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2015 ERAI Executive Conference - Speakers & Instructors

Speakers & Instructors

Tom Bergman
Program Manager, Battelle Memorial Institute


Tom Bergman is a Program Manager in the Cyber Innovations Unit at Battelle, and is responsible for managing the development of Barricade, an electronic component authentication technology. Tom graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and also has an A.S. degree in Lasers and Electro-Optics from Vincennes University. Tom has also held positions with Spectra Diode Labs, JDS Uniphase, NeoPhotonics, the US Naval Research Laboratory, and Hughes Aircraft. Tom has more than twenty-five years of experience in the design and development of electronic and electro-optic systems.
Tom Bergman is a Program Manager in the Cyber Innovations Unit at Battelle, and is responsible for managing the development of Barricade, an electronic component authentication technology. Tom graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and also has an A.S. degree in Lasers and Electro-Optics from Vincennes University. Tom has also held positions with Spectra Diode Labs, JDS Uniphase, NeoPhotonics, the US Naval Research Laboratory, and Hughes Aircraft. Tom has more than twenty-five years of experience in the design and development of electronic and electro-optic systems.


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Bob Bodemuller
Supplier Quality Principle Engineer, Missiles and Fire Control, Lockheed Martin Corporation


Bob Bodemuller is a Principle Quality Engineer in the Lockheed Missiles and Fire Control Supplier Quality organization specializing in counterfeit part avoidance and risk mitigation. He has extensive experience in the engineering and mission assurance area in space, aviation and defense industries which includes over twenty years focused on supply chain quality, working extensively with customers, suppliers and receiving inspection operations.
Bob Bodemuller is a Principle Quality Engineer in the Lockheed Missiles and Fire Control Supplier Quality organization specializing in counterfeit part avoidance and risk mitigation. He has extensive experience in the engineering and mission assurance area in space, aviation and defense industries which includes over twenty years focused on supply chain quality, working extensively with customers, suppliers and receiving inspection operations. As a former member of the AAQG (Americas Aerospace Quality Group) responsible for AS9100 certifications in the Americas and the Nadcap Management Council, he is very knowledgeable on 3rd party certification schemes. Bob joined the SAE G-19 committees in mid-2000 where he participated with the development and release of AS5553 Rev A and has worked on the AS6081 standard committee since its inception. He has worked with AIA on counterfeit issues in the legislative area. He is also a member of the Counterfeit Avoidance Advisory Group, a group of prime contractors who work together to merge counterfeit avoidance standards into one common process. Bob has presented at several conferences on the counterfeit standards. He has a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue University and a Masters of Management degree from University of Phoenix.


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Bill Cardoso, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer and founder of Creative Electron


Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Creative Electron. A native of Brazil, Bill came to the US in 1998 as a 'guest engineer' at the US Department of Energy's renowned Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), one of the leading research institutions for high energy and nuclear physics. In a nine year career at Fermilab and starting with an associate electronics degree earned in Brazil at age 13, Bill took on significant project, personnel, and budget responsibilities while at the same time he earned MS and PhD degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Bill Cardoso, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Creative Electron. A native of Brazil, Bill came to the US in 1998 as a 'guest engineer' at the US Department of Energy's renowned Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), one of the leading research institutions for high energy and nuclear physics. In a nine year career at Fermilab and starting with an associate electronics degree earned in Brazil at age 13, Bill took on significant project, personnel, and budget responsibilities while at the same time he earned MS and PhD degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

After leaving Fermilab as Department Head for Electronic Systems Engineering, Bill moved to California to become the VP of Technology at the government contracting firm he eventually acquired from the estate of the founder to create Creative Electron in 2008.

An industry thought leader, Bill has been recognized as IIT's 2011 Outstanding Young Alumnus Awardee for his contributions to science and technology. He is also a Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA), American Physics Society (APS), and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).

Bill is a holder of several patents in the areas of radiation detection, radiography, and quality inspection.

Bill is an active member of his community and is part of the technical committee of several conferences including the SMTA/CALCE Component Counterfeit Conference, Components for Military and Space Electronics Conference, SPIE Photonics, and the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium.

Bill serves in the G19 committee writing the standards for counterfeit detection for the aerospace and defense markets. He is also a reviewer of academic proposals for the Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and National Science Foundation. He is the author of over 120 technical publications and contributor to 2 books, and is a frequent speaker at technical conferences on radiography and optical inspection worldwide.


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Jeffery Chiow
Associate in the Washington, DC office of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell PC


Jeffery M. Chiow is an attorney specializing in government contracts, complex technologies, aerospace and defense matters and government investigations. Jeff was recognized as a 2014 "Rising Star" among Washington government contract attorneys by Superlawyers.
Jeffery M. Chiow is an attorney specializing in government contracts, complex technologies, aerospace and defense matters and government investigations. Jeff was recognized as a 2014 "Rising Star" among Washington government contract attorneys by Superlawyers.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Jeff is a member of the firm’s Government Contracts Practice Group. He provides counsel on business and compliance issues faced by government contractors and he assists clients in contract disputes and all manner of government investigations. His practice also involves commercial disputes and advice to commercial companies whose technologies or business interests implicate Jeff’s knowledge of new technologies and evolving legal/regulatory frameworks, e.g. cybersecurity.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Jeff appreciates the complex considerations that affect government contractors and is attentive to the changing compliance landscape, especially for IT service and supply contractors. He helps clients to evaluate and achieve results that protect and grow their business. He has experience across the spectrum of government contracts topics from bid protests to federal supply schedule matters to data rights and intellectual property. Jeff’s work includes a mix of investigations and litigation work including federal bid protests and claims. He has litigated many bid protests involving enterprise critical matters worth hundreds of millions of dollars and several precedent-setting bid protest cases.

Jeff has assisted clients in a broad array of investigations.
  • Major aerospace contractor in Congressional and IG investigations of a $1 Billion-plus contract.
  • Contingency contracting investigations and testimony before Congressional committees and the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • False Claims Act suit involving over $45 million against a German company.
  • Many sensitive internal compliance investigations making recommendations to clients about potential civil and criminal liability and potential disclosure obligations.
Jeff is a Member of the Board of Governors of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association and sits as a Vice Chair on three committees of the ABA Public Contract Law Section.

Jeff is a USMC Combat Veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where he flew combat missions in an F/A-18D. He was awarded eight air medals, one with Combat “V”.

EDUCATION

J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2008
B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, 1997

SELECT PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS
  • Making Sense of Complex Government Contracting Issues, Professor Ralph Nash's 2015 Webinar Series, Jan. 29, 2015, (Guest Speaker)
  • Legislating Supply Chain Assurance: Examination of Section 818 of the FY 2012 NDAA, The Procurement Lawyer, ABA, Vol. 47, No. 4 - Summer 2012 (co-author)


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John Cronin
Vice President of Operations, North Shore Components, Inc.


John Cronin has over 30 years of experience and knowledge in the independent distribution industry. John has a degree in Business/Finance, has attended many YPO training seminars, Harvard Business training events and successfully completed the RABQSA certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Training with AS9100 Emphasis. He has also completed SAE’s Implementation of AS6081 and the IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam.
John Cronin has over 30 years of experience and knowledge in the independent distribution industry. John has a degree in Business/Finance, has attended many YPO training seminars, Harvard Business training events and successfully completed the RABQSA certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor Training with AS9100 Emphasis. He has also completed SAE’s Implementation of AS6081 and the IDEA-ICE-3000 Professional Inspector Certification Exam.

John was formerly the Director of Procurement for PartMiner, Inc., the President of Authentic Electronics, Inc. and initially joined North Shore Components, Inc. as the Director of Quality and currently serves as the Vice President of Operations.


