Founded in 2001 by Jeffrey Galea, BTA is focused on delivering Luxury A/V and Building Automation Systems to both Residential Homes and Commercial Businesses.
CEO and Founder – Jeff graduated from General Motors Institute (Kettering University) in 1986 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. His thesis entitled, “Local Area Networking”, resulted in the installation of GM’s first broadband coaxial cable network at its Syracuse, NY Fisher Body plant. In 1988, Jeff moved to Boca Raton, FL where he was the key technologist tasked with building EDS’s development center practice at IBM. As EDS’s Chief Technology Officer in Boca Raton, Jeff developed operating systems on Intel and PowerPC platforms and was co-inventor on US Patent 6,118,428 involving the integration of OS/2® and Windows®.
After 15 years with EDS, Jeff moved to Silicon Valley where he joined Aurum Software pre-IPO in 1996. As Director of Aurum’s consulting practice and later Vice President of Engineering, Jeff was credited with developing the first completely browser-based Sales Force Automation application in the industry. Jeff’s team simultaneously released the product in nine languages, after which Aurum went public and was acquired by The Baan Company. As Vice President of Engineering for Baan’s North America Front Office Division, Jeff’s team developed software that kept mobile phones synchronized with cloud servers to empower mobile sales forces at Fortune 500 companies.
In early 1999, Jeff left Baan and co-founded The Cybrant Corporation, a pioneer in web-based guided selling solutions. Cybrant deployed its solution to multi-national companies including HP, Cisco, Dupont, Johnson & Johnson, and Mitshubishi, among others. As Vice President of Engineering and Chief Architect, Jeff was awarded a US Patent 6,404,445 for Cybrant’s core constraint engine technology which enabled complex products to be configured in a browser. Jeff moved back to Boca Raton, FL to run Cybrant’s Product Management, Engineering, and Support Teams in early 2001 as Cybrant grew to 150 employees in nine countries before being acquired by Blue Martini Software.
Jeff left Blue Martini Software in 2004 to launch Boca Theater & Automation (BTA), a high-tech company focused on developing and delivering software and electronics that integrate audio/visual and building control systems in Luxury Homes. BTA’s state-of-the art touch screen control systems have been employed in some of the most prestigious homes in the U.S. from Fisher Island and Miami’s South Beach, to East Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, with the majority of its customers located in Boca Raton, Florida. BTA acquired Cinema Design Group International (CDGi) in 2005, a company focused on designing and building acoustically accurate luxury interiors for high-end residential and small venue commercial theaters. CDGi is an International company with over 1,500 theaters deployed from Boca Raton, FL to Dubai and all over North America. Two of its theaters were selected and featured on HGTV’s Top Ten Luxury Home Theaters special aired in U.S. and Canada in 2010.
In 2011, Jeff acquired Radio Frequency electronics distributor, Microwave Distributors Company (MDC), along with its manufacturing affiliate MIDISCO – a 50 year old RF pioneer located in Long Island, New York. After relocating the company to Boca Raton, FL in 2012, Jeff oversees operations as MDC’s CEO while it finishes its modernization overhaul and launches its eCommerce initiative in 2014.
Jeff is also an Eagle Scout and enjoys time Cub Scouting with his nephews, and sponsoring an intern program for five engineering and technology students attending FAU, PBCC, Kettering University, and Broward CC by employing and mentoring students within his companies.
CFO – Joe graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1984 with a BS in Accounting. After becoming a CPA, he returned to graduate school and graduated from Plymouth State College in 1990 with an MBA. Joe began his professional career in Toledo, OH where he held corporate accounting positions with increasing levels of responsibility at Craftline Windows and Pioneer Plastics, a manufacturer of laminate countertops.
Joe spent the next fifteen years of his career in the consumer packaging industry with Owens-Brockway Plastics and Pactiv Corporation. Joe was the production manager at a 200-employee plant that serviced customers such as Clairol, McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Schering-Plough, Clorox, Unilever, and Proctor and Gamble. Joe has extensive experience in developing partnerships with customers with expertise in improving processes while reducing costs for customers. After holding the production manager position and several other key leadership positions at manufacturing facilities in Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Georgia and St. Louis, MO, Joe transitioned to corporate headquarters in Lake Forest, IL. He was the finance lead on a system conversion of a $200 million division of Pactiv prior becoming Corporate Controller of several divisions. Joe also led a multi-national division through the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance documentation and was part of turnaround teams of two divisions, and was a key team member of an acquisition in The Netherlands.
