Leadership

Executive Team

Dr. Edward O Shaffer II

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Dr. Ed Shaffer has spent the last 8 years focused on developing technology to accelerate adoption of much needed alternative energy systems. Throughout his career, he has worked across a variety of advanced materials applications including advanced BEOL dielectrics, optical materials for displays, materials for energy storage and photovoltaics. He has held a variety of roles including new business development, global R&D manager and scientist.

Jon Joslin

Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Joslin has 25 years of experience in all aspects of financial management and business consulting. He has broad experience working for both an accounting firm and both small and large companies in a number of industries, from construction, manufacturing, wholesale and retail.  In addition, he has started and run a number of companies.  Jon has also served in his local government as a past Mayor for the City of Mt Pleasant and a 15 year city commissioner.

Michael Everett

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Everett brings over 30 years of experience in a variety of technology-based industries, most recently the Sr. Vice President of Engineering for Trojan battery Company.   Michael’s previous positions include CTO of Maxwell Technologies and Sr. Director of Engineering and Research at 3D Systems Inc.   While working with Trojan Battery, Michael was responsible for overseeing Trojan’s product development and research activities including all technical intellectual property innovation.

Leadership Team

Jeff Adkins

Operations Leader

Maria Roma

Sr. Research Leader

Reed Shick

Director of Research

Brian Sturdavant

Sr. Engineering Leader

Krista Eldred

Administrative Assistant

Subject Matter Experts

Adam Bauer

Research and Development Scientist Adam is our SME in charge of Analytical Testing and Lab work for ABC

Shaun Bruno

Sr. Research and Development Scientist Shaun is our SME in charge of all formation and battery testing.

Maria Roma

Sr. Scientist Maria is our SME for all things pasting, including mixing and transfer pasting.

Brian Sturdavant

Sr. Engineer Brian is our SME for injection molding processes, including electrode frames, end plates and overmolding of our batteries.

Board of Directors

David Barrie

Chairman of the Board of Directors David assists Advanced Battery Concepts with its technology licensing strategy to global battery manufacturers in his capacity as the Principle of Barrie International LLC. David has considerable experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, international business and building for growth. David has and does hold many significant positions including Chairman of the Board at MFRI Inc., Senior Executive Advisory Board member of Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company ("BGL"), an investment banking firm, Sitting Director on a private for-profit company, Director for several non-profit institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. In addition, David serves as an instructor for the Cornell Law School annual transactional law competition and has presented programs on best merger and acquisition practices to corporate executives. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors ("NACD").

Ronald Beebe

Vice Chairman Ronald Beebe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Economics from Central Michigan University. Ron has been involved several large businesses over his 29 year career, including Regional President of Airgas, Chairman of Griffin Thermal Products, Chairman of Milling Precision, Chairman of Awrey Bakeries and CEO of Euclid Industries where he has been for the past 17 years. Mr. Beebe excels in leadership, Mergers and Acquisitions and financial analysis.

David Haddad

Board Member David is currently the Co-Head of Private Impact Investing at Nuveen. Prior to joining Nuveen, David was a partner at Olympus Partners, a middle-market private equity firm based in Stamford, CT with over $8.5 billion in funds under management, where he worked for over eleven years. While at Olympus, he sourced, structured, and executed numerous control transactions in the consumer, business services, and specialty manufacturing sectors, and served on the boards of numerous portfolio companies. Prior to Olympus, David was a Managing Director at Cornerstone Equity Investors, a middle-market private equity firm based in New York, NY, where he worked for over ten years, executing control transactions and later-stage growth equity investments in the health care, business services, and specialty manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining Cornerstone, he was an Analyst at Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co., a middle-market investment banking firm, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and refinancings of private companies. David graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Duke University.

Dr. Edward Shaffer II

Board Member Dr. Ed Shaffer has spent the last 8 years focused on developing technology to accelerate adoption of much needed alternative energy systems. Throughout his career, he has worked across a variety of advanced materials applications including advanced BEOL dielectrics, optical materials for displays, materials for energy storage and photovoltaics. He has held a variety of roles including new business development, global R&D manager and scientist.

Kevin Wittrup

Board Member Kevin is a disciplined, results-driven leader with broad experience in product development and operations management and a solid track record of turning ideas into product and profit. During his eleven-year career at General Motors, Kevin progressed rapidly through assignments with increasing responsibility and impact. He led all aspects of product development and systems integration for highly engineered products, including responsibility for a $750M product line and the successful design, development and launch of four major products. Most notably, he served as the Assistant Chief Engineer of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu and VP of Vehicle Engineering & Manufacturing for a line of game-changing hybrid electric urban transport vehicles. In 2007, Kevin shifted his focus to the early-stage entrepreneurial ecosystem as part of an upstart seed investment and management team. Prior to co-founding RSVP, he served in senior operating management capacities for a number of startups in addition to participating in the founding and funding of uRefer and ActivCore. Kevin has a strong technical dept that he brings to his various management teams along with his capabilities for analytics, due diligence and finances. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Kevin and his family reside in a renovated 19th century farmhouse in the Michigan countryside.

