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floyd sutz

Floyd Sutz

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Floyd has been an executive in the electronics manufacturing industry since 1991. He joined Vanguard EMS’s predecessor entity as CFO in 1995, and acquired the company in 2003, serving as CEO since.

Floyd is focused on delivering a positive experience for every customer at Vanguard EMS. Within the company, he sets business direction, oversees capital allocation, and is the main driver behind Vanguard EMS’s culture of collaborative continuous improvement. He enjoys direct relationships with both customer leaders and his fellow Vanguardians.

Floyd holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois. In his free time, Floyd enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with family and friends.

anh vu

Anh Vu

Director of Operations

Anh has over 25 years of experience in electronics manufacturing and testing, including RF devices. He joined Vanguard EMS’s test engineering team in 1993, and since then has delivered industry-leading test services for customers. Our customers’ technical and operations leaders appreciate Anh’s thoughtfulness and engagement.

In his current role as Director of Operations, Anh is responsible for Vanguard EMS’s entire manufacturing operation and execution system. He is also the creator and driving force behind the SMARTer Manufacturing™ system, Vanguard EMS’s best-in-class EMS process flow and manufacturing execution system. As a determined advocate for continuous improvement, Anh helps Vanguard EMS stay on the cutting edge of the electronics manufacturing industry.

Anh holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Bach Khoa University in Vietnam.

bruce mathis

Bruce Mathis

Director of Engineering

Bruce brings over 40 years of engineering and electronics manufacturing experience to Vanguard EMS. Throughout his career, he has been passionate about improving manufacturing processes and solving technical challenges to deliver customer success. As Director of Engineering at Vanguard EMS, Bruce draws on his extensive experience to understand customers’ needs and deliver the high quality products they expect.

Bruce’s diverse experience includes managing engineering and operations at both large and small companies, for both OEM and contract manufacturers. He has helped establish electronics production facilities and train staff in three countries.

Bruce holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona.

chris rickis

Chris Rickis

General Manager

Chris’s extensive background in electronics manufacturing includes PCB fabrication, electronics OEMs, wafer fabrication, and electronics manufacturing services. Over 30 years of experience and leadership in both startup and established manufacturing environments gives him insight into the different needs throughout stages of a product’s lifecycle.

Since joining Vanguard EMS in 2000, Chris’ electronics manufacturing experience has been invaluable in helping him understand customers’ needs and drive success in their manufacturing journeys.

Chris holds dual bachelor’s degrees from Portland State University: Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis, and Human Resource Management. Outside of work, you can find Chris and his family hiking, camping, golfing, or at a baseball game.

joe lariz

Joe Lariz

Director of Information Technology

Joe joined Vanguard EMS in 1999. He is passionate about delivering first-class customer service through the implementation of IT tools designed to provide information quickly and seamlessly.

Prior to his current role, Joe worked in various roles and departments throughout Vanguard EMS. This broad experience enables Joe to create and improve systems and processes at different levels in the company. For example, Joe was vital in the creation of SMARTer Manufacturing™, Vanguard EMS’s in-house process flow and manufacturing execution system.

Joe holds a bachelor's degree in technology management from George Fox University. When not in the office, Joe loves to golf and spend time with his wife and two children.

chris smith

Chris Smith

Director of Sales

Chris has worked in electronics manufacturing services since 1999. As Director of Sales, he continuously works to perfect Vanguard EMS’s industry-leading New Customer Introduction and New Product Introduction processes, saving customers time and money over the life of each product. In this role, Chris has been vital in establishing successful manufacturing alignment for mission-critical and life-sustaining products. His work includes introducing industry-leading programs for Fortune 500 companies into Vanguard EMS.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus on entrepreneurship from Concordia University. Outside of work, Chris mentors high school and college students and serves on several boards.

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