Dirk McCoy is president of mbarq technologies, a product and ideas company. Over his 25 years career he has founded and led two companies, creating thousands of man-years of employment in the US, and working extensively with and for Fortune 500 companies in electronics supply chain management for automotive, industrial, aerospace, medical, and communications markets. He has spoken on business and career development, quality, and capital equipment selection at numerous international symposia, and was a judge for the Illinois Manufacturer's Association Team Excellence Quality Awards competition. Dirk holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a B.S. in ceramic engineering from the University of Illinois.