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Manufacturers kick-off 2015 with new leadership team

 Feb. 4, 2015 Sacramento, CA –The California Manufacturers & Technology Association will usher in its new leadership team and welcome the new California legislature with a reception tonight at 5:00 p.m. at CMTA’s offices.

CMTA’s President Jack Stewart retired in late 2014 and CMTA’s Board of Directors voted to promote the Association’s chief lobbyist Dorothy Rothrock as the new President. The Board’s Chairman, Pamela Kan of Bishop-Wisecarver, finished her term and will sit as the Executive Committee’s Chairman in 2015 while Sara O’Neill-Bouton of Shell Oil Company will take over as CMTA’s Chairman of the Board. Following are statements made by the three women regarding the new leadership and 2015:

Chairman of the Board of Directors-- Sara O'Neill-Bouton -- Manager of Government Relations for the Western Region, Shell Oil Company:

“CMTA has fought for manufacturers through good and bad times, and recent years have been particularly tough. But I am sure that the experienced team at CMTA is up to the challenge of educating the new and returning legislators about the importance of manufacturing jobs to the state. Dorothy’s years of CMTA experience along with her support team will have a positive influence on state policies."

Chairman of the Executive Committee -- Pamela Kan – President, Bishop-Wisecarver:

“As a small manufacturer I depend on CMTA to let legislators know what I need to compete and grow in California. Last year CMTA increased awareness that finding skilled workers is one of our biggest challenges. I am excited to be working with talented women like Sara and Dorothy to push for solutions and make California a better place for manufacturing.”

CMTA President-- Dorothy Rothrock:

“CMTA wants California to be a model for the rest of the country – with a growing number of innovative and energy efficient manufacturers to create middle class jobs for millions of Californians. Our ability to get this done depends on the support of leaders like Pamela and Sara who between them have experience running a manufacturing facility and in-depth knowledge about public policy. It’s time for California to enjoy a manufacturing renaissance and I want CMTA to be a force to make that happen.”

CMTA’s Board company list and bios of O’Neill-Bouton, Kan and Rothrock are attached below.


Alcoa Fastening Systems
Altria Client Services, Inc.
Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC.
AT&T California
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Bayer Corporation
Berg McAfee Companies
Bishop-Wisecarver Corp.
BP America, Inc.
California Steel Industries, Inc.
CalPortland Company
Chrysler LLC
Eli Lilly & Company
ExxonMobil Corporation
General Dynamics - NASSCO
General Motors LLC
Intel Corporation
International Paper Company
Johnson & Johnson
Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC
MillerCoors, LLC
Northrop Grumman Space & Technology
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Owens-Illinois, Inc.
Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Paulson Manufacturing Corporation
Pfizer Inc
PPG Aerospace
Praxair, Inc.­
RAI Services Company
Shell Oil Company
Solar Turbines, Inc.
The Dardanelle Group, Inc.
The Dow Chemical Company
USS-POSCO Industries
Valero Energy Corporation

Chairman of CMTA Board of Directors

Sara O’Neill-Bouton, Shell Oil Company, Sacramento, CA

West Coast Manager, State Government Relations

Ms. O’Neill-Bouton currently serves as the Manager of Government Relations for the Western region of the United States for Shell Oil Company. She is responsible for all government and legislative activity in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Arizona, as it relates to all Shell business activities. She also represents Shell’s interests on several state trade organizations. Ms. O’Neill-Bouton joined Shell Oil in February 2009.

Prior to joining Shell Oil, Ms. O’Neill-Bouton served as Vice President of Energy Policy for the West region of Constellation Energy Resources, with her primary responsibility dedicated to wholesale and retail energy policy in Arizona, Oregon, and California.

Ms. O’Neill-Bouton joined Constellation NewEnergy in 1998. She served various roles and throughout her tenure related to political, regulatory and market strategy of deregulated energy markets. She coordinated state lobbying efforts across various states, including New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Prior to her position at Constellation, Ms. O’Neill-Bouton worked for USPowerSolutions, L.L.C. as Manager of Regulatory Affairs. While at USPowerSolutions, Ms. O’Neill-Bouton helped to build operational standards in the deregulated energy industry in numerous states across the country on behalf of their clients.

Ms. O’Neill-Bouton received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Sociology from St. Lawrence University.


Chairman of CMTA Executive Committee

Pamela Kan, Bishop-Wisecarver, Pittsburg, CA


Pamela Kan has over 25 years of business experience. Pamela joined Bishop-Wisecarver in April of 1991. In May of 2000, the Board of Directors appointed Pamela to the role of President. In 2009, Pamela gained controlling interest in the company.

In 2010, the company became certified in the Bay Area Green Business Program. Since July of 2011 the company has been a WBENC certified woman owned business. In 2014 Pamela was appointed as one of the Astra Leadership Forum Committee Representatives (FCR). Astra is a regional partner organization for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the national organization providing certification for women-owned business. Kan will serve in this new role while also maintaining her position as Astra’s founding chair of the Women in Manufacturing Group.

In 2008, Pamela formed Black Diamond Manufacturing Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bishop-Wisecarver and specialty contract manufacturer that works with other industrial companies to build complex mechanical sub-assemblies and manufacture specialty parts. In 2012, Pamela formed WRW Engineering, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bishop-Wisecarver, that helps companies integrate mechanical, electrical and software engineering to deliver complete custom mechatronic solutions with imbedded intelligence.

In 2012 the Governor appointed Pamela to the California Workforce Investment Board; she currently serves on the Increasing Skills & Credential Attainment Workgroup. In 2008 Pamela joined the Board of Directors of NAM - National Association of Manufacturers and CMTA – California Manufacturers & Technology Association, the later she serves currently as the Executive Committee Chairman.


2010 Recipient – Women’s Initiative “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Pittsburg”

2013 Honoree – Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Award

2013, 2014 – San Francisco Business Times, Book of Lists, Largest Bay Area Women Owned Business


CMTA President

Dorothy Rothrock, California Manufacturers & Technology Association

Dorothy has been recently named the new President of CMTA, the only statewide organization solely dedicated to advocating on behalf of the state’s manufacturing and technology companies. CMTA lobbyists work on issues of importance to California manufacturers, including energy, civil justice, workers compensation, labor, tax, environmental quality and education.

She regularly speaks to policymakers, media and civic groups about the importance of manufacturing investment and job creation, and how well-designed laws and regulations can promote environmental protection, public health and economic prosperity. Since 2006 Dorothy has chaired the AB 32 Implementation Group, a coalition of business and taxpayer organizations interested in California’s ground-breaking climate change law.

Before coming to CMTA in February 2000 she consulted on energy and telecommunications regulatory issues for industrial energy users, policy advocates, and economic research firms. She began her career at Portland General Corporation as an attorney, moving to management positions in commercial operations, public affairs and power marketing prior to relocating to California in 1990.

Dorothy graduated from University of Oregon and Lewis and Clark Law School, joining the Oregon Bar in 1980 and the California Bar in 1997.

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