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Scott Mauldin

New Position: President, Genesis Electronics Manufacturing, Tampa

Previous Position: Vice president, operations, Genesis Electronics Manufacturing, Tampa

In his new role as president of Genesis Electronics Manufacturing, Scott Mauldin compares himself to a maestro. "I have a group of fine musicians," he said. "I'm kind of the orchestra leader."

Just as much of musicians' work isn't visible to listeners, much of what Genesis Electronics manufactures isn't seen by the general public. The company, with 125 employees, manufactures, markets and services electronic components. "You won't see our name on any product we build," Mauldin said. "Our product is in other people's products.

"If you're having arthroscopic surgery, the electronics we built might be involved in operating the instrument. If you draw money out of an ATM, we may have been involved in the electronics that operate that ATM."

Mauldin said his company serves a broad spectrum of industries: medical, banking, aerospace. The company was founded in 1993 in Oldsmar and moved in January 2004 to a much larger, 65,000-square-foot facility in Tampa.

Mauldin said he knew since childhood he wanted to work in electronics. "As a kid, I grew up watching all the Apollo missions on television," he said. "That was really what captivated the news. I'm watching images of Mission Control in Houston and astronauts floating around in zero gravity. Just a few days after my 9th birthday, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. That kind of drove me to the industry."

Mauldin's father was in the Army, "so I grew up everywhere." As a teenager, Mauldin's family moved to Pinellas County. After graduating from Dunedin High School, he attended St. Petersburg Junior College. On the day after he turned 18, however, Mauldin stopped college and went to work for the aerospace industry. He hasn't looked back.

His first job was with General Components in Largo, where he worked for five years. He also worked for Universal Components, also in Largo, and Philips Circuit Assembly in Tampa before cofounding Westshore Consulting, an electronics manufacturing consultantcy, in 1997. Based in St. Petersburg, he commuted to Nashville weekly for nearly two years. He sold the company to his partner in 1999.

"I really hadn't planned to go back to work," he said. "I like to travel." But Mauldin agreed to join Genesis Electronics as vice president of operations in 1999. And he has continued to travel.

"One of the first things I did after I moved here was become a scuba diver," he said, so many trips are to diving destinations, such as Australia, French Polynesia, Bora Bora and, most recently, Costa Rica. "We've dived some pretty amazing places."

Mauldin, 45, and his wife, Susan, live in Clearwater and have three children: Matthew, 20; Joshua, 18; and Amelia, 16.

In his spare time, Mauldin said he likes to play acoustic guitar. Self-taught, he prefers anything by the Beatles, "mostly rock and pop music from the '60s and '70s." Mauldin said he keeps adding to his guitar collection, which now stands at 10.