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.
Vice President of Manafacturing 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.
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
Chief Technology Officer
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.
Executive Vice President / Founder / Board Member
Craig has 30 years of proven sales and executive management experience with a variety of start-ups in the financial and technology sectors. Craig currently serves as the Executive Vice President of ZAF Energy Systems leading the customer acquisition team and driving funding efforts. Mr. Wilkins was previously the founder of ViZn Energy and served as EVP of Finance and then Chairman/CEO until 2014 when he hired his replacement. ViZn Energy provides grid-scale energy storage solution to utilities, EPC’s and renewable developers. Craig was also the founder and President/CEO of Acceptance Capital Mortgage Corporation (ACMC), a nationwide mortgage banker with 450 employees and licensed in 30 states with annual fundings exceeding $1.2B. ACMC was sold in 2007 to Complete Financial Solutions (Ticker: CFSU). Prior to ACMC, Craig was a founder and principal owner in NetWireless, the largest distributor for Nextel Communications, which grew to $45M in revenue in less than 3 years before being sold to Bearcom, the largest national Motorola distributor. Craig has a BA in Finance from University of Montana and completed his graduate studies in Economics.
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.
Dr. Eivind Listerud
Vice President of Engineering
Dr. Listerud has over 15 years of experience in the energy storage industry and joined ZAF in the fall of 2017. Prior to that he was a Principal Engineer at EaglePicher Technologies where he was responsible for the mechanical design and development of prototype Lithium and Li-Ion batteries and transitioning prototypes from R&D lab environments to low rate initial production. These batteries were typically designed for harsh and challenging environments, like those encountered in space and in launch vehicles. He has significant experience working on space and defense rated programs and recently conducted thermal performance and safety analysis on a battery designed for the Orion MPVC program. He has also experience with Ni-H2, Ag-Zn, and Li-SOCl2 systems. Dr. Listerud has two patents and is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri.
Dr. Michael Gordon
Senior Principle Engineer
Dr. Gordon has over 8 years of battery research and development experience and joined ZAF in the fall of 2017. Prior to that he was a Product Development Engineer for EaglePicher Technologies where he worked in Li-Ion and Li-CFx chemistries and was responsible for designing and commercializing implantable medical cells. This included the world’s largest implantable medical battery and one of the first leadless pacemaker batteries. He took the products from customer concept, through prototyping, validation, documentation, and ultimately to commercialization. He also developed a cell for an implantable heart monitor that is now being produced at a rate of over 50,000 cells a year.
Consulting CTO & 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.
Advisor / Board Member
Mr. Raymond Brown has vast experience in SBU and line management, including P&L responsibility for over $1.5 Billion annual sales. His experience spans the globe and includes Executive and Board Membership in some of the world’s largest Battery manufacturers. Industry knowledge and leadership includes automotive global supply chain for General Motors, Ford, Honda, Mazda, VW, Mercedes, BMS, Geely, BYD and others. His final position with Johnson Controls Power Solutions was as the Vice President of Asia/Pacific Sales, Marketing, and Business Development, living in Shanghai China. Mr. Brown was deeply involved in the planning and building of numerous production facilities in multiple countries. Developed and launched new businesses in Mexico, India, Japan, Europe, and South America. Past Board member for nearly 20 years with Amara Raja Batteries Ltd. – Hyderabad, India. Negotiated, launched, and sat on Boards of two sales and distribution JVs in China. Mr. Raymond Brown received a BBA from Pennsylvania State University (With Highest Distinction) in 1978 and served for 30 years in multiple executive positions with a Fortune 100 company.
Jeff Allen is a member of the Board of Directors at NetApp. Prior to his role on the board, Allen was the executive vice president of business operations at NetApp. He managed manufacturing operations and took responsibility for content delivery and NearStore business lines as well as strategic initiatives for the SAN market. Mr. Allen joined the company in 1996 as CFO and vice president of finance and operations. Before joining NetApp, Jeff served as senior vice president of operations for Bay Networks, where he was responsible for manufacturing and distribution functions. From 1990 to 1995, he held the position of controller for SynOptics Communications and became vice president and controller for Bay Networks, the new company created via the merger of SynOptics and Wellfleet Communications.
Previously, Jeff had a 17-year career at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he served in a variety of financial, information systems, and financial management positions, including controller for the Information Networks Group. Jeff holds a B.Sc. degree in Accounting and Information Systems from San Diego State University.
Michael Van Horn
Mike is a founder of Independence Resources Management, LLC which achieved equity funding by Warburg Pincus in December 2014. He has almost 40 years of broad geoscience and leadership experience in the oil & gas industry. Mike retired from Newfield Exploration in March 2014 after 8 years as V.P. Geoscience and Sr. V.P. Exploration. He played a significant role in transitioning Newfield from a predominantly conventional E&P company to an unconventional resource player. Prior to Newfield, Mike held various leadership positions at EOG Resources and its predecessor companies for 13 years from 1993 to 2006. Positions included V.P. International Exploration and Director of Unconventional Exploration. Domestically, Mike and his team provided the groundwork evaluation of basins across North America for EOG’s unconventional efforts. He held leadership and technical roles at previous employers including British Gas International, Tenneco Rocky Mountains, Terra Scan Group and Energy Reserves Group. Mike and his wife Mary Ellen, are Natural Family Planning instructors and Co-Coordinators of NFP in the Archdiocese of Galveston – Houston for Couple to Couple League International. They are also active in their parish of St. Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands, TX with a focus on marriage and family building ministries. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Mike has been a supporter and board member of Fraternus from its beginning in 2008. Mike holds an MSc Geology from the Colorado School of Mines and BSc Geological Engineering from the Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada.