President, JN White
Years in current role: 2.5
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy working with the team to develop new products and technologies to deploy for our customers. Advancements in material science have opened the door to products being manufactured in new and innovative ways. Harnessing that power is what is going to be transformational for JN White and other manufacturers in the U.S.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
The biggest challenge has most certainly been COVID. It has impacted every part of our business (employees, supply chain, travel, etc.). Keeping on top of the COVID protocols while managing a business that depends on our skilled employees to make our products was a full-time job. Employee safety was/is our #1 priority. I am sure we are all looking forward to some period of normalization in the near future.
What has been your organization’s biggest success over the past year?
Our organizations biggest success was the acquisition of ECI Technologies in Watertown CT. The acquisition and subsequent integration were both challenging and invigorating. Merging two companies, cultures, IT infrastructure etc. is fraught with potential disaster and I am very proud of how our team conducted themselves through the entire process.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the technology industry over the next year?
Given our industry, we see the advancement of Flexible Hybrid Electronics (HSE) taking a more central role in the replacement of traditional circuit and switch technology. The ability to surface mount components and create multiple layer circuit constructions on materials such as polyethylene is something that was primarily only possible using Printed Circuit Boards (PCB). These advancements will lead the way to truly integrated devices allowing sensors and other smart devices to be made into the product itself. The data that those products provide will have broad applications on healthcare, department of defense, automotive, personal care, and many other markets.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
I am a board member of the Rochester Community Boating Foundation which provides scholarships for underprivileged children to learn how to sail. Sailing in and of itself provides some great life lessons, but the relationships developed during those camps can have lifelong impact. Introducing people to a sport that is generally regarded as something for the “wealthy” can be a real eye opener for the participants.
In addition, I am also on the board of CHS Mobile Healthcare which is a Rochester-based,not-for-profit ambulance. Serving on the board has given me the opportunity to ensure that the markets we serve have the best service available.
I also serve on RIT’s College of Engineering Technology (CET) Deans advisory council, and am on the board of the Young President Organization (YPO).