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Walt Culbertson
DNV GL Business Assurance USA, Inc.


Walt Culbertson is the retired President and CEO of WFC Consulting, Inc. and certified AS9100/9120 Quality Management Systems Auditor with the responsibility for assisting organizations to obtain certification to the International Organization Standards. Walt has been auditing for DNV GL, a world-leading certification body for 20 plus years and was the first auditor to conduct an AS6081 assessment witnessed by members of ANAB, USNC/IECQ, and the Boeing Company. This assessment resulted in his recommendation for the first IEQC CAP AS6081 certificate to Secure Components. He is also a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer after serving 28 years in the military.
Walt Culbertson is the retired President and CEO of WFC Consulting, Inc. and certified AS9100/9120 Quality Management Systems Auditor with the responsibility for assisting organizations to obtain certification to the International Organization Standards. Walt has been auditing for DNV GL, a world-leading certification body for 20 plus years and was the first auditor to conduct an AS6081 assessment witnessed by members of ANAB, USNC/IECQ, and the Boeing Company. This assessment resulted in his recommendation for the first IEQC CAP AS6081 certificate to Secure Components. He is also a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer after serving 28 years in the military.


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Aaron C. DerMarderosian Jr.
Principal Systems Engineer (Failure Analysis Laboratory), Raytheon Company


Aaron DerMarderosian Jr. is a Principal Systems Engineer. He recently transferred into Space and Airborne Systems Division working in the mechanical & design support engineering failure analysis laboratory Largo, FL. Aaron has worked in engineering for more than 20 years focused on: reliability analysis & assessment, failure investigation, product / program FRACA, design verification test, systems & circuit analysis, accelerated testing, product, process & test engineering. Recent analysis and investigation activities include best practice counterfeit detection & avoidance methods, Hardware security anti-tamper assessments & Process root cause analysis of next generation CCA level interconnect technologies. Aaron is a member of SMTA, senior member of the IEEE and served as a Boston Area IEEE joint section Reliability chapter volunteer & Adcom officer for more than 10 years. He received a technical innovation & inventors award in 1991 (Raytheon), leading to a patent, is a recipient of IDS Engineering technical honors in 2004 & 2007 and several individual & team achievement awards. Aaron has presented at several technical conferences & IEEE events, he has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Northeastern University.
Aaron DerMarderosian Jr. is a Principal Systems Engineer. He recently transferred into Space and Airborne Systems Division working in the mechanical & design support engineering failure analysis laboratory Largo, FL. Aaron has worked in engineering for more than 20 years focused on: reliability analysis & assessment, failure investigation, product / program FRACA, design verification test, systems & circuit analysis, accelerated testing, product, process & test engineering. Recent analysis and investigation activities include best practice counterfeit detection & avoidance methods, Hardware security anti-tamper assessments & Process root cause analysis of next generation CCA level interconnect technologies. Aaron is a member of SMTA, senior member of the IEEE and served as a Boston Area IEEE joint section Reliability chapter volunteer & Adcom officer for more than 10 years. He received a technical innovation & inventors award in 1991 (Raytheon), leading to a patent, is a recipient of IDS Engineering technical honors in 2004 & 2007 and several individual & team achievement awards. Aaron has presented at several technical conferences & IEEE events, he has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Northeastern University.


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Ray Ford
Managing Partner, Impact Components


Ray has been in the Independent Distribution Industry since 1988 and is the Managing Partner at Impact Components in San Diego, Ca. Impact joined IDEA at its inception in 1996 and continues to strive to Perpetuate the credibility and respect of Independent Distribution. Ray has been a member of IDEA Board of Directors for the past 3 years.
Ray has been in the Independent Distribution Industry since 1988 and is the Managing Partner at Impact Components in San Diego, Ca. Impact joined IDEA at its inception in 1996 and continues to strive to Perpetuate the credibility and respect of Independent Distribution. Ray has been a member of IDEA Board of Directors for the past 3 years.

Ray’s background is in Electronics and prior to Impact he worked as a Field Engineer for Dicomed Corp in the field of High resolution computer graphics. His training in electronics comes from the US Navy where he specialized in Satellite Communications and Cryptographic Equipment, as well as Radar an HF Communications gear.

Ray has decided to participate in the advancement of our industry by taking a more active role in IDEA. After having over 20 years of exposure to the electronics supply chain and Its evolution his experience may provide for some insight and reasonable contribution to the advancement of Quality Independent Distributors. Having been involved as a board member has given Ray and his company a bird’s eye view of where we need to go from here to maintain our business model.

Of particular importance is the role IDEA plays in differentiating its membership from the numerous competitors out there that give Independents a bad name. We must continue to develop tools that will provide value for customers and help them understand the need to deal with only member companies on their AVL.


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Patrick X. Fowler
Partner, Snell & Wilmer


Patrick Fowler’s practice concentrates on defending companies facing high-stakes product liability and business claims. He also helps companies dealing with technology issues related to internet/e-commerce claims, intellectual property disputes, data privacy and security concerns and e-discovery issues. Pat counsels clients regarding compliance with government (FDA, CPSC, NHTSA, USCG) and industry safety regulations and best practices, including product recalls. He provides advice about product warning systems and information manuals.
Los Angeles, California Office
213.929.2547 | pfowler@swlaw.com

Patrick Fowler’s practice concentrates on defending companies facing high-stakes product liability and business claims. He also helps companies dealing with technology issues related to internet/e-commerce claims, intellectual property disputes, data privacy and security concerns and e-discovery issues. Pat counsels clients regarding compliance with government (FDA, CPSC, NHTSA, USCG) and industry safety regulations and best practices, including product recalls. He provides advice about product warning systems and information manuals.

He assists clients with developing data storage and data security protocols (including cloud computing and cloud storage), information governance policies and procedures, document retention policies and electronic discovery processes. Pat currently leads Snell & Wilmer's e-discovery and document management committee and is a leader of the firm's Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity practice area.

Pat’s practice is nationwide, with state and federal court trials in Arizona, Washington, Nevada, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia and Pennsylvania, and litigation in most of the rest of the country. In the last few years, he has taken to trial a number of catastrophic damage cases involving automobile air bag and seat belt defect claims, and boating accidents involving carbon monoxide exposure, drowning and propeller strike injuries.

Pat is actively involved in the Arizona legal community. He is a past President of the Board of Directors of Community Legal Services, Inc., the largest non-profit pro bono legal services organization in Arizona. In addition, for more than 20 years he served on the Advisory Committee of the Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers Program. From 2006 to 2012, Pat served on the State Bar of Arizona's Standing Committee on Appointments, and was recently

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Jorge A. Garcia
Deputy Assistant Director, Trade
Los Angeles Field Office
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Assistant Director, Enforcement
Electronics Center of Excellence and Expertise
U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Mr. Garcia is the Deputy Assistant Director for trade at the Los Angeles Field Office, which covers the Los Angeles International Airport, Long Beach Seaport, Port Hueneme, Las Vegas, and Palm Springs ports of entry. As the Deputy Assistant Director for Trade, Mr. Garcia is responsible for the oversight of trade programs in the Los Angeles Field Office.
Mr. Garcia is the Deputy Assistant Director for trade at the Los Angeles Field Office, which covers the Los Angeles International Airport, Long Beach Seaport, Port Hueneme, Las Vegas, and Palm Springs ports of entry. As the Deputy Assistant Director for Trade, Mr. Garcia is responsible for the oversight of trade programs in the Los Angeles Field Office.

Mr. Garcia is also the Assistant Director of Enforcement at the Electronics Center of Excellence and Expertise. The Electronics Center of Excellence and Expertise is a trade transformational program that was established to increase uniformity of practices across CBP’s ports of entry, facilitate the timely resolution of trade compliance issues nationwide, and further strengthen critical agency knowledge on key industry practices and issues.

