Norm was born and raised on a small Iowa farm, a farmer at heart. He received a BSEE from Iowa State Univ., a MSEE from San Jose State Univ., a MBA from Santa Clara Univ. and most recently an AS in viticulture from Los Positas College.
He has lived in Silicon Valley since 1963 and moved to Pleasanton in 1996. He was a practicing design engineer before becoming a company executive. For 11 years, he taught part time at San Jose State Univ. in the graduate school of engineering (computer architecture). Norm co-founded an electronics company in Pleasanton/Livermore in 1989 which he took public (listed on the NASDAQ) in 1994. Norm co-holds 35 US patents and has served as a director on 5 electronics companies.
Norm and his wife Stephanie of 44 years (an avid LV Opera board director) really enjoy the Livermore Valley and all that it has to offer. He has a very small vineyard, owns his own wine making operations – Villa per Due’ and currently works as an enologist for the Ruby Hill Winery.
He enjoys golf, bicycling, gardening, traveling, and family activities. His two daughters and grandkids live in the Bay Area – Pleasanton and Redwood Shores.