John F. Blais, Jr.
Retired Chief Executive Officer
Vice Chairman of the Board
FineMark National Bank & Trust
John F. Blais, Jr. was a Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Spectrum Systems in Waltham, Massachusetts. Spectrum Systems manufactured high precision optical interference coatings for military and commercial customers. In 1969, Spectrum Systems was sold to Barnes Engineering Company of Stamford, Connecticut. Mr. Blais served as General Manager of Barnes and helped develop the first VTPR (Vertical Temperature Profile Radiometer), an application used in space for infrared viewing of the Earth’s atmosphere and predecessor of the present day GOES weather satellites. In 1978, Mr. Blais founded and served as President and Chairman of Optical Filter Corp. This company designed and manufactured highly sophisticated optics and optical systems for use in military, medical and commercial applications. Mr. Blais also co-founded NetOptix in 1998, which was a leader in designing and manufacturing multilayered infrared optical interference filters for use in expanding the bandwidth of optical telecom systems. Ultimately, this company was sold to Corning, Inc. in May 2000. Mr. Blais next formed BlaisCo, a holding company, which presently owns ten companies. He is also an active partner in Capital Risk Management, a worldwide management consulting firm. Mr. Blais currently serves as a director/trustee on eight boards and is active philanthropically in both Massachusetts and Florida.