Windpact is a safety technology company. Our flagship offering, Crash Cloud™, amplifies the benefits of protective gear by increasing the level of impact protection, without sacrificing its ability to perform, degree of comfort or sense of style.
Today’s protective gear focuses largely on absorbing impact energy. Windpact takes a broader view. Much like airbags help to prevent injuries in automotive accidents, our patented Crash Cloud™ technology takes a unique approach to managing impact energy response. This system based technology goes beyond simple energy absorption to simultaneously transfer energy away from the point of impact.
The introduction of the Crash Cloud™ marks the next generation of impact protection. Crash Clouds work independently and collectively as a system. Rather than the traditional absorption approach, Windpact has developed a soft, lightweight system of airbags that absorb and disperse impact energy, then rapidly reinflate to protect the user from a one-two impact.
Safety shouldn’t come at the cost of limited visibility, increased weight or added bulk. Therefore, we designed the Crash Cloud system to be nonintrusive, lightweight and adaptable, ensuring that a product’s ability to protect doesn’t interfere with the user’s ability to perform.
For generations, impact protection has been based on energy absorption through additional padding. This increased bulk leads to hot, heavy, uncomfortable gear. Windpact reimagined the problem to create a soft, lightweight system of airbags that is as comfortable as it is powerful.
Crash Cloud’s system-based approach empowers product designers to conceptualize and develop equipment that performs as well on the field as it does in the mirror. No longer will people have to make the choice between style or safety.
Windpact’s Crash Cloud technology was born out of a desire to minimize sports-related concussive head trauma. However, the technology’s unique energy management response system has broader applications in military, construction, medical, automotive and just about anywhere people are exposed to the risk of impact.
There Are Different Types of Impacts, So We Took a Different Approach
Through extensive testing, helmets empowered with Windpact’s innovative technology, Crash Cloud™, have been shown to absorb and disperse impact energy far more effectively than the traditional absorption approach. Inspired by the science used to protect infants during car crashes, each Crash Cloud automatically adjusts to manage a wide range of impact rates, from soft bumps that only need minimal energy transfer to hard impacts requiring maximum energy transfer.
Here’s how it works:
The Crash Cloud™ system is made up of three important elements: Wind Springs™, Impact Vents™ and Refresh Vents™. These self-recovering airbags are activated instantly on impact, absorbing the energy of a hit.
As each Wind Spring™ is compressed, energy is transferred through the Impact Vents™, away from the point of impact.
Wind Springs and Refresh Vents then work together to rapidly reinflate each Crash Cloud. This enables both the system and the user to withstand the multiple impacts that often make up a single event.
The Windpact team is made up of passionate professionals who know firsthand the importance of safety, and the critical role technology plays in developing a solution that delivers on the promise it makes. With individual expertise ranging from science and technology to marketing and operations, the Windpact collective efforts are raising the safety technology bar.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Innovation Officer
COO & General Counsel
Director Design & Development
Lead Product Designer
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Shawn Springs is the Chief Executive Officer at Windpact. Shawn, an entrepreneur, visionary and investor, has run a successful trucking company and a small transportation brokerage service, and as an angel investor, has participated in numerous other businesses, from real estate to tech startups. Prior to running companies, Shawn had a successful 13-year career in the NFL. Shawn earned his BS in Sociology at The Ohio State University.
Maurice Kelly is the Chief Innovation Officer at Windpact. In addition to his role at Windpact, Maurice has been a U.S. Navy Officer for 10 years, where he has devised operations plans and managed programs to provide information and support for critical decision-making. Maurice previously led strategic planning and program innovation efforts as the Director of Research and Development at Logistics Management Institute. Maurice earned his BS in Computer Information Systems for Management at Norfolk State University and a Masters in Management Information Systems at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Max Moyer is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Windpact. Prior to joining Windpact, Max practiced law at Cooley LLP as an associate in their Venture Capital and Mergers and Acquisitions practice groups. He specialized in venture capital and private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions and the representation of technology and emerging growth companies. Max earned a BA from Middlebury College and a JD from Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, he earned a joint Law & Business Certificate from the Owen School of Management. Max is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Leon Marucchi is the Director of Design & Development at Windpact. Prior to joining Windpact, Leon provided consultant design services to medical device manufacturers and engineering development firms. From 1992 to 2015, Leon directed and integrated industrial design solutions for the worlds' leading ophthalmic device manufacturer, Carl Zeiss Medic, bringing over a dozen highly successful mass produced devices to market.
