James A. Pelusi
Jim is currently a Managing Director and co-founder of Axia Partners and Valero Capital Partners, private equity funds focused on buyout, recapitalization and growth equity investments in industrial technology companies. Prior to Axia, Jim was Sr. VP and General Manager of the Factory Software Division of Brooks Automation, where he directed the division through the acquisition and integration of six complementary product and service organizations. Under his management, revenues grew from $24 million to over $120 million in two years. Previously, Jim was the CEO and co-founder of FASTech Integration, a developer of mission-critical manufacturing software for semiconductor and electronics companies. At FASTech, a venture backed company, Jim led the business from start-up to $24 million in revenue, at which time the Company was sold to Brooks Automation in 1998. Prior to FASTech, Jim held several managerial positions at GMF Robotics, a joint venture between General Motors and Fanuc. Jim has a BS in Operations Research Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Peter J. Simone is an independent consultant to several private companies and the investment community. In 2001 and 2002, Mr. Simone was Executive Chairman and director of Speedfam-IPEC, a semiconductor equipment company which was acquired by Novellus Systems, Inc. In 2000 and 2001, Mr. Simone was President and a director of Active Control eXperts, Inc., a supplier of smart structures technology, which was acquired by Cymer, Inc. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Simone served as President, CEO and director of Xionics Document Technologies, Inc., an embedded imaging software company which was acquired by Oak Technology, Inc. Earlier, Mr. Simone spent 17 years with GCA Corporation, a semiconductor equipment company, in various management positions, including President and director. Mr. Simone is also a director of Veeco Instruments, Inc., Newport Corporation and Monotype Imaging, Inc., as well as several private companies.
John J. O’Connor
John served as Vice Chairman Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP the world’s largest professional services firm. In this role he was responsible for the firm’s three lines of service Assurance, Tax, and Advisory, which had combined revenue of approximately $7 billion and employed approximately 28,000 professionals and support staff. He also had responsibility for marketing, finance, and operations. John also served as the US liaison to Korea and Japan, facilitating the deployment of resources to Japan and Korea to bring needed expertise to these territories. John previously served as the leader of the U.S. Assurance practice. Prior to that, he served as the managing partner of the Boston office from 1995 to 2000. John was a Partner for 24 years and joined the firm in Boston in 1973. John was a frequent speaker on issues affecting the profession and the US capital markets. He has been a speaker at a number of universities and business forums including the Stanford Business School Director’s College. In addition to Segue, John serves on the board of Abt Associates, mTuitive, Inc., Oversight Systems, LeMaitre Vascular, Inc and G6 Capital. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is a graduate of Suffolk University and has attended the Harvard Business School’s Leadership in Professional Service Firms program and an Executive MBA program at the Tuck School.
Prior to joining Segue Manufacturing, Mr. Roderick was founder and CEO of Cable Designs and Manufacturing (CDM) established in 1991. In that role he effectively grew the company from its founding to become a major contract manufacturing entity serving several market leaders in the solar, semiconductor, medical and military industries. Prior to CDM he served a 10 year tenure as the Director of Quality & Testing departments for Keytek Instruments, a major manufacturer of ESD simulators and surge generators. Mr. Roderick holds a vocational degree in Electronics and attended the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with the course of study in Business Management and Electrical Engineering. An active member of the community, Mr. Roderick currently serves as an entrepreneurial mentor for The Merrimack Valley Sandbox program.
Wayne currently serves as the President and CEO of PMD Healthcare. PMD Healthcare designs, develops, and markets its own proprietary home-use medical devices. Prior to PMD Healthcare, Wayne was the founder and President of Sanbor Corporation. He founded Sanbor Corporation in 1990 and built Sanbor Corporation into a leading cable assembly contract manufacturer, operating in five locations. Wayne has a Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering from Xiamen University in China, and has attended Wharton Business School’s Executive Program. He has been an IEEE member since 1996 and a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) since 2001.