Stern Pinball Enhances Product Development Studio
Appoints Tom Kopera as Director of Mechanical Engineering
CHICAGO, IL – June 18, 2021 – Stern Pinball, Inc. is pleased to announce that Tom Kopera will be joining us as Director of Mechanical Engineering, effective immediately. In his new role, Tom will lead mechanical engineering, the whitewood lab, the model shop, and the bill of materials group.
Tom brings a wealth of leadership and hands on experience, both as an engineer and as an executive overseeing large development efforts. Prior to launching Kopera Design & Engineering, Tom served as Chief Operating Officer for iLight Technologies and held a series of directly relevant roles such as: Director of the Top Box Studio at WMS Games, Director of Mechanical Engineering at Midway Games, and Project Engineer on numerous Williams Electronics pinball titles. Tom has also been the Game Designer on several pinball titles including Williams Electronics “Cactus Canyon” and our own “The Rolling Stones”.
In addition to his experience with coin operated games, he has also designed products in complex and diverse development environments; including sophisticated CAT and MRI systems for military and NASA applications, industrial equipment, closed-loop electro-mechanical products, hand held educational devices, consumer products and highly regulated vehicle products. He also holds 24 US Patents.
“Tom’s leadership will help support all of our efforts as we continue to grow the company and continue to produce the most fun and revolutionary pinball machines in the world,” said George Gomez, EVP and Chief Creative Officer.
About Stern Pinball, Inc.
Stern Pinball, Inc. is a global lifestyle brand based on the iconic and outrageously fun modern American game of pinball. Headquartered minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the heart of North America, the company creates, designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and distributes a full line of technologically advanced terrestrial and digital pinball games, parts, accessories, and merchandise. Stern Pinball serves digital, consumer, commercial, and corporate markets around the globe.
Recent Stern Pinball titles include The Mandalorian, Led Zeppelin, Avengers: Infinity Quest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stranger Things, Elvira’s House of Horrors, Jurassic Park, Black Knight: Sword of Rage, The Munsters, The Beatles, Deadpool, Iron Maiden, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, Aerosmith, Ghostbusters, KISS, Metallica, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Star Trek, AC/DC, Batman, and Spider-Man. A broad range of players enjoy Stern Pinball’s games from professional pinball players who compete in high-stakes competitions around the globe to novice players who are discovering the allure of the silver ball for the first time. To join the fun and learn more, please visit www.sternpinball.com.