Director, Manufacturing Technical Services
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
H. Edmund Bergeron
H.E. Bergeron Civil Engineers
North Conway, NH
Mr. Bergeron’s employment as a civil engineer began at the New York State Department of Transportation in Watertown, NY, where he worked in the bridge and highway design department from 1970 –1972. Upon returning to New Hampshire, he was employed by Hamilton Engineering (now Dubois & King) in Nashua, NH, as a civil engineer. He was in charge of highway projects and scheduling of survey crews under contract to NHDOT for highway layout. In May of 1974, H.E. Bergeron Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors was founded in North Conway. The firm had one full-time employee and grossed just $25,000. Over the years, the company has grown and expanded services into the areas of civil, environmental, structural engineering and land surveying. The name was changed in 1987, to H.E. Bergeron Engineers. Staff now totals 20. Mr. Bergeron has continued his education throughout the years and has expanded his professional engineer licensure beyond New Hampshire to13 other states. He also is licensed as a land surveyor in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont Ed is the CEPS 2011 Distinguished Alum of the Year.
Deputy Vice President, Engineering
John Bugeau is the Deputy to the Vice President of Engineering, for the Electronic Systems Sector within BAE Systems. He joined the company in 1983 from Ingersoll-Rand where he performed application and analytical testing for industrial process equipment, both internally and in the field. John came to BAE Systems as a Mechanical Engineer and has held positions of increasing responsibility including; Senior Principal Mechanical Engineer, Director of Mechanical Engineering, Vice President of Engineering for the Sensor Systems Line of Business and Director of Engineering for the Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Solutions Business Area. In 1997, John was awarded the BAE Systems Jack L. Bowers Technical Achievement Award, the highest award for technical achievement at the time, for The Development of Aluminum Silicon Carbide for High Performance Electronic Packages.
Richard D. Dane, Jr., Chair
Senior Vice President of Global Operations (retired)
Sensata Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Richard Dane, Jr. served as Senior Vice President for Global Operations of Sensata Technologies B.V and its subsidiary Sensata Technologies, Inc. since January 2007. Mr. Dane served as Senior Vice President for Global Operations for Sensata Technologies Holding NV since January 2007. He served as Best-Cost Producer (BCP) Strategy Manager for the Sensors and Controls business of Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) since April 2001 and as a Vice President of TI since 2002. Mr. Dane has been with TI since 1977, and has been employed in various management positions including S&C General Manager and TI Managing Director in Canada, RFID Systems General manager in Germany and S&C Best Cost Producer Strategy Manager. Mr. Dane graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1977 with a BSME and from Xavier University with an MBA in 1985.
Troy S. Dayon
Senior Vice President (retired)
Zurich Insurance Group
Kathleen Dwyer retired from Zurich Insurance Group in March of 2016 after 24 years with the Company. Kathleen was a Global Relationship Leader, responsible for Zurich’s engagement with a client base comprised of Global Fortune 500 customers and the brokers who service these customers. Kathleen lead the group in developing its business development strategy with these customers, as well as lead the numerous underwriting, claims, and risk engineering teams on executing on these strategies. During her 24 years, she held various roles including Regional Executive of the Northeast Region and Director of the Environmental Operations for the Eastern Region.
Prior to joining Zurich, Kathleen spent seven years with American International Group in their Environmental Underwriting Unit in New York, Texas, and Georgia, establishing AIG's regional environmental underwriting operations in the latter two regions. Prior to that, Kathleen was a as employed by Geraghty and Miller, a groundwater consulting firm, as a researcher on the Shell Oil – U.S. Government lawsuit.
Kathleen has been a Keynote speaker at over 30 insurance, risk management, and public and privately sponsored seminars and conferences in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Kathleen holds a B.A. in Geology from the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of New Hampshire. Kathleen has continued to expand her expertise through courses at the Rutgers University, Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), and SAMA (Strategic Account Management Association).
Engineering Director (retired)
Paul retired from BAE Systems in April, 2011 where he was the Director of Semiconductor foundries for the Electronic Solutions sector. Prior to this assignment, he was on staff to the VP of Engineering and was the former Hardware Director for the Electronics Warfare business responsible for leadership of its 650 Electrical and Mechanical engineers as well as Configuration & Data Management personnel. Before this, he was the Electrical Engineering Director for a BAE Systems operating group covering over 20 major sites in the U.S. and U.K. including a Gallium Arsenide foundry and a Silicon foundry. In addition, Paul was responsible for the company's entry level Engineering Leadership Development Program (ELDP) for six years. Paul received his BS degree in Engineering Science from Penn State University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University. He is a graduate of GE's Advanced Course in Engineering.
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Superior Controls, Inc.
A graduate from University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984, Mr. LaRoche later received his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University in 1993.
Mr. LaRoche began his career as a project engineer and has extensive experience in designing, programming and implementing automated control systems for the biotech, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and specialty chemical industries. Over the years he advanced through positions of Project Manager, Proposals Manager, and Engineering Manager.
In 1993, Mr. LaRoche co-founded Superior Controls, Inc., an engineering services company focused on industrial automation for the Life Science industry. Always focused on excellence, Superior Controls has received a number of prestigious awards including Control Engineering Magazines ‘Systems Integrator of the Year’ and NH Business Magazines ‘Technology Business of the Year’. Additionally, the company was the 1st ever to attain 6-time Certification from the Controls Systems Integrator Association (CSIA), an organization focused on best practices.
