Pro-Dex » Powerful Solutions

About Us

Our Company
Pro-Dex has been in business for over 40 years with our corporate headquarters located in Irvine, CA. We have successfully collaborated with several of the world’s largest providers of medical and dental products, as well as other industries, proving our credibility through our responsiveness and flexibility.

Today, we continue to offer our outsourcing services nationwide and beyond. While we have built our business around product design, development and manufacturing work for OEMs, our expertise has evolved. Our broad range of support provides customers with the leverage needed to attain world-class capabilities.

Our specialized services span across many disciplines from mechanical and electrical engineering, electronics and software, quality and compliance, and contract manufacturing as well as engineering staffing and consulting. In addition we have a division that can support your motion control needs. This type of support (under the umbrella of one company) permits the fluid workflow you need. These services are provided across a variety of industries.

Together, we can support your strategic priorities to allow you to control your operating costs and increase your profitability. Experience faster production launches and incoming revenue streams, reduced risk, and assurance that your project will meet quality and compliance requirements. Outsourcing will allow you to improve efficiency, maximize use of your internal resources, and reduce strain on your organization.

From concept through production and every step in between, whatever your needs, we are your full-service turn-key provider. At Pro-Dex, we are agile, adaptive, and ready to offer you powerful solutions.

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The Pro-dex Family of Companies
Over the past four decades of manufacturing excellence Pro-Dex has broadened its capabilities through acquisitions.
Our family of companies continues our tradition of superior quality and service with a track record of experience.

Pro-Dex is a product development company. We develop proprietary designs under exclusive supply agreements with some of the
largest companies in the world. Designed, engineered and manufactured in the heart of the USA.


Industries We Serve
Pro-Dex knows and understands design and precision manufacturing across multiple industries and for multiple applications.
Our suite of services caters to manufacturers in highly regulated industries with specialized needs.

location for contract manufacturers 2Healthcare
We specialize in powered devices for orthopedic applications as well as precision injection molds.
location for contract manufacturers 2Aerospace
High precision micro controllers and actuators. High tolerance machining and assembly.
location for contract manufacturers 2Automotive
Our state-of-the-art production facilities can produce high mix/low volume quick turnaround projects as well as low mix/high volume projects.
location for contract manufacturers 2Industrial
High quality innovative customized solutions at lowest possible cost.
location for contract manufacturers 2Communications
We can design, develop and manufacture to your exact specifications for any application.
location for contract manufacturers 2Dental
Extensive experience manufacturing, assembling and testing powered dental devices.
location for contract manufacturers 2Oil & Gas
We can help you meet your regulatory and compliance needs; increasing speed to market and lowering cost to build.
location for contract manufacturers 2Robotics
Innovative solutions for your precision motion control and actuation needs.
location for contract manufacturers 2Research
Our motion control systems and manufacturing solutions are used by the world’s leading laboratories.

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Leadership Team
The Pro-Dex Leadership Team understands that in order to foster a culture based on collaboration and empowerment, one must start
at the top. Our team encourages every associate to deliver creative and effective solutions.

Rick Van Kirk, CEO
Richard L. Van Kirk was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. He joined Pro-Dex in January 2006 and was named Pro-Dex’s Vice President of Manufacturing in December 2006. In April 2013 he was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Van Kirk’s career includes over 13 years of management experience in manufacturing. Mr. Van Kirk previously served as Manufacturing Manager and Manager of Product Development at Comarco Wireless Technologies, ChargeSource Division, which provides power and charging functionality for popular electronic devices and wireless accessories. Prior to Comarco, Mr. Van Kirk was General Manager at Dynacast, a leader in precision die casting. Mr. Van Kirk earned a BA in Business Administration at California State University, Fullerton and an MBA from Claremont Graduate School.

Alisha Charlton, CFO
Alisha Charlton joined the Company in January 2014 as Senior Director of Finance and was promoted to her role as Chief Financial Officer in January 2015. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Charlton held various accounting positions at Comarco, Inc. from October 2000 to January 2014 culminating in her appointment as Chief Accounting Officer in April 2011. Prior to her 13 year tenure at Comarco, Ms. Charlton held various accounting and finance positions with CKE Restaurants, Inc. from February, 1995 to October 2000. Ms. Charlton began her career in July 1991 with KPMG Peat Marwick (now KPMG LLP) and was formerly a certified public accountant. Ms. Charlton holds a B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a CPA license (inactive) from the California State Board of Accountancy.

