Advisory Board

Dr. Larry Blackwell, Business Development/Strategic Plan

EXPERIENCE:

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering, Clemson University
  • Research Engineer, Amoco
  • Co-founded environmental services company, Environmental Dynamics, which was later sold to Wisconsin Power and Light
  • Leveraged purchase of key software package called Datastream, resulting in taking the company public, which continued growth to a point of annual revenue exceeding $120M; 700 employees worldwide; claiming more than 20,000 customers, many of them Fortune 500 companies such as ChevronTexaco, Del Monte and Pfizer. In 2006, Datastream Systems, Inc. became a subsidiary of Infor (TM) Global Solutions

Dr. Carl F. Kohrt, Technology/Engineering

EXPERIENCE:

  • Retired as President and CEO of Battelle, a $4B+ international R&D institution, managed or co-managed several premier national research laboratories for both U.S. and foreign government agencies
  • Held multiple senior executive, international and technology positions including positions at Kodak
  • MMS in Management Science, Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, University of Chicago
  • Served as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at the James Frank Institute, a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Sloan Fellow, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa

Dr. Clemens Schmitz-Justen, Manufacturing/Distribution

EXPERIENCE:

  • Global Management for BMW
  • Former President of BMW Manufacturing LLC, USA
  • Managing Chief Engineer of Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology, Germany
  • Honorary Professor of Innovation Management for Product and Process Development at Technical University of Chemnitz in Germany
  • Clemson University in South Carolina, engaging and leading management students

John E. Waters, Chief Technology Officer

EXPERIENCE:

  • Member of Duke Energy’s “Thought Leader’s Council”
  • Launched Bright Automotive thru consortium he founded between Alcoa, Johnson Controls, Google, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the (Ted) Turner Foundation
  • Vice-President of the Transportation Practice at RMI
  • Led early efforts in “vehicle-to-grid” (i.e., “Smart Grid”) and implementation with P,G&E
  • Developed the concept of RMI’s “Smart Garage” with Dr. Joel Swisher
  • Active in development/ production of battery pack system for GM’s first electric vehicle
  • Awarded five U.S. patents, two international patents, holds two defensive papers in battery pack designs, and has received numerous industry awards

Marvin R. Morris, Strategic Sales/Marketing/Distribution Planning

EXPERIENCE:

  • Vice-President of Marketing at ALAMO Group, Inc. leading sales levels of $120M
  • Sales Representative at Singer Business Machines, Unitek and ALAMO Group, Inc.
  • Extensive Marketing Management and Sales Experience with proven track record
  • Executive Vice President with 13 years experience with ALAMO Group, Inc., an industry leader in governmental roadside vegetation maintenance
  • Combined marketing, sales, customer service functions of 3 company owned divisions; developed marketing themes and advertising campaigns