Officers & Directors
Darryl Daigle has been a shareholder of Research Frontiers since 1991 and was elected by the stockholders to the Board of Directors in June 2012. Since 1987, Mr. Daigle has been a principal owner of several profitable family-owned businesses in Louisiana. One of these, SPD Equipment Sales Inc., sells oilfield and marine equipment to the marine and oil and gas industries. Another business, S&D Bait Company LLC serves the commercial and recreational fishing industries in Louisiana. Mr. Daigle earned a business degree from Texas Tech University and is a former member of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board, to which he was appointed by Governor Murphy J. Foster, Jr.
Joe Harary joined Research Frontiers Incorporated as its Vice President and General Counsel in 1992 and has been a director of the Company since 1993. After various promotions, Mr. Harary became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2002, and Chief Executive Officer starting in January 2009. He serves on the Company’s Executive Committee. Mr. Harary has actively managed and directed all aspects of the Company’s business including licensing, raising private and public equity capital, marketing, and government relations. Working closely with Chairman Robert L. Saxe, during Joe Harary’s tenure, the company’s intellectual property portfolio — patents and patent applications for SPD-Smart™ technology worldwide — has grown to over 500, making Research Frontiers the industry leader in smart glass light-control technology. He and the executive team are responsible for building an SPD supply chain infrastructure through the licensing of premier companies that include the world’s largest chemical and glass companies, and building global awareness of the benefits of SPD-SmartGlass technology. In 2007, Research Frontiers’ licensees began producing and selling to their customers next-generation SPD-Smart film and end-products.
Prior to joining Research Frontiers, Mr. Harary’s corporate law practice emphasized technology, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and intellectual property law at three prestigious New York City law firms. Mr. Harary graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia College with an A.B. degree in economics, and received a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar as well as an editor of the Columbia Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Harary worked as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Joe Harary is frequently asked to share his business experience with other companies directly, and as a speaker and published author in the fields of intellectual property, corporate law, and smart glass. His online column, “Ask Joe,” is popular among the growing number of visitors to the Company’s website (SmartGlass.com). Mr. Harary has also served as a guest lecturer at Fordham University’s Accelerated MBA Program, and serves on the boards of various charities including the Imagine Academy which helps children with autism and their families.
Alexander Kaganowicz became director in June 2013, has been a shareholder of Research Frontiers since 1998. In addition to being a shareholder, Dr. Kaganowicz has been involved in the performance and market testing of SPD products, including several demonstration installations of SPD SmartGlass in his home and work locations. For the past 26 years Dr. Kaganowicz has been the proprietor of a successful automotive services business in Freeport, NY. He holds a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Rome, has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at the New York Institute of Technology, and has worked as a clinical chemist with titles of Director of the Chemistry Department and Manager of the Pathology Department at the Booth Memorial Medical Center in Queens, NY (from 1974 to 1989). In addition, he owned and operated several successful medical supply companies in New York and Pennsylvania from 1989 to 2005. Dr. Kaganowicz research experience has resulted in several publications and textbook contributions.
Michael LaPointe became Research Frontiers’ Director of Marketing for Architectural Windows and Displays in March 2000, was promoted to the position of Vice President – Marketing in March 2002 and became Vice President – Aerospace Products in 2013. Mr. LaPointe, a graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Organizational Behavior & Management and a B.A. in Psychology, worked in a marketing capacity for IBM Corporation in the early 1980s. He subsequently founded and developed several companies involved in the application and licensing of new technologies for various consumer products. During that period Mr. LaPointe also worked as a management consultant, where in 1994 he began his relationship with Research Frontiers, assisting it with its marketing strategy. He has extensive experience in licensing new technologies, both as a licensor and a licensee, and in bringing products using new technologies to market.
Graham Settle, age 62, brings to the Board 35 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.
Mr. Settle was first introduced to the Company by its founder, Bob Saxe, in 1986 at the time of Research Frontiers Initial Public Offering, four years after beginning his career on Wall Street with Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter in 1982. His due diligence and involvement over time has led him to make significant investments including direct participation in the Company’s capital raising transactions and purchases in the open market.
In 1994, Mr. Settle was tapped to manage AT&T Capital’s newly established small and medium enterprise initiative in North and South Carolina. The 1996 acquisition of AT&T Capital marked the beginning of 18 years of foreign operations with a move to Bosnia and Herzegovina to establish the war-torn nation’s first micro-finance institution. Under his leadership, and in partnership with bilateral and multilateral shareholders, the fledgling firm reached profitability and went on to rank #14 in Forbes Top 50.
Mr. Settle continued to serve in the Balkans as Chief of Mission for World Bank Group’s private sector International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Sarajevo and later in Belgrade where he led the in-country liaison for World Bank Group’s diplomatic accreditation and forensic audit of Serbia’s arrears in the prelude to Paris Club negotiations.
After the World Bank Group assignments, Graham Settle’s high-level roles in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) included board membership on investee companies, focal point for all private sector development programs for developing member countries in the Asia and Pacific region and Regional Mission Head of Private Sector Development for Central Asia in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Mr. Settle was also Senior Advisor to Kazakhstan Independent Directors Association and primary instructor for CFA candidates in Ethics and Professional Standards. In 2012 he was a Founder of the Intelligence By Design Eurasian Training Alliance public-private partnership with SAP, Pearson Education and the Government of Kazakhstan.
Through his participation on special projects for Research Frontiers in Asia, Europe and North America, Graham Settle developed first-hand knowledge of the Company, its technology and the industries it serves, with personal interaction with key SPD emulsion/film and glass licensees and customers around the globe. His international business and government experience and financial and strategic consulting abroad contributed a global perspective to Research Frontiers on these projects, and continue to provide this as a member of the Research Frontiers Board.
Graham Settle was also a founding member of identity theft and cybersecurity firm InfoArmor in 2007. InfoArmor was acquired by All State Insurance (NYSE: ALL) for $525 million in 2018.
After the loss of his wife Amy, Graham took a year-long sabbatical homeschooling his two young children as they traveled to 15 countries in 2017-2018. Mr. Settle also personally sponsored a Bosnian student for university studies in the USA.
Mr. Settle is a Chartered Financial Analyst, completed the US Marine Corps Platoon Leader Course in Quantico, was an AAU Boxing champion, completed the Strategic Negotiations executive program at Harvard University and has an MBA from East Carolina University.
Graham has 18 years of international in-country operational experience in Asia and Pacific, Caucuses and Eurasia, Central Asia, Middle East, Southern and Central Europe.
In addition to his accomplishments in developing countries, Graham Settle has created companies, trained professionals and published and lectured around the globe in multiple disciplines.
Chief Technology Officer
Steven Slovak joined Research Frontiers in January 1989 as a chemist and was promoted to various positions. In November 2005 Mr. Slovak became Research Frontiers’ Director of Film Development, and in January 2008 was promoted to Vice President – Technology where he oversaw a growing team of chemists. In February of 2019 he was promoted to Chief Technology Officer. Steve Slovak was an inventor on numerous patents and patent applications held by Research Frontiers worldwide on SPD-Smart light-control technology and was a member of various scientific organizations including ASTM International and the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC).