Consulting Team

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  • David Grafton
  • Senior Director & Chief Consultant
  • Blue Water Growth
  • david.grafton@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412 463 8381
  • Skype ID: david.grafton@bluewatergrowth.com

David Grafton has worked 25 years in the power distribution, semiconductor, military, and datacenter industries. Prior to joining Bluewater Growth in 2018, Mr. Grafton was the Vice President of Engineering, Quality, and Field Services at Universal Electric Corporation. Mr. Grafton managed R&D, Applications Engineering, Maintenance of line engineering, Quality, Field Services, and Safety. Under his leadership UEC attained ISO 9001 certification, created and launched a global Field Services team, created and developed a global applications engineering team, and developed mission critical new products all during a period of rapid growth and international expansion.

Prior to Universal Electric Mr. Grafton worked as both a digital design engineer and project manager in various sectors of the semiconductor industry, with stops at IBM and Synopsys, as a project engineering team manager developing products for the U.S. military, and as a project manager and hardware engineer at Eaton Corporation.

Mr. Grafton is a certified lead auditor for ISO 9001 (QMS), ISO 14001 (Environmental), and ISO 45001 (Safety). After proudly serving in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Grafton earned a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, followed by an MBA from Robert Morris University in 2009.

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  • David Iwinski Jr.
  • Managing Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • david.iwinski@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412 352 7997
  • China Mobile: +86 183 2128 4064
  • Skype ID: david.iwinski.bluewatergrowth

David Iwinski has worked in international business management in Asia and Europe for over 23 years. Prior to joining Blue Water Growth in 2010, Mr. Iwinski spent two years as Chief Executive Officer of Denex Labs LLC, a global dental laboratory based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Denex Labs utilized domestic and global production in China, Korea and India. Earlier (2001-2008), he was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Acusis LLC, a medical technology, software and transcription company. Acusis has customers in the United States and transcriptionist work force and software development teams in the United States, India and the Philippines. With a team of 1,200 in India (including over 100 software engineers) and over 200 in the Philippines, Mr. Iwinski spent a considerable portion of his time in Asia, working with his teams there on growth and operational issues. Before starting Acusis, Mr. Iwinski spent four years with Respironics, living in Hong Kong, as Managing Director for China and South East Asia. In that role, he was responsible for all of Respironics’ Asian manufacturing (including plants in China, Hong Kong and the Philippines) and for China sales, distribution, service and marketing. During this period he engineered a factory quality turn-around, built a new green-field production facility, and set up a China-wide sales operation headquartered in Shanghai.

An attorney by training, Mr. Iwinski spent eight years with Daimler-Benz Transportation, working as a Contract Negotiator and later as an International Commercial Coordinator. Mr. Iwinski earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1984, with a B.A. in Literature and a Minor in Music. In 1988 he earned his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Mr. Iwinski currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Seton Hill University and the Westmoreland Cultural Trust and on the Advisory Board of Asset. He also served on the Pittsburgh Symphony Board of Trustees for over ten years and was Board Chair of Friends of the Propel Charter Schools.

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  • Kevin Han
  • Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • kevin.han@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 513 282 5688
  • Skype ID: kevin.han@bluewatergrowth.com

Kevin Han has 20+ years’ experience for Multinational Companies’ General Management, Operations Management, Merger & Acquisition, Sales & Marketing in China and Asia as well as US. His accomplishments and expertise cover General Management with full P&L responsibilities, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Operations Management, Supply Chain & Sourcing, Leading Global Teams, Merger & Acquisition, Market Entry, Start-ups & Integration etc.

Prior to joining Blue Water Growth, Kevin was the Chief Executive Officer of Marksman RSC Inc., an international B2B and B2C fulfillment and distribution service provider based in Cincinnati Ohio. Marksman has customers from China, Asia, US and Europe. Before Marksman RSC, he was the General Manager of Amerisun Inc., an international outdoor power equipment business in Chicago Illinois, with a factory in China and customers in US and Europe.

