Advisory Board

David Garafano

Rodney Nelson

Larry DeLuca

Tanya Perkins

Gary Williams

Greg Bischak


David Garafano

David Garafano
Executive Director

David Garafano joined the Arizona Commerce Authority in October 2015 as the Executive Director of The Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership, formally RevAZ, Arizona’s NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  Dave’s professional background includes 25+ years’ experience in manufacturing and business, having held leadership positions with companies such as AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Celiant, Andrew, and ON Semiconductor.

As Executive Director for Arizona MEP, Dave leads statewide efforts to help Arizona manufacturers with fewer than 500 employees to become the most successful businesses they can be.  Arizona MEP offers a variety of services to help companies improve business and operational performance through the world-class team at Arizona MEP and a network of third party service providers.


Rodney Nelson

Rodney Nelson
Senior Client Advisor

Rodney Nelson joined the Arizona Commerce Authority in October 2016 as a Sr. Client Advisor the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (formally RevAZ), Arizona’s NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  Rodney’s professional background includes 20+ years’ experience in research and development, process engineering, manufacturing management, program management, and operations management.  Rodney has held positions in the solar, semiconductor, ecommerce, and healthcare industries.

As a Sr. Client Advisor for the Arizona MEP, Rodney leads statewide efforts to help Arizona manufacturers with fewer than 500 employees to become more efficient and profitable.  By utilizing his broad range of experience to assist manufacturers with lean process improvement initiatives and goal driven operations management, Rodney helps companies improve profitability, meanwhile encouraging Arizona job growth.  Rodney utilizes his accomplished leadership in strategic operations and manufacturing, and applies his knowledge and expertise in increasing productivity and profitability through effective leadership, innovative thinking, process improvement, project management and a hands-on approach to achieving results, in order to meet the unique needs of each of his clients.

Rodney possesses a B.S. in Chemistry, an M.B.A. in Technology Management, and is both a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Project Management Professional.  

 

602-845-1285

480-286-4155 (mobile)

rodneyn@azcommerce.com

 


Larry DeLuca

Larry DeLuca
Senior Client Advisor

Larry brings his diverse technical and analytical background to the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership. His on hands manufacturing skills include implementation of Statistical Process Controls, Gage Capability, Design of Experiments, Root Cause Analysis and Tableau Dashboard Development. Larry has driven many product and quality initiatives for key customers including one’s in the automotive and computer industry.

Larry has managed programs ranging from factory transfers, new product development, new product Introduction and product improvements in the semiconductor and optical fiber industries. R&D background includes Semiconductor DUV lithography tool development at SEMATECH research consortium. Larry’s vast work experiences, spanning over 30 years, benefits the manufactures that he works with. Larry graduated University of AZ with a Bachelors’ in Chemistry and minor in Mathematics.

 

602-845-1236

602-466-8539 (mobile)

larryd@azcommerce.com


Tanya Perkins

Tanya Perkins
Senior Client Advisor

Tanya Perkins brings an extensive background in manufacturing staffing to her role with the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  This experience includes over twelve years in branch management and business development for 3 different staffing companies, all with a local presence in the Greater Phoenix area. While at her last position, Business Development Manager at Corporate Job Bank, Tanya built her self-created book of business up to $5 million in annual revenue.  80% of the businesses she serviced were in the manufacturing realm staffing such positions as machine operator, production worker or welder.

Prior to the last 12 years in staffing, Tanya tried her hand as an educator while being a substitute teacher for the Florence School District.  She taught kids in kindergarten up to high school age and even took a 6-week long term sub position for 2nd graders.  This helped Tanya to see her passion is in sales, business operations and management.  She has had the experience of opening, running and successfully selling her own dollar store in Fox Point, Wisconsin.  All the items were at a fixed price point of $1.25 and the business generated $500,000 annually. This is relatable experience she can share with her manufacturing clients she is partnering with in her current role as a Senior Client Advisor.

Tanya earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a Minor in Spanish from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.  She has also received professional sales training through the Sandler Presidents Club where she was a member for 4 years.

 

602-845-1285

414-202-7780 (mobile)

tanyap@azcommerce.com


Gary Williams

Gary Williams
Senior Client Advisor

Gary Williams brings nearly two decades of experience consulting and managing the integration of digital video, automation control systems, and cloud security for corporate and residential settings to his role at the Arizona MEP.

Most recently, Mr. Williams worked as the sales engineer for a managed service provider where his role included project management, business development, and marketing. He primarily focused on helping owners of small- to medium-sized businesses develop strategies to navigate industry compliance with regulations, enhance their security posture during increased production, and grow wisely while keeping up with payroll.

Prior to that, Mr. Williams worked for an electronics integration company as their service manager. He was responsible for onboarding and continuing training, work culture development, quality management, and technical support.

Mr. Williams holds certificates in and has participated in industry specific trainings such as Lean, Six Sigma, 5S, and CompTIA A+. He is also a registered locksmith with the State of Arizona.

 

520-510-0408

garyw@azcommerce.com

 


Greg Bischak

Greg Bischak
Senior Client Advisor

Greg Bischak has 30+ years’ experience conceiving, developing and executing strategies and plans to help manufacturing companies capture business, drive growth, and improve performance domestically and globally. He has held functional and C level roles in SME to large manufactured product businesses including all aspects of business model creation, business development strategy, direct sales, distribution, sales processes and management, marketing, technology management, organizational restructuring, process optimization, material management, financial restructuring and facility operations.  His consulting activities have focused on helping Arizona manufacturing companies leverage their assets and competencies to accelerate growth and profitability.

Greg holds a BS in electrical engineering and business from Illinois Institute of Technology, has completed Graduate work at the University of Edinburgh, and specialized training including program management, earned value, lean, six sigma, ITAR, FAR and contract management.

 

 

602-845-1238

gregb@azcommerce.com