Mark Venske Joins Block Engineering as VP of Sales and Marketing

Jul 21, 2015, 09:35 ET from Block Engineering, LLC

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Block Engineering, the leading manufacturer of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) based infrared spectroscopy solutions, announced today that Mark Venske has joined the company as the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Venske will lead all aspects of International Sales, Marketing, and Business Development with a focus on Block's QCL products for oil and gas, semiconductor, and chemical gas and liquid analysis markets.

"Mark has an impressive track record selling sophisticated instruments for industrial process control, environmental monitoring, and laboratory analysis in the oil and gas, chemical, semiconductor, and other industries," said Dr. Daniel J. Cavicchio, Jr., Executive Chairman of Block Engineering.

Dr. Petros Kotidis, CEO, commented, "Block has demonstrated that QCLs are an extremely powerful tool for gas detection in a compact package. The product development group at Block has developed a technologically advanced QCL engine and we are honored to have Mark join our team to expand sales through strategic partnerships with key customers."

Mr. Venske added, "I joined Block because they have the most advanced QCL spectroscopy product lines in the industry. With my knowledge of infrared spectroscopy, I look forward to expanding the QCL product family to a wide range of gas and liquid analysis applications."

Mr. Venske comes to Block from PAC, a division of Roper, Inc., where he served as Vice President of the Americas. At PAC he expanded sales of gas and liquid analyzers in the oil and gas industry and built new distribution networks in Latin and South America. He has sold Fourier Transform Infrared spectrometers, Gas Chromatographs, Liquid Chromatographs, and hyphenated Mass Spectrometry systems. Prior to PAC, he was National Sales Manager for Varian, Inc. and Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Mr. Venske served in the U.S. Navy, where he participated in the advanced electronics program with a focus on electronics and RF technology. He later attended the University of North Florida.

About Block Engineering:

Founded in 1956, Block Engineering, LLC is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance Quantum Cascade Laser and Fourier Transform Infrared spectrometers for commercial, industrial, military and government customers. Block's unique QCL-based spectrometers include the LaserSense (TM) Gas Analyzer for the detection and quantification of trace levels of a wide variety of gases. In addition, the LaserWarn (TM) Gas Analyzer is used for safety, environmental, and fence-line monitoring of fugitive gases over a large area. The LaserTune (TM) product line of QCL-based Infrared Sources is used for corporate research and academic markets. Block's PORTHOS (TM) is a man-portable, passive FTIR spectrometer system that remotely detects chemical signatures and threats as far as three miles away and protects against chemical warfare agents and weapons of mass destruction.

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