Board of Directors

Guiding PATHION is a world-class board of advisors with valuable business, government, industry and financial expertise. Our team has battle-tested experience in the following areas:

  • Business Scaling and Market Disruption
  • Commercial, Industrial, and International Markets
  • Government Policy
  • Military Leadership and Procurement

 Our Board of Directors is comprised of:

 

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David L. Camp

Born and raised in Midland, Michigan, Congressman Mr. Camp was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990.  Prior, he represented Michigan’s 102nd District in the State House of Representatives, served as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Representative Bill Schuette (MI-10), and was a partner in the law firm formerly known as Riecker, George, Hartley, Van Dam and Camp.  Camp graduated from H.H. Dow High School in Midland, Michigan.  He graduated magna cum laude from Albion College and earned a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.  He is admitted to the State Bars of Michigan, California and the District of Columbia. He has received an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Central Michigan University and honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Alma College, Northwood University, and Saginaw Valley State University.

Congressman Dave Camp has represented Michigan’s 4th Congressional District, which spans 15 counties across mid and northern Michigan, for 24 years. In each of his 12 election cycles, he received more than 60 percent of the popular vote.  From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Camp served as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. In 2014, Camp announced his retirement from Congress.  Upon announcement of his retirement, the Wall Street Journal editorial board stated, “Congress will be poorer on the departure of Dave Camp.”

 

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J. Kermit Campbell

Mr. Campbell serves as the Chairman of the Board at PATHION. He spent 32 years at Dow Corning Corporation in various technical and managerial positions including the opening of both Russia and China, followed by the appointment to become President of the United States region. Following his service at Dow Corning he served as Chairman, President, and CEO of Herman Miller Inc., returning that company to profitability and leadership in the office furniture industry.  The company developed and rolled out the critically acclaimed and highly successful Aeron Chair during Mr. Campbell’s tenure. Mr. Campbell was on the SPX corporation board of directors for 21 years, including several years as lead director for the company.  He also chaired the audit and compensation committees for several years.

Mr. Campbell was born and educated in Kansas, graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  He also has a master’s in management from MIT where he was a Sloan Fellow.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Hope College where he served on the Board of Trustees for 20 years and was Chairman of that board for 8 years.  He was also honored by Northwood University as an Outstanding Business Leader.

Since retiring from corporate roles, Mr. Campbell has founded and grown several business enterprises including Blackstar Farms, a leading winery and resort facility near Traverse City, Michigan, which he owns and operates.  He is a principal and chairman of United Shield International, a personal body armor manufacturing company and chairman of Gantec Inc.

 

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Gilbert S. Decker

Mr. Decker served as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, and as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Before becoming a private consultant, he held several distinguished positions, including: President and CEO of the Penn Central Federal Systems Company; Vice President and General Manager of the Defense Systems Group of TRW, Inc; President and CEO of Acurex Corporation; President and CEO of ESL, Incorporated; and Assistant Secretary of the Army/Research, Development, and Acquisition. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Research, Development and Acquisition) from 1993 through 1997. Following his service as Assistant Secretary, he served as Executive Vice President for Engineering, Manufacturing, and Program Management of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Honors presented to Mr. Decker include the Distinguished Public Service Medal from the Department of Defense, Distinguished Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army, the Meritorious Service Medal from the US Army, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Johns Hopkins University.

Recently, from May 2010 to February 2011, Mr. Decker Co-Chaired a Commission appointed by the Secretary of the Army to conduct an in depth review of the Army Acquisition process from requirements definition to production, to provide findings and recommendations for improvements in quality and efficiency.

Mr. Decker currently serves on the National Advisory Council for The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering,  he also serves on the Advisory Board of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute. He previously served on the Board of Army Science & Technology (BAST) at the National Academy of Sciences. Additionally, he served on the BAST panel to oversee the US Army mission of Chemical Weapons De-militarization.

Mr. Decker holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering, from The Johns Hopkins University, 1958,  and a Master of Science, Operations Research, from Stanford University 1967. He undertook his military education as a US Army Reserve Officer at the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College as well as at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

 

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George W. Jones

Mr. Jones currently serves as President of PATHION Inc. Prior to PATHION, Mr. Jones was VP/GM of Applied Micro’s Connectivity Products. Featuring telecom and datacom interface chips, he drove the group’s revenue growth by 10%/quarter in 2012 and 2013 to exceed $100M and become AppliedMicro’s largest business unit as measured by revenue. Mr. Jones led the divestiture of TPACK, a Denmark-based subsidiary where he had served as president. The company was sold to Altera Corporation after it played an important role in building “bridge” products that led to a very solid mainstream product lineup that continues with a #1 market share to this day.