Phil Brown, VP, General Manager OMS
Phillip S. Brown was named General Manager of Pro-Dex OMS in 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Brown was Vice President of Engineering for Pro-Dex OMS. Mr. Brown started with Pro-Dex’s Oregon Micro Systems subsidiary in June 1988 as Design Engineer. Previously, Mr. Brown was a Controls Engineer with Automation Northwest where he led the electrical designs of custom automated equipment. He attended undergraduate studies at Boise State University and ITT Technical Institute and holds a BS degree in Automated Manufacturing and Electronic Engineering. He is currently completing graduate studies at Oregon Health Sciences University.


Board of Directors
In support of Pro-Dex’s collaborative culture, the Pro-Dex Board of Directors focuses on encouraging the Leadership Team to
empower associates and support an environment of collaboration and ingenuity.

Nick Swenson
Nick Swenson has served on Pro-Dex’s Board since January 2013, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Swenson is an investor in both private and public companies. Since March, 2009, Mr. Swenson has been the Chief Executive Officer and a Portfolio Manager of Groveland Capital, LLC. Prior to forming Groveland Capital, Mr. Swenson was a Portfolio Manager and Partner at Whitebox Advisors, LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund, from 2001 to 2009. From 1999 to 2001 he was a Research Analyst at Varde Partners, LLC, a partnership that specializes in distressed debt investing. He was an Associate in Corporate Finance at Piper Jaffray, Inc., from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Swenson serves as a director of several private companies as well as Air T, Inc., a NASDAQ listed company.

Ray Cabillot
Ray Cabillot joined Pro-Dex’s Board in January, 2013. In addition to his responsibilities on the Board, Mr. Cabillot serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Farnam Street Capital, Inc., the General Partner of Farnam Street Partners L.P., a private investment partnership. Prior to his role at Farnam Street Partners, Mr. Cabillot was a Senior Research Analyst at Piper Jaffray, Inc. Early in his career, Mr. Cabillot worked for Prudential Capital Corporation as an Associate Investment Manager and as an Investment Manager. Mr. Cabillot is currently involved as a director for several private companies and has served as Director and Chairman of the Board for O.I. Corporation, a publicly traded company.

Will Farrell III
Will Farrell joined Pro-Dex’s Board January, 2013. In addition to his responsibilities on the Board, Mr. Farrell serves as Chief Executive Officer of Viszy Inc., a company developing software and services target at the consumer market and has held this position since January, 2011. Mr. Farrell is also Chief Executive Officer of B ō biam, LLC, a company focused on transforming youth art into apparel and other products, merchandising through retail and wholesale channels. Prior to 2011, Mr. Farrell held various senior management roles within Medtronic, Inc. He began his career as an engineer working in production support, process development and operations. Mr. Farrell then transitioned to product development during which time he lead engineering and management teams of 100+ in program, product and process development. At the end of his tenure at Medtronic, Mr. Farrell served as Senior Director of Product Development, leading corporate-wide initiatives to improve design, reliability and manufacturability practices.

David Hovda
David Hovda joined Pro-Dex’s Board January, 2013. Mr. Hovda has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Spinal Motion, Inc., a privately held medical device company that designs, develops and markets artificial discs for use in the spine, since 2004 . Prior to joining Spinal Motion, he held leadership positions with Arthrocare, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of surgical devices, instruments, and implants focused on enhancing surgical techniques and patient outcomes, serving as the Vice President/General Manager of its Spine Division from 1999 to 2004, and as the Managing Director of its ENT Division from 1997 to 1999. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Hovda served in financial analysis and product management positions with Medtronic, Inc., which culminated in his service as the European Business Manager of its Upper Airway Venture from 1995 to 1997. He holds more than 30 patents related to radio frequency ablation technology, specific clinical applications, and artificial disc replacement designs and implantation methods. Mr. Hovda served for five years with the United States Navy, achieving the rank of Lieutenant.

Rick Van Kirk
Richard L. Van Kirk joined Pro-Dex’s Board of Directors when he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. He joined Pro-Dex in January 2006 and was named Pro-Dex’s Vice President of Manufacturing in December 2006. In April 2013 he was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Van Kirk’s career includes over 13 years of management experience in manufacturing. Mr. Van Kirk previously served as Manufacturing Manager and Manager of Product Development at Comarco Wireless Technologies, ChargeSource Division, which provides power and charging functionality for popular electronic devices and wireless accessories. Prior to Comarco, Mr. Van Kirk was General Manager at Dynacast, a leader in precision die casting. Mr. Van Kirk earned a BA in Business Administration at California State University, Fullerton and an MBA from Claremont Graduate School.