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

Vice President of Operations

Stephen studied at Northeastern University  Boston Ma.

Prior to accepting a position with EPC Space Stephen spent most of his career 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.

Wendy Gardenour

Wendy Gardenour

Controller

Wendy comes to EPC Space with over 15 years of experience in financial leadership. She has a wide breadth of experience in Accounting and Operations. She has specialized in coming into younger companies and establishing controls and procedures, enabling them to grow while controlling expenditures and maximizing profit.

Wendy graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Accounting from Franklin Pierce College

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

Cheryl Garofano

Quality Assurance Manager

Cheryl comes to EPC Space with over 20 years’ experience in quality assurance and electronics manufacturing that includes several certifications in QM systems and ISO 9001, 13485 and SAE AS9100 standards, along with certifications as an ISO and SAE Lead Auditor.

Cheryl began her career at Benchmark Electronics in Hudson NH, as a surface-mount Screen Print Operator and within twelve weeks, was made Line Leader.

Cheryl spent several years at Teradyne Connection Systems, where she received her certifications as an IPC J-STD, IPC-610 & IPC/WHMA-A-620 Instructor certifications. At Axsys IR Systems, a division of General Dynamics, Cheryl was involved in Quality Assurance activities, Engineering & Configuration Control Management, ESD Coordinating and ISO 9001 auditing.

Cheryl furthered her career by accepting a position as the Quality Assurance Manager at Aved Electronics where she was responsible for leading the company in procuring ISO 9001:2015 & 13485:2016 & FAA certifications.

Over the years, Cheryl has gained successful experience in quality control inspection, developing processes and documentation for IQ/OQ/PQ validations and verifications, conducting and coordinating different forms of FA inspections for medical devices, commercial and aerospace product as well as, overseeing and ensuring Quality Control.