Our Team

Microboard’s leadership team brings deep industry experience and collaborates to foster a culture of customer centric execution, continuous improvement, and commitment to our higher humanitarian mission.

Executive Staff

  • Nicole Russo Nicole Russo

    Nicole Russo

    Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Bryan Brady Bryan Brady

    Bryan Brady

    Vice President of Business Development

  • John Schuler John Schuler

    John Schuler

    Director of Supply Chain Management

  • Bob Narciso Bob Narciso

    Bob Narciso

    Executive Vice President, Vice President of Operations

  • Dave Kleffman Dave Kleffman

    Dave Kleffman

    Executive Director of Technology

  • Justine Grueb Justine Grueb

    Justine Grueb

    Director of Strategic Operations

  • Mark Flynn Mark Flynn

    Mark Flynn

    Director of Strategic Sourcing

  • Dan Morley Dan Morley

    Dan Morley

    Chief Financial Officer

Board of Advisors

  • Jim Durkin Jim Durkin

    Jim Durkin

    Advisor

  • Julie Johnson Julie Johnson

    Julie Johnson

    Advisor

  • François de Visscher François de Visscher

    François de Visscher

    Advisor

  • Nicole Russo

    Nicole Russo

    Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Nicole Russo is Owner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Microboard. Nicole’s strategic oversight continually propels Microboard to execute complex manufacturing challenges for the world’s most advanced electronics in the medical, defense, industrial, and telecom sectors. Russo has led Microboard for the last 15 years to become a globally recognized firm sought after by several branches of U.S. Military and Fortune 500 Companies with continual year-over-year revenue, employee, technical and manufacturing capability advancements.

    Nicole was recognized as Connecticut's Women of Innovation in 2015. Microboard was a recipient of the 2019 American Manufacturing Hall of Fame award.

    From 1999 to 2005, Nicole served in various structured finance roles at GE Capital including leading an international team in India and was the youngest appointed woman Vice President of a $13B division. Her knowledge of capital structures and credit markets, coupled with her in-depth operational management skills, successfully guided a $1B portfolio of diverse distressed clients through various business cycles and recoveries.

    Nicole is also actively involved in several global humanitarian projects and volunteering. She serves on the advisory boards of Carter Morse Goodrich, Ultra Pure, CONNSTEP, WP Ventures and The Workplace.

    Russo holds an MBA in management from D'Amore-McKim School of Business Northeastern University, and a BS from Salve Regina University where she was recognized with the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award. She is also a valued and active participant in leading executive education programs at Yale School of Management, Harvard Business School, and New York University. Nicole resides in Fairfield, Connecticut with her husband and two children.

  • Bryan Brady

    Bryan Brady

    Vice President of Business Development

    Bryan Brady is the Vice President of Business Development at Microboard, having joined the company in 2017. Bryan has responsibility for the development of new customer revenue, marketing, and market analysis. He brings to the role an extensive background in sales and corporate account management with over 30 years in the electronics industry.

    Prior to joining Microboard, Bryan was the Strategic Sales Director and Vice President of Defense/Aerospace for Avnet, a leading global distributor of electronic components, where he spent almost 30 years in various roles serving the defense, medical, and industrial markets in the areas of sales, marketing, asset management, pricing, corporate account management, and business unit leadership.

    Bryan has served on various working groups in the electronics industry. He has also served on the Arizona State Board of Education’s Business Marketing Education Advisory Council and as an elected board member of the DECA Foundation. Mr. Brady holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and resides in Chandler, Arizona with his wife and three children.

  • John Schuler

    John Schuler

    Director of Supply Chain Management

    John Schuler is the Director of Supply Chain Management for Microboard. John is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain from material order planning, purchase order placement, vendor management, cost integrity and savings, inventory management, as well as MRO and CapEx purchase order management. John brings nearly 30 years of management experience in supply chain/strategic procurement functions at various corporations.

    Prior to joining Microboard, John was the Supply Chain Manager for Brady Corporation’s Workplace Safety Division. John has skills in developing and mentoring teams of buyers both domestically and internationally for a wide selection of products. He has held various roles in supply chain from Strategic Buyer to Senior Buyer.

    John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Haven. He resides in Milford, Connecticut with his wife and two children.

  • Bob Narciso

    Bob Narciso

    Executive Vice President, Vice President of Operations

    Bob Narciso is the Executive Vice President and Vice President of Operations at Microboard. Bob is responsible for the oversight of the manufacturing, process engineering, new product introduction, and quality organizations.