Leon's passion for developing highly innovative products with concurrent integration of viable manufacturing materials and processes hails from a family history of design and development of products, patterns and tooling for mass production. Leon has a BS in Industrial Design from Syracuse University and was selected as the outstanding designer of his graduating class.
Jose Fernandez is the Lead Product Designer at Windpact. Jose is a world-renowned sculptor who has worked on Hollywood motion pictures since 1989, specializing in costume design, and is most noted for his head sculptor and helmet creations in Batman and Robin, Thor, G.I. Joe, Planet of the Apes, X-Men, Men in Black, Hellboy, Bulletproof, Daredevil, Fantastic Four and Godzilla to name a few. Most recently, Jose was selected by SpaceX to design their spacesuits.
Jake Smith is an Engineer at Windpact. A recent graduate of Virginia Tech, Jake has a BS in Engineering Science & Mechanics and an MS in Biomedical Engineering. At VT, he studied the biomechanics of concussions in athletes and evaluated helmet performance, spending 3 years testing in the helmet research lab. Graduating with University Honors and as part of Tau Beta Pi (engineering honors society), Jake spent time as a Project Lead for Engineers Without Borders in the Dominican Republic and was a member of VT's Student Hokie Club leadership council.
Kaarta Maron is the Business Coordinator at Windpact. Kaarta has worked alongside CEO Shawn Springs for over 15 years, assisting with charitable endeavors, business ventures and endorsement deals with companies such as Nike, Whole Foods and Verizon. Additionally, she founded and served as the Executive Director of his Springs For Life Foundation. Her previous employment includes the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sonics and Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC. Kaarta has a BA in English from Willamette University.
Retired CEO & President, Harley Davidson Inc.
Chief Medical Advisor, The Ohio State University
Corporate Counsel, Cooley LLP
Founder of AirProtect technology
Business Development, MC-10
Global Sales & Marketing, W.L. Gore
Keith, retired CEO and President of Harley-Davidson, Inc., recently was named Chairman of Exide Technologies and is leading the business through bankruptcy reorganization. With Harley from 2009-2015, Wandell charted a new direction for the company through the development and implementation of a strategic plan based on the core tenets of growth, continuous improvement, leadership development and sustainability. He was formerly the COO and President of Johnson Controls, Inc.
Dr. Lonser is the head of Neurological Surgery at The Ohio State University. Additionally, Lonser is the Chair of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee. He also led the postmortem brain study of retired NFL Hall of Fame athlete, Junior Seau.
Mike, a partner at Cooley LLP, has been named one of the region’s 100 most powerful business leaders by the Washington Business Journal. In addition, Lincoln has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America and was awarded the Navigator Award for his contributions to coaching entrepreneurs and emerging companies.
David is the inventor of Safety First’s Air Protect technology. Air Protect is the cornerstone of Windpact’s founding. Amirault invented the technology while working as the Director of Engineering and Product Development at Safety First.
Isaiah, an 8-year NFL veteran, runs business development at MC10, a company focused on conformal electronics and wearable devices to optimize athletic performance. Isaiah is also a board member of the Concussion Legacy Foundation which is dedicated to solving the concussion crisis by advancing the study, treatment and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.
Lou is a Global Sales and Marketing Leader for Gore-Tex Consumer Goods. Lou spent 16 years working in Gore-Tex’s shoe division before crossing over to lead the Sales and Marketing efforts of Elixir Strings, a division of Gore-Tex.