PLESKO, George
CONSULTANT
7 Magnolia Way
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
argeeo@gmail.com
Mr. George Plesko clearly has a very creative background when one considers that he is the holder of nearly 50 U. S. and foreign patents. These are primarily focused on products, components, assembly/manufacturing methods for bar code laser scanners. George is the Founder and CEO of Gap Technologies, Inc., a company dedicated to the design, manufacturer, and sales of sub-miniature, portable laser scanner technologies aimed at the healthcare and portable application arena. Following initial acceptance in the market, sales exceeded $1.6 Million at the end of a profitable 2nd year  thanks to major customers including (but not limited to) Casio, Quantum, Fujitsu, and Dow. Ultimately, GTI was sold to PSC in 1999. George earned a B. S. and M. S. in Physics from Penn State University with his thesis in Nuclear Physics. He has taught Physics at the secondary and college levels and addressed audiences up to 800 attendees on technology topics. SENIOR TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE/ TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT Technology Strategy ● R&D ● General Management ● Joint Ventures ● Operations ● Manufacturing Versatile and innovative technologist and business strategist with proven successes as Senior Vice President and General Manager of miniature scanning division of $250M public company, Director of Quality for the global privately held Mars Corporation, CEO of R&D/manufacturing start-up ultimately vied for and sold to one of 5 public companies. Prolific scientist/inventor and holder of approximately 50 issued U.S. and foreign patents. Demonstrated ability to develop pioneering products with quality and reliability designed in. Remarkable success inventing/simplifying production processes and devising custom machinery/tooling to accomplish complex manufacturing tasks with minimal resources, at costs often orders of magnitude lower than normal. Skilled in partnership/joint venture development, capitalization, and establishing sound corporate structures. Selected Highlights  Founded and drove manufacturing start-up rapidly to profitability in 2 years, including financing and establishing manufacturing facilities, sales team, R&D, engineering, shipping/receiving, accounting, etc.  Delivered exponential improvements in product reliability, $Millions in cost savings in world class QA function that thrust major corporation to global market leadership.  Directed R&D effort that produced multiple innovative, award-winning miniature scanning products.  Invented 50+ products, components, and methods. Wrote/secured patents independently at fraction of usual cost.  Directed senior engineering teams at several large corporations. Built and directed global staff of 45 at $30 billion company. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE METROLOGIC INSTRUMENTS INC., Blackwood, New Jersey - Present Principal Scientist PSC SCANNING SYSTEMS INC., Eugene, Oregon 1999 - 2002 $250M international global provider of data capture solutions for retail supply chains. Broad array of products and services including point of sale and portable scanners, warehousing & distribution, wireless networking, and self checkout systems. Senior Vice President PSC /General Manager of Miniature Scanner Division Retained to run division formed upon sale of Gap Technologies to PSC. When PSC later sold division to Symbol Technologies, remained under contract through 2002 to provide strategic analysis of 350+ U.S. patents. GAP TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (GTI), Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania 1991 - 1999 $5M developer and manufacturer of ultra miniature laser scanners for barcode industry. CEO/Founder/Chairman Conceived idea for company based on market niche for sub-miniature, portable laser scanner technologies aimed at health care and portable applications. Built enterprise from scratch, including incorporation, capitalization/funding, product design, staffing, and establishment of complete organizational structure. Managed or directed others in operation of all functional areas including design, manufacturing, production and sales, with personal focus on engineering, process development, and invention. Produced operating profit by 2nd year of manufacturing - driving sales from zero to $1.6M. Positioned GTI as attractive acquisition candidate, with major customers including Casio, Quantum, Fujitsu, and Dow. Poised to generate $5-7M next-year volume. Infrastructure/Business Management ● Secured $3+M in venture financing while retaining majority shareholder status, and established legal structure comprised of 2 Subchapter S Corporations, one for R&D and patent work, and another for manufacturing/production/distribution. ● Hired, trained, and drove performance of complete technical, production, sales and administrative staff. ● Established open door environment with focus on staff development and cross training that yielded loyal, high retention team that would volunteer to work with delayed pay. Many team members were actively recruited upon sale of company. ● Secured ~50 U.S. and foreign patents for products, components, and methods, personally writing most applications and engaging large Philadelphia law firm to file and prosecute them, holding costs to approximately 1/10 of normal costs. ● Averted hostile takeover attempt, marketed company to 5 public corporations, and sold company to PSC in 1999.