Leadership Team

President John M. Knott


John M. KnottMr. John Knott, President of JD Technologies, LLC started his career with GE in Lynn, Massachusetts as a product design engineer and graduated from their rigorous Engineering Career Development Program. This was followed by senior design/new product design responsibility with United Technologies Corporation where he transitioned into marketing and sales. With this experience, coupled with an MBA, Mr. Knott achieved assignments of increasing responsibilities with established high tech companies as well as start-ups. Mr. Knott has successfully represented manufacturers by selling products in the northeast region of the United States and throught out the world since 1989.

Mr. Knott worked closely with Dr. Robert Jarvik, artificial heart pioneer & Jarvik Heart in developing The Jarvik 2000. Successful in winning a $5.8 million National Institutes of Health contract for this technologically advanced ventricular assist device. Held in the hand, the Jarvik 2000 pump is about the size of a C battery. Within its welded titanium shell sits a direct-current motor, a rotor supported by two ceramic bearings, and a single moving part: a small, spinning titanium impeller that pumps blood from the heart at up to 7 liters per minute. Rather than take over for the biological heart, the Jarvik 2000 augments the weakened heart’s blood output to help restore a normal blood flow throughout the body. Mr. Knott developed a winning sales strategy and managed an extensive sales effort involving numerous functional groups within an original equipment manufacturer, Texas Heart Institute, Jarvik Heart and numerous partners.

The common denominator with Mr. Knott’s extensive sales and marketing experience and accomplishments has been “identifying and satisfying customer values better than the competition can or will do” and selling technical products and/or services resulting in increased revenue and profit.



  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Connecticut.
  • Masters in Mechanical Engineering (with an Electrical Engineering Minor) from Northeastern University.
  • Masters in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Judy Monahan

Director of Marketing

Judy is responsible for all marketing efforts, including but not limited to:

Coordinating with our principals making sure our marketing efforts / strategy is an enhancement and complementary to their marketing strategy;

Composing and executing email marketing campaigns;

Writing and publishing press releases;

Scheduling and executing all marketing efforts using numerous platforms; e.g. Constant Contact, Publisher, InfusionSoft.

In addition, Judy maintains the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software and ensures that the database of JD Technologies, LLC contacts is accurate and up to date.

Judy also manages the website which includes adding new content such as blog posts and news items.  She is the contact person for our principals and works with them to create their principal page.  She communicates with them often to continually update with new items of interest.

Judy is detail oriented and strives for accuracy and precision in all she does.

Laura Rivera

Outbound Marketing Representative

Laura has experience in the Health Care, Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer industries. Responsibilities include sales as well as customer service. As a Geriatric Program Director for Devereux House, a skilled nursing facility she specialized in Alzheimer’s patients. Laura was responsible for social activity planning, patient care planning, conveyed a philosophy that supported the dignity, privacy, independence, choice, and individuality of residents.

Laura also has experience in the automotive and publishing industries. As a Client Care specialist at Michaud Mitsubishi, she created a strong rapport and set specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplished daily task. Developed valuable connections with clients to provide vehicle information in response to inquiries about products, services, and finance options and set appointments to give customers an opportunity to view the product in person and potentially purchase.

As a Marketing/Production coordinator she was successful at communication with direct vendors from China, Request for Quotes, and arranging Product sample shipments. Assists with travel plans when preparing for product fairs in China, Hong Kong, and New York City.

Laura’s passion resides in working in the customer service industry and strongly believes in ethics and integrity and genuinely cares about people.

Matthew Knott

Vice President

Matthew brings over 10 years of experience in engineering, marketing, sales, and product management.  As a Senior Sales Engineer and Product Manager for ABB’s Distribution Components, a division of Power Products Business Unit, Matthew was responsible for simultaneously managing a $70 MUSD line of instrument transformer products while successfully introducing new distribution sensor solutions to the market. Prior to joining ABB, he worked with Invensys Operations Management (now Schneider Electric) as an Application Engineer. There he was responsible for the design and implementation of distributed control systems in a variety of generation plants ranging from 50KW biomass to 1000MW nuclear reactors.

In addition to his work in large corporations, Matthew has experience growing start-up companies that provide innovative system solutions for the energy industry.  Matthew’s work in leading both product management and marketing new solutions have helped utilities manage the shifting paradigm of increasing two-way power flow due to increasing distributed generation, more stringent security, environmental, and efficiency regulations, and the growing need to manage capacity in real-time along the distribution grid.

Matthew’s passion resides in working with customers to find the right solutions solving key problems that improve the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of end user products / systems.

Dr. Gary Degen

Dr. Gary Degen is an experienced podiatric physician, with over 25 years of clinical/surgical experience.   Gary received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Villanova University.  A Board-Certified physician, he received his Doctorate from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, with surgical residency training at Temple East Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.   His Fellowship training in Diabetic Research occurred at Madigan Army Medical Center, Northwest Medical Command, United States Army.  His post-Fellowship responsibilities included service as Director of Limb Preservation at Madigan Army Medical Center.  He also is a Certified Medical Practice Executive and Fellow candidate with the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).   Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of the Maine Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) and a member of the Orthopedics Department at MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, ME.

Dr. Degen received his MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville in 2010 and has since served as Chief Medical Officer with a nanotechnology cancer drug delivery company, conducted clinical product support with Cordis Cardiovascular, and has start-up experience in a variety of different health-focused companies.  He has a vast amount of experience in lobbying, both in Washington and in other state governments

Dr. Degen resides in Belgrade, ME with his wife, Barbara and his two sons.  His spare time is dedicated to faith, family and travel.  He has coached lacrosse, football, baseball and wrestling and served as game videographer for the 2011 Kentucky State and National Champion Trinity Shamrocks High School football team.  He also enjoys running, having completed the Boston and New York Marathons while fundraising for cancer research programs.  Dr. Degen also enjoys golf, with caddy and playing experience of over 30 years.