THE SVSA TEAM

Jeanne
Beacham

CEO at Delphon Industries
Jeanne Beacham is President and CEO of Delphon Industries LLC, a materials manufacturing company that is a leading provider of device packaging materials and services to the Semiconductor and Medical Industries.  Delphon has Divisions Gel-Pak, Quik-Pak, TouchMark and UltraTape, with offices in Hayward and San Diego, CA, Wilsonville, Oregon, St. Albans, VT and Taiwan and global sales support.   Jeanne joined Vichem Corporation in 1994 as Vice President of Marketing and Sales of GEL-PAK, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, and strategic alliances.  In December 1997, she led a management buyout of GEL-PAK and in July 2000, acquired Silicon Packaging Technology in San Diego – creating Quik-Pak as a new division of GEL-PAK and merged the assets of Aguila Technologies into Quik-Pak in 2009.  In 2004 Jeanne restructured the company under Delphon Industries to establish a platform to grow the company by both acquisition and organic growth. In 2005 Delphon acquired TouchMark, a high precision Medical Device Pad Printing business serving medical and semiconductor industries. In 2008 Delphon acquired UltraTape, a cleanroom tape manufacturer located in Oregon.  In 2013 expanded the cleanroom label line through an acquisition,   Jeanne was been given the Diamond Leadership Award and East Bay Women of Distinction Award.  Jeanne also received awards from the San Jose Business Journal as one of the most influential women in business in Silicon Valley and Woman of Distinction in Technology.  Delphon was named by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Top Women Owned business in the Bay Area. She is a member of the Sales and Marketing Executive Council of SEMI, is an Advisory Board member of the Kellogg School of Management’s Master of Management and Manufacturing Program. Jeanne gave the Commencement address to the Engineering school and for the Women’s Initiative Network graduation.    She has recently been involved as a guest lecturer at Oregon State University for their Entrepreneurship program.   Jeanne is a Past President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) and a founding member of SWAN (Semiconductor Women’s Alliance Network), a member of the Sales and Marketing Executive Council of SEMI and an active member of Vistage for over 10 years.   Prior to GEL-PAK, Jeanne was the Marketing Manager at Tencor Instruments and spent 10 years at IBM in Essex Junction, VT, in engineering and management positions where she received multiple distinguished engineering awards.  Jeanne received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University.   Married with 3 children.  Jeanne continues her love of soccer and is a Past President of the Belmont United Soccer Club, and attending Women’s World Cup around the world.   She is also active in promoting science especially to girls and founded the Science Fair and participates as a Judge for High School and Middle School science fairs in Oregon.   Jeanne is active in the American Cancer Society Relay for life and Cancer Ski out and the Giving Tree Foundation. She loves to travel and enjoys many outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, boating, and running.

 

Randy
Curtis

Sr. Account Manager at ixmation
Randy Curtis has spent 25 years in various sales and marketing roles mainly in the high tech industries such as semiconductor, hard disk drive, solar, and assembly automation.  Currently, Randy is in charge of western states sales for Ixmation (Roselle, IL/Malaysia/China) and helps product companies with their high volume assembly automation needs.  Prior to Ixmation, Randy spent nearly ten years as Vice President of Sales for Owens Design (Fremont, CA) which is a leading designer and builder of outsourced machine development in the areas of semiconductor wafer platforms, hard disk handling, solar cell and module assembly, and various other applications.  Randy received his B.S. from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his MBA from San Francisco State University.

 

Dr. Dick
Dexter

VP of Worldwide Marketing and Sales, Retired
Dr. Dexter has over 30 years experience in many different leading edge developments in the Semiconductor Industry, ranging from process development, equipment development and marketing and sales. After receiving is PhD in Physics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1979, Dr Dexter was employed at  Texas Instruments’  Semiconductor Research Laboratory as  Senior Member of the Technical Staff where he worked on developing and implementing ion implantation equipment and processes in several production lines.  He holds patents on production of buried insulating layers by  ion implantation and has authored and co-authored several papers on ion implantation. He managed a joint project in which TI, in cooperation with Extrion Corporation developed the first computer controlled ion implanter.  While at TI he also participated in developments in laser annealing, electron beam wafer patterning  and  equipment automation. In 1989 he  joined  Tempress Microelectronics as Vice President of Engineering where he directed development of automated  diffusion and CVD systems,  wafer bonders and wafer sawing products. In 1995 he joined GCA Corporation as Director of GCA’s Plasma Systems Division and directed the development of GCA’s ground breaking Triode Wafer Etcher. After a year in market research at VLSI Research,  he joined Hine Design in 1998 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing where he helped lead the Company into the leading position in supplying  wafer handling robots for use in chemical  mechanical polishing systems.  When Hine Design was acquired by Asyst Technologies,  Dr Dexter became Vice President and Senior Director of Marketing of Asyst’s  Robotics Division. In 2001 He joined Innovative Robotics, Inc., a manufacturer of  multi-axis SCARA  wafer handling robots as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Sales until he retired in1993.

