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Spire Founder - Roger G. Little

Roger Little  

Roger Little graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Master of Science degree in Geophysics in 1964. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Colgate University. He founded Spire Corporation 5 years later in 1969 and has been a strong business leader as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Spire Corporation, a publically held company with a diverse technology base.

  Roger Little - full marathon
  Roger Little receives a first place award for winning the “Escape from Alcatraz” triathlon. He has the race 70-74 year old age group course record.

He has lead Spire to become an innovator in the solar industry providing photovoltaic module manufacturing equipment and turn-key production lines. Spire's products have been the basis for much of today's world wide industry. He has also participated in both the semiconductor and biotechnology industries spinning companies out of Spire. During the course of his career, he has produced 70 patents and many publications and has given numerous presentations. He has participated on a number of committees and has testified before the US Congress many times.

Mr. Little and his wife Lyn have 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren. His son Mark is the CEO of Spire's company Spire Biomedical.

Mr. Little's accomplishments go even further and are equally impressive. He has been a formidable competitor as a triathlete as well. He began competing more than 30 years ago, near the inception of the sport. Since then he has participated in 350 triathlons including nearly 100 Ironman and Half Ironman events. 

He has represented the United States in world championship competitions as a member of Team USA on 15 occasions. In 2012 he finished 2nd in the International Triathlon Union's Long Distance World Championships in Spain and 2nd in the ITU's Short Course World Championships in New Zealand. He is currently related 1st in the 70-74 Age Group in the US for the 3rd year in a row.

In 2013, among other competitions he will participate in the Ironman World Championships in Kailua Kona for the 16th time having won the Ironman for his age group in Cozumel Mexico in November 2012 to qualify.

The Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike race and finishing with a 26.2 mile marathon. The heat, humidity and wind in Hawaii make it one of the most challenging endurance events in the world.

2011 Long Distance Triathlon World Championships


Roger Little - Ironman