People: UniPixel Inc (UNXL.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Bernard Marren

77 2014 Independent Chairman of the Board

Jeffrey Hawthorne

55 2014 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jeffrey Tomz

41 2010 Chief Financial Officer, Secretary

Robert Rusenko

48 2014 Chief Operating Officer

Robert Petcavich

58 2008 Senior Vice President, General Manager

Daniel Van Ostrand

54 Senior Vice President - Research & Development

Robert Berg

2013 Vice President - Global Sales

Bruce Berkoff

53 2007 Independent Director

Anthony LeVecchio

66 2011 Independent Director

William Patterson

68 2011 Independent Director

Carl Yankowski

64 2014 Independent Director

Ross Young

47 2008 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Bernard Marren

Mr. Bernard T. Marren is Independent Chairman of the Board of Uni-Pixel Inc. Mr. Marren has served as a director since March 16, 2007. Mr. Marren is currently the President and CEO of OPTi, Inc., a company that licenses intellectual property for logic chips. In a career that spans more than 40 years, Mr. Marren was both a founder of and the top executive with multiple companies that pioneered new semiconductor technologies. He also served as chief executive with a number of high-tech firms, and is widely regarded for his leadership in sales and marketing, engineering and operations. He has been associated in his career with Western Micro Technology, Inc., Silicon Engineering, Inc., INNO COMM Wireless, American MicroSystems, Inc., and Fairchild Semiconductor. Extending his executive leadership to the electronics industry as a whole, Mr. Marren was a founder and the first President of the Semiconductor Industry Association. He is also a past President and Chairman of the National Electronic Distributors Association and a past President of the Electronic Industry Show Corporation. Mr. Marren is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology (BSEE).

Jeffrey Hawthorne

Mr. Jeffrey Hawthorne is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Hawthorne brings to UniPixel more than 33 years of senior management and advanced technology product development experience, including leading the introduction of innovative, commercially successful products in the flat panel display, manufacturing equipment industry. At Photon Dynamics, Hawthorne had risen through the ranks, from inspection system applications engineer to VP of development and president of its image processing division, then eventually president and CEO of the company before it was acquired by Orbotech for $290 million. The company was the leading supplier of test, repair and inspection equipment for the flat panel display industry, with 350 employees and operations in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China. As president and CEO, he oversaw multiple new product introductions, which drove the company’s market share to 80%, and grew annual revenues from $70 million to $180 million. After Photon Dynamics, he served as senior vice president and general manager of the MOCVD business unit at Veeco, where he was responsible for revenue of $300 million and 350 employees. Earlier in his career, Hawthorne held various technical and management roles at companies in flat panel display engineering consulting and the development of custom thin film deposition equipment used for semiconductor, solar and wear coating applications. Hawthorne holds a Master of Science in Optical Engineering from the University of Rochester, Institute of Optics and a Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also attended the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Hawthorne is also an inventor on seven patents in automated machine vision technology for inspection and test of flat panel displays.

Jeffrey Tomz

Mr. Jeffrey W. Tomz is Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Uni-Pixel, Inc. On March 14, 2010, Jeffrey W. Tomz became principal financial officer. Since June 2005, Mr. Tomz has been VP of Finance. From August 2001 to April 2005, Mr. Tomz was the Chief Financial Officer of Isolagen, Inc. (AMEX:ILE) and was instrumental in raising over $190 million in equity and debt for Isolagen. From October 1999 to August 2001, Mr. Tomz was a Principal at Benchmark Equity Group, Inc. Mr. Tomz has served on the board of directors of various companies, including InfoHighway Communication Corp., a private communication company from September 1998 to September 2000. Prior to joining Benchmark in the fall of 1997, Mr. Tomz began his career with Arthur Andersen Worldwide. Mr. Tomz is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Texas and received his MPA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Robert Rusenko

Mr. Robert A. Rusenko is Chief Operating Officer of UniPixel, Inc. With more than 12 years of executive management experience in the performance material and chemical industries, Rusenko brings to UniPixel a track record of improving manufacturing productivity, implementing Six Sigma to reduce costs, and transitioning products from the laboratory to commercial production. Rusenko served as an operations business leader at DuPont Performance Materials, a $6 billion platform focused on engineering, packaging and industrial polymers. As the operations business leader of DuPont's $1.8 billion Nylon and PBT segment of the engineering polymers business, he was responsible for developing its global supply chain strategy. Before DuPont, he served as vice president of operations at Saint Gobain-CertainTeed Corporation, a North American manufacturer of building materials, where he was responsible for five manufacturing sites, three distribution centers, 1,300 employees, and an operational budget of $420 million. He also previously served as director of worldwide manufacturing at W. R. Grace, a global specialty chemicals and materials company, where he was responsible for manufacturing, logistics and Six Sigma. He also previously held several management positions of increasing responsibility at GE Plastics, a $7 billion division of GE, where he received the coveted Six Sigma Gold Award for driving operational improvements. He also held several management positions of increasing responsibility at AlliedSignal, a global corporation with operations in the automotive, aerospace and specialty chemicals markets. Rusenko earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from Widener University. He has completed Masters level courses in chemical engineering and business administration from the University of Virginia/New Jersey Institute of Technology and Villanova University, respectively. He also holds a GE Master Black Belt certification.

