Management Team

Ed Sawyer, BSEE, MBA
President and CEO
In 2002, Mr. Ed Sawyer purchased SBE Inc. and led the transformation of the company into the next sustainable era by first developing protectable technology and then building the capacity to manufacture it profitably. Since joining the company, Mr. Sawyer has successfully raised $5 Million in capital to support the growth of SBE and, in August of 2009, was able to secure a $9.1 Million US Department of Energy grant to bring high volume manufacturing capability to the company at its Barre, Vermont headquarters facility. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Sawyer worked at Banta Corporation as a VP of North American Operations, with responsibility for over 1500 employees covering 4 locations in the U.S. and Mexico, and prior to that as a Project Leader, for the green field start‐up of a Business Server Hard Drive Configuration and Final Assembly plant for Compaq Computer, where he took the business from only 25 people to over 700, occupying 500,000 square feet and producing $75 Million in revenue, over a period of 24 months. Previously, he was Business Unit General Manager for Emerson Electric Company (1995-1999) where he was responsible for the worldwide sensors and thermistors business and the establishment of new production facilities in China and Mexico. Mr. Sawyer has a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Colorado State University.

Bob Britt, BSA, MBA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bob Britt joined SBE Inc. in February 2010. Prior to joining SBE, Mr. Britt worked as an independent financial & management consultant for 7 years assisting growing, entrepreneurial businesses in developing their business plans, obtaining growth capital, and improving management reporting and profitability. Mr. Britt previously worked for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. in Waterbury, Vermont for 10 years where he served as Chief Financial Officer and was on the Board of Directors. While at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Mr. Britt managed their initial public offering and helped grow the Company from $14 million to $100 million in sales.
Mr. Britt holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Britt is also a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Britt serves on the Boards of the Vermont Economic Development Authority and Vermont Smoke and Cure, Inc. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Vermont Seed Capital Fund.

Michael Brubaker, PhD, MSEE, BSEE
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Michael Brubaker joined SBE Inc. in July of 2010.  He is responsible for the oversight of SBE’s research and development activities.  Most recently, Mr. Brubaker was the Vice President of Engineering and a founding member of Fieldmetrics Inc.  He was responsible for the high voltage design and testing of next generation voltage and current sensors for smart grid applications.  Mr. Brubaker developed the firmware for a proprietary metering module and interfaced with third party vendors to create unique monitoring solutions for utility customers.  Mr. Brubaker holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Mr. Brubaker also has over 20 technical publications, nine US patents and two European patents.

Mark Browning, BSME
Vice-President, Customer/New Product Development
Mr. Mark Browning joined the staff at SBE in 1989 as manager of technical sales and account development. Throughout his career at SBE he has been involved in many aspects of business development; including sales and customer service management, design engineering, technical data sheet development, key marketing activities, and new product launches which included the launch of the Power Ring product along with Terry Hosking in 2005.  Mr. Browning’s experience from both a technical nature and customer relationship perspective provide for a strong interface between engineering, production and the customer.  In today’s role Mr. Browning oversees the various aspects of the new product design cycle and customer fulfillment process, bringing the product and customer together.  Prior to SBE, he spent 5 years in the HVAC industry in technical sales and customer service. Mr. Browning holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maine.