Board of Directors
Carl J. Johnson
Carl J. Johnson
Carl J. Johnson is a long-time participant in the laser industry and its many segments that have evolved since the mid-1960’s. In 1964, as a Senior in Electrical Engineering, he took the first course in laser technology ever taught at Purdue University. He was captivated by the idea that one could amplify light and potentially use the resulting laser beams in a multitude of applications, all of which have by now come true.
Joseph Vithayathil serves as an independent director on the board of SemiQ and has been with the company since its inception. Joe has extensive, global experience in the tech industry. He served as a Senior Vice President and general Manager at Applied Micro Circuits. In his initial role leading M&A and Strategy Joe reviewed multiple opportunities, generated term sheets, and closed four acquisitions: two carve-outs, one private and one public, for over $500 M. Diversified the company into growth markets and increased revenue.
JD Brookhart, a managing director at CJ&M Holdings, holds a finance degree from Colorado State University. He began his career as an award winning sales executive at Xerox and was recruited to advance his career in medical equipment sales and then engineering software sales. He made a life-changing decision and spent the next 18 years coaching football in the NFL and at the highest level of college. He was a coordinator and head coach at a number of prestigious schools. He now directs CJ&M Holdings and their pursuit of supporting start-up companies.. He also serves as a Board member for several for-profit and non-profit entities. He lives in Denver, with his wife and 4 sons.
Over 40 years of experience in financing private companies through the management of a series of venture capital funds and in providing investment banking advisory services to both investors and company founders.