Jong S. Whang - Executive Chairman
Jong S. Whang has been President, Chief Executive Officer and Chaiman
of the Company since its inception in 1981, and was one of its
founders. Mr. Whang's responsibilities include the sales effort for our
solar and semiconductor equipment business and the development of new
products and business opportunities in that industry. He has 33 years
of experience in the semiconductor industry, including time spent in
both processing and manufacturing of equipment components and systems.
From 1973 until 1979, he was employed by Siltronics, Inc., initially as
a technician working with chemical vapor deposition, and later as
manager of the quartz fabrication plant with responsibility of
providing technical marketing support. From 1979 until 1981, he was
employed by U.S. Quartz, Inc. as manufacturing manager. In 1981, he
left U.S. Quartz to form the Company.
Fokko Pentinga - President and CEO
Fokko Pentinga has over 30 years' experience in the solar and
semiconductor industries and with 17 years at Amtech has a deep
knowledge and understanding of the Company. He has been a driving force
of the Company's solar strategy and its sales and operational success.
Mr. Pentinga was instrumental in securing Amtech's successful R&D
partnership with Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., LTD and the Energy
Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). He has been President of
Amtech since March 2010, leading the Company to record breaking
financial and operational results. Prior to being President of Amtech,
Mr. Pentinga was Managing Director of Amtech Europe and General Manager
of Tempress Systems, Inc, Amtech's solar subsidiary.
Bradley C. Anderson - Executive Vice President – Finance, CFO, Treasurer and Secretary
Bradley C. Anderson joined us as Vice President-Finance, Chief
Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary in April 2006. Prior to
that, Mr. Anderson spent several years in a consulting role
implementing the internal control requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley
Act for a broad range of publicly held companies. From 1996 to 2002,
Mr. Anderson served as Vice President-Finance and then as Chief
Financial Officer of Zila, Inc., an international provider of
healthcare technology and products. Mr. Anderson began his career with
Deloitte (formerly Deloitte & Touche) where he worked for over 11
years. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of
Science in Accounting. Mr. Anderson is Certified Public Accountant.
Jeong-Mo Hwang, Ph.D. - Vice President, CTO
Jeong Mo Hwang, has been the Chief
Technology officer since April 2011. He had been a member of our board
of directors since June 2009. He has over 20 years of solar and
semiconductor technology experience particularly in device physics and
process technologies. Prior to the current position, Dr. Hwang had
served for several years in senior engineering management positions for
non-volatile memory companies including Spansion, Inc. From 1995 to
2004, he held executive positions in Research and Development for
semiconductor companies in Korea including Dongbu-Anam Semiconductor
and LG Semicon, leading development teams of over 100 people. Prior to
1995, Dr. Hwang held engineering and technology leadership positions
with leading semiconductor companies, Texas Instruments and
Westinghouse. Dr. Hwang has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from
Arizona State University, a Master of Science degree in Electrical
Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
(KAIST) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering
from Pusan National University in Korea.
Robert T. Hass - Vice President, CAO
Robert T. Hass has been the Chief Accounting Officer and Assistant
Secretary of the Company since April 2006. Prior to that, he served as
our Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and
Secretary from June 1992 to April 2006, and as Director from February
1996 to March 2006. From 1991 until May, 1992, he operated a financial
consulting practice. From 1985 to 1991, Mr. Hass was Director of
Accounting Services and then Controller for Lifeshares Group, Inc., and
from 1988 to 1991 was Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of some
of Lifeshares’ subsidiaries. From 1984 to 1985, he was Vice President –
Finance and Treasurer of The Victorio Company. From 1977 to 1984, he
served in various capacities including Vice President, Chief Financial
Officer and Treasurer of Altamil Corporation, then a public diversified
manufacturing company. From 1972 to 1977, he was an auditor with Ernst
& Ernst, now known as Ernst & Young. Mr. Hass has a Bachelor of
Science degree in accounting from Indiana University.
BACK TO TOP
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alfred W. Giese - Director
Alfred W. Giese is founder and senior partner of International Business
Consultants and currently serves as acting President and General
Manager of Sea Fare Foods Corp., a Kansas City, Missouri-based Company.
From 1998 to 2001, he was the Vice President, Sales for Silicon Valley
Group (SVG) with responsibility for both Asia and Europe. From 2001 to
2006, Mr. Giese was active in International Business Consultants with
emphasis on sales and marketing for Aviza Technology Corporation, a
semiconductor equipment manufacturer. He subsequently assembled and
managed a sales and marketing team for Epion Corporation, a high
technology equipment manufacturing company which was recently acquired
by TEL (Tokyo Electron Ltd). Mr. Giese has a degree in International
Business from the Industriehochschule in Essen, Germany.
