CEO: Bob Akins.

Revenue: $594 million in 2011; $534 million in 2010.

Net income: $80 million in 2011; $91 million in 2010.

No. of local employees: 900.

Headquarters: Rancho Bernardo.

Year founded: 1986.

Stock symbol and exchange: CYMI on Nasdaq.

Company description: Developer and maker of laser equipment used in the production of semiconductors.

Key factors for success: Market leader in its product, controlling more than 80 percent; heavy investment into research and development.

Sondra Meek spent 20 years in the U...

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