ZAF Management Team
Randy Moore, President / CEO / Board Member
Randy was most recently the President of EaglePicher Technologies, LLC , a leading producer of batteries for specialty and government markets. Randy lead the company through eight years of successively improved performance. He led the sale of EPT for a $52M increase in enterprise value – a 47% annualized return. EPT is a $200M company with 1,000 employees and ten locations. Randy has more than 35 years of senior operational, defense and international experience. Prior, Randy served a business leader at Kollsman, Inc., and Kaman Aerospace, and held management and operations positions at Westinghouse, E-Systems/ Raytheon and Lucent overseeing numerous DoD programs in avionics, aerostructures, electromagnetics, energy storage, radio frequency and acoustic sensors, and communications. A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Randy spent a combined 27 years in the active and reserve Air Force where he served in various capacities including special agent in counterintelligence/ counterespionage for the AF Office of Special Investigations. Randy completed his undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Management at Texas Lutheran University and received his MBA from Southern Illinois University.
Tom Shireman, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations
Tom is a seasoned manufacturing expert who has 35-years’ experience building batteries. Over 30 years of this experience was in building and managing the factory for Silver-Zinc battery construction at EaglePicher Technologies where he worked with Randy Moore, our President/CEO. As Plant Manager for EaglePicher, he was responsible for over $100 million revenue in annual battery production in multiple chemistries and battery formats. Tom’s resume highlights include Total Safety Evaluation (TSE) and DUPONT STOP, Safety Program Leader, Team Building/Leadership, Manufacturing Operating System (MOS) Implementation Leader, Factory P&L Accountability, Cost Reduction/Avoidance Program Leader,
LEI Toyota Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt, Plant Preventive Maintenance Oversight Leader. Tom has numerous notable achievements including improving on-time delivery from 68% in 2003 when he assumed his current role to 99.8% in 2016. He implemented the MOS system and reduced labor cost by 53%. His constant focus on LSS in operations he leads resulted in more than $1 million per year in average combined savings and shop floor scrap reduction of 78%. He improved product cycle time from 28 days to 11 days. And, he improved the total-case-incident-rate, an important safety metric, in his plant from 18.5 to 1.3.
David Wilkins, Founder / Chief Strategy Officer / Board Member
Dave Wilkins has over 20 years of experience in a range of executive, sales, marketing and business development positions with various technology and manufacturing companies. Dave leads the operational and board roles with ZAF Energy. Dave led ViZn Energy from inception as CEO, President and the Chairman of the Board for 5 years including directing strategy, funding, management and critical milestones. Dave continues to serve on the board of ViZn and spent over 10 years in the wireless industry with executive positions at both Bearcom and Northstar. Mr. Wilkins founded NetWireless in 1996 to focus on reselling and distributing cutting edge wireless products and services to medium and large corporations. NetWireless was Nextel’s largest Nationwide Distributor with over 250 employees. Mr. Wilkins managed Net Wireless as the Chairman / CEO and President from a startup with under $100,000 in starting capital to negotiating the sale of the company with over $45M in revenue. Dave started with Nextel during the launch of their 1st digital market in the U.S. and received many awards in Southern California including Top Regional Sales Manager. Mr. Wilkins studied business at both Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California.
Dr. Adam Weisenstein, Vice President Engineering
Dr. Weisenstein has over 8 years of fuel cell and battery research experience with multiple scientific publications and 14 patents in various stages of prosecution. His previous research was focused on the improvement of solid oxide fuel cells through the development of a new all mixed ionic and electronic perovskite-based electrodes and reliable fabrication these materials. In his time as Director of R&D and eventually VP of Engineering at ZAF, Dr. Weisenstein has been able to successfully develop novel NiZn and Zinc-Air technologies from the R&D stage to production rapidly. This has led to an increase in ZAF’s NiZn G31 capacity by 150%, cycle life by 200%, and manufacturing rate by 500%. Dr. Weisenstein completed his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and his MS in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, both at Montana State University, where he completed his doctoral thesis “Investigation of Multivalent Double Perovskites for use in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells” in December 2012.
Craig Wilkins, VP Sales and Marketing / Founder / Board Member
Craig has 25 years of sales and business management experience with a variety of start-ups and privately held companies. Mr. Wilkins is currently the Chairman of the Board/Founder of ViZn Energy. Previously, Craig was the President/CEO of Acceptance Capital Mortgage Corporation (ACMC), which operated over 100 offices in 30 states. Prior to ACMC, Craig was a founder and principal owner in NetWireless which grew to over $45M in revenue in less than 3 years.
Alan Campbell, Chief Financial Officer / Board Member
Alan has over 30 years of broad-based financial and operational experience. He is a versatile, results-oriented senior executive with proven entrepreneurial skills and Fortune 100 training and experience. Residing in the Silicon Valley for the past twenty-five years, he has over 20 years of experience at the CFO, COO and Controller level in a variety of industries, including computer hardware and services, high-tech manufacturing, telecommunications, distribution and insurance. In addition to having spent several years in middle management positions at Fortune 100 companies Alan has founded, built and sold two successful start-up companies. Alan earned his BS in Electrical Engineering and BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and completed the course work for his MBA from the UC Berkeley Hass Graduate School of Business.
Allen Charkey, Consulting CTO and Technical Advisor to the Board
Allen Charkey has over 40 years’ experience in battery research, development, technology management and is a leading expert in nickel-zinc and zinc based battery chemistries including zinc-air and silver-zinc. Allen has been granted 21 U.S. Patents covering such inventions as: Insoluble Zinc Electrodes, Sealed Cells, Zinc-Air Batteries, Improved Oxygen Electrodes and Processes for Electrode Manufacture. Allen was Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Evercel (1998-2002), where he managed over 50 scientists, engineers and technicians. During this period, he also served on the Board of Directors of Evercel and Xiemen Three Circles Battery Co. Ltd. Previously, he was VP of the Battery Business Group, responsible for all battery activities at Energy Research Corp. (now Fuel Cell Technology), for 28 years. Allen joined ERC as one of the first founding employees and was instrumental in inventing a new nickel-zinc battery capable of long cycle life. Before ERC, Allen was Manager at Yardney Electric Corp., which developed the first refuelable and rechargeable types zinc-air battery for the U.S. Army Electronics Command and improved performance for very large silver-zinc batteries for use as submarine and submersible propulsion for the U.S. Navy.
For the last 8 years, Allen has been consulting for various R&D and battery manufacturers in the U.S. Europe and Asia. Allen has a BS Chemistry from City College of New York, an MS, Electrochemistry from New York University and an MBA from St. Johns University.