2017 Conference Speakers
David Jochim – CarveWright Staff
J. David Jochim grew up experiencing and practicing the art of woodworking. The son of a cabinetmaker, Mr. Jochim worked his way through school as a craftsman and is familiar with the machines and techniques involved in woodworking. He graduated in 1997 from the University of Washington, earning a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.
Following graduation, he began working at NASA Johnson Space Center in the advanced robotics branch. He led several advanced robotics projects during his time at NASA and was awarded two patents for his innovations in the field.
In 2001, he left NASA to form LHR Technologies with Chris Lovchik, who had developed a prototype for a desktop carving machine. The two recruited an engineering staff and developed what we call the CarveWright today.
Joe Lovchik – CarveWright Staff
Joe Lovchik has spent his whole life creating things. His artistic talent was discovered at a very young age as he was always drawing pictures and, even today, it is rare not to find a sketch of something on his desk that he has mindlessly doodled. Joe’s passion for art led him to earn a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Wichita State University. During his early years in college, Joe worked as an art director for a major sportswear company where he gained knowledge in industry marketing and brand management. His career was further expanded as he spent the next 10 years working as Art Director for advertising agencies specializing in brand development. One such brand was a side project for his brother Chris, the inventor of a new personal-sized CNC now known as the CarveWright System.
Eventually persuaded to move to Texas, Joe became the Marketing Director for CarveWright. Since joining LHR full-time in 2007, he has played several key roles in its growth including development of the company website, marketing and sales materials, creation of learning tools, videos and tutorials, and conceptualization of new product development. His knowledge and expertise in graphics software has allowed him to help guide the software developers in their advancement of the CarveWright software. Using these resources, Joe has become one of the foremost experts for the CarveWright System.
Connie Ratisseau – CarveWright Staff
Sales & Marketing Manager, Connie Ratisseau started working with LHR Technologies in January 2008. She has traveled all over the US demonstrating the CarveWright System and was instrumental in starting the Woodworking Shows Mini-Training Camps and the One Day CW Training Sessions in 2008. With over 25 years of experience in marketing and event coordination, she nurtured and sold to management her idea of an annual CarveWright conference, which began in 2011. Connie, or “Mama CarveWright” as nicknamed by some customers, is also the Customer Service Supervisor, an active member of the CarveWright Community forum, and proud mother of four and grandmother of two.
Michael Tyler – CarveBuddy.com
Michael enjoys the use of both traditional and contemporary Creative Arts mediums. A background in music led him to a career as a Music Technology consultant when computers were just beginning to be utilized for music composition, recording and publishing. In 1987, he founded one of the first mail-order music software and hardware companies in the country. All the while, his side interests included designing and building stained glass windows and lamps, deep relief sandblasting (in glass) and woodworking, to mention a few.
In January 2007, Michael added a new tool to his workshop – a CarveWright/CompuCarve CNC machine. He quickly developed a fascination for the creative potential this technology held and resolved to make the most of it. By April of 2007, Michael founded the CarveBuddy company to offer products and resources to others with similar interests.
What began as a casual hobby quickly grew into a full-time business, working with companies such as CarveWright, Vectric Ltd., ShopBot, Vector Art 3D, independent antique dealers, cabinet shops and more. Michael has produced hundreds of digital relief models, CNC woodworking projects and a host of informational materials for the benefit of CNC owners worldwide, including the CarveWright Tips & Tricks newsletters and the CarveWright Project of the Month subscription.