Deepak Chopra is the founder of the Company and has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director since the Company's inception in May 1987. He has served as the Company's Chairman of the Board of Directors since February 1992. Mr. Chopra also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of several of the Company's major subsidiaries. From 1976 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1987, Mr. Chopra held various positions with ILC, a publicly-held manufacturer of lighting products, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chief Operating Officer of its United Detector Technology division. Mr. Chopra has also held various positions with Intel Corporation, TRW Semiconductors, and RCA Semiconductors. Mr. Chopra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh, Punjab, India and a Master of Science degree in Semiconductor Electronics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
William F. Ballhaus, Jr. has served as a Director of the Company since May 2010. From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Ballhaus, now retired, served as President and then also as Chief Executive Officer of Aerospace Corporation, an organization dedicated to the application of science and technology to the solution of critical issues in the nation's space program. Between 1990 and 2000, Dr. Ballhaus' career included positions within the aerospace industry, including Corporate Vice President, Engineering and Technology for Lockheed Martin Corporation and President, Aero and Naval Systems and President, Civil Space & Communications, both for Martin Marietta. Between 1971 and 1989, Dr. Ballhaus worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), including as Director of its Ames Research Center. Dr. Ballhaus serves on the Board of Directors of Draper Laboratory and on the Board of Trustees of the University Space Research Association. Dr. Ballhaus has extensive risk management experience gained through the various executive and board positions that he has held. Dr. Ballhaus, who has published more than 40 papers on computational aerodynamics, obtained a Ph.D. in Engineering in 1971 and a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1967 and 1968, all from the University of California at Berkeley.
Gerald Chizever has served as a Director of the Company since October 2016. Mr. Chizever has been a partner at the law firm of Loeb & Loeb LLP since 2004. Mr. Chizever's practice includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, public and private securities offerings, general corporate representation and strategic alliances. Mr. Chizever serves as general corporate counsel for public and private companies, advising them in all matters, including business transactions, corporate governance and compliance with governmental regulations. He holds a B.B.A. degree in Accounting and a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University.
Steven C. Good has served as a Director of the Company since September 1987. He has been a consultant for the accounting firm of Cohn Reznick LLP since February 2010. Mr. Good founded the accounting firm of Good, Swartz, Brown & Berns (predecessor of Cohn Reznick LLP) in 1976 and served as an active partner until February 2010. He has been active in consulting and advisory services for businesses in various sectors, including the manufacturing, garment, medical services, and real estate development industries. Mr. Good founded California United Bancorp in 1982 and served as its Chairman through 1993. From 1997 until the company was sold in 2006, Mr. Good served as a Director of Arden Realty Group, Inc., a publicly-held real estate investment trust listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Good currently serves as a Director of Kayne Anderson MLP Investment Company and Kayne Anderson Energy Total Return Fund, each of which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Good also currently serves as a Director of Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc., a publicly-held real estate investment trust listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He also formerly served as a Director of California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. from 2005 to 2008, Youbet.com from 2006 to 2008, and the Walking Company Holdings, Inc. from 1997 to 2009. Mr. Good has extensive risk management experience gained through the various executive and board positions that he has held. Mr. Good holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended its Graduate School of Business.
James B. Hawkins has served as a Director of the Company since December 2015. Mr. Hawkins is the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Natus Medical Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of medical devices and software and a service provider for the newborn care, neurology, sleep, hearing and balance markets. Mr. Hawkins has held this position since 2004. In addition, he currently serves as a director of El Dorado Resorts Inc. Prior to joining Natus, Mr. Hawkins was President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Invivo Corporation, a provider of MRI-safe patient monitoring. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Commerce from Santa Clara University and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from San Francisco State University.
Meyer Luskin has served as a Director of the Company since February 1990. Since 1958, Mr. Luskin has served as a Director of Scope Industries, which is engaged principally in the business of recycling and processing food waste products into animal feed and has also served as its President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman since 1961. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Santa Monica – UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital and was formerly the Chairman. Mr. Luskin was formerly Chairman of the Board of the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (previously known as the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital). Mr. Luskin is also a Director on the Advisory Board of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, a Director of the UCLA Foundation, a Director of the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, and a Director of the Jazz Bakery. Mr. Luskin also served as a Director of Myricom, Inc., a computer and network infrastructure company. Mr. Luskin has extensive risk management experience gained through the various executive and board positions that he has held. Mr. Luskin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University.
Ajay Mehra is Executive Vice President and a Director of the Company. Mr. Mehra joined the Company as Controller in 1989 and served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from November 1992 until November 2002, when he was named the Company's Executive Vice President. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Mehra held various financial positions with Thermador/Waste King, a household appliance company, Presto Food Products, Inc., and United Detector Technology. Mr. Mehra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Business of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.