Written by The Business Journal Staff
Caylym Technologies International
Education: B.A. in communications from CSU Northridge, 1983/ MBA from UC Irvine, 2009
Family: Married 35 years, wife Debbi, two sons, both married with four grandchildren (2 each) 3 girls and 1 boy.
WHAT WE DO: Develop and manufacture specialized packaging systems for everything from aerial firefighting to paper-based bulk (up to 330 gallon) potable water storage/transport/distribution for emergency and disaster recovery operations.
Briefly explain the Guardian System and how it works to put out wildfires.
It is simply a cardboard box that holds 264 gallons of liquid that goes on an aircraft like cargo and is gravity dropped out the back of the plane. It opens in mid-air to pour out liquid and rain down on the fire.
The Caylym “Guardian System” enables hundreds more available cargo aircraft to join the fight against wildfires without any special modifications or maintenance. Each system (container) holds 264 gallons (1,000 liters) of liquid. This would give a C130 the ability to safely deliver 16 boxes (over 4,200 gallons of payload) using well established cargo delivery procedures. The Guardian system allows more aircraft currently in the military and air guard to safely attack wildfires 24 hours a day.
The Guardian System has been tested by the U.S. Military. What has their response been to your product?
They are very keen to gain this capability and have written this capability into their mission requirement documents.
Is it easier to get the Guardian System adopted in Europe than it is the United States?
Yes. Several of the EU members cannot afford single mission aircraft. They need to use their existing aircraft and crews in as many missions as possible to protect their citizens and resources. They are also very focused on the environmental impact wildfire has on the air quality and ground habitat (erosion, mud slides and wild life losses). They see our system as a game changer for their air forces to be able to respond very quickly to wildfires. They are also very aware that the public wants to see these resources used to help their citizens and protect their home and environment.
What are some of the hurdles in getting it approved in the United States?
Just the long bureaucratic process and satisfying multiple agencies who are not very adept at changing.
How did a Marine Corps background come into play in designing your product?
I have an aviation background and specifically in close air support of the troops on the ground. The Marine Corps is a combined arms team with our own internal aviation and ground forces that train very hard together to rapidly engage the enemy from every angle to accomplish the mission.
How does being a veteran-staffed company affect the atmosphere in your company?
I believe that we have a sense that we can make a difference in supporting our firefighters on the ground. In our company everyone is an operator/trainer first, and then we have other roles — accounting, customer service, manufacturing etc.
What are some other products that Caylym is working on?
We have just begun selling our Fontana bulk potable water storage, transport and individual distribution system. Recently we deployed the system to the Midwest and here in California. We have also developed and patented a Rapid Deployable Barrier System called “BullWorks.” This system can help diminish or stop vehicle-based attacks on pedestrians, like in New York and the Berlin Christmas market attack. It is also based on very strong recycled paper-based designs that can withstand 24-ton vehicle impacts. We are also now going to begin flood barrier testing with the Army Corps of Engineers.
What plans do you have for the future of Caylym?
We are adding machine / production capability and have been asked to help with the upcoming fire season in Peru, Chile and Indonesia.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Being a grandpa is an incredible blessing and keeps my wife and I very busy. But we also like to hike and I enjoy golf when I can get some time.
What are your roots in the Central Valley?
We have been here since 1995. Both my wife and I were raised in Southern California. She is from San Diego and I grew up in the northern LA county before getting married and leaving for the Marine Corps in 1983
What was the most important piece of business advice you’ve received?
Believe you can make a difference, be kind and give back. To work is a privilege and a God-given gift to cherish.
What was your first job and what did you learn from it?
My first paying job was cleaning the restrooms, windows and grounds at the Gulf Gas station at the end of my street where I grew up. I learned that there is dignity in all work. Doing a great job and paying attention to detail isn’t always noticed by people around you but, it is always important because you know whether or not you did your best.