Credentials Committee Members
The Mission and Purpose of the Camp Credentials Committee is to provide The Camp Negotiation Institute with the experience, guidance and oversight that will assure each credential achieved by a recipent is a highly recognized and distinguished symbol of their achievement of negotiation excellence.
T.J. Rodgers is founder, president, CEO, and a director of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation since 1982. He is a former chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and SunPower Corp. (solar energy systems) and currently sits on the board of directors of high-technology companies, including Agiga Tech (nvRAMs), Bloom Energy (fuel cells), and Cypress Envirosystems (energy-saving systems). He sits on the Credentials Committee of the Camp Negotiation Institute. He is a Trustee of Dartmouth College, his alma mater.
Rodgers was a Sloan scholar at Dartmouth, where he graduated in 1970 as Salutatorian with a double major in physics and chemistry and won the Townsend Prize as the top physics and chemistry student in his class. He attended Stanford University on a Hertz fellowship, earning a master’s degree (1973) and a Ph.D. (1975) in electrical engineering. At Stanford, Rodgers invented, developed, and patented VMOS technology, which he sold for cash and royalties to American Microsystems Inc. (AMI). He managed the MOS memory design group at AMI from 1975 to 1980 before moving to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), where he ran AMD’s static RAM product group until 1982.
Dr. Rodgers’ U.S. patents include: US7045387 – Method of performing back-end manufacturing of an integrated circuit (2006); US6903002 – Low-k dielectric layer with air gaps (2005); US6847218 – Probe card with an adapter layer for testing integrated circuits (2005); US6835616 – Method of forming a floating metal structure in an integrated circuit (2004); US6730545 – Method of performing back-end manufacturing of an integrated circuit device (2004); US6185126B1 – Self-initializing RAM-based programmable device (2001); US6131140 – Integrated cache memory with system control logic and adaptation of RAM bus to a cache pinout (2000); US5977638 – Edge metal for interconnect layers (1999); US5835401- DRAM with hidden refresh (1998); US4764248 – Rapid thermal nitridized oxide locos process (1988); US4222063 – VMOS Floating gate memory with breakdown voltage lowering region (1980); US4222062 – VMOS Floating gate memory device (1980); US3975221 – Low capacitance V groove MOS NOR gate and method of manufacture (1976); US3924265 – Low capacitance V groove MOS NOR gate and method of manufacture (1975) and US3878552 – Bipolar Integrated Circuit and Method (1975).
Rodgers was the founding CEO of Cypress in 1982 and has since built it into an international supplier of high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions with nearly 3,600 employees. Called “a quintessential entrepreneurial company” by The Wall Street Journal, Cypress and its management team have received many awards for excellence in financial management. These include an Encore Award from the Stanford University Business School as entrepreneurial company of the year in 1988; an Entrepreneur of the Year award from the global consulting company, Ernst & Young, in 1991; three Bronze Awards and two Silver Awards from The Wall Street Transcript for outstanding management; and a Kachina Award from market-research company In-Stat Inc. for excellence in financial management. In 2005, Cypress was named one of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” in the U.S. by Business Ethics magazine.
Robert J. Boehlke (“Bob”) is a retired private investor and corporate director. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Tessera, Inc, an intellectual property licensing company and developer of camera module technology. He is a director of MEMC Corporation, the leading US supplier of silicon for the semiconductor and solar power industries. He sits on the credentials advisory board of Camp Negotiation Institute.
Bob was a 17 year veteran of KLA Tencor Corporation, the leading provider of process monitoring equipment for the semiconductor industry. As an investment banker at Kidder Peabody, Bob assisted KLA in obtaining their seed money, and later, still as investment banker, arranged KLA’s initial public offering in 1980. He joined KLA in an operating role in 1983 as the VP and General Manager of the Rapid divison and several years later became Chief Operating Officer. In 1990 Bob became the company Chief Financial Officer and retired from KLA-Tencor in 2000 as Executive Vice President and CFO.
Bob received his BS with distinction in science from the US Military Academy in 1963 and a MBA with distinction from Harvard in 1971. In addition to his current board activity, Bob is a past director of Micrion Corporation, Entegris Corporation, DuPont Photomask Corporation, LTX Corporation and the Semi-Semitech industry consortium. He is also a past trustee of the San Jose Opera.
Before entering the corporate world , Bob served for six years in the US Army Corps of Engineers commanding combat and construction engineering companies in Germany and Vietnam and commanded an OCS company in Virginia.