Robert Petcavich

Dr. Robert J. Petcavich, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Uni-Pixel Inc. Dr. Petcavich was also the cofounder of Health Beacons Inc. in Kirkland, Washington, a company that develops edge implantable RFID technology for the medical surgical cancer field. Dr. Petcavich was Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Lumera Corporation (NASDAQ:LMRA) in Bothell, Washington, a publicly traded nanotechnology polymer platform bioscience and molecular photonics technology company. Dr. Petcavich has been the Chairman, CEO and CTO of several advanced materials and medical informatics technology companies. Dr. Petcavich was Vice President of Deposition Technologies Inc. from 1982 to 1988, an advanced materials company involved in electro optic and aerospace thin film materials development and manufacturing which was subsequently acquired by Brunswick Defense (NYSE:BC) and Material Sciences Corporation (NYSE:MSC) in 1986. From August 1988 until September 1995, Dr. Petcavich was President and CEO of Alphascribe Express Inc., an electronic medical records service enterprise, which was subsequently sold to Rodeer Systems. Dr. Petcavich was also founder and board member of Molecular Reflections Inc., a MEMS based biotech design and discovery Platform Company as well as Polytronix Inc., a custom LCD manufacturer of Richardson, Texas. Dr Petcavich has a Ph.D. degree in Polymer Science, a Master of Science Degree in Solid State Science, and a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the Pennsylvania State University, and completed the PMD executive management degree program at Harvard. Dr. Petcavich holds 28 issued United States patents in fields such as electro optic LCD displays, biotechnology MEMS devices, time released animal neutraceuticals, fruit shelf life extension technology, and handheld wireless devices. Dr. Petcavich is also on the Board of Directors of the College of Science at the Pennsylvania State University and the Harvard Business School Alumni Club in the Houston area.

Daniel Van Ostrand

Mr. Daniel K. Van Ostrand is Senior Vice President - Research & Development of Uni-Pixel Inc. He has served in a Senior Executive position since inception in February of 1998. Mr. Van Ostrand has many years of experience in corporate operations, project management, systems engineering and systems design and has been involved in establishment, funding and management. Since 2004, he has been corporate R&D activities, including microstructure mastering and Intellectual Property development. In 2009 he also took over responsibility for all of Engineering activities. As co-owner from 1984 through 1992 of a closely-held company that designed ruggedized VME-based tactical computer systems for the United States Army, he was exposed to and became interested in the design, development and engineering principles of flat panel display technology. Mr. Van Ostrand was a Systems Engineer from 1980 until 1992 for Informatics General, Magnavox, Teledyne and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has a BA with a double major in Math and Computer Science from Mid-America Nazarene University.

Robert Berg

Mr. Robert A. Berg has been appointed as Vice President - Global Sales of UniPixel, Inc. Before Multek, Berg served as national sales manager of Matrix USA, a privately held Canadian distributor in the North American Printed Circuit Board industry. Prior to Matrix USA, he served as national sales manager at Panasonic Electric Works (Matsushita Electronic Materials), a Japanese manufacturer of multi-layered printed circuit board materials. Previous to Panasonic Electric Works, he held the position of vice president of east coast OEM sales at Advance Transformer Company (division of Philips Electronics). Berg has served on the board of directors at JuiJiang Flex Co. LTD, and is a member of IPC's Association of Connecting Electronic Industries. He received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance from Excelsior College of Albany, New York.

Bruce Berkoff

Mr. Bruce I. Berkoff is Independent Director of Uni-Pixel Inc. Mr. Berkoff is the Chairman of the LCD TV Association. Mr. Berkoff is also the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of CBRITE, a Santa Barbara based start up and leader in metal oxide back plane technology for FPDs (flat panel displays). Currently he is based in Singapore, and has been helping CBRITE since March 2011. He was also a Director of LG Display from 2007 until 2009. Mr. Berkoff was the Chief Marketing Officer of Energy and Display Systems, working at Applied Materials, Inc. from October 2009 through January 2011. Previously, Mr. Berkoff was the CMO of Ascent Solar, and also the CEO and later Chairman of Enuclia Semiconductor, a fab-less semiconductor startup in the HDTV video processor space, and prior to that, for 6 years based in Seoul, Seoul Korea, he was the Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer of LG.Philips LCD. Before that, Mr. Berkoff served as general manager of Philips Flat Display Systems’ software and electronics business unit in Silicon Valley. He has also held executive management positions at several technology companies, including UMAX Computer Corporation, Radius, and SuperMac Technologies. Mr. Berkoff holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics and biophysics from Princeton and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively, and also has display-related patents both granted and pending in the U.S. and China.

