About Us

Craig Gardner

President and Founder

Craig founded Coventry Associates as a consulting business in 2002. He conceived the eccentric positioning system with co-inventor Ed Camp in 2006. With initial funding and contributions from the Defense Logistics Agency, Mass Ventures and SGA, Coventry developed the EPS prototype at the Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation at Boston University. 

Craig has more than 40 years experience in the grinding industry. He began his career with Cincinnati Milacron, and continued with General Electric. He also held senior management positions with two Boston-area startups in medical technology. Craig holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MSME from M.I.T.

Dave Blodgett

Chief Electrical Engineer

Dave is responsible for electrical side of the EPS product line, including operational and test software and all electronic systems. He recently retired after 20 years with Allen Bradley, a division of Rockwell Automation where he was responsible for automation, motion control and control engineering applications. Before that, he was Engineering Manager with the Heald division of Cincinnati Milacron. Dave managed a team and wrote software for internal diameter grinding systems.

Dave Sossen

Senior Advisor

Dave provides advice and guidance on business development, sales/marketing and corporate governance. He has over 40 years business experience in management consulting, industry, new ventures and academia. He retired from M.I.T. in 2017 where he was a Technology Licensing Officer. Before that, he was President and Founder of TeraDiode, an M.I.T spinout. He earlier held management positions with McKinsey, Arthur D. Little, Honeywell and several new ventures. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from CWRU and an M.S. in Management from M.I.T.

Jim Marston

Senior Technician

Jim has 30 years of experience assembling, testing and performing customer runoffs of  precision grinding systems. Jim has intimate knowledge of the Cincinnati Milacron, SNI and EDAC product lines. Prior to joining Coventry, he was the Senior Service Technician for SNI, EDAC and Hanwha. He has a wealth of experience solving customer problems whether they involve grinding process/machine performance, mechanical, electrical or hydraulic system issues. Jim brings this experience and his unique insights to the development and manufacture of the EPS product line.

Marissa Gardner

Head of Digital Marketing

Marissa is responsible for our digital marketing outreach effort as well as website development and maintenance. Over the summer, she worked as an instructor at ComputerQuest, a computer science themed summer camp for middle school students. At the camp, she taught the students how to create and design their own mobile applications. She is currently studying computer science at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).