 

Dick
Dryden

Former President Dryden Engineering
Dick Dryden was born in Los Angeles, California, and attended the University of Colorado, graduating in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Early in his career he worked for the Boeing Company in Seattle for three years and served in the U.S. Air Force for three years. Dryden became involved in cleanroom technology in 1959 as a co-founder of GAC Corporation in Los Angeles, CA. In 1968, he moved to San Jose, California to establish Dryden Engineering Company, which became a specialist in cleanroom technology and contamination control in the semiconductor and other industries. The company developed and manufactured many unique products and provided critical services used world wide. Dryden Engineering was sold in 1999, but Dick remains active in the industry. In 1994 Dick received the Willis J. Whitfield award “In recognition of continued and significant research in the areas of Cleanrooms and surface contamination control” In  2006 he was awarded the SEMI Lifetime Industry Volunteer Award, “In appreciation for his selfless contributions to SEMI and the Semiconductor industry”

 

Len
Given

President & CEO, The Quest Team, Inc
Len is Founder, President, and Head Coach of The Quest Team, Inc., headquartered in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years.  As a world class training firm serving the semiconductor and other high technology industries, Quest has a client base of more than 800 companies from North America, Asia and Europe. Prior to founding The Quest Team, Len was a fifth level manager in an instrumentation and telephony company and also spent several years in the defense industry.  He received a marketing degree from Syracuse University and was an officer in the US Air Force. Len is internationally recognized as an accomplished workshop leader and consultant in in sales psychology, strategic selling, global account development, product marketing, strategic planning and team building. He has personally developed sales, marketing, customer support and management teams from the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, U.K., Italy, PRC, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Malaysia.  They represent his personal program facilitation in more than 350 companies.

 He has extensive knowledge of the semiconductor industry having worked, in depth, with professional teams in scores of equipment, materials, software, and components manufacturers and a significant number of IDMs. He served as program manager in the development of 7 industry specific courses presented in cooperation with SEMI. One of those courses won a national award as “ . . . the best course presented through a major U.S. Industry association”.  The co-sponsorship with SEMI is still active after 20 years and more than 2,500 professionals and managers have attended the open enrollment programs

While the majority of his consultation for the past 25 years has been in the semiconductor industry, he has worked with companies in 23 industries.

 

Peter
Hauser

Global Business Development – Semiconductor Technology
Peter Hauser brings over 30 years’ sales/marketing and business development experience in the semiconductor equipment, critical sub-systems, and components for technology and related industries. After graduating ONC Sciences in the UK he has served in executive marketing and business development positions for companies such as Tylan General, Ultra Clean Technology, Watkins Johnson, and Triant Technologies. He is a member of the SEMI organization, served on the Sales and Marketing Executive committee, a member of the ANSI Standards Organization, the SMTA, and a former member of the steering committee for the SEMI Nanoforum/NanoCommerce conference. Much of his career has been focused on technology business development in Southeast Asia and Europe and has co-founded three companies all of which are successful entities today. He resides in San Ramon where he is an active contributor to the community.

Robert
Hills

Semiconductor Business Development Professional
Robert Hills brings over 30 years of product marketing and sales experience to the semiconductor industry. Robert has worked for Ultratech, Mattson Technology, Lam Research, and Drytek and has been responsible for sales of service, training, applications, photomasks and spares for advanced lithography and laser spike anneal systems.  Robert has an M.S. in Metallurgy and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken.  Robert is a member of Sales and Marketing Executives at SEMI and International Microelectronics and Packaging Society as well as a Fellow of the Society of Photo Optical Engineers.