Mr. Garcia previously served in various management positions at the Los Angeles International Airport during his 31 years of service and has extensive experience in trade facilitation and enforcement.


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Rachel Garcia
DRTL Laboratory Manager, Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratories (DRTL), LLC


Rachel Garcia is the laboratory manager at Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratories (DRTL), LLC in Albuquerque, NM. She has 10 years of experience with Destructive Physical Analysis (DPA), Construction Analysis (CA) and Risk Mitigation of counterfeit components. Rachel is currently a member of SAE G-19 committee and holds an A.A.S in Computer Electronics Engineering Technology from ITT Technical Institute in Albuquerque, NM.
Rachel Garcia is the laboratory manager at Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratories (DRTL), LLC in Albuquerque, NM. She has 10 years of experience with Destructive Physical Analysis (DPA), Construction Analysis (CA) and Risk Mitigation of counterfeit components. Rachel is currently a member of SAE G-19 committee and holds an A.A.S in Computer Electronics Engineering Technology from ITT Technical Institute in Albuquerque, NM.


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Keith Gregory
Partner, Snell & Wilmer


Keith Gregory practices in the areas of general business matters, corporate, franchise and partnership disputes, and intellectual property and commercial litigation. He is an experienced litigator, with considerable background in intellectual property issues, licensing agreements, trade secret matters and Uniform Commercial Code issues, especially within the electronic components and semi-conductor industries. Keith serves on the SAE International AS6081 Committee, established to develop standards proscribing counterfeit parts avoidance requirements for independent distributors.
Los Angeles, California Office
213.929.2547 | kgregory@swlaw.com

Keith Gregory practices in the areas of general business matters, corporate, franchise and partnership disputes, and intellectual property and commercial litigation. He is an experienced litigator, with considerable background in intellectual property issues, licensing agreements, trade secret matters and Uniform Commercial Code issues, especially within the electronic components and semi-conductor industries. Keith serves on the SAE International AS6081 Committee, established to develop standards proscribing counterfeit parts avoidance requirements for independent distributors.

Representative Matters
  • Negotiated a settlement for a distributor of electronic components accused of selling mismarked and defective parts, which reduced client’s financial exposure by nearly 90%.
  • Served as lead trial counsel for a franchisor that was sued by its first franchisee for breach of contract, California franchise law violations, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, concealment and unfair competition. After two weeks of trial, the jury found entirely in favor of the defendant franchisor. The jury also found that the franchisee had breached the franchise agreement by failing to pay royalties and to pay back advances made to it by the franchisor, and awarded damages to the franchisor.
  • Structured the financial terms of an independent distributor’s contract, which resulted in more than a 50% increase in profits on a single transaction.
  • Litigated a trade secrets case on behalf of an employer whose former salesperson solicited a number of the company’s long-term customers and suppliers. Successfully obtained a temporary restraining order and negotiated a settlement, resulting in the salesperson agreeing to pay the employer’s attorneys’ fees and no longer contacting the company’s customers and suppliers.
  • Retained by client company as trial counsel three months prior to start of jury trial in which plaintiff was seeking over $800,000 in alleged damages. At the conclusion of the six-day trial, the jury awarded the plaintiff approximately $70,000 – half of the $140,000 offer previously made by the client and less than one-tenth of what the plaintiff was seeking to recover.
Education
  • University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., 1984)
  • University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1981)
Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court, All Districts of California
Professional Memberships & Activities
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Member
  • Electronic Resellers Association International (ERAI), General Counsel
  • SAE International, Member, AS6081 Committee
Representative Presentations & Publications
  • "SAE Anti-Counterfeit Standard Adds Teeth to Legal Protection," Quoted, EBN Online (November 11, 2014)
  • “Simplifying International Trade Disputes,” Chapter Author, Thomson Reuters, Litigating International Trade Disputes: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Recent Trends in Trade Disputes and Minimizing Client Risk in Litigation (November 1, 2014) "Ethics and In-House Counsel: Wearing Two Hats as Attorney and Officer," Co-Presenter, Snell & Wilmer and Thomson Reuters Harbor Cruise, Newport Beach, CA (October 9, 2014) "My Goods Are Good. So Why Are They in Detention?" Co-Presenter, ERAI and Snell & Wilmer Webinar (June 3, 2014)
  • "DOD Emphasizes Industry Input on Counterfeit Electronics," Quoted, Law360 (May 16, 2014)
  • "Ethics and In-House Counsel: Wearing Two Hats as Attorney and Officer," Co-Presenter, Thomson Reuters A Day at the Races, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA (May 15, 2014)
  • "Legal Issues to Consider When Doing Business with American Companies," Presenter, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK (April 8, 9, 10 & 14, 2014)
  • "Stand out from the Crowd: Best Practices for Attaining Your Dream Job," Panelist, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Beverly Hills, CA (January 28, 2014)
  • "Your Top Ten List on How to Protect Yourself Legally," Presenter, SAE 2013 Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium - South, Irving, TX (December 10, 2013)
  • "Anti-Counterfeit Panel Discussion," Panelist, ASCDI, Annual USA Fall Conference, Washington, D.C.(October 9-11, 2013)
  • "SAE Standards and Guidance - A How-To," Panelist, SAE 2013 Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium, Montreal, Canada (September 27, 2013)
  • "Enforcing Foreign Arbitral Awards in China: Commercial International Arbitration Clauses in U.S.- China Contracts," Co-Author, Snell & Wilmer Global Connection (June 28, 2013)
  • "Enforceable or Unenforceable? Examining Commonly Used Contract Provisions," Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel SoCal, Long Beach, CA (June 11, 2013)
  • "Beyond Sequestration: Managing Government Contract Performance and Associated Risk," Co-Presenter, Global ITC Trading Group, Inc. and Snell & Wilmer Webinar (June 3, 2013)
  • "Planning on doing business with overseas companies, then be prepared to arbitrate," Presenter, 2013 ERAI Executive Conference, Orlando, FL (April 18, 2013)
  • "What to do if you are you the subject of a Government Debarment Proceeding?" Presenter, 2013 ERAI Executive Conference, Orlando, FL (April 18, 2013)
  • "The Customs Process: What Component Distributors Should Know," Moderator, Customs Process for Component Distributors Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, CA (March 19, 2013)
  • "Impact of The Standards and Regulations on The Independent Distributor and Broker Market," Panelist, Symposium East on Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Electronic Supply Chain, Surface
  • "Mount Technology Association, College Park, MD (June 28, 2012)
  • "H.R. 1540's Implications and Possible Plans of Action," Panelist, ERAI Executive Conference, Electronic Resellers Association International, Las Vegas, NV (May 17, 2012)
  • "The Best Defense is a Good Offense - Recommended Best Practices & Contractual Requirements as Called Out in AS6081," Speaker, ERAI Executive Conference, Electronic Resellers Association International," Las Vegas, NV (May 17, 2012)
  • "Counterfeit electronic parts flood U.S. market," Author, Daily Journal (March 21, 2012)
  • "Parallel Imports and the First Sale Doctrine," Co-Author, Daily Journal (November 2011)
  • "Electronic Resellers Association International," Speaker, Executive Conferences (2001-2008)
  • "Ten Steps for Protecting Trade Secrets," Author, Graziano Business School (Fall 2007)
  • "USC Olin School of Engineering," Lecturer, Internet Technology (Spring Semester 2006)
  • "What Stays and Who Pays? The Rights of Buyers and Sellers Pertaining to Defective Parts," Author, Graziadio Business Report: Journal of Contemporary Business Practice (Fall 2002)
Community Involvement
  • Northridge Hospital Foundation Board, Board of Directors (2010-present)
  • Information Systems Security Association, LA Chapter Advisory Board (2010-present)
  • SAE G-19 AS 6081 Committee (2008-present)
  • Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, Board of Directors (2001-2008), Chair (2007)
  • Wellness Community, National Board of Directors (2005-2008)
Other Professional Experience
  • Greenberg & Bass Law Firm, Partner (2000-2011)


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Robert E. Hammond
President and CEO, AERI


Robb Hammond is the President and CEO of AERI. He established the company in 1994 with the goal of bringing professionalism to the Independent Electronic Component Distribution industry. His interest and passion in battling the proliferation of counterfeit electronic components has led him to take a significant role in leading the industry towards safe practices. AERI is now one of the first distributors certified to the AS6081 counterfeit mitigation standard.
Robb Hammond is the President and CEO of AERI. He established the company in 1994 with the goal of bringing professionalism to the Independent Electronic Component Distribution industry. His interest and passion in battling the proliferation of counterfeit electronic components has led him to take a significant role in leading the industry towards safe practices. AERI is now one of the first distributors certified to the AS6081 counterfeit mitigation standard.

