Anthony "Tony" Harris - Doctor of Engineering

May 2013  


Anthony 'Tony' Harris

Anthony 'Tony' Harris 
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Mr. Anthony “Tony” Harris is president and CEO of Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Co. (CSECO), a manufacturer of contraband, explosives and “dirty bomb” detection equipment. The company’s primary customers include the U.S. State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Products made by CESCO are also used by domestic and international law enforcement agencies. 

Prior to acquiring CSECO, he was the vice president of marketing for Calpine Corporation, headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Harris was responsible for brand management, marketing strategy development and execution, new product development, advertising and sales training. Before Calpine, Harris was the vice president of national account services and western region sales at PG&E Energy Services in San Francisco. He has also been vice president of marketing and sales for Pacific Gas and Electric Company and president of Standard Pacific Gas Line Inc. 

CSECO is not Harris’ first encounter with entrepreneurship. He has been president and CEO of a Silicon Valley startup venture, StyleChoice.com, and has also been president and CEO of Sonoma Ford/Lincoln Mercury. 

He is a founder of the National Society of Black Engineers and currently serves as chair of its national advisory board. Harris is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and he serves on the board of directors of the SFJAZZ Center Foundation and the One Pacific Coast Bank Advisory Board. Additionally, he has been a member of the African-American Advisory Committee for the California State Board of Education. 

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1975 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1979. He was named a Purdue Outstanding Mechanical Engineer in 1999 and a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 2008.

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