Nominate a Marketing and Sales Star for the Bob Graham Award

Nominate a Marketing and Sales Star for the Bob Graham Award

SEMI is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Bob Graham Award. This prestigious award recognizes and honors an individual (or group) for outstanding contributions to customers. The contributions can be through the creation or implementation of value-added marketing and/or sales concepts or strategies. Enhancing customer value and furthering the growth of the semiconductor equipment and materials industry are the key criteria.

SEMI® presents this award each year in memory of Bob Graham whose marketing prowess was unparalleled in our industry. His contributions were numerous—and the industry still feels the impact of those contributions today.

Candidate Eligibility

SEMI requests that you nominate candidates who:

  • Work at anycompany (nominees are notrequired to be from a SEMI member company).
  • Are not on the current BGA Committee.
  • Are living. (Although posthumous award may occur if recipient’s death occurs after the Committee selects the recipient for the award.)
  • Note: Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nomination Criteria

The nominee’s marketing and/or sales contribution must be:

  • One with demonstrated results for at least three years.
  • One that resulted in demonstrated market growth or other measurable result.
  • Customer focused and valuable to the customer.
  • Original and of strategic value to the semiconductor industry.

Selection process

The Bob Graham Award Committee is responsible for reviewing the nominations received. The Committee carefully considers each of the eligible candidates for the award. If you know someone, or a group of people, whose achievements should be recognized, please submit name(s) for consideration by April 29, 2008. To nominate, click here.

Past Award Recipients

The prestige of the Bob Graham Award is reflected in the high caliber of past recipients:

  • 2007: Richard Hong was recognized for being the first person to successfully implement “In Line Monitoring” at a major semiconductor manufacturer (Samsung) and he proved that this concept would have a dramatic positive impact on yield.
  • 2007: Richard E. Dyck was recognized for facilitating greater cultural awareness and business relationships between the Japanese semiconductor industry and the U.S. semiconductor industry. He contributed to the development of the industry in Japan and played a pivotal role in expanding the opportunities for U.S. equipment suppliers there.
  • 2006: Audrey C (Bill) Tobey was recognized for conceptualizing the wafer stepper as a natural extension of the D.W. Mann photorepeater, and for promoting its advantages over the then-popular e-beam direct exposure approach. Tobey's marketing presence contributed to the wafer stepper becoming one of the most significant tools in semiconductor manufacturing.
  • 2005: Archie Hwang was recognized for being the first to promote and develop a service infrastructure and culture for semiconductor equipment sales in Taiwan. He established local support and spare parts centers for fast response and offered free training to enable customers to quickly learn how to use equipment.
  • 2004: Ed Braun was recognized for successfully developing products and alliances across multiple markets. This strategy helped offset high R&D costs for specific technologies and minimized the effects of the silicon cycles on small semiconductor equipment companies.
  • 2003: Shigeru “Steve” Nakayama was recognized for his effective marketing efforts in unifying the semiconductor equipment and materials industry and securing international cooperation during the period of trade friction between the U.S. and Japan in the 1980's. He successfully marketed the idea that global competitiveness is good for the entire industry.
  • 2002: Jerry Hutcheson and Edward Segal. Hutcheson was recognized for pioneering and developing the semiconductor equipment industry’s first database. Segal was recognized for implementing the semiconductor industry’s first global sales and support organization.
  • 2001: Jim Healy and Barry Rapozo were honored for the establishment of relationship-based selling processes that identified and met customer needs.
  • 2000: Arthur Zafiropoulo was honored for using marketing to help win acceptance of plasma-etching and mix-and-match lithography.

To learn more about Bob Graham, please click here. For additional information on the Bob Graham Award, please contact: Sheri Mukai, SEMI North America Programs, phone: 408.943.7922, email:

To nominate an individual or a group of people, please click here.