James Schutz served as our vice president of corporate development and general counsel since August 2003, as a director since May 2004 and corporate secretary since June 2006. He was appointed CEO in February 2013. Mr. Schutz was formerly the general counsel of Jomed, Inc. until 2003 when he orchestrated the sale of Jomed to Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT) and Volcano Therapeutics (NASDAQ: VOLC, now part of Royal Philips, NYSE PHG). Mr. Schutz received a B.A. in economics from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Robert Miller has served as our chief financial officer since June 2004 and was a consultant to us from March 2003 to May 2004. Mr. Miller has served as a director of Scanis, Inc. since 1998 and served as acting chief financial officer from 1998 to June 2006. He was a chief financial officer consultant to Evit Labs from June 2003 to December 2004, Wildlife International Network from October 2002 to December 2005, Endoscopic Technologies from November 2002 to March 2004, Biolog from January 2000 to December 2002 and Webware from August 2000 to August 2002. Prior to this, Mr. Miller was the chief financial officer for GAF Corporation, Penwest Ltd. and Bugle Boy and treasurer of Mead Corporation. He received a B.A. in economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia University.
Marc Umscheid joined Sonoma in January 2017 as chief strategy and marketing officer. He was formerly a senior marketing director and business development team leader at the Clorox Company. Mr. Umscheid is a graduate of Cornell University where he received both a BS in business management/finance and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Bruce Thornton has served as our vice president of international operations and sales since June 2005. Mr. Thornton served as our general manager for U.S. operations from March 2004 to July 2005. He served as vice president of operations for Jomed (formerly EndoSonic Corp.) from January 1999 to September 2003, and as vice president of manufacturing for Volcano Therapeutics, an international medical device company, following its acquisition of Jomed, until March 2004. Mr. Thornton received a B.S. in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an M.B.A. from National University.
Robert Northey, Ph.D. has served as our director of research and development since July 2005. Dr. Northey served as a consultant to us from May 2001 to June 2005. From August 1998 until June 2005, he was an assistant professor in the paper science and engineering department at the University of Washington. Dr. Northey received a B.S. in wood and fiber science and a Ph.D. in wood chemistry, each from the University of Washington.