Director of Advanced Technologies at Fulton Innovation in Ada. Baarman is the lead inventor of eCoupled intelligent wireless power technology and is responsible for the technical supervision and development of eCoupled and other Fulton Innovation technologies. He joined Amway in 1997, where he pioneered the use of intelligent inductive coupling in the eSpring Water Purifier. On the market for eight years, the eSpring Water Purifier has sold more than 1.5 million devices in more than 38 countries worldwide. Baarman further developed the technology behind eSpring to power everyday technologies, including consumer electronics, with a diverse range of power needs. By leveraging the physics of near-field inductive coupling and combining it with communications and control properties – made available by microprocessor technology – Fulton Innovation builds its advanced intelligence solutions and proprietary algorithms, which are the keys to eCoupled technology and real wireless power. Baarman’s efforts have led to national and global recognition of eCoupled technology and the acquisition of former competitor, Splashpower, in 2008. A subsidiary of Alticor Corp., Fulton is working with industry-leading companies to integrate eCoupled technology into infrastructure and electronic devices to enable consumers to live a wireless life. Baarman has more than 350 U.S. and foreign patents that are granted or pending.

WHERE BORN: “Holland, Michigan.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “It comes down to Edison, Einstein, and Tesla. As a kid going through the Ford museum and seeing all of the inventions like Edison’s lab and all of the different light bulbs to get one that would really work. The diligence to find that achievement in the midst of failure always intrigued me.”

LAST BOOK READ:Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Intense would be the best word.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “This whole wireless power capability is where we’re creating an industry. It’s fun to watch the birth of a new industry that most likely will completely change the face of power electronics across the world.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “The cell phone – the portable nature, the memory and features, functions, and applications that are evolving make it my favorite.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “When I think about favorite places and because I travel so much and see so much, I’d say that I’m still evaluating.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Bike riding. I like to ride a lot. It allows me to clear my mind and get away from things.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “A good steak.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “My quiet hidden talent is being a connector: a connector to other people and connecting new technologies and direction.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a giving person.”