Our Team

Meet Our Automation Experts

Jeff Galea

CEO and Founder

Jeff graduated from General Motors Institute with a BSEE and moved to Boca Raton, FL to build GM/EDS’s development practice at IBM. At IBM, Jeff was co-inventor on US Patent 6,118,428 involving the integration of OS/2® and Windows®. Jeff moved to Silicon Valley in the 90’s, and as VP of Engineering at Aurum Software he was credited with developing the first browser-based SFA application. Aurum went public and was later acquired by The Baan Company. As VP of Engineering for Baan’s Front Office Division, Jeff’s team developed synchronization software to keep mobile phones current with servers via the internet. After leaving Baan, Jeff co-founded The Cybrant Corporation, a pioneer in web-based guided selling solutions where he was awarded US Patent 6,404,445 for technology which enabled complex products to be configured in a browser. Jeff moved back to Boca Raton, FL in 2001 to run Cybrant’s Product, Engineering, and Support Teams.

In 2004 Jeff left Enterprise Software 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 into luxury homes, yachts, and businesses. BTA’s state-of-the art touch screen control systems have been deployed in the most prestigious homes in the U.S., with the majority of its customers located in Palm Beach County 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 commercial theaters where Jeff serves as Chairman and CEO. In 2011, Jeff acquired radio frequency electronics distributor Microwave Distributors Company (MDC), along with its manufacturing affiliate MIDISCO. Jeff oversees MDCs operations and is runs its eCommerce initiative while serving as Chairman and CEO. Jeff is an Eagle Scout and sponsors student internship programs in his companies by employing and mentoring technology focused students.

Joe Galea

CFO

Joe graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1984 with a BS in Accounting. After becoming a CPA, he graduated from Plymouth State College in 1990 with an MBA. Joe began his professional career in Toledo, OH where he held various corporate accounting positions, followed by fifteen years 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. After successfully executing 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. where he became Corporate Controller of several divisions. Joe also led multi-national divisions through the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance documentation, was part of the turnaround team at two of them, and was a key team member of an acquisition in The Netherlands.

In 2005, Joe joined Boca Theater and Automation (BTA) as Chief Financial Officer. Joe led the financial due diligence related to BTA’s acquisition of Cinema Design Group International (CDGi) in 2005. In 2011, Joe led the acquisition of Microwave Distributors Company (MDC) and its manufacturing affiliate, Midisco. Joe continues to serve as CFO for BTA, CDGi, and MDC with financial and treasury responsibility of all three companies; he also serves as COO of MDC overseeing distribution and manufacturing.

J.T.Galea

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 Balwin 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. Then worked 8 years as an estimator, designer and project manager in the home building industry.

Jim Reid

Director of Engineering

Jim graduated from the University of Utah in 1988 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, Jim worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) for eight years. At EDS, Jim 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. In 1999, Jim joined The Cybrant Corporation, a pioneer in web-based guided selling solutions. As Director of Engineering, Jim led the team of software engineers that developed Cybrant’s server and browser based runtime 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). As Director of Engineering, Jim designed, developed, and implemented the 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.

Stan Elder

Senior Systems Engineer

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 and then with Robert Bosch Corporation in both the US and Germany.

While at Bosch, Stan spearheaded development of new global fuel and engine management system business with Ford Motor Company and developed a Bosch global business coordination strategy for Ford Motor Company and its affiliated brands.

Stan relocated to Boca Raton to take a partnership in the newly formed Boca Theater and Automation (BTA) in 2004, where he currently serves as 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.

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News & Updates

Barco Raises the Bar

You know those black bars that sneak across the top or sides of your screen? They appear when the resolution of your movie or show doesn’t match the resolution of your screen. This can happen on your new 4K TV or your home theater screen. And these black bars aren’t only distracting, they rob you of the full cinematic experience. For Belgian company Barco, this inconsistency is unacceptable. To remedy the issue, they are bringing their commercial entertainment solutions into your home with the debut of a brand new laser projection system, the Loki CinemaScope.

The Loki CinemaScope liberates cinema lovers and their projection systems from multiple lenses and constant calibration. You can watch whichever format you want, whenever you want with the versatile resolution of the Loki CinemaScope projector. In addition to flexibility, the Loki CinemaScope delivers pure and accurate colors, brilliant contrast, and proper resolution to everything you watch. When it comes to 4K entertainment, the CinemaScope is the only solution for the discerning home theater enthusiast. To fully understand this groundbreaking technology, we need to go back to the start…

A History of Innovation

Barco, which stands for Belgian American Radio Company, traces its history back some 80 years to radio production in 1934. Founder Lucien Depuydt began manufacturing radios in the small Belgian town of Poperinge with a technological boldness and openness to new ideas that remains the hallmark of his company to this day.

Today, Barco designs and deploys solutions that help healthcare providers diagnose patients, streamline international business communication, create awe-inspiring events, and facilitate immersive theater experiences. Their dedication to the smallest details, innovation, and a never-stop-improving mentality continues to set them apart as a worldwide tech leader in the 21st century.

Barco’s residential laser projection solutions allow you to bring this world-class technology into your home for an unrivaled home theater experience. If you are someone who demands the very best in every area of your life, Barco is for you.

Introducing… The Loki CinemaScope

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CinemaScope was born in the 1950s as movie producers faced competition from the new TV format (long before the advent of 4K!). 20th Century Fox introduced the wide angle CinemaScope movie format to deliver a cutting edge viewing experience for movie lovers. The debut was a hit right off the bat and cinemas jumped at the opportunity to outfit their existing projector kits with the new anamorphic lenses. Since most cinemas employed a technician, switching between formats became the norm.

Fast forward 60 plus years, and discerning home theater enthusiasts now enjoy the CinemaScope format from the comfort of their own custom reclining seats.  The format endures as a classic beloved by people the world over. After all this time, however, we are still swapping lenses and performing calibration checks every time we switch between viewing formats. And, yes, we deal with those distracting black bars when our media format doesn’t match our hardware.

The Loki CinemaScope enables us to switch between formats without extra lenses or calibration. Barco’s Loki CinemaScope joins their Optix and Orion models to offer 4K and 5K performance. The new projector creates a seamless home entertainment experience void of annoying presets or manual manipulation of screen size.

The resolution of the Loki CinemaScope is 5120 × 2160, an aspect ratio of 2.37:1. According to Barco, projection is the only way to enjoy a true range of cinema experiences, including the still-beloved classic square format and the enduring wide angle CinemaScope format. At long last, there is a solution for uncompromising entertainment enthusiasts.

The projector is named after a Norse god famous for shape-shifting, defying the laws of nature, and general mischief. Naming your product after a god known for tricks means you better have a few of your own… and Barco doesn’t disappoint here. Their proprietary algorithm creates an effortless viewing experience as the projector automatically moves between resolutions to deliver flawless graphics.

The Barco Residential Loki CinemaScope delivers an Ultra HD experience with unsurpassed flexibility, performance, precision, and longevity. The dual laser projector performs relentlessly for over 20,000 hours of play with accurate color, crisp contrast, and exacting resolution. The Loki CinemaScope pairs best with 4K entertainment, like the movies available through Kaleidescape’s home movie server! An EPV screen further enhances Barco’s stunning cinematic visuals. But don’t just take our word for it…

BTA has the only Barco Loki CinemaScope on display in the southeast. It’s already hooked up to a Kaleidescape server, full 3D sound, and a cutting edge EPV screen. Learn how you can experience the very latest in home entertainment technology for yourself in our show room. Our team loves playing with new tech and will even queue up your favorite movie scene so you can truly feel the difference that the finest laser projector available today makes.

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