Robb's company is a founding member of IDEA, a previous member of ERAI’s counterfeit committee, and an active participant of SAE's G19 committee, which developed the AS5553 and AS6081 documents on Counterfeit Electronic Components; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition. He has previously presented at NASA’s supplier conferences, CALCE Counterfeit Symposiums, the UK’s Component Obsolescence Group conference, DMSMS/DoD conferences, and CTI’s Components Obsolescence Workshops.


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Gary Heyes
General Manager, AAA Test Labs Inc.


Gary Heyes is the General Manager of AAA Test Labs Inc., a subsidiary of USBid Inc. AAA Test Lab offers all levels of electronic component testing and up-screening services as well as counterfeit detection services. Gary has an EE degree with extensive experience in the semiconductor and electronic component industries.
Gary Heyes is the General Manager of AAA Test Labs Inc., a subsidiary of USBid Inc. AAA Test Lab offers all levels of electronic component testing and up-screening services as well as counterfeit detection services. Gary has an EE degree with extensive experience in the semiconductor and electronic component industries. He was previously the President and CEO of American Silicon Products. He was also the VP of Stationary Power for Yuasa Exide (now Enersys) and previously held positions at AT&T Microelectronics (now LSI Logic) and VTC, Inc. (now Cypress Semiconductor). These positions involved design, applications and marketing roles providing both standard and custom (ASIC) semiconductor solutions to major electronic systems providers. He holds an MBA from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Heyes is also co-founder and Board Member of WBParts, Inc. a global provider of aircraft parts and ground support equipment for commercial and military aerospace applications.


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Brett W. Johnson
Partner, Snell & Wilmer


Brett Johnson represents businesses and individuals in government relations matters. His practice includesgovernment regulatory compliance export, government contracting, political and election law, and health care matters, including professional liability defense and commercial litigation. Brett regularly represents parties and witnesses involved with governmental investigations, including election law, governmental ethics, export control, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and government procurement compliance laws and regulations. He has experience handling internal investigations and compliance audits for clients on a wide range of matters. Brett also provides training to businesses and governmental agencies concerning compliance matters and the drafting of related corporate policies.
Los Angeles, California Office
213.929.2547 | bwjohnson@swlaw.com

Brett Johnson represents businesses and individuals in government relations matters. His practice includes government regulatory compliance, export, government contracting, political and election law, and health care matters, including professional liability defense and commercial litigation. Brett regularly represents parties and witnesses involved with governmental investigations, including election law, governmental ethics, export control, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and government procurement compliance laws and regulations. He has experience handling internal investigations and compliance audits for clients on a wide range of matters. Brett also provides training to businesses and governmental agencies concerning compliance matters and the drafting of related corporate policies.

Brett's political and election law practice includes advising candidates, initiative committees, consultants, lobbyists, political action committees (PACs), ballot measure and independent expenditure committees, political parties, municipalities, corporations, trade associations and other tax exempt organizations, and individual donors and political contributors on matters ranging from constitutional law, referenda for the ballot, campaign finance law compliance and election law complaints. He handles election-related litigation and enforcement matters before local, state, and federal courts and agencies.

Brett advises and represents businesses in relation to negotiating and complying with government contracts. He negotiates and drafts government subcontracts and compliance programs related to, among others, the Buy American Act, Small Business Subcontracting Plans and Ethics policies. Brett also represents businesses before the Court of Federal Claims, Government Accountability Office, Boards of Contract Appeals, Small Business Administration, state, county, city, and other judicial bodies in regard to government procurement bid protests, claims, equitable adjustments, small business size determinations, certifications challenges and other disputes related to complying with government acquisition laws and regulations.

Brett also advises clients in regard to litigation subpoenas, Grand Jury Subpoenas, governmental administrative subpoenas, and other government requests for information. He regularly handles Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests and defends against competitors who seek proprietary information through such authorities. Prior to joining the firm, Brett was a judge advocate with the United States Navy, regularly appearing in state and federal courts throughout the nation on behalf of the Department of Defense. Brett also was assigned as the Civil Law Attorney to the Commander, Navy Region Southwest, handling civil law matters for the Department of the Navy in California, Arizona, and Nevada. In addition to representing large and small businesses, individuals and pro bono clients, he is the co-chair of the firm's International Industry Group and the editor of the firm's International Industry Group's Global Connection newsletter. Brett also serves on the firm's Attorney Development Committee.

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Marty Lanning
President, XTREME Semiconductor


Marty has spent over thirty-five years servicing the needs of Military and Aerospace customers. Marty along with his business partner, Paul Hilfer, founded XTREME Semiconductor in 2004 to serve the unique needs of military and aerospace customers, who require trailing edge technology and obsolete product support.
Marty has spent over thirty-five years servicing the needs of Military and Aerospace customers. Marty along with his business partner, Paul Hilfer, founded XTREME Semiconductor in 2004 to serve the unique needs of military and aerospace customers, who require trailing edge technology and obsolete product support. In 2014, XTREME Semiconductor completed the acquisition PowerTech. PowerTech is a USA manufacturer of High Power Silicon NPN Transistors to the military and aerospace markets. As Managing Partner of PowerTech, Marty is responsible for developing new markets and customer for PowerTech products. Before starting XTREME Semiconductor in 2004, Marty served as Director of Sales for Maxwell Technologies, a leading supplier of Radiation Hardened Space qualified semiconductor products. Prior to joining Maxwell, Marty spent eight years with Austin Semiconductor, a supplier of high reliability semiconductor components for military and aerospace applications where he served as Vice President of New Business Development and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. The prior twelve years, Marty spent in various management level positions with Motorola, Fairchild, and General Semiconductor. Marty holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from San Diego State University with an emphasis in Marketing.


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Allison Levine
President and Founder, Stock-Point Electronics, Inc.


Allison Levine is the President and Founder of Stock-Point Electronics, Inc. She has been in the Independent Distribution Industry for 27 years. At the top of her game, Allison decided to start her own company and in 2004 Stock-Point was created. Having come from a strong sales background as a consistent top producer, Allison understands what is needed to ensure that both her customers and the supply chain at large are protected. Under her leadership, Stock-Point has achieved AS9120 certification and is AS6081 compliant with future plans to become certified.
Allison Levine is the President and Founder of Stock-Point Electronics, Inc. She has been in the Independent Distribution Industry for 27 years. At the top of her game, Allison decided to start her own company and in 2004 Stock-Point was created. Having come from a strong sales background as a consistent top producer, Allison understands what is needed to ensure that both her customers and the supply chain at large are protected. Under her leadership, Stock-Point has achieved AS9120 certification and is AS6081 compliant with future plans to become certified.


