Fred H. Egerer, President and CEO
Fred H Egerer is a recently retired United States Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel with over 20 years of service. His last duty station was as the Commanding Officer of Region 9, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group commanding hundreds of Marines throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada. Mr Egerer joined the Marine Corps in 1991 where he spent the majority of his time as a career intelligence officer. He has held multiple command tours at the Platoon, Company and Battalion levels in such disparate locations as Okinawa, Japan, Camp Lejeune North Carolina, and Washington DC, including multiple tours in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has served in all of the primary U.S. intelligence organizations including the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office. He is has also been a principle staff officer at every level in the Marine Corps commensurate with his rank. His career decorations include two Bronze Stars and three Meritorious Service Medals for actions during the Global War on Terrorism. He completed his baccalaureate degree from the University of Arizona, where he majored in History. He completed Masters Programs in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and the Masters of Science in National Security and Strategic Studies at the National Joint Intelligence College. Additionally he also completed a highly selective internship program at the National Security Agency, completing over 1500 hours of intensive technical study. As an experienced leader, Mr Egerer was the principle Marine Corps signals intelligence planning and execution officer during the very successful invasion of Iraq and was the principle national signals intelligence coordinator during his tours in Kosovo and Afghanistan. Mr. Egerer was selected to brief the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Directors of the CIA and NSA regarding various intelligence operations in which he led. After completing his Marine Corps service, Mr. Egerer turned his efforts toward the private sector where he has served as an executive at several corporations including Keystone Real Estate Group and Coral Networks, a highly technical software startup company.
Alex James, CFO
Mr. James most recently served as Vice President of Finance for Coral Networks, a highly technical software start-up in Northern Virginia. Mr. James brings eight years of business and operational consulting experience while working for the consulting firm SSA & Company, formerly known as the Six Sigma Academy. His consultancy engagements focused on delivering margin enhancement through process and system reengineering at major accounts including Daimler, Tyco, Standard & Poor's, MetLife, Merrill Lynch, Guy Carpenter, Marsh & McLennan, Albertsons, and Heinz. Prior to his consultancy role, Mr. James held numerous positions with the General Electric Corporation in Finance and Corporate Accounting and graduated from their Financial Management Program. Mr. James received a BS from the United States Military Academy in Systems Engineering, a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, and also served as an Infantry Officer in the US Army. Mr. James is both a certified Six Sigma Master Blackbelt and Lean Master.
Dave Barton, Co-Founder
Dave Barton has over 25 years of experience in the metalworking and machining fields. He was Founder and President of American Machinist Supply in San Jose, California. He founded BlueSwarf in the Silicon Valley in 2002, moving it to Penn State University's Innovation Park at the end of that year. Mr. Barton was chosen as one of the six original partners of National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining. As an early entrant in B2B eCommerce, Mr. Barton served as Executive Vice President of venture-backed internet start-up MachineTools.com and served as a consultant to Federal Express, Autodesk, Milacron, Yahoo and eBay. He also served as National Sales Manager of Rutland Tool & Supply (later known as Airgas Direct Industrial) and President of Omat Contol Technologies USA. Mr. Barton earned a BS from Arizona State University. Mr. Barton was one of the subjects of the 2004 best selling book, LIFE 2.0, How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of Their Happiness, by the Publisher of Forbes, Rich Karlgaard. Barton co-authored "Servization of the Cutting Tool Supply Chain" with Dr. Vittal Prabhu and Dr. Chen-Yang Cheng for the International Journal of Production Research. Barton was named the E.V. Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Pennsylvana State University.
