Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Schoening serves the Company as its Chief Executive Officer. He has been instrumental in establishing the systems and infrastructure required to continue Optex System's rapid growth. This activity was rewarded with Optex System's recent ISO9001:2008 Certification. Prior to joining Optex Systems, Danny was the Vice President of Operations for The Finisar Corporation AOC Division for 4 years where he led a team of up to 200 employees to produce vertical cavity lasers for the data communications industry at production rates of hundreds of thousands of units per week. Prior to Finisar, Danny was the Director of Operations for multiple divisions of Honeywell International. Serving the Automotive, Medical, Aerospace, and Consumer Commercial Markets. During this 17 year period, Danny was recognized with Honeywell's Lund Award, their highest award for developing employee resources. Danny has a broad experience level in the following technologies: Mechanical Assembly Processes, Micro-Electronic Assembly Processes, Laser Manufacturing, Plastic Molding, Metal Machining, Plating, Thick Film Printing, Surface Mount Technology, Hall Effect Technology and MEMS based Pressure Devices. Danny received a Bachelors of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from the University of Nebraska, an MBA from Southern Methodist University, and holds three United States Patents.
Larry Hagenbuch joins the Board and has accepted the role of Audit Committee Chair. Larry is currently a Managing Director at Huron Consulting Group. Prior to that, Larry was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for J. Hilburn, Inc., a custom clothier for men from Dec 2009 to May 2019. He served on the board of directors of Remy International (REMY) from November 2008 until that company's sale to BorgWarner in November 2015, where he served on the audit and compensation committees. Larry also currently serves on the board of directors for both Arotech (ARTX) and HireQuest (HQI). Larry has served in senior management positions for SunTx Capital Partners, Alix Partners, GE / GE Capital, and American National Can Group, Inc. Larry began his professional career in the United States Navy.
Dale Lehmann joins the Board as an industry expert having over 30 years of management, strategy, product development, delivery and operational experience in the electro-optical industry. Dale was the Director of Business Development & Strategy for General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies Group from 2014 through 2017. Prior to that, Dale was the Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Infrared Products Group for L-3 Communications/Cincinnati Electronics from 1995 through 2014. Dale currently sits on the Board of Directors for Adimec USA, a provider of application specific imaging solutions.
Rimmy Malhotra joins the Board and has accepted the role of Compensation Committee Chair. Rimmy currently manages The Nicoya Fund, an investment partnership whose partners include, high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and family offices and has acted in that capacity since 2013. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of HireQuest, a NASDAQ listed staffing operator. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School in Finance, MA in International Affairs from The University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.