vision + precision

At surfaceink, beautiful design and premier engineering co-exist. This philosophy is infused into our process from start to finish, ensuring an uncompromised product expression and user experience, while promising exceptional performance with an affordable production cost. Our primary success metric is a shipping product that impacts culture and excels in the marketplace.

we’ve been busy

Surfaceink began in 1999 as an engineering partner to Apple Computer.  During those early days, we helped to develop many of Apple’s most innovative products, including iMac, Powerbook, iPod, iPhone, iPad and MacBook. This prolific twelve year period allowed us to refine our approach to precision engineering and established a company standard for clean design execution. After a few years we began developing products for other tech giants and startups throughout the Silicon Valley, and have since grown a full offering of design, hardware, software and technical services. We are dedicated to creating holistic product solutions that provide great user experiences and solid business results.

company leadership

Eric Bauswell

Founder and CEO

Chad Errett

COO

Jason Burton

Vice President of Product

Development

Andrew Webb

General Manager

Geoff Chatterton

Vice President of

Software Engineering

Scott McNeese, director of voice and smart solutions, surfaceink

Scott McNeese

Director of Voice and Smart Solutions

Chris Whittall, Director of Industrial Design, surfaceink

Chris Whittall

Director of Industrial Design

Dennis Perry, Director of Electrical Engineering, surfaceink

Dennis Perry

Director of Electrical

Engineering

Paul Wright, Director of Business Development, surfaceink

Paul Wright

Director of Business

Development

Debbie Towar, Controller, surfaceink

Debbie Towar

Corporate Controller

Anna Zhang, project manager NPI, surfaceink

Anna Zhang

Project Manager, NPI

company leadership

Eric Bauswell

Founder and CEO

Chad Errett

COO

Jason Burton

Vice President of Product

Development

Andrew Webb

General Manager

Geoff Chatterton

Vice President of

Software Engineering

Scott McNeese, director of voice and smart solutions, surfaceink

Scott McNeese

Director of Voice and Smart Solutions

Chris Whittall, Director of Industrial Design, surfaceink

Chris Whittall

Director of Industrial Design

Dennis Perry, Director of Electrical Engineering, surfaceink

Dennis Perry

Director of Electrical

Engineering

Paul Wright, Director of Business Development, surfaceink

Paul Wright

Director of Business

Development

Debbie Towar, Controller, surfaceink

Debbie Towar

Corporate Controller

Anna Zhang, project manager NPI, surfaceink

Anna Zhang

Project Manager, NPI

Eric Bauswell

Founder and CEO

Eric began his career designing tractor mowers for Textron before landing in Silicon Valley where he was motivated by the challenge of fast-paced and industry leading design at Apple. As surfaceink grew, Eric expanded surfaceink to develop products for Palm, Flextronics, and Dell to name a few. He continues to be motivated by the creative challenges from Fortune 100 companies and emerging high-tech startups.

 

Chad Errett

COO

Chad Errett is a Principal with over 15 years at surfaceink.  Prior to joining SI, he was an officer and nuclear engineer in the US Navy. He transferred to product design after leaving the navy and was heavily influenced by ten years of development work at Apple.  He firmly believes that teamwork, attention to detail, and the pursuit of higher standards of excellence make the journey worthwhile.

 

Jason Burton

Vice President of Product Development

Jason is the VP of Product Design and has been with surfaceink for over 17 years. Jason’s passion is to serve the needs of the client while designing high-impact products that excite and delight end-users. HIs client work includes an extensive engagement at Apple, Inc. (having worked on over 30 products in production), Amazon’s Lab126, Topcon, and Fitbit.  At Nook, he widened his network of top-tier suppliers while delivering innovative and critically-acclaimed hardware as Product Design leader on several products.

 

Andrew Webb

General Manager

Andrew joined surfaceink in 2000 in order to move his career closer to the passion he had for designing consumer products and he has been with surfaceink over 14 years. Andrew left surfaceink in 2010 to work with Switch Lighting.  He became the Engineering Manager there and managed the ME and EE team to develop several versions of a fluid cooled LED A-lamp replacement. His return to surfaceink as General Manager adds strong startup environment experience to our team.

