September 14, 2017

Our Judges

Chris Meissner

Founder, President & CEO, Meissner Filtration Products

Meissner develops, manufactures, supplies and services advanced microfiltration products and single-use systems worldwide. Meissner stands as a leader in microfiltration by providing high performance products and technical support services for critical applications.

Michael Powers Esq.

CEO, Ventura County Government

Ventura County is located on California's Pacific coast about 65 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Established in 1873, it has a population of over 823,000 people and covers 1,845 square miles.

Mohan Maheswaran

President & CEO, Semtech Corporation

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high-quality analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products. We are dedicated to providing proprietary platforms, differentiated by innovation, size, efficiency, performance and reach. Our solutions are used in some of the most innovative systems and products in the fastest growing markets today.

Darren Lee Esq.

President & CEO, Dignity Health St. Johns Hospitals

Dignity Health St. John’s Regional Medical Center, together with its sister hospital St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, comprise the largest acute health care organization in Ventura County. This private, not-for-profit health care system was founded more than 100 years ago, and treats more than 187,000 patients annually.

Alex Teague

COO, Limoneira

The Limoneira Company was founded in Ventura County, California in 1893. With nearly 11,000 acres of agricultural production, Limoneira is one of the largest providers of lemons and avocados in the United States. In addition to agricultural investments, Limoneira has a long history of community building, and new live-walk-work neighborhoods are close to shovel ready. Commercial and residential income producing and for-sale properties round out our portfolio.

Garland Reiter

Co-Owner, Reiter Affiliated Companies

With a family legacy of farming, Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC) is proud to be the largest fresh, multi-berry producer in the world and the leading supplier of fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries in all of North America. The Reiter family began farming in the San Francisco Bay Peninsula and by the turn of the century had migrated south into Watsonville and the Santa Clara Valley where Joseph “Ed” Reiter and R.O “Dick” Driscoll began growing their own Sweetbriar strawberries variety. After World War II, they farmed under their respective companies of Reiter and Driscoll’s and began marketing strawberries under the Driscoll Strawberry Associates label with other family and associated suppliers.

Alain Pincot

Managing Partner, Bonipak

Bonipak grows, harvests, cools, processes and ships millions of cartons of fresh vegetables to retailers, wholesalers and food service customers all over the world. What sets us apart is our seed to sales approach. We control the entire process, ensuring consistent high quality produce year round. We are proud of the relationships we have fostered with our customers over the past 75 years.

Hugh Garnier

SVP, Zebra Technologies

A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra offers technologies that give a virtual voice to an organization's assets, people and transactions, enabling organizations to unlock greater business value. The company's extensive portfolio of marking and printing technologies, including RFID and real-time location solutions, illuminates mission-critical information to help customers take smarter business actions.

Kim Milstein

President & CEO, Ventura County Medical Center

Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) is a fully-integrated, comprehensive system of hospital, clinic and specialty services. The system provides access to high quality, compassionate health care to residents throughout Ventura County. While VCMC provides access to health care to all residents of our county, special emphasis is placed on providing access to care for the underserved and those facing barriers to access. Referred to as the “safety net” population, these individuals comprise over three quarters of the care provided by VCMC.

Ross Dueber, Ph.D.

President & CEO, ZPower

For 20 years, ZPower has been an industry leader in rechargeable battery technology. Since 1996, our company has pioneered the commercialization and innovation of silver-zinc batteries for use in multiple applications, providing high energy, rechargeable microbatteries for hearing aids, medical devices, and wearable and portable electronics.

Dave Nichols

Founder, President & CEO, Applied Wireless

Applied Wireless has been designing and manufacturing wireless products for unlicensed use for the past decade. Since 1999, we have worked to develop highly effective long range wireless devices that are easy to use and incorporate.

Daniel Schoenewald

Co-Founder, EVP, Advanced Motion Control

For almost 30 years Advanced Motion Controls has proudly supplied high performance servo drives designed and built in the USA. Over 1.5 million servo drives accounting for over 2.5 million axes of motion control have been delivered to date. Our company was founded in 1987 and incorporated in 1988 with the idea of designing and manufacturing lower cost / high power density servo drives. The company's focus remains to create and deliver the best motion control drives for any motor, any controller, any feedback, any industry and any application.