John Hoffman, CEO, Pivotal Systems

John Hoffman has over 25 years of global high technology management experience building growth organizations in both the semiconductor and information technology markets.

Prior to joining Pivotal Systems, John was a Senior VP with Spencer Trask Ventures, a New York based venture capital firm. While at Spencer Trask, John was primarily involved in the solar and integrated circuit efforts of the firm. Prior to Spencer Trask, John was the Chief Executive Officer of RagingWire Enterprise Solutions, an Inc 500 fastest growing private company. John reorganized the company and enabled record growth in revenue and profitability during his tenure. Prior to RagingWire, John worked in various general manager roles at Applied Materials for 18 years. He was the President of the billion dollar “Etch Product Business Group”, VP and GM of the Process Control and Diagnostic Business Group and the General Manager of the Customer Service Division which grew by over 300% during his tenure.

John has a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an Executive MBA ( AEA) from Stanford University. He currently serves on several Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards.

Joseph Monkowski, President and CTO, Pivotal Systems

Joseph Monkowski has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry focused on providing process equipment and metrology solutions for next generation device manufacturing.

Prior to joining Pivotal, Monkowski was the SVP of Business Development for Advanced Energy Industries, where he led the company's M&A strategy to expand its product portfolio and position the company as a market leader in the semiconductor subsystems space. Previously, he held senior executive positions at Pacific Scientific, Photon Dynamics and Lam Research, where he served as EVP and CTO. During his career, Monkowski led efforts to design and build a number of leading CVD and plasma etch systems, winning the R&D 100 award and multiple Semiconductor International Best Product awards. He has authored numerous patents and publications.

Joseph Monkowski has a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Materials Science, all from Penn State University. He also served as a Professor of Electrical Engineering for six years at Penn State University.

Kevin Landis, Chief Investment Officer, Firsthand Capital Management (FCM)

Kevin Landis is chief investment officer of Firsthand Capital Management (FCM), an investment management firm he founded in 1994.

FCM is the investment adviser to Firsthand Technology Value Fund (NASDAQ: SVVC), a publicly-traded venture capital fund. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Mr. Landis has over two decades of experience in engineering, market research, product management, and investing in the technology sector.

Mr. Landis holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Ryan A. Benton , CEO, Exar

Ryan A. Benton has been the chief executive officer of Exar since June 2016. Mr. Benton was the chief financial officier of Exar from 2012.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Benton was chief financial officer of SynapSense Corporation, a private venture-backed company. Prior to SynapSense, from February 2007 to May 2012, Mr. Benton was chief financial officer of SoloPower Inc, a manufacturer of thin-film solar cells and flexible solar modules. From November 2004 to February 2007, Mr. Benton served as a financial consultant for the United States subsidiary of ASM International NV in Phoenix, Arizona, a semiconductor capital equipment company. He also served as chief financial officer for PB Unlimited, an advertising specialty manufacturer from April 2002 through November 2004. Mr. Benton served as corporate controller for eFunds, which was a public company that provides information technology solutions for the financial service industry, where he was employed from September 2000 to March 2002.

Mr. Benton received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas.

David Michael, Managing Director, Anzu Partners

David Michael is Managing Director at Anzu Partners, an investment partnership which invests in innovative industrial technology companies. In addition to his role at Pivotal Systems, he is also Board member of Nuburu (industrial lasers), Axsun (MEMS-based sensors for medical and industrial uses), and Terapore (nanofiltration membranes for ultrapure water and other applications.

Mr. Michael was formerly Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where his career spanned numerous leadership roles across the firm. He formerly led BCG's Greater China business and their Asia Technology Practice. He served a range of clients in semiconductors, components, hardware, software, and services. He was based for 7 years in Silicon Valley and for 16 years in Greater China. He remains a Senior Advisor to the firm.

Mr. Michael is also a board member of Taiwan Cement Corporation, a publicly traded industrial conglomerate whose businesses include specialty chemicals, lithium ion batteries, and power generation.

Mr. Michael holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford.