Mark W. Dowley, PhD, became Chairman of the Company in 1998. From 1972 to 1998, Dr. Dowley was President of LiCONiX. Prior to founding LiCONiX in 1972, Dr. Dowley was Director of Research at Coherent, Inc. From 1967 to 1968. Dr. Dowley was a research scientist at Spectra Physics, Inc. Prior to joining Spectra Physics, Dr. Dowley was a researcher at IBM Research Laboratory. Dr. Dowley received his B.Sc. in Physics at University College Dublin, Ireland in 1956, his M.A. at University of Toronto, Canada in 1957 and his Ph.D. at University of Toronto, Canada in 1959.


Thomas M. Hogan became Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Director of the Company in 1998. Mr. Hogan was a founder of LiCONiX in 1972 and was a Director and financial consultant to LiCONiX from 1972 to 1992. He joined LiCONiX on a full-time basis as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 1992 continuing in that capacity through 1998. Mr. Hogan was Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary, and a Director of Intech Incorporated, a publicly traded firm in Santa Clara from 1972 to 1992. From 1969 to 1972, Mr. Hogan was Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Coherent Inc. and was responsible for their initial public offering. Prior to 1969, he was an auditor for Arthur Andersen in San Francisco. Mr. Hogan received his B.S. in Accounting & Finance from San Jose State University in 1964 and is a California Certified Public Accountant.


Alex Laymon became President and Director of the Company in 1998. Mr. Laymon was the Vice President of Engineering at LiCONiX from 1994 to 1998. He held a series of technical positions at LiCONiX, including Engineering Manager and Senior Laser Engineer. From 1986 to 1987, Mr. Laymon was employed by Uniphase Corporation on the R&D staff. Mr. Laymon received his B.S. in Engineering Physics in 1986 and his M.B.A. in 1993 at Santa Clara University.


J. Michael Mallick joined the Company's Board in 1998. Mr. Mallick was Director of LiCONiX from 1975 to 1998. Mr. Mallick has been a private investor for many years. He recently retired as Vice President of Cantor, Fitzgerald & Company in Beverly Hills, CA.