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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

Secure Your Home Wifi Network

Most of us go about our days without thinking much about the wifi in our homes. In fact, we don’t even think about our networks until they “go down” or get hacked. We take wifi for granted and as a result, we push it out of our consciousness. When we ignore our network, we are giving cyber attackers an easy entrance into our home, our devices, and our personal information.

Your Home Network Is More Vulnerable Than You Think

home network security riskEven if you purchase a network protection plan or a ready-to-go firewall device, your home network still isn’t truly secure. When you setup your network and unbox your router, there is no built-in security. And your security add-ons are only as good as their last update. You might be thinking, “I don’t need network security, no one is coming after me.” Unfortunately, hackers will target any network they can sink their hooks into – even yours.

In 2016, identity thieves stole over $16 billion from roughly 15 million people in the United States. (Report on Identity Theft)

Some of us are even more susceptible to network security threats and issues than others. If you have a home larger than 3,000 square feet or one with exotic finishes, a typical wireless router will not provide adequate wifi coverage. High profile individuals are naturally bigger targets for cyber criminals. Professionals who rely on their home network to communicate with their offices and colleagues need to keep a sharp eye on their home network security.

If your home relies on smart devices, then you are doubly vulnerable. Each wifi connected smart device (ex: your security cameras, home hub, or smart thermostat) is a portal into your wireless network. When you access your home network via a remote login (ex: If you have the ability to view your home security camera feeds from your iPhone), this login portal becomes even more susceptible. As we add more Internet of Things (IoT) devices to our homes, we open up more portals.

There will be over 46 billion IoT devices in use by 2021. (IoT Market Forecast Report)

Once hackers figure out how to login through one portal, they are in your network and all of your connected devices are at risk. This means hackers can gain access to your appliances, home hubs, speakers, security system, phones, tablets, computers, and more. Hackers can track your browser and your keystrokes to collect additional information, like your personal banking website login. One small opening in your network is now an identity theft and financial fraud nightmare.

Simple Ways to Step Up Your Home Network Security

devices connecting to home wifiOne easy way to strengthen your defense against hackers is to employ a smart password strategy. Take these 4 steps for a strong password:

  1. Never use the password that comes with your router
  2. Create a complicated password using a service like KeePass or your own generation system (ex: combine 3 unrelated words back to back to back with a number and symbol)
  3. Don’t give out your password or post it in a visible place
  4. Change password once a month (or at least once a season)

Once your password is secure, you can take another simple precaution: if it’s possible, shut off your wireless when it’s not in use. You should only do this if you do not have any vital systems connected to your wifi. For example, if your security cameras and alarm are wifi connected, avoid shutting down your network! If you are able to shut off your wireless when it’s not in use (ex: during the day when everyone is at work or school, at night when you sleep, or while you are on vacation), you give hackers less opportunity to find it.

Identity theft occurs roughly every 2 seconds in the United States. (Report on Identity Theft)

These steps are a great start, but the only impenetrable security solution is to monitor and defend your network 24/7… And who has time for that? Since we don’t have IT departments in our homes, we have to look to professional services.

If you want to learn more about your specific network security threats, schedule a time for a trained IT expert to evaluate your home network for FREE. BTA will send a licensed technician to your home to identify gaps in security, potential weaknesses, and unsecure products. If you are ready to save time and avoid trouble down the road, take us up on our limited time offer!

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