Robert F. King - Director
Robert F. King has been a Director of the Company since May 2003. Since
1989, Mr. King has been President of King Associates, which provides
consulting services to equipment companies serving the semiconductor
and flat panel display industries. He currently serves on the advisory
board of a privately-held company, which provides equipment to the flat
panel display industry. From 1968 to 1988, Mr. King was employed at
Varian Associates, where he served in various marketing positions,
including Vice President of Marketing for the Semiconductor Equipment
Division. Mr. King also served on the Board of Directors of Varian’s
joint venture semiconductor equipment companies located in Korea and
Michael Garnreiter - Director
Michael Garnreiter has been a Director since February 2007. He is
currently a managing director of Fenix Financial Forensics, a
Phoenix-based financial consulting firm. From August 2006 until January
2010, he was a managing member of Rising Sun Restaurant Group LLC and
from December 2008 until December 2009, he was president of New Era
Restaurants, LLC, both of which are privately held restaurant operating
companies. Mr. Garnreiter serves on the boards of directors of Taser
International, a manufacturer of non-lethal protection devices, Knight
Transportation Company, a nationwide truckload transportation company,
and IA Global, Inc., an Asian business processes outsourcing company.
From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Garnreiter was CFO of Main Street Restaurant
Group, a publicly traded restaurant operating company, and from 1976 to
2002, he was a senior audit partner of Arthur Andersen LLP. He
graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor
of Science in Accounting and Business Administration. Mr. Garnreiter is
a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. Mr.
Garnreiter's financial background and expertise allows him to provide
valuable advice to the Board of Directors and to the Company's Audit
Egbert Jan Gert Goudena - Director
Egbert Jan Gert Goudena has been a director since December 21, 2009.
Since 1987, Mr. Goudena has been the operations manager of the
cleanroom fabs of the Delft Institute of Microsystems and
Nanoelectronics (DIMES) of the Delft University of Technology in The
Netherlands. His responsibilities include managing the logistics and
infrastructure of the cleanrooms including organization of the
technical staff, purchasing, maintenance, prototyping and small-scale
production. DIMES was established in 1987 and is a strong international
center of excellence providing experimental research in many areas such
as microelectromechanical systems technology (MEMS), flexible
electronics, monolithically stacked circuits (3D) and solar cells. In
2008, Mr. Goudena co-founded ISZGRO Diodes, a company that was formed
to deliver logistics services to technology companies and to produce
extreme ultraviolet (EUV) detectors. Mr. Goudena received a Bachelor of
Engineering degree in Chemical Technology from the H.T.S. Wegastraat in
BACK TO TOP
> DOWNLOAD - Code of Ethics
Amtech Systems, Inc. Code of Ethics
Systems, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, “Amtech”) strive to
apply high ethical, moral and legal principles in every aspect of
This written statement of principles applies to all directors, officers
and employees of Amtech (collectively referred to as “associates”), and
is intended to serve as a guide for ethical behavior. If an associate
is concerned about an ethical situation, or is not sure whether
specific conduct meets Amtech’s standards, that associate should feel
free to discuss the situation with a supervisor, or to report the
matter, anonymously, if desired, through our third-party provider,
EthicsPoint, either through their website www.ethicspoint.com,
or their toll-free number for the U.S. and Canada dial 866-413-1994, or
their toll-free for the Netherlands dial 0800-0226174. The chairman of
Amtech’s Audit Committee will monitor reports to this website, and will
coordinate the appropriate handling of any reported matters. You may
choose to remain anonymous in reporting any possible violation of this
Code of Ethics. Any reported incidents will be treated in a
confidential manner, and Amtech will not allow retaliation for
incidents reported in good faith.
we cannot anticipate all situations that may arise, you may find it
helpful to ask yourself the following questions when faced with an
• Would my conduct be legal?
• Would my conduct be ethical?
• Does my conduct comply with Amtech’s policies?
• Does my conduct appear appropriate, or would I be embarrassed if someone knew?
• If the person I most respect were to hear about my conduct, would that person be proud of me?
• Would my conduct be embarrassing to the Company or the associates involved if the details were fully disclosed?
Amtech expects its associates to understand and obey all legal
requirements governing the Company’s business. Associates needing more
information should talk with their supervisor or corporate management
or email the Ethics Mailbox. But complying with the law is just part of
what we need to be doing. Associates should continually try to avoid
even the appearance of impropriety or of violating the law or this Code
We believe this Code of Ethics provides us with the information and
resources necessary to help meet our ethical obligations to each other,
to the Company, to our customers, suppliers and competitors, investors
and to the public. It is the personal responsibility of each of us to
comply with this Code of Ethics, and like all Company policies,
noncompliance constitutes grounds for disciplinary action, up to and
including termination of employment.
