Jong S. Whang - Executive Chairman
Jong S. Whang has been President, Chief Executive Officer and Chaiman
of the Company since its inception in 1981, and was one of its
founders. Mr. Whang's responsibilities include the sales effort for our
solar and semiconductor equipment business and the development of new
products and business opportunities in that industry. He has 33 years
of experience in the semiconductor industry, including time spent in
both processing and manufacturing of equipment components and systems.
From 1973 until 1979, he was employed by Siltronics, Inc., initially as
a technician working with chemical vapor deposition, and later as
manager of the quartz fabrication plant with responsibility of
providing technical marketing support. From 1979 until 1981, he was
employed by U.S. Quartz, Inc. as manufacturing manager. In 1981, he
left U.S. Quartz to form the Company.
Fokko Pentinga - President and
Fokko Pentinga has over 30 years'
experience in the solar and semiconductor industries and with 17 years
at Amtech has a deep knowledge and understanding of the Company. He has
been a driving force of the Company's solar strategy and its sales and
operational success. Mr. Pentinga was instrumental in securing Amtech's
successful R&D partnership with Yingli Green Energy Holding Co.,
LTD and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). He has
been President of Amtech since March 2010, leading the Company to
record breaking financial and operational results. Prior to being
President of Amtech, Mr. Pentinga was Managing Director of Amtech
Europe and General Manager of Tempress Systems, Inc, Amtech's solar
Robert T. Hass - Vice
President - Finance and CFO
Robert T. Hass assumed the position of Chief Financial Officer since
April 1, 2016. Since becoming the CFO, Mr. Hass was Chief Accounting
Officer and Assistant Secretary from 2006 to 2013. Prior to that, he
served as our Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer,
Treasurer and Secretary from 1992 to 2006, and as Director from
February 1996 to March 2006. From 1991 until May, 1992, he operated a
financial consulting practice. From 1985 to 1991, Mr. Hass was Director
of Accounting Services and then Controller for Lifeshares Group, Inc.,
and from 1988 to 1991 was Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of
some of Lifeshares’ subsidiaries. From 1984 to 1985, he was Vice
President - Finance and Treasurer of The Victorio Company. From 1977 to
1984, he served in various capacities including Vice President, Chief
Financial Officer and Treasurer of Altamil Corporation, then a public
diversified manufacturing company. From 1972 to 1977, he was an auditor
with Ernst & Ernst, now known as Ernst & Young. He has a
Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University. Mr.
Hass is a Certified Public Accountant.
Michael Whang- Chief Risk Officer - CIO
Michael Whang joined the Company in April
2004 as Director of Information Technology and Risk Management. In May
2016, Michael Whang was promoted to Chief Risk Officer and Chief
Information Officer. His responsibilities at Amtech included roles in
corporate strategy and operations, compliance, and M&A due
diligence and post-acquisition activity, culminating in operational
oversight of the USA Operations. He was promoted to Vice President of
Operations (Principal Operating Officer) on January 4, 2018. Prior to
joining Amtech, Michael Whang served in various information technology
management roles at several technology corporations.
Lisa Gibbs - Vice President - CAO
Lisa Gibbs joined Amtech in September
2016 as Corporate Controller and was promoted to Vice President and
Chief Accounting Officer (Principal Accounting Officer) on January 4,
2018. Prior to joining Amtech, Ms. Gibbs was a partner in a private
consulting firm where she assisted clients with a variety of accounting
and finance needs. From 2002 to 2014, Ms. Gibbs was the Vice President
of Internal Audit for Insight Enterprises, Inc, a Fortune 500
publicly-traded information technology company. Ms. Gibbs began her
career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP. She is a
Certified Public Accountant in the State of Arizona.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Garnreiter - Director
Michael Garnreiter has been a Director since February 2007. He is
currently a managing director of Fenix Financial Forensics, a
Phoenix-based financial consulting firm. From August 2006 until January
2010, he was a managing member of Rising Sun Restaurant Group LLC and
from December 2008 until December 2009, he was president of New Era
Restaurants, LLC, both of which are privately held restaurant operating
companies. Mr. Garnreiter serves on the boards of directors of Taser
International, a manufacturer of non-lethal protection devices, Knight
Transportation Company, a nationwide truckload transportation company,
and IA Global, Inc., an Asian business processes outsourcing company.
