RF/microwave industry pioneer, philanthropist and Mini-Circuits founder and CEO, Harvey Kaylie passed away peacefully on the morning of May 30, 2018. He will be deeply missed by the thousands of colleagues, partners and friends whose lives he enriched.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, eight grandchildren and two brothers.
Innovator, Entrepreneur and Visionary
Harvey Kaylie defined the vision and established the strong values that have propelled Mini-Circuits’ success and growth for the last 50 years, from a one-man startup in the kitchen of his Brooklyn apartment to the thriving global enterprise it is today. A native of Brooklyn, Kaylie earned his BSEE from the City College of New York (CCNY) and his MSEE from New York University. He held engineering positions at companies including IT&T, Amperex, Fairchild and Airborne Instrument Laboratories (AIL), before making a bold decision to start his own company.
He founded Mini-Circuits in September of 1968 with the ambitious goal to manufacture RF and microwave products at substantially lower cost than the market offered at that time, by focusing on quality and process. His early efforts led to the development of a new line of mixers, transformers and passive RF components, which became an international success, fueling Mini-Circuits’ precipitous growth, while, in many ways, revolutionizing the industry itself. His success helped transform a niche, low-volume, cottage industry into the sophisticated, process-driven industry that provided the volume, quality and pricing to support the proliferation of wireless technology throughout the modern world.
Beyond his work as a business leader at Mini-Circuits, Kaylie dedicated his life outside the company to philanthropy. In 1999, he and his wife, Gloria Kaylie, established the Harvey and Gloria Kaylie Foundation to support organizations involved in education, health, cancer research and support for individuals with disabilities, among other causes. In 2010, he established the Kaylie Prize for Entrepreneurship at CCNY, awarding startup capital for students with promising electronic hardware inventions to launch entrepreneurial ventures. That same year, he and Gloria opened Camp Kaylie, a summer camp in upstate New York devoted to the inclusion of children with special needs.
Kaylie was awarded an honorary doctorate of science from CCNY and an honorary doctorate of electrical engineering from the University of South Florida, both in 2012, and an honorary doctorate of humanities from Yeshiva University in 2013.
A Legacy of Dedication to Customers, Company and Community
As Mini-Circuits has grown to meet the evolving needs of customers, offering the industry’s largest selection of RF/microwave products, the company has stayed true to Kaylee’s simple formula for success: manufacture quality products, sell them at a very competitive price and provide fast delivery with strong service and support. His relentless pursuit of innovation and continuous improvement, his commitment to world-class quality and customer service and his passionate work ethic will remain deeply rooted in Mini-Circuits’ company culture, as will his strong values of personal integrity, respect for all people and altruism.
Kaylee's’s daughter, Alicia Kaylie Yacoby wrote in a letter to Mini-Circuits employees, “He believed strongly that Mini-Circuits is not just a company, but also a family, and that was how he treated his team members. As we mourn Harvey’s passing together as a family, we draw purpose and inspiration from his remarkable life, and we celebrate all he accomplished for Mini-Circuits and for the greater good in the world.”
Building Future Success on a Firm Foundation
Kaylie exercised great diligence to reinforce Mini-Circuits’ future security and prosperity. Over the past several years, he focused on developing, implementing and overseeing a seamless transition of company management to a professional leadership team, while maintaining continuity and stability as a private company owned exclusively by Kaylie family members, who remain committed to supporting all of Mini-Circuits’ partners, including customers, employees and suppliers. With this firm foundation, Kaylie set the groundwork for Mini-Circuits’ further growth and expansion within its current markets.
While the entire Mini-Circuits family mourns the loss of an extraordinary leader, mentor and friend, they look forward to making Kaylie proud and driving Mini-Circuits to new levels of excellence as they move forward together.