Dr. Tom Delio, Co-Founder
Dr. Tom Delio is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on high speed machining and machine tool dynamics. Dr. Delio co-founded, along with renowned machine tool pioneer Dr. Jiri Tlusty, Manufacturing Laboratories Inc.(MLI) and continues to serve as its President. Dr. Delio's has worked at MLI for the past 13 years performing development work in high-performance machining and commercializing MLI's resulting products. This work includes high-speed spindle development, design of high-speed and high-precision machine tools, adaptive controls for high-speed machining and dynamics characterization methods of machine tools. Most recently Dr. Delio has led work on MLI's new product line for measurement and characterization of machine tools for the production shop environment. He has authored several papers in the area of spindle speed control and holds a patent that is utilized in several of MLI's products. Dr. Delio was selected as one of the six original partners of National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining; he is a Registered Professional Engineer; Certified Manufacturing Technologist and was the Recipient of the 2003 Pinckney Award (American Helicopter Society). He holds a BS, MBA and PhD from the University of Florida and a MS from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Scott Smith, Co-Founder
Dr. Scott Smith is the inventor or co-inventor of many of the cutting-edge techniques used for the optimization of machine tool performance. Smith has 20 years of experience in high-speed machining, process development, machine design, and machine dynamics. Smith is President and a co-founder of OpSource, Inc., a company that uses machine dynamics knowledge to produce high-quality, reliable, on-time machined components. Smith was one of the founders of Manufacturing Laboratories, Inc. (MLI) and currently serves as a member of the board. Smith is a professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He previously served as the Associate Director of the Machine Tool Research Center at the University of Florida. He is a Corresponding Member of CIRP (the International Institution for Production Engineering Research), he is on the Executive Committee of the Manufacturing Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and on the Board of Directors for the North American Manufacturing Research Institute of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He holds a BSME from Tennessee Technological University, and both MSME and PhD from the University of Florida. Smith is a licensed professional engineer in Florida.
Dr. David Dilley
Dr. David Dilley founded D3V in 2004 to provide machine tool vibration services designed specially for the metal - cutting industry. Dilley has been working in the metal - cutting industry for 10 years with 6 of those years at GM Powertrain as a tool and die supervisor, senior process engineer, and senior project engineer. In 2001, he was awarded a Boeing Fellowship to research drill and reamer vibrations with Boeing's Military Advanced Manufacturing R&D. D3V is currently working with Manufacturing Laboratories, Inc. to develop drilling and reaming software to complement MLI's MetalMAX technology. Dilley has numerous journal and conference publications, and has lectured classes at Oakland University and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dilley holds a BSME from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MS Engineering Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic and both MSME and Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Bethany Woody
Dr. Bethany Woody completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering (2005) at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Woody is a cofounder, of InsituTec Inc (2001), and has worked with government and industrial companies such as the NIST, Caterpillar, Boeing, and Bell Helicopter. Her primary roles at InsituTec include management, business development and customer outreach. Past collaborative efforts have included projects in the machining of titanium (Bell Helicopter), aluminum and nickel aluminum bronze. Her masters project was recognized by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Robert L. Pinckney Award for bringing breakthrough technology from the laboratory and research environment to the production floor. Dr. Woody’s current research interests include machine tool dynamics, high speed machining technology, and advanced manufacturing techniques. These efforts have led to significant experience in high speed machining, machine tool dynamics, process plan development, precision manufacturing, and uncertainty analysis.
Paul Cronin, Marketing Manager
Paul Cronin is a former two-time All-Academic Big 10 defensive back for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After graduating with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Pennsylvania State University in 2005, Mr. Cronin continued his football career in the Arena Football League. In 2008, he returned to State College to found Blue Line Images, a custom graphic design firm. Mr. Cronin developed the business model for Blue Line Images, creating an online ordering system, fulfillment center and affiliate program.
Kristin Bushong, Social Media Manager
Kristin has over ten years of experience in internet operations and marketing. Ms. Bushong has served as Marketing Coordinator for Growing Tree Toys and Webmaster for HappyValley.com. She was Content Manager for the award-winning GoPSUsports.com, the official website of the Penn State Nittany Lions athletic teams. Her responsibilities included managing CoachPaterno.com. Ms. Bushong attended Ohio State and Penn State Universities, is a fan of San Francisco Bay Area sports teams and married with one child.
John Heim, Board Member
John Heim has 20 years of construction and real estate experience and is also a partner in numerous residential and commercial properties in Harrisburg and Central Pennsylvania and in oil exploration and drilling ventures in eastern Texas. He was the co-founder and President of Tricore Group, LLC a land development and construction management company in central PA. Mr. Heim received training in the Army for heavy equipment operation and road work in the Engineer Corps and began general contracting while attending Susquehanna University. Mr. Heim graduated from Susquehanna with a B.S. in business administration where he was a varsity football letterman and second team all-American. He has served as a mentor with The Second Mile Friend Fitness program and on the community advisory board for Easter Seals of Central PA. He resides in Warriors Mark, PA with his children.