Earlier, he was the General Manager of Toro China. Toro is the global market leader of turf and landscape maintenance equipment for use by individual consumers and commercial customers. Kevin ran Toro’s business in China from 2008 through 2016, and was fully involved in its acquisition in China as well as the new company’s start-up and integration into a part of Toro’s global growth.

Prior to running Toro China, Kevin was the Asia Pacific Leader of Danfoss’ Floor Heating Business (2005 – 2008). Danfoss is Denmark’s largest industrial group that is a world leader in the research, development and manufacture of products and components for the heating and cooling of commercial and residential spaces. He led the APAC team to develop and expand floor heating business and gained No. 1 position in the market.

Before Danfoss, he served as China’s senior sales and marketing executive at Legrand (2004 – 2005), a global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures, and Philips Lighting (1996 – 2002), the world NO.1 lighting business.

Mr. Han has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from South China University of Technology (1991) and a MBA with Distinction from the Management School at University of Sheffield, UK (2003), and is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. He is also a frequent speaker at industry seminars and business schools. Kevin lives in Greater Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and daughter.

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  • Thomas Watson
  • Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • thomas.watson@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412-398-4639
  • Skype: thomas.watson-bluewatergrowth

Thomas Watson has produced exceptional results in a variety of leadership positions in international business. Beginning in 2007, he served as President of Magnetics, a private electronics component manufacturer known for its premium soft magnetic products. He led Magnetics through a very turbulent period marked by sharply falling prices driven by the entry of several very low-cost Chinese competitors. He implemented dramatic cost reduction and restructuring programs that quickly restored consistent profitability.

Prior to becoming President in 2007, he served for 4 years as Vice President of Manufacturing where he designed and built a new low-cost Greenfield operation in China, and implemented lean manufacturing processes. He also transferred Magnetics’ manufacturing expertise and equipment to China, identified and retained key personnel, and instituted a robust quality control system that enabled this WOFE to exceed US quality and productivity metrics. These steps, coupled with the identification and development of strategic Chinese suppliers, reduced manufacturing costs by over 50% and capital equipment costs by nearly 70% and still preserved Magnetics’ premium brand and quality reputation.

Tom was recruited to take over as President of Breeze Industrial products in 1998Breeze Industrial, a profitable division of a public holding company, manufactured and supplied clamping solutions to the heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers including Cummings, Caterpillar, PACCAR, John Deere, and Mercedes as well as to plumbing and hardware distributors.  Tom integrated a failing acquisition in southern Germany soon after joining Breeze and restored its profitability by obtaining ISO certification, rationalizing low margin products, and launching a new product line manufactured on highly automated equipment.  After record sales in 2000, Breeze Industrial was sold to a private equity group for $47M in 2001.

Tom’s career achievements also include developing Chinese domestic supply chains for both materials and equipment and managing complex logistical systems with captive warehouses in China, Hong Kong, Germany and the US. In addition, he maintained strategic alliances with European and Chinese contract manufacturers.

Tom brings unique perspectives from his direct involvement with:

  • leading implementations of many quality methodologies including Crosby, Womack, Constanza, Toyota TPS and Six Sigma,
  • adopting increasingly complex enterprise software systems starting with IBM Copics, followed by Computer Associates, Movex, and more recently IFS.
  • joint venture with AT&T and Bell Labs to manufacture a proprietary copper alloy used for making electronic connectors.

Tom graduated with High Distinction from Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Metallurgy and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.  He has always had a strong interest in quality education and served on his local school board as Treasurer.  Tom is married to Cindy Watson and they enjoyed raising two daughters in Hampton Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh.

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  • Ron Painter
  • Director
  • Blue Water Growth
  • ron.painter@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412 432 6166
  • Skype ID: ron.painter.bluewatergrowth

Ron Painter has over 25 years of operations experience. He led operations at Circadiance, a medical device manufacturer, as Director of Operations and also at Vocollect by Honeywell, industrial computer manufacturer, as Plant Manager and Director of Supply Chain Management. While at Dormont Manufacturing, a building products manufacturer, he was Vice President of Materials Management.

