Board of Directors

The AMBayArea Board of Directors is comprised of executives from a variety of manufacturing industries, sub-regions, and non-manufacturing support organizations who are dedicated to ensure the Bay Area is a leader in the industry.

Karen Burns

Karen Burns

Assurance Partner, Sensiba San Filippo LLP – Pleasanton
Vice Chair

Karen Burns, CPA, is an Assurance Partner with Sensiba San Filippo LLP, a leading regional CPA and business advisory firm. She has nearly 30 years of experience providing financial and business consulting services to companies in a variety of industries, with a particular passion for the manufacturing and food and beverage sectors. She has great depth of experience working with rapidly growing manufacturing companies, from start-ups to multigenerational family businesses, helping them to identify opportunities, challenges, and trends. Burns also founded the East Bay Manufacturing Group in 2011 (which later merged to become AMBayArea).

Gene Russell

Gene Russell

President and CEO, The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence – San Ramon
Secretary

Gene Russell is President and CEO of Manex and has over 30 years of senior executive strategic planning, operational management, and consulting experience in the manufacturing and technology sector. With his extensive knowledge of manufacturing operations, he has developed and implemented key strategic initiatives for companies, allowing them to improve performance and achieve profitable growth. He has a strong background in sales and business development and a keen understanding of manufacturing strategies in the global environment.

Stephen Tessler

Stephen Tessler

Executive Vice President and Director of Sales, California Bank of Commerce – Oakland
Treasurer

Stephen Tessler is an Executive Vice President and Director of Sales, California Bank of Commerce, a leading regional bank. Tessler has more than twenty-five years of banking experience and ten years of public accounting experience.

John Barrett

John Barrett

Chief Operating Officer, WileyX, Inc. – Livermore
Board Member

John Barrett is Chief Operating Officer and Acting CFO for WileyX, Inc. in Livermore. He received his degree in Business Finance from San Jose State University. Prior to his 13 years at WileyX, Inc. he was the Owner of Barrett Consulting, President of Vintage Business Solutions and CFO of Edge Information Services.

Jose Carrascal

Jose Carrascal

Site Director, Corteva Agriscience™ – Pittsburg
Board Member

Jose Carrascal is the Pittsburg, California Site Director for Corteva Agriscience. Carrascal has more than 20 years of experience in plant operations, supply chain, environmental health and safety, and asset management. He is a board member and co-chair of the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, and a member of the Earn and Learn East Bay Steering Committee.

Colin Christian

Colin Christian

Vice President of Operations, Construction Electrical Products – Livermore
Board Member

Colin Christian is the Vice President of Operations for Construction Electrical Products. He received his Master of Science in Manufacturing Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to Construction Electrical Products, Colin was Managing Director and CEO/Founder of MacArthur Engineering Pvt. Ltd and previously served as Director of Operations for Lex Products Corporation.

Jeffrey Hamlin

Jeffrey Hamlin

Managing Vice President, Heffernan Insurance Brokers – San Francisco
Board Member

Jeffrey Hamlin is the Managing Vice President for Heffernan Insurance Brokers, one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage firms. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sandy Hunter

Sandy Hunter

President & Owner, Hunter Hawk Incorporated – Concord
Board Member

Sandy Hunter is founder and president of Hunter Hawk Inc, which was established in 1994 and specializes in custom precision manufacturing and fabrication of critical mechanical components for 24/7 production industries. Hunter Hawk’s customers include oil-refining/production, bio-pharmaceuticals, mining, utilities, municipals, and military. Hunter has been actively involved with Women Business Enterprise National Council and WBEC-Pacific since 2004. She is an ongoing supporter of SME, Women in Manufacturing, STEAM, National Girls Collaborative Project, and other organizations supporting girls in nontraditional career paths.

Mark Martin

Mark Martin

Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development – Bay Area
Board Member

Mark Martin, Ph.D., is the Bay Area Regional Director for Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development for the California Community Colleges. Dr. Martin has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing and engineering, including product development, manufacturing and design research, teaching and workforce development. 

Michael Rose

Michael Rose

Co-Owner, Semifreddi’s Bakery – Alameda
Board Member

Michael Rose is the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Owner of Semifreddi’s Bakery in Alameda. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California Berkeley. He has been the Co-Owner of Semifreddi’s Bakery for more than 30 years.

Robert Wood

Robert Wood

Vice President of World Wide Manufacturing, Varian Medical Systems – Palo Alto
Board Member

Robert Wood is the Vice President of World Wide Manufacturing for Varian Medical Systems Oncology Division where he has operational responsibilities over multiple sites. Wood has led Operations, Supply Chain, Quality, and R&D management for large and small companies, including startups and Fortune 500 companies.

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