MANAGEMENT, DIRECTORS AND THE ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Soligen has assembled an excellent team to assist it in its growth plan. This team combines the operational industry experience of Soligen’s founders with the diverse operational, managerial, and financial expertise of Soligen’s board members and advisors.
Yehoram Uziel has served as President and a Director of Soligen since its inception in 1991. Prior to Soligen he served for 3 years as Vice President of Engineering at 3D Systems, Inc., (NasdaqNM:TDSC) a rapid prototyping manufacturer based in Valencia, California. Mr. Uziel was co-founder, Division manager and Director of New Business Development of Optrotech, Inc. (NasdaqNM:ORBK), a manufacturer of inspection equipment for the printed circuit board industry which is based in Israel. From December 1990 to December 1993, Mr. Uziel was Chairman of the Board of ConceptLand Ltd., a rapid prototyping service bureau based in Israel. Mr. Uziel received a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel.
Amir Gnessin is the Company’s Vice President of Engineering since April 1994. Mr. Gnessin, member of the founding team, joined the Company in August 1992 as a Senior Mechanical Engineer and was promoted to Mechanical Team Leader in February 1993. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Gnessin worked as a design engineer and manager at Optrotech, Inc., a manufacturer of inspection equipment for the printed circuit board industry that is based in Israel. Mr. Gnessin received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel.
Charles W. Lewis is the Company’s Vice-President for Quality assurance. Prior to co-founding Soligen, Mr. Lewis, was Director of Engineering for BHK Inc., and Program Manager for 3D Systems, Inc., a rapid prototyping firm based in Valencia, California. Mr. Lewis received a B.A. in Physics from the University of California, San Diego.
Gary Kanegis is the Company’s Sales Vice President since May 2000. Prior to Soligen Mr. Kanegis was Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Key Technology (NasdaqNM:KTEC), Vice President of Corporate Operations of Spectron Engineering, Inc., and Manager of Sales and Operations for Spectron Instrument Corp. Mr. Kanegis received a B.sC. in Engineering from the Metropolitan State College in Denver Colorado.
Mr. Robert Davidson is The Company’s Vice President of Manufacturing Santa Ana Division since May 2000. Prior to Soligen, Mr. Davidson was Product Manager/New Programs Engineering for Baja Pacific Light Metal Corp., Foundry Superintendent, Manager of New Technologies Development and Operations Manager Western Wheel Corp., and supervisor at Hayes-Albion Corp., a manufacturer of rough machined, aluminum intake manifolds, cylinder heads and master brake cylinders to G.M., Ford and Chrysler. Mr. Davidson received a B.A from the University of Wisconsin.
Dr. Mark W. Dowley has served as a director of the Company since July 1993. Dr. Dowley is Chairman of DPSS Lasers Inc., a privately held manufacturer of UV solid state lasers for commercial application. Dr. Dowley served as President and Chairman of LiCONiX, a manufacturer of helium-cadmium lasers based in Santa Clara, California from 1972 to 1998. He served as a director of LEOMA (Lasers & Electro Optical Manufacturers Association), as a member of the Executive Committee of the Silicon Valley Council of the American Electronics Association and as Chairman of the Engineering Council of the Optical Society of America.
Patrick J. Lavelle has served as a director of the Company since September 1994. Mr. Lavelle was appointed Chairman of the Export Development Corporation by the Prime Minister of Canada on January 1, 1998. Prior to that he was Chairman of the Board of the Business Development Bank of Canada and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Mr. Lavelle is Chairman of the Bay of Spirits Gallery, a member of the Advisory Board of the International MBA program at York University and a director of Revenues Properties, Co. Previously, Mr. Lavelle was Vice President, Corporate Development at Magna International, Inc. (NYSE:MGA). Mr. Lavelle also served as President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association of Canada, Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology for the Province of Ontario and was simultaneously First Secretary of the Premier’s Council and a Senior Advisor to the Planning and Priorities Board of Cabinet. Mr. Lavelle also served as Agent General for the Government of Ontario in Paris, France.
David F. Hadley has served as a director of the Company since January 2000. Mr. Hadley is the founder and president of D.F. Hadley & Co., Inc., a boutique financial services firm that provides consulting, investment banking and advisory services to emerging growth companies in the western United States. DFH&Co is a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers. Prior to founding DFH&Co, Mr. Hadley was a managing director in the global investment banking group of BT Alex Brown Inc., focusing on the media and communications sector. Mr. Hadley was employed by subsidiaries of Bankers Trust Corporation from 1986 to June 1999. He received his MSc. in Economic History from the London School of Economics and his A.B. from Dartmouth College. Mr. Hadley is also a member of the board of directors of Aura Systems, Inc. and MotionTV, Inc.
Advisory Board Members
Joseph M. Scheer is a management consultant and private investor. He is a Director of Microsemi Corporation, a semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Santa Ana, California and Rawson Koenig Inc., a truck equipment manufacturer in Houston, Texas. He was a Director of Laserform Inc., a rapid prototype service bureau in Auburn Hills, Michigan from 1989 to 1994. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from New York University. After a few years as a sales engineer and manufacturer's representative, he was a founder and president of Veritron West Inc., a major supplier to the Semiconductor Industry. After merging Veritron West into Alloys Unlimited ("Alloys"), he became a group vice president of the Semiconductor and Electronic Materials Group and director of Alloys. He held the same position at Plessey Ltd. after it acquired Alloys. This was followed by fifteen years of consulting and a two-year stint as director of North American Operations for SFE Technologies, a California electronics component manufacturer.