Mr. Painter has a diverse background in supply management, inventory control, production planning, supplier quality engineering and production engineering. He implemented lean manufacturing methods resulting in cost and inventory reductions; and quality and productivity improvements. He played key roles in the strategic planning processes of growing business.

He has experience in the automotive industry via Toyota Motor Manufacturing and the medical device industry via Respironics. He worked with international suppliers negotiating contracts for goods and services.

Mr. Painter earned an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky and Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt and a Certified Professional in Supply Management. Ron taught Purchasing and Supply Chain Management certificate courses of the Penn State University for over 10 years.

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  • Richard A. Riggio
  • Partner
  • MicroTech Designs Inc.
  • richard.riggio@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412 607 4580
  • Skype ID: richard.riggio.bluewatergrowth

After graduating with honors from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering, Richard Riggio spent the next 25 years in product development.  Mr. Riggio is currently the Managing Partner of MicroTech Design, Inc. which is focused on product development for OEM manufacturers.  The company has expertise in hardware, software and PC application design in industries such as medical, transportation, industrial and energy.  MicroTech’s innovative payment options which include equity, royalties or fixed price payment for services rendered continues to provide customers flexibility in getting products to market.  This payment flexibility has allowed MicroTech to develop continuous revenue models with their customers resulting in sustained revenue growth in each year since the company’s inception in 2009.

Prior to MicoTech Design, Mr. Riggio was founder and CEO of SiGenix, Inc.  SiGenix is an engineering service company that provides product development assistance in areas of hardware and software design.  SiGenix had 9 years of steady revenue growth through 2009 and was awarded the Pittsburgh Technology Council Rising Star Award given to companies with impressive revenue growth and a record of job creation.

An engineer by trade, Mr. Riggio has worked for companies such as General Dynamics, Bombardier Transportation and Respironics where he earned awards such as the General Dynamics Extraordinary Engineering Achievement Award for outstanding service and the Bombardier Transportation Silver Quality Award for innovation.  He has also earned 5 United States Patents as an employee of these companies.

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  • Michael Mascara
  • Partner
  • MicroTech Design, Inc.
  • michael.mascara@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 412 370 9325
  • Skype ID: michael.mascara.bluewatergrowth

Michael Mascara is a Partner of MicroTech Design, Inc., a product development company where he is responsible for systems and software development. Mr. Mascara’s knowledge base is current with the latest microcontrollers from various manufacturers, as well as the latest PC software development tools.  Mr. Mascara and the MicroTech Design team members have successfully completed large and small scale product development for multiple industries including, but not limited to: Variable Message LED Signs, AC/DC Power Supplies, Event Recorders, and High Power DC/DC Buck-Boost Converters.

Mr. Mascara received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992 and worked for Bombardier Transportation Inc. for 14 years where he held various technical positions culminating with the title of Project Engineering Manager.  As Project Engineering Manager he was responsible for leading all electrical, software, mechanical, and civil engineering for a custom designed transit system installed in Madrid, Spain.  Mr. Mascara also participated in a bid process to win a large airport transit construction project in Beijing, China for the 2008 Olympic Games.  Mr. Mascara left Bombardier Transportation to join SiGenix, Inc. as a partner.  While at SiGenix, Mr. Mascara was responsible for growing the transportation and systems engineering portion of the business.  Mr. Mascara led a group of engineers, provided the system design, and wrote the application software for an obsolescence replacement of a TWC (Train to Wayside Communications) system in San Francisco, CA.  Mr. Mascara also led a group of software engineers responsible for the central control facility implementation in San Diego, CA.

 

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  • Kessara Iwinski
  • Project Specialist
  • Blue Water Growth
  • kessara.iwinski@bluewatergrowth.com
  • US Mobile: +1 724-205-1691

Kessara Iwinski is Project Specialist at Blue Water Growth, working primarily in research and new project development. Raised in Pittsburgh and Hong Kong, she has administrative and market research experience in both domestic and overseas offices. Kessara graduated magna cum laude with honors from Seton Hill University in 2015, earning a B.S. in both marketing and entrepreneurial studies, with a long-term focus on Chinese academic and economic development.