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Executive Team

 

Jerry Jurkiewicz - Chief Executive Officer

Jerry joined Orchid in 2016 as President and Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer at the beginning of 2017. Prior to joining Orchid, he has held executive P&L roles including the President of Optics and Photonics at IDEX Corporation as well as two PE-backed CEO roles. He has also held various functional roles leading large, complex global Sales and Marketing and Operations organizations at companies like AlliedSignal Automotive and PerkinElmer Optoelectronics. He earned both a BS in Engineering and MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
 

Mark Burba - Chief Operating Officer

Mark started with Orchid in 1997. He held various positions such as Sales Engineer, Plant Manager and Vice President of Orchid's Bridgeport facility and currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science from Olivet Nazarene University and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University.
 

Matthew Burba - Chief Commercial Officer

Matt started with Orchid as a college intern in 1990. After leaving to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for engineering degrees, and subsequently serving his commitment to the Air Force, he returned to the Orchid site in Bridgeport as the Quality Manager in 2002. He progressed through a variety of management roles within Orchid and now serves as the Chief Commercial Officer.

 

Lisa Bell - Chief Human Resources Officer

Lisa joined Orchid in 2017. Prior to joining Orchid, she held executive human resource roles, including Vice President, Human Resources at NSF International and Vice President, Human Resources at Destaco, a Dover Company. She led global human resource teams with a focus on strategy development and implementation, talent management, organization design and succession planning. Lisa has an M.B.A. in marketing and strategy from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.
 

Bill Ditty, Vice President - Quality Assurance and Compliance

Bill joined Orchid in August 2012. Prior to joining Orchid, he was the Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance for a startup/emerging life science company. Mr. Ditty was also a Project Engineer (Advanced Quality Engineering) and Business Unit Manager with a fortune 500 Medical Device Company and Program Manager and Quality Engineer for an ISO certified automotive fuel systems manufacturer . He spent eight years as an officer in the Coast Guard. Bill has an MBA in finance and a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (United States Coast Guard Academy).
 
Louis Pace, Chief Financial Officer


Mr. Pace joined Orchid in 2018. He brings more than two decades of experience in executive leadership and business development roles, including President & CEO of Noise & Vibration Technologies, LLC, COO of The HallStar Company, and President – Specialty Products Division of Belden Inc. Mr. Pace has an M.M. in finance and decision sciences from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University.
 
 
Armando Salito - Global Technical Director


Armando became a member of the Orchid team when Alhenia was acquired in 2015. In his current role, he is responsible for coating and 3D printing technology and optimizing the future contribution that R&D makes for the company growth. He began his career at the Research Centre of Plasma Physics in Lausanne (Switzerland), then joined the R&D department at Plasma Technik AG, worked as the production manager of Medical at Sulzer Metco, CH-Wohlen and then joined Alhenia as head of technology, now known as Orchid, in 2005. Armando has an executive M.B.A. from University of Sankt Gallen as well as PH.D in Plasma Physics from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
   

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