Now with over 120 automation engineers and over 150 total employees, Superior Controls is headquartered in New Hampshire and has additional offices on the west coast and in upstate New York. Mr. LaRoche continues his leadership as COO.
In 2009, Mr. LaRoche bought, and is still co-owner of, The 401 Tavern located in Hampton, NH. A job he refers to as his “side gig”. He serves on the board of directors for numerous companies and is an investor in a number of medical device start-up companies. He is a long time member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and the International Society of Automation and a rabid Boston sports fan.
Diamond Casting and Machine Co., Inc.
Gerry Letendre is President and stockholder of Diamond Casting and Machine Co., Inc., located in Hollis New Hampshire. Diamond is a manufacturer of Aluminum Alloy, and Zinc Alloy precision components for a wide variety of applications. Upon receiving his BSME degree from UNH, Gerry joined Pratt & Whitney Aircraft company in East Hartford Connecticut as Analytical Engineer in the Advanced Propulsion Concepts Group. At the same time Gerry earned a Masters degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
John F. Olson
Executiv e Vice President
Whelen Engineering Company, Inc.
Charlestown, NH and Chester, CT
Robert C. Phillips
Managing Partner and CTO
3EDGE Asset Management
Robert Phillips is currently Managing Partner and Chief Technology Officer for 3EDGE Asset Management in Boston. Dr. Phillips is a recognized expert in online customer service technology and complex systems simulation and analysis. He was previously Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of TurnRight Advice Solutions, Inc. and Senior Vice President, Research at Windhaven Investment Management (formerly Windward Investment Management) and a member of Windhaven's Investment Committee. He has served as Senior Vice President at Fidelity Investments; Chief Technology Officer for Whatifi Financial; Vice President & Chief Architect with Oracle Corporation; and, Chief Technology Officer / Vice President Engineering for Concentra Corporation. Dr. Phillips received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He holds a Master of Engineering degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics / Physics from the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Phillips also served as a faculty member in the CEPS Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1985-1986.
Muriel S. Robinette
A nationally recognized groundwater forensics expert, Mrs. Muriel Robinette is currently Senior Principal and Senior Environmental Hydrogeologist at Terracon Consultants, Inc., which provides technical consulting, engineering, and expert testimonial services related to environmental compliance, remediation, and contaminated property redevelopment. She began her career working as an assistant professor of geological engineering at the University of Idaho, and then became interim director of the Idaho Mining and Minerals Resources Research Institute, leading their Strategic Minerals Initiative. Mrs. Robinette left academia and joined the public sector in 1982, serving in federal regulatory roles as a consultant to agencies that included the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Bureau of Mines, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She also served the state of New Hampshire as director of the Water Supply and Pollution Control Commission’s Hydrological Investigation Unit and is currently a member of the New Hampshire State Board of Professional Licensure. In 1986, Mrs. Robinette transitioned to the private sector and worked in key leadership roles at a number of consultancies, including GEI Consultants, Inc., Haley & Aldrich, Inc. and New England EnviroStrategies, Inc., a firm that she founded and sold to Terracon Consultants, Inc. in 2013. She currently is Senior Consultant with GZA in Bedford, NH. Muriel has consistently challenged the status quo, becoming the first female board member for two $50 million companies. In 2014, Mrs. Robinette received the CEPS Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Dinesh S. Thakur
Medassure Global Compliance Corporation
Dinesh Thakur is currently the Executive Chairman of Medassure Global Compliance Corporation, a Tampa, FL based company that provides services for supply chain risk management to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. He co-founded and served as the CEO of Sciformix Corporation, a Westborough, MA based company that provides scientific data management services to the pharmaceutical industry between 2007 and 2012. Earlier in his career, he spent ten years at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company in various roles, and also worked in senior management positions Ranbaxy Laboratories and Infosys Technologies. In May 2013, his collaboration with the US Government in prosecuting fraud at Ranbaxy Laboratories resulting in the largest drug-safety settlement with a generic drug manufacturer was made public affecting millions of patients in the United States. Mr. Thakur is a public health activist. He received his Master's in Chemical Engineering from UNH in 1992.
Robert M. Tillotson
Oak Point Associates
University of Maine Innovation Center, Orono, ME – Principal-in-charge and architect for the design of an innovation center to provide an environment that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship leading toward the establishment of a new knowledge-based business venture. In order for the University to obtain LEED Certification of the building, the use of sustainable materials, building systems, and construction practices were maximized. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH – Principal-in-charge for the evaluation and concept study of a 62,000 sf dormitory (Congreve Hall) and numerous alterations, renovations, additions and repairs to the University facilities over a five year period averaging $2 million in construction per year. Norris Cotton Federal Building, Manchester, NH – Principal-in-charge for the alteration and modernization of a seven story, 17,000 sf building. Shared responsibility for the design of the exterior facade and lobby. Renovations included a complete redesign of the interior, addition of a stair tower, new HVAC systems, upgraded electrical/fire alarm/security/EMS systems, and upgraded seismic requirements.
Peter L. Vosotas
President & CEO (retired)
Nicholas Financial, Inc
Peter Vosotas graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1966. He worked as an engineer for Ford in Detroit and Polaroid in Cambridge, MA, as well as in Network Systems Sales for GTE in Boston and Paradyne Corp., in Florida.Peter founded Nicholas Financial, a Specialty Consumer Finance Company in 1985. Nicholas Financial is publically traded and listed on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol "NICK".