Senior Executives

John J. McCann
President and CEO

Prior to joining Mace, John was the President and CEO of Fitness Quest 2009 to 2012. Fitness Quest is a Canton based sales, marketing, distribution and media company – FQI is known for Total Gym, Gazelle Gliders and many other products. Prior to Fitness Quest, John was the President and CEO of Saeco USA for 8 years, which designs and manufactures espresso coffee machines. Saeco USA was a wholly owned subsidiary of Saeco International Group headquartered in Bologna, Italy. SIG International and all the subsidiaries were sold to Phillips in 2009. Previously, he was a senior executive at Delonghi, Sunbeam, Mr. Coffee and American Home Products.
During his tenure at the various companies, the companies were awarded Best Places to Work (Northeast Ohio Region) 8 times at Saeco and Fitness Quest, John was a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur award during his stewardship at Saeco USA.

Paul Hughes
Executive Vice President

Paul joined Mace Security International in November of 2018 following a 32-month public service role at the Arizona Commerce Authority, under Governor Doug Ducey. Prior to his role there, Mr. Hughes was the Chief Operating Officer for Guardian 8 Corporation where he led a team of developers to create new devices and several patents on the Pro V2 product designed for the security industry.

Before leading the Guardian 8 team, Paul was the Director of New Markets at TASER International, a role designed to expand the company’s sales outside of the law enforcement sector and into adjoining industries such as parole officers, professional security, and correctional facilities. His tenure included the launch and testing of Axon body camera systems during the Urban Shield exercises in San Francisco. He was also a manger of Licensing and Branding for Smith & Wesson at their executive offices in Scottsdale Arizona.

A former US Marine, Mr. Hughes received his MBA in Global Management & Leadership from Arizona State University, and a certificate in non-lethal weapons policy & procedure program from Penn State University. He also completed the Entrepreneurship Development Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010.

Carl R. Smith
Senior VP Corporate Finance

From 2003 to 2012, Mr. Smith was the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary of Saeco USA, Inc., a privately owned company that distributes and markets coffee brewing appliances. Mr. Smith also served as VP of Operations for Saeco from 2007 to 2012. Saeco USA was a wholly owned subsidiary of Saeco International Group which was headquartered in Bologna, Italy. Mr. Smith helped with the transition to Phillips NA when Phillips purchased SIG in 2009. From 2001 to 2003, he was Plant Controller for SIFCO Forge Group. SIFCO Forge Group, a division of SIFCO Industries, is a specialized provider of forged components servicing a variety of markets. SIFCO is a public company located in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1988 to 2001, Mr. Smith worked for Mr. Coffee, Inc., holding various positions including Assistant Corporate Controller and Division Controller. Mr. Coffee was owned by Thomas Lee Corp. and was sold to Sunbeam during Mr. Smith tenure – he helped again with the transition and integration.

Remigijus Belzinskas
Corporate Controller

Prior to joining Mace Security International, Inc., Remigijus Belzinskas was employed by SIFCO Industries, Inc., an aerospace products manufacturer, from 2000 to 2013, serving as Corporate Controller. Prior to that he served at Signature Brands, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of consumer products, from 1990 to 1999, serving as Corporate Controller; and from 1978 to 1990 he was employed by KPMG LLP, last serving as a Senior Manager in its Assurance Group.

Eric Crawford
VP and General Manager – Personal Defense & Safety Group

Eric brings strategic focus and direction to the personal defense, security and safety Division. Mr. Crawford was formerly with Under Armour (UA), where he served as Director of Sales for UA’s Outdoor Division and was a key component in the division’s dramatic growth. He led the sales and operations team while at UA and helped develop the long term strategic plan for Outdoor and Law Enforcement division. Prior to that, Eric spent the first nine years of his career with Mace. Eric has nearly 20 years of experience encompassing sales, operations, marketing, and product line management in the Sporting Goods Market.

David Happe
EVP, eCommerce and Custom Manufacturing

David Happe is a 30 year veteran of the retail industry, including corporate purchasing experience for Best Buy Company Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (Sam’s Club). David was the EVP of Sales and Marketing for SSC Inc., the retail marketing partner of Samsung CCTV. In addition, he created the Akai television line from concept through product development and distribution, which went from $0 to $100m in sales in 4 years. He was the lead consultant for when Amazon opened their consumer electronics store. David was the founder and Chief Technology Officer for Vigilant Personal Protection Systems, which is the #1 marketshare manufacturer of personal alarms in the United States ( until the business was sold to Mace Security International Inc. in October 2017. Previously, he was the co-founder of US Install, which grew to become the #2 largest installer of consumer electronics in the United States. David’s paralegal education is from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.