Ms. Gloria Rose Ott, Chairman of the BoardMs. Ott joined the Company as Chairman of the Board in November 1998.Ms. Ott was founder and Chairman of RapidTech, Incorporated from 1995 through 1999.RapidTech
, a privately held California based Corporation managed a Defense Advanced Research project that employed agile manufacturing standards to the mass-production of hybrid vehicles, teaming with Detroit Center Tools
and the Taylor Dunn Company
. In 1994 Ms. Ott received a Presidential Appointment and served on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) until 1999.OPIC
sells investment services to assist U.S. companies in some 140 emerging economies around the world with an active portfolio of $18.3 billion.In addition, from 1992-1998, Ms. Ott served as the President of the Miraido Corporation, building a $24 million mixed-used real estate project on a city block in San Jose, California.
From 1987 to 1997 Ms. Ott's consulting firm, GO Strategies worked with clients in international trade, high tech and business development. Ms. Ott has founded and served on numerous Boards including the Private Industry Council, the Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group and the United Way.Ms. Ott was an educator at De Anza College from 1978 through 1987.
In 1993 she
acted as the CFO for the historic Japan Sumo Basho held in San Jose.