Chief Operating Officer
Karla Trotman, Electro Soft’s COO, has been with the company in one form or another since its founding in 1986. She started out cutting wire by hand, and earned 25 cents an hour for sitting at a bench and using a ruler to mark the various lengths she had to make for her father. She graduated to stripping the wires, and eventually to helping operate the wave soldering machine.
Later, in college, Karla was able to put her skills — and business sense — to use. “I noticed that there was one phone in the room and the cord was too short. Because I grew up around electronics, I had a little business of splitting the phone’s jack and making longer cords so that roommates could each have phones at their bedside.”
She holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Logistics from Penn State University, where she graduated with a minor in the Legal Environment of Business and also received a Purchasing Management Certificate.
Karla is a member of several boards and organizations, including:
- Drexel Executive Alumni Board – President
- Penn State Alumni Association – Life Member
- Montgomery Child Advocacy Project – Board Member
- MontcoWorks Board – Appointed by the Montgomery County Commissioners
- Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
When she’s not busy being a working mother or volunteering her time, she enjoys running 5ks and 10ks (she recently ran the Broad Street run with a broken arm) and playing a casual game of golf.
Karla lives in Wyncote, Pa., with her husband and two boys, as well as a Shichon puppy that refuses to be potty trained.
“Our customers have the most amazing projects. I love hearing the stories about how their company solves problems in industry. Each story is unique and I feel like I am a part of bringing their product into fruition.”
Mai Tam Thanh
Production SupervisorMai Tam Thanh is Electro Soft’s Production Supervisor and has been with the team since 1995, when she answered a newspaper ad and was hired as an assembler.
She received her high school certification in Vietnam before moving to the United States.
She loves everything about her job, but when she’s not at Electro Soft she enjoys working in her yard, buying, fixing and re-selling old houses, and shopping in the Montgomery County area.
Mai is a member of her church choir. She lives in Hatfield, Pa., with her husband and two children.
Director of OperationsZach Rowand, Electro Soft’s Director of Operations, has been with the company since 2005, when he was hired as a buyer.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Penn State University and enjoys the commerce side of the electronics manufacturing industry.
When he’s not solving the daily problems that occur in manufacturing, Zach enjoys spending time with his family and squeezing in an occasional golf game.
He lives with his wife and two children in Hilltown Township, Pa.
Quality Control ManagerDave Winter is Electro Soft’s Quality Control Manager. He’s been with the company since 1997, when a coworker at the Naval Air Warfare Center who knew ESI founder James Wallace suggested he apply.
As a kid, Dave was a tinkerer: He enjoyed taking things apart to find out how they worked, but not necessarily putting them back together — much to his mother’s dismay.
Dave has an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Technology and is a Certified ISO Lead Auditor.
When he’s not working, Dave plays guitar for the classic rock band “Dirt Cheap,” which has been performing in the Philadelphia region for more than 20 years.
He lives in Hatboro, Pa., with his wife, Jodi Winter, Electro Soft’s Quality Control and PCB Supervisor.
“I love being able to fix or repair things when they break, many times before the repairman is called! This includes employees’ personal items, too …”
Quality Control and PCB SupervisorJodi Winter is Electro Soft’s Quality Control and PCB (printed circuit board) supervisor. She started at the company in 2006, and holds an Associate’s Degree from the Lansdale School of Business.
In her spare time, Jodi enjoys watching her husband’s band; spending time with her nieces and nephews; painting; drawing; working on crafts and going to concerts.
She’s active with the Lehman Memorial United Methodist Church, and volunteers with Angels in Motion, an organization that helps to feed and clothe the homeless and addicted in Kensington, Pa.
Jodi lives in Horsham, Pa. with her husband, Dave, who is Electro Soft’s Quality Control manager.
“I like to be able to build something for a customer that is unique or a challenge – like a circuit board the size of nickel!”