Our Expert Staff

David Garafano

Rodney Nelson

Larry DeLuca

Tanya Perkins

Gary Williams

Greg Bischak

Kevin O'Shea

Michael Jimmerson


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 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, business development and sales and operations to her role with the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership. This experience includes over 12 years in branch management and business development for three different staffing companies in the Phoenix area. Many of her clients were manufacturers looking to

fill positions for machine operators, production line workers and welders.

Tanya also owned and operated a retail business for four years in Wisconsin. She successfully sold that business to new owners in 2005 and moved to Arizona. Now, she uses this experience to find solutions and implement necessary business and operational improvements to achieve her clients’ goals. Tanya is also leading an Arizona MEP initiative to document all workforce development resources, educational partners, government programs and staffing resources available to manufacturers in the state of Arizona.

Tanya earned her Bachelor’s 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 four 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


Kevin O'Shea

Kevin O'Shea
Senior Client Advisor / VP International Trade

Kevin O’Shea joined the Arizona Commerce Authority in 2011. Today he serves as Vice President of International Trade for the organization. In his role, Kevin manages international trade programs, including AZSTEP, ExporTech, and the Mexico City Trade Office, among others.  He functions as direct a liaison with federal, state, regional and local agencies, offices and departments, as well as private sector entities on economic development initiatives in the international trade and export arena.  Kevin is instrumental in securing funding (including grant writing and program management) at the federal and state levels. Kevin earned his Bachelors Degree from Brown University and his law degree (JD) from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

 

602-845-1217

kevino@azcommerce.com


Michael Jimmerson

Michael Jimmerson
Senior Client Advisor

Michael Jimmerson joined the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership in October of 2018 as a Sr. Client Advisor. Michael’s professional background includes 9 years’ experience in a leadership position for a leading technical training provider, 10 years’ experience as a sales team manager as well as a background in the Automotive and Powersports industry.  Michael is a Veteran of the US Navy as an Avionics Electronics technician for the F-14 Tomcat.

 

As a Sr. Client Advisor for the Arizona MEP, Michael leads statewide efforts to help Arizona manufacturers with fewer than 500 employees to become more efficient and profitable.  Michael finds his passion as an advocate for Arizona businesses by utilizing his experience to help aerospace companies and other manufacturers by increasing sales, utilizing goal and metric driven methodologies.   He is able to help manufacturers improve profitability through effective training, sales team management and CRM utilization.  He can meet the unique needs of his clients through a collaborative approach in problem solving, measuring success and using his expertise in people management to expand manufacturing and encourage job growth in AZ.

 

602-845-1253

michaelj@azcommerce.com