Stephen has more than 35 years of direct experience in starting up and sustaining manufacturing operations for new technologies and products made here in North Carolina. He has an extensive background in the design, construction and operation of ISO and TL certified production facilities for VLSI wafer fabrication, MEMS fabrication, IC assembly, SMT assembly, flip-chip packaging, IVD medical device and micro-scale thermoelectrics.
Formerly, as vice president of operations, Stephen managed the construction and start-up of a microfluidics production facility for Advanced Liquid Logic in 2010 which was acquired by Illumina Inc in 2013 for $100M. Prior to joining the ALL venture, Stephen was director of operations at Nextreme Thermal Solutions where he set up the manufacturing facility there in 2008 (later acquired by Laird). Stephen was with Unitive Electronics for 4 years (later acquired by Amkor Technology) where he was responsible for starting up its chip scale packaging line. The team at Unitive took production from zero to 1M units-per-day within one year of construction. Prior to Amkor, Stephen served as director of operations for Cronos Integrated Microsystems (acquired by JDS Uniphase Corporation in 2000) where he was responsible for constructing a new $60M wafer fabrication facility for the production of MEMS photonic devices used in the telecom industry. Stephen began his career at Mitsubishi Semiconductor America in Durham where he held multiple management positions in DRAM manufacturing and business operations in both North Carolina and Japan. Collectively, Stephen has managed the startup of over 8 different operations in his career which have ultimately exited with a combined value of almost $1B.