Callegenix has been invovled with many successful companies over the years
Mark R. Callegari has been involved in the technology industry since 1979. He has founded or co-founded six technology companies ranging from desktop software to LED lighting and control. He has also served as a board member on numerous companies including wireless communications and banking software. Although Mr. Callegari’s formal degree is in Business Administration, his technology interests span from software design, circuit design, wireless, and web-enabled applications. He also led the team that won a Guinness World Record for the largest Pong game by designing and delivering a fully functional gaming experience on the façade of the KC Downtown Marriott!
Mr. Callegari started his technology involvement in 1979 when he and classmate Michael J. Brown founded Innovative Software to address the emerging desktop computer market. Innovative Software was a pioneer in the software industry, delivering Smartware, the first integrated business software suite, and Wingz, the world’s fastest graphical spreadsheet.
Mr. Callegari is active in charitable endeavors through the Callegari Family Charitable Foundation. He also has created an endowed scholarship at Rockhurst University in honor of his friend and computer science college professor John Koelzer, a good man who made computer science interesting and enjoyable. In addition, Mr. Callegari creates and sponsors a free Christmas lighting show each year at the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. Thousands of people enjoy the display consisting of thousands of choreographed LED lights and music.
Mr. Callegari’s other areas of interest include CNC machining, 3D printing, multicopters, drones and RC planes, the Maker Movement, Tesla coils, animatronics, high-powered Rockets, big (really big) fireworks, Halloween, and synchronized Christmas displays.
2005 – 2013: (Purchased by Flextronics)
LightWild was a manufacturer of LED products for Architectural and Commercial lighting projects. The company delivered a line of fixtures such as linears, in-grade tiles, and direct view pixel products. The company used Callegenix technologies to build complementary control systems that enabled lighting designers, architects, and other lighting professionals to specify turn-key lighting solutions for arenas, hotels, offices, retail stores, restaurants, and other commercial properties.
2002 – 2005
Founded in 2002, Animated Lighting specializes in unique computerized lighting displays for commercial properties and residences.
The company’s primary business centers on a family of plug-and-play lighting controllers for the commercial and municipal market. Many times, the results of these efforts are seen during the holidays with elaborate displays that encompass entire buildings, parks, or even city blocks.
1998 – 2001: (Purchased by Actuate)
Tidestone Technologies served corporate and OEM software developers with best-of-breed spreadsheet-based reporting tools. Tidestone’s product, Formula One, was unique in that it delivered Excel-compatible functionality without relying on the Excel application itself. This enabled developers to effectively deliver sophisticated Excel spreadsheet reporting from their applications with none of the overhead or distribution issues created by having to rely on Excel.
1993 – 1996: (Purchased by Sybase)
Mark Callegari co-founded Visual Components Inc. in 1993.
The company developed tools for software developers that were part of the “rapid application development” movement of the early 1990s. In this development process, developers could use Visual Components products to quickly add charting, spreadsheet functionality, spell checking, database connectivity, and UI components to their applications in a fraction of the time it would take to build it themselves and with dozens of features the developers might not ever create on their own.
1988 – 1991
Innovative Software was started in 1980 to address the emerging desktop computer market. The company was started by Mark and his long-time friend Mike Brown as Mark was finishing his final year in college. The commercial software at the time was very rudimentary and the two friends thought they could do better.