CEO & Co-Founder
A native of Silicon Valley, Brent Elliot has been involved as a founder, executive, Board Member, or Strategic Advisor to 13 technology companies since starting his career in 1982 in the semiconductor industry. His experiences range from founding a company with 3 employees and $120K of seed money and growing it to $450 million in annual revenues with 1200 employees, to attempting to defend against shareholder lawsuits which bankrupted a company for which he had helped raise $25 million in angel funding. Mr. Elliot has had 6 successes, 3 failures, and 1 neutral result from his own angel investing, company founding and advisory efforts, with 3 still pending. Mr. Elliot currently holds 9 US Patents, and has numerous active patent filings. He currently heads up CRC, his latest start-up in the semiconductor equipment market with his business partner of 30 years, is a happily married father of five, a seasoned piano player, and an amateur hot rod builder and beekeeper.
Frank survived Viet Nam and was subsequently stationed near Washington, DC where he taught welding for the US Army until his discharge in 1970. He attended college and received his associate's degree after which he began a passionate study through work. Through varying jobs, Frank honed his skills in engineering and management. Over the years he has worked in the management and maintenance of a pre-stressed, precast construction project for Peter Kiewit & Sons, he worked as a blacksmith in the heavy equipment facility for Alameda County and ultimately transferred his skills to retrofitting, designing, and selling semiconductor equipment. Since 1982 Frank has worked with his friend and business partner, Brent Elliot, founding two international companies in the semiconductor industry, the innovations of which have garnered over six U.S. patents. His current company, CRC, constructs and refurbishes wafer pedestals and electrostatic chucks which are sold to semiconductor fabs worldwide. Frank has been married for over 30 years and has two awesome daughters.
Director of Sales
Michael Duret joined CRC in 2010 bringing 20+ years of sales, marketing and engineering experience in the semiconductor industry. Throughout his career Mr. Duret has worked for small, innovative companies adept at understanding complex engineering problems and developing new products to solve them. Mr. Duret holds a BS degree in engineering from UC Berkeley. In his spare time he leads guided backpacking and snow camping trips in the Sierras. Everyone has come home safe.
Born, raised, and educated in Silicon Valley, and now in his fourth decade of working as legal counsel to a wide variety of high technology concerns, Rich Lovgren joined CRC as our General Counsel in 2011. In that capacity Rich has provided general legal services to CRC with a critical attention focused on developing CRC’s rapidly expanding intellectual property and R&D programs. An easy and natural fit with CRC, Rich’s private law practice focused on providing legal and business counsel to highly creative individuals, and businesses with an emphasis in technology licensing, business development opportunities and intellectual property development and protection. Before working in private practice, Rich served as a corporate officer and general counsel to both AMD, Inc, (1979 -1995) as well as Lam Research, Inc (1995-2002). Rich received a B.S., M.B.A. and J.D. from Santa Clara University and is a member of the State Bar of California. Married and with two grown children, Rich spends what little spare time he has, camping, kayaking and sailing with friends and family.