Senior Director, Industry and Innovation
Rick Earles identifies and facilitates product development and commercialization opportunities for regional innovation clusters. In this role, he engages value chain members and assists them in identifying and collaborating with potential partners, capturing funding, creating prototypes and attracting regional talent.
With over 25 years of experience, Rick specializes in technology innovation, technology-based business development and technology-based economic development. He is experienced in organic business growth through new product development, the implementation of strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and the expansion into new market opportunities.
Before joining NorTech, now Team NEO, in 2011, Rick was Executive Director at CANEUS, an international industry trade association that facilitates the development and commercialization of micro and nano technologies for aerospace applications. Previously, he managed the commercialization of harsh environment MEMS/NEMS technologies as Vice President at Glennan Microsystems, a public-private partnership for the research, development and application needs of NASA and industry. He has also worked for businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups and has provided development services for a number of Small Business Development Centers in Northeast Ohio.
Experienced in micro and nano technology, electronics, electric power, software and fluid power, Rick has authored a number of technical articles, papers and reports. He holds a patent for an active vibration control product for semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
Rick has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.