    He is a senior operations executive with more than 35 years of experience in engineering, technical management, and operations leadership roles. Bob’s background includes commercial, defense, and medical device products.

    Prior to joining Microboard, Bob was a Site Leader and Operations Director for Philips Healthcare, a leading health technology company. He has held various successive roles in the past including Manufacturing Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Manager, and Manufacturing Engineering Manager.
    Bob has had extensive professional training throughout his career including: Lean/Six Sigma, DFM/DFA, Quality System Regulations, Project Management, and Leadership Development.

    Bob holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Waterbury State Technical College and has also attended Post College and the University of New Haven. Bob resides in Watertown, Connecticut with his wife and two children.

  • Dave Kleffman

    Dave Kleffman

    Executive Director of Technology

    Dave Kleffman is the Executive Director of Technology at Microboard. He is responsible for the development of new product introductions with new and existing customers. Dave helps develop Microboard’s technology road map, maintaining a portfolio of the industry’s most leading-edge equipment and software; he also provides manufacturing engineering support.

    Leveraging his strong process engineering background and 35 plus years with leading OEMs and EMS providers, Dave simplifies complex concepts into straightforward presentations tailored for streamlined manufacturing. He has held various roles in electronics manufacturing at Benchmark Electronics, CTS, Sanmina, Compaq Computer, and Allied Chemicals, such as Director of Engineering, Director of Operations, and Senior Process Engineer.

    Dave has served on various working groups in the electronics industry. He has been a member of the SMTA and has conducted validations of new, innovative equipment for annual industry awards. Dave holds a degree in Aviation and Business and is a A&P Mechanic. He lives in Bethany, Connecticut along with his wife Delores.

  • Justine Grueb

    Justine Grueb

    Director of Strategic Operations

    Justine Grueb is the Director of Strategic Operations at Microboard. Justine has the responsibility of leading critical strategic initiatives and working with leadership to successfully implement new processes, technology, and strategies. She brings to the role a background in multiple highly regulated industries, including extensive defense product experience in aerospace manufacturing, working for one of the top OEMs.

    Prior to joining Microboard, Justine was an Operations Manager with Verde Energy USA, a leading natural gas and green energy provider. From 2006 to 2014, Justine held roles at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation with progressive experience in finance and operations in the areas of pricing, quality assurance, and supply chain management.

    Justine is an active member of the National Exchange Club. She has held the positions of Club President, Division Director, and was on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut District.

    Justine holds an MBA in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University where she graduated magna cum laude. Justine resides in Seymour, Connecticut with her husband and rescue dog.

  • Mark Flynn

    Mark Flynn

    Director of Strategic Sourcing

    Mark Flynn is the Director of Strategic Sourcing at Microboard. Mark has the responsibility of leading the Sourcing Team on new and existing customer quote opportunities, strategic supplier development, and reporting and assessing global supply chain market conditions. Mark brings over 25 years of experience in Supply Chain within the electronics contract manufacturing industry.

    Prior to joining Microboard, Mark was the Corporate Purchasing Manager and Chief Procurement Officer at ICA Holdings Group, Inc., a cable and harness assembly manufacturer with multiple locations in the United States and Mexico. Mark has also held management positions with Suntron Corp., Celestica Aerospace, and Solectron Corp. in various Supply Chain roles. Mark has an in-depth understanding of the defense, industrial, and medical markets, and publishes a State of the Market Report on a quarterly basis.

    Mark has earned the Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Supply Management, as well as Lean Certification from the Lean Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mark holds a degree in Business Management from Fayetteville State University and has taken courses at Duke University. Mark is a veteran, having served in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and 5th Special Forces Group. He resides in Wolcott, Connecticut with his wife Janet.

  • Dan Morley

    Dan Morley

    Chief Financial Officer

    Dan is the Chief Financial Officer of Microboard, having joined the company in January 2021. Dan has responsibility for overall financial operations of Microboard, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, forecasting, budgeting and reporting as well as human resources.

    A senior financial executive with a proven track record of strategic and operational leadership in global businesses, Dan has 20 years of experience working for leading manufacturers in several industries. Prior to joining Microboard, Dan held previous CFO roles at industrial companies including Vacuum Instruments Corporation, LLC and Industrial Technologies, LLC. He has also held senior finance and VP roles of progressive experience in finance and operations at GKN Aerospace. Dan’s career started at a Big 4 accounting firm, working with KPMG for 9 years, where he served a variety of public and private companies primarily in the technology and defense markets as a senior audit manager.

    Dan is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Le Moyne College and resides in Dix Hills, New York with his wife and three children.

