Management Team

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Management Team2018-06-27T14:48:37+00:00

Peggy Miller

Chief Executive Officer + Director

Miller joined PacStar in 2007, initially responsible for overseeing the company’s finances. In June 2009, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all of the company’s day to day operations.  And in January 2015, Miller was promoted to become Chief Executive Officer. She also serves as corporate secretary and treasurer.

Miller has an established record of building businesses and strengthening finances through a series of executive-level management positions. While at PacStar, she has been a leader and significant contributor to PacStar’s success, providing strategic guidance as the company moved from operating losses to becoming a profitable company recognized within the DoD for its quality products and outstanding customer service.  Under Miller’s leadership the company has won major US DoD programs of record including US Army T2C2 and US Marines NOTM.  She was named a 2018 Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal.

Prior to joining PacStar, Miller was a partner with Tatum, LLC, where she provided strategic financial consulting services to various companies. Peggy has served in an executive capacity for a variety of companies including as CEO of privately held Astoria-Pacific International, President of Concero, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of, Inc. It was there, at, where in addition to her former company, Virtual, that she acquired five companies to form the Monstermoving group. She helped co-found Virtual Relocation in 1998 which was sold to Monster, Inc. (NASDAQ:MNST) in May 2000 for $80 million. From 1993 until 1998 she was CFO of Bioject Medical Technologies (NASDAQ: BJCT) and prior to that she was Vice President of Finance for Oregon Health and Science University.

Miller holds a BS in Business Administration with honors from Portland State University.

Charlie Kawasaki

CISSP, Chief Technical Officer

Charlie Kawasaki joined PacStar in early 2005 to lead the company’s technology strategy and future product roadmap for its proprietary product lines. He continues in that role today. Charlie has extensive experience in product development, software engineering, technology licensing, patent development, business development, product marketing, general management and M&A.

Prior to joining PacStar, Charlie provided his expertise to early stage technology companies, where he created dozens of software solutions in such industries as Internet infrastructure, cybersecurity, energy management, software utilities and relational databases. Charlie served as CEO of RuleSpace, Inc., which created world-leading technology for Internet parental controls applications used by companies such as AOL, Yahoo, SBC, BellSouth, and Microsoft. Before RuleSpace, he held product development and engineering management roles at The Palace, Inc., Creative Multimedia Corp., Central Point Software, Inc., Asymetrix Corp. and Microrim, Inc.

Apart from his various company roles, Charlie has a career long commitment to economic and industry development through association board service, including Software Association of Oregon, Regional Alliance for Infrastructure and Network Security, and Smart Grid Northwest. He currently serves as a board member of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) and co-chairs the TAO Cyber Lab.  He is also co-founder and manager of PDX Cyber Camp.

Ed Rissberger

Vice President of Product Development

Rissberger joined Pacstar in 2010 to lead the company’s product development and production activities. He is a seasoned product development leader with more than 10 years experience as an engineering executive developing high technology products in both large and small organizations. His teams have delivered software and hardware products to both the government and commercial marketplaces.

As Vice President of Engineering at FLIR, Ed led a 100-person technical staff that generated over $75M revenue per year. As Vice President of Engineering at Corvis, Ed led a large (250) International Development department that delivered optical networking equipment to an international Tier-1 carrier customer base which including companies like Sprint, France Telecom, Qwest and Telefonica. For the past six years, Ed was Vice President of Engineering for iMove, a venture funded startup, developing innovative video software for the intelligence and defense markets.

Rissberger holds an MSE from Stanford University, a MSEE from the University of Washington, a BSME from Columbia University in New York and a BS in Physics from Lewis and Clark College.

Jeff Sinclair

Vice President of Sales

Sinclair is a founding member of PacStar. It was through Sinclair’s pioneering sales work in Asia, developing relationships with key military commands for TransPacific’s distribution business, that the market opportunity for PacStar emerged. Sinclair worked at TransPacific from 1992 through 2000. He relocated to Asia in 1993 and served as an Account Executive with new business development responsibilities. During this assignment, Sinclair developed valuable military relationships and knowledge of contracting requirements with primary contractors, the military, and other government organizations.

With the spin-off of PacStar, Sinclair dramatically expanded the sales efforts, opening offices in Korea, California, Texas, Washington, DC, Germany and Dubai. He managed sales growth for PacStar from zero to almost $50 million dollars per year (2004). He is an expert in US government contract administration, military sales, and sales management.

Sinclair holds a BS in Biology from Pacific University.

Rodney Snell

Vice President of Software Development

Snell joined PacStar in 2005 to manage the development of the company’s leading edge IQ-Core® Software for which he is the chief architect and designer.

Prior to PacStar, Snell created the high performance data conduit framework used by WebTrends, the first successful web log analyzer. He created visual designer software for the first Ethernet data acquisition devices used in industrial control at Intelligent Instrumentation. He has managed outsourced teams from India and Russia, and has done research into real-time MRI techniques on which various patents have been granted.

Snell holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and an MS in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona.