Jack Pfunder is president and CEO of the Manufacturers Resource Center, a nonprofit organization partially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST-MEP program, as well as the state of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development. MRC is dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity for manufacturers in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill, Carbon and Berks counties.
Jack has an extensive background in senior level management that spans a broad spectrum of core competencies that apply to start-ups, turnarounds, and dynamic enterprises in domestic and international markets. He co-founded Ani-Motion Inc. in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, based on patented technologies that use fiber optics to produce lighted, animated displays on flexible and hardened surfaces. He built the organization from concept through start-up and management, successfully selling the business in late 2003.
Prior to the Lehigh Valley venture, Jack was president/CEO of Microcom, a 300-employee supplier to the defense and aerospace industries. Jack’s defense/electronics career spanned a variety of leadership capacities wherein he functioned as president, vice president and general manager with a variety of notable manufacturing firms, including REMEC, Loral Corporation & Lockheed Martin. Jack co-founded REMEC, a developer of electronic-microwave RF components and sub systems for the defense and aerospace industries, and grew the business from start-up to 400 employees in four years. The foundation of Jack’s career includes a BS in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA degree from the University of Dallas.