  • Jim Durkin

    Jim Durkin

    Advisor

    Jim Durkin has led the Blommer organization, including Safety, Quality, Regulatory, Manufacturing, Engineering and Product Supply since 2016. Accomplishments include supporting the marketing and sale of the family company to Fuji Oil out of Osaka, Japan in 2019. Jim is currently working with Fuji to establish industry best practices across all functional areas.

    Prior to joining Bloomer, Jim spent 32 years with Kraft Foods out of Northfield, IL where he held multiple positions, including leading Global Engineering and managing a Biscuit factory. He spent 19 years of his career at Kraft as a member of six different executive teams. From 2006 to 2013 Jim led the Kraft Cheese & Dairy Integrated Supply Chain organization responsible for the end to end supply chain. Prior to departing Kraft, Jim was leading the Oscar Mayer Integrated supply chain with a focus on restructuring the manufacturing operations.

    Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University. In addition to Microboard, Jim serves on the board of the family owned Community Coffee Company out of Baton Rouge, LA.

  • Julie Johnson

    Julie Johnson

    Advisor

    Julie Johnson is considered one of the pioneers in the field of executive coaching and has coached hundreds of senior executives in blue chip organizations. She helps companies achieve bottom line results by maximizing the performance of key individuals

    Respected as a thought leader in the field of executive leadership, Julie focuses on leadership style, organizational needs and emotional intelligence. Her insights into self management, coalition building and conflict resolution have guided many leaders around common traps and enabled them to advance to the next level. She is also an expert at helping executives navigate and negotiate the political landscape at the C-Suite level.

    Julie had her own business, the Reid Group for 25 years. Prior to starting her own business, Julie held leadership positions in Human Resources at Kraft, Merrill Lynch, Vinson and Elkins as well as Director of Placement at Stanford Law School. Julie is the author of The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work as well as numerous articles in the Harvard Business Review.

    In addition to serving on the Advisory Board of Microboard, Julie is on the board of the Norwalk Community College Foundation and the Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale School of Divinity. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum.

    Julie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA in Social Psychology and Counseling from Southern Methodist University and a BA from Carnegie Mellon University.

    Among Julie’s clients are BlackRock, Bloomberg, Boston Scientific, Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Colgate Palmolive, David, Polk and Wardwell, Deloitte and Touche, Estee Lauder, International Herald Tribune, Morgan Stanley, New York Times, Pitney Bowes, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller and Company, Save the Children, Simpson Thacher and Bartlett and Yahoo.

  • François de Visscher

    François de Visscher

    Advisor

    François M. de Visscher, a native of Belgium, has been an active advisor to business owning families for over 30 years, mostly in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. In 1990, he founded de Visscher & Co., one of the world’s leading independent financial consulting firms for family and closely-held companies. Over the last 25 years, he and his team have advised over 300 family companies and family offices worldwide on issues of liquidity, growth capital business and family governance. Prior to opening his own firm he was a partner at Smith Barney, where he founded and ran Wall Street’s first Family Business Group. Experiencing the growing desire of Single Family Offices for direct co-investments with other families, de Visscher & Co. developed in 2010 “Family Capital Partners” as a network of Single Family Offices to make direct co-investments with other families. (“Families Investing in Families®”.) de Visscher & Co. is also a founding partner of FODIS LLC www.fodisllc.com (“Family Office Direct Investment Services”). FODIS is one of the world‘s leading advisory firms skilled at supporting multi-generational family offices, family business holding companies, and enterprising families in their direct investments activities.

    Mr. de Visscher was a director and is a shareholder of his own family’s global enterprise, N.V. Bekaert S.A. Headquartered in Belgium; Bekaert was founded by his great-grandfather in 1880. Today, the Bekaert Group has sales of $5.0 Billion in over 120 countries manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of steel wire and related products. Today the Bekaert Group is controlled by the Bekaert Family across four generations.

    Mr. de Visscher is Honorary Consul of Belgium in the United States and serves as Chairman of The Society of Friends of Belgium in America.

    Among his contributions to the field, Mr. de Visscher served as a director and president of the Family Firm Institute, (Boston, MA). He is the past Chairman of the European Family Office Conference, and a contributor to many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NY Times and many others. He has been a full-time contributing editor of Family Business Magazine. In 2003, Mr. de Visscher received the Richard Beckhard Practice Award from the Family Firm Institute in recognition of his many contributions to the field of family businesses.

    Mr. de Visscher is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPA’s. Mr. de Visscher holds a Bachelor of Economics honors degree from Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and MBA from Rutgers University.