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

Stephen Kelly

Vice President of Operations

Prior to EPC Space, Stephen spent most of his career at Microchip, (Microsemi Corp) from 1985- 2015. Stephen started as a Mechanical engineer, then took on new package designs, and culminating his career at Microchip with supply chain management. Stephen holds 9 patents.

Sean Morrison

Sean Morrison

Vice President Business Development

Sean Morrison brings over 30 years of semiconductor engineering and sales experience to EPC Space. As an engineer, Sean worked in wafer fabrication and product engineering at different semi-conductor companies for both the commercial and HiRel divisions of the business. On the business side, Sean worked as a Marketing, Business, and Sales Engineer/Manager. He was also the President of a Semiconductor Sales Representative Company.

Sean is an alumnus of Auburn University, Arizona State University and California State University, Dominguez Hills

Wendy Gardenour

Wendy Gardenour


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