Our Executive Team

 

Andrea Klein, Chief Executive Officer

The company’s founder, with over 30 years of industry experience, is Rand Technology’s principal entrepreneurial force and strategic visionary. Leveraging her career as a top salesperson in the semi-conductor industry, she launched Rand in 1992 as an independent electronics distributor. Today Rand Technology is a global sourcing solutions provider and operates an R2 certified ITAD facility in the southeastern United States.

Andrea was a pioneer in the electronics distribution industry at a time when there were virtually no sourcing alternatives for an OEM outside of the factories or franchise distribution. Creative and forward thinking, she conceptualized many industry initiatives and practices, including total acquisition cost strategies for her customers. Over the years, she has developed critical and longstanding relationships with many of the industry's OEMs, ODMs and EMSs.

Under Andrea’s innovative leadership, Rand Technology was the very first independent electronics distributor to become ISO certified and the first to establish formal customer partnership programs. Her focus on product knowledge, exemplary service and the highest quality standards established Rand as a benchmark in the open market for electronic components.

   
 

Tawnie Bassett-Parkins, CFO

With over 25 years of leadership experience, Tawnie heads the company’s finance, and administrative teams. She began her career as a CPA, and has held executive management positions in both distribution and manufacturing. At Nissan Motor Company, she held leadership positions in accounting and finance and comes to Rand from a mid-sized manufacturer and global distributor where she was VP of Finance & Administration. Tawnie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Accounting at Cal State Long Beach and has specialized training in organizational management, forensic accounting and fraud detection.

   
 

John Sedej, EVP, Business Development & Strategic Relationships

John comes to Rand Technology with 25 years of business development, strategic and operational planning, and supply chain management experience. He has responsibility for achievement of Rand’s strategic sales goals and its global sourcing team. Throughout John’s career he has developed lasting relationships with OEMs, and component suppliers and distributors by creating solutions that lead to new opportunities and growth. John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at Duke University and received his MBA from University of San Diego.

   
 

Trang Nguyen, VP of Sales, Americas & Global Remarketing

An industry expert, Trang has an in-depth knowledge of the sourcing and distribution of new and remarketed IT components honed by 15 years of experience at Rand Technology. She was instrumental in the 2014 launch of Rand’s R2 facility and currently leads the Americas sales team. Leveraging her breadth of knowledge, she focuses her team on innovative solutions for Rand’s customers by delivering high quality components and assets around the globe utilizing the most cost effective strategies available in the market. Trang has a Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics with a minor in Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine.

   
 

Anthony Nguyen, Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer, Anthony provides technology leadership for Rand’s global IT operations. His experience in enterprise infrastructure architecture, networking, application development, and data center operations and security, make Anthony well suited for creating a stable and secure IT environment and heading up new initiatives designed to enhance our operations. Prior to joining Rand, he spent 20 years managing complex projects for global distributors and online merchandisers. Anthony has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal State Long Beach.

   
 

David Harrell, Director, Global Sourcing & Procurement

Dave joined the company to lead its global team of buyers. He has 25 years of experience in the electronics industry working in procurement and commodity management for IBM, Gateway, Cisco and Belkin. He is responsible for developing and expanding the company’s sourcing strategies in the US, Asia and Europe. New to Rand, Dave brings his knowledge of strategic sourcing and cost reductions to the company and its customers. He has successfully led globally dispersed teams to achieve objectives that have been a foundation for healthy growth for his customers. Dave has completed professional management training programs with Cisco, A.E. E. and IBM.

   
 

Jack Lo, Managing Director, Asia

Jack’s background includes experience specific to Asia and the electronics industry and IT experience in a variety of industries, including medical and manufacturing. After relocating from corporate headquarters to head up the company’s Asia operations, Jack expanded Rand’s footprint in China and launched Singapore operations. He is responsible for day to day operations of the Asia sales and purchasing teams, quality and logistics. Jack came to Rand from Panasonic, where he oversaw Asia sales and marketing for Panasert SMT machines to OEMs and CMs in China and South East Asia.

   
 

Gerd Schauss, Managing Director, EMEA

Gerd has focused his career on the electronics component market in both Europe and the US. He comes to Rand after spending 14 years at Samsung and before that, 14 years with NEC. He held a number of leadership positions at both companies in strategic business development and global marketing. Gerd’s depth of experience in the industry makes him particularly suited to expanding Rand’s relationships and sales team in Europe. Gerd holds a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz and studied at the SAID business school at Oxford and the INSEAD business school at Fountainebleu.

   
 

Kim Fix, Director of Quality & Logistics

Kim started her career in Electronics at Rand in 1992, first as a Buyer and then as Quality & ISO Manager. In 2003 she joined Trustin Technology as VP of Quality and Supply Chain Management. In 2015 she returned to Rand as our Director of Quality & Logistics. Her 24 years of experience designing and managing Quality Management Systems make her invaluable to creating the highest quality experience possible for Rand’s customers. Kim is responsible for continuing the objectives of meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations, all corporate compliance programs related to customer SLAs, ISO certifications, and maintenance of Rand’s R2 certification at our ITAD facility. She has completed professional coursework in quality management, lead auditor certification, and is a certified life coach by the International Coaching Federation.


   
   

 

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