Jack Wade is the Founder and CEO of ZMicro. Jack started Z Micro, then known as “the world’s smallest Sun Systems Integrator,” in 1986 in his dining room. Since then, it has grown to become a major supplier of ruggedized computing and display solutions to the US Armed Forces. Before founding ZMicro, Jack helped Electronic Data Systems develop its Medicare software and worked on several projects for SAIC. Jack's long and successful career began during his attendance at Indiana State University, where he automated the university’s class registration, grade reporting, cost accounting systems, and supported faculty research.
Jason Wade is the President at ZMicro. He began his career with Tumbleweed Communications, now Axway, in Silicon Valley as an Engineer. During his tenure with Tumbleweed he developed a broad range of skills serving in engineering, quality assurance, and system administrator roles as the company grew.
After receiving his MBA Jason joined ZMicro in 2004 as a Sales Manager. He has applied and executed his expertise in sales and marketing tactics, business development, engineering. In 2008 he became ZMicro’s Director of Engineering, where he served for three years before assuming his current role in Marketing and Sales. Jason is an indispensible player in senior management and possesses extensive knowledge and experience in systems administration, software and hardware development, technology management, and systems integration. He works closely with ZMicro customers to provide technical solutions to unique challenges and create custom platform solutions ISR operations. Jason’s academic exploits include a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Mathematics as well as a Bachelor's of Science in Physics. He later went on to acquire his MBA in Technology Management at UC Davis.
As the Chief Operating Officer, John Howell brings over 20 years of specialized Manufacturing Operations Management experience to the management team at ZMicro. John takes an active role in developing and overseeing operations from Material Control, Purchasing, Production, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Customer Service. Born and raised in San Diego County, John attended San Diego State University (SDSU) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. It was at SDSU where he was first introduced to manufacturing while completing course work in production control systems.
In his efforts to synchronize departments and institute the best manufacturing techniques, John embraced the practices and principles developed by Toyota and its production system commonly known as ‘Lean Manufacturing.’ John has played a central role in the growth of ZMicro, adhering to his ambitious pursuit of knowledge, skills, and support from such organizations as Tech America and Supplier Excellence Alliance. John’s endeavors as Chief Operating Officer, have led to stream lined process flows, shorten production cycle times, reduced costs, and improved quality.
As the Vice President of Quality Assurance, Rick Elliott has served as a vital asset in the growth and development of ZMicro’s manufacturing and quality processes since 1995. Prior to his tenure at ZMicro, Rick employed his entrepreneurial prowess building his own private firm. After 23 years of self-employment, 12 of which involved in private Quality Systems Consulting, Rick joined the ZMicro team. He has a comprehensive skillset in Quality Assurance and is credited with having built and retooled quality systems for ZMicro and numerous other companies. Rick’s exploits have been called upon by a long list of companies that include: Huck International, PW Pipe, Encad, Heat & Control, Browning USA, Hydrabrush, and more.
For the past 13 years, Rick’s skills and primary focus have been dedicated to ZMicro's Quality Assurance department. He is an integral member of senior management specializing in manufacturing troubleshooting, quality training, quality certifications & implementation, as well as auditing. He is also an expert in security and clearance protocol. In addition to his other accolades and achievements at ZMicro, Rick is a certified Lead Assessor for ISO 9001. He also maintains a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Randall Millar is Chief Technical Officer at ZMicro and oversees all facets of product development from conceptual design through delivery to the customer. Randy brings more than ten years of executive experience having served as Vice President of Engineering and COO at DigiVision. He has extensive technical experience in the design of video processing systems and has been granted a number of patents for his work on real-time enhancement algorithms for medical, military, and consumer markets. Randy earned his degree in electrical engineering at UCSD.