Mr. Rick Shie, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer, is responsible for POC corporate strategy and business development. Rick has over 35 years of experience in this area, much of which has been in senior leadership roles for rapidly growing high technology companies. The broad industry experience he draws upon includes banking and finance, training and development, high technology manufacturing, advanced technology transitioning, corporate management, technical business development, product management, marketing and sales. Rick has a successful record of executing both commercial business on a worldwide basis and developing government business for highly advanced technology and products. He received his M.B.A. from Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, and his B.S. from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Rick joined Physical Optics Corporation in 1993, and has been a critical part of the senior leadership team that has grown POC into a rapidly growing and innovative $50M a year business. He has served POC primarily in strategic roles, but also has managed and performed government relations, business development, marketing and sales functions. As a senior manager of POC, he makes critical contributions to the company’s government, military and defense, and commercial expansions, largely by transitioning products from research and development into the military, defense, and commercial marketplace. Mr. Shie develops corporate strategy, provides critical thinking, and has built an effective marketing network that has contributed to the growth of the company that includes 6 spin-off companies. Mr. Shie sits on the Board of Directors of Luminit, LLC, and Broadata Communications, Inc. (previously). Rick serves on the small business advisory council in the district, and is active in small business issues, legislation and job growth. He holds numerous patents (jointly), and is an invited speaker. He is a frequent speaker on technology, marketing, international and small business issues, and presented a keynote address at the Global Venture Forum sponsored by the Osaka, Japan Chamber of Commerce.