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.

Zeydi Gutierrez

Zeydi Gutierrez

Public Affairs Strategic Director, AB&I Foundry – Oakland
Chair

Zeydi Gutierrez is the Director of Business Operations at AB&I Foundry, a producer of quality cast iron soil pipes and fittings for waste, drain and vent plumbing systems. In this role, she advises on strategies and executes plans that enable the business to operate more efficiently and effectively. She is also in charge of community outreach and the liaison with the City of Oakland.

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.

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.

Mark Davidson

Mark Davidson

Assistant Vice President, Heffernan Insurance Brokers – Menlo Park
Board Member

Mark Davidson, CIC, CAWC, CISC is an Assistant Vice President of Heffernan Insurance Brokers, one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage firms. Davidson’s specialty is structuring industry-specific insurance programs for niches such as food manufacturing, technology, construction, real estate, law firms and non-profits.

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. 

Claudia Wentworth

Claudia Wentworth

CEO, QuickMount PV – Walnut Creek
Board Member

Claudia Wentworth is CEO of Quick Mount PV where she leads the effort to create a guiding vision and strategic direction. She serves as the company’s lead ambassador to the solar industry. Wentworth had been active in the solar industry since 2000 and in the green building and construction industries for more than 20 when she co-founded Quick Mount PV. She has served on numerous industry association boards and is a passionate advocate of consumer and professional education in the solar industry. Wentworth is co-inventor on five utility patents on mounting technologies with additional patents pending. 

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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