Board of Directors

Peter Norton, Chairman

Retired computer software entrepreneur Peter Norton is active in civic and philanthropic affairs and is a collector of contemporary art. He serves on the boards of several scholastic and cultural institutions and currently devotes his time to philanthropy through a private family foundation. Raised in Seattle, Washington, Mr. Norton made his mark in the computer industry as a programmer, businessman and author. He is best known for the computer programs and books that bear his name. Peter sold his PC-software business to Symantec Corporation in 1990 to devote time to his family, civic affairs, philanthropy and art collecting. He serves on the board of directors of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Reed College, the California Institute of Technology, and California Institute of Art, among other institutions.

Gwen Adams

With two decades of banking experience, Gwen Adams Norton has served in numerous leadership, management and strategic planning positions. She is an established financial services executive with a solid track record in community development and board experience. Gwen is known as a relationship builder who can motivate stakeholders while achieving consensus across business, government and community boundaries. Formerly, Gwen was a Senior Vice President & Business Banking Executive for Wachovia Bank. She also held the position of Commissioner, Department of Finance for the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands with oversight of a $484 million budget and responsibility for a multi-million dollar technology improvement program She holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and is a graduate of the Executive Program at Louisiana State University Graduate school. In 2011, Gwen was a Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Institute at Harvard University.

Ann Brodow

With 30 years of telecommunications and finance experience, Ann Brodow, a former Senior Vice President of Finance with Verizon, has a proven track record of accelerating operational performance and delivering profitable growth. Through her diverse finance experiences, she has built strengths in areas such as business planning, decision support, executive and board updates, and financial controls. Ann is committed to maintaining the highest level of integrity and transparency. In her most recent position with Verizon, Ann was Senior Vice President of Finance, overseeing all financial reporting, planning and analysis for the Wireless businesses. Ann transformed finance organizations across Verizon by consolidating and streamlining major work streams, and established strong data governance and analytics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Galway, Ireland, and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from University of Bridgeport, CT.

Dennis J. Cagan, Director & Co-founder

Mr. Cagan is a noted high-technology industry director, executive, and entrepreneur.  He has founded or co-founded over a dozen different companies, and has been a CEO of both public and private companies, a consultant, venture capitalist, private investor, and professional board member – 53 fiduciary corporate boards.  In 1979 Dennis was the Keynote Speaker at the first COMDEX Show in Las Vegas.  In 2011 he was elected to the IT Hall of Fame – Channel Wing, administered by CompTIA. In 2013 the Dallas Business Journal and NACD selected him as one of 12 Outstanding Directors in North Texas. Mr. Cagan is primarily engaged in management consulting through his firm Caganco Incorporated, founded in 1983. Caganco specializes in two areas: working with private company ownership and leadership to develop and manage world-class governance through boards (both fiduciary and advisory) and providing his trademarked Shadow CEO™ services comprised of an intense side-by-side approach to helping C-level executives extend their skill set. During his career Mr. Cagan has been responsible for international sales and operations, having actively done business in 35 countries.  In 1976 he founded the David Jamison Carlyle Corp. (his 5th start-up), turning it into one of the country’s largest distributors of computer peripherals. After being included in Inc. Magazine’s first Inc. 100, he took DJC public (NASDAQ) in 1981. Since 1985, in addition to his consulting, Mr. Cagan has served as an interim C-level executive dozens of times – often for companies where he was already a member of the board of directors.

Dr. Thomas E. Everhart, Director

Dr. Everhart is one of the pioneers in the fabrication of electronic devices using electron beam lithography, and has received numerous honors, awards and other recognition for his work. He received the IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984, the ASEE Benjamin Garver Lamme Award in 1989, and the Centennial Medallion in 1993, was elected a foreign member of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1990, and received the IEEE Founders Medal and Okawa Prize, both in 2002. He also has been a member of various national and international societies including the Council of the National Academy of Engineering, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (where he was chairman) and the Council on Competitiveness (where he was vice chairman and continues to serve on the executive committee). He has also conducted continuing dialogues with federal agencies concerning their support of research and teaching on campus, and with NASA in support of JPL. In addition, he sat on the boards of several large corporations including General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, and Raytheon Company. Building on his early work in the field of scanning electron microscopy, Dr. Everhart’s research provided much of the basis for forming microstructures using scanning electron beams to form desired patterns on substrates. Everhart-Thornley detectors are still used in scanning electron microscopes even though the first one was used in 1956. In 1978, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering for contributions in this area, which also led to his election as a member of the Böhmische Physikalische Gesellschaft. Dr. Everhart also is a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dr. Everhard also served as Caltech’s president and as a professor of electrical engineering and applied physics for 10 years until 1997, overseeing construction of the Beckman Institute, Keck Observatory in Hawaii, Braun Athletic facility, Moore Laboratory of Engineering, Avery House, and the Fairchild Library. He also led the successful completion of the $350 million Campaign for Caltech, and in November 1998 He came to Caltech from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was Chancellor and professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1984 to 1987. Prior to that, he was dean of the College of Engineering and professor of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University. Before joining Cornell, he spent 20 years on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, after earning his PhD in 1958.

