CEO Talk: Rafi Albarian, Integra Technologies

This interview was held with Rafi Albarian, SVP, Strategic Initiatives with Integra Technologies.


Tell me a bit about your background? How did you first get started with Integra Technologies?


I am an accomplished, data-driven senior-level executive with over 23-year track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership in the Semiconductor Industry, focused on building profitable businesses, and adapt at both he science and the art of sales and marketing. I am experiences in both public and private equity owned companies, with extensive competency in Communication, Industrial, Aerospace, Defense, and Medical Market Segments.


Tell me about Integra Technologies?


Integra Technologies processes, packages, assembles and tests custom, high-performance microelectronics, on-time and with the highest quality, to enable next generation high-reliability systems. Our full turnkey services and supply chain management includes wafer processing, custom high-performance IC package design and development, lean manufacturing, software development and electrical testing, reliability testing, and failure analysis.



When did you start Integra Technologies? What were you doing before that?


I joined Integra Technologies in January 2018 after spending 18 months with Micross Components, based in Orlando, FL, as its SVP, Strategic Solutions.




How was the role/offering of Integra Technologies changed during the recent years?


Integra’s offering expended from software/test development and electrical testing to single-source turnkey solution from Wafer Processing to final test.



Which market segment seems promising to you? And why?


Integra’s is focused on the following four market segments as they are stable, with consistent and barrier to entry:

  1. Aerospace & Defense
  2. Space
  3. Semiconductor
  4. Medical



What is a typical customer for Integra Technologies?


  1. Aerospace & Defense
    • Raytheon; Honeywell; Harris; Northrop Grumman; GE Aviation; Boeing
  2. Space
    • Lockheed Martin; Boeing; General Dynamics; Orbital ATK; Ball Aerospace; SEAKR; SpaceX
  3. Semiconductor
    • On Semi; Marvell; Texas Instruments; Analog Devices; Renesas; Qorvo; Finisar; Inphi; Qualcomm
  4. Medical
    • Boston Scientific; Abbott/St Jude Medical; Medtronics; Varian Medical Systems



Customers are focused on time-to-market, first-time-right, price, etc. Do you see a change in customer behavior in recent years? Where is the focus today and why?


Customers expect 100% service quality and 100% on-time delivery. Integra is laser focused on achieving 100% customer satisfaction.


What are the 3 top things you wish your customers would do better (or different)?


  1. Better forecasting
  2. Focus on service quality and on-time delivery, not price or service speed
  3. Ease of doing business



Are you currently hiring? What type of jobs?


Integra is currently hiring in Wichita, KS, Albuquerque, NM, and Milpitas, CA. Some of the available positions are for Lab Technician, Quality Assurance, and Maintenance Technician.


What is your #1 advice for people who want to work for Integra?


Doing the right thing is always the best course of action.


Where can one find more information?




What is the best moment in your day?


The best moments in my day are the one-on-one times with customers, partners, suppliers, and employees.


How do you keep yourself energized and engaged during the day?


One of the most important things I have learned during my professional career is that I perform the best when I am happy. If I am happy then I am more productive, I am better at answering support, and I find it easier to stay focused. Throughout the day, I regularly help and mentor others, and consistently take-on new challenges.


What is your preferred lunch discussion topic?


As I am normally fully engaged during the day in the challenges at hand, I normally disengage during lunch and seek renewal. A simple walk prompts reflection and relaxation.


How do you spend your time outside working hours?


Most of my time outside working hours is devoted to building authentic relationships with family members and friends. I value real, face-to-face connections and deep, meaningful conversations with a colleague, friend, or mentor.

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