From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Garnreiter was CFO of Main Street Restaurant
Group, a publicly traded restaurant operating company, and from 1976 to
2002, he was a senior audit partner of Arthur Andersen LLP. He
graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor
of Science in Accounting and Business Administration. Mr. Garnreiter is
a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. Mr.
Garnreiter's financial background and expertise allows him to provide
valuable advice to the Board of Directors and to the Company's Audit
Robert M. Averick - Director
Robert M. Averick has over 15 years of
experience as a small-capitalization, value-driven public equity
portfolio manager. Previous work experience includes positions of
increasing responsibility within structured finance, strategic planning
and consulting. Mr. Averick received an undergraduate degree in
Economics from The University of Virginia and a Master’s in Business
Administration in Finance from The University of Pennsylvania, The
Wharton School of Business. He previously served on the Company’s
Board during the years 2005 and 2006.
Robert F. King -
Robert F. King has been a Director of the Company since May 2003. Since
1989, Mr. King has been President of King Associates, which provides
consulting services to equipment companies serving the semiconductor
and flat panel display industries. He currently serves on the advisory
board of a privately-held company, which provides equipment to the flat
panel display industry. From 1968 to 1988, Mr. King was employed at
Varian Associates, where he served in various marketing positions,
including Vice President of Marketing for the Semiconductor Equipment
Division. Mr. King also served on the Board of Directors of Varian’s
joint venture semiconductor equipment companies located in Korea and
Sukesh Mohan - Director
Sukesh Mohan was nominated on February 20, 2015 to serve as a Director.
He is currently Vice President and Co-Founder of El Camino
Technologies, LLC, a software services company that manages online
content for leading internet companies. Prior to this, Mr. Mohan was
Director of Product Management, Etch Products Division, of Applied
Materials, Inc. ("Applied"), a global leader in semiconductor and solar
equipment. He held various product management and marketing positions
at Applied from 1995 to 2009. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Mohan was the
International Marketing Manager for the Company, responsible for market
development in Asia and India. He has his MBA from the University of
Pittsburgh and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a
Bachelor of Technology. Mr. Mohan’s experience will allow him to
advise the Board of Directors with respect to strategic direction,
product roadmaps and business development. Mr. Mohan will serve as a
member of the Company’s Audit and Technology Strategy Committees.
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> DOWNLOAD - Code of Ethics
Amtech Group Code of Ethics
“Integrity and Values”
Build Trust and
The success of our business is dependent on the trust and confidence we
earn from our customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders. We gain
credibility by adhering to our commitments, displaying honesty and
integrity and reaching company goals solely through honorable conduct.
It is easy to say what we must do, but the proof is in our actions.
When considering any action, it is wise to ask, “Will this build
trust and credibility? Will it help create a working setting in which
Amtech Group can succeed over the long term? Is the commitment I am
making one I can follow through with?” The only way we will maximize
trust and credibility is by answering “yes” to those questions and
by working every day to build our trust and credibility.
Respect for the Individual
We all deserve to work in a setting where we are treated with dignity
and respect and where we feel comfortable to speak our mind,
particularly with respect to ethics. Amtech Group is committed to
creating such an environment because it brings out the full potential
in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to our business
Amtech Group is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to
providing a workplace that is free of discrimination of all types from
abusive, offensive or harassing behavior whether on or off premises,
during and after working hours. Employees who feel harassed or
discriminated against should report the incident to their manager or to
human resources immediately, or contact the Ethics Hotline in the
United States at 1-866-413-1994 or Web
portal under the company name Amtech Systems.
