Age: 35.

Where born: Beaumont Army Hospital, El Paso, Texas.

Education: Bachelor's degree in engineering, California Polytechnic State University, 1977.

Primary products:Ultra-clean manufacturing environments known as "cleanrooms."Primary markets: Semiconductor wafer fabrication manufacturers.

Number of employees: 250 plus.

Annual sales: $40 million to $50 million.


First "real" job: Manufacturing engineer, FMC Ordnance in San Jose, Calif.

Management style: Impart the vision, then empower people to do their jobs.

Strategy for success: 1. Match your resources with your needs. 2. Assess your primary markets correctly. 3. Identify and satisfy your customers' needs profitably. 4. Empower everyone (don't just say it, do it) to make decisions, not just administer policy.

A memorable failure: Watching morale suffer after selling a small company to a Fortune 500 company.

Heroes: Jean Kirkpatrick, Colin Powell, Tom Peters, Al Gouzene, my friends and my staff.

Leisure time and hobbies: Skiing, running, gardening and being with my dogs.

Favorite books and movie: Books: "This House of Sky" by Ivan Doig and "Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner. Movie: "Cinema Paradiso."