ARIS K. SILZARS
years of increasingly responsible technology, marketing, general
management, and business development experience in meeting
customer needs with high-performance electronic products.
• Extensive experience in positioning technology-based products for
competitive advantage, including the identification of distinctive
competencies and market differentiating factors.
• Proficient at creating new products and new opportunities through
understanding of technology, manufacturing, and the assessment of business
and market opportunities.
• A skilled manager of complex multi-technology product developments
requiring invention and new technology introduction.
• Well-known internationally as an expert on display technologies through
presentations, publications, and technical society leadership.
DISPLAYS - SAMMAMISH, WA
Business development, technology support, and strategic consulting
for established and emerging Information Display companies.
• Relocated to the Northwest and founded a new business providing technology
development, technology forecasting, and applications support to Information
Display businesses and new ventures.
• Created an industry forum for Display Technologies and Display Manufacturers
by founding the DisplayWorks industry conference as a joint venture
sponsored by SID, SEMI, and USDC.
• Developed the concept of a "virtual" corporation serving
the display community with an international support base including
partnering relationships with technologists in Russia, France, Japan,
Korea, and Princeton and San Jose in the US.
• Positioned the company to become an international resource center
for Information Display technology developments and applications.
CORPORATION - PRINCETON, NJ
of the Display Research Laboratory
Technology leadership, development, and marketing for all display technologies
-- CRTs, FEDs, Plasma, LCDs, EL, and Phosphors.
• Increased the laboratories contract revenue by more than $5 million
in less than one year.
• Developed a new business strategy and repositioned the group to become
the principal display representatives of the Sarnoff Corporation to
government and industry.
• Created a "Center of Excellence" for Field-Emission Technology
by bringing in key new contracts and by working with government and
CO. - Advanced Composite Materials - NEWARK, DE
Consultant for Electronics
Business development of new materials technologies for applications
• At the request of DuPont management, assessed the electronics business
potential and technology competitiveness of: Metal-Matrix Composites,
Aramids, Pitch-Carbon Fibers, Metallized Kevlar, Diamond Films and
Fibers, Photopolymers, and High-Temperature Superconducting Materials.
• Applied new-technology marketing experience to provide business plans
for coated fibers as electron-emitters for flat-panel displays and
(Kevlar/Nomex Aramid) as a substrate material for Multi-Chip Modules.
• Developed new patentable concepts for products using metallized Kevlar,
display structures incorporating coated fibers, holographic filters
for color displays, and a low-cost manufacturing process for Metal-Matrix
ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS, L.P., NEWARK, DE.
Strategic planning, business development, and operations responsibility
for the start-up of an electronics business based on composite materials
technology developed by the parent Lanxide Corporation.
• Developed the business plan, adapted the materials technology, established
a salable product base, and achieved the first $5MM+ of orders to military
and commercial customers.
• Worked with DuPont, the funding partner, to scale-up the technology
to achieve volume manufacturing capability at competitive cost.
• Implemented a team oriented company culture and trained 50+ employees
in the skills of new business development, manufacturing scale-up,
MRP II, and TQM.
SOLUTIONS, INC., BEAVERTON, OR
Business development and marketing responsibility for the startup of
a Multi-Chip Module Company.
• Developed the Business Plan, assembled a management team, and worked
with a variety of investors to successfully achieve first-round financing.
• Determined and prioritized the needs of system designers (the customers),
positioned the company to effectively respond to those needs, and accomplished
the first sale of products.
• Implemented partnerships with companies supplying CAE tools, fabrication
technology, and test equipment.
INC., BEAVERTON, OR.
(1984 - 1988)
Manager, Hybrid Components Operation
the transformation of this 500 employee 125,000 sq. ft. facility
from an internal service organization to an independent business
unit with sales to Tek divisions and outside customers.
• Developed the marketing and sales strategy that resulted in $10MM+
of new external hybrids business in less than 2 years.
• Increased sales to internal Tektronix customers from $30MM to $38MM
during a period of no growth in the company.
• Improved the division's financial performance from an $8MM/year loss
• Established and managed a sales organization, independent from Tektronix
Corporate sales, to serve the hybrid and IC businesses.
• Identified new business opportunities and expanded the Hybrid and
Ceramics product lines with the introduction of multi-layer ceramic
packages and electro-optic components.
• Improved product delivery and quality, reduced inventories, and eliminated
shortages through organization-wide use of MRP II and Just-in-Time
(1980 - 1984)
Solid State Group
the strategic leadership and management for the development, product
application, and manufacturing of all semiconductor and component
integration technologies including, Bipolar IC's, MOS IC's, Hybrids,
and Ceramic Components. The facilities were located in two buildings
(250,000 sq. ft. total) and employed over 900 people.
• Established the strategy and implementation of CAE tools for the
design and layout of ICs and hybrids.
• Successfully managed the design and startup of a new 50,000 sq. ft.
IC facility, the installation of a very high-speed bipolar process,
and the introduction of E-beam lithography.
• Developed and initiated the manufacture of analog ASICs (Quick-Chip),
CCD arrays, and high-speed signal acquisition devices (Si and GaAs).
• Identified the need and implemented the large scale use of Hybrids
and Custom IC's into Tek's next generation portable oscilloscopes,
the Company's highest revenue products.
(1974 - 1980)
Component Development Group
responsibility for the selection, development, and implementation
of new component technologies into Tektronix products. Managed the
company's R&D activities in displays, hybrid circuits, monolithic
IC's and electromechanical components with a staff of 350 engineers
• Guided the technology selection and development of high-performance
CRTs, micro-channel plate CRT's, and signal processing devices.
• Initiated the development of GaAs technology at Tektronix, which
later resulted in the formation of TriQuint Semiconductor.
CO., PALO ALTO, CA
Head - Program Manager - Senior Engineer
• Developed and promoted Electron Beam Semiconductor devices for military
signal processing applications including broadband microwave amplifiers,
high-power bandpass RF amplifiers, and high current nanosecond risetime
E.E. - University of Utah, 1969
M.A., Physics - University of Utah, 1965
B.A., Physics - Reed College, Portland, OR., 1963
& PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
for Information Display - Past President
Chair of the Publications Committee.
Past Senior Member of the IEEE.
General Chairman of the 1985 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference.
General Chairman of the 1987 Society for Information Display Symposium.
Organizer and Chair of the First Display Manufacturing Technology Conference
San Francisco, January 1994.
General Chairman of the 2004 Society for Information Display Symposium.
General Chair of the 2005 Society for Information Display Business
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100 publications in major technical journals and conference proceedings
(Complete listing available on request.)
*A monthly column "The Display Continuum" appeared in
Information Display Magazine from 1993 to 2003 on various topics
of interest to the display community.
*Invited seminar presentation at the Society for Information Display
Symposium on the "Display Marketplace in the Next Decade."
*Multiple presentations of one and two day courses on current and
future display technologies.
*Custom Integrated Circuits Conference keynote presentation on "Custom
Integrated Circuits: The Challenge of Customer Service in a Changing