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Sultan Ali Lilani
Technical Business Development, Integra Technologies LLC


Sultan Ali Lilani is Manager of Technical Business Development at Integra Technologies. Prior to joining Integra Technologies, Sultan held a similar position at Silicon Turnkey Solutions. Previous to Hi-Rel Microelectronics, Sultan was Director of Quality and Reliability at NEC Electronics for 18 years and also served as Director of Product and Test at Akros Silicon, an energy management IC start-up.
Sultan Ali Lilani is Manager of Technical Business Development at Integra Technologies. Prior to joining Integra Technologies, Sultan held a similar position at Silicon Turnkey Solutions. Previous to Hi-Rel Microelectronics, Sultan was Director of Quality and Reliability at NEC Electronics for 18 years and also served as Director of Product and Test at Akros Silicon, an energy management IC start-up.

Sultan has in-depth knowledge of Reliability Engineering, Program Management, Testing and Qualification for Aerospace, Defense and Industrial applications for semiconductor products including Digital, Analog, Mixed Signal, ASICs, Microprocessors, Memory, Custom Semiconductors, Discretes, Linears and Passives.

Sultan is the co-chair of SAE G19A Counterfeit Committee which is developing standards to detect suspect counterfeit components, promoting the maxim use of authentic parts, and helping ensure consistency of test techniques and requirements across the supply-chain.


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Christine Lutheran
Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Secure Components


Growing up near Cleveland, Ohio, Christine earned an Academic Scholarship to The Ohio State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Pre-Med at the age of 20. In 2000, Christine began her career as a Health Teacher and Volleyball Coach in Florida where on her summer break, accepted a part time sales job for an Electronic Component distributor. In just 3 months, Christine experienced tremendous success and was convinced by the company to pursue what would become an extremely successful career in the Independent Distributor business. Since that time, she has traveled to more than 40 states visiting with clients and creating a vast network of supplier relationships. Her expertise of both selling and procuring mechanical and electronic components quickly gained her the recognition that extended offers to work with several independent distributors and eventually start her own company. In 2011, she partnered with Secure Components in a joint venture to pursue a common passion of the partners —create a truly credible independent distributor.
Growing up near Cleveland, Ohio, Christine earned an Academic Scholarship to The Ohio State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Pre-Med at the age of 20. In 2000, Christine began her career as a Health Teacher and Volleyball Coach in Florida where on her summer break, accepted a part time sales job for an Electronic Component distributor. In just 3 months, Christine experienced tremendous success and was convinced by the company to pursue what would become an extremely successful career in the Independent Distributor business. Since that time, she has traveled to more than 40 states visiting with clients and creating a vast network of supplier relationships. Her expertise of both selling and procuring mechanical and electronic components quickly gained her the recognition that extended offers to work with several independent distributors and eventually start her own company. In 2011, she partnered with Secure Components in a joint venture to pursue a common passion of the partners —create a truly credible independent distributor. The mission was to build a company that would establish internationally recognized certifications and quality procedures to mitigate counterfeit components in a manner that would meet the obligations of the largest Aerospace and Defense Contractors. Christine felt confident that the findings of both the US Senate Arms Services Committee on Counterfeit Electronic Component investigations, along with the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 and Section 818, would allow tremendous opportunity for certified Independent Distributors. 2013 was a full year for Christine and her team as they prepared to successfully complete 2 separate AS9120-A Audits, multiple AS6081 Audits, and multiple client audits. In July of 2013, Christine achieved what she has stated as being her most proud career accomplishment, as her team received official word that Secure Components had succeeded in becoming the first company certified to the DoD adopted AS6081 Counterfeit Avoidance Standard for Electronic Components. Shortly thereafter, the company became a DLA Qualified, QTSL and QSLD supplier to supply Microcircuits to the DLA that included becoming a certified 3rd Party Signature Marker of Applied DNA Sciences. As well as becoming a Preferred Independent Distributor for multiple Prime Contractors, the company has achieved great success and growth. Listed on INC Magazine’s Top 5000 Fastest growing private companies in both 2013 & 2014 Christine feels very excited about the future of the company. When she is not managing her team, she can be found in the Yoga Studio or on her small farm in Central Pa, where she tends to her animals and organic vegetable garden.


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Manuel Marco
Western District Manager USA & Canada
DNV GL - Business Assurance


Manuel Marco has been involved with Management System Certification since 1993 in Europe, North America and Latin America, where he has held different management positions. Manuel has been qualified as Lead Assessor for ISO/IEC 20000-1, ISO 9001, QS-9000 and ISO/TS 16949, and Assessor for ISO 14001. He has also been qualified as Lead Evaluator for the Carnegie Mellon eSourcing Capability Models for Service Providers (eSCM-SP) and Clients (eSCM-CL). Manuel is a senior member of ASQ. Currently, Manuel is the Western District Manager of DNV GL Business Assurance in North America.
Manuel Marco has been involved with Management System Certification since 1993 in Europe, North America and Latin America, where he has held different management positions. Manuel has been qualified as Lead Assessor for ISO/IEC 20000-1, ISO 9001, QS-9000 and ISO/TS 16949, and Assessor for ISO 14001. He has also been qualified as Lead Evaluator for the Carnegie Mellon eSourcing Capability Models for Service Providers (eSCM-SP) and Clients (eSCM-CL). Manuel is a senior member of ASQ. Currently, Manuel is the Western District Manager of DNV GL Business Assurance in North America.


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Robert S. Metzger
Head of the Washington, D.C. office of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, P.C.


Bob advises leading companies on key public contract compliance challenges and in strategic business pursuits, including international aerospace and defense transactions. His practice includes representation of companies before administrative agencies as well as civil matters in federal and state courts. Bob clients include prominent U.S. and international firms in aerospace, computer equipment, defense, electronics, enterprise computing, information technology, infrastructure, professional services, software, systems implementation and telecommunications.
AREAS OF PRACTICE

Bob advises leading companies on key public contract compliance challenges and in strategic business pursuits, including international aerospace and defense transactions. His practice includes representation of companies before administrative agencies as well as civil matters in federal and state courts. Bob clients include prominent U.S. and international firms in aerospace, computer equipment, defense, electronics, enterprise computing, information technology, infrastructure, professional services, software, systems implementation and telecommunications.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Bob received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He is admitted to the Bar of the State of California and the District of Columbia. He holds leadership positions in the American Bar Association both in the Section on Public Contract Law and the Section of International Law. In 2014, Bob is ranked by Chambers USA as a top government contracts lawyer. He has been ranked by The Legal 500 as a top telecommunications lawyer.

Bob is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London. He was a Research Fellow, Center for Science & International Affairs (CSIA), Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Academic publications on international security topics include articles in International Security, the Journal of Strategic Studies and Indian Defence Review. While at Harvard, Bob delivered papers on strategic arms control and European security to the Aspen Institute, in Berlin and in Aspen. In 1995, he received “plankowner” recognition from the Naval Sea Systems Command in recognition of his role in the creation of the joint venture LLC, the "Standard Missile Company" (SMCo), formed by Hughes Aircraft Company and Raytheon Company to develop and deploy the Standard Missile system for tactical and theater missile defense missions.

Bob has numerous publications on legal topics and public contracts to his credit. He is the co-author of “A Critical Reassessment of the GAO Bid-Protest Mechanism,” Wisconsin Law Review, Volume 2007, Number 6, 2008 (co-authored by Daniel Lyons) and in 2013 and 2014 was a Guest Lecturer at the George Washington University Law School on public procurement topics.

