Mr. Steven N. Bronson has over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience. His successful background in investment banking, operations and management has led him to acquire meaningful stakes in several promising technology companies and assuming CEO roles.
In July 2013, Mr. Bronson assumed the positions of CEO of Qualstar Corporation, a high quality tape library manufacturer, and its brand, N2Power, a manufacturer of high efficiency power supplies for diverse electronics industries. He immediately initiated a turnaround strategy, implementing cost cutting measures plus aggressive sales efforts that are fundamental steps towards profitability.
Mr. Bronson became the CEO and Chairman of Interlink Electronics, Inc. in July of 2010. In March of 2011 he also took on the role of President, bringing both his operational and financial expertise to the company. Since successfully turning around Interlink's business to profitability, Mr. Bronson has focused on strategic matters, mission-critical decisions, and identification of potential acquisitions and business partnership opportunities.
Mr. Bronson has held the position of CEO & Chairman of BKF Capital Group, Inc. (BKF), a publicly traded company operating through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, BKF Investment Group, Inc. and BKF Asset Holdings, Inc. since October 2008.
In 1996, Mr. Bronson founded Bronson & Co. and served as CEO & Chairman until November 2014. Bronson & Co., LLC is an investment banking firm that assists private and public, emerging growth and middle market companies with raising capital, mergers & acquisitions and advisory services.
In addition, Mr. Bronson served on the board from September 1996 to July 2000 of Mikron Infrared Instruments, Inc.; he served as Mikron's Chairman and CEO from August 1998 to May 1999 during a restructuring period. Mr. Bronson led the effort of recruiting a top notch management team, eventually increasing the company's revenue by 500%; the company was sold in April 2007.
Mr. Bronson currently holds the series 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, 63, 65, 66 and 79 licenses.
Louann Negrete was appointed Chief Financial Officer on December 2, 2013. Ms. Negrete has more than two decades of experience in corporate manufacturing accounting with public companies. She has managed mergers and acquisitions and has extensive experience with international subsidiaries. For the 2 years prior to joining Qualstar, Ms. Negrete was the Director of Corporate Accounting for LINE 6, Inc., a manufacturer of digital modeling music equipment. For the 6 years prior to that, she was the Corporate Controller and CFO at Interlink Electronics, Inc., a publicly traded electronics company. During that time the company went through a restructure and sold two business units. Before joining Interlink, she was Corporate Controller for 6 years at Biosource International, Inc., another publicly traded company. During this time period, Biosource acquired two companies and was eventually sold to Invitrogen.
Ms. Negrete began her corporate career as assistant controller for Patagonia, an outdoor clothing company, and as controller at US Stamp, another manufacturing company. Additionally, she has over 6 years in public accounting. Ms. Negrete holds a CPA license from the State of California. She graduated from California State University, Northridge with a BS degree in Business Administration, Accounting.
Randy D. Johnson, Vice President of Sales for N2Power, joined Qualstar in 2002 as Business Unit Manager for N2Power. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Johnson held the position of Vice President and Business Unit Manager for Flightware Ltd., a business solutions software company. From 1983 to 2000, Mr. Johnson was employed by Integrated Business Computers, a business computer manufacturer, where he held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Mr. Johnson graduated with a B.A. degree in Business and Political Science from Westmont College in 1980, and earned his MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix in 1999.
Arun Vaishampayan, Vice President of Global Data Storage Sales, rejoined Qualstar in 2013 as Vice President of Sales for APAC and ME. Mr. Vaishampayan has more than 25 years of experience in the computer and data storage industry. He is responsible for the data storage sales strategy, strategic OEM relationships and partnerships.
Prior to Qualstar, Mr. Vaishampayan held various management positions at Integrated Business Computers, Nexsan Technologies Inc., Omneon/Harmonic and Data Direct Networks. He holds a B.S. in Physics and an MBA in New Product Development from University of Bombay. He also holds a certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles, Engineering in Management.