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Friday, 24 April 2009 23:22

Over 30 years Allen has built an experience base that spans multiple disciplines from engineering to marketing, venture capital, entrepreneurship and most recently, public service. 

In May of 2008 Allen was elected as the Republican candidate for State Treasurer.  He ran in the fall 2008 general election and lost, however the campaign was deemed a success by many standards.  He was selected by the state’s largest newspaper, The Oregonian as the top “winner” of the election.  In fact, Allen received the endorsement of 9 out of 11 state wide newspapers from every geographic corner and political point of view.  He won more votes in Portland’s Multnomah County than any Republican in history.  Building on the momentum started with the 2008 Treasurer’s race, in February 2009 Allen announced he would run in the 2010 election for Governor of Oregon.


Allen first got a taste for politics in 1964 when he helped his mother work on a Washington gubernatorial campaign.  He was reintroduced in January 2007 when he became the deputy chief of staff for the Governor of Oregon.  Allen was responsible for overseeing the policy areas of economic development, technology, transportation, workforce training, and energy. With more than 30 years’ experience in a multitude of disciplines, Alley worked to strengthen the bridge between Oregon’s public and private sectors.  He left the Governor’s office to run for State Treasurer in March 2008.  


“I have been very fortunate to have had success building several global companies.  I have been passionate about business and our communities.  I am very pleased to be able to use both my business experience and passion for my community to help Oregon be a global business leader.” 


Alley’s resume is exceptionally broad and diverse.  In January 1997 he co-founded Pixelworks where he still serves as Chairman of the Board.   


Pixelworks (NASDAQ:PXLW), a fabless semiconductor company, is a leading provider of system-on-chip ICs for the advanced display industry. Pixelworks' solutions provide the intelligence for advanced televisions, multimedia projectors and flat panel monitors by processing and optimizing video and computer graphics signals to produce high quality images. Many of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and computer display products utilize our technology to enhance image quality and ease of use of their products. 


Under Allen’s leadership as President, CEO and Chairman for 10 years, Pixelworks has achieved many major accomplishments, including: 


• Growing Pixelworks into a global company with approximately 250 employees at offices in Portland, San Jose, Tokyo, Taipei and Shanghai. 


• Leading a successful initial public offering in May 2000 raising $66.1 million which was the top semiconductor IPO of 2000. 


• Exceeding $1 billion in cumulative revenue since founding in 1997 and  $171 million in annual revenue in 2005.  


• Earning recognition for accomplishments including:  


-2008 Andrus Leadership Award for Sustainability and Conservation - Oregon Business Plan Steering Committee Chairman 

-2007 Purdue University Distinguished Engineering Alumni 

-2006 Purdue University Old Master 

-2005 Forbes Magazine Fourth Fastest Growing Technology Company 

-2004 Oregon Technology Company of the Year (Publicly Traded, Less than $250 million) 

-2004 Oregon Community Involvement Award 

-2004 Teddy Award presented by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski 

-40th Fastest Growing Company on 2003 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 List 

-2002 Oregon Technology Executive of the Year 

-2002 Purdue University Outstanding Mechanical Engineer 

-22nd Fastest Growing Company on 2002 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 List 

-2001 Ernst & Young’s Pacific Northwest Technology Entrepreneur of the Year  

-2001 Fabless Semiconductor Association Financial Performance Award 

-2001 Oregon Entrepreneur Forum Technology Company of the Year 

-2001 Fastest Growing Public Company in Oregon 

-Top performing company in Deloitte & Touche’s 2001 Oregon Technology Fast 50 

-2000 Oregon Technology Company of the Year 


Prior to founding Pixelworks, Allen was the Vice President of Corporate Development, Product Marketing and Engineering at InFocus Systems.  He was part of the executive team who lead the growth of InFocus from a $50 million company to $250 million.  He also served as co-CEO of the joint venture with Motorola called Motif.  


Allen’s connection with InFocus began during his tenure as General Partner with Battery Ventures.  Allen was the lead investor for Oregon based InFocus and served on the InFocus Board of Directors from 1988 to 1992. Battery Ventures, founded in 1986, is one of the largest and most respected venture firms in the country with over $3 billion raised since inception.  Allen’s personal investment concentration was in multimedia display technologies, CAD/CAM and computer graphics software and hardware. 


Allen began his career with the Ford Motor Company and Boeing in various product engineering design roles.  He also spent four years with Computervision, Corp. as Director of Product Marketing where he pioneered their early efforts in computer aided industrial design.  Prior to embarking on his professional career, Allen graduated from Purdue University in May 1976, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a Minor Emphasis in Business.   


In addition to his role at Pixelworks, Allen has shared his business expertise with several other companies.  He joined the Board of Directors of Applied Films (NASDAQ:AFCO), in September 2002 and served on their board until the sale of Applied Films to Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AFCO), in July 2006.  Applied Films was a publicly traded company that provided advanced thin film deposition equipment for the flat panel display, architectural glass, packaging and solar industries.  He also served on advisory boards for venture funds and start-up companies.  


Allen is an active civic leader where he contributes his time and energy to several organizations.  Allen was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber in January 2002 as the chair of the inaugural Oregon Council for Knowledge and Economic Development, a council that led efforts to stimulate economic development in Oregon by working with the leaders in higher education, economic development and the private sector.   


In February 2002, he accepted an appointment by President Bush to the U.S.- Japan Private Sector/Government Commission which worked to promote sustainable economic growth in both countries.   


In 2006, Allen was named as the Chairman of the Oregon Business Plan, a statewide effort to shape public policy in Oregon that will ensure continued economic growth.   


Allen currently serves on the boards of several not for profit organizations: Mechanical Engineering Industrial Advisory Council at Purdue University and the Purdue Foundation.  He also serves as the vice-chair of the TechAmerica Oregon Council, the state’s largest trade group for the high technology industry.   


As Allen’s family was growing, he volunteered for nine years as a youth soccer coach and is the past chair of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), one of the nation's top ten science museums Allen also has enjoyed being a guest auctioneer for local charities and schools.  


Allen enjoys travel both for business and pleasure.  His first visit to Asia was in 1982 and with Pixelworks traveled to Asia up to 15 times per year.  He has been married to Debbie for 27 years and has three children ages 23, 20 and 16.