Bio & history
Hands-on experience is the foundation of my approach to solving elusive business, marketing and product development challenges. Being a business owner, putting my own net worth on the line multiple times and with over 4 successful start-ups under my belt, the harsh reality and pursuit of profitability and growth is passion for me. I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned, educating and guiding others to implement insightful strategies that make a difference.
Fun Fact: That’s me racing, I raced pro events (AMA 600 Supersport) and it was my first venture into sales and marketing to attract sponsors and convince them to give me their money. The key lesson learned was that everyone wants to work with a winner.
Mechanical Engineer, PE #31341
Legal Status: Licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering PE, CA.
Certificate No. M 31341 – Status is Current
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, AE
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, September 1990 – April 1995
Parametric Manufacturing : COO
Santa Clara, CA : January 2016 – November 2018
Awarded Best of 2017, 2018 & 2019 Machine Shop, Santa Clara.. Responsible for business operations, sales and marketing while implementing parametric processes of manufacturing, inspection, engineering and DFM that result in the increase of throughput/capacity, reduce operational costs and inventory.
Howler Bar : Co-Founder
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua : November 2012 – 2015
#1 Bar and Restaurant on the beach in a small surf town in Southern Nicaragua. We built this bar from the ground up and it’s been a wild ride.
i3D | DevSixOne : Founder
Santa Clara, California : October 2011 – 2015
DevSixOne started under the name, i3D is an industrial design shop, mechanical engineering and prototyping (3D Printing/SLA) center committed to delivering services and custom solutions to all industries. The entire business was built and operated through Salesforce and managed from a different country; we have built and shipped over 10k parts. It has transitioned into what DevSixOne is today.
URFREE2BU – Multi-Sport Adventures in Central America
Nicaragua: March 2010 – May 2011
Start-up of an extreme3 adventure company focused on delivering a “Rite of Passage” for your men via a 2000km long mountain bike adventure through Central America without maps, GPS or support crews. Check out the 21 Day Epic trailer and documentary on youtube.
SGI, Silicon Graphics Inc. : Customer Engineering Manager
Fremont, California : October 2008 – November 2009
Manage a SWAT team of the company’s best engineers that provide new product development and engineering resources to the company’s top ten accounts in the highly competitive industrial server industry. Innovative solutions and out of the box thinking are the cornerstones to new products that land new business from customers like Yahoo, Amazon, Facebook and Google. Also evangelize and lead the company with engineering process, infrastructure and documentation such that new levels engineering efficiency, information gathering/dissemination and rapid response can be realized.
Validus Technologies, Inc. : Hardware Engineering Manager
San Francisco, California : September 2007 – September 2008
Responsible for spearheading the engineering efforts required to evangelize a biometric (fingerprint) authenticating credit card from gross prototype to pre-production. Out of the box product design visions, requirements driven product development and demonstrated engineering expertise propelled the corporate legitimacy from an unknown start-up to working with the largest contract manufactures in the world (Flextronics, Hana, and IMI).
Tesla Motors : Sr. Mechanical Engineer & CAD Manager
San Carlos, CA : May 2005 – November 2008
Employee #24. Provided leadership, innovation and guidance in the detailed design and engineering of propulsion sub-systems and their integration into a high-performance electric automobile with focus on packaging the 6831 lithium-ion battery pack and its composite enclosure into the vehicle. As CAD manager, the US Vehicle CAD assembly/architecture was created and maintained as well as best documentation practices, engineering standards, CAD design/modeling techniques and CAD data management infrastructure.
inTEST Corporation : Sr. Mechanical Engineer & Co Engineering Manager
Sunnyvale, CA : January 2003 – May 2005
Served as a leader in Project Engineering, Mechanical Design, Manufacturing, R&D, and Test/Evaluation for Prober Test Interfaces (PTI) under mentor Bill Brooks. Developed engineering standards and managing R&D projects for test interfaces, probe card docking using kinematic couplings with magnetic force, pneumatic control systems and complex electro-mechanical interconnect as well as the lead presenter for business proposals for high-density PTI Interfaces to customers in efforts to acquire new business.
JDS Uniphase : Mechanical Engineer
Santa Clara, California : November 2000 – November 2002
Design & document process equipment used for the development and manufacture of laser diodes, fixture/tooling needed for the high volume assembly of their respective packaging and provide electro-mechanical solutions for testing.
Applied Materials : Mechanical Engineer
Santa Clara, California : January 2000- December 2000
Lead Mechanical Engineer for the development of a front end wafer handling system in the Etch Transistor Gate Substrate and Wet Processing Division; responsible for design and fabrication of new tool mainframe, including selection and design of packaging/support equipment. Developed a patented concentric axis end-effector system for wafer handling in atmospheric environments coupled with the design of a laminar flow wafer transfer environment for ISO Class 10 applications; FEA Cosmos/M was used to save over $50K in prototype development costs of flow performance.
Membrane Technology and Research : Project Engineer
Menlo Park, California : August 1997 – January 2000
Project manager of multi-million dollar skid mounted gas separation systems from concept to on-site installation and troubleshooting including all design and off-site fabrication of membrane system and sub-systems (refrigeration units, dryers, vacuum/compressor systems, control panels) within client specifications, quality control, and customer specification review. Systems were designed in accordance to ASME B31.3 and ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code VIII, Div. I & II.
Nusil Technology : Project Engineer
Carpinteria, California : May 1995 – August 1997
Design and manage existing processes, equipment, and facilities used in the production of aerospace and medical grade silicone. Responsible for the re-design, construction and automation of manufacturing equipment that included shear sigma mixers, two-stage vacuum systems, high-pressure extruders, control hardware, miscellaneous small mixing and accessory equipment. Managed and worked side by side with 20+ machinists, welders, assemblers, and electrical technicians in the repair and fabrication of new equipment which included the delegation of tasks, training and supervision.
AMA 600 SuperSport Professional Racing
Yep, that's me...in the pic; never in my life had I imagined that would be. Honored to have raced at the highest level in the United States. I discovered my talent, dedicated my entire life to it, sacrificed, worked harder than I ever had and is a great example of what's possible with hard work and a never give up attitude.
Biometric Credit Card
Championed a new, integrated biometric solution (hardware and authentication match) within six weeks of losing a ten month product development effort because a key supplier suddenly closed its biometric division.
Bi-Stable flexible display & UI
Conceived a custom bi-stable flexible display that transformed the nature of the product from a static display of 6 digits to an interactive handheld electronic device that performed beyond expectations.
Automation of Manufacturing Floor
Transitioned a manufacturing floor for the production of medical grade silicone from manual interfaces to a Distributed Control System (DCS) that created consistent lots needed for future government contracts.
ZIF Technology for inTest Corporation
Pioneered the development of Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) with micro actuation technology that led to new multi-million dollar business opportunities previously unattainable.
Tesla Motor's Battery patent Co-Inventor
Co-AInventor Patent #20070218353 Title: System and method for inhibiting the propagation of an exothermic event.
Changing the Automobile Industry
Lead Contributor for the innovation of a safe Lithium-Ion battery technology that changed the automotive world’s view of electric vehicles and battery technology feasibility.
As a very early employee, mentored the young engineering graduates from Stanford, MIT and Berkeley in the practice of mechanical engineering and business ethics.
Let's talk about your project and business goals; I guarantee you'll feel confidence and relief in finding someone who has the experience, knowledge and integrity you can trust.