A Silicon Valley Innovation Journey: From Semiconductors to Sustainability

SVII "First Wednesday"
Innovation Society Meeting

June 3, 2009
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Kevin Surace, CEO, Serious Materials

“Factories re-open, creating new jobs and cost savings for U.S. employees.”

Is this a headline from years gone by? A satirical story reported in The Onion? Or an apt characterization of the work of a 21st Century Silicon Valley innovation leader? Our third option has all the charm.

Join us as Kevin Surace, former semiconductor executive and current CEO of Silicon Valley-based Serious Materials, shares with us his recent White House commendations from the President and Vice President, and his adventures as a leader in one of the most critical 21st Century innovation industries.

Serious Materials develops and manufactures sustainable green building materials that save energy, save money, improve comfort and aggressively address climate change. The company was voted #1 at Cleantech Forum XII, won Global Gypsum Product of the Year 2008, won the first Aspen Institute award for innovation in Energy Conservation, and was awarded Green Product of the Year by Popular Science. It has also been recognized by TIME, CNN, Fortune, and Business Week as one of the top green technology companies.

Products such as SeriousWindows™ and SeriousGlass™ reduce heating and cooling energy costs by up to 50% and improve occupant comfort. QuietRock® soundproof drywall and QuietGlass® reduce material use, enhance livability, and support dense sustainable urban construction. EcoRock™ uses 80% less energy in its core production and has the potential to save billions of pounds of CO2 annually, making it the only true green alternative to gypsum drywall and five times more environmentally friendly. SeriousWindows, SeriousGlass and super-insulating ThermaRock™ drywall support energy efficiency funding programs as outlined under The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) including Weatherization (WAP), Green Federal Buildings, State Energy Program (SEP), Energy Efficiency Block Grants, Energy Tax Credit for Consumers, and Tax Deductions for Commercial Buildings.

Bring your curiosity, and your insights. We hope to see you there!

Program Schedule:

6:00 Networking
6:45 Community Buffet Dinner
7:10 Appetizer Story
7:15 Introductions
7:30 Feature Presentation
8:30 Showing Up in support of Innovation
9:30 Closing

Drinks are available on a no-host basis.

Event fee – $30. Pay at the meeting or use PayPal.


Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Drive down Embarcadero East, past Ming’s, turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

Restaurant direct line: 650-856-0999

Please be sure to RSVP.
Bring cash or check, or prepay by credit card.

Need to reach us at the last minute? Call: 415-307-0645.

Outlook—What’s Coming Up Next Month:

Ventures in Medicine: Innovations in Cardiology and Beyond
Guest Speaker: Ted McCluskey, Sand Hill Angels

To find past program archives, and the current outlook for future programs, see the SVII “First Wednesday” group of SVII Society Online. While you’re there, sign up as a member of our online community of Innovation Advocates.

Stay in Touch

Wish to join our mailing list? Email friends@svii.org. Plan to join the SVII Innovation Society each “First Wednesday” of the month.

Keep checking here for program updates.

SVII is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization. Silicon Valley Innovation Institute, Silicon Valley, USA

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