Dr. Min Kao co-founded Garmin Corporation with Gary Burrell in October 1989 to integrate Global Positioning System (GPS) technology into navigation devices for multiple markets. Dr. Kao is credited with the breakthrough design and engineering of the GPS software technology that formed the foundation of the original Garmin product line. As executive chairman, Dr. Kao provides ongoing support to the company’s strategic planning and business development processes, and continues to serve as the chairman of the board of directors.
Prior to founding Garmin, Dr. Kao served as a systems analyst at Teledyne Systems for inertial, radio navigation and fire control systems. While at Magnavox Advanced Products, he designed the Kalman filter algorithms for Phase II GPS user equipment. He later served as engineering group leader with King Radio Corporation and AlliedSignal, where he led the development of the first GPS navigator to be certified by the FAA. Dr. Kao has a bachelor's in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University. His career began at the University of Tennessee where he earned his master's and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and was involved in research for NASA and the U.S. Army.
Clifton A. Pemble joined Garmin International in 1989 as a software engineer. As one of the company's first employees, he has served in a variety of leadership capacities, including systems engineering and software engineering management. In 2007, Pemble was appointed president and chief operating officer and served in that capacity until being named CEO in January 2013, succeeding co-founder Dr. Min Kao. He has been a member of the Garmin Ltd. board of directors since August 2004.
Prior to joining Garmin, Pemble served as a software engineer for AlliedSignal, participating in the development of earth-based and satellite-based navigation systems for general aviation.
Pemble earned his bachelor’s in mathematics and computer science from MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Kevin Rauckman joined the Garmin team as director of finance in January 1999 and became chief financial officer and treasurer for Garmin Ltd. in August 2000. He came to Garmin from AlliedSignal where he served as director of finance for one of the company’s aerospace units.
Prior to AlliedSignal, Rauckman served as finance manager for Unisys Corporation, a technology hardware and consulting services company, from 1993 to 1996. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kansas.
Andrew Etkind joined Garmin International as general counsel in February 1998 and became vice president, general counsel and secretary for Garmin Ltd. in August 2007. Prior to Garmin, he served as senior attorney for Alumax Inc., an aluminum manufacturer, from 1996 to 1998. Before that he was vice president, general counsel and secretary for Information Management Resources Inc., a software systems development and consulting company.
Etkind holds bachelor’s, master’s and L.L.M. degrees from Cambridge University in England and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Gary Burrell co-founded Garmin Corporation with Dr. Min Kao in October 1989 with a handful of engineers and an idea for a product. Together with Dr. Kao, Burrell has led Garmin from a startup company to an international electronics powerhouse in several markets. For his efforts, he has been recognized by Inc. Magazine, The Kansas City Business Journal and Ernst & Young as the “Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year” for Missouri and Kansas.
An industry veteran, Burrell brings more than 40 years of leadership at engineering-based companies to the helm of Garmin Ltd. Prior to his work with Garmin, Burrell served in various roles, including director of engineering and vice president of engineering at marine and aviation electronics companies, such as Lowrance Electronics, King Radio Corporation and AlliedSignal. He is widely regarded as one of the leading innovators of integrated avionics, having designed and developed the first successful NAV/COMM for the general aviation market. Burrell earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering at Wichita State University and his master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Donald H. Eller is a private investor. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas. Dr. Eller has held several management positions in the defense electronics industry, including manager of systems analysis for Teledyne Systems Co., and manager of navigation and weapon system design for a division of Magnavox Corp. Eller is recognized as an industry expert in GPS, inertial and other navigation systems. He has served as a consultant for Lockheed Corp. and has provided consulting services to the GPS Joint Program Office.
Charles W. Peffer is a former audit partner with KPMG LLP. He holds a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Kansas and a master’s of business administration from Northwestern University.
Peffer became a partner with KPMG’s predecessor firm in 1979 and served in the firm’s Kansas City office as partner in charge of audit from 1986 to 1993 and as the office's managing partner from 1993 to 2000. Peffer retired from KPMG in 2002. He currently serves on the board of the commerce funds, a family of 11 mutual funds.
Thomas P. Poberezny is chairman emeritus of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), having served as president from 1989 to 2009, and chairman of the board from 2009 to 2011. EAA promotes all aspects of aviation, providing pathways to participation for all who have an interest or passion for flying. EAA has approximately 160,000 members worldwide, and is host to the largest airshow in the world, the EAA AirVenture Fly-in, held annually in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Poberezny holds a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and is a former world champion aerobatic pilot. Poberezny, who is widely considered an expert in the field of aviation, was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in 1996.
Joseph J. Hartnett served as president and chief executive officer of Ingenient Technologies from 2008 to 2010. He joined the software development company in 2007 as its chief operating officer. Prior to that, he was the chief financial officer for U.S. Robotics Corporation from 2000 to 2001 and went on to lead the company as president and chief executive officer from 2001 to 2006. Prior to U.S. Robotics, he was a partner with Grant Thornton, LLP where he served for more than 20 years in various leadership roles.Hartnett is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.