Sonny L. Newman - President
As founder and president of EE Technologies, Sonny L. Newman drives strategic planning, operations and key growth initiatives in new and emerging markets. His responsibilities also include EE Technologies worldwide gaming and automotive sector businesses, which deliver strategic, high-value solutions to gaming and automotive companies around the world.
As a growing electronics manufacturing company, EE Technologies is dedicated to serving people, businesses and communities. EE Technologies commitment to innovation, improvement, and partnerships is creating employment opportunities that help fuel a continuous cycle of sustained social and economic development. Newman's leadership reflects these values and his deep personal commitment to customer and employee satisfaction, which results from long-term and trust-based relationships.
In 1995, Newman founded Meridian Electronics, an electronic component distribution company. His success with Meridian Electronics led to the creation of EE Technologies in 2000. Prior to these ventures, Newman served in many roles over a period of 15 years at Cubix. Working in each department within the company gave him invaluable perspective and experiences. As Director of Purchasing of Cubix, Newman led planning, procurement, and other services. Among his many notable accomplishments, significant reductions in costs, improvements in supplier relationships, enhanced delivery and service terms stand out.
Under Newman's leadership, EE Technologies has received many awards and acknowledgements including the 2001 Governor's Industry Appreciation Award, 2003 NAI Outstanding Supplier Award, 2004 International Game Technology Key Supplier Award, 2005 Governor's Industry Appreciation Expansion Company Award, 2007 Governor's Industry Appreciation Honoree Award, 2007 MAP Presidential Award, and 2012 International Game Technology Strategic Supplier of the Quarter.
Newman was born in Montebello, California and raised in Whittier, California prior to moving to Nevada in 1976. He is married and has a son and a daughter.
Heather O'Grady - Chief Financial Officer
As CFO of EE Technologies, Heather O’Grady strategically leads the company to consistent and strong financial results. O’Grady leads and encourages teams in Accounting and Human Resources to make a difference through innovation and cross functional projects. Her other responsibilities include handling risk assessment, company controls, infrastructure management and business reporting. All of these foundational support activities enable EE Technologies’ operational areas to achieve greater results for customers.
One of the primary reasons O’Grady chose EE Technologies as a place to work centers around the company’s values and involvement in the community. She is excited about partnering with employees to further their involvement and engagement in important causes.
Prior to EE Technologies, O’Grady had roles in External Reporting, General Accounting, Cost Accounting and Accounts Receivable at International Game Technology in Reno, Nevada. She also worked in Senior Accounting roles for Washoe County. O’Grady acquired CPA experience with Deloitte & Touche and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). She graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
O’Grady is a Reno native and enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and two young sons. She also enjoys skiing and social activities with family and friends.
Clay McElhany - Director of Operations
Clay McElhany drives all aspects of manufacturing and facility operations for EE Technologies as Director of Operations since 2010. From headquarters in Reno, Nevada, Clay leads manufacturing operations in Reno and Empalme, Sonora, Mexico. Clay and his team focus their energy on process improvement with a goal of serving customers relentlessly. By setting an intention each day to be better than the day before, they are identifying opportunities and executing strategies that positively impact results.
Clay has built strong teams in all areas of operations in both facilities. By creating a culture of teamwork and cooperation, creativity, ingenuity and solution based ideas flow freely. Clay empowers others and implements controls that motivate the team to achieve strategic objectives. Under Clay’s leadership, EE Technologies has experienced growth, diversification, and increased customer loyalty.
Clay spent three years with Edge Medical and Edge Technologies. There, he managed operations of the Nevada registered pharmacy and the prototype metal fabrication facility. Clay was responsible for product development, cost accounting, budgeting, raw material procurement, capacity planning, production scheduling, customer service, shipping, and receiving. Other prior experience includes product development director for a large gaming company, operations director for a medical device manufacturing facility, and engineering & planning manager for EE Technologies. As well, McElhany also managed production and product development for eleven years at PML Microbiologicals, Inc. in Portland, Oregon. There he was responsible for manufacturing operations of medical diagnostic products in a FDA cGMP and ISO-9001 facility. He also excelled at product design, development, and fulfillment of microbiological product launches, design transfers through manufacturing and distribution of products. Clay earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from University of California at Davis.
Aron Swan - Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, Aron Swan leads an International team to support all information technology activities for the company including: business intelligence, software development, networking, and user support. Aron and his team have changed the perception of a stereo-typical IT department from a cost center with moderate service to a value added business center with high levels of customer service. Aron’s knowledge and experience in Supply Chain Management provides a unique expertise that he leverages to achieve better system development and integration. Under Aron’s leadership, EE Technologies has recognized enhanced business intelligence, improved delivery performance, improved operational and financial performance, effective quality measurements, and increased system uptime.
Prior to starting at EE Technologies in 2006, Aron worked for LSP Products Group, Skagen Designs, US Steel and Snap-On Tools in Supply Chain Management, Scheduling, Planning, Operations Research, and Warehouse Supervisory roles. He has also taught Advanced Operations Management courses as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada. Aron’s efforts in these roles resulted in improved forecast accuracy, increased service levels, decreased inventory, and optimized inventory yield rates.
Aron values education and achieved a family dream when he earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration Degree majoring in Supply Chain Management from University of Nevada Reno in 2000 and his Masters of Business Administration Degree in 2010.
In his free time, Aron enjoys spending time with his wife of more than 12 years and their two children.
Barbara Bristol - Program Manager
As Program Manager, Barbara Bristol leads a team of talented individuals who handle all aspects of project management including customer communications, customer approvals, order entry, order management, and customer follow-up. She and her team are relentless at meeting customer needs and exceeding their service and delivery expectations.
Barbara empowers others and implements controls that motivate the team to achieve strategic and departmental objectives. Under Barbara’s leadership, EE Technologies has experienced the highest customer satisfaction ratings. Customers love her effervescent personality, attention to detail, and get-it-done attitude. Barbara also hires, trains and develops her team to have the same approach and service.
Barbara spent more than ten years at Horizon Medical, Inc. in California where she was responsible for managing customer projects. Horizon Medical manufactures sterile single use medical devices. There Barbara handled activities for facilities in Santa Ana and in San Diego. In addition to day-to-day activities, she participated in company audits including ISO audits, FDA audits and customer audits. She was responsible for many diverse customers including handling projects for Bard Medical, Tyco Medical, Johnson & Johnson divisions and KCI Medical. Barbara earned her Associates Degree in Business with honors from American InterContinental University.
In her free time Barbara likes to spend time with her family and to read great books as well as write. She also performs wedding ceremonies as a licensed minister. Barbara continues to seek opportunities to learn new skills and pursue higher education opportunities.