Scott N. Miller, CEO / Co-Founder:
Scott has been fascinated with hardware since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. Over the course of his career, he’s worked on high efficiency robotic tunafish, life size robotic dinosaurs for Disney Imagineering, and robotic baby dolls with Hasbro.
At iRobot, Scott was responsible for leading the Roomba technical team to scale the functional prototype through all of the steps in the journey to high volume production. Scott lived in China for four years as the VP of Asia Pacific, setting up teams in the Pearl River Delta and India and leading the production of 3 million Roomba units.
Repatriating as VP of New Product Development, Scott led a high-performance team of 75 people to create the next generation of robots. During this time, he experimented with different innovation models to find what came after Roomba.
Leaving iRobot after 10 great years, Scott saw the deadly gap that many Entrepreneurs were facing in going from a functional prototype to high volume production. At Dragon Innovation, Scott has worked with over 100 companies to help them scale by providing them with his expertise in all sectors of the business: DFM, Sourcing, Costing, RFQ, Manufacturing Service Agreement, Quality, Handover, Pre-Production, Production and Sustaining Engineering. Scott loves new challenges and the opportunity to work with world class teams.
Scott is an avid sailor and skippers a J/80. He has sailed from Portugal to Tahiti. Scott received his Bachelors from Dartmouth and Masters from MIT.
Herman Pang, President / Co-Founder:
Herman’s keen insights into factory operations and high volume manufacturing were earned at the very heart of it; the factory. Leading an automobile supply factory, Herman worked to obtain QS 9000 verification - a new quality standard for the automobile industry and the only one in China and Hong Kong at that time.
After serving as the Far East Project Leader for Hasbro’s first generation FurReal Friends, Herman built the Far East iRobot office with Scott. As the Managing Director, Herman oversaw Operation (Supply Chain Management, Costing & Sourcing); Engineering (New Product Development, Design for Manufacturing) and China Quality (Quality, Sustaining, Business Relationships). Herman was instrumental in launching Roomba, Scooba, Looj and ConnectR.
In 2009, Herman and Scott rejoined forces to launch Dragon Innovation. As the Far East in-country liaison, Herman leverages his strong network of vendors to lower costs, improve quality and accelerate time-to-market.
Herman holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (currently Daltech, Dalhousie University). A fitness buff, Herman meets up with his high school friends for a pick-up game of soccer or tennis.
Kristin Coyle, Entrepreneur Liaison
Teams up with Dragon's entrepreneurs to provide them with every resource they need in order to run their most effective campaign. Formerly of iRobot, Kristin holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from Wheaton College. The resident bookworm, Kristin likes to reference historical events in casual conversation.
Adam Craft, VP Manufacturing Engineering & Project Management
Guides Dragon's clients through the manufacturing process. International product development expert. Formerly VP of Global Product Engineering for Hasbro, Adam holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Michigan. A former oarsman, runner, and Ironman, Adam now seeks new pursuits of the knee-friendly variety.
Bill Drislane, VP Engineering:
Leads pre-manufacturing strategy for Dragon's clients. Authority on Quality and Reliability Engineering. Formerly VP of Quality for Euro-Pro and Director Asia Pacific for iRobot, Bill holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Engineering, as well as an MBA, from Cornell University. Little known fact: Bill is a second degree black belt in Taekwondo.
Beth Macdonald, VP Marketing
Leads marketing, communications and public relations for Dragon and our clients. Formerly a VP of Marketing for Live Nation, Beth holds a Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University. In her spare time, Beth enjoys the torture and ultimate victory of hot yoga as well as cooking fabulous meals (She can make homemade ravioli better than most restaurants. Fact.).
Thos Niles, VP Product & Customer Experience
Brings the Dragon vision to life while creating a wow experience every step of the way. Thos has been an early team member and leader at numerous startups including Firstgiving, TurningArt and Gazelle. Outside of (and often during) work, Thos enjoys quality coffee and any kind of music that smacks of authenticity and has some rough edges on it.
Anton Sergeev, Lead Software Engineer
Spends his days working on the website features to delight makers and the people who back their innovative products. Anton was most recently with Krush.com, a social discovery & shopping site, and prior to that held positions at Fidelity and NetApp. Anton loves to ride bikes and is a hot contender for Fittest Dragon.
Far East Team
David Cao, Assistant General Manager-Shanghai
Heads up Dragon's Shanghai operations. Formerly of iRobot and Hasbro, David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of work, David is an avid badminton player.
Billy Cheung, Senior Project Manager:
Dragon's Senior Onsite Project Manager. Formerly a Quality Manager for iRobot, Billy holds a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering. Billy just happens to be Dragon's resident ping pong champ.
Nicole Fu, Sourcing Assistant
Helps our clients and CMs meet cost targets as well as manages client overseas travel. Formerly of MakerBot, Nicole holds a Bachelors Degree in English. Nicole loves biking and is often on a mission to find the best sushi.
Karen Lau, Operations Manager
Dragon's Costing & Sourcing Expert Extraordinaire. Formerly of iRobot & Early Light, Karen holds a Bachelors in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. Lucky for Dragon, Karen loves international travel but when she's home she loves to spend time at the dog park with her puppy.
Billy Lin, Project Manager
Oversees onsite manufacturing operations for Dragon clients. Formerly of Sportscraft, Billy holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. Always seeking new challenges, Billy spends his free time mountain climbing.
Dan Long, General Manager
Leads Dragon's China team. Formerly of iRobot and Hasbro, Dan holds a Bachelor's and MBA in Mechanical Engineering. On the roads in China, Dan will out-drive anyone but in his downtime, soccer is his thing.
Fred Zhang, Electrical Engineering Manager
Assists Dragon's clients in the handover, pre-production and production phases. Formerly of Namtai Electronics, Fred holds a Bachelor's of Engineering. Fred loves to travel and is an avid runner.
Owen Zou, Project Manager
Oversees onsite manufacturing operations for Dragon clients. Formerly of Hasbro, Owen holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Owen is a black belt and also loves swimming.
George Yan, Project Manager
Oversees onsite manufacturing operations for Dragon clients. Formerly of IBM and Tiger Electronics, George holds a Bachelors in Engineering and enjoys badminton outside of work.