Bob is recognized as among the nation’s leading experts in emerging issues related to supply chain risk management, avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts and cyber threats posed through the supply chain. He is the Vice-Chair of the Software and Supply Chain Assurance Working Group of the IT Alliance for Sector (ITAPs), a unit of the Information Technology Industry Council, and also is the Vice-Chair of the Supply Chain Assurance Committee of TechAmerica, both leading U.S. trade associations. On these subjects, he has made presentations to government, industry, legal and technical groups, among them AIA, ASIS, CALCE, DoD, DIB SCC, DoJ, ERAI, IPC, NCMA, NDIA, SAE and SMTA. Attached hereto is a listing of representative presentations and publications on cyber assurance and supply chain security.


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Howard A. Miller, CRM, CIC
Director of the Tech Secure® Division at L/B/W Insurance & Financial Services


Howard Miller, CRM, CIC - Mr. Miller is the Director of the Tech Secure® Division at L/B/W Insurance & Financial Services. He provides risk management solutions including complete insurance programs for a wide range of organizations with a focus on technology and media.
Howard Miller, CRM, CIC - Mr. Miller is the Director of the Tech Secure® Division at L/B/W Insurance & Financial Services. He provides risk management solutions including complete insurance programs for a wide range of organizations with a focus on technology and media. Howard provides additional expertise in the area of technology related risks such as intellectual property, information security, professional services, technology products and executive exposures. He is a Community Outreach Advisory Board Member for the Information Systems Security Association of Los Angeles and helped found ProVisors Technology Group. Howard holds his CRM (Certified Risk Manager) and CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designations. License # 0E53316

Howard has worked in the insurance industry since 1996 and joined L/B/W, where he is currently a Vice President, in 2004. L/B/W Insurance & Financial Services is an independently owned agency in Valencia, CA providing commercial insurance and group benefit programs since 1922.


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Mark Northrup
VP of Advanced Technical Operations & Strategy, Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratories (DRTL), LLC


Mark Northrup is the Vice President of Advanced Technical Operations and Strategy at IEC Electronics Newark, NY and the Director of IEC’s new startup company, Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratories (DRTL), LLC in Albuquerque, NM. Over the last year, Mark has helped DRTL achieve various milestones including the successful ISO 17025 and ANSI ESD 20.20 certifications for testing. He has worked for ORS, Motorola, Emcore and General Electric. He has over twenty five years of experience in various aspects of electronics fabrication. His experience includes Electronics Supply Chain Quality Programs in the US, Europe, and Asia. His current focus involves Component Risk Mitigation Strategies (e.g. IDEA1010, CCAP101, AS5553/6081/6171, and Mil-std-1580) as they apply to advanced high reliability electronics. He is actively involved in SAE, IPC, AIA, iNEMI, SMTA, ERAI and Nadcap organizations. Mark enjoys vacationing on Keuka Lake in Upstate, NY or in Santa Fe,NM.
Mark Northrup is the Vice President of Advanced Technical Operations and Strategy at IEC Electronics Newark, NY and the Director of IEC’s new startup company, Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratories (DRTL), LLC in Albuquerque, NM. Over the last year, Mark has helped DRTL achieve various milestones including the successful ISO 17025 and ANSI ESD 20.20 certifications for testing. He has worked for ORS, Motorola, Emcore and General Electric. He has over twenty five years of experience in various aspects of electronics fabrication. His experience includes Electronics Supply Chain Quality Programs in the US, Europe, and Asia. His current focus involves Component Risk Mitigation Strategies (e.g. IDEA1010, CCAP101, AS5553/6081/6171, and Mil-std-1580) as they apply to advanced high reliability electronics. He is actively involved in SAE, IPC, AIA, iNEMI, SMTA, ERAI and Nadcap organizations. Mark enjoys vacationing on Keuka Lake in Upstate, NY or in Santa Fe,NM.


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Robert Parsons
Director of Aerospace, NQA


Robert Parsons is the Director of Aerospace for NQA, USA a leading certification body located in Acton, Massachusetts. He is responsible for participating in industry meetings with the, AAQG, IAQG and RMC and has been an active member on many committees helping to form the future of the certification body industry. He also interprets and then communicates industry requirements, rules and regulations to auditors and customers via webinars, conferences and informational seminars.
Robert Parsons is the Director of Aerospace for NQA, USA a leading certification body located in Acton, Massachusetts. He is responsible for participating in industry meetings with the, AAQG, IAQG and RMC and has been an active member on many committees helping to form the future of the certification body industry. He also interprets and then communicates industry requirements, rules and regulations to auditors and customers via webinars, conferences and informational seminars.

Robert is also an aerospace auditor having conducted audits at Raytheon, the Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, L3 Communications and NASA to name just a few companies.

Prior to joining NQA, he was a Naval Aviator and Functional Test Pilot flying a number of different aircraft. In addition to his flying duties, Robert at various points in his career in charge of the Avionics, Electronics, Jet Engine, Structural Mechanics, Hydraulics, Quality Assurance and Maintenance divisions within the various squadrons he was assigned to.


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David Penic
Component Engineering Manager, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems


Dave Penic is the Component Engineering Manager at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and oversees all new part introduction, component level production and field support issues, parts obsolescence management and counterfeit mitigation.

Before joining General Atomics, Dave worked as a Staff Semiconductor Component Engineer for 14 years at Sony Electronics Corp and Panasonic. His responsibilities there included device qualification, failure analysis and world-wide supplier quality audits.

He has engineering and business degrees from DeVry University and University of Phoenix. Dave is currently a member of the Gray Eagle UAS Obsolescence Working Group which was recognized with the Team Achievement Award by the DoD, has presented at the DMSMS Conference on Counterfeit Detection and Mitigation and was a program committee member for the 2013 Components for Military & Space Electronics (CMSE) Conference.
Dave Penic is the Component Engineering Manager at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems and oversees all new part introduction, component level production and field support issues, parts obsolescence management and counterfeit mitigation.

Before joining General Atomics, Dave worked as a Staff Semiconductor Component Engineer for 14 years at Sony Electronics Corp and Panasonic. His responsibilities there included device qualification, failure analysis and world-wide supplier quality audits.

He has engineering and business degrees from DeVry University and University of Phoenix. Dave is currently a member of the Gray Eagle UAS Obsolescence Working Group which was recognized with the Team Achievement Award by the DoD, has presented at the DMSMS Conference on Counterfeit Detection and Mitigation and was a program committee member for the 2013 Components for Military & Space Electronics (CMSE) Conference.


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Anne Poncheri
Principal, AP Quality Consulting


Anne Poncheri, Principal at AP Quality Consulting, is currently a consultant for test methods of counterfeit electronic parts for the global electronics industry and the implementation of the Quality Management Standards ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 9001. Previously, Ms. Poncheri was the President/CEO for Silicon Cert Laboratories in Reading, PA. With over twenty years experience in Quality Management Systems, she has held various management positions in Quality and Engineering in the telecommunications, automotive, plastics, and chemicals industries.
Anne Poncheri, Principal at AP Quality Consulting, is currently a consultant for test methods of counterfeit electronic parts for the global electronics industry and the implementation of the Quality Management Standards ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 9001. Previously, Ms. Poncheri was the President/CEO for Silicon Cert Laboratories in Reading, PA. With over twenty years experience in Quality Management Systems, she has held various management positions in Quality and Engineering in the telecommunications, automotive, plastics, and chemicals industries.

Ms. Poncheri is a member of the SAE Aerospace G19 Counterfeit Electronic Components Committee that is chartered to address aspects of preventing, detecting, responding to and counteracting the threat of counterfeit electronic components. She is also actively involved in the development of AS6171 Authentication Testing for Electronic Parts - Testing Services as well as the subcommittee developing the External Visual Inspection Ms. Poncheri has in-depth knowledge of AS5553, AS6081, AS6171, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO/IEC 17025 and TL 9000 and is a long-time member of the American Society for Quality.


