Board of Directors2019-08-21T18:36:00+00:00

2019 Board of Directors

Phil Aponte
Phil AponteSiemens
Phil Aponte leads the US business development efforts into key emerging verticals for Siemens Digital Industries Factory Automation business.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer & Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute plus technical marketing certificate from Caltech Center for Technology and Management. 
Sharon Bonesteel
Sharon BonesteelSalt River Project
Sharon Bonesteel is a Senior Policy Analyst – Manager Codes & Standards Initiative Team Leader – of Salt River Project’s Energy Storage Collaboration Team. She is a licensed architect in Arizona and California, a RESNET certified rater, an ICC Certified Building Official, a Commercial Energy Inspector, and an Arizona Certified Fire Inspector. Sharon serves as SRP’s voting representative to the ICC code development process.
Kevin Campbell
Kevin CampbellDigatron
Kevin Campbell is the Group CEO and Managing Director of Digatron Power Electronics GmbH, a global manufacturer of Battery Lifecycle Testing and Battery Production Formation equipment. Over his 25 years in the battery testing business, Kevin has provided testing solutions to battery industry customers in Europe, USA and Australia.
Michael Canada
Michael CanadaEnerDel
Mr. Canada is CEO of EnerDel, a manufacturer of advanced lithium ion energy storage solutions serving the global markets. Prior to EnerDel, Michael worked at Altairnano. Mr. Canada earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has attended various executive management courses at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan (MIT).
Jim Cushing
Jim CushingApplied Materials
Jim Cushing is currently the General Manager for the Energy Storage Solutions group and is responsible for establishing Applied Materials business footprint in the fast growing Li-ion battery market. Prior to joining the CTO organization, Jim worked in Italy managing the Baccini business unit building metallization equipment for solar cells which grew to over $1B. In 22 years at Applied Materials, Jim has held General Manager, Product Management, Technical Development, and Business Management leadership positions in Energy Storage, Solar, Display, and Semiconductor. Jim is a strong proponent of collaborative customer engagement in the process of developing world class products.
Gary Economo
Gary EconomoFocus Graphite
Gary Economo is CEO of Focus Graphite, the owner of the high-grade Lac Knife, Quebec technology graphite deposit. He is also co-founder and President of Grafoid Inc., an emerging global graphene technology development company. Mr. Economo has a distinguished business career, serving as CEO for a number of public and private high technology companies during the last 20 years. He enjoys a long history of graphite marketing and sales for high-tech applications.
Dave Geer
Dave GeerAmphenol Advanced Sensors
Dave Geer is a Principal Engineer at Amphenol Advanced Sensors. A sensing company headquartered in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. Advanced Sensors services the sensing industry with temperature, contact and not contact, pressure, NDIR gas, and humidity sensing solutions, along with cell connection assemblies and remote data bridges from BMS to cloud data. Dave has 37 years of experience in sensors and sensor design, with his primary background focusing on sensing temperature in automotive applications. Dave has had 5 patents relating to the sensing industry granted over his career.
Ryan Harty
Ryan HartyHonda
Ryan Harty is a mechanical engineer (University of Alberta, 2001) and is the Manager of American Honda’s Environmental Business Development Office (EBDO), where he is in charge of developing product proposals, business models, and policy proposals in support of Honda’s environmental initiatives. His passion is the confluence of renewable energy and transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ryan spent 10 years at Honda R&D, including pioneering work on hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles prior to his current assignment in EBDO.
Carlos Helou
Carlos HelouBorman Specialty Materials
Carlos Helou is Director, S&M of Borman Specialty Materials, a leader in Manganese products, with a portfolio including EMD’s and LMO’s for primary/secondary batteries. Carlos holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry/Plasma Physical-Chemistry from INSA Lyon, France and an MBA from Walter Heller School of Business, Chicago, IL.
Kris Hunter
Kris HunterGlobal Battery Solutions
Kris Hunter is the Managing Partner & COO of Global Battery Solutions. GBS is a pioneer in the development of the 4R’s approach to Battery Life Cycle Management. Kris also serves as Alliance Manager & Business Development Director of Dynamic GBS, a joint venture of Dynamic Manufacturing and GBS, which provides battery repair and remanufacturing services for advanced battery packs used in hybrid and electric vehicles.
David Klanecky
David KlaneckyAlbemarle Corporation
David Klanecky is Vice President of Energy Solutions at Albemarle Corporation, a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered specialty chemicals. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the direction and results of the global Energy Solutions business, which serves the energy storage and oil field/specialties industries.
John Kincaide
John KincaideWeRecycleBatteries.com
John Kincaide is the President of WeRecycleBatteries.com, a battery recycling brokerage service, with operations in Canada and USA. After John found an illegally dumped battery and properly disposed it, he realized an opportunity to start a business that specializes in recycling batteries from electronic telecommunications, data center and more recently from electric vehicles. Since 2010, WeRecycleBatteries.com has recycled millions of lbs batteries to end of life battery processors in both countries.
Bernie Kotlier
Bernie KotlierIBEW-NECA
Bernie Kotlier, Executive Director IBEW-NECA California and Nevada
Bernie Kotlier directs the development, promotion, and delivery of sustainable energy training for electricians, and business development programs for electrical contractors in California and Nevada including energy auditing, energy efficiency, photovoltaics, electric vehicles, energy storage and micro-grids. Bernie has been a member of the California Public Utilities Commission Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency Workforce Development, the PUC Working Group on Lighting, and the State of California Schools of the Future Initiative Advisory Committee.
