Paul H. Silvis
CEO, Coach, Inventor, and founder-Restek Corporation
Paul founded Restek in 1985 to manufacture innovative, high quality chromatography products. The company's sales exceed $60 Million and continue to outpace competitors by consistently maintaining double digit growth and profits. Restek has turned its focus to expansion in the International markets with offices and distribution centers in more than 110 countries. Most importantly, Restek has become a key member of the community that gives back both financially and professionally with many of our employees serving on important boards in the community. Paul dropped the President/CEO title in 1995 and called himself the "Head Coach" to more closely describes the role he sees for himself. Paul passed on the President/Head Coach title on October 15, 2005 after 20 years serving in this role believing it is important for every leader to replace themselves. Paul currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Restek.
Paul received a B.S. in Chemistry/Life Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 and graduated from the Penn State SMEAL executive MBA program from the Penn State in June 2006. Paul has completed numerous entrepreneurial leadership courses such as Birthing of Giants, Masters of Business Dynamics, Inc. 500 and Entrepreneur of the Year education sessions, Young Presidents Organization (YPO) University, and Penn State Continuing Ed classes in Management and Leadership making continuous learning an important part of his personal philosophy.
Paul currently serves on the Advisory Board of For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, Centre Community Foundation, is President of the Central PA July 4th Inc. Paul was previously Chairman of the Board CBICC, past Chairman of the Incubator program, Chairman of the Discovery Science Center Board, Past Advisory Board member for Penn State's Outreach program, Past Advisory Board member for Schreyer Institute for Innovation and Learning and Schreyer Honors College, past Chairman of Park Forest YARD (Youth Area Recreational Development) fund raising effort, member of the Young Presidents Organization, and served on the 1997 State College YMCA Fund Raising Committee. In addition Paul has chaired political races for Judges and Pennsylvania legislators.
On January 1st 2009 Paul turned over the reins of Restek's chromatography business to the employees through an ESOP stock purchase. While Paul will remain on the Board, he will primarily focus on growing a new technology company called SilcoTek. SilcoTek applies a Chemical Vapor Deposition to metal and glass parts to enhance the material's physical properties thus creating a surface that is similar to an ultra high temperature Teflon®.
Mr. Silvis was appointed by Governor Rendell to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees effective October 2010.