Setting the Tone at the Top
All executives and managers have the responsibility for demonstrating
the importance of this Code of Ethics, Integrity and Values (the Code).
Ethical behavior does not simply happen; it is the product of clear and
direct communication of expectations, modeled from the top and
demonstrated by example. To make our Code work, managers are
responsible for promptly addressing ethical questions or concerns
raised by employees or others and for taking the appropriate steps to
deal with such issues. Managers should not consider employees’ ethics
concerns as threats or challenges to their authority, but rather as
another form of business communication. At Amtech Group, we want the
ethics dialogue to become a natural part of daily work.
Uphold the Law
Amtech Group’s commitment to integrity begins with complying with
laws, rules and regulations where we do business. Further, each of us
must have an understanding of the company policies and regulations that
apply to our specific roles. If we are unsure of whether a contemplated
action is permitted by law or Company policy, we should seek the advice
from a subject matter expert. We are responsible for preventing
violations of law.
Because of the nature of our business, some legal requirements warrant
specific mention here.
We are dedicated to ethical, fair and vigorous competition. We will
sell our products and services based on their merit, quality,
functionality and competitiveness. We will make independent pricing and
marketing decisions and will not improperly cooperate or coordinate our
activities with our competitors. We will not offer or solicit improper
payments or gratuities in connection with the purchase of goods or
services or the sales of our products or services.
It is important that we respect the property rights of others. We will
not acquire or seek to acquire by improper means a competitor’s
confidential information. We will not engage in unauthorized use,
copying, distribution or alteration of any third party intellectual
We will not selectively disclose any material nonpublic information
with respect to Amtech Group, business operations, plans, financial
condition, results of operations or any development plan. We should be
particularly vigilant when making presentations or proposals to
customers to ensure that our presentations do not contain material
Health and Safety
Amtech Group is dedicated to maintaining a healthy environment.
Avoid Conflicts of
We must avoid any relationship or activity that might impair, or even
appear to impair, our ability to make objective and fair decisions. We
owe a duty to Amtech Group to advance its legitimate interests when the
opportunity to do so arises. We must never use our position with Amtech
Group or Amtech Group property or information for personal gain.
Gifts, Gratuities and Business Courtesies
Amtech Group is committed to competing solely on the merit of our
products and services. We should avoid any actions that create a
perception that favorable treatment of outside entities by Amtech Group
was sought, received or given in exchange for personal business
courtesies. We will neither give nor accept business courtesies that
constitute, or could reasonably be perceived as constituting, unfair
business inducements that would violate law, regulation or policies of
Amtech Group customers, or would cause embarrassment or reflect
negatively on Amtech Group’s reputation.
Accepting Business Courtesies
Most business courtesies offered to us in the course of our employment
are offered because of our positions. We should not feel any
entitlement to accept and keep a business courtesy. Although we may not
use our position to obtain business courtesies, we may accept
unsolicited business courtesies that promote successful working
relationships and good will with the firms that Amtech Group maintains
or may establish a business relationship with.
Employees who award contracts or who can influence the allocation of
business, who create specifications that result in the placement of
business or who participate in negotiation of contracts must be
particularly careful to avoid actions that create the appearance of
favoritism or that may adversely affect the company or its reputation
for impartiality and fair dealing.
Meals, Refreshments and Entertainment
We may accept occasional meals, refreshments, entertainment and similar
business courtesies that are shared with the person who has offered to
pay for the meal or entertainment, provided that:
- They are not inappropriately lavish or excessive.
- The courtesies are not frequent and do not reflect a pattern of
frequent acceptance of courtesies from the same person or
- The courtesy does not create the appearance of an attempt to
influence business decisions.
- The employee accepting the business courtesy would not feel
uncomfortable discussing the courtesy with his or her manager or
co-worker or having the courtesies known by the public.
