About Us

Kirio is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. We are a team of engineers, technologists, designers, and home automation experts building a new kind of connected product — making it possible for homeowners to live in a 21st century home that’s more comfortable, personal, and efficient than ever before.

We believe that by creating a set of technologies to enhance our use of natural resources, protect our families, and reduce costs, we can learn from our habits to personalize the way we live in our homes, and at the same time enhance our comfort and convenience.

“There must be a better way.”

FRANCK ROUGIER, FOUNDER AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Kirio® began its development in 2015 when Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer, Franck Rougier, began experiencing difficulties maintaining proper humidity and comfort levels in his newly built, ultra-energy efficient home. After contacting the builder and extensive troubleshooting and analysis by original installation vendors, adjustments were made to several of the home’s operating systems. Still, comfort and control issues were inadequately resolved. Given this cumbersome and time consuming experience, Franck concluded, “There must be a better, more convenient and foolproof way!”

So, he immediately went to work investigating the operations and communication protocols of each of the various operating systems in his home. Using his extensive computer, engineering, and software expertise, Franck invented the Kirio “Base” home management, alpha-prototype. The Kirio base allowed Franck’s already highly efficient “green” home to become even more so, saving nearly 15% in energy costs. Through Franck’s intelligent design, Kirio is able to deliver increased comfort levels, greater convenience, and increased home security, with improved energy efficiency.

The Kirio base became today's Kirio Hub, a simple to use, multi-patent pending, active management system easily controlled from a computer, tablet or mobile phone. The breakthrough was accomplished without needing to change any of the already installed wired and wireless systems.

Kirio Team

Franck Rougier's name

Franck Rougier

Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Franck ran into some issues in his energy efficient house, sought a commercial product to solve them, and just couldn’t find a proper solution. Frustrated, he embarked on fixing the problem as a side project. The side project has blossomed into Kirio.

Rob Green's name

Rob Green

Chief Executive Officer

Multiple high value exits, most recently as CEO of Abacast, led a turnaround effort resulting in a successful acquisition by WideOrbit in 2014. Former SVP of business development for Nine Systems, acquired by Akamai. Led global business development efforts for Microsoft’s Digital Media Division. BA in Economics, holds 5 patents

Stephan Muntslag's name

Stephan Muntslag

Kirio Pro Master Trainer

Stephan is a Kirio Master Trainer and heads the special projects team. Using his expertise in connected systems and customer requirements, he designs and implements control solutions for Kirio.

Julian Ramos's name

Julian Ramos

Full-Stack Engineer

Julian is computer hardware engineer with a deep understanding of embedded, distributed, and secured computing. With his keen interest in green and sustainable technologies, Julian works on various core hardware systems and their firmware counterparts.

Murray Vince's name

Murray Vince

VP of Business Development - General Counsel

Prior to Kirio, Murray held high visibility leadership positions at Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft, and Apple. Decades of Global deal making and contract negotiation. BA in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College, Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. Adjunct professor at the National Technical University of Taipei.

John Coyne's name

John Coyne

GM of Technical Services

John has over 20 years experience in Technical Sales, Business Development, Solutions Architecture, and platform Evangelism. John is a technology veteran for both hardware and software businesses. Previous, John worked at giants such Avnet, Arrow Electronics and Microsoft.

Franck Rougier's name

Franck Rougier

Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Franck ran into some issues in his energy efficient house, sought a commercial product to solve them, and just couldn’t find a proper solution. Frustrated, he embarked on fixing the problem as a side project. The side project has blossomed into Kirio.

Rob Green's name

Rob Green

Chief Executive Officer

Multiple high value exits, most recently as CEO of Abacast, led a turnaround effort resulting in a successful acquisition by WideOrbit in 2014. Former SVP of business development for Nine Systems, acquired by Akamai. Led global business development efforts for Microsoft’s Digital Media Division. BA in Economics, holds 5 patents

Stephan Muntslag's name

Stephan Muntslag

Kirio Pro Master Trainer

Stephan is a Kirio Master Trainer and heads the special projects team. Using his expertise in connected systems and customer requirements, he designs and implements control solutions for Kirio.

Julian Ramos's name

Julian Ramos

Full-Stack Engineer

Julian is computer hardware engineer with a deep understanding of embedded, distributed, and secured computing. With his keen interest in green and sustainable technologies, Julian works on various core hardware systems and their firmware counterparts.

Murray Vince's name

Murray Vince

VP of Business Development - General Counsel

Prior to Kirio, Murray held high visibility leadership positions at Intellectual Ventures, Microsoft, and Apple. Decades of Global deal making and contract negotiation. BA in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College, Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School. Adjunct professor at the National Technical University of Taipei.

John Coyne's name

John Coyne

GM of Technical Services

John has over 20 years experience in Technical Sales, Business Development, Solutions Architecture, and platform Evangelism. John is a technology veteran for both hardware and software businesses. Previous, John worked at giants such Avnet, Arrow Electronics and Microsoft.

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Board of Directors

Mark Echelbarger's name

Mark Echelbarger

Chairman of the Board

Mark brings decades of experience in the home construction and building management business. A former homebuilder himself, his business acumen and keen understanding of current construction trends is leading Kirio into an industry ripe for change.

Franck Rougier's name

Franck Rougier

President

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Rob Green's name

Rob Green

Board Member

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Mark Echelbarger's name

Mark Echelbarger

Chairman of the Board

Mark brings decades of experience in the home construction and building management business. A former homebuilder himself, his business acumen and keen understanding of current construction trends is leading Kirio into an industry ripe for change.

Franck Rougier's name

Franck Rougier

President

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Rob Green's name

Rob Green

Board Member

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Advisory Team

Ian Mercer's name

Ian Mercer

Home automation pioneer with one of the first and most advanced Smart Home implementation in the world. As a highly regarded expert in the industry, Ian consults for a number of major brands in home automation. Sold his first company to Microsoft in 1994, going on to hold several leadership positions within the enterprise. Currently investigating natural language processing and holds 15 patents.

Tadashi Shiga's name

Tadashi Shiga

When the real-estate market crashed in 2007, Tadashi was convinced the future of homebuilding had to be focused on sustainability and efficiency. He is an Energy Star verifier and a HERS Rater. He brings a vast understanding of the builder market, and advises Kirio on the development of strong relationships and strategic partnerships.

Ian Mercer's name

Ian Mercer

Technology Advisor

Home automation pioneer with one of the first and most advanced Smart Home implementation in the world. As a highly regarded expert in the industry, Ian consults for a number of major brands in home automation. Sold his first company to Microsoft in 1994, going on to hold several leadership positions within the enterprise. Currently investigating natural language processing and holds 15 patents.

Tadashi Shiga's name

Tadashi Shiga

Marketing Advisor

When the real-estate market crashed in 2007, Tadashi was convinced the future of homebuilding had to be focused on sustainability and efficiency. He is an Energy Star verifier and a HERS Rater. He brings a vast understanding of the builder market, and advises Kirio on the development of strong relationships and strategic partnerships.

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