Leading the Family Legacy

Pamela A. Kan is a second-generation manufacturer where she serves as President of Bishop-Wisecarver in Pittsburg, CA. Pamela is a leader in manufacturing and an advocate for ensuring the next generation of makers are inspired to join the industry. With a business degree and a background in retail, Pamela carved out her role with the company early on by leading their marketing efforts. Her title and responsibilities have changed over time, but now as the president, she embodies the role of a compassionate leader. Under her leadership, Bishop-Wisecarver has doubled in size and the company continues to grow and diversify.  Pamela views her role as being part of the solution.  Her guidance to others: step up and “create a different future.”  Join in and listen to Leading the Family Legacy to hear Pamela’s story.


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Pamela Kan has over 30 years of business experience.  Pamela joined Bishop-Wisecarver in April of 1991. In May of 2000, the Board of Directors appointed Pamela to the role of President. In 2009, Pamela gained controlling interest in the company. In 2015, Pamela led the first acquisition for the company with the asset purchase of Specialty Motions, Inc.

In 2010, the company became certified in the Bay Area Green Business Program. Since July of 2011 the company has been a WBENC certified woman owned business. In 2014 Pamela was appointed as one of the WBEC Pacific Leadership Forum Committee Representatives (FCR). WBEC Pacific is a regional partner organization for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the national organization providing certification for women-owned business. In 2017 Kan was appointed 2nd Vice Chair for the WBENC Forum Membership & WBE Recruitment team. Kan will serve in this new role while also maintaining her position as WBEC Pacific’s founding chair of the Manufacturing Industry Group.

In 2008 Pamela joined the Board of Directors of NAM - National Association of Manufacturers and CMTA – California Manufacturing and Technology Association, the later she serves on the Executive Committee. In 2017 Pamela joined the NAM’s Manufacturing Institutes Board of Advisors. In 2018 Kan was elected as a founding bard member for the Association of Manufacturers Bay Area.

Pamela joined the Power Transmission Distributor Association (PTDA) Foundation Board of Trustees in 2013.  The PTDA Foundation through the PT WORK Force programs enable PT/MC companies to recruit new employees and attain a sufficient, vibrant workforce.  In 2017 Pamela assumed the role of founding chair of the WORK Force Outreach Committee.

In 2017, Pamela joined the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Corporate Partnership Council. WiM is a national association dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who are pursuing or have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry.

Educational Background:

  • B.S. Family and Consumer Resources (Retail Business), University of Arizona
  • Hazardous Material Management Certificate, UC Berkeley Extension
  • Executive Program, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA
  • Graduate Executive Scholar Program, Kellogg School of Management, Evanston, IL
  • Harvard Business School, Owner President Management (OPM) program, Boston, MA

Pamela has been/is involved in professional and trade organizations including:

  • 2018 – Association of Manufacturing Bay Area
  • 2017 to present – Board of Advisors, Manufacturing Institute
  • 2017 to present – Women in Manufacturing Corporate Partnership Council
  • 2016 to 2017 – Advisory Board, Enterprising Women
  • 2016 to 2017 – board member, Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County
  • 2015 to 2017 – Special advisor and currently board member, Women Impacting Public Policy Education Foundation Board
  • 2014 to present – member East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership
  • 2014, Founding Chair, Manufacturing Industry group, Astra Women’s Business Alliance. Panelist for Astra STEAM Summit at Microsoft
  • 2014, appointed as one of the Astra Leadership Forum Committee Representatives
  • 2013 to present – member Women in Manufacturing
  • 2012 to 2017 - California Workforce Development Board, Vice Chair for Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Council (AMWDC)
  • 2008 to present - Board of Directors NAM – National Association of Manufacturers
  • 2008 to present – Executive Committee and Board of Directors, CMTA – California Manufacturing and Technology Association. 2017 Founding Chair Workforce Task Group
  • 2009 to present - Board of Trustees, Steelworkers Western Independent Shops Pension Plan
  • 2003 to present – Strategic Coach
  • Greater Bay Chapter and Platinum II Member, WPO – Women’s Presidents Organization
  • Power Transmission Distributor Association (PTDA) – Foundation Board Member. Currently chair of the WORK Force Outreach Committee
  • Member – Association of High Tech Distributors (AHTD)
  • Invited to attend Governor Schwarzenegger CTE Summit – March 2007
  • Invited to attend Congressman Miller CTE Discussion Meeting in April 2007
  • Graduate, City of Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program
  • The National Safety Management Society – Golden Gate Chapter (Past President 2 terms)

Pamela has been/is involved in civic, non-profit and community organizations including:

  • 2016, 2017 Silver sponsor, Astra (Now WBEC Pacific) STEAM Summit, Astra Women’s Business Alliance, WBENC RPO
  • 2016, Bonze Sponsor, Imagine Gala 2016, Opportunity Junction
  • Board of Trustees, The Seven Hills School
  • Board of Directors (Secretary, Vice President), Sponsorship Committee and Advisory Board – Wardrobe for Opportunity
  • Walnut Creek City Commissioner, Park Recreation and Open Space Commission (appointed to two terms)
  • National Supplier and Team Sponsor for FIRST Tech and FIRST Robotics Competition since 2007
  • Appointed to City of Walnut Creek, Dog Park Task Force
  • Walnut Creek Dog Owners Group 501c3 (founding member and President), Board of Directors
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association – Contra Costa County (Past President 2 terms)


  • 2018, WBE STAR for WBEC Pacific, WBENC
  • 2017, Dorothy B. Brothers Scholarship, The Women's Business Enterprise National Council
  • 2016, Mary Lehman Maclachlan Economic Empowerment Award, Women’s Presidents Organization
  • 2016, Scholarship for Harvard OPM program starting 2017, Women’s Presidents Organization
  • 2016, Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winner
  • 2013 - 2017 – San Francisco Business Times, Largest Bay Area Women-Owned Businesses
  • 2013 Recipient – Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Awards, Manufacturing Institute
  • 2010 Recipient – Women’s Initiative “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Pittsburg”