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Eric J. van Gemeren

Eric J. van Gemeren

Chairman of the BoardFIRST in Texas Foundation

Eric has been developing and leading high-performance teams in high-tech organizations for more than 30 years.   With a diverse background ranging from military service, to management consulting, to running a … Continue reading Eric J. van Gemeren

Amy Bates

Amy Bates

Director of Special ProjectsPlano Independent School District

Piyush Bhargava

Piyush Bhargava

Vice-President, Global OperationsDell Technologies

Piyush Bhargava is a a vice-president, global operations at Dell Technologies. He leads a global organization responsible for procurement and partner management of Dell’s human capital, customer facing services, human-resource … Continue reading Piyush Bhargava

Stefanie Breyer

Stefanie Breyer

Vice President of Product PlanningNI

As vice president of product planning, Stefanie Breyer oversees the development of products and offerings tailored to the unique needs of NI customers. She leads the strategic direction of R&D … Continue reading Stefanie Breyer

Jeff Fleece

Jeff Fleece

Chief Technology Officer, Digital TechnologyBaker Hughes Company

Jeff Fleece currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer, Digital Technology, at Baker Hughes Company. He is responsible for the enterprises architecture, infrastructure, IT operations, and cloud organization and previously … Continue reading Jeff Fleece

Hiren Majmudar

Hiren Majmudar

Vice President of Compute Business UnitGLOBALFOUNDRIES

Hiren Majmudar is a Vice President, Compute Business Unit at GLOBALFOUNDRIES.   Hiren leads Corporate Development (M&A, Equity, Partnerships) and also drives Business Development activities (Partnerships, Strategic account growth etc.). Prior to … Continue reading Hiren Majmudar

Len Rucinski

Len Rucinski

Executive Director of Crude Supply and TradingValero Energy Corp

Len Rucinski is a longtime advocate of community based education of our youth.  He spent 10 years supporting Junior Achievement bringing economic understanding to children starting as early as Kindergarten … Continue reading Len Rucinski

Steve Schaffer

Steve Schaffer

Advisor, Investor, Entrepreneur, STEM advocate

Steve is an advocate for STEM education and project based learning. He has been involved with FIRST since 2013. Steve Schaffer has more than 30 years of experience growing both … Continue reading Steve Schaffer

Cindy Stong

Cindy Stong

Chief Judge Advisor, FIRST Robotics CompetitionFIRST

Cynthia Stong graduated from Seattle University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1989 and worked for The Boeing Company 1980 to retirement in 2009.  She completed a MBA from … Continue reading Cindy Stong

Rich Wells

Rich Wells

Vice President of Operations, U.S. Gulf Coast Site Director, Texas Operations President & CEOUnion Carbide Corporation - The Dow Chemical Company

Over the course of his 36-year career with The Dow Chemical Company, Rich Wells has held leadership roles in a wide range of areas, including Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (M&E), … Continue reading Rich Wells

Jason Arms

Jason Arms

Executive Director

Jason Arms is currently serving as the Executive Director of FIRST in Texas. He served as the Director of Operations and supervised FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST … Continue reading Jason Arms