Michael D. Hartogs

Michael Hartogs is the former senior vice president and lead counsel for Qualcomm’s Technology Licensing (QTL) division. He has devoted his entire legal career to handling intellectual property and antitrust/competition matters for technology companies that compete in dynamic industries. Mr. Hartogs spent 12 of his 20-plus years practicing law as the lead lawyer for Qualcomm’s patent licensing business and headed the legal team involved in all of Qualcomm’s 3G and 4G licensing activities, which now is one of the most successful patent licensing businesses in the world. He was also a key advisor for many of Qualcomm’s non-licensing strategic transactions and acquisitions. Since 1999, Mr. Hartogs served as a Qualcomm company spokesman involved in advocacy matters relating to technology licensing before government agencies in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Mr. Hartogs retired from Qualcomm in 2012 to pursue private investment opportunities. Prior to Qualcomm, he began his career as a patent attorney with the Silicon Valley firm Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor and Zafman serving clients such as Intel, Apple, Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics and many startup technology companies. He later moved to McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (now Bingham McCutchen) where he provided general intellectual property counseling services primarily to early stage technology companies. Thereafter, Mr. Hartogs was the lead intellectual property counsel for disk drive manufacturer Iomega Corp during its global battle against international piracy. He remains an active member of the State Bar of California and a patent attorney registered to practice before the United State Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Hartogs has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Arizona and a JD from The George Washington University Law School.

Tom L. Horgan, CEO

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in commercializing technologies and services, in multiple market segments. Previously, Tom was CEO of Maxwell Technologies, a long-time NASDAQ-listed San Diego company. Maxwell pioneered the ultracapacitor under his guidance, and launched several innovative technologies that arose from more than 30 years of R&D in the defense sector. Barron’s Magazine described Maxwell Technologies’ transformation from a defense technology company into a commercial supplier as one of the best in America under new management during that period. Previously, Tom was a vice president with Conner Peripherals, a multi-billion dollar disk drive manufacturer that was acquired by Seagate in 1996. He also has held senior management positions at Quantum and Digital Equipment Corporation, where he led the establishment of the company’s Information Security service and product initiative in Europe. Tom is actively involved in the San Diego investment community and serves as a director on several boards of privately held companies. He holds a B.E. in Engineering and M.I.E. in Industrial Engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland.

Bill Walker, Director

Bill Walker retired in 2004 as the senior vice president and general manager of Motorola’s Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS), the world leader in embedded semiconductor solutions. During his 36-year career with Motorola he also served as the SPS chief operating officer, with responsibility for driving strategic direction and profitability for a business averaging $6.5 billion in global annual sales, that operated 38 semiconductor factors worldwide with a capital value exceeding $8 billion. Bill successfully managed Motorola’s semiconductor business through some of the industry’s most turbulent times, and was responsible for more than 24,000 employees worldwide and key customer accounts including General Motors, Nokia and Apple. Bill has served on the Board of Directors of Guaranty Financial Group, and as a council member on the External Advisory and Development Council at Texas A&M University, and has also served on the SEMATECH Board of Directors, the Texas Skills Development Panel (appointed by the governor) and on the Management Board at the University of Texas’ MBA Concentration in Operations Management. His commitment to supporting the community has been reflected in his involvement with the Austin Independent School District’s Partners in Education and the South Austin Hospital Board of Directors. Bill has maintained active participation in the International Trade Partners’ Conference and is credited with the initiation of the worldwide effort to develop manufacturing capabilities for 300mm wafers. He attended the University of North Texas.