TechShop Executive Management Team

Jim Newton
Chairman & Founder

Jim is an uber-DIYer and lifelong maker. A serial entrepreneur, Jim holds several design patents and created TechShop because he needed a place to build his own inventions. Before founding TechShop, Jim was a BattleBots competitor and former full-time Science Advisor on the Discovery Channel's hit show MythBusters. Jim spends much of his time on-site at TechShop and thoroughly enjoys helping TechShop members with their projects. He also enjoys baking sourdough bread, camping with his family, and dreaming up new project ideas.


Dan Woods

Dan Woods
Chief Executive Officer

Dan is CEO of TechShop, Inc. Before joining the team, he spent nine years at O'Reilly Media and was the co-founder of MAKE Magazine, which focuses on how-to projects for makers. In this role, Dan oversaw marketing, media relations, circulation development, community outreach, and sales for the magazine. He helped establish MAKE as the premier media group and voice of the DIY market. He also conceived and launched the Maker Shed store, growing it to one of MAKE's most important assets. Dan has a BS in Aeronautics from San Jose State University and studied business administration at Santa Clara University's Graduate School of Business.

Mike Hilberman Mike Hilberman
Chief Financial Officer
(Contract via Early Growth Financial Services

Mike is an experienced financial executive with over 20 years of leadership and management consulting experience. While with Booz, Allen Hamilton, and M Squared, he helped Fortune 500 companies like Cisco, Chevron, Mobil Oil, Fox, First Nationwide and Bechtel. He has served as an executive at Levi Strauss & Company, managing all finance-related technology initiatives, has held management positions with small businesses, and has been an outside advisor to several startups. Mike received an MBA in finance, marketing, strategy and entrepreneurship from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and a BA in economics, mathematics and psychology from Claremont McKenna College.

Mike Catterlin
Mike Catterlin
Vice President of Marketing

Mike is TechShop's vice president of marketing. Having joined the company in 2009, Mike has worked in multiple roles at TechShop, including Dream Consultant, general manager of two separate locations, director of new store development, and managing director of operations. While serving as Managing Director of Operations, Mike has overseen several strategic initiatives at TechShop, including the launch of TechShop's partnership with DARPA and the VA to provide skills training for veterans, the opening of new locations domestically and internationally, and the design and implementation of multiple new operational programs.

Jon Barbara Jon Barbara
Director of U.S. Operations

Jon believes in  the power of "making" and "learning" to shape the future of society and to help build stronger networks and communities throughout the nation. As Director of U.S. Operations and former general manager at two TechShop locations, he understands that driving excellence in operations and customer service are essential to TechShop's success. A student of social science, education and fine art, Jon has been an educator, business manager with IKEA and Pier One imports, and volunteers with nonprofit organizations to help better society.