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Manufacturing Engineer

Nederland, Colorado, 80466, United States
May 29, 2010

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Richard D. Barton

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Chief Executive Officer - High Tech Companies

Capturing New Market Opportunities ( Driving Revenue Growth (

Accelerating Return on Equity for Investors

Distinguished 25+ year career reflects achievements in starting, building,

growing, and improving the profitability, performance, and value of

companies. Maintain big picture view, common sense approach, and highest

degree of integrity. Qualifications summary:

P&L Management ( International Operations Management ( General

Management ( Leadership

Startup ( Change Management ( Venture Capital Funding ( Strategic


Product Development ( International Deal Negotiations ( Board Relations

( Risk Management

Process Development ( Cost Analysis, Reduction & Control ( Team

Building, Coaching & Development

Professional Experience

Micron, Longmont, CO

$4.8B leading provider of advanced semiconductor solutions with over 10,000


General Manager (2009-2010): Full general management authority for

operations during transitional period after Micron acquired Displaytech in

2009 - key focus on merging the 2 companies without losing momentum or

staff, continuing product development pace of Displaytech, and setting

course for the new business.

( Business Transition. Skillfully managed Displaytech operations and

external partnerships through transition to Micron without any loss in

momentum or personnel.

( Business Plan Development. Developed and executed new business plan

with objective to build a $500M business by 2012 with significantly

larger addressable market than previously available to Displaytech. Grew

operation to meet new strategy by adding several new technical members.

( Product Development. Expanded Micron's capabilities from display

component design/manufacturing to development of projector/projector

engines. Demonstrated new projector products 8 months after acquisition.

Displaytech, Longmont, CO 1998-2009

Pioneer in the development and commercialization of liquid crystal on

silicon microdisplays.

Chief Executive Officer (2002-2009): Appointed as CEO to establish proper

culture, drive organizational change, and steer a new vision and direction

for 50-employee company with emphasis on growing and maturing its base

technology, and utilizing technology to develop commercial products and

value. Recruited, developed, and retained talented people. Participated as

member of Board; reported regularly to Board of Directors. Full P&L

responsibility. Supervised 10-person team (management, finance, HR,


( Restructuring & Innovation. Restructured company to focus on

Electronic Viewfinder business to match technology abilities to real

market need and drive growth. Championed a hard working, "blue collar"

atmosphere, and fostered an open culture creating an environment for

continued innovation and welcomed everyone's opinions and ideas.

( Japan Subsidiary & Revenue Growth. Established/operated subsidiary in

Japan that supported overall company growth from $0 to $42M in revenues.

Frequently traveled to Asia and built multiple relationships in Japan to

have products accepted by major consumer manufacturers (Sony, Olympus,

Minolta, JVC, Hitachi, Kodak). Shipped over 21M displays, captured 20%

of worldwide market, and established high quality with little and/or no


( Initial Public Offering. Took company through IPO process. Completed

all documents and road trip prior to public sale, with current investors

of company deciding to fund privately in 2005.

( VC Funding. Raised in excess of $50M in venture capital funding,

which required running an organization that fulfilled on commitments

(e.g., meeting timelines in product development and business objectives

in plan).

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( New Market Opportunity. Determined that the company had matured in

the electronic viewfinder market and identified new opportunity in the

larger $1B pico projection market. Built key relationships in pico

projection market with current 3M projectors using Displaytech panels.

( Business Licensing. Licensed Electronic Viewfinder business to

Citizen Miyota to acquire funding for addressing this new pico projector

opportunity; royalty bearing license is still in place and will yield in

excess of $30M.

( Company Sale. Led effort to sell Displaytech as directed by the

Board. Evaluated offers from 3 companies and sold Displaytech to Micron


Chief Operations Officer (1998-2002): In charge of all aspects of startup

operations, including manufacturing process development, product

development, and supply chain functions. Key focus on steering company's

direction toward building manufacturing partnerships - allowing company's

limited resources to focus on its highest value items.

( Product Development & IP. Led development of microdisplay products

that drove corporate success, including the world's first microdisplay

products; generated significant intellectual property in the microdisplay


( Partnerships. Cultivated manufacturing partnerships in Asia,

including Citizen Miyota - a company that invested $30M to set up

Displaytech's process in Japan.

( Volume Growth. Ramped volumes from 0 to 1M displays at Displaytech in

1st year of production while transferring process to partner (Citizen


Planar, Beaverton, OR 1994-1998

$200M worldwide leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of

high performance commercial flat panel EL display components.

Director of Manufacturing: Directed manufacturing functions for 24 x 7

operation. Established new LCD assembly facility and installed state-of-the-

art LCD assembly process. Oversaw 200 employees.

( Efficiencies, Volume Growth & Cost Reduction. Delivered operational

efficiencies and drove production volume growth in excess of 100% while

reducing costs to meet new corporate objectives.

Lowrance ELECTRONICS, Tulsa, OK 1989-1994

$100M world leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of high quality

sport fishing SONAR and Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping


Vice President of Manufacturing: Delivered significant financial/efficiency

improvements and developed key processes for new technology. Scope of

responsibility included company's manufacturing output and its contract

manufacturing business. Oversaw up to 1000 employees (average of 200 people

during off season).

( Operational Restructuring. Achieved an in-line operation with major

cost reductions in manufacturing while growing capacity by restructuring

operations - eliminating greater than $1M dollars of manufacturing

overhead; initially changed operation in existing US-based plant followed

by relocation to new factory in Mexico.

( Process Development. Teamed with design engineering on developing

several new manufacturing processes that facilitated highly innovative

and low cost products in consumer electronics market.

( Facility Setup. Devised operating plan and set up Mexican

manufacturing facility operation.

( Contract Manufacturing. Developed and executed business plan for

contract manufacturing business; successfully secured several accounts to

fill factory during off season period.

Early Career - Vice President, Engineering / Operations - PC Technologies;

Principle Engineer - Irwin/Olivetti; Senior Design Engineer - SYCOR. Gained

extensive engineering and entrepreneurial development experience that

provided a strong foundation for accountabilities and successes in later



( B.S., Electrical Engineering - Lawrence University, Southfield, MI

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