A lot of skill and a little good timing have brought success to Thomas Brown.
In 2006, he was named to the board of American Technology Corp., which is now LRAD Corp. (Nasdaq: LRAD), bringing with him 16 years of experience at Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) and more than 10 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
A few months later, the board chairman asked him to take over operations.
"The reason it appealed to me is I saw a lot of potential in the LRAD business," Brown said. "At the time, we had a second-generation product that we (then) redeveloped and redesigned."