Mr. Rick Shie, Chief Strategic Officer and Senior Vice President is responsible for POC corporate strategy and business development. Rick has over 35 years of experience in this area, much of which has been in senior leadership roles in rapidly growing high technology companies. The broad industry experience he draws upon includes banking, corporate development, high technology manufacturing, advanced technology transitioning, corporate management, technical business development, and product management. Rick has a successful record of executing both commercial business on a worldwide basis, and developing government business of highly advanced technology and products. He received his M.B.A. from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and his B.S. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Rick joined Physical Optics Corporation in 1993 and has been an integral part of the senior leadership team that has grown POC into a rapidly growing and innovative $100M a year business. Mr. Shie has attributed to the tremendous growth of POC’s commercial business, increasing corporate gross revenue significantly each year. As a senior executive at POC, he makes critical contributions to the company by largely transitioning products from research and development into the military, defense, and commercial marketplace. Mr. Shie develops corporate strategy, provides critical thinking, and has built an effective marketing network that has contributed to the growth of POC, which includes 7 spin-off companies. Mr. Shie sits on the Board of Directors of Luminit, LLC., and previously on Broadata Communications, Inc. board. Rick is active in small business issues and legislation focusing on job growth. He jointly holds numerous patents and is frequently invited as a speaker, where he speaks on topics relating to small business, technology, marketing, and international business topics. He presented the keynote address at the Global Venture Forum, sponsored by the Osaka, Japan Chamber of Commerce.