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Harshad Sardesai
Vice President of Business Development, Chromologic, LLC


Harshad Sardesai, is the Vice President of Business Development at Chromologic, LLC where he is responsible for commercialization of multiple federally funded projects related to counterfeit mitigation, non-destructive evaluation, and Raman spectroscopy. He has 18 years of experience in engineering and marketing of optical systems, having worked as a staff engineer, manager, and in senior management roles at Ciena Corporation and Sterlite Technologies. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, has over 40 publications in peer reviewed conferences and journals, and has been awarded 14 United States patents.
Harshad Sardesai, is the Vice President of Business Development at Chromologic, LLC where he is responsible for commercialization of multiple federally funded projects related to counterfeit mitigation, non-destructive evaluation, and Raman spectroscopy. He has 18 years of experience in engineering and marketing of optical systems, having worked as a staff engineer, manager, and in senior management roles at Ciena Corporation and Sterlite Technologies. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, has over 40 publications in peer reviewed conferences and journals, and has been awarded 14 United States patents.


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Fred Schipp
Electrical Engineer, NSWC Crane and the Missile Defense Agency


Fred Schipp is an electrical engineer supporting NSWC Crane and the Missile Defense Agency for anti-counterfeit activities. His work on counterfeit electronic parts has led him to assessing over 50 brokers on-site, as well as audits of over 20 DoD contractors, in addition to supporting the 2011 Senate Armed Services Committee investigation into counterfeit parts. He has used his work to gain knowledge on counterfeit part detection, trends, supplier weaknesses, and industry best practices.
Fred Schipp is an electrical engineer supporting NSWC Crane and the Missile Defense Agency for anti-counterfeit activities. His work on counterfeit electronic parts has led him to assessing over 50 brokers on-site, as well as audits of over 20 DoD contractors, in addition to supporting the 2011 Senate Armed Services Committee investigation into counterfeit parts. He has used his work to gain knowledge on counterfeit part detection, trends, supplier weaknesses, and industry best practices.


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Tom Sharpe
Executive Vice President, SMT Corporation


Tom is Executive Vice President of SMT Corporation which maintains one of the largest inventories of obsolete & DMS-type electronic components as well as the largest in-house testing services within the Independent Distribution sector.
Tom is Executive Vice President of SMT Corporation which maintains one of the largest inventories of obsolete & DMS-type electronic components as well as the largest in-house testing services within the Independent Distribution sector.

Tom is an October 2009 founding member of the SAE G-19D AS6081 committee which is continuing to develop new inspection and process standards in the fight against counterfeit electronic components in global supply chains. In addition to his longtime membership with ERAI Tom served 9 years on the board of directors of the IDEA and 2 consecutive terms as IDEA Vice President.

SMT’s labs are credited with the initial identification and industry-sharing of several counterfeit processes over the past several years as well as developing the required mitigation inspections to reliably detect these new counterfeiting methods. In 2011 Tom was requested to provide subject-matter-expert (SME) testimony before the formal Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearings on counterfeit electronic components within DoD supply chains. As part of this investigation the GAO chose SMT’s lab facilities to provide all authentication and forensic analysis on behalf of the SASC investigation.

Tom is very active on the Electronics Industry speaking tour and has become the leading voice from the independent sector in the fight against counterfeit components in the electronics industry. Tom’s presentations serve to educate all sectors of the electronics industry about the growing dangers of counterfeits in today’s market and best practices to reliably detect and mitigate these constantly evolving dangers.


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Mark A Snider
President, ERAI Inc.


Mark A. Snider is the founder and President of ERAI, Inc., a privately held global information services organization that monitors, investigates and reports issues that are affecting the global supply chain of electronics. Since 1995, ERAI has been the industry leader for in-depth information on counterfeit, substandard and high-risk parts. What started as a small group of companies sharing data to protect each other from losses resulting from fraudulent activities has since grown into the industry's most complete and comprehensive resource for industry-related market intelligence Mark has previously presented at NASA's Quality Leadership Forum (QLF), Aerospace Industry Association (AIA), The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), Department of Defense (DOD), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS), The Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC) and The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPRCC).
Mark A. Snider is the founder and President of ERAI, Inc., a privately held global information services organization that monitors, investigates and reports issues that are affecting the global supply chain of electronics. Since 1995, ERAI has been the industry leader for in-depth information on counterfeit, substandard and high-risk parts. What started as a small group of companies sharing data to protect each other from losses resulting from fraudulent activities has since grown into the industry's most complete and comprehensive resource for industry-related market intelligence Mark has previously presented at NASA's Quality Leadership Forum (QLF), Aerospace Industry Association (AIA), The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) and The Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE), Department of Defense (DOD), Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS), The Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee (NUPIC) and The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPRCC).


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Erick M. Spory
President/CTO, Global Circuit Innovations, Inc. (GCI)


Mr. Spory received his B.S. Engineering degree in Material Science from Cornell University and later graduated from the University of Colorado with a M.S. Electrical Engineering degree in Microelectronics, where he is also currently pursuing his Electrical Engineering Doctorate degree (Nanoelectronics). Mr. Spory spent 22 years as a Failure Analysis Engineer at Atmel Corporation, prior to co-founding Radiation Assured Devices (RAD), Micro-Research and Development Corporation – MRDC, and Global Circuit Innovations, Inc. (GCI), where he currently holds a President/CTO position.
Mr. Spory received his B.S. Engineering degree in Material Science from Cornell University and later graduated from the University of Colorado with a M.S. Electrical Engineering degree in Microelectronics, where he is also currently pursuing his Electrical Engineering Doctorate degree (Nanoelectronics). Mr. Spory spent 22 years as a Failure Analysis Engineer at Atmel Corporation, prior to co-founding Radiation Assured Devices (RAD), Micro-Research and Development Corporation – MRDC, and Global Circuit Innovations, Inc. (GCI), where he currently holds a President/CTO position.


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Stan Stahl, Ph.D.
President, Citadel Information Group, Inc.
President, ISSA-LA


Dr. Stan Stahl is President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association and the architect of the Chapter’s It Takes the Village to Secure the Village SM Community Outreach Program. Stan is also President of Citadel Information Group, an information security management services firm delivering Information Peace of Mind ® to business and the not-for-profit community. A pioneer in the field of information security, Stan began his career securing teleconferencing at the White House, databases inside Cheyenne Mountain and the communications network controlling our nuclear weapons arsenal. He was recently invited to join the California Cybersecurity Task Force convened jointly by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Technology.
Dr. Stahl is a pioneer in the field of information security, having entered the field in 1980. Earlier in his career he secured teleconferencing at the White House, databases inside Cheyenne Mountain and the communications network controlling our nuclear weapons arsenal.

Dr. Stahl excels at helping his clients develop and implement information security management strategies consistent with their unique information security responsibilities, their business realities and their cultural circumstances. He has that rare gift of being able to describe the complexities of information security in a way that makes sense to real-world non-technical business professionals.

Dr. Stahl has been President of ISSA-LA — the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association — since 2008 (ISSA-LA) and is the creator of the Chapter’s It Takes the Village to Secure the Village SM program.

He originated the Chapter’s Community Outreach Advisory Board to guide the Chapter’s community activities. Among its more than 25 members are leading attorneys, accountants, insurance brokers and other business professionals in the Los Angeles community. Nearly 800 people — a mix of security and IT professionals, business leaders, law enforcement and educators — attended the Chapter’s annual Information Security Summit last year.

Dr. Stahl leads two ISSA-LA working groups. The Financial Services Security Forum is a monthly forum of treasury and security professionals in financial services together with law enforcement. The CFO Information Security Working Group is a bi-monthly forum for Chief Financial Officers and other Senior Managers responsible for managing the people who manage IT and/or information security. Both groups offer opportunities to learn together, helping their organizations more effectively manage the risks — financial and otherwise — associated with cybercrime.