Anthony LeVecchio

Mr. Anthony J. LeVecchio is Independent Director of Uni-Pixel, Inc. Mr. LeVecchio has been the president and owner of The James Group, a general business consulting firm that has advised clients across a range of industries, since 1988. Prior to forming The James Group, Mr. LeVecchio was the senior vice president and chief financial officer for VHA Southwest, Inc., a regional healthcare system. Mr. LeVecchio currently serves as director, advisor and executive of private and public companies in a variety of industries. Mr. LeVecchio also currently serves on the Board of Directors of ViewPoint Financial Group, a community bank based in Plano, Texas that is listed on The NASDAQ Global Select Market and as chairman of its Audit Committee. Mr. LeVecchio holds a Bachelor of Economics and a M.B.A. in Finance from Rollins College.

William Patterson

Mr. William Wayne Patterson is Independent Director of Uni Pixel, Inc. Mr. Patterson is an experienced entrepreneurial manager who has demonstrated success in building businesses through innovative growth and cost containment strategies. Mr. Patterson spent much of his career with Keystone International, Inc., where he served as CFO and then as COO. During his time with Keystone, it grew from $15 million in revenues to more than $1 billion. Keystone was sold in 1996 to Tyco International for $1.7 billion. Mr. Patterson was also a co-founder and CEO of Texas Micro (a NASDAQ-traded company) and of Briskheat Corporation. Since the sale of Keystone, Mr. Patterson has participated in more than 20 private equity transactions and has served as interim CEO of Integrated Graphics/Earthcolor and of Vector Global Services. Mr. Patterson is also currently the non-executive chairman of Ashbrook Simon-Hartley and of Controlled Recover. Patterson graduated with honors from the University of Texas in Austin and has a Law Degree from the University of Texas Law School. Patterson is also a CPA.

Carl Yankowski

Mr. Carl J. Yankowski is an Independent Director of Uni-Pixel Inc. Mr. Yankowski has served as the CEO of Westerham Group since 2001. Mr. Yankowski also served as the CEO of Ambient Devices, Inc. and helped capitalize Ambient. Mr. Yankowski was named CEO of Palm, Inc. in December 1999, three months before its initial public offering that raised in excess of $1 billion. Immediately prior to joining Palm, Mr. Yankowski was CEO of the Reebok Brand, where he led the worldwide Reebok-brand business, a multibillion dollar enterprise that recently merged with Adidas. Mr. Yankowski spent over four years at Sony Electronics, Inc. as President and COO. He also oversaw the initial U.S. launch of PlayStation. In an earlier position as Chairman of Polaroid’s Asia Pacific Region, Mr. Yankowski led growth in the business imaging market globally and set up the Company’s Asia Pacific headquarters. Mr. Yankowski has held marketing and strategic leadership positions in several other prestigious technology and consumer-products companies, including General Electric Co., Pepsi, Memorex and Procter & Gamble. Mr. Yankowski earned simultaneous bachelors of Science degrees in electrical engineering materials science and management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (“MIT”). He serves or has served on the visiting committee of the MIT Media Lab, and the Boards of Informatica, Avidyne, and many other public and private firms, plus the Boston College Carroll School of Business and the MIT Sloan School of Business.

Ross Young

Mr. Ross A. Young is Independent Director of Uni-Pixel Inc. Mr. Young founded DisplaySearch, the provider of market intelligence on displays and related technology, in 1996, sold it to The NPD Group in 2005 and is credited with building the firm to what it is today. After leaving DisplaySearch in 2008, he served as VP at Samsung LCD before joining IMS Research in late 2009 as SVP of Displays, LEDs and Lighting. After more than two years in this position, he is currently a consultant and advisor to IMS Research. Mr. Young was appointed to the Board of Directors of semiconductor start-up Akhan Technologies in 2010 and the Advisory Board of Illumitex, an LED start-up in 2009. Mr. Young received The NPD Group’s prestigious John Byington Award for creativity and innovation in November 2006, was appointed to the Board of Directors at Westar Display Technologies in February 2005 and was named to the VLSI Research Executive All-Star Team in 1994. Prior to founding DisplaySearch in 1996, he served in senior marketing positions at OWL Displays, Brooks Automation, Fusion Semiconductor and GCA in the driver IC, flat panel automation, etch and strip and lithography markets. He is also a published author, having written a book on U.S. - Japanese competition titled Silicon Sumo: U.S.-Japan Competition and Industrial Policy in the Semiconductor Equipment Industry. Mr. Young holds a Bachelor Degree in economics from the University of California at San Diego.

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