 

John
Housley

President, Housley and Co.
John Housley has spent over 45 years in the semiconductor industry. After working for Texas Instruments in the 1960’s as a quality control engineer, he served as co-founder and Vice President of KTI Chemicals, Inc. (wholly owned subsidiary of Union Carbide, Inc.) and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for four other semiconductor equipment and materials companies. He has founded or co-founded five other semiconductor equipment and materials related companies. He has started and assisted in the management of over forty overseas sales, marketing, manufacturing and distribution operations related to the semiconductor equipment and materials sector.   He is also is a partner and senior market analyst for Techcet Group, LLC. John has published over 150 market studies related to the Semiconductor equipment and materials industry. John is a member  of the Quest Team,  serves on the Board of UV Tech Systems, Inc and on the board of the Santa Clara County Salvation Army   He is a graduate of University of North Texas.

 

David
Jimenez

Co-Founder/Chairman, Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc.
Mr. David Jimenez has over 30 years of industrial experience including positions with Mobil Oil, NV Philips, and General Signal.  He holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA in Finance.  For the last 20 years, he has led Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. (WWK), a company dedicated to the development of software tools and consulting services for operational cost management and productivity improvement.  While at WWK he was responsible for the design of the semiconductor industry’s de facto standard in cost of ownership (COO), TWO COOL®.  He also holds a patent for his work on PRO COOL® for Wafer Sort & Final Test.  He is currently on assignment as Chief Operating Officer at Sun Synchrony, a high concentration photovoltaics (HCPV) startup headquartered near Silicon Valley. Prior to co-founding WWK, Mr. Jimenez was Director of Product Marketing at Ultratech Stepper where he was responsible for the development of their Custom Optical Products (COPS) business unit and scanner replacement niche marketing strategy.  Additionally, he supervised all regional and product marketing personnel and activities, including advertising, public relations, ROI analysis, product positioning strategies, and product specification and selection. In 1992, at the request of Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International (SEMI), Mr. Jimenez developed the one day workshop “Understanding and Using Cost of Ownership.”  The course has been offered continuously since then by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) in conjunction with SEMICON tradeshows.  In combination with SEMI and industrial sponsors, David has trained over 5,000 professionals in COO from a variety of industries including: semiconductors, photovoltaics (PV), flat panel displays (FPD), nanotechnology, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), thin film record heads, magnetic media, and solid state lighting/light emitting diodes (SSL/LED).  He was also the co-developer of the highly successful workshop “How to Successfully Manage New Product Introductions.” He has authored numerous papers on productivity and cost management, including articles on semiconductor, PV cell, and PV module manufacturing.  David is also a recipient of the Texas Instruments Supplier Excellence Award for his contributions to their manufacturing cost reduction programs.  Additionally, he is a dual citizen of the United States and the European Union which allows him to freely work in both economic zones without the need for work visas or special permits.

Kevin
Keifer

President, Keifer Professional Search
Kevin has been a consultant, manager & owner in the executive search industry since 1986. His expertise ranges from field service to CEO positions specializing in the High-Tech Electronics industry. He has a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of semiconductor manufacturing, as well as a sterling reputation for outstanding service and an extremely vast contact base within the industry. A San Jose native, Kevin completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.  

Burt
Lancaster

President at Lancaster Resolve Technology, LLC
Mr. Lancaster graduated the California State University, Cal Maritime.  He established a US based LED company in the year 2000, and another in Xiamen, China in 2003.  He now serves as a consultant to companies in semiconductor and technology. His contacts in industry are wide internationally. He is often sought as a speaker and an expert in international business and technology. The major focus of Mr. Lancaster’s business activities has been in high technology.  During his history, Mr. Lancaster has had many very successful assignments.  These assignments also led to the establishment of several companies and joint ventures:

  1. A vacuum service company – Australia
  2. A chemical company – USA
  3. A clean room engineering company and manufacturer of portable clean rooms
  4. Two joint venture marketing firms
  5. Established two (2) LED (light emitting diode) companies. One in Santa Clara, CA and the other in Xiamen, China.

