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Chuck & Sue Berghoff C Chuck Berghoff Positive Energy at Work for Morgan Hill Written By Robin Shepherd 58 huck Berghoff is a most unusual guy. At 64, he seems to have an endless capacity to get involved in good work, perhaps because his mind and heart are always in the right place. Chuck was born in Michigan and educated in Minnesota. After high school he headed to the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology. There he pursued a double major, pre-med and electrical engineering, and he did it in four years. “I wanted to build medical devices so I applied to med school but didn’t get in. I considered going for a PhD in bio- engineering, but decided it was time to go out and work instead.” The Making of a Career In 1973, Chuck landed a plumb job as a quality assurance engineer with Intel, which brought him to California. He described Intel’s former CEO, Andy Groves, as a gifted leader who inspired innovation by investing in his employees’ training and challenging them to contribute new ideas. It wasn’t long before Chuck was promoted to a management position. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 “Intel was an exciting place to work in those days. I was exposed to many areas of the business from product design to sales and marketing. As a Quality Manager I had decision-making power, but it came with a lot of responsibility. One year, my boss handed me a one-way ticket to Hong Kong, smiled and said, ‘We’ll send you a return ticket once you’ve solved the issues over there.’” It was also at Intel that Chuck met his wife, Sue, who worked in marketing, HR and IT management during her 10 years there. He moved into the marketing division where he managed relationships with AT&T, IBM, Univac and other key accounts. As the 1970s drew to a close, Chuck thought it might be time for a career change. “I called my dad and said I was thinking of leaving Intel even though it would mean taking a pay cut. He said ‘Chuck, when you look back you’ll remember what you accomplished, not what you got paid.’” In the early 1980s, Chuck joined an LCD technology startup and brought in $2 million in sales within the first two years. Then a friend offered him a job at a