August INSPIRE: Women in Business – Break the Rules with Heather Falcone


Date(s) - 08/09/2023
11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Morton’s the Steakhouse
1641 West Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, California 92704
August INSPIRE: Women in Business - Break the Rules with Heather Falcone

Networking Luncheon + A 20-Minute Expert Presentation
Very limited space available.

Heather Falcone

Thermal Vac Technologies

Heather’s passion lies in breaking things. Whether its revenue goals, glass ceilings, or tired rhetoric, her 20-year track record in one of the world’s most exacting industries shows a dedication to destroying the status quo.

A staunch believer in fair chance hiring, she champions employment opportunities for some of our most vulnerable citizens; those experiencing homelessness, extreme poverty, addiction, or justice system-impact.

Steadfast in loyalty and principle, her belief in harnessing the genius of a diverse and inclusive team has led to breakthroughs that put the company on the map.

As an experienced servant leader with a demonstrated history of working in the heat treating, brazing, and chemical processing industry, she is a strong executive professional skilled in Operations and Financial Management, Continual Improvement, Lean Strategies, Growth of High Potentials, Family Office Management, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Initiatives and Implementation, ESG Stewardship, Root Cause Analysis, and AS/ISO Standards.


– 2022 OC 500, Services Category
– 2022 Metal Treating Institute Emerging Leader
– 2022 Transformational Woman in Family Business – Excellence in ESG (Social)
– Heat Treat Today’s 40 Under 40
– 2021 OC 500, Technology Category
– OCBJ 2021 Family-Owned Business Awards Winner, Small Business
– OCBJ 2020 and 2021 Companies That Care Nominee
– Family Business Magazine 2020 CEO’s to Watch and 2021 At the Helm CEO full-feature
– 2019 and 2020 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company
– Family Business Hall of Fame 2019 Nominee
– Orange County Register Top Workplace in 2018

Heather’s professional associations include:

  • Chair, Orange County Advisory Council; Chrysalis
  • Secretary, Executive Director of the Board, Chrysalis
  • Pacific Coast Chapter Representative, Metal Treating Institute Board of Trustees
  • Advisory Board Member, WLIFE (Women Leaders in Family Enterprises)
  • Voting member of NADCAP heat treat task group
  • Member, Aerospace Metals and Engineering Committee (AMEC)
  • Society for Human Resource Professionals (certified Senior Professional in Human Resources)

Founded in 1985 by Steve Driscol and based in Orange, CA, Thermal-Vac is a family-owned business specializing in heat treating and brazing of highly technical, exacting, and high-profile projects in missile defense, deep space exploration, commercial and space heavy payload launch vehicles, medical devices, oil exploration, and many others.  Company events are legendary, the swag is enviable, the peer-to-peer recognition systems on point. The team works hard to stay at the top of their game, and they celebrate success like rock stars.

The business has been led by second generation family members since 2012, with Heather assuming the CEO role in 2019. The daughter of Steve Driscol, Heather spent most of her formative years living and breathing heat treating and brazing. After attending college at Fullerton College and California State University, Fullerton, Heather joined the business in 2003 and worked many of the company’s operational and administrative roles.

Heather is an Ironman triathlete, Seven Summits enthusiast that has summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro, wife, and mother. She seeks to promote growth and opportunity outside of people’s comfort zones with an invitation to be “Green and Growing”, to reject mediocrity, and embrace their unique talents to create meaningful and lasting legacy impact.