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Rick Mental

Partner, Chicago, USA

Flexible Electronic & wearable/health care  Business Development Expert

Printed electronics industry veteran with nearly four decades of experience in printed electronics to manufacture a broad range of products and components, with good focus on health care applications.

Rick has long-term, functional relationships with numerous contacts within all main actors of the printed electronic value chain around the globe.

About Rick

Printed electronics industry veteran with nearly four decades of experience in printed electronics to manufacture a broad range of products and components.  Most valued skill is to evaluate a situation or opportunity and offer solutions based on a combination of personal knowledge and experience supplemented with inputs and guidance from a large and diverse network of industry experts.

Rick has long-term, functional relationships with numerous contacts within the following categories and identified organizations such as:

  • Conductive, Dielectric and Functional Inks

  • Substrate Materials and Converters

  • Adhesives​

  • Equipment Manufacturers and Distributors​

  • Converters​

General Manager – Nissha GSI Technologies, Inc.

Appointed as General Manager by Nissha USA following their asset purchase of GSI Technologies, LLC.  Functioned as liaison with Nissha USA and Nissha Co. Ltd. HQ in Kyoto. Co-managed expansion of product lines via relocation and integration of Nissha Si-Cal.  Managed portfolio of legacy printed electronics accounts and supporting new business development activities by providing design, materials and process guidance for both printed electronics and in-mold label (IML) product lines.  Participated in annual Global Connecting Capabilities meetings held at Nissha’s Kyoto HQ – mission was to educate other business units about printed electronics and in-mold electronics (IME) and explore commercial opportunities leveraging capabilities of other Nissha business units. 

Director Technical & Customer Service and Leadership Team member– GSI Technologies, LLC

Responsibilities included management of GSI’s Industrial Graphics sales and customer service departments while also maintaining established business relationships with key Printed Electronics accounts and suppliers.  Provided technical guidance to the Functional Printing business development, engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance departments.  Key account business management included PTC heating elements for OEM automotive, double-sided sensor circuit for life-science research device, Backlight for wearable insulin pump and multiple biosensor applications.  

Business Development – GSI Technologies, LLC

Maintained pipeline of opportunities in the medical, industrial, automotive and consumer electronics markets.  Co-developed in-house opportunity scoring system to determine probability of success. 

Expertise