RELATIONSHIPS AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Associates are expected to make decisions in the best interests of the
Company, and not for personal gain. No associate, nor any member of his
or her immediate family, should acquire a financial interest in, or
accept employment by, any entity doing business with Amtech, if the
interest or employment would conflict with the associate’s performance
of his or her duties for the Company. Neither associates, nor their
immediate family members, may accept gifts or favors that create any
obligation, either stated or implied, to a competitor, supplier or
customer of Amtech. Gifts should not be accepted from such companies or
their agents, unless the gift either has been previously approved in
writing by a supervisor, or is of only nominal value (i.e., shirts,
caps, etc.). Associates may not offer any gift or favor to any
employee, or a member of the immediate family of an employee, of a
competitor, supplier or customer, if the gift or favor might place the
recipient under any obligation to either the associate making the gift
or to Amtech. Kickbacks, bribes, rebates or other forms of illegal
consideration are never acceptable, and must never be either given or
accepted by anyone acting on behalf of Amtech. Associates dealing with
government agencies should be particularly alert to any agency rules
limiting or prohibiting gifts or other favors. Associates may not
either use or disclose any confidential or non-public information
learned through their employment at Amtech, either for their own or
someone else's personal benefit. Use of such information may also
violate strict Federal laws against “insider trading” in securities.
See further discussion below. Associates should respect the Company’s
property and use the Company’s assets, including computers and related
information technology assets, only in accordance with established
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS
Strict compliance with all laws affecting the conduct of Amtech’s
business is required. Any questions as to the applicability of any law
or the appropriate manner of compliance should be directed to corporate
Competition and Antitrust Laws. All of the business activities of
Amtech are highly competitive, and it is the policy of Amtech to
compete aggressively, but fairly. A major part of this commitment to
compete fairly is a commitment to abide fully by federal and state
antitrust laws. The broad purpose of antitrust laws is to promote fair
and honest competition. In general, these complex laws prohibit any
form of agreement or understanding, whether formal, informal, express
or implied, that unreasonably reduces competition and business rivalry.
This commitment also prohibits any unfair or untrue disparagement of an
Amtech follows the accepted accounting rules and controls as set forth
by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial
Accounting Standards Board. All account books, budgets, project
evaluations, expense accounts and other papers utilized in maintaining
our business records must accurately reflect the matters to which they
relate. All assets of the Company must be carefully and properly
accounted for. No payment of funds shall be approved or made with the
understanding that any part of the funds will be used in a manner
contrary to this principle.
certified public accountants should be given full access to all
information necessary for them to conduct their audits properly.
EEO and Discrimination Laws.
Amtech requires strict adherence to its policies and the laws regarding
Equal Employment Opportunity and discrimination in the workplace.
Severe penalties may be imposed for violation. All forms of unlawful
harassment are similarly prohibited, including harassment by vendors or
contractors. The term “harassment” includes sexual, racial, ethnic and
other forms of harassment, including harassment based upon a
disability. Company policies set forth the means through which
employees who have witnessed or experienced harassment may report it
and seek appropriate relief.
It is the policy of Amtech to comply with all applicable securities
laws. No employee may disclose “insider” information (i.e., material,
non-public information acquired asa result of employment) to any
outside person or to other associates except on a strict need-tolearn
basis, and no associate may take any economic or personal advantage of
any inside information, such as buying or selling stock or other
securities of the Company or of any other company to which the inside
information may pertain.
Amtech’s intellectual property is a very valuable asset. Intellectual
property includes Company trademarks, copyrightable materials, patents
and trade secrets.
rights of the Company, as well as those of others, must be respected.
It is vital that these rights are protected and any infringements
reported to corporate management. Amtech owns all inventions,
discoveries, ideas, concepts, written material and trade secrets that
are created during employment or are produced at the Company’s
direction or using Company time, materials or other resources. Everyone
is urged to cooperate in documenting Amtech’s ownership of all
REPORTING AND RELEASE OF INFORMATION, MISREPRESENTATIONS AND FALSE STATEMENTS
Associates must never make a deliberate misrepresentation concerning Amtech or its business operations.
No associate should ever create, or assist anyone in creating, a false
or misleading entry in any book or business record of Amtech, including
any business expense report or employee time report. No unrecorded or
“hidden” funds or assets are permitted under any circumstances.
