On behalf of Precision Optical, I, Alan M. Lambert Sr. am thrilled to announce that Nicolaus (Nick) Lambert is the new President of the Company. Nick’s promotion to President is a natural progression for his work at Precision Optical, a family-owned company. His expertise in the technical side of the company is unparalleled, and his background in physics, coupled with his good nature, makes him the ideal person to take the helm. His comprehensive ability to interact with our customers, employees, and fellow officers with respect to all phases and facets of the company’s operations will be the key to his success. In addition, his work in the education side of our company and his affiliation with various optical societies, both at the local and national level, will enhance his ability to take Precision Optical to the next level. He understands that the entire team at Precision is what will drive our success, and he is the correct choice to lead – and GROW — that team.
Nick literally grew up in the optics industry and very early on developed an intense interest in science and engineering. In 2003, Nick graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.S. in physics. Thereafter he came to work for Precision Optical and worked as an engineer under the tutelage and guidance of the late Ed Ensign, who was my dear friend and a tremendous talent. Nick has worked in various capacities within the company, including as an optical assembly technician, quality control manager, and manufacturing manager. He has learned this business from the ground up.
He founded the Ensign-Lambert Optics Education Program (“ELOEP”), the company’s educational outreach program, which is dedicated to inspiring a next generation of optics and photonics technicians. Through the ELOEP, Precision Optical provides opportunities for hands-on learning by hosting on-site field trips, education seminars, internships and junior college-level courses. Nick is active in the local optics and photonics education community and is currently the OSSC (Optical Society of Southern California) Outreach Chair. He is involved with establishing curriculum for the Photonics Technology Program at Irvine Valley College and serves on several educational advisory boards across Southern California.
Nick will have the support of his seasoned management team, including his brother, Alan M. Lambert Jr., who had this to say about Nick’s new role:
My brother is the most well-rounded and balanced person I have ever known. His genius-level IQ combined with his grounded and decisive nature makes for a perfect leader. I couldn’t be more confident in the Board of Directors’ decision to have Nick be our next President. He will continue our 55+ year tradition of producing the finest optical components in the world.
Nick is excited to take the helm and eager to realize his vision for Precision Optical:
I think a technical mind can ideally serve a technical company as President. I plan on strategically approaching the future of this company from a technical and problem-solving perspective. While giving our customers strong, up-front support of their needs, I will continue to actively support engineering, manufacturing and quality assurance within Precision Optical. I want to back-fill our employee base with interns, veterans, educated, and cross-trained technicians. I want to continue diversification of our products and services, and continue the pursuit of advanced manufacturing and metrology capabilities. I want to continue to honor the heritage and legacy of this company, and reward the employees that exemplify its name and reputation. As this company grows, I plan on continuing educational outreach, working with neighboring communities and schools, and furthering my support of professional optical societies SPIE, OSA & OSSC.
I am honored to be given the responsibility and – most importantly—the opportunity to serve as the new President of Precision Optical.
In closing, I would like to add that it is a pleasure to work with both my sons, Al Jr., our VP and General Manager, as well as Nick, and now that Nick has assumed the role of the President, they are both in positions — along with fellow officers Donny Miller, CFO, Jeremy Gordon, VP of Sales, and Paul Dimeck, VP of Manufacturing — to take our company to the pinnacle of our industry. That being said, I would also like to give my sincere thanks to Rod Randolph, my great friend and colleague, who until last May was our President for 17 years, and who steered Precision Optical in the proper direction for that time, and who also tutored not only Nick and Al, but a number of other younger-generation managers here at Precision Optical. Rod has retired, but he is now our sales representative for “new” customers and we look forward to a long, continued relationship. Thank you to my sons, and congratulations to you, Nicolaus.
-Alan M. Lambert Sr.
Photographs courtesy of Karen Bridges