Board Of Directors
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Our Founder and CEO
Hernán Luis y Prado
Hernán Luis y Prado served in the United States Navy for 15 years as a Hospital Corpsman and then as a Surface Warfare Officer. Hernán saw three combat tours of duty In Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a graduate of the Navy Surface Warfare Officer School, where he completed the Chief Engineering Officer and Combat Systems Officer curricula. His personal decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon, as well as various unit and service awards.
An accomplished businessman and civic leader, Hernán was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for Workshops for Warriors’ extensive efforts and notable achievements in helping veterans successfully transition from the military into advanced manufacturing careers.
In 2014, Hernán received the “Keith M. Turnham Humanitarian Award” in recognition of his military service and his continued commitment to serving the communities of San Diego. In 2015, Hernán was recognized by the California State Legislature as the “80th Assembly District for 2015 Veteran of the Year,” and more recently, “CEO of the Year” by the San Diego Business Journal in 2017.
Our Board Of Directors
Amanda Barber is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the University of Texas and is a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical). She currently serves as a Commander in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps in San Diego.
Kevin (Ed) Murphy
Kevin (Ed) Murphy spent 21 of his 31 years at SAIC serving as Senior Vice President for Strategic Transactions. He specialized in mergers & acquisitions, including divestitures and equity joint ventures. His expertise in finance, strategic transactions and defense contracting supports Workshops for Warriors’ strategic growth strategy.
Richard Eger (USN) entered defense contracting consulting after a 31-year career at SAIC—where he was Senior/Sector Vice President and Deputy President, with responsibility for 10,000 employees and $1.3B in revenues. His governance and regulatory expertise supports Workshops for Warriors’ efforts to secure federal funding.
Nick Ostrowski (USMC) is a General Manager of Amada North America, Inc. His career at Amada spans over three decades and includes early days in the company’s Engineering and Service division. He later moved to the company’s Corporate Media/Communications division, which he now directs. Nick brings to the Board a wealth of sheet metal fabrication experience and operations knowledge.
Meghan joined CNC Software, Inc., the makers of Mastercam, in 2009 and was named President in April 2015. In 2014, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers named Meghan one of the “30 Under 30 Future Leaders of Manufacturing”. She has dedicated much of her time towards the educational market and recruiting the next generation of men and women into the manufacturing industry.
Ethan Weinstein holds a law degree from Pepperdine University. He specializes in transactional law and corporate governance, and also serves as General Counsel for Workshops for Warriors.
Peter is the Vice President, Outside Operations for Haas Automation, Inc. Mr. Zierhut’s career at Haas spans more than 33 years, with experience including management positions in manufacturing, sales, marketing, and IT. He is a senior-level manager at Haas and is responsible for oversight of Haas Automation’s HTEC-branded education program comprising more than 2000 institutions around the world that utilize Haas machine tools for educational purposes.
Rick spent over 40 years in government and industry positions. Mr. Biben retired in late 2016 as the CEO/President of Gibbs & Cox, Inc. the leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm in the United States. His previous executive positions included Senior Vice President at SAIC; Vice President at CSC (now within GD); Sr. Vice President at Anteon (now GD); and Sr. Vice President at Northrop Grumman. Mr. Biben is active on a number of Boards and holds leadership roles within the Shipbuilders Council of America.