(Pictured left to Right: Bob Ward, Peter Guilfoyle, Jim Petrusich, Louis Halvorsen)

Executive Team

An important driver of NWA’s success continues to be its dedicated and experienced management team.  The team’s unique combination of manufacturing, technology, marketing and software development expertise has enabled Northwest Analytics to continuously bring to market new and innovative Manufacturing Intelligence solutions.

Bob Ward, Chief Executive Officer

Bob Ward is responsible for all operating aspects of the company.  Prior to joining NWA, Bob was the co-founder and managing partner of Capybara Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in high-growth technology investments. Previously, Mr. Ward was founder and CEO of Acclivity Photonics, a venture-backed company based in Silicon Valley. While in the Valley, Mr. Ward was also a senior member of the Light Path Technologies team that went public in 1996. Mr. Ward currently sits on the Board of Directors of Clinicient and Phoseon Technologies. He is actively engaged in the Portland high-technology community including committee positions with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Forum, Oregon Biotechnology Association, Portland State University Science and Industry, and Oregon Forum.


Louis K. Halvorsen, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Halvorsen is responsible for overseeing the design, development and support of NWA’s software products, and manages the company’s highly-regarded technical support group. Since joining NWA in 1982, he has led the teams responsible for the development of NWA Manufacturing Intelligence Solutions. He has also assisted numerous NWA clients in developing strategies for the successful implementation of their manufacturing and quality information systems. Prior to joining NWA, Mr. Halvorsen held management and technical positions in the analytical instrumentation field and worked in research and quality control as an industrial chemist.  He holds a B.S. from Oregon State University and is currently serving on the ISA S95 Standards Committee.

Jim Petrusich, Vice President of Sales

Jim Petrusich is responsible for all global customer engagements at NWA. He has a broad background in technology and solutions that involve analytic systems which identify patterns, recognize opportunities, and trigger appropriate and immediate behavior. Over the last decade, Jim has worked on analytic monitoring projects with many large companies and governments in over 40 countries.  These systems sift through massive data repositories, catch problems as they occur, and address real-time issues in order to minimize problems.  Prior to joining Northwest Analytics, Mr. Petrusich was a Vice President for Planar Systems, and previously a Vice President for Clarity Visual Systems.

Peter Guilfoyle, Vice President of Marketing

From market strategy creation to channel partner development and program execution, Mr. Guilfoyle is responsible for all aspects of marketing for Northwest Analytics. For the past 18 years, he has been recognized for his innovative and results-oriented approach to all aspects of the marketing continuum. Before joining Northwest Analytics, Mr. Guilfoyle was Vice President of Marketing and a member of the Executive Management Team for Coaxis, Inc, where he delivered record-breaking growth every year. Prior to Coaxis, Mr. Guilfoyle held increasingly senior marketing roles at Intel Corporation, Xerox and Tektronix, generating similar results.

Clifford S.L. Yee, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Yee served as NWA's President & CEO until early 2010 when he handed the reins to Mr. Ward. Before joining NWA, Mr. Yee founded and was President of Advanced Technologies, an engineering firm providing systems integration for government-related industries. Previous to leading Advanced Technologies, Mr. Yee served as President & CEO of CADIC, Inc., a test and measurement electronics firm. He also served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Chief Engineer for Schwitzer Household International and as a Project Engineer for General Electric. Mr. Yee holds five U.S. Patents on engine cooling and was a recipient of the Center for Leadership Development's Distinguished Award.



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