Dr. Stahl’s unusual leadership and management capabilities was developed through a career filled with growth, innovation and achievement in the management of technology and its strategic integration into the organization. He has honed his craft not only through his extensive experience in the management of information security but also through his experiences (i) as COO of an online management education and training company, (ii) as a strategic management consultant specializing in business performance, (iii) a software engineer and research scientist in early secure computing and (iv) as a mathematics professor.

During the Reagan administration, Dr. Stahl was invited to serve on a White House Presidential Task Force to recommend government strategies to better secure private-sector computer and communications systems. During that same period he was invited to serve on a National Information Security Study Group, a joint program of the National Security Agency and the Department of Commerce designed to determine national information security needs.

Dr. Stahl speaks extensively about information security, both at conferences and at professional or civic associations. Together with David Lam, he co-authored the cyber security management section of the ASIS Protection of Assets Manual. He edits the firm’s weekly newsletter — the Cyber Security News of the Week and the Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report — which is is emailed to nearly 20,000 people every week.

Dr. Stahl earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Michigan and spent nearly 15 years teaching university mathematics. He serves on the Industry Advisory Board of the Information Technology Program at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and the California Cybersecurity Task Force convened jointly by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Technology.


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Bob Tipton
Senior Analyst Aerospace Systems Integrity Wyle


Bob is the SAE G-21 chair, also SAE Avionics Process Management Committee Secretariat, G-19 (Chairs Committee), G-19C (verification), G-19T (terms and definitions), and G-24 (Pb Free Solder Committee) participant.

Bob is a retired USAF Colonel having served 30 years. He flew two combat tours in Vietnam as an RF-4C WSO, instructed at the US Army Command and General Staff College, and served a decade as an acquisition program director. Since 2000 he has been a consultant and direct support contractor to the DoD Services and Agencies working Aging Aircraft and Systems Integrity issues including risk mitigation for Pb Free solder and counterfeit parts. Bob is currently with Wyle and supports NAVAIR’s PMA 266 (Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems program office.)
Bob is the SAE G-21 chair, also SAE Avionics Process Management Committee Secretariat, G-19 (Chairs Committee), G-19C (verification), G-19T (terms and definitions), and G-24 (Pb Free Solder Committee) participant.

Bob is a retired USAF Colonel having served 30 years. He flew two combat tours in Vietnam as an RF-4C WSO, instructed at the US Army Command and General Staff College, and served a decade as an acquisition program director. Since 2000 he has been a consultant and direct support contractor to the DoD Services and Agencies working Aging Aircraft and Systems Integrity issues including risk mitigation for Pb Free solder and counterfeit parts. Bob is currently with Wyle and supports NAVAIR’s PMA 266 (Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems program office.)

Bob has a BBA in economics and finance from Memphis State University (Magna Cum Laude), an MS in management from Troy State University and numerous military leadership and executive courses including Air War College, National War College, US Army Command and General Staff College, Air Command and Staff College, and Defense Systems Management College. He is a defense department Level III acquisition program manager.

Bob is married to his wife of 41 years, Saward, and has two adult children and one new granddaughter. He is involved with dog rescue and transport, and is daily seen walking from before dawn to after dark in all weather conditions with his rescue Siberian, Lady, and his wife’s rehomed Alaskan Klee Kai (miniature husky), JaiDee.


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Michael C. Tonneson
President & VP, Operations, Arcadia


Mike Tonneson serves as both President and VP of Operations for Arcadia Components, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he directly overseas all QMS development, planning, quality standards implementation, strategy, and continuous improvement. He was a liaison member of G19 from 2008 to 2009, and has been a full voting-member of G19D from its inception in 2009 to today. Mike earned an MBA with distinction, as a Tuck Scholar, from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He earned his BA degree cum laude from Dartmouth College, in economics and computer science. Mike lives with his family in Park City, Utah, where he periodically escapes the world of electronics to enjoy his passions of snow skiing, heli-skiing, mountain biking and water skiing.
Mike Tonneson serves as both President and VP of Operations for Arcadia Components, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he directly overseas all QMS development, planning, quality standards implementation, strategy, and continuous improvement. He was a liaison member of G19 from 2008 to 2009, and has been a full voting-member of G19D from its inception in 2009 to today. Mike earned an MBA with distinction, as a Tuck Scholar, from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He earned his BA degree cum laude from Dartmouth College, in economics and computer science. Mike lives with his family in Park City, Utah, where he periodically escapes the world of electronics to enjoy his passions of snow skiing, heli-skiing, mountain biking and water skiing.

For over a decade, Mike has played a leadership role at Arcadia, including direct oversight of QMS development and strategy, certification to ISO9001, AS9120, ANSI/ESD-S20.20, and IDEA-QMS-9090, inspector certification to IDEA-ICE-3000 and incorporation of the entirety of IDEA-STD-1010 into Arcadia’s QMS, such that all steps and requirements (of Arcadia’s myriad quality standards and QMS Procedures) are enabled and enforced within the company’s ERP system.

From 2008 to 2009, Mike was a liaison member of the SAE G-19 committee that authored AS5553. Since 2009, he has also served as a full voting member of the SAE G-19D committee, which authored military and aerospace electronics counterfeit detection standard AS6081, and continues to refine the soon-to-be-released AS6081 Rev A.

Prior to Arcadia, Mike served in several Vice President roles in business development and corporate development for enterprise software companies (including Deem, a pre-IPO company with $6.5 billion transacted across its network annually, and J2 Global Communications, a NASDAQ-listed company with a market capitalization of almost $3 billion) targeting purchasing departments of tech-sector companies such as Sun, Cisco, IBM, and Dell.

Prior to that, Mike spent over a decade working for strategy consulting companies such as Bain & Company, with a focus on assisting leading US brand-owners expand sales internationally via superior distribution strategies, partnership strategies, sales execution, and supply chain development.


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Phil Zulueta
Consultant, Chairman Emeritus, SAE G-19 Committee


Phil Zulueta is Chairman Emeritus of the SAE International G-19 Committee, involved with the mitigation of counterfeit electronic parts through the collaborative development and release of international standards and the delivery of awareness presentations and courses at conferences and related venues. Phil was previously a JPL Program Element Manager for the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) Program, Chairman of the JPL Counterfeit Parts Working Group and Manager of the Hardware Technology Assurance Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Office of Safety and Mission Success. Prior to joining JPL, he was Western Regional Manager for Electro-Science Laboratories, Program Manager for Ball Aerospace, Engineering Group Manager for Hughes Microelectronics and a Microelectronics Process Engineer for Northrop Electronics. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Engineering from the California State University Long Beach.
Phil Zulueta is Chairman Emeritus of the SAE International G-19 Committee, involved with the mitigation of counterfeit electronic parts through the collaborative development and release of international standards and the delivery of awareness presentations and courses at conferences and related venues.

Phil was previously a JPL Program Element Manager for the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) Program, Chairman of the JPL Counterfeit Parts Working Group and Manager of the Hardware Technology Assurance Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Office of Safety and Mission Success. He supervised a team of engineers, researchers and technologists involved in Electronics Packaging Assurance Technologies, Non-destructive Evaluation, Electronics Manufacturing Technology Transfer and Certification, Electronics Inspection, Optical Metrology, Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) Awareness/Control and Counterfeit Electronic Parts Risk Mitigation.

Phil is a Past-President of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society. Prior to joining JPL, he was Western Regional Manager for Electro-Science Laboratories, Program Manager for Ball Aerospace, Engineering Group Manager for Hughes Microelectronics and a Microelectronics Process Engineer for Northrop Electronics. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Materials Engineering from the California State University Long Beach.


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