What's It All About?

SME Silicon Valley Chapter 98 invites you to attend a one-day conference on 21st Century Manufacturing - Advanced Technology Trends in Silicon Valley.  Explore manufacturing trends in the Bay Area throughout a wide range of industries.


  • City Programs promoting manufacturing
  • IoT in the Industrial Environment
  • BioMedical Disruption in the Valley
  • Robotics/Automation in manufacturing

You will hear from government and industry leaders.

  • Enjoy interactions with our sponsors and see some great equipment demos.
  • Explore opportunities for career development, and attend our Career Fair.

This conference is presented by the SME Silicon Valley, in collaboration with the North Bay and Sacramento Chapters and also in collaboration with the student chapters from San Jose State University, Laney College, and De Anza College.
Enjoy and tour the adjoining Design-2-Part (D2P) trade show May 24 to 25 and make connections to meet local suppliers for materials, processes, prototyping, and manufacturing. To register for the D2P trade show at no cost, visit D2P show website:

For additional information, contact Conference co-chairs, Cynthia Cook and Lisa Gregerson

Who Should Attend?

  • Manufacturing Executives, Operations Managers, Manufacturing Engineers & Professionals, Biomedical Engineers, R&D, Quality Assurance, Product Development Engineers, "Makers”, Designers, Technologists, Government Representatives and Managers.
  • Students and professionals seeking employment opportunities and career growth. We have companies attending the conference who are currently hiring.



7:30 - 8:30 am - Registration, Breakfast and Networking (60 min)

Morning Session (8:30 - 11:45 pm)

8:30 - 8:35 am - Welcome - Kyle MacLeod (5 min)
8:35 - 8:45 am - Opening and Introduction - Donovan Lazaro - Master of Ceremonies (10 min)
8:45 - 9:20 am - Opening Keynote: "The Hollywood Studio Model - A Blueprint for Advanced Manufacturing": Nat Mani - CEO - BESTRONICS (35 min)
9:20 - 9:50 am - Industrial Automation: John Dulchinos - VP Global AutomationJabil (30 min)

9:50 - 10:15 am - Morning Break (25 min)

10:15 - 11:45 am - "Manufacturing in my City" - Mayors from multiple cities speak on what is happening in their city (1hr 30min)

  • (10:25 - 10:50) Mayor John Marchand - City of Livermore
  • (10:50 - 11:15) Mayor Liccardo - City of San Jose
  • (11:15 - 11:40) Mayor Lily Mei - City of Fremont

11:45 pm - 1:10 pm - Lunch Break (85 min)

Design-2-Part Tour, Technology Demonstrations and Sponsor Interactions (Lunch included)

Afternoon Session (1:10 - 4:15 pm)

1:10 - 1:15 pm - Kevin Gregerson (5 min)
1:15 - 1:45 pm - Biomedical trends of the 21st Century and why Silicon Valley is the place to be: Gregory Theyel - Director - Biomedical Manufacturing Network (30 min)
1:45 - 2:15 pm - Robotics In Manufacturing: Larry Lewis - President - Phoenix Automation (30 min)

2:15 - 2:45 pm - Afternoon Break (30 min)

2:45 - 3:00 pm - Work2Future FoundationDavid Mirrione Executive Director (15 min)
3:15 - 3:45 pm - Practical Industry 4.0 deployment: Joel Falcone - Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer - Excelitas (30 min)
3:45 - 4:15 pm - Closing Keynote
“Innovations in Manufacturing and Beyond.”: Dr. Malcolm J. Thompson - Executive Director - NEXTFLEX(30 min)
4:15 - 6:00 pm - Reception, Career Fair (105 min)

  • Aerotek
  • Exelitas
  • Electro Imaging Systems
  • Solo Point Solutions
  • Motion Solutions
  • Fathom
  • Hawkridge
  • Bestronics
  • Intuitive Surgical

Positions are available for all levels of experience.

This Career Fair is free to conference attendees and job seekers.

Employers, if interested please email
Job seekers must submit their resume in advance by emailing their resume in PDF format

Pricing includes breakfast, lunch, mixer, and career fair.
* Students must be currently enrolled in at least 6 units of credit at an accredited college or university. Students should be prepared to show proof of student status at the time of conference onsite registration. Students without verification at registration will be asked to pay the general admission price.


Event Committee

Cynthia Cook
Lisa Gregerson
Kevin Gregerson



2017 Speakers & Panelists

  • Donovan Lazaro - City of San Jose
  • Nat Mani - BESTRONICS
  • John Dulchinos - Jabil
  • Mayor John Marchand - City Of Livermore
  • Mayor Liccardo - City Of San Jose
  • Mayor Lily Mei - City Of Fremont
  • David Mirrione - Work2Future Foundation
  • Gregory Theyel - Biomedical Manufacturing Network
  • Larry Lewis - Pheonix Automation
  • Joel Falcone - Excelitas
  • Dr. Malcolm J. Thompson - NextFlex
  • Kyle MacLeod - SME SV 98
  • Kevin Gregerson - SME SV 98

Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors:


 Aerotek Logo


Singer Lewak Logo


Motion Solution Logo
Vivid Seats Logo





Speaker Biographies

Nat Mani, President and CEO, Bestronics

Nat Mani is President and CEO of Bestronics, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturing services provider with a 20+ year history of providing an outstanding level of quality and customer service to its customers. Mani brings a unique perspective to contract manufacturing operations, having served in executive capacities in business development, finance, operations and strategy for all stages of the business cycle from start-up, high growth, sustaining and restructure through spin-offs and divestitures. Leading sales and business development operations for large public and privately-held companies in US and Asia-based locations, Mani understands the economics and complexity of multi-cultural, pan-global manufacturing operations. One of the pioneers of outsourcing manufacturing services of complex assemblies to capable contract manufacturers, he remains at the forefront of this trend, directing highly considered, fact-based evaluations of manufacturing relationships.

Before joining Bestronics, Mani served as Senior VP of Sales and Marketing at Sanmina, where he drove the sales growth for its Optical and Micro Electronics segment.  Prior to Sanmina, Mani was Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for Fabrinet, a company he co-founded and served for more than 10 years in executive leadership positions, cementing the company’s position as the premier outsourced manufacturing services provider for the optical industry.   Mr. Mani has more than 25 years of experience in Silicon Valley and has held management positions with IBM, JTS Corp., Radius and ROLM.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Management Studies from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Tulane University.

Mayor John Marchand - Mayor of Livermore

John Marchand was elected Mayor in November 2011, and has served on the Livermore City Council since November 2005, including four terms as Vice Mayor.  Before his election to the City Council, John worked for fifteen years on the community’s behalf as an elected representative on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors. In addition, John was a founding member of the Livermore Cultural Arts Commission and served on Livermore’s General Plan Review Committee.

As Mayor, John Marchand believes in the protection of Livermore’s exceptional quality of life and unique values. He is a leader that listens to residents and respects their opinions. John supports smart growth not sprawl, the preservation of viticulture and the scenic hillsides surrounding Livermore, and the exciting i-GATE Innovation Hub.

John Marchand worked for over thirty years in the water industry. He retired from his job as the Senior Water Quality Chemist for the Alameda County Water District in order to dedicate his full-time attention to Livermore. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from California State University Hayward, renamed Cal State East Bay. John is active in the American Water Works Association and is the co-author of three books on water quality.  John was born and raised in the Bay Area. He and his wife, Susan, a Livermore teacher, have lived in Livermore for over twenty-five years, and raised two sons in the community.

Mayor Sam Liccardo - Mayor of San Jose 

Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in January 2015; San José has surged ever since. 

In his brief tenure, Sam has: 

  • forged a historic pension reform agreement with 11 unions that will save taxpayers $3 billion over the next three decades;  
  • launched “San José Works,” an initiative that will provide jobs to over 1,000 teenagers living in gang-impacted neighborhoods this year; 
  • crafted innovative programs to reduce homelessness, from rehabilitating decaying motels to incentivizing landlords to house homeless veterans;  
  • announced five new international flights at Mineta San José International Airport;
  • created after-school programs for hundreds of low-income children, boosted library services in every neighborhood, and expanded youth learning opportunities for coding and STEM skills;  
  • ushered a major expansion of tech employers into San José, from corporate titans like Apple and Google to fast-growing innovators such as Silver Spring Networks, Splunk and SuperMicro;  
  • launched San Jose’s “Smart City Vision,” forging partnerships with the tech community to leverage technology and data to improve safety and services, with the ambition of making San José the most innovative city in America.

Mayor Lily Mei - City of Fremont

Mayor Mei grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Drexel University. Her diverse professional experience includes over 20 years in competitive analysis, product and channel management, supply chain practices and serving as a worldwide sales operations controller. Most recently she led a global high-technology trade association representing industry leaders to develop best practices to advance intellectual property protection.

Since 1994 Mayor Mei and her family have proudly called Fremont home, choosing our city for its family-friendly environment. She began her local service participating on numerous school-related committees, including the Fremont Unified Pupil Overload Task Force, Ad Hoc Budget Developers Fee Task Force, Fremont Council PTA School Board Liaison, a PTA Unit President, a PTA Vice President of Membership and a School Site Council member.

Mayor Mei is proud to be a contributor to the growing success of Fremont’s public education where she was elected twice as a School Board Trustee to the Fremont Unified School District serving from January 2008 to December 2014.

In addition to education, Mayor Mei embraces diverse recreational and cultural programs serving as a volunteer and leader supporting local scouting and sports programs. She is a board member/advisor of Citizens for Better Community, Music for Minors II and South Bay Chinese Service Club. Mayor Mei also has been a dedicated supporter involved with community focused groups encouraging civic engagement such as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group – Minority Women Leadership Day/Education Summit and American Association of University Women.  

