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Meet the RLI Staff

Patrick Cogan, Product Sales Manager
Pat has been with RLI since August 2001 and is currently the product sales manager; specializing in technical sales such as entryway control systems, and laser curtain/barriers. Pat is a graduate from Cincinnati State and received a degree in Laser Electro-Optics Technology (bio med option). His career in the laser industry started in 1998 when he was employed by a cosmetic laser center in Cincinnati, OH where he performed various cosmetic laser treatments and also rented lasers to various doctors' offices throughout the tri-state.
William J. Ertle, CLSO, CMLSO, President
Mr. Ertle has been associated with Rockwell Laser Industries (RLI) since 1989 where he now holds the position of President. Bill has provided in-depth lectures and training presentations for numerous RLI Training Institute courses, industry conferences, as well as presentations for events at Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratories, The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, IEEE/LEOS, OPTCON, ALAC, Bay Area Laser Safety Officers (BALSO) and the International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC). Bill has also authored and co-authored several laser safety articles.

In addition to his training-based activities, he routinely provides RLI clients with product specific technical information on laser safety eyewear, windows, barriers, interlocks and other related laser safety equipment.

Bill is the Chairman of the ANSI Z136 Technical Standards Committee on Control Measures and Training (TSC-4) and a voting member of the Accredited Standards Committee, the main Z136 committee. He is an active member of the Laser Institute of America (LIA) and a former member of their Board of Directors as well as a member of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). He is a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee on Laser Safety and is a Certified Laser Safety Officer by the Board of Laser Safety. Bill is a graduate of Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH.
Linda Follette, Customer Service Representative
Serving the company for over 20 years, Linda is a team player with a contagious personality. Her overall product knowledge assists her in meeting customers’ needs in a concise manner. Linda specializes in Laser Safety Eyewear, Warning Signs, Equipment Labels, Publications, Online/CD-ROM Training, and Hazard Analysis Software.
Nancy Mauro, Executive Assistant

Nancy joined the staff at the end of 2014 and is the Executive Assistant to our President, Bill Ertle. In addition, she oversees daily office operational functions, manages consulting projects, and coordinates special corporate functions.

Nancy has worked as an executive assistant for over 25 years in both the Foodservice Industry and the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Barry Peel, Marketing and Media Specialist
Barry joined the RLI team in April of 2008 after moving back to Cincinnati from Los Angeles. A newcomer to the Industry, his diverse work history has helped to bring new ideas and insight to the RLI team. Providing marketing support to the business solutions program and business development department are Barry’s main focus.
James Gregory Rockwell, CEO and Chairman of the Board
Greg has been an active member of the RLI board of directors for over 10 years. He is a line pilot for United Airlines where he flies Boeing -767/757's predominately to South America & Europe. Greg actively participates on the faculty of the Safety of Lasers Outdoors (A-220) course. He serves on the Aerospace Behavioral Engineering Technology committee of the SAE G-10T (Laser Safety Hazards Subcommittee) and the The ANSI SSC-6 (ANSI Z136.6) committee. He is an honors graduate in Aeronautical Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology.
R. James Rockwell, Jr., 1937 - 2003
Founder of Rockwell Laser Industries, Jim Rockwell was active in various areas of laser R&D since 1963 including fourteen years as the Directing Physicist of the University of Cincinnati Medical Laser Laboratory. He served as Chairman of the ANSI Z-136 Control Measures Subcommittee since it's inception and on the laser safety committee of the National Fire Protection Association. Mr. Rockwell was a Fellow in the LIA and was honored in 1984 with the President's Award for service.
Darrell Seeley, CLSO 1950 - 2016,

RLI Vice President and Consultant, Darrell Seeley worked for more than 17 years in laser safety and laser safety training and amassed many accomplishments over that time. Darrell was one of the first nine persons in the U.S. to become a Certified Laser Safety Officer (CLSO) and was a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Board of Laser Safety. He was also a member of ANSI Accredited Standards Committee ASC Z136 Safe Use of Lasers as well as various Z136 subcommittees, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Laser Institute of America (LIA).

Darrell was Professor of physics at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, WI, for 22 years, and worked as visiting laser scientist with the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Cedar Sinai Medical, and the Austrian Research Centers, Seibersdorf, Austria.

James F. Smith, Board of Directors
Jim Smith is retired as Director of Standards Activity for RLI, and continues as a member of the RLI Board of Directors. He has over 42 years experience in the laser field. Jim's credits include the past Chairmanships of the ANSI Z136 subcommittee for Laser Safety and Training Programs; the IEC TC 76 Working Group 8 committee for Maintenance and New Standards and the ISO TC 172/SC 9 Working Group 3 committee on Safety. Jim served for over 20 years as a member of the US Technical Advisory Group for IEC TC 76. He has been involved in laser safety training programs for over 30 years, authoring computer based training packages, numerous articles and book chapters. Jim is a Fellow member, as well as a past president of the LIA and a lecturer for many of the RLI laser safety courses. He continues to serve as a consultant to RLI.