Jim Currah
Jim Currah began his thermal management career in 1992, working for International Electronics Research Corporation (IERC), located in Burbank, CA. At the time, Intel had just released the 486 microprocessor and the sleepy industry of thermal management in the US was hit with unprecedented new demand.

As the industry developed, and the race to add US based manufacturing capability and capacity was on, Jim designed microprocessor, graphics card, and memory module thermal solutions for Apple, Dell, IBM, Compaq, HP, and many other PC suppliers that no longer exist, such as Gateway, ALR, AST, AT&T, and others. IERC had a very simple clip solution that attached the heatsink to a ceramic chip, and this clip became an industry standard, giving Jim a bird’s eye view of a rapidly growing industry. These relationships were developed over a decade where Jim moved in to sales and business development positions with Wakefield Engineering, and Aavid Thermal Technologies. His geographic and market knowledge increased considerably in this formative time. After the telecommunications industry crash in 2001, much of the US based demand and manufacturing support for thermal solutions moved to Asia. At this time, Jim’s market focus transitioned to high end servers, networking, power electronics, alternative energy, LED lighting, and automotive thermal applications. Supply chain management took on more importance at this time, where Jim managed large logistics operations, in the US, Europe and Asia, for just in time delivery programs for strategic customers.

In January of 2008, Jim joined Thermshield, LLC, based in Gilford, NH, as a partner with Tom and Colleen Garrity, and Christopher Soule, where he became Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Then in March of 2011, he joined Niagara Thermal Products (NTP), based in Niagara Falls, NY, after its acquisition of Thermshield, LLC. Jim was made Vice President of Sales, commercial electronics cooling and was also made a member of the board of NTP. In December of that same year, NTP also closed on its purchase of J. Kittredge and Sons, based in Hudson, MA. Niagara’s core business was vacuum brazed bar and plate heat exchangers supplied to the commercial aviation and military and aerospace markets, and J. Kittredge’s core business was heavily machined, dip brazed, thermal chassis used in military applications.

In February of 2012, Jim assumed global sales responsibility for all three divisions of Niagara Thermal products where he significantly increased his overall market knowledge and experience by adding commercial aviation, aerospace, and defense to his overall responsibilities. Finally, when NTP was sold to Audax, the private equity owner of Aavid in January 2016, Jim decided to venture out and start his own business, based in Charlotte, NC. Welcome to CurrahTech, LLC!


Dave Saums
Dave Saums serves as general chair of an industry advanced technology workshop on thermal management which has become well-regarded as the primary forum for new thermal materials and systems components announcements and technical presentations. Saums has served repeatedly as technical session chair, technical program chair, and as an active participant in several conference technical program committees to assist in the development of practical conference programs in the thermal management arena. Saums has also traveled extensively to all electronics markets globally for hundreds of OEM customer visits, vendor evaluations, technical presentations, and sales force training for a number of electronics market thermal management manufacturing vendors. OEM customer visits have principally consisted of leading teams or individual visits to analyze design requirements; present new thermal materials components, and systems; and follow through to ensure that design wins for systems applications solve customer needs repeatedly and successfully. More than 98% of customer visits over a twenty-five year period have been made to design engineering groups at electronics systems manufacturers worldwide.

Gloria Currah
Prior to leading CurrahTech’s financial, legal, and office operations, Gloria had a diverse background in law, business and finance.  She received a juris doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in 1995.  Her background includes small firm practice in establishing and dissolution of partnerships. She also worked in the legal department of Duke Energy supporting deregulation and land acquisition. Gloria also spent time with Allmerica, as a financial planner, and provided the team with legal support for wills and trusts.

Gloria is excited to be part of a start up business effort, after being a stay at home mother and wife, while raising their young family. She enabled Jim’s carte blanche support of his successful career.