Expanding into the commercial, automotive industry, and beyond. 15+ issued patents, 17+ major customers, 500M+ global doors locked and unlocked in 65 countries worldwide, 1 million devices powered by UniKey, 5+ million users, raised more than $25mm in venture capital.

Meet our Executive Team

Phil Dumas

Founder and CEO |

Phil is a passionate access control visionary with over a decade of experience delivering mass market consumer access control products. Phil has a background in private equity, with two $100mm+ asset turnarounds and holds a BSEE from the University of Central Florida. He’s also known for his appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank where he was the first contestant to receive offers from all five sharks.

Steve Gallagher


Steve has a 40+ year career of financial management, from starting out with Ernst & Young to managing a $120M business. Steve previously led through three major acquisitions, including Middleton Pest Controls’ sale to Sears, Roebuck and Greater Homes sale to Meritage Homes.

Ashley Herrera Smith

VP of Operations

Ashley works to secure and optimize the business while championing the vision and strategy. Ashley is an experienced entrepreneur who has grown and sold two startups while serving in the COO role. She oversees all HR operations as well as marketing operations at UniKey.

Will Holderness

VP of Engineering

Will joined UniKey in 2013 as an Embedded Software Engineer and has been responsible for company growth and product development like few others can boast. Will leads all UniKey engineers, ensuring that product roadmaps support strategy and that we continue to innovate.

Pat Hanavan

SVP of Quality

Pat is an award-winning executive who has been in the tech industry for 20+ years steering product and quality initiatives. As an entrepreneur, Pat co-founded and sold Zamurai Corp. to LogMeIn, Inc. 18 months after creation. Pat now ensures the highest standards of user experience and quality in all UniKey products.