SBE Inc. Introduces New Management Team

Following the obtainment of a recent DoE grant, SBE Inc. (dba SB Electronics) has been gathering its new management team.  Edward Sawyer, SBE’s President and CEO, is proud to present the new faces of his team. 

Bob Britt, BSA, MBA, CPA – Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Britt is responsible for managing SBE’s short and long-term strategic financial goals and maximizing its financial position.  Prior to joining SBE, he worked as an independent financial & management consultant for seven years assisting growing, entrepreneurial businesses in developing their business plans, obtaining growth capital, and improving management reporting and profitability.  Mr. Britt holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and earned his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Britt is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Michael Brubaker, PhD, MSEE, BSEE – Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Brubaker will be joining SBE in July of 2010.  He will be responsible for the oversight of SBE’s research and development activities.  Most recently, Mr. Brubaker was the Vice President of Engineering and a founding member of Fieldmetrics Inc.  He was responsible for the high voltage design and testing of next generation voltage and current sensors for smart grid applications.  Mr. Brubaker developed the firmware for a proprietary metering module and interfaced with third party vendors to create unique monitoring solutions for utility customers.  Mr. Brubaker holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.   
Jim Crawley, BSIM, MSA – Vice-President, Automotive Business Development
Mr. Crawley has an extensive automotive background in sales and marketing in advanced technologies and electronics.  As the Senior Global Sales Manager at Littelfuse, Inc., he was responsible for new business development and customer relationship management at major OEMs and tier one automotive companies such as General Motors, Chrysler, Nissan, Delphi and others.  As a Senior Account Executive at Gentex Corporation, Mr. Crawley leaded the General Motors Business Unit advanced selling effort of auto dimming mirrors and new technology for the $260 Million group.  Mr. Crawley has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.

Paul Nelson, BSChe, MBA – Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Nelson is responsible for all day-to-day operations activities of the Company.  Before joining SBE Inc., he was employed by Hamilton Sundstrand as an Internal Operations Consultant responsible for the training and deployment of Lean Six Sigma in both manufacturing and business transactions processes throughout the corporation.  Mr. Nelson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1983 and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1992.  He also received a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma in 2008.

SBE Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of film capacitor solutions that provide a much higher degree of reliability, power density, and simpler cooling infrastructure in demanding applications, particularly for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, utilities, power supplies/laser and military/aerospace.  Originally a Sprague Electric Plant, SBE has been manufacturing capacitors for over 50 years; producing over a billion capacitors, including the renowned Orange Drop®.  With the newer development of its DC Link Filter Power Ring Film Capacitor™, SBE Inc. was recently awarded a $9.1 Million grant by the Department of Energy to build a world class facility for the manufacture of this line of capacitors used in drivetrain inverters for plug-in hybrid and electric drive vehicles.  The company’s headquarters, engineering, product development center and manufacturing operation are located in Barre, Vermont.

Stephani Cook, Marketing Assistant
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