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Eric F. Heard

Eric HeardPresident and Chief Executive Officer

Eric F. Heard is president, chief executive officer and founder of AMTECH USA, responsible for the overall strategy, direction and operation of the company, both in the United States and Japan.

Heard began his professional career 1978 as a sales engineer with Nippondenso Sales, Inc., where he held a series of assignments developing business relationships with General Motors Corporation and other automotive and non-automotive customers.  

In 1983, Heard became a sales and marketing manager (Asia-Pacific) for TRW Inc., a position he held until 1991, when he was promoted to director of business development (Asia-Pacific) for TRW's Tokyo, Japan, operation. In this position he held direct responsibility for negotiating, developing and expanding the firm’s business relationships throughout Asia. In 1993, Eric returned to the United States as general manager, Asian and transplant sales, for Freudenberg-NOK, a manufacturer of anti-vibration, powertrain and chassis products for the automotive, commercial-vehicle and industrial markets.   

From 1996 to 1999, Heard was with automotive supplier CMI International as director of business development, Asia Pacific region. In 1999, he left CMI to form AMTECH International Group as an international consultancy that assists automotive suppliers worldwide in developing strategic marketing and business relationships with Japanese OEMs.

Heard earned a bachelor's degree in labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University.  At MSU, he served as vice president of the university’s 44,000-member student body and was co-editor of the New Student Register. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineering, Japan America Council (chairman), Japan Automotive Association Group, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit Society, AI Technologies (board member), Delta Chi Fraternity, and is fluent in Japanese language, culture and business practices.