Joe left Pactiv Corporation to join Boca Theater and Automation (BTA) and to complete the due diligence of the acquisition of Cinema Design Group International (CDGi). Joe relocated CDGi from Dallas, TX to Boca Raton, FL in 2005. In 2011, Joe was instrumental in the acquisition of Microwave Distributors Company (MDC) and relocated the business from Long Island, NY to Boca Raton, FL in 2012. Joe has the financial and treasury responsibility of the three companies along with overseeing distribution and manufacturing of MDC.
J.T. Galea, Sr
Managing Director – J.T. Galea Sr. is a graduate of General Motors Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Electrical Engineering, he also completed course studies towards a MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. He retired from General Motors after 35 years of service during which time he supervised engineering departments both in the U.S. and in Europe with multi-million dollar budgets. He has also earned patents for his work in the development of mechanical systems. After retirement he successfully began a business which he developed and sold, and which he worked for 8 years as an estimator, designer and project manager in the home building industry.
Director of Engineering – Jim graduated from the University of Utah in 1988 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, Jim joined Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and moved to Spring Hill, TN where the new General Motors Saturn manufacturing plant was being built. Jim was part of the team tasked with the implementation and shake down of the “Plant Floor Systems”.
In 1992, Jim moved to Boca Raton, FL where he joined the EDS team at IBM. He was part of the team that converted the 16-bit software development tools to 32-bit for OS/2®. Jim also traveled extensively as a design, development, and implementation specialist for EDS at accounts such as Compaq in Houston, TX, NON-STOP Logistics is San Francisco, CA, and GM’s CPC Headquarters in Detroit, MI.
In 1999, Jim moved to Silicon Valley and joined The Cybrant Corporation, a pioneer in web-based guided selling solutions. Cybrant deployed its solution to multi-national companies including HP, Cisco, DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, and Mitsubishi, among others. As Director of Engineering, Jim led the team of software engineers that developed Cybrant’s server and browser based run time technology. Jim was awarded US Patent 6,404,445 for Cybrant’s core constraint engine technology which enabled complex products to be configured in a browser.
In 2005, Jim joined Boca Theater & Automation (BTA), a high-tech company focused on developing and delivering software and electronics that integrate audio/visual and building control systems in Luxury Homes. As Director of Engineering, Jim designed, developed, and implemented state-of-the-art touch screen control systems that have been employed in some of the most prestigious homes in the U.S. from Fisher Island and Miami’s South Beach, to East Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, to Boca Raton, FL, where the majority of BTA’s customers are located.
Jim also enjoys camping and spending time with his family, and is an avid sports fan.
Director of Operations - Stan graduated from Loughborough University of Technology in the United Kingdom in 1985 with a BS in Engineering Science and Technology. He forged a successful career in the Automotive Industry, first with Lucas Industries in the United Kingdom as well as the U.S. and then joining Robert Bosch Corporation in Farmington Hills, Michigan in 1993.
While at Bosch, Stan spearheaded development of new global fuel and engine management system business with Ford Motor Company. In 1998, Stan returned to Europe, this time to Cologne, Germany where he developed a Bosch global business coordination strategy for Ford Motor Company and its global affiliated brands. Returning to Michigan in 2001, Stan assumed a business management position with Robert Bosch Corporation, again in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
After 11 years with Bosch, Stan relocated to Boca Raton to take a partnership in the newly formed Boca Theater and Automation (BTA), where he currently serves as Director, Operations and Principal Systems Design Engineer.
Stan is a keen runner and participates in as many 5k/10k runs and obstacle course race events as his busy schedule allows. He is also a student mentor for the FIRST Robotics Team 5196, of which Boca Theater and Automation is also a sponsor.
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
– Peter Drucker