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DANIEL ROONEY has served as a Director of our Company since joining us in March 2002 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rooney was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of our Company on January 8, 2003. Prior to joining us, Mr. Rooney was General Manager for Johnson Matthey, Color and Coatings Division, Structural Ceramics Sector North America from 1994 to 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Rooney held various management positions at TAM Ceramics, Inc., a Cookson Group Company. Mr. Rooney has a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering and an MBA from Niagara University. Mr. Rooney’s expertise and background in manufacturing and ceramics provides experience that the Board considers valuable.
GERALD S. BLASKIE, has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since March 2006 and the Company's Chief Financial Officer since April 2001. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Blaskie was the Controller at Cable Link, Inc. from February 2000 to March 2001. From 1997 to 2000, he was the Plant Manager at Central Ohio Plastics Corporation, where he also served as Controller from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Blaskie earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Central Michigan University and passed the CPA exam in the State of Ohio.
MIKE BARNA, has served as Vice President of Sales since March 2006. He joined the Company in January of 2004 as Director of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Barna has more than twenty years of experience in the thin film industry. In 1991 MIC Technology purchased the hybrid products division from MRC. Mr. Barna earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University Of Kentucky.
MICHAEL S. SMITH, has served as the company's Corporate Secretary since December 2006. Mr. Smith is a Partner at Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP (CPM). He chairs CPM's Business Law Practice Group and serves on the Executive Committee. He graduated with honors from Kenyon College and earned his law degree from The Ohio State University.
Board of Directors
Daniel Rooney has served as a Director of our Company since joining us in March 2002 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Rooney was elected as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of our Company on January 8, 2003. Prior to joining us, Mr. Rooney was General Manager for Johnson Matthey, Color and Coatings Division, Structural Ceramics Sector North America from 1994 to 2001. Prior to that, Mr. Rooney held various management positions at TAM Ceramics, Inc., a Cookson Group Company. Mr. Rooney has a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers College of Engineering and an MBA from Niagara University. Mr. Rooney’s expertise and background in manufacturing, marketing and ceramics provides experience that the Board considers valuable.
Robert H. Peitz has served as a Director of our Company since 2004. Mr. Peitz is a private investor and portfolio manager. Mr. Peitz has completed levels I and II of the Credit Risk Management series at the Citibank School of Global Banking, attended the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and is currently preparing for his CFA. Mr. Peitz is the former Managing Director and Head of Financial Markets for PB Capital in New York, New York. Previously, Mr. Peitz was a Managing Director at BHF Capital, Treasurer of BHF-Bank New York Branch and an Associate at Morgan Stanley in International Operations. Mr. Peitz graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Mr. Peitz’ experience in finance and investor relations provides experience that the Board considers valuable.
Emily Lu has more than 30 years of experience in business development, strategic planning, private equity investment and corporate financing in diverse industries. She is currently the Managing Partner of Gateway Resources Partners in Boca Raton, Florida. From 2006 to 2012, Ms. Lu served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Solar Power Industries, a vertically integrated US manufacturer for PV Solar components of silicon ingots, bricks, wafers, cells, modules and systems serving both US and global renewable energy markets. Prior to that, she was Managing Partner of BLL Ultimate Capital and Baxter Biotech Ventures from 1995-1997. Ms. Lu served as Vice President of New Business Development and Financial Analyst of Asia portfolio at Baxter Financial Corporation, money manager for the Philadelphia Fund and Eagle Growth Shares, two SEC registered publicly traded mutual funds, from 1992-1998. She was actively involved in Great China infrastructure investment in the early 1990s and held the observing board seat of Asia Aluminum Holding Company, the world largest aluminum extruding operation in China and a publicly traded company listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Ms. Lu received a B.A. from the School of Law at National Taiwan University with Honors. After high level executive experience at Diamond Shamrock, Taiwan (a wholly owned subsidiary of Diamond Shamrock, USA, the precedent of Occidental ) and Swire & Maclaine Limited ,Taiwan (an Asian Pacific business unit of Swire Group, UK, a 300 year’s old British Trading house), she earned a MBA with a major in finance from Florida Atlantic University.
Laura F. Shunk graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1980 with an A.B. degree in Chemistry and German, and from Case Western Reserve University in 1983 with a J.D. She began the practice of law at the Cleveland firm of Pearne, Gordon, Sessions, andGranger, where she worked on the prosecution of US patent applications originating in foreign jurisdictions and in the United States.As the daughter of entrepreneurs Ed and Inge Funk from Columbus, Ohio, she began to develop an interest in the interaction between entrepreneurial ventures and intellectual property. At this time she wrote several key patents for a young Cross Medical Company. These patents later became the subject of extensive litigation, and resulted in millions of dollars in settlements with Johnson & Johnson, and later with AlphaTech Spine, and which were a key asset in the purchase of Interpore/Cross for $280 million by Biomet.
Ms. Shunk is a shareholder of Hudak, Shunk & Farine, Co. L.P.A. At this firm, she has expanded her areas of representation to include sophisticated material science research, and was awarded appointments to represent the University of Akron, Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University, and NASA, as well as Akron and north-east Ohio polymer manufacturers and molders. She has continued with her interest in guiding start-up ventures with respect to the development of intellectual property portfolios. Most recently, Ms. Shunk acted as counsel to an Akron area orthopedic implant company that was able to complete its acquisition in its seventh year at a 5.5x sales multiplier in part as a result of its extensive multi-national patent and trademark portfolio which Laura helped create. Laura is married to a trial attorney specializing in patent litigation, and they have two adult children. Ms. Shunk brings needed experience that the Board considers valuable.
Edward W. Ungar has been a Director of our Company since 1990. Mr. Ungar is the President and founder of Taratec Corporation, a technology business-consulting firm in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to forming Taratec Corporation in 1986, Mr. Ungar was an executive with Battelle Memorial Institute. Mr. Ungar earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a B.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from The City College of New York, and completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School, Northwestern University. In his position at Battelle, Mr. Ungar had profit and loss (P+L) responsibility for a major operation division. At Taratec, Mr. Ungar has had extensive experience in treasury and P+L functions as well as general management. Throughout his career, Mr. Ungar has been involved in technology commercialization related to the principal business areas of our Company. Mr. Ungar’s experience in the commercialization and finance of new technologies provides experience that the Board considers valuable.
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