Jim Bean PRECO Electronics President & CEO

Jim Bean

President & CEO

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President and CEO of Preco Electronics, Inc., Jim brings more than 30 years of operational experience with Fortune 500 companies to the management team. He has been providing outstanding vision and leadership to Preco’s leading-edge industrial safety products since 1997.

Jim joined National Semiconductor Corporation’s international manufacturing group in 1973, with responsibility for manufacturing and test operations in their Singapore facility, before serving as Managing Director of their Hong Kong office. During his tenure, National grew from $73 million to over $1 billion in annual revenues.

From 1980 to 1985, Jim headed Apple Computer’s domestic manufacturing operation in Dallas, Texas. He subsequently assumed responsibility at Apple’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino, California, as Director of Worldwide Manufacturing, which included sites in California, Texas, Ireland, and Singapore. Apple, a $100 million corporation in 1980, grew to more than $1 billion in revenues during Jim’s five-year tenure.
In 1985, Jim left Apple to join Sun Microsystems as Vice President of Distribution and Manufacturing Operations worldwide. He worked as part of the executive team that took the company public and participated in Sun’s rapid growth and domination of their marketplace.

Jim has served on the board of directors for several companies including Extended Systems, Inc., a mobile solutions provider to over two-thirds of Global 2000 organizations, and SCP Global Technologies, Inc., an industry leader in surface preparation equipment for the semiconductor industry.
He currently sits on the board of directors and the audit committee for electronics manufacturing service provider KeyTronic Corporation, the National Advisory Board of the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership in Washington, D.C., and the advisory board for Boise State University’s TechHelp, a manufacturing consulting organization for Idaho businesses. Jim holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Dale Hessing PRECO Vice President & CTO

Dale Hessing

Vice President & CTO

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Dale joined Preco Electronics, Inc. in 1991, and currently serves as Chief Technical Officer. In this role, he is responsibile for research and development of new blind-spot awareness technology.

With more than 20 years of experience with a variety of high-tech companies—including technical sales, management, and product design—Dale applies solid engineering principles to real-world market processes, providing Preco outstanding leadership and a technical vision for the future.

Before joining Preco, Dale spent more than three years with Boeing Electronics Company in Washington, focused on avionics design and development in support of multiple new aircraft platforms. In 1988 Dale returned to his native Idaho and joined Computrol, where he designed and introduced a variety of innovative electronics products for the sport fishing industry.

During his tenure at Preco, Dale has been highly successful in several key leadership roles. He has overseen manufacturing support and customer development, and helped increase Preco’s client base worldwide during a challenging economic time. Dale has served as Director of Engineering and the Vice President of Engineering, with responsibility for all engineering design activities at Preco’s Boise facility.

John Allison PRECO VP of Supply Chain

John Allison

VP of Supply Chain

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John brings more than 20 years of management experience in the high tech and transportation industries to Preco Electronics, Inc. as Vice President of Supply Chain Management. His successful history with quality control, manufacturing, and strategic sourcing has helped him establish and maintain strong partnerships with a diverse global supply base.

As both a certified Lead Auditor and the designated management representative for Preco’s ISO-9001 Quality Management System, John has been instrumental in helping Preco attain continuous third-party certification to the ISO standard since 1995. John also holds Green Belt status in the Six Sigma quality improvement methodology. He has worked closely with Boise State University’s TechHelp to successfully implement a lean manufacturing program at Preco, achieving significant process improvements and ongoing cost reductions.

John’s previous experience includes ten years of managing various production and logistics operations at UPS, giving him a solid foundation in efficiency, utilization, and cost management.

John earned a BBA degree in computer information systems from BSU, where he continues to participate in university programs such as Lessons from Alumni and Design Thinking initiatives. John also serves as an adjunct professor at BSU, teaching operations and supply chain management classes.

John, an Idaho native, and his wife are the proud parents of four teenage boys. He enjoys camping, skiing, and traveling with his family.

Tom Loutzenheiser PRECO VP of Marketing

Tom Loutzenheiser

VP of Marketing & Business Development

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Tom joined Preco Electronics, Inc. in April 2015 and serves as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. He comes to us most recently from CradlePoint, Inc., where as Vice President of Product Management he helped Cradlepoint maintain global leadership in 4G wireless networking solutions.

As Vice President of Business Development, Tom focuses on expanding partnerships with leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and other strategic partners to enhance Preco Electronics’ growth and market leadership.

Tom is a seasoned executive who has taken companies from startup to profitable growth and Inc 500 status. He has led two companies to profitability and successful acquisitions by public companies. He has also held executive officer or board positions at three other technology startup companies that grew to profitability and successful exits. He has served on the Board of Directors of six technology companies.

Tom excels at developing market leadership and rapid sales growth by focusing on customer solutions. He has built profitable networking companies with cloud-based SaaS solutions. He has advised companies on strategic growth and tactics, helping executive teams develop winning strategies.

Tom earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and a MS in Engineering Management from Stanford University. He serves on the both University of Washington and Boise State Engineering Advisor Boards.

Matt Wood PRECO VP of Worldwide Sales

Matt Wood

VP of Worldwide Sales

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With over 30 years of sales operations experience, Matt has an in-depth understanding of how to drive incremental revenue within sales, channel and customer-focused organizations. He will be responsible for creating and implementing overall sales operation strategies that are aligned to meet Preco’s global business objectives.

“It is great to be back. I started my career with Preco back in the late 70’s and Preco has remained true to its mission of delivering valuable safety technology for the heavy-duty market,” said Matt. “I’m looking to build on the momentum that has been forged and help Preco articulate its unique safety proposition to its growing customer base.”

Matt joins us from ProTeam, a leading manufacturer of commercial vacuums and floor care equipment. While at ProTeam, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for broadening ProTeam’s product line, expanding its international reach, and facilitating the acquisition of ProTeam by Emerson Electric in 2009.

Prior to ProTeam, Wood held several senior level executive positions over the course of 26 years with SCP Global Technologies, a provider of semiconductor equipment. Matt holds a BBA in Information Science from Boise State University and an MBA from Portland State University.

Erin Ebright

Human Resources Manager

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Erin serves as our Human Resources Manager. Since joining Preco Electronics, Inc. in 1999, she has handled all aspects of HR, including benefits, retirement packages, workers’ compensation insurance, payroll, and employee relations.
Erin has kept costs on benefits below the trend for the Treasure Valley, while maintaining the highly competitive compensation packages which allow us to attract top talent to Preco. Erin functions equally well as a knowledge resource on legal and regulatory HR issues and a team player in a market-driven business.

Key projects have included researching and overseeing overseas employee relocation, as well as transitioning personnel involved in corporate sales.

An Idaho native, Erin received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Boise State University with an emphasis in human resource management. Her solid HR background includes successfully supporting 350 employees, nine years of Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification, and service on the local HRATV Board and the SHRM State of Idaho Council board. Erin is currently the Vice President of Membership on the Southern Idaho Compensation and Benefits (SICBA) Board, where she helps educate her peers about the intricacies of compensation and benefits issues that HR professionals face each day.