At the state level, Mayor Mei was the President of the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Members Association (APISBMA) for California. During her tenure, Mayor Mei worked to ensure APISBMA’s active participation on California School Board Association’s Council of Presidents to strengthen their partnership with ethnic school board member associations statewide. Regionally in the Bay area, Mayor Mei was elected by surrounding local school districts to two terms as a Delegate Assembly member for Region 7 which represents Alameda and Contra Costa counties.


Gregory Theyel, Director, Biomedical Manufacturing Network

Dr. Gregory Theyel is an industrial engineer, Director of the Biomedical Manufacturing Network, and Professor of Management at California State University. Dr. Theyel is the founder of the Biomedical Manufacturing Network, a partnership of more than 500 biomedical companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Network maintains databases and maps of biomedical companies and technology and assists companies with manufacturing assistance and technology transfer. For over 20 years, Dr. Theyel has worked with biomedical companies, assisting with manufacturing, technology, and business planning. Dr. Theyel recently published the book Industry Emergence: Strategic Management and Synchronization for New Industries (Routledge Press, 2017), which introduces a framework to explain the features, interaction, and synchronization of key elements for the birth and growth of new industries. Dr. Theyel has published more than 25 peer-reviewed academic articles, and has taught industrial engineering and management courses in Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Brazil, Russia, and the United States.

Joel Falcone - Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Excelitas Technologies.

As COO, Mr. Falcone is responsible for overseeing all facets of Global Operations including Production, Supply Chain, and Operational Excellence throughout the over 20 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, Mr. Falcone provides leadership for the Customer Service and Order Management organizations worldwide.

Prior to Mr. Falcone’s role as COO, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Excelitas’ Lighting business.

Mr. Falcone’s diverse leadership experience also includes executive positions at PerkinElmer as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Optoelectronics Business Group along with Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the PerkinElmer Medical Imaging business. Mr. Falcone has also held numerous leadership positions with Philips, Hitachi, and RF Micro Devices.

Mr. Falcone earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Arizona and holds an M.B.A. from San Jose State University. He is also a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Certified Management Accountant.

Malcolm J. Thompson, Ph.D., Executive Director

With over 35 years of experience in the display, semiconductor telecom and flexible electronics industries, Dr. Thompson is responsible for executing the NextFlex mission to advance the manufacturing ecosystem for flexible hybrid electronics. Prior to leading NextFlex, he was CEO for the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium and CTO for FlexTech Alliance. From 2006 to 2011, he was Chairman and CEO of RPO, Inc., a developer of touch screen technology and for the decade prior, he served as Chairman of the U.S. Display Consortium. Earlier in his career, Dr. Thompson served as President and CEO of Vitex Systems, Novalux, and dpiX, and as Chief Technologist at Xerox PARC. Dr. Thompson’s career has included numerous awards and accolades including having been appointed a Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2000 and in New York in 2001. Frequently sought out for his expertise and insights, he has held numerous formal advisory roles including to the National Academy of Sciences for flexible electronics, and to the Pentagon and White House Economic Advisory Council on domestic manufacturing and the flat panel industry. He has also served as a board member for Photon Dynamics, Cambridge Display Technology, and Hunt Corporation. Dr. Thompson received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Brighton.


KevinKevin Gregerson – Technical Lasers Application Consultant, Electro Imaging Systems Inc.

Kevin Gregerson is currently the SME Silicon Valley Chair-elect and a Technical Lasers Application Consultant for Electro Imaging Systems Inc. in Livermore, CA.   Kevin has spent the last 5 years covering industrial products in the laser cutting, engraving, and marking business.  Before joining Electro Imaging Systems Inc., Kevin worked for 10 years in product merchandise marketing for Microsoft. He covered a wide range of consumer and business products and represented over a dozen different Microsoft retail business units. 

His past volunteer experience includes being SME SV Chair.  He enjoys assisting schools and programs with obtaining grants and setting up events. When he's not glued to a computer screen, assisting with car repairs and having fun, then he's working on one design or another, as part of over a dozen engineering communities.

Cynthia Cook - Conference Co-Chair, SME Silicon Valley Chapter

Cynthia Cook is the Past Chair of the SME Silicon Valley Chapter, a 501(c) non-profit. Ms. Cook is focused on acquiring and providing knowledge and connections for leading edge product development, manufacturing, student outreach and workforce development in the community.  Ms. Cook has over 17 years in manufacturing including lean, quality and new product introduction with Acuity Lighting, and Carrier Corporation.

Ms. Cook earned her Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA and MS degree in Management Science from the University of Dayton's School of Engineering, Dayton, OH. Ms. Cook has served as Silicon Valley SME Chair-Elect. Ms. Cook is a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, served in several leadership positions within the Dayton, OH chapter.

Lisa GLisa Gregerson – Conference Co-Chair, SME Silicon Valley Chapter

Lisa Gregerson, SME SV Event Director, is a former Director of support services for Neato Robotics a leader in IoT household robotics. Prior to her joining Neato she worked with IoT products such as Mp3 players, flash drives, software, DVRs, and other connected devices. At fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, SanDisk, TiVo as well as project management with internet providers such as Comcast and internet based companies looking for her particular expertise, covering the ever vital customer experience behind technical support of connected devices.