 

Geoff Chatterton

Vice President of Software Engineering

Geoff is surfaceink’s VP of Software, and he loves seeing his award-winning products, including an Emmy and three times Best of CES, in the hands of millions of people around the world. With a focus on creating cutting-edge consumer experiences, his career has spanned 20 years across a mix of successful startups and top tier established companies including Apple, Dell, and PayPal. A recognized industry innovator, Geoff earned his undergraduate degree from MIT and has over 80 patents issued or pending.

 

Scott McNeese

Director of Voice and Smart Solutions

Scott leverages innovation in voice, AI and audio technology to bring products to market that enhance the human experience.  He has nearly 40 years of experience in consumer electronics, semiconductors, audio algorithms and software working with industry leaders like Amazon, Apple, Boston Acoustics, Dell and Google.  To recharge, Scott loves to seek out live music and to go camping in the mountains, deserts and beaches of the Southwest.

 

Chris Whittall

Director of Industrial Design

Chris works to ensure that client goals are realized through attractive and innovative design solutions. With over 20 years of experience as an industrial designer, Chris enjoys transforming complex technical challenges into beautiful and intuitive product solutions that deliver solid business results. Before joining surfaceink, Chris worked at Speck Design, Whipsaw, HP, Montgomery Pfeifer and GVO. Chris holds 45 U.S. design patents, and his work has been recognized by IDEA, Red Dot, Spark, IF, Chicago Athenaeum and Popular Mechanics.

 

Dennis Perry

Director of Electrical Engineering

Dennis specializes in very-low-power wearable IoT devices and new system architectures. With a career spanning almost 40 years, his skills include everything from hands-on engineering to corporate management. He built his first microcomputer in the mid-1970’s, and went on to develop the technology building blocks for Jawbone. Dennis’ career began at NorthStar Computers and included a 5-year stint in a microwave telecommunications division of Harris Corporation. He has also worked with a variety of consumer electronics startups over the years.

 

Paul Wright

Director of Business Development

Paul’s SI relationship dates to ‘99 at Apple. Paul has helped ship products from companies including Oculus, Intel, Alienware, Dell, Raytheon, Aerojet Rocketdyne... He also helps tech startups fundraise. Paul is a trusted advisor to clients developing devices. He relies on engineering and entrepreneurship backgrounds to create fundable projects across mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, firmware, software and industrial design for corporate and venture backed startups. Paul holds an AAS-Biomedical (Air Force), BSME (CSU), and MBA (Baylor).

 

Debby Towar

Corporate Controller

Debbie oversees financial matters at Surfaceink, and also heads up our Human Resources department.  She joined the company in 2005, and has been an essential part of the team ever since.  Although her work is largely behind the scenes to our clients, Debbie’s contributions can be felt throughout the organization and help to keep us moving in the right direction.

 

Anna Zhang

Project Manager, NPI

Anna leads our NPI efforts and runs our China branch.  She specializes in process control, assembly process, fixture development, automation protocol, cycle time issues, and other aspects of the production process. By working closely with our clients and manufacturing partners, she helps the production process to run efficiently and on time.  Anna enjoys being on the factory floor where she can quickly identify production issues and potential solutions. Before joining surfaceink, Anna worked at Pegatron and Barnes & Noble (Nook).

 

Eric Bauswell

Founder and CEO

Eric is the founder and CEO of surfaceink.  Eric began his career designing tractor mowers for Textron before landing in Silicon Valley where he was motivated by the challenge of fast-paced and industry leading design at Apple. As surfaceink grew, Eric expanded surfaceink to develop products for Palm, Flextronics, and Dell to name a few. He continues to be motivated by the creative challenges from Fortune 100 companies and emerging high-tech startups.

 

Chad Errett

COO

Chad Errett is a Principal with over 15 years at surfaceink.  Prior to joining SI, he was an officer and nuclear engineer in the US Navy. He transferred to product design after leaving the navy and was heavily influenced by ten years of development work at Apple.  He firmly believes that teamwork, attention to detail, and the pursuit of higher standards of excellence make the journey worthwhile.