Mr. Lancaster also operates as a trading company. Trading has been with countries throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe.  He has also worked in Financing, raising of Venture Capital, mergers and acquisitions.  He was also the founder of Oriol, Inc., a gallium nitride LED company in Santa Clara, CA

 

Carlos
Lazalde

President and CEO of Pentagon Technologies
Mr. Carlos Lazalde has been the President and CEO of Pentagon Technologies for the past four years. His responsibilities include the  day to day operations of the three business groups including: Chamber Service, Site Service and Products. Pentagon Technologies is providing new and exciting products, solutions and services addressing today’s leading edge Semiconductor requirements with a key focus on quality and environmental responsibilities. Carlos has over 28 years in the semiconductor business, holding various management positions at Schlumberger, Credence Systems, Karel and Alta Vista Consulting. His nearly 25 year tenure at Schlumberger includes over 15 years with direct responsibility for Intel worldwide, earning him a wealth of international experience including Europe, Asia and South America. Under his direction, Schlumberger became the only supplier to win consecutive multi-platform product wins for over 12 years. Carlos also served as President of North America for Schlumberger Technologies where he was responsible for all facets of the solutions business, including Automated Test systems, Smart Cards, Banking and Municipalities solutions. With his deep understanding of operations, his overseeing the manufacturing process allowed Schlumberger to meet the demanding ramp of the Pentium products.  While at Credence he was responsible for the development, planning and execution of their mix signal, RF and Flash Memory product groups.  At Alta Vista, he worked with various Fortune 500 companies to develop business strategies and Sales & marketing initiatives. Being detailed and hands-on oriented, while at Karel he drove the creation of manufacturing processes for aerospace products and achieved ISO and ASE certification. Carlos has received numerous recognition and quality awards from Intel, IBM. Jazz Semiconductor, Motorola and Samsung. He has been recognized in Who’s who in among executive and professionals in America.

 

Ron
Leckie

President, INFRASTRUCTURE Advisors
Ron shares his time between two parallel careers, the first being his active consulting practice, Infrastructure Advisors, which has been serving clients for over 15 years. His second, more recent venture, is into investment banking as a partner at Ackrell Capital where he helps clients with M&A (merger & acquisition) activities. The two activities dovetail well together and often have the advantage of leveraging each other to help clients. With over 40 years of experience in the semiconductor and related industries, Ron’s background includes 14 years of engineering and manufacturing within the semiconductor industry and 11 years in the capital equipment industry, where he led both the development and marketing of state-of-the-art semiconductor test systems.  Since 1995, he has been an independent analyst and consultant to the chip manufacturing industry, bridging “Technology to Business”. As President of INFRASTRUCTURE Advisors in Saratoga California, Ron delivers strategic marketing, diligence, expert witness, analyst and business development services to the semiconductor-related industry and its investors.  His expert witness experience covers IP/patent, breach of contract and tax cases involving analysis, reports, deposition, testimony and an ITC hearing. At Ackrell Capital, Ron’s semiconductor experience, knowledge and connections are a valuable asset within the firm’s semiconductor M&A practice, helping clients on both the sell- and buy-side of transactions.  Ackrell Capital is a San Francisco based boutique investment banking firm, offering a broad range of financial advisory and capital raising services. Ron is an active volunteer at SEMI, has published numerous articles and papers, and has participated in many panel discussions on the business and technical aspects of the industry. He is also a founding member of the GlobalScot Network.

 

Gianni
Leonarduzzi

Market Development Manager for Microelectronics: Gelest
Dr. Leonarduzzi  is currently Gelest Inc. Market Development Manager for Microelectronics. In prior engagements, Dr. Leonarduzzi has directed Marketing, Product Management and Sales functions in several microelectronics companies, such as KLA-Tencor, Applied Materials, Matheson Tri-Gas and Scott Semiconductor Gases.  Starting out as a Chemist at Procter & Gamble, he focused his career on technology-driven companies, transitioning from Chemistry and Materials Science to Sales and Marketing.  He is being associated with the Semiconductor Market for more than 20 years and worked in Italy and Belgium, operating as Sales Director for several Mediterranean Countries. He has authored several papers in fields ranging from Physical Organic Chemistry to semiconductor advanced materials; he holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Padova, Italy, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and an MBA from the International School of Business in Brussels, Belgium.

 

Joseph
Lonsdale

Retired: Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Joseph Lonsdale received an MBA from Harvard University, an MS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Lonsdale worked in numerous sales and marketing positions in the semiconductor and industrial markets.  Most recently, he was vice president of sales and marketing for AES Motomation, the Sankyo Robotics Representative for Europe and North America.  In this position he made significant sales to Applied Materials and other semiconductor equipment companies. In addition to wafer handling robots Mr. Lonsdale has been responsible for sales and marketing of probe cards (Kulicke & Soffa) chip packaging services (ASAT Inc.), quartz and specialty heaters (General Electric), clean room supplies and equipment (Dryden Engineering) and temperature sensing wafers (SensArray Corporation).  He has been responsible for sales to Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, IBM Corporation, and numerous international companies. He has successfully managed sales forces in United States, Canada, Latin America, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and other countries.

