Get to know our firm

Founded in 1993, Acorn Product Development is based in Silicon Valley with design centers in Boston, Atlanta, and China. We provide comprehensive product engineering services—from turnkey product development, subassembly development, and engineering analysis to materials cost analysis and manufacturing cost reduction—for leading companies around the globe.

We embrace collaboration, simplify complex engineering challenges, establish supply chains, and plan for manufacturing and delivery. Our proven expertise, relationships, and processes help our clients bring innovative, reliable, and cost-effective products to market quickly while maintaining profitability throughout their life cycles.

 

Meet our management team

 

 

Ken Haven, Founder and CEO

Ken Haven has been CEO of Acorn Product Development since the company’s founding in 1993. Ken has more than 25 years of product development experience including technical leadership roles with NeXT Computer, Attain, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard. He holds MS and BS degrees in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Tim Lau, Founder and CTO

Tim Lau co-founded Acorn with Ken, and is Acorn’s CTO. Tim has 25+ years product development experience in technology product development, and manufacturing liaison roles for NeXT Computer, Wyse Technology, and Plantronics. Tim holds a BS in mechanical engineering from University of Rochester and an MS in mechanical engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Feiock, CFO

Mr. Feiock serves as Acorn’s CFO. Mike began his career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand and then spent more than 12 years in the wireless communications industry developing financial and sales organizations for cellular networks throughout the southeastern United States. Mr. Feiock has a degree in accounting from Indiana University.

Bill Lev, Director

Business Development

Responsible for business development and sales in the Western United States, Bill has more than 20 years of experience in the high-tech sector, working for startups and established companies delivering mission critical solutions to his clients. Based at Acorn’s headquarters, he works with the Acorn engineering team to help clients bring their ideas and new products to production. Bill has a B.S. in chemistry from Rutgers and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickenson.

Jon Appleby, Engineering Manager

Based in our Boston Office, Jon has more than 15 years of product development experience across many disciplines and applications. He has a BS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds four U.S. patents.

Gwynn Masada

Engineering Manager

Gwynn leads the engineering team in our Silicon Valley Design Center. An Acorn veteran of more than 10 years, Gwynn is a leading expert in plastics and injection molding design and in structural and thermal analysis. She has deep expertise in manufacturing and assembly technologies and methods, and in high-volume manufacturing. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from Stanford.

 

 

Minxiang Liu, Engineering Manager

Minxiang Liu leads the engineering team in our China Design Center. He has more than 17 years of product design and development experience and five years of teaching experience at the college level. He holds a MS degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University and BS degree in mechanical engineering from Shanghai University of Technology.