Employees may accept unsolicited gifts, other than money, that conform
to the reasonable ethical practices of the marketplace, including:
- Flowers, fruit baskets and other modest presents that commemorate
a special occasion.
- Gifts of nominal value, such as calendars, pens, mugs, caps and
t-shirts (or other novelty, advertising or promotional items).
Generally, employees may not accept compensation, honoraria or money
of any amount from entities with whom Amtech Group does or may do
business. Tangible gifts (including tickets to a sporting or
entertainment event) that have a market value greater than $100 may not
be accepted unless approval is obtained from management.
Offering Business Courtesies
Any employee who offers a business courtesy must assure that it cannot
reasonably be interpreted as an attempt to gain an unfair business
advantage or otherwise reflect negatively upon Amtech Group. An
employee may never use personal funds or resources to do something that
cannot be done with Amtech Group resources. Accounting for business
courtesies must be done in accordance with approved company
We may provide nonmonetary gifts to our customers, but not to our
government customers for whom special rules apply. Further, management
may approve other courtesies, including meals, refreshments or
entertainment of reasonable value, provided that:
- The practice does not violate any law or the standards of conduct
of the recipient’s organization.
- The business courtesy is consistent with industry practice, is
infrequent in nature and is not lavish.
- The business courtesy is properly reflected on the books and
records of Amtech Group.
Set Metrics and Report Results
Accurate Public Disclosures
We will make certain that all disclosures made in financial reports and
public documents are full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable.
This obligation applies to all employees, including all financial
executives, with any responsibility for the preparation for such
reports. No business goal of any kind is ever an excuse for
misrepresenting facts or falsifying records.
Employees should inform Management and HR if they learn that
information in any filing or public communication was untrue or
misleading at the time it was made or if subsequent information would
affect a similar future filing or public communication.
We create, retain and dispose of our company records as part of our
normal course of business in compliance with all Amtech Group policies
as well as all regulatory and legal requirements.
All corporate records must be true, accurate and complete, and company
data must be promptly and accurately entered in our books in accordance
with Amtech Group’s and other applicable accounting principles.
We must not improperly influence, manipulate or mislead any authorized
audit, nor interfere with any auditor engaged to perform an internal
independent audit of Amtech Group books, records, processes or internal
Each of us is responsible for knowing and adhering to the values and
standards set forth in this Code and for raising questions if we are
uncertain about company policy, the law or regulations. If we are
concerned whether the standards are being met or are aware of
violations of the Code, we must contact the HR department or Ethics
Point in the manner described under our whistle-blower’s policy.
Amtech Group takes seriously the standards set forth in the Code, and
violations are cause for disciplinary action up to and including
termination of employment.
Confidential and Proprietary Information
Integral to Amtech Group’s business success is our protection of
confidential company information, as well as nonpublic information
entrusted to us by employees, customers and other current or potential
business partners. We will not disclose confidential and nonpublic
information without a valid business purpose and proper
Use of Company Resources
Company resources, including time, material, equipment and information,
are provided for company business use. Employees and those who
represent Amtech Group are trusted to behave responsibly and use good
judgment to conserve company resources. Managers are responsible for
the resources assigned to their departments and are empowered to
resolve issues concerning their proper use.
Generally, we will not use company equipment in the conduct of an
outside business or in support of any religious, political or other
outside activity, except for company-requested support to nonprofit
organizations. We will not solicit contributions nor distribute
non-work related materials during work hours.
In order to protect the interests of the Amtech Group network and our
fellow employees, Amtech Group reserves the right to monitor or review
all data and information contained on an employee’s company-issued or
connected electronic device, the use of the Internet or intranet, and
the use of social media services related to company matters. We will
not tolerate the use of company resources to create, access, store,
print, solicit or send any materials that are harassing, threatening,
abusive, sexually explicit or otherwise offensive or inappropriate.
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