TEAM

Our team brings a passion for seeing clean energy power the world.  We excel at creative problem solving and value individual expertise.  Our roots in Vermont motivate us to not only adventure in the world around us, but to make it a better place.

MADS ALMASSALKHI, Co-Founder

Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Mads earned a PhD in electrical engineering: systems from U Michigan and has expertise in optimization, real-time control and energy analytics. He previously led development of SaaS energy technology at Root3 Technologies, including UX/UI design and predictive optimization and analytics. He directs multi-million dollar US Dept. of Energy projects on advanced grid technologies and has built an international network of research and electricity industry partnerships.

KATE DESROCHERS, Projects/Initiatives

Kate brings national and international experience in project management and analysis working with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day. She has built collaborative relationships in the energy industry with her expertise in engaging stakeholders and providing regulatory and deployment support for grid modernization initiatives.

JEFF FROLIK, Co-Founder

Jeff has focused his career on the research and application of sensor networks, wireless communications and algorithms. With a PhD from U Michigan in electrical engineering, he has expertise in enabling smart devices to communicate effectively and securely. He previously worked at Hughes Aircraft and consulted internationally on communication satellite systems. He holds patents related to sensing, wireless communications and signal processing and is co-inventor of the core technology behind Packetized Energy.

ANDREW GIROUX, Chief Engineer

Andrew brings experience designing sensor solutions for electric vehicle batteries at General Motors, engineering aircraft health monitoring systems at UTC Aerospace Systems and designing and building award-winning custom electric race cars. With a MS in engineering from U Vermont, he engineers the mechanical, electrical and embedded software functions of smart devices like our UL-listed Mello smart water heater thermostat.

PAUL HINES, Co-Founder

Paul has a background in grid modeling and electricity markets and with a PhD in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon, has focused his career on solving the problems in electric power systems and is co-inventor of the core technology behind Packetized Energy. With previous work as an electrical engineer at Black & Veatch and Alstom-ESCA and in research for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and US Dept. of Energy National Labs, he has built extensive relationships at all levels of the electricity industry.

VANESSA HINES, Communications

Vanessa brings international experience in policy analysis for economic growth, market research for health tech commercialization and communication for partnership development. She has a MBA from U Vermont and with a career focused on sustainability, previously worked with USAID, Philips, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

SCOTT JOHNSTONE, CEO

Scott has provided executive level leadership in the private, public and non-profit sectors including founding six companies. He most recently served as CEO of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation where he grew revenue 4x to over $100+ million. He has built deep connections in energy industry with experience building partnerships nationwide. An engineer by training, Scott focuses on building strong, innovative and growing organizations to solve energy and climate issues.

KARYN ROBERTS, Finance/HR

Karyn brings extensive experience in IT application development, project management, and systems/business/financial analysis. She’s worked previously with IBM Consulting Group, Ford Motor Company and Hewlett-Packard. With a MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, she enjoys her role in managing for profitability and growing the team.

JOHN SLINKMAN, Senior Software Engineer

John has worked as a software engineer for companies large and small, including a national defense and cyber-security firm where he worked on open-source intelligence and his own company mapping political discourse. He has a MS in economics from UT Austin, which informs his approach to building software and leading development teams in data rich domains. 

FORREST WALLACE, Embedded Systems

Forrest brings a background from medical device research and development including software testing and the development of web-enabled tools. With his passion for solving energy problems, he enjoys the fast-paced environment of developing and maintaining firmware for smart energy devices.

ADVISORS

Our advisory board provides guidance on business strategy, product development, and financing. With diverse experience in product design, clean energy, software development, and marketing, our board is actively positioning us for rapid growth.

MICHAEL BEER

BEYOND CRYSTAL

Michael brings deep experience in product design, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales. As president of Elite Jewelry and his own firm Michael Beer Associates, he developed international sales channels in strategic foreign markets and provided leadership to build lasting brands.

LAURY SALIGMAN

VERNAL VENTURES

Laury brings expertise and two decades of experience in market strategy and analysis. Her company, Vernal Ventures, invests in early-stage businesses solving environmental problems in the clean energy and food system sectors.

BJOERN SIMON

ALTAIR ENGINEERING

Bjoern brings expertise in software architecture, cloud technologies and product development. He currently directs software development at Altair Engineering and previously co-founded Root3 Technologies where he served as chief architect.

ROBERT ZULKOSKI

VERMONT WORKS

With deep experience in international investment management, Bob serves as Chairman and Managing Partner of Vermont Works, an investment firm focused on early-stage companies creating positive social impact. He has built a number of large-scale fund management businesses, has played a lead role in a number of other successful business start-upsincluding as Chairman of Greenlots. 

HEMAL SHAH

INSTAGRAM

With expertise in software product design and development, Hemal has deep roots throughout the software industry and Silicon Valley. He has been a primary advisor to a number of acquired software companies and has developed and managed software products for Twitter and currently for Instagram. Hemal was recently named a Forbes 30under30 in Consumer Tech.

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