Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Richard serves as Chairman of the Board of Pure Wafer. In addition to serving on the board of Pure Wafer, Richard also serves as Co-Chairman of the Board, Co-Chief Executive and a Director of ExamWorks. He is also the Chairman of Compass Partners, L.L.C., a merchant banking and financial advisory firm he founded in 1995 that specializes in middle market companies and corporate restructuring.
Previously, Richard served as Chairman and Director of TurboChef Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVEN) which was acquired by Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD) in January 2009. He was the Chairman of PracticeWorks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PWKS) until its acquisition by The Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) in 2003. Richard served as Chairman and Treasurer of VitalWorks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCS) from January 1998 and as a Director from March 1997 until the completion of the spin-off of PracticeWorks, Inc. from VitalWorks in March of 2001.
Prior to that Richard was involved in the acquisition and operation of several private companies in the home furnishings, automobile replacement parts and real estate industries where he was a principal and Chief Executive Officer. Richard is a Director of Alloy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALOY), a media and marketing services company as well as several other privately held companies. He serves as a Trustee of the James Beard Foundation and as a Director on the non-profit board of Fighting Chance.
Richard received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Co-Chairman of the Board
Prior to joining Pure Wafer in 2007, Richard served for 13 years as President of Silicon Quest International, Inc. In Richard's 20 year career he has directed the construction of four complete semiconductor substrate production facilities, developed numerous process advancements, and helped define the secondary materials market in the United States. Currently Richard serves on the advisory panel of a leading technology OEM and a specialty crystal manufacturer.
Richard attended the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Michigan.
Stefan is a lead investor at Pure Wafer. In addition to supporting Pure, Stefan is co-founder and CEO of Genia Technologies, Inc., a startup developing a point-of-care DNA sequencing device. Stefan is also a partner at MEGU Capital, a European early-stage angel/VC fund. Stefan was twice named “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum, whose members represent the world‘s leading companies across the globe, Stefan co-founded Brokat Technologies in 1994 and served as CEO, growing it into a leading provider of internet banking software and wireless application infrastructure with 1,400 employees in 17 countries, taking it public in 1998 in Germany, and in 2001 on the NASDAQ. Named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Germany in 1998 by Ernst & Young, Stefan was also ranked by Time as number 11 on its Digital 25 A-List of “25 people who will change the way you work, phone and play” in 2000.
James (Jim) K. Price
In addition to serving on the board of Pure Wafer, Jim also serves as Co-Chairman, Co-Chief Executive and a Director of ExamWorks. Previously, he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of TurboChef Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVEN) which was acquired by Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD) in January 2009. Jim was President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of PracticeWorks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PWKS) from its inception until its acquisition by The Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) in 2003. He is the founder of InfoCure Inc. and served as its Executive Vice President and Secretary from July 1997 until the completion of the spin-off of PracticeWorks in March of 2001. He also served as an executive officer of American Medcare. Jim co-founded and was as an executive officer of International Computer Solutions. Both companies were acquired by InfoCure. Jim sits on the Board of Directors of several other privately held companies and non-profit organizations.
Jim received a B.A. in marketing from the University of Georgia.
Mr. Beizer joined the Board of Pure Wafer in 2012. He is the founding partner of Foghorn Capital, a financial advisory firm, and was President and CFO of IPWireless, a venture backed wireless broadband company. He was CEO and CFO of iAsiaWorks, a publicly traded data center company. He was CFO of Phoenix Network, a publicly traded telecom services company. Mr. Beizer worked at TPG sourcing new investments and working with portfolio companies.
Mr. Beizer graduated from Harvard College Magna Cum Laude. He also holds a M.B.A. from Stanford University.