Prior to AppliedMicro, as RMI Corporation’s first VP of Sales, he built a high performance sales team from the ground up to win significant engagements with Tier 1 networking, security, telecommunications systems, consumer, and media customers, leading to $80M of revenue. The company was acquired by NetLogic. The year following the acquisition, the RMI business unit met its $120M revenue earn-out threshold. NetLogic was later acquired by Broadcom.

Mr. Jones co-founded Sand Hill Angels, a leading angel investment group in Silicon Valley on whose board of directors he currently serves. He was also a co-founder and chief executive officer of Phase II Technical Sales, a leader among technical sales representatives. Phase II drove complex component and subsystem engagements with offices from Spokane to San Diego. Phase II had engagements with Altera, Intel, Fairchild, GlobespanVirata, LSI Logic, National Semiconductor, and QLogic over the course of 15 years. Prior to Phase II, he held sales and marketing positions at VLSI Technology and Mostek.

Mr. Jones earned an MBA at the Wharton School, and a holds a bachelor of electrical engineering from Georgia Tech.

 

 

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Michael Liddle

Mike Liddle serves as CEO of PATHION. Mr. Liddle has a broad background spanning 30 years in executive, financial and operational roles in both public and private companies.  Prior to PATHION, Mr. Liddle served for 5 years as CEO of Home Director, Inc., a public company, which had spun out of IBM, and which he took over to complete a turn-around. He guided the company through several rounds of financing and a complete re-organization. Home Director was a leading supplier of technology infrastructure for new homes and offered complete solutions for entertainment, security and energy management.

Prior to Home Director, Mr. Liddle held managing director positions to provide consulting services to major corporations, early stage technology companies and venture capital firms raising hundreds of millions of dollars in capital, ultimately becoming a managing director of a boutique investment bank. He also held roles as CEO, building executive teams, growth and exit strategies at semiconductor, set-top box, networking and internet companies. Additionally, he built strong operating and financial plans, management teams, boards of directors and access to customers both domestically and internationally.

Mr. Liddle was one of the first employees of Electronic Arts as part of the marketing and programming team that introduced some of the leading games to the market. Subsequently, he held executive level positions in sales, product marketing, and business development at Slate Corporation, Autodesk, Avistar Corporation, and Eyematic Interfaces, pioneers in mobile computing, engineering, collaboration, and recognition and animation. Slate Corporation was one of the first mobile computing companies, providing technology to various government agencies, including the military and intelligence departments. Avistar provided secure video communications and data collaboration solutions used by licensed securities firms, the US military and several embassies around the world. Eyematic Interfaces was a leading provider of embedded access control technology and biometrics used in hardened facilities around the world.

Mr. Liddle holds a B.A. in Economics from The University of California, San Diego.

 

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Russell S. Penniman

Mr. Penniman retired from the United States Navy, with the rank of Rear Admiral, after 35 years of distinguished service.  Following his designation as a Naval Aviator, Mr. Penniman was assigned to many fleet fighter squadrons, where he deployed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk and USS Abraham Lincoln, including in support of Operation Desert Storm.  In 2003, then Captain Penniman served on the Joint Air Component Commander’s staff, US Central Command, where he served as Night Director, Combat Plans Division during the opening months of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Following numerous command assignments, Mr. Penniman was selected to the rank of Rear Admiral, and his flag assignments include; Deputy Commander, U.S. Third Fleet & Director of Operations, Deputy Commander & Chief of Staff, U.S. Pacific Fleet.  During his time in the Navy, Mr. Penniman logged in excesses of 3,000 hours in various tactical jet aircraft & over 430 carrier arrested landings.

In the private sector, Mr. Penniman was formerly President of the Earth & Materials Sciences Group and a founding partner of Owens Geotechnical, Inc.  He is currently the managing partner of Penniman & Associates, LLC, a financial services company.  Active in his community, Mr. Penniman has served on a variety of boards, to include the State of California’s, 22nd District Agricultural Association, where he currently serves as chair, the Del Mar Race Track Authority, the Del Mar Leasing Commission, the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation and The Irvine Museum.

Mr. Penniman graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Engineering Management, and completed post-graduate studies in business, with Chapman University, aviation safety, at the Naval Postgraduate School, and the program for Senior Executives in National & International Security Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School.”