 

Todd
Mosher

President, Zone 5 Marketing Communications
Todd founded Zone 5, a strategic Branding, Marketing and PR company in Albany, NY in 1989. With award-winning practices in the Technology, Higher Education, Economic Development and Healthcare sectors, Zone 5 is one of the leading marketing firms in upstate New York. Zone 5 expanded its reach with the addition a west coast office in 2009, in San Jose, CA. Todd was educated at the University of Albany in Computer Science and Renewable Energy and has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, management, finance, strategic planning, Web development, as well as business development for Zone 5 and clients alike. Todd leads Zone 5’s Technology practice and has worked on strategic marketing projects for clients such as: SEMI PV Group, Plug Power, GE Power & Water and a variety of Technology initiatives and organizations such as NY Loves Nanotech, Hudson Valley PV Initiative, NYSEIA, NYSERDA, NABCEP and IREC. Todd helped develop and promote the New York Loves Nanotech, New York Loves Energy and New York Loves Bio sub-brands from the iconic “I Love New York” travel and tourism brand. Todd is a member of the Silicon Valley Capital Club and its affiliate organization, The CEO Roundtable and is a co-founder of the Silicon Valley College-Career-Consortium (SVC3). He currently serves as an Executive Board member for the Capital Region Chapter of the American Marketing Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA). Todd is currently working on initiatives involving technology workforce development, semiconductor technology, solar photovoltaics and other clean technologies. Todd and his wife Karen split time between their residences (and wine cellars) in Albany and San Jose and have one daughter who has just completed a double major in Chemical Engineering and Business from the University of Buffalo, State University of NY.

 

Stanley
Myers

President at S.T. Myers & Associates LLC
Stanley T. Myers is Director Emeritus of the SEMI Board of Directors and the past President & CEO of Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI®). Headquartered in San Jose, California. SEMI is a global industry association serving more than 2,000 global companies that provide the equipment, materials and services to manufacture semiconductors, displays, photovoltaics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Moscow, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taiwan, Tokyo and Washington, DC.   Prior to his appointment as SEMI president in 1996, Myers worked for 17 years at Siltec Silicon, a manufacturer of silicon wafers, based in Salem, Oregon.   He served as president and CEO since 1985, and in 1986 he completed negotiations for the acquisition of Siltec by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation,   In July 1996, Siltec officially changed its name to Mitsubishi Silicon America Corporation.  Prior to Siltec, Myers worked for Monsanto Corporation for 18 years.   Myers continues to serve on the SEMI board of directors, a post to which he was elected in 1988.  He is Chairman of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Board to MATEC (Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center). Myers also is a member of the Engineering Advisory Board, School of Engineering, San Jose State University.   Myers earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas.    In May 2007 he was inducted in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Hall of Fame in the University of Kansas.   Myers was a recipient of the Exemplary Community Leadership Award by the Silicon Valley Conference on Community and Justice in 2006.   In February 2008 Myers was inducted in the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.

 

Jon
Scadden

President – Strategic Solutions and Founder – American MiniFoundry
Jon combines extensive semiconductor manufacturing/packaging expertise with a comprehensive background in business development and outsourcing success across the disciplines of masking, lithography, operations and packaging. Educated at San Jose State University, Fairchild Semiconductor and National Semiconductor. Jon went on to a very successful career in executive sales & marketing of advanced capital equipment with the likes of GCA Corporation, Materials Research Corporation and Tegal (a spin-off of Motorola Corp). In 1995 Jon launched Strategic Solutions to provide critical advice and consultation to both chipmakers and equipment manufacturers and was the keystone of the first outsourced Ion Implant service in the industry through his association with Innovion.   Leveraging his decades of experience with early-on production of government-centric semiconductors, Mr. Scadden launched the American MiniFoundry in late 2010. This initiative of the Strategic Solutions organization is dedicated to establishing the first bonafide secure facility for the development and LVM of advanced integrated devices on 200mm and 300mm wafers solely dedicated to critical defense and military applications. This facility will support the existing Trusted Fab Program and provide synergy with the U.S. industry equipment and materials suppliers as well as leading academic Centers of Excellence. This is a “Made in America” campaign.   Mr. Scadden resides in the rolling hills of the Sierra Nevada range outside Sacramento, CA.