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Gene Felder

gene felder 1The ESD Association spotlight for July-Aug 2008 is on Gene Felder of Desco Industries.

Gene Felder of Desco Industries, Inc. has been a member of the ESD Association and attending working group meetings since 1999. He is a member of WG-3 Ionization, WG-13 Hand Tools and WG-53 Compliance Verification working groups.

Today, Gene is the corporate product manager at Desco Industries. Before joining Desco, he was general manager of BW/IP International SR Engineering. Mr. Felder graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in business administration and earned an M.B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. He is also an iNARTE certified ESD Technician, and is APICS-certified in Integrated Resource Management.

Gene is a member of WG-3 Ionization, WG-13 Hand Tools and WG-53 Compliance Verification working groups. He has a broad knowledge of many ESDA documents and tries to ensure that information presented has the same or similar, certainly not contradictory, wording as in other ESDA documents. He has volunteered assisting instructors with tutorials.

Having worked with WG-53 Compliance Verification during the entire period that ESD TR53 was written and developed, Gene will be the instructor for the ESDA July online training course “Compliance Verification ESD TR53” (July 22, 2008 • 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Gene has co-authored the following articles:

  • “Developing an ESD Control Program” with Ryne C. Allen published in Evaluation Engineering Magazine, September 11, 2001
  • “Use ESD Control Products Correctly Or You Can Do More Harm Than Good“ with Fred Tenzer published in Conformity Magazine November 2002
  • “ESD Control Program Periodic Verification” with Fred Tenzer published in Conformity Magazine March 2004

gene felder 2Gene helped write the “ESD Protective Workstation Use and Maintenance” article and was the lead author for the article on ESD TR53 Compliance Verification both published in Conformity Magazine.

He also assisted Dr. Maciej A. Noras in the writing the “Trends in External Ionizer Monitoring and Control” paper presented by the Ionization WG-3 working group at the 2007 ESD Symposium.

“I always learn something attending ESD Association meetings and then try to share that information with associates and customers. It is always very educational. My entire career has been involved in US manufacturing which I consider to be populated with the nicest, hard working people who invariably practice mid-west ethics. It is always a pleasure to work with ESDA members.”

Personal information, interests, and hobbies

Gene has been married to his wife Johanna for thirty-two years and has two stepsons, Matt 41 and Mark 38. They enjoy traveling including visiting Charlotte, North Carolina, Austin and Dallas Texas, and Rome, New York for the first time thanks to ESD Association meeting locations. Their highest priority is doting attention and love onto their three grandchildren, Annalyse who is five, Landon who is two, and Alexander who is one year old.
Gene Felder has lived in Laguna Beach in Southern California since 1986 and is active in civic affairs particularly regarding environmental issues.

Gene currently serves as an officer on the boards of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy, the Laguna Beach Historical Society, and the Top of the World Neighborhood Association. He has served many years as an officer on the Village Laguna board including the Chair of the Charm House Tour.

Thank You Gene for your dedication!