Management Team

The Korvis staff consists of seasoned project managers, experienced system design engineers, a professional materials department, a senior level manufacturing team, a documentation department, administration, and a QA department.

Rich Carone, CEO >>

Rich began his career with Hewlett Packard in the late seventies, and was the manager of the software group that produced the HP 12C calculator, still the industry standard 25 years later.

In 1981, he co-founded and was Vice President of Intelledex, an early robotics company. In 1985, Rich co-founded (with Korvis employee Neal Pierce) Accu-Fab Systems, and for 10 years was General Manager of this highly successful producer of custom robotic systems.

In 1994, Accu-Fab was sold to ATS Systems, and Rich was General Manager of the West Coast and Asian Divisions of ATS until 2001. Rich spent 2001 through early 2003 as a General Partner with Pacific Horizon Ventures, a Venture Capital firm specializing in Life Sciences Investments, before joining Korvis as Executive Chairman.

Ben Wahlstrom, President >>

After earning his BS in mechanical engineering, Ben worked for seven years at Accu-Fab Systems of Oregon, a large tech-based automation company. Roles included engineering manager, key project manager, and inter-divisional technology lead.

In 2001, Ben accepted a position as VP of engineering and manufacturing at Cytopeia Inc, a life science instrument manufacturer.

Ben has experience in system design and test, reliability engineering, QA, and lean manufacturing. Ben launched Korvis in February of 2002.

Rod W Holmquist, Vice President, QA >>

Rod began his technical career in high frequency electronics and was rapidly promoted through positions of increasing responsibilities in engineering, engineering management, and manufacturing.

Rod was the Director of Manufacturing at Microwave Technology, Inc. with full divisional performance responsibility before joining Accu-Fab Systems, California in 1995 to oversee its manufacturing. After ATS' purchase of Accu-Fab, Rod became General Manager ATS Systems, California in 1997 and remained in that position until he resigned in September, 2003.

Rod joined the Korvis team in February, 2004. Rod's "hands-on" management style along with his broad background in technology, manufacturing, and automation has equipped him well to join the Korvis senior management team.

Lim Chin Hui, Managing Director Korvis Asia >>

Lim is a proven entrepreneur and worked as a corporate officer in a world class public listed company for many years.

Lim worked as a newspaper journalist before enrolling into engineering school. He started his engineering career as a automation engineer for Apple Computers in the late eighties. He joined Singapore Technologies as a software engineer after that. Between 1990 and 1994, he co-founded AnA Mechatronics in Singapore, Penang and Tianjin. His company was acquired by Automation Tooling Systems (ATS), the world's largest custom automation company in 1996. He then worked as a Vice President and also an officer in ATS for more than 15 years. During his tenure, he started two additional factories for ATS in Shanghai and Dongguan, and grew ATS Asia to a respectfully sizable division with financial success.

During his 25 years of automation business, Lim has led many talented engineers to design and deliver sophisticated and state of the art automation equipment in Asia. Many of his projects have won market recognition globally.

In May 2008, Lim co-founded Korvis Asia in Singapore and Shanghai. He has led the newly founded company to survive the global recession and diversified the business into the energy, automotive, electronics and pharmaceutical sectors.

Lim holds a Diploma in Electronics, an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Engineering, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Ngwan Boon Ming, General Manager >>

Ngwan has been working in the automation industry for more than 20 years. He has led many talented engineers to design and build automation systems which have won industry recognition. Many of these systems are running very well all over the world today.

Ngwan graduated with an engineering degree from a university in Japan. After that, he worked as a mechanical designer for Omron in Japan for five years before joining Omron Malaysia as a production manager. After leaving Omron, he worked for MMI holdings, Philips Enabling Technologies, and ATS as a Design and Program Manager. He joined Korvis Asia as a General Manager in June 2008.

Yang Yi Qiang, Operations Manager >>

Yang graduated from Shanghai Jia Tong University, one of the top engineering schools in China. He was away from his country for 14 years to work in Singapore. He started his automation career as a mechanical designer for a local automation company in Singapore.

He joined ATS in the late nineties and within a short time was promoted to deputy Design Manager for ATS Singapore. He was relocated back to China in early 2000 as Operations Manager for what was then ATS Shanghai.

Yang has designed and built many automation systems for automotive, hard disk drive and medical industries. He joined Korvis in October 2008.

Brad Frederick, Project Management & Business Development >>

Brad has worked in the high-tech automation business since 1987, starting as a system designer at Intelledex, where he worked until joining Accu-Fab Systems in 1989.

At Accu-Fab, Brad worked in various design capacities and went on to manage nearly every group within the company, including engineering, production, service, & project management.

Brad became the Operations Director and General Manager of Custom Automation Systems before leaving ATS in January 2003 to be a part of the Korvis Team.

Neal Pierce, Vice President, Asian Operations >>

Over the past 30 years of devotion to the automation industry, Neal has held key positions with a variety of technical companies.

Neal began with Hewlett-Packard, rising to R&D and procurement management positions. Neal's technical management roles continued as VP Operations for Intelledex, a pioneer in early robotics.

In 1985 Neal co-founded Accu-Fab Systems. Acting as President, he guided the corporation through many years of project and financial success. After being acquired by ATS, Neal took on the role of VP of Asian Operations before leaving the company in 2002 to work with the Korvis team and integrate offshore manufacturing solutions.

Andy Carson, Chief Sales Engineer >>

Andy is a 26 year veteran of the automation industry, first with the robotics manufacturers Unimation and Adept Technology, then with the automation systems integrator Wright Industries.

Andy received his BS Engineering from San Francisco State University (1982) and two years later he became a licensed professional mechanical engineer. Andy's job history includes a variety of roles, starting as a design and project engineer at Unimation (Adept's birth mother), which led to applications engineering, and then sales and sales management at Adept Technology.

Starting in 1995, Andy's tenure at Wright Industries was entirely in the sales realm, which included stints as sales engineer and vice president of sales. Andy joined the Korvis team in October, 2007.

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