Brian Macy, Western Region Sales Manager
Brian Macy represents BlueSwarf in California, Utah and Arizona. Mr. Macy recently retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Mr. Macy most recently served as Marine Security Guard (MSG) Detachment Commander where he commanded and ensured the mission accomplishment of Marine Corps Embassy Security Group at the American Embassy Mexico City, Mexico and American Consulate Milan, Italy. While serving as Dismounted Infantry Squad Leader he also assisted the Platoon Commander in the planning of multiple raids, ultimately leading to the detention of 4 Iraqi Nationals. Mr. Macy previously served as Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) Commander, Section Leader, and Test Engineer for a section of prototype vehicles to replace the existing Amphibious Assault vehicle. He was responsible for completing operational requirements both on land and at sea. He wrote extensive and frequent reports concerning faults and overall technical and operational progression of the vehicle. He was later assigned as the section leader and subject matter expert on the vehicles operational capacity in the fleet Marine force and was responsible for writing revised operational and mechanical procedures for ground operations of the new platform of vehicles. As Amphibious Assault Vehicle Commander and Section Leader he directly supervised the maintenance and daily upkeep of four Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs), to include coordinating and managing both corrective and preventative maintenance and responsible for all associated collateral equipment in his section. Mr. Macy completed one deployment aboard a Navy ship in Southeast Asia and two combat tours to Iraq. Mr, Macy served three years outside of the United States in Italy and Mexico. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Iraqi Campaign Medal, and numerous personal awards for his efforts in Iraq and throughout his Marine Corps career. Mr. Macy is currently pursuing his degree in Information Technology at the American Military University and lives in Temecula, California with his family.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Dr. Tony Schmitz
Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. Schmitz completed a post-doctoral appointment at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and was then employed as a Mechanical Engineer from 1999-2002. During this time, he was also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. Schmitz accepted an appointment in the University of Florida’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (UF MAE) in 2002 and joined the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011. His professional recognitions include: 2011 Sports Emmy Award (NBC Learn) for the Science of NFL Football video series, 2010 North American Manufacturing Research Institute/Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Outstanding Paper, 2009 UF MAE Teacher of the Year, 2005 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer award, 2004 Journal of Tribology Best Paper Award, 2003 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2003 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 1999 Measurement Science and Technology Highly Commended Article, 1999 National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship (NIST), 1999 Temple University Gallery of Success Inductee, 1998 Department of Energy/National Academy of Engineering Integrated Manufacturing Predoctoral Fellowship, and 1994 National Science Foundation Graduate Traineeship. Schmitz also serves as an associate editor for Precision Engineering and the ASME Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering.
Peter Borden, CMTSE
Mr. Borden most recently served as President of the American Machine Tool Distributors Association (AMTDA), and following its merger with the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) served as AMT's Strategic Integration Officer. Mr. Borden led the AMTDA since 2007. Prior to that industry-wide post, Mr. Borden was President and Chairman of Walker Machinery of Cincinati, a leading importer and distributor of machine tools. Borden left teaching to join Walker Machinery in 1977 as a sales engineer; became a vice president there ten years later, and was named president in 1991. Two years later he and partner Bruce Tillinghast purchased the company.
Dr. Robert Winfough
Dr. Winfough has served at several high-level management positions at AmeriForge and at Ingersoll Milling Machine where he had responsibility for the technical direction of many activities from evaluating machine performance to leading measurement acquisition and evaluation of existing equipment. Some of his major projects at Ingersoll include vertical octahedral hexapod, advanced reconfigurable machine for flexible fabrication, and precision high-speed machining with vibration control as well as the development of the horizontal octahedral hexapod machine. Winfough had corporate-wide responsibilities for conducting advanced dynamics analysis work on all high velocity machines at Ingersoll. His activities included evaluation of high-speed spindle units; performance of manufacturing process analysis for cost reduction, process enhancements and evaluations of designs; and development of linear motor based machines. Winfough has taught various courses including SME's High-Speed High-Power Machining seminar. Dr. Winfough was awarded the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) as a John T. Parsons Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer for 2000. He has a doctorate from the University of Florida.