Leadership

Decades of Innovation and Client Success

Scott Dennis and Alex Kunczynski, founders of D&K Engineering, met in the early-1990s as they both were earning Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, specializing in Mechatronics and Smart Product Design. After graduating, Scott and Alex initially went their separate ways pursuing their career paths, but ultimately both ended up in Hewlett Packard’s inkjet development organization. One of their responsibilities at HP was to find companies to help HP develop new products and equipment, and in their search, they realized that great development services organizations were hard to find. To Scott and Alex, this was an opportunity. In 1999 they set out to create a top-tier product development and manufacturing company and founded D&K Engineering.

Early on, Scott and Alex set the goals of:

  • Committing to the success of D&K Engineering’s clients by delivering the best and most innovative solutions and services required to solve real business problems and providing unparalleled levels of customer service that exceeds clients’ expectations on every project.
  • Performing truly outstanding work, stretching the limits of D&K Engineering’s creativity and knowledge.
  • Hiring the best and brightest talent and providing a culture vehicle for maximizing their professional development.
  • Relentlessly pursuing continuous improvement.
  • Delivering on agreed upon commitments.

Today, D&K Engineering employs 300+ people at their headquarters in San Diego and more than 520 people worldwide with multi-disciplinary engineering and manufacturing operations in San Diego and Singapore. Their impressive list of clients includes some of the most prestigious names in the Fortune 500.

Scott Dennis, Chief Executive Officer

As a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of D&K Engineering, Scott Dennis provides the strategic direction to this engineering and manufacturing services firm. Scott is also responsible for the day-to-day management of client relationships and oversight of manufacturing operations.

Before co-founding D&K Engineering, Scott spent several years at Hewlett Packard in various technical and leadership roles. During his tenure at HP, Scott worked in HP’s inkjet R&D and manufacturing organization and was part of several successful inkjet cartridge and printer commercialization efforts in the office and large format printing space. His technical experience includes mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, lab automation and quality. He has held various technical and management roles within his career with HP and York International.

A native speaker of Spanish, Scott graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1993 with BS degrees in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering and with an MSME from Stanford University in 1995, with an emphasis on Mechatronics and Smart Product Design.

Alex Kunczynski, President

Alex Kunczynski is the President and co-founder of D&K Engineering, a global contract R&D, engineering, and manufacturing company. Alex’s responsibilities are focused on execution excellence for all R&D and Manufacturing.

Prior to co-founding D&K Engineering, Alex worked at Hewlett Packard as a Manufacturing Development Engineer in HP’s printer division. Earlier, Alex worked in the ski-lift and transportation industry as a mechanical engineer and project manager.

In 2012, Alex received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Business Services in San Diego. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of CommNexus and an Executive Board Member of CONNECT, both non-profit technology industry associations that work to accelerate the formation, growth, and success of the technology industry in the San Diego area. Alex also served as a Board Member of the Squaw Valley Ski Corporation.

Alex earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Mechatronics and Smart Product Design also from Stanford University. An avid skier and outdoor enthusiast, Alex speaks Spanish and is also fluent in French.

Bruce Pinkston, Chief Administrative Officer

As a co-founder and the Chief Administrative Officer of D&K Engineering, Bruce Pinkston is responsible for the company’s administrative functions including Human Resources, Legal Services, Strategic Initiatives, Corporate Planning and Administrative Services. With more than 30 years of business experience, Bruce brings to D&K Engineering a diversified background that includes scientific investigation, research, management and administrative consulting.

Bruce started out in business owning and operating construction companies in Southern California. With the success of these companies, Bruce began offering administrative services to a diverse client base that over the next twenty years included county Fire Departments, State agencies, universities, volunteer organizations and private companies.
Bruce attended and graduated from Concordia University with a bachelor degree. He obtained a Licenciado in Scientific Research from the Honduran Institute of History and Anthropology and was licensed to conduct medical ethnographic research in Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Baja California where he developed and administered projects for the World Health Organization, U. S. universities, and Latin American governments for ten years.

Bruce’s business acumen and experience, combined with his continuing interests in science and ethnography have allowed him to enjoy a diverse range of business and personal relationships. He enjoys giving back to the community and has been recognized for volunteer work with students, athletes and children’s groups and served on a Presidential task force on head injuries during the Regan administration.

Jody Zevenbergen, Chief Financial Officer

As the Chief Financial Officer for D&K Engineering since 2009, Jody Zevenbergen is responsible for the company’s Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, and Administration Departments. Jody brings a wealth of experience in corporate finance and business strategy with both national and international start-ups, emerging companies and large multinational corporations.

Jody’s expertise in working capital management, operating expense control, operations management, budgeting, forecasting and internal controls analysis has proved invaluable in effectively managing the financial and strategic aspects of D&K’s rapid growth.

Throughout Jody’s more than 25 year career in finance, he has held Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer positions with The Ryness Company (Real Estate/Services), Paperpak Products Inc. (Medical Supplies), OMM, Inc. (High Tech) and Collegeclub.com (Internet). He also held senior management positions with Ernst and Young, LLP, and Deloitte and Touche, LLP.

Jody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Global Management Accountant.

Erol Erturk, Vice President of Research and Development

As the Vice President of Research and Development for D&K Engineering, Erol Erturk is responsible for leading the company’s engineering function which includes hardware, software, systems and test engineering.  D&K Engineering is also responsible for program management of projects spanning all phases of development from initial feasibility and planning through design, prototyping, verification and release to production.

Erol has had an extensive career generating new technologies, developing solutions and commercializing products.  Prior to coming to D&K Erol worked at Hewlett Packard for 26 years in various technical and management roles.   At HP, he successfully commercialized a number of print cartridge consumables as well as printing systems for consumer, small office, enterprise and commercial market segments.  Erol was also the Director of Product Development for Metallic Power, a zinc-regenerative fuel cell start-up venture.

Erol holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on control systems and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Bill Suttner, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

As the Vice President of Business Development for D&K Engineering, Bill Suttner is responsible for driving the company’s engineering and manufacturing growth goals. Bill has had an extensive career driving sales and business development with a history of significant revenue and profit growth. He has a proven track record in developing new business opportunities in both the direct and indirect channels.

For the past 15 years, Bill has held executive business development & sales roles for Fortune 500 companies including Vice President of Business Development for Flextronics and Senior Director of Business Development for Eastman Kodak, as well as startups.

Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics from Long Beach State University.

Brad Cooley, Chief Technology Officer

As the Chief Technology Officer for D&K Engineering, Brad is responsible for helping to drive the technological innovations developed by D&K for its clients, ensuring they receive the highest quality deliverables. He works closely with the executive management team to align the development efforts with the overall corporate goals in growing the company.

Over the past 30 years, Brad has held various Research and Development Management and Chief Engineering roles in small to midsize technology driven companies including Cymer Inc., Electro Scientific Industries, Quantum Engineering and Texas Instruments. Brad has experience in strategic differentiation and implementation; competency identification and development and P&L management in both hardware and software development.Brad holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Nate Doemling, Vice President of Operations, San Diego

As the Vice President of Operations, Nate is responsible for envisioning and delivering a next level Operations and Supply Chain strategy as the company adds record new manufacturing business to its portfolio.

Before joining D&K, Nate was Vice President of Global Operations for Becton Dickinson (BD) Life Sciences where he led global operations across eight manufacturing sites with revenue exceeding $1 billion. Nate also held numerous senior leadership positions at Plexus Corporation where he spearheaded a significant operational transformation for the Healthcare/Life Sciences Business Segment and achieved industry leading revenue growth. Nate has also held senior leadership positions at Suntron Corporation, Sony Electronics, and GE Medical Systems.

Nate holds an Executive MBA from The Thunderbird School of Global Management where he graduated with distinction and honors. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. Nate is Six Sigma Master Black Belt Certified and is a graduate of the GE Global Technical Leadership Development Program.

 

LIN Chee Seng, General Manager, Asia

As the General Manager for D&K Engineering, Asia, Lin Chee Seng is responsible for all of the day-to-day operations for both the manufacturing and R&D functions which include engineering management, program management, building a world-class supply chain, driving a lean manufacturing environment and creating a continuous improvement culture. Before to joining D&K Asia, Chee Seng had a very successful 21-year career with HP in various engineering and management roles in HP’s inkjet business responsible for global manufacturing of HP’s consumer and office printing products. Most recently, Chee Seng was Director of Operations for HP’s Imaging and Printing operation, managing the manufacturing of approximately 40 million printers annually.

Chee Seng holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical/Electronics) with First Class Honors from the National University of Singapore.

KOH Joo Beng, Director of R&D, Asia

Koh Joo Beng is the Director of Research and Development at D&K Engineering, Asia. The R&D department is responsible for the development of a range of complex electro-mechanical products for D&K Engineering’s clients. With over 28 years of R&D experience, Joo Beng leads a department of experienced engineers. Previously, Joo Beng held numerous R&D management positions over a span of 23 years at Hewlett Packard where he led

Previously, Joo Beng held numerous R&D management positions over a span of 23 years at Hewlett Packard where he led cross-functional teams in the development of inkjet printers, fax machines, all-in-ones, PDAs, and other consumer electronic products. Most recently, Joo Beng was the Director of Product Generation for the Emerging Markets, Fax, and OEM division for Hewlett-Packard where he led the development of products that successfully penetrated this highly competitive market. Joo Beng holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore, a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University, UK and a Master of Science in Astronomy from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

Joo Beng holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore, a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield University, UK and a Master of Science in Astronomy from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

Patrick Choy Kim Hoe, Director of Supply Chain, Asia

Patrick Choy Kim Hoe leads the supply chain function at D&K Engineering, Asia, as the Director of Supply Chain. Responsible for architecting the end-to-end supply chain for this critical company function, Patrick manages the daily supply chain operational responsibilities that consist of Planning, Procurement, Purchasing and Logistics for the company. Before joining D&K Asia, Patrick spent over 20 years at Hewlett Packard in various engineering and business management positions. The most recent position as the Global Procurement Operations Manager for HP’s Global Sourcing & Procurement where he achieved significant cost reductions without compromising product availability through a strategy of global supplier consolidation, alternate sourcing, and implementation of eProcurement processes.

Before joining D&K Asia, Patrick spent over 20 years at Hewlett Packard in various engineering and business management positions. The most recent position as the Global Procurement Operations Manager for HP’s Global Sourcing & Procurement where he achieved significant cost reductions without compromising product availability through a strategy of global supplier consolidation, alternate sourcing, and implementation of eProcurement processes.Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Salford in England.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Salford in England.

TEOH Hoo Seong, Director of Operations, Asia

As the Director of Operations, Hoo Seong manages the manufacturing operations including resource and competency development for D&K Engineering, Asia, with a key focus on quality, cost and delivery. Key to his operational management success at D&K Asia has been the implementation of lean manufacturing and a well-defined quality management system throughout the organization.

Previously, Hoo Seong held various management positions at Hewlett-Packard where he successfully led the new product introduction teams for Retail Publishing Solutions and Specialty Printing Systems in the delivery of Photo Kiosks, large format plotter family of products and numerous other HP products.