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semiconductor company where he worked for several years, culminating in a success- ful IPO. One of his customers, Siemens, offered Chuck a marketing management job in its Optoelectronics LED division. Over the course of 13 years there, Chuck became general manager of the division and developed it into a $300 million business. “Our division was going to be spun off, so after arranging financial support from Summit Partners, a private equity firm, I told Siemens I wanted to buy it.” While Summit Partners was in the process of offering to back a potential buy- out, its principals invited Chuck to join the firm as its entrepreneur-in-residence. He worked hard to pick up on the basic skills and lingo of venture capitalism. “In the end we determined market con- ditions weren’t right to complete the buy- out. But during the process I learned a lot about the financial world. When you realize that you don’t know what you don’t know, that’s when true learning begins.” In 2001, another venture firm offered Chuck a CEO position with Summit Microelectronics. He led that company for four years through a punishing tech downturn and it was later acquired by Qualcomm. A former business colleague from Siemens asked Chuck to start up a new LED company in 2005. They boot- strapped efforts and officially launched as Optoelectronix a year later. Their first big customer was none other than Siemens. Despite Wall Street’s meltdown in 2008, they obtained $6 million in VC money. They consolidated operations in Pa Nang, and opted to forego taking their own sala- ries for several years. By 2012 the company was thriving. Today, LED is a hot market. Optoelectronix is making a variety of commercial LED lighting used in land- scaping, parking lots, walk-in refrigerators and automotive paint booths. Chuck continues to enjoy his role as CEO. During the late 1990s and early 2000s while Chuck was busy in his career, Sue left Intel for Cisco, and then ran a temp services franchise in Sunnyvale, which she eventu- ally sold. Just shy of her 60 th birthday, Sue went back to school and earned her Master’s degree, then spent the next eight years teaching Business Communications at San Jose State University. “During my high tech career I had managed many people who struggled at work largely because English was their second language and their communications skills were weak,” Sue said. “As a teacher I was able to help people become better communicators so they would have a better chance of advancing in their careers.” Music and Motorcycles When Chuck was a boy, his father gave him a harmonica. He taught himself how to play and has kept it up ever since. Today he enjoys playing Blues with local musicians. He also plays bluegrass music with the Foggy Memory Band, which started out as a group of guys who met occasionally at one of their homes to do a little jamming. Chuck thought they had a pretty good sound, so one day he said to his band mates, “Let’s play for other people!” Their very first gig at GVA Café filled the house. Since then, the Foggy Memory Band has played at all kinds of venues, including the Rotary Club’s annual Seniors Luncheon, First Fridays events in Los Altos