Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> March 11, 2002

Brett Kingstone – Super Vision International Inc (supva)

BRETT M. KINGSTONE is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Super Vision International, Inc. He started his fiber optic company in his college dormitory at Stanford University at the age of 19. He received his first order after strapping a fiber optic letter 'A' on the back of his motorcycle and racing down Highway 5 to visit the Imagineers at Disney. After nearly blowing up the dormitory he was urged to take up residence off campus. The company quickly moved to a small Palo Alto bungalow with a detached garage. When business was good, the company 'expanded out of the garage into the backyard'. Super Vision was later established in Orlando, Florida, where the first of many fiber optic and LED lighting landmarks to come were produced for Coca Cola, Universal Studios and Walt Disney. Super Vision has been honored as one of the Top 500 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in the United States, Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the State of Florida, Industry of the Year Award in Orange County and Top 100 Companies for Working Families in Central Florida. Super Vision proudly sponsors 'Give Kids the World' in Kissimmee, Florida. In addition to donating all the fiber optic lighting for the Castle of Miracles at GKTW, Super Vision has brought joy and happiness to thousands of terminally ill children with bright and colorful installations throughout the facility over the course of the last 12 years. Mr. Kingstone has been awarded the Dr. W. Judson King Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Central Florida Innovation Corporation and the Citibank/Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the state. He has been awarded 12 US patents and more than 27 foreign patents on fiber optic and LED lighting technology and has authored two previous books: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide, McGraw- Hill, 1990 (Introduction written by Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize winner in economics) and The Dynamos, John Wiley & Sons, 1987 (Introduction Written by Arthur Lipper III, author and former Publisher of Venture Magazine). Profile
TWST: Would you begin by giving us a quick introduction to Super Vision


Mr. Kingstone: Super Vision is a manufacturer of LED (light emitting

diodes) and fiber-optic lighting