Leadership

Our Executive Team brings together decades of leadership and expertise in global business, leading technologies, design innovation, and superior instrument manufacturing to ensure the success of our customers.

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David Klein

Founder

Dave Klein founded Gener8 in 2002. Dave is involved at all stages of Gener8’s customer engagement and pulls from his deep experience in electromechanical development and vast medical, biotech, and industrial market knowledge. With this background, he advises clients on solid technology strategies while also assuring that their needs are met throughout development, manufacturing, and beyond.

Before launching Gener8, he held leadership roles at HDI Instrumentation, and Gemfire Corporation. Dave earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Dave’s life philosophy to always consider himself a craftsman never a master craftsman as “it is an ideal that cannot be reached” rings through in his personal life as well as business life.

He has progressed through his aviation hobby going “from model planes as a kid, to hang gliders since I was in grad school, to small airplanes (and hang gliders today).“ We’re all very curious to learn what comes after small planes.

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Dan Chandler

COO, Engineering Services

Dan Chandler began his career as a research scientist designing novel polymers and electronic materials. This work lead to the creation and patenting of circuit protection devices used in virtually every lithium ion cell in the world and culminated in projects that have generated over a billion dollars in revenue.

Before coming to Gener8, Dan held senior executive roles at Fairchild Semiconductor, Tyco Electronics, and TE Connectivity where he variously managed international new product development teams for electronic interconnect, high performance wire and cable, connectors, sealing and thermal interface technologies. He has also taken a turn at running marketing, quality, operational excellence organizations. At Gener8, he is back to his “old tricks” of building and maintaining a first-rate engineering community.

Dan earned his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and has a B.S. in Polymer Engineering. He has two, very artistic daughters. He is a native-born Californian but spent much of his youth in a small town on the Gulf Coast. In his spare time, he rides and repairs motorcycles.

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David Stelter

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

David has more than 20 years of experience in consultative engineering services and developing advanced Omics and Medical Diagnostic Instrumentation, and consumer products. He has supported start-up firms to Fortune 100 companies by providing technology innovation, product development and commercialization expertise.

Prior to joining Gener8, David was Vice President, Business Development with technology commercialization and design firms where he was responsible for teams providing product development, contract manufacturing and technology solutions. David earned a Master’s in Business Administration from CLU, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the SCSU, Minnesota.

When not helping companies commercialize advanced technologies, he enjoys the outdoors, and sports activities with friends, and family.

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Malcolm Minty

Vice President, Product Development

Malcolm Minty has more than 20 years of experience in selling, marketing, and developing advanced hardware products and applications around the world. Directing all Gener8’s commercial activities, he has been instrumental in more than doubling Gener8’s revenue and EBITDA while increasing its CAGR by over 20 percent in the past 5 years.

Prior to joining Gener8, Malcolm served as general manager of Newfocus, part Newport Corporation, where he led a cross-functional team to design and manufacture lasers and other scientific instruments. Malcolm earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Sussex and has done research in laser labs at Universities in Japan and Germany.

When not honing his negotiation skills against his three children, he enjoys amateur viticulture and wine making - and through a lifetime of travel speaks a number of languages surprisingly badly.

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Alfred Macha

Vice President of Operations

Alfred Macha directs Gener8’s contract manufacturing, design transfer, and new product introduction services. Among his accomplishments is transforming a prototype EMV chip card into 10 fully automated high-volume production lines that increased annual revenue from $5 million to $150 million within a twelve-month period. He has held executive leadership positions at HEI Medical Device Manufacturing, Anaren (now TTM Technologies), and Sanmina Corporation.

Alfred has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Arizona State University. He believes learning is a lifelong journey and derives inspiration from studying how the world’s greatest leaders have achieved success through perseverance. In his spare time, Alfred writes articles on operational excellence in contract manufacturing. He does this for several magazines including being a regular contributor to SMT-007 online.

He additionally loves watching his kids play competitive soccer and taking the family to the beach for vacations. His favorite travel destinations have been Playa Del Carmen, Maui, St Thomas, and Puerto Vallarta.

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Fred Trimble

Vice President, Quality and Regulatory

Fred Trimble has directed Gener8’s product quality, customer satisfaction, and regulatory compliance functions since 2018. He leads a team that serves customers across a broad range of industries, including medical device, biotech, and defense. Fred has held executive-level positions in quality, regulatory, and clinical affairs for over 20 years at major medical device companies, including Fresenius Medical Care, Philips Healthcare, and Medtronic.

Fred earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Clarkson University and an MBA at Regis University. He grew up in Upstate New York and has lived in all four corners of the continental United States, as well as the eastern and western slopes of the Rocky Mountains, before finally settling in California.

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Scott Castanon

President, Symbient Product Development

Scott Castanon has years of experience in medical product development, design, and engineering. As the founder of Symbient (now owned by Gener8), Scott had grown the company through his engineering and manufacturing depth of knowledge, focus on lean administration, his bold leadership and courageous drive to expand the business while maintaining a market focus.

Due to his deep expertise in injection molding, Scott has set Symbient apart from the competition through the rapid injection molding approach that allows products to quickly be prototyped using commercial-ready materials which is especially advantageous in the diagnostics and life science markets. Now integrated with Gener8, Scott will continue holding Symbient to a high standard while offering clients a seamless experience between instrumentation and disposables engineering and manufacturing.

Before founding Symbient, Scott held positions at Hudson RCI (Teleflex), and Dura Pharmaceuticals, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. As his work is his passion, Scott enjoys keeping current with injection molding innovations. Additionally, in his spare time, he can be found vacationing in Hawaii and at Disney theme parks.

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Phil Beck

Chief Financial Officer

Phil Beck has led or served as a key team member in successful initiatives to acquire, integrate, and grow entrepreneurial businesses. Phil has more than 30 years of experience with manufacturing companies in a variety of industries during which he has served in a range of senior management positions, including CFO, COO, and General Manager, VP of IT & Senior Consulting Manager while establishing a track record of helping each company grow both organically and via M&A.

Phil is a highly pragmatic, hands-on operational executive who builds strong management and operational teams that help companies grow both organically and through mergers and acquisitions.

Phil’s home state is Minnesota. Phil is a graduate of Minnesota State University in Accounting and is a certified public accountant (license in good standing and inactive). Phil’s hobbies include remodeling homes and enjoys spending time at his lake home in Wisconsin.