Executive Management Team

Jim Newton, Chairman and Founder
Jim is an uber-DIYer and lifelong maker. A serial entrepreneur, Jim holds several design patents and created TechShop because he needed a place to build his own inventions. Before founding TechShop, Jim was a BattleBots competitor and former full-time Science Advisor on the Discovery Channel's hit show MythBusters. Jim spends much of his time on-site at TechShop and thoroughly enjoys helping TechShop members with their projects. He also enjoys baking sourdough bread, camping with his family, and dreaming up new project ideas.
Mark Hatch, Chief Executive Officer
Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery Dennison and Health Net. In 2013, his book, The Maker Movement Manifesto, was released by McGraw-Hill Education. He has been recognized by San Francisco Business Times as one of “Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs” and by Popular Mechanics as one of “25 movers and makers who are reinventing the American Dream." Mark has spoken at events like SXSW, Techonomy, TEDx and The Clinton Global Initiative. A former Green Beret, Mark holds an MBA from the Drucker Center at the Claremont Graduate University.
Mike Hilberman Mike Hilberman, Chief Financial Officer (Contract via Early Growth Financial Services)
Mike is an experienced financial executive with over 20 years of leadership and management consulting experience. While with Booz, Allen Hamilton, and M Squared, he helped large Fortune 500 companies like Cisco, Chevron, Mobil Oil, Fox, First Nationwide, and Bechtel. Previously, he served as an executive at Levi Strauss & Company, managing all finance-related technology initiatives. He has also held management positions with small companies and been an outside advisor to several startups. As a CFO with Early Growth, Mike supports companies throughout their early stages of development. Mike received an MBA in finance, marketing, strategy, and entrepreneurship from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, and a BA in economics, mathematics, and psychology from Claremont McKenna College.
Dan Woods, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Business Development
Dan drives TechShop's operations, product and service strategies, and is responsible for business development and sales programs. Before joining the team, he spent nine years at O'Reilly Media and was the co-founder of MAKE Magazine, which focuses on how-to projects for makers. In this role, Dan oversaw marketing, media relations, circulation development, community outreach, and sales for the magazine. He helped establish MAKE as the premier media group and voice of the DIY market. He also conceived and launched the Maker Shed store, growing it to one of MAKE's most important assets. Dan has a BS in Aeronautics from San Jose State University and studied business administration at Santa Clara University's Graduate School of Business.
Carrie Motamedi, Vice President of Marketing
Carrie is responsible for sharing the TechShop mission with internal and external audiences. She creates and executes national marketing programs with partners that include Autodesk, General Electric, Ford, Lowe’s, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. She also oversees public relations and investor relations, and manages the corporate culture. Before joining TechShop in 2010, Carrie spent more than 15 years in technology marketing. At Sun Microsystems, she led public relations, analyst relations, employee communications, and social programs for different business groups. Prior to Sun, she worked at global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. Born and raised in the Detroit Metro area, Carrie earned a dual degree from Michigan State University and studied at the University of London.