Zachary Kuznar
Zachary KuznarDuke Energy
Zachary Kuznar is Managing Director of Distributed Energy Technology for Duke Energy. In this role Zak leads a team responsible for developing and executing the strategy to create an investment portfolio for Combined Heat and Power, energy storage and microgrids for all of Duke Energy’s regulated companies. Previously he worked in Duke’s Emerging Technology Office. Zak holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University.
Joe LoGrasso
Joe LoGrassoFiat Chrysler Automobiles
Joe LoGrasso is a long time electrification industry leader and currently engineering manager in the global electrified powertrain team at FCA. He was formerly director of pack engineering at XALT Energy leading development for transit and marine markets. Joe retired after 30 years at GM and was a key contributor and leader in battery development for the Chevy Volt and other advanced propulsion based vehicle programs. Joe has an MS in Engineering Management from RPI and MSEE from Oakland University.
Randy Moore
Randy MooreZAF Energy Systems
Randy A. Moore is the former President of EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, a manufacturer of high-reliability batteries for aerospace, defense and medical applications. Mr. Moore previously served as Executive VP/GM of Kollsman, Inc. and Vice President and General Manager of Kaman Aerostructures & PlasticFab, Inc. Mr. Moore served in the United States Air retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Mr. Moore received an MBA from SIUE and a BA degree from TLU.
Jaime Navarrete
Jaime NavarreteCrown Battery
Currently, Director Product Development – Crown Battery. Twenty-five plus years in battery industry. Held various positions in product development, testing, sales and marketing for Flooded, VRLA/AGM Pb-Acid batteries and Battery Separator products. B.A Chemistry @ Texas A&M. Masters International Mgmt @ UMUC.
Craig Rigby
Craig RigbyJohnson Controls Inc.
Craig Rigby joined Johnson Controls in 2007 and currently serves as the Advanced Market & Technology Strategist for Power Solutions. In this role, Rigby focuses on macro level drivers that shape the energy storage market with the goal of delivering a technology strategy that aligns with our customers’ long-term needs and objectives. In addition, he investigates and evaluates new technology opportunities for partnerships or acquisitions to support the technology strategy.
Mike Sandoval
Mike SandovalMaccor
Mike Sandoval is the Vice President – Business Development at Maccor, Inc. He is a twenty-year veteran of the automated battery-test industry. His experience includes technical business-to-business capital equipment development, marketing, and sales and has substantial skills in software programming, manufacturing, and product development.
Jan Sawgle
Jan SawgleDuPont Transportation and Industrial
Jan Sawgle is a Program Manager for DuPont Transportation and Industrial. In her 30 + years of she has been involved in all aspects of new business development in markets related to transportation and consumer goods. Jan is currently leading a team that is designing and building a transportation/mobility focused Innovation Center in Auburn Hills, MI that will serve as a unique destination for collaboration with customers, partners, and the innovation community.
Dirk Spiers
Dirk SpiersSpiers New Technologies
Dirk Spiers is the CEO of Spiers New Technologies Inc. (SNT). He is a pioneer in the life cycle management of advanced battery packs and in the second life use of automotive lithium-ion packs and cells for non-automotive applications. SNT is based in Oklahoma City, OK, with a second facility scheduled to open soon in California. SNT is the leading supplier of advanced battery repair, remanufacturing and refurbishing services for OEM manufacturers of xEV’s.
Joern Tinnemeyer
Joern TinnemeyerEnerSys
Joern Tinnemeyer is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of EnerSys, where he is responsible for global engineering, technology development, quality and operations engineering. Joern studied applied mathematics and electrical engineering at the University of Toronto and holds a MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering. He is chairman of the SAE Battery Management Committee developing international standards for the automotive industry.
Pablo Valencia
Pablo ValenciaGeneral Motors Company
Pablo Valencia is the Senior Manager for Battery Lifecycle Management, Battery Systems Engineering, Battery Cell and Algorithms at General Motors Company. He has more than 20 years of experience in Production Programs and Advanced Technology. Pablo has held various engineering positions at GM in Powertrain, Body, Thermal, and Advanced Technology Development including responsibility for Volt Battery Thermal, Mechanical, electrical, and electro-chemistry systems.
David Ventola
David VentolaB&W MEGTEC
David Ventola is Director of Business Development, EP at Durr MEGTEC. David holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton and dual M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Management from MIT. Prior to Durr MEGTEC, David worked at A123 Systems, Inc. and other roles in the Coating/Converting Industry.
Robert Wildman
Robert WildmanCarestream
As corporate growth manager, Robert Wildman identifies and secures new technologies and partnerships that leverage Carestream’s roll-to-roll development and manufacturing expertise in energy storage and generation, display, automotive, medical, electronics, lighting, aerospace and window products. Previously Wildman served as business development and technical account manager, for Carestream’s film-based, advanced materials coating operations.
Jeff Yambrick
Jeff YambrickSVOLT
Jeff Yambrick is the International Business Development Director for Great Wall Motor’s Battery Business Unit known as SVOLT. Jeff is on several SAE International Battery Standards committees and has served in leadership positions at Xalt Energy and Magna eCar / Steyr Battery Systems.
Neill Yang
Neill YangAmperex Technology Limited
Neill Yang is the Senior Marketing Manager of ATL. He worked in Emerson and Tyco Electronics prior to ATL. He holds a master degree of Applied Phycology and a bachelor degree of Electronics Engineering.

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