 

Jason Burton

Vice President of Product Development

Jason is the VP of Product Design and has been with surfaceink for over 17 years. Jason’s passion is to serve the needs of the client while designing high-impact products that excite and delight end-users. HIs client work includes an extensive engagement at Apple, Inc. (having worked on over 30 products in production), Amazon’s Lab126, Topcon, and Fitbit.  At Nook, he widened his network of top-tier suppliers while delivering innovative and critically-acclaimed hardware as Product Design leader on several products.

 

Andrew Webb

General Manager

Andrew joined surfaceink in 2000 in order to move his career closer to the passion he had for designing consumer products and he has been with surfaceink over 14 years. Andrew left surfaceink in 2010 to work with Switch Lighting.  He became the Engineering Manager there and managed the ME and EE team to develop several versions of a fluid cooled LED A-lamp replacement. His return to surfaceink as General Manager adds strong startup environment experience to our team.

 

Geoff Chatterton

Vice President of Software Engineering

Geoff is surfaceink’s VP of Software, and he loves seeing his award-winning products, including an Emmy and three times Best of CES, in the hands of millions of people around the world. With a focus on creating cutting-edge consumer experiences, his career has spanned 20 years across a mix of successful startups and top tier established companies including Apple, Dell, and PayPal. A recognized industry innovator, Geoff earned his undergraduate degree from MIT and has over 80 patents issued or pending.

 

Scott McNeese

Director of Voice and Smart Solutions

Scott leverages innovation in voice, AI and audio technology to bring products to market that enhance the human experience.  He has nearly 40 years of experience in consumer electronics, semiconductors, audio algorithms and software working with industry leaders like Amazon, Apple, Boston Acoustics, Dell and Google.  To recharge, Scott loves to seek out live music and to go camping in the mountains, deserts and beaches of the Southwest.

 

Chris Whittall

Director of Industrial Design

Chris works to ensure that client goals are realized through attractive and innovative design solutions. With over 20 years of experience as an industrial designer, Chris enjoys transforming complex technical challenges into beautiful and intuitive product solutions that deliver solid business results. Before joining surfaceink, Chris worked at Speck Design, Whipsaw, HP, Montgomery Pfeifer and GVO. Chris holds 45 U.S. design patents, and his work has been recognized by IDEA, Red Dot, Spark, IF, Chicago Athenaeum and Popular Mechanics.

 

Dennis Perry

Director of Electrical Engineering

Dennis specializes in very-low- power wearable IoT devices and new system architectures. With a career spanning almost 40 years, his skills include everything from hands-on engineering to corporate management. He built his first microcomputer in the mid-1970’s, and went on to develop the technology building blocks for Jawbone. Dennis’ career began at NorthStar Computers and included a 5-year stint in a microwave telecommunications division of Harris Corporation. He has also worked with a variety of consumer electronics startups over the years.

 

Paul Wright

Director of Business Development

Paul’s SI relationship dates to ‘99 at Apple. Paul has helped ship products from companies including Oculus, Intel, Alienware, Dell, Raytheon, Aerojet Rocketdyne... He also helps tech startups fundraise.  Paul is a trusted advisor to clients developing devices. He relies on engineering and entrepreneurship backgrounds to create fundable projects across mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, firmware, software and industrial design for corporate and venture backed startups. Paul holds an AAS-Biomedical (Air Force), BSME (CSU), and MBA (Baylor).

 

Debby Towar

Corporate Controller

Debbie oversees financial matters at Surfaceink, and also heads up our Human Resources department.  She joined the company in 2005, and has been an essential part of the team ever since.  Although her work is largely behind the scenes to our clients, Debbie’s contributions can be felt throughout the organization and help to keep us moving in the right direction.

 

Anna Zhang

Project Manager, NPI

Anna leads our NPI efforts and runs our China branch.  She specializes in process control, assembly process, fixture development, automation protocol, cycle time issues, and other aspects of the production process. By working closely with our clients and manufacturing partners, she helps the production process to run efficiently and on time.  Anna enjoys being on the factory floor where she can quickly identify production issues and potential solutions. Before joining surfaceink, Anna worked at Pegatron and Barnes & Noble (Nook).