Robert Galyen

Board Member Bob is an Energy Storage technology executive with experience in large corporations (ATL, CATL, Magna, Delphi, GM) and small entrepreneurial businesses (Tawas, Indy Power Systems, World Energy Labs). He recently received the prestigious China "Friendship Award" in 2015 and received the title "National Distinguished Expert" from the Peoples Republic of China Government Talent 1000 Plan in 2014. Bob was formerly CTO of Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited in NingDe, Fujian Province, PRC., the largest lithium battery producer in the world. In professional organizations, he has held the Chairmanship of SAE International Battery Standards Steering Committee for 8 years (with 22 Committees reporting to him) and is Chairman of NAATBatt International. He also serves on Senator Lugar’s Advisory Board for Renewable Energy at IUPUI, the Dean’s Executive Advisory Council at Ball State University, and the National Fire Protection Agencies Board of Advisers. He holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry and has 40 years of experience in battery technology. Bob was the first-ever front cover individual feature story for Batteries International and has feature articles on a regular basis. He serves on the Board of Directors and Technology Advisory Boards for multiple companies.

Chris Steinbaugh

Board Member Chris is a principal on the Impact Team at Nuveen and joined the group in March 2019. He is primarily responsible for originating, underwriting and executing transactions for the team's Resource Efficiency strategy. He has also been involved with a portfolio of Nuveen's direct private equity investments in the agribusiness sector and with the firm's private junior debt capital team. Prior to joining Nuveen in 2014, Chris worked for eleQtra, a London-based developer of infrastructure projects in Africa, where he helped develop an irrigated farming project in Zambia. Chris previously worked for Obrem Capital Management, an alternative investment manager, and Evercore Partners, an investment banking advisory firm. Chris graduated with an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from London Business School, and an M.S.c. in Water Science, Policy, and Management from the University of Oxford.

Technology Advisory Board

Robert Galyen

Technical Advisory Board Member Bob is an Energy Storage technology executive with experience in large corporations (ATL, CATL, Magna, Delphi, GM) and small entrepreneurial businesses (Tawas, Indy Power Systems, World Energy Labs). He recently received the prestigious China "Friendship Award" in 2015 and received the title "National Distinguished Expert" from the Peoples Republic of China Government Talent 1000 Plan in 2014. Bob was formerly CTO of Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited in NingDe, Fujian Province, PRC., the largest lithium battery producer in the world. In professional organizations, he has held the Chairmanship of SAE International Battery Standards Steering Committee for 8 years (with 22 Committees reporting to him) and is Chairman of NAATBatt International. He also serves on Senator Lugar’s Advisory Board for Renewable Energy at IUPUI, the Dean’s Executive Advisory Council at Ball State University, and the National Fire Protection Agencies Board of Advisers. He holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry and has 40 years of experience in battery technology. Bob was the first-ever front cover individual feature story for Batteries International and has feature articles on a regular basis. He serves on the Board of Directors and Technology Advisory Boards for multiple companies.

Lori Hutton

Technical Advisory Board Member Lori holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University. She was Plant Engineer and Product Engineer at General Motors before becoming Advance Vehicle Engineer specializing in EV/HEV/PHEV battery systems for 20 years. Following her time with GM Lori joined Magna Steyr as their Validation Engineer specializing in HEV Battery Packs. Here her responsibilites included Validation Test plan development for PHEV/HEV pack programs for OEM vehicle suppliers. She also worked as a cell test technician as well as focused on development of Product Specification for clarification and application by Test, Quality, Manufacturing and Service.

Scott Wilder

Technical Advisory Board Member Scott is a diversified business executive in advanced technology with established industry connections. He is experienced in energy storage and transfer for stationary motive and portable applications. Mr. Wilder is proficient at identifying, securing and developing advanced technology for new markets. He specializes in energy storage systems, automotive electronics, and global business development. In addition to being on our Technical Advisory Board, Scott is the Senior Director of Technology at Jabil where he oversees technology development through effective management of internal and external relations. Prior to his current position he was a Chief Engineer at Ricardo where he exercised his skills in business development, technical oversight, and resource management for energy storage systems.

Dr. James Symanski

Technical Advisory Board Member Dr. Symanski recently retired from Johnson Controls after a prestigious and successful career. Having started with JCI in 1984 as a Senior Scientist, Dr. Symanski retired at the end of 2017 as the Director of Advanced Product Engineering. He worked on projects that included nickel-hydrogen battery design, lithium-ion polymer battery development, and other non-lead technologies, including ultracapacitors. Dr. Symanski also led the JCI team in the Li-Ion battery joint venture with Saft-Bordeaux and eventually helped work on various micro-hybrid applications.

Phil Mott

Technical Advisory Board Member Phil is an innovation and future trends expert with a proven track record of leading global organizations. He has over 65 U.S patents and is responsible for many new, successful (high margin) products. Mott has an Ivy League and international MBA. Over the course of 20 years Phil worked in many positions at BorgWarner Inc. He started as Corporate Scientist where he integrated new technology into the current product lines and provided technical support for upper management. Phil then moved to Vice President of Advanced Engineering during which he led a global product development, analysis and testing team. As a Corporate Fellow, Phil developed a means to identify future trends and to identify the opportunities made possible by these trends. Lastly, at BorgWarner Inc., Phil was a Senior Technical Fellow and was responsible for defining, determining the significance, and identifying the opportunities made available through an in-depth understanding of future transportation trends. He currently is an Independent Consultant focusing on Automotive Propulsion with Propulsion Specialties.

Randy Moore

Technical Advisory Board Member Randy is a senior manufacturing executive (president and CEO) with experience in leading teams and enterprises toward excellence in performance. He has worked with and for Fortune 500 companies, public companies, private equity, and entrepreneurial startups in Aerospace, Defense, Medical, and renewables industries. He is a recognized industrial manufacturing leader. Randy is credited with driving superior results by empowering and challenging teams through the creation and communication of a shared vision. This focus on strategic priorities combined with a disciplined and balanced approach to managing the business through goals and metrics consistently communicated provides motivation to the team to achieve and exceed commitments.