Dave Lowman

VP Sales & Marketing

Dave Lowman has worked the last twenty-four years in sports marketing.
He has managed endorsement deals with Nike, Reebok, Wilson, Comcast, Spalding, Modell’s, Burger King, Walmart, and Core Media Publications.
He has done many media appearances: Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, ESPN, CBS, CNN, and NBC to name a few.

Allen Bancroft

Founder & CEO

Allen Bancroft holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology and a Executive Masters Degree (MBA) in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He also holds 10 United States patents in robotics navigation and mechanical systems with two additional patents recently filed for NogginLOC™ and FaceLOC. Allen received his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in November of 2011. He is a private pilot and enjoys flying when time allows. He is also very involved with his children's travel soccer program.

Allen has spent the last 27 years in the field of Robotics, mostly on fully autonomous platforms. He is very entrepreneurial and has started several different companies.

Allen is also one of two Chief Judge Advisers for the FIRST Robotics Organization.

David Dean 

Business Development

David brings decades of tenacious experience in business and relationship development and marketing strategy. David contributed to the development, marketing strategy and ultimately the successful launch of numerous consumer products both nationally and worldwide. A graduate of Elon University, David is motivated by opportunities to develop strategic partnerships and business offerings that provide the highest degree of knowledge and expertise. 

2011 – 

One October Saturday while watching college football I noticed helmets coming off and didn't understand why. My first thought was they must have some junkie helmets for college players. So, I decided to watch some NFL games the next day assuming they must have better equipment but to my surprise, I saw the same problem, helmets coming off.

It didn't make sense to me that we can put a man on the moon but we can't keep a helmet on our athletes to help protect them.

In November I started working in my home laboratory on ways that I think I could help solve the problem of helmets coming off. After making several prototypes taking me into Mid December, I decided to take a break to figure out want I really wanted to do at this point. I felt I had developed something much better than what was out there but didn't know what to do about it next.

In late December I saw a Sunday newspaper article that had the headline in the sports section that said, "helmets coming off at an alarming rate with no solution." I read the article again and then went downstairs to my lab and held the article in one hand and one of my helmet prototypes in the other hand. I read the article, looked at the helmet, looked at the article and then again at the helmet. That was the moment that I realized that I had to get the word out about what I have been working on.

2012 – 

March I formed J&A Innovations, LLC as the business entity and also filed a utility patent for what has now become NogginLOC. 

In May we started selling NogginLOC over the internet and in our local community. NogginLOC was well received by parents and players.

In July we expanded to CANADA and then received our first overseas order in Sweden!


NogginLOC started gaining more market acceptance as we worked to get the word out. End-user testimonials were also very helpful as we started seeing repeat orders from more players on teams.

December we were approached to develop a removable face mask based off the NogginLOC technology. This was perfect timing as we had already worked on this concept years earlier.


January 15th, what now as we know it, FaceLOC was born! With prototypes installed on every helmet manufacture and with multiple models, we proved that Both NogginLOC and FaceLOC could be installed without modifying the helmets and not requiring any tools to remove either product. 


Our team

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Our History

Mark McMichael

Director of Communications

Mark McMichael graduated from the University of Maryland with an MBA and he received his Bachelors degree in Marketing and Advertising from East Carolina University. 
He owns 3 franchises of an Internet Product Brokerage Firm called Market America.
He also currently works for Northrop Grumman Corporation for the last 5 years and spent the last 2 years as an Engineering Planning Analyst.