Ronald E. Weinberg (“Ron”) is the past Chairman and CEO of Hawk Corporation (AMSE:HWK). As a co-founder of the company, Ron was instrumental in leading its growth tenfold over 19 years. Hawk is a worldwide manufacturer of friction products, including brake pads and clutch facings. Its products are incorporated into a host of globally recognized brand names such as Boeing airplanes, Caterpillar construction and mining equipment, John Deere farm equipment, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and Humvee military vehicles. The Company has 7 facilities, including manufacturing in Italy, China, Canada and the United States. Ron led the Company’s sale in 2011, resulting in Hawk’s induction into the Gabelli Asset Management Hall of Fame.
Mr. Weinberg is also a principal of Weinberg and Bell Group, a Cleveland based private equity firm. Its portfolio includes Cetero, one of the largest contract research organizations in the U.S. providing clinical trial services to pharmaceutical companies; Channel Products, a manufacturer of igniters and safety devices for gas equipment; and Spears, a mattress manufacturer located in Rome, Georgia.
Mr. Weinberg serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland State University and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington based U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He served as an appointee of Governor Bob Taft to the 2007 Northeast Ohio Universities Collaboration and Innovation Study. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Association and he also served on the Advisory Board of Empower America, a Washington based advocacy organization founded by Jack Kemp.
He graduated from Harvard College in 1963 majoring in Science; and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1965.
Graham Weston is the chairman, and one of the founders, of Rackspace, the world leader in hosted computing, including cloud computing. Rackspace was founded in San Antonio in 1998. It went public on the New York Stock Exchange in August 2008, just before the financial meltdown. Rackspace stock suffered with the rest of the market, but has quadrupled from its low point and continues strong performance.
Over the past decade, Rackspace has achieved double-digit revenue growth. Rackspace’s 3,700+ employees serve over 152,000 customers of all sizes. Rackspace manages more than 74,000 servers at data centers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
Rackspace has been recognized as a winning workplace and best place to work by several organizations, including Fortune magazine and the Financial Times.
Graham has been a part of Rackspace from the beginning. Born to a ranching family in the San Antonio area, he saw entrepreneurial opportunities in everything around him. He launched his first business venture as a seventh grader, marketing organic pork in newspaper ads that read “Go Hog Wild!” In high school, he built another business that took photos at livestock shows and sold them to contestants.
He attended Texas A&M, where – you guessed it – he launched another business. This one was inspired by his successful appeal of his father’s property tax bills, and led him to help other property owners appeal their bills.
Graham went into the real estate business, and led his family to buy and develop the Weston Centre in downtown San Antonio. At the same time, he developed a keen interest in the possibilities of the Internet. In 1998, he and a partner provided the original capital for a business idea pitched by three local Trinity University students. They called it “Rackspace.com.” After six months, Graham joined the enterprise as CEO and remained in that position until 2006, when he became chairman.
While serving as CEO, Graham was named a 2006 “Best Boss” by Fortune Small Business magazine and was recognized as regional Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young.
In 2005, Graham was honored by the City of San Antonio for converting one of his vacant properties into a temporary shelter for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Nicknamed the “Hilton of Shelters,” by the Denver Post, it housed more than 2,500 refugees.
One of Graham’s passions is workplace culture, which he emphasizes as a mentor and advisor to numerous entrepreneurs.
Vic Conant is the Chairman and CEO of Nightingale-Conant Corp, the premier publisher of audio personal development programs in the world.
Vic had the great fortune of growing up surrounded by the works of the modern legends of the motivation industry like Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, Dale Carnegie and Norman Vincent Peale to name a few. His Dad, Lloyd, used to have a speaker in every room of the house, including the bathroom. Vic recounts, “When Dad played Earl Nightingale’s recordings you listened no matter what you were doing!”
After graduating from the University of Michigan and a tour of duty in Viet Nam, Vic eventually joined the family business just as it started publishing other authors besides Earl Nightingale—the first of whom was Denis Waitley and eventually the Whose Who of business and self improvement.
Vic took over as president in 1986 and has spearheaded its growth to over $40mm in sales making it by far the dominant publisher in its field.
Vic has undoubtedly worked with more of the great self-improvement authors than any other human being alive today. And when an upcoming author in the human potential field wants to get published it is just natural for him or her to seek out Vic and Nightingale-Conant.