Leadership Team

Bel Lazar

Chief Executive Officer

Bel Lazar brings 30+ years of experience in the semiconductor, aerospace, and defense technology fields. In addition to his role as CEO of EPC Space, Bel currently serves as COO of Efficient Power Conversion Corporation. Most recently, Bel served as an Acting CEO of Freebird Semiconductor Corp. Prior to joining EPC, Bel was President & Chief Executive Officer at API Technologies Corp. Prior to API Technologies, Bel was Senior Vice President of Operations, Corporate, at Microsemi Corporation, now Microchip Technology. Prior to Microsemi, Bel spent over 22 years at International Rectifier, now Infineon Technologies AG, where he was the Vice President and General Manager of Aerospace & Defense business unit. Bel has completed 17 M&A transactions throughout his career.

Bel graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Engineering, majoring in Electrical Engineering, from California State University, Northridge and is a member of national engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Bel also holds an M.S. degree in Computer Engineering, with focus on artificial intelligence, from the University of Southern California, a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law.

Max Zafrani

Max Zafrani

Chief Technology Officer

Max Zafrani has over 30 years in the power semiconductor and Hi Rel industry. Max was the co-founder and CTO of Freebird Semiconductor concentrating on radiation effects of GaN. Max started his career at RCA-Harris in 1985 and held multiple positions in diffusion, test and development of Power Rectifier and IGBT. He also worked at CPClare now Littlefuse in the development of solid state relay and SCRs. Prior to starting Freebird Semiconductor he worked at International Rectifier for 15 years as the Senior Director of Engineering for the Product Development of Radiation Hardened Mosfets. During these years with his team he introduced the R6 Rad Hard Mosfet generation and the first Rad Hard Logic Level Power FET R7 platforms. Max received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University. He has been granted 3 US patents in the area of power semiconductor.

Stephen Kelly

Director of Operations

Stephen studied at Northeastern University  Boston Ma.

Prior to accepting a position with EPC Space Stephen spent most of his carrier at Microsemi Corp.  1985- 2015. Starting as a Mechanical engineer, working up to New package design , Manager of Engineering service, and ended up working for Microsemi’s CFO specializing in Overseas  Operations.

Jim Brandt

Principle Product Engineer

Jim received his MSEE from the University of New Hampshire.

Prior to joining EPC Space Jim has held positions involving new product development in the HiRel divisions of International Rectifier Corporation and Microsemi Corporation

Nancy Tran

Quality Assurance Manager

Nancy Tran was the Quality Assurance Manager of Freebird Semiconductor since 2019.  Prior to joining Freebird, Nancy held the role of Document and Data Control Supervisor position at Microsemi/Microchip Corporation for 20 years. Her extensive documentation experiences in the Semiconductor industry and in conjunction with the MIL Standards, AS9100 knowledge have been invaluable to the company to ensure efficiency in quality, compliance, and records retention.