Joseph Lazzara was President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Technologies, Inc, (“STI”) a publicly traded manufacturer of machine safeguarding and factory automation products, a position he held from 1993 to 2006. During his tenure as President and CEO, STI was selected for three years by Business Week in its list of the 100 Best Small Corporations in the US; for two years by Forbes Magazine as one of the Best Small Companies in America and six consecutive years as one of NASDAQ’s most profitable companies as determined by Equities Magazine. In addition, during this time STI also achieved 57 consecutive quarters of profitable performance.
Mr. Lazzara has over 30 years of public company board experience. He was previously on the Board of Directors of GigPeak, Inc. (formerly GigOptics), a leading supplier semiconductor and optical components that enable high-speed information streaming and address emerging high-growth opportunities in the communications, industrial, defense and avionics industries. He was also a member of the Board of Endwave Corporation as well as Scientific Technologies, Inc. Mr. Lazzara was also on the Board of Aurora Technology PTE, based in Singapore and a joint venture of STI with a local Singapore manufacturer.
He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Electronics Association (AeA) and was past Chairman of the AeA’s Competitive Excellence Committee.
Mr. Lazzara is currently Vice Chairman of and Director of Automation Products Group, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of automation sensors and level control products.
Mr. Lazzara is also currently the co-founder and proprietor of Jazz Cellars, a producer of handcrafted, small-lot, ultra-premium California wines. Jazz Cellars has won over 110 awards and medals for their wines, including Double Gold, Gold and Best in Class accolades.
Mr. Lazzara received a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University, an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University and learned the wine industry from the school of hard knocks.