All record keeping, reporting of information and records must be
accurate, complete, honest and timely. The knowing or deliberate
falsification of any documents or data will be the basis for immediate
discharge and may subject an employee to civil and criminal sanctions
Dishonest reporting of information to organizations and people inside
or outside the Company, including false or artificial entries in books
and records, is strictly prohibited. It could lead to civil or criminal
liability for you and the Company. This includes not only inaccurate
reporting, but also organizing information in a way that is intended to
mislead or misinform.
Established procedures for the release of information about Amtech must
be strictly followed. In personal, as well as business conversation,
employees should limit comments about Amtech to information that has
been publicly disclosed by the Company in accordance with established
procedures, or strictly on a need-to-know basis to persons obligated in
writing to keep the information confidential.
Confidentiality. Information is key to our success. Everyone must protect what is confidential while working at Amtech and after leaving the Company.
The heading of confidential information includes financial documents,
pricing or vendor information, plans for future products, corporate
development, the cost of goods, personnel files, manuals and
procedures, computer software, design documents, videos and memos.
(Information that has been made public by the Company, such as by press
release, advertisement or filed documents, is not considered
If you are unsure whether
certain information is confidential, presume that it is. Therefore, it
is important to be careful about what is said to friends, business
associates and family members, even spouses. Finally, no one should
attempt to obtain confidential information that does not relate to his
or her employment duties and responsibilities.
DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT
Amtech is firmly committed to the principle of equality of opportunity in employment and human relationships.
Each associate is expected to treat fellow associates with respect and
dignity, and to practice the principles stated in the Amtech Employee
Amtech offers employment, training, compensation and advancement on the
basis of qualification, merit and business needs, regardless of race,
religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation
or other protected characteristic. Amtech will extend the same
considerations to qualified disabled persons, consistent with the
individual’s abilities to perform job duties safely and efficiently.
Business relationships with competitors, suppliers, and customers of
Amtech must always be conducted free of discrimination based on race,
religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation
Associates may not engage in any sexual or other harassment of other
associates, competitors, suppliers or customers.
All associates are responsible for implementing Amtech’s policy of
non-discrimination. This may require special affirmative action by all
levels of executive, managerial and supervisory personnel to seek out
competent persons and business entities entitled to the benefits of the
broad Amtech commitment to equal opportunity.
POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND PUBLIC SERVICE INVOLVEMENT
Amtech works hard to earn and maintain the respect of the communities
in which we operate. Associates are encouraged to speak out on
important community issues. Associates must be careful, however, not to
give the impression that they are speaking on behalf of Amtech, unless
they are actually authorized to do so.
No Amtech subsidiary is permitted to contribute, directly or
indirectly, to any political campaign. Employees may not use Company
expense accounts to pay for any personal political contributions, or
seek any other form of reimbursement for these contributions from
In addition, associates should not use Amtech’s facilities or assets
for the benefit of any party or candidate, including an associate
individually running for office.
Political payments in foreign countries pose special legal problems.
Associates engaged in foreign operations should never make a payment,
either directly or indirectly, to any foreign government official,
agency or instrumentality, or to any foreign political party, party
official or candidate, unless the specific payment has been reviewed
and approved by Amtech’s legal counsel.
SAFETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
The safe operation of Amtech’s activities is always a primary goal.
All associates, without exception, are responsible for insuring that
all Amtech operations are conducted safely. Associates are expected to
observe all safety rules and practices, and to follow instructions
concerning safe and efficient work practices. All employees should
immediately advise their supervisor or other management representative
if they see a work practice or activity they consider to be conducted
in an unsafe or careless manner.
Amtech and its associates must remain committed to taking all
reasonable steps to preserve and enhance the environment, public health
and safety. Safety consciousness must be a key part of our thinking and
You are encouraged to bring any concerns you may have, for example,
about your own or someone else’s conduct, an uncertainty about the
meaning of a particular regulation, a suspicion that somebody you work
with may have done something questionable or an issue with an action
Amtech is taking, to the attention of the Company by discussing them
with your supervisor or another member of management. If you are
uncomfortable speaking with your supervisor, the Company strongly
encourages you to contact a management representative in the Human
Resources Department or to contact our third party provider,
EthicsPoint, either through their website at www.ethicspoint.com, or
their toll-free number for the U.S. and Canada dial 866-413-1994, or
their toll-free for the Netherlands dial 0800-0226174. You may report a
matter anonymously to EthicsPoint. Remember that any reported incidents
will be treated in a confidential manner, and Amtech will not allow
retaliation for incidents reported in good faith.
Code of Ethics is not an employment contract and does not create any
contractual rights. Amtech reserves the right to amend or discontinue
this Code of Ethics and the policies addressed herein, without prior
notice, at any time. The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has
procedures for reporting and handling verified violations of this Code
BACK TO TOP