg Kervill studied Applied Physics and completed a three-year Diploma in Industrial Management, a UK equivalent of the MBA.

During his early career in electronics, Gregg designed products for industrial control, consumer, space and military applications. He then created and developed GK Consultants Ltd. to provide Product Safety consultancy and established a web presence in 1993 ( With GKCL, Gregg advised European and Asian governments in engineering development and training.

Gregg has been a registered consultant with the European Union and has performed contract with NIST and the Consumer Electronics Association. He has provided pro bono support for Virginia Governor Mark Warner’s VALET program and for the planning and strategy committee of the City of Austin, Texas.

In 1995, Gregg created the first CDROM computer-based training program on Electrical Safety. In 2001, he designed the examination for the International Association for Radio, Telecommunications and Electromagnetics (NARTE) Product Safety Certification program. He wrote and published an examination guide, which was also translated into Japanese.

Gregg has lectured on three continents, has presented papers at many international conferences and has published three books and numerous articles on engineering product safety.

Mark Montrose

International EMC Specialist

Mark is an Engineer who specializes in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and works with clients worldwide.

Mark has a BS in Electrical Engineering, a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Engineering Management. He has over 25 years of experience in system design, product manufacturing and component engineering for information technology (ITE) and industrial, scientific and medical equipment (ISM). He also provides consultation and testing to companies wishing to enter the European market.

As a Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), he is a distinguished lecturer, director of the Electromagnetic Product Safety Technical Committee, creator of the Signal Integrity Technical Committee, Chair of Special Projects, Parliamentarian and Chair of the Governance Committee.

Mark frequently speaks at worldwide conferences and is an adjunct professor for EEM Advancement Center Pte. Ltd. in Singapore and Malaysia. He has authored and presented numerous technical papers on printed circuit board design, theory and EMC technology in North America, Europe and Asia. His papers are available on this Web site.

Steven Mihalko

Mechanical Designer and Drafter

Steve is a quality-focused Mechanical Designer and Drafter with over 16 years of experience specializing in the planning and design of state-of-art tools, machines and mechanical equipment.

Steve is well-experienced in analyzing mechanical designs, plans, blueprints and drawings, and converting 2D and 3D legacy (Mylar) drawings to electronic format. His skills include operating Pro-E, AutoCAD and MicroStation V8 data and information handling software, and in managing engineering teams to perform efficient, large-scale drawing conversion operations. With all of this, he also provides our clients with optimum productivity and cost savings.

George Montgomery

Professional Engineer and Consultant

George is a Mechanical Engineer with 35 years of experience performing analysis of equipment components for fitness for service, design and construction. His areas of expertise include stress analysis, fracture mechanics, piping design, finite elements, CAD, ASME/ANSE codes, turbine generator maintenance, NDE techniques, probabilistic risk analysis and cost analysis. He is also well-experienced in project management and engineering course design and training, helping our clients help themselves.

George earned a Master of Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and holds PE and PMP registrations in North Carolina.

Jim Comer

For more than twenty years Jim Comer has worked as a writer, speech coach and creative consultant for companies such as Advanced Micro Devices, Universal Studio Tours, Avon Products, Emerson Electric, Austin Energy and the Lower Colorado River Authority. He has coached and written speeches for CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies and given presentations skills seminars for hundreds of people from accountants and fire marshals to bankers, surveyors and sales people.

Jim has the ability to take complex slides and make them readable at a glance and keep PowerPoint in its place – as an assistant, not the star of the show. He believes that the key to a good presentation, no matter the topic, is not the shade of the slides, but the quality of the presenter.  He also believes God created handouts and downloads for details that don’t need to be part of the presentation.

When Jim isn’t busy consulting you can find him competing on game shows (like Jeopardy), writing non-fiction books, giving speeches and he was writing jokes for the late Joan Rivers.

Jim is an active participant in RESULTS, a citizens’ lobby devoted to ending preventable childhood diseases.