PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT THOROUGHBRED

 

JEFF'S PROFILE 

Building things has always been my passion.  So it is probably no surprise that I ended up as a mechanical engineer and inventor.

My entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic come from my parents who owned several small businesses including two defense electronics firms in Silicon Valley and a chain of fabric & sewing machine stores – which explains why I was the only guy I knew in high school who made his own clothes.

As a kid, I worked in all of the family ventures and during college I started my own handyman and moving businesses.  I was also active in athletics – especially tennis – which taught me discipline and sportsmanship.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my life has been the opportunity to interact with people from different cultures and nationalities both here and abroad -- East coast, West coast, the deep South and internationally.  

Education

  • Montessori – Falls Church, VA
  • Woodside High School – Woodside, CA
  • Santa Clara University – Santa Clara, CA
  • San Diego State University – San Diego, CA – B.S.M.E.


Career Highlights

  • 1990 – Founded Markel Enterprises to develop my own product ideas as well as products for small to medium-sized businesses.
  • 1995 – Began offshore manufacturing in Taiwan and China.
  • 1996 – Hired as GM for Maas Enterprises, a San Diego consumer products company.
  • 2001 – Hired as CEO of Star Horse Products, a start-up equine venture.
  • 2003 to 2011 – As a consultant, developed numerous consumer products for companies throughout the U.S. as well as tablet PCs for eQube and Gametech – the two largest electronic bingo equipment suppliers in the world.
  • 2012 – Hired by Synaptics, a VC-funded firm in San Jose, CA, as the sole mechanical engineer for their touch sensor products.
  • 2014 – Hired by Smart Wires, a VC-funded firm in San Francisco, CA, to facilitate meeting a hard launch date for its first powerline product.


International Experience
Asia.  Numerous offshore product development projects.  Formed long-standing relationships with Asian families including assisting with U.S. business school applications and hosting during their U.S. visits.
Mexico.  Ran a maquiladora in Tijuana, Mexico, in 1989.
Canada.  Managed a multi-million dollar product development project for a Canadian gaming software company.

Singapore.  Worked on 3D printer design for a company in Singapore.
South Korea.  Mechanical lead on Samsung touch sensor projects for Validity/Synaptics.


Interests & Hobbies

  • Golf, Biking, Jogging
  • Private Pilot’s License and Scuba Certification
  • Completed (4) Major Home Renovation Projects
  • Active in Coachella Valley Economic Partnership
  • Passionate about Renewable Energy
  • Prolific Inventor –including the 1st Designer Bath Squeegee