Meet the team

At TRIOPTICS USA, we strive to provide our customers with quality solutions to their optical metrology products. We do this with superior customer service and engineering excellence. With offices in both Southern California and in upstate New York, our team provides the experience, knowledge and insight to help our customers in North America succeed.

Erik Stover

President and CEO

Erik joined TRIOPTICS USA in April of 2019 as President and CEO, where his technical knowledge and business development experience bring foresight and insight to the team.  His experience in the optics industry is all-encompassing and include time as a test engineer at Ball Aerospace, a project engineer at LightWorks Optics (now II-VI), as R&D Manager at Janos Technology and as Global Business Development Manager at Taylor-Hobson.  In 2004, he was appointed CEO at M3 Measurement solutions prior to joining TRIOPTICS USA.  He is a US Navy Veteran and lives in Southern California with his wife and children.

Joel Murphy

Sales Director

Joel Murphy is the Sales Director for Trioptics Inc., joining the company in 2019. Joel has over 20 years’ experience in optics manufacturing and photonics-based technologies. Drawing and a diverse background including operations management, program management, business development and sales he takes a well-rounded approach to his role. Based in Jupiter, his free time is filled with family, swimming, home improvement projects and playing guitar by the fire pit. Joel holds a BS in Business Management from Franklin Pierce University, graduating Valedictorian CGPS, Summa Cum Laude.

Bill Perkins

Director of Engineering

Bill is an accomplished optics engineer, starting at Bausch & Lomb and then Sola Optical. At Bushnell Eyewear, he was Engineering Manager, overseeing a global team creating optical systems, mechanical assemblies and components. He joined Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems division as a Principle Physics Engineer and later became Section Manager of the Telescope and Sensor Mechanical Design team.  From there he moved to AT&T as a Senior Manager of Technical Process and Quality, focusing on satellite and broadband technical performance. Bill joined TRIOPTICS USA in 2020 as Engineering Manager and was appointed Director of Engineering in 2021. Bill spends his free time participating in endurance sports activities and has completed multiple IRONMAN® full and half-distance triathlons.

Charles “Chuck” Mc Fee

Sales Manager

Chuck McFee has been involved in optical metrology and factory floor integrated solutions covering various ranges of the energy spectrum for over 30 years. Chuck’s broad background with product selection and systems integration can help in configurations and planning of simple or complex projects. Chuck’s prior experience includes Zygo, QED (optics polishing and stitching interferometers), Sydor Technologies (streak cameras, PMT’s and X-Ray detection) and Honeywell-Measurex measurements with distributed control systems. In his idle time, you might find him concocting a unique wine or whiskey batch.

Mike Birdsell

Sales Manager

Michael Birdsell is a technical sales professional with over 25 years of customer service experience. Joining the Trioptics team in 2017, Michael has experience with the vast Trioptics product line. Although the ImageMaster line is exciting and diverse, the OptiCentric centration products remain his favorite. Michael strongly believes that the Triangle electronic auto collimators are deeply underappreciated and that every optics lab should have at least two on hand. A lot can be done with creative thinking. In his free time, Michael can be found riding the power of the wind and waves off the coast of California.

Tara Eby

Sales Manager

Tara brings over nine years of experience as a Project Manager and Sales Professional in Optics. Her knowledge with AS9100D protocols, ITAR and QA offers her a unique ability to serve the Aerospace & Defense industry along with their specific requirements. Providing outstanding customer support, solutions and attention to detail is her specialty.

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