Michael Epstein is an accomplished entrepreneur in multiple sectors including power/energy, mobility and device technology. He is the co-founder, President and CEO of Lightening Energy, a defense contractor and pioneer in ultra-rapid recharging, long life batteries, advanced materials and advanced controls. Prior, he was instrumental in founding and senior management of PlasmaSol, a pioneer in plasma physics technology that was acquired by Stryker Medical. Earlier, Michael was a member of the co-founding team of USCAR, a joint venture of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors. As Program Director and a member of USCAR's Management Committee, he chaired its business and policy groups, and co-drafted the original program plan for the “Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles.” PNGV included automakers, national laboratories, and the White House in collaboratively achieving an 80 mpg sedan with advances in electric and hybrid technology. He was awarded by USCAR "for many accomplishments and tireless effort." Michael holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Carnegie-Mellon and Boston University.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Dyer is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Lightening Energy. He is instrumental in developing the company's extensive pipeline of innovations and intellectual properties in the power and energy field. Chris is well recognized internationally as a leader in developing both batteries and fuel cells for high tech applications. His accomplishments at Bell Laboratories, Telcordia and Motorola included inventing innovative power supplies for satellite systems and portable electronic devices. He is an important leader in the battery and fuel cell power industry through his Editorship of the prestigious international Journal of Power Sources – the world’s leading peer-reviewed journal for batteries, fuel cells and capacitors, which reports on the latest advances in all these fields. Dr Dyer has a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in the UK.
Dr. Chris Dyer, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer
David became involved in Lightening in 2016 and is instrumental in the company's growth strategy. Prior, David served as CIO of Artivest, a venture-backed company that provides Insight and Access to exceptional investing. Before Artivest, David honed his investing experience at Paulson & Co., an hedge fund firm led by John Paulson. While at Paulson & Co., David made investments in industries including automotive, energy, software, hardware and Internet. David was previously on the private equity investment team at Colony Capital, making investments in gaming, hospitality and real estate. His investment experience also includes time at Canyon Capital and PAAMCO. David began his career in Lehman Brothers’ Mergers & Acquisitions Group where he focused on power. David received an MBA, with honors, from Harvard Business School and a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He graduated from Washington University, receiving an AB in Philosophy, summa cum laude, and a BSBA in Finance, magna cum laude. David is also the Vice Chairman of the Leadership Council of Year Up New York and is a member of the New York bar.
Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President, Development & Strategy
George Joseph is Sr. Vice President of Development and Strategy and has also served as Advisor to the Company for over a dozen years. In his 35-year career at Ford, Mr. Joseph held a variety of Corporate Finance and Technology Acquisitions assignments, retiring as Director, Global Technology M & A with responsibility for worldwide technology mergers, acquisitions and business development. Mr. Joseph was a co-founder of the U. S. Advanced Battery Consortium with Ford, GM, Chrysler and U. S. Department of Energy and served as Ford’s Business and Strategy Director for the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, a Clinton-Gore sponsored auto consortium between the Big Three and the U.S. government to develop an 80 MPG family sedan. He purchased the Think Electric Vehicle in Norway to support a common US electric vehicle platform for the development of a number of electric vehicle products for Ford. He also directed Ford’s internal technology Venture Capital Fund and was responsible for several technology partnerships and acquisitions with firms such as Qualcomm to co-develop a full-system, on-board vehicle Telematics platform. He entered into joint venture partnerships with 3M, Boeing and American Airlines to develop the first parallel processor Super Computer and was a key, day-to-day interface with Wall Street and managed Ford domestic and European public debt offerings.
Vice President, Manufacturing Operations
Fred H. Fisher serves as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for Lightening Grid. His most recent prior experience was with A123 Systems, Battery division, located in Michigan where he was retained to restart and lead their North America production operations interfacing with sister organizations in South America, Europe and Asia. These battery operations consisted of mass-scale vertically integrated production including multiple coating lines, cell manufacturing and Module assembly processes. Sales were to Daimler in Europe, Volvo and Ford in Europe and Asia. His experience also includes substantial leadership positions including with Amphenol and Tyco Electronics, two of the largest connector companies in the US. His capacities included Global Operations responsibility in Mexico and Asia, Division management of $200 Million relay division and technical leadership of development and sustaining engineering groups. Throughout his career he was instrumental in the start-up and turnaround of manufacturing operations including start-up of greenfield production in the U.S. and Mexico. He holds a Bachelors degree in engineering and brings decades of experience managing production facilities and leading related operations.
Dr. Zuleica Lozada,
Dr. Zuleica Lozada has more than 9 years of experience in development of advanced materials and processes in the power/energy related field, including advanced technology for synthesizing power and energy materials. Prior to joining Lightening Energy, Dr. Lozada held joint appointments in the Chemical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Departments at the Polytechnic Institute of Puerto Rico. In winter 2014, she started to work at Lightening Energy as a Senior Material Development Chemist in development of advanced solid polymer electrolyte materials for Li-ion battery applications. Dr. Lozada also participates as a senior engineer and scientist in advanced solid state electrolyte development relevant to the military applications for the Navy and Army.
Chimaobi Ibeh Manages Lightening Energy’s advanced prototyping and development laboratory located at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey. He also is co-manager of a multi-year program in advanced power/energy technology for government clients. On a day-to-day basis, Mr. Ibeh is intimately involved in our programs related to solid state electrolyte materials for Li-ion battery applications, as well as complex development programs resulting in a uniquely packaged, engineered and designed battery systems. These programs include modelling simulations using advanced software, as well as advanced production and prototyping through additive manufacturing. Mr. Ibeh earned a Masters Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and prior completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University. Before joining Lightening Energy, he worked as a Chemist and Quality Control Engineer at a Fortune 500 Company.
Material Scientist & General Manager, Laboratories
Advisor and Corporate Counsel
Mike Helmer has served as Advisor and Corporate Counsel to Lightening Energy since its founding. He is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs. Mr. Helmer focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance (including venture capital and private equity financings), contractual matters, corporate governance and general corporate counseling. Mr. Helmer also acts as outside general counsel to numerous companies. As an M&A lawyer, Mr. Helmer has extensive experience in over 20 years of practice representing numerous purchasers and sellers in a wide variety of acquisition, sale, merger, joint venture and other business combination and divestiture transactions. These matters include tax free reorganizations, asset transactions, management buyouts and exit transactions for founders. In venture capital, he has represented both companies and funds in equity, convertible debt and bridge financing transactions, including seed, angel, early, expansion and mezzanine round financings. In later stage private equity transactions, he has represented companies (including special committees) and investors in joint ventures, leveraged recapitalizations, special dividend transactions, dispositions and PIPE offerings for numerous emerging and established entities. Mr. Helmer provides general corporate representation including advice to boards of directors and management concerning corporate governance matters, and structuring and incentive compensation arrangements financing and M&A transactions. Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Mr. Helmer was a partner at another international law firm and Managing Partner of Thacher Proffitt & Wood's and later DLA Piper's New Jersey office. While attending law school, he was an officer in the Commodity Finance Department of The Chase Manhattan Bank. New Jersey Business News named Mr. Helmer as one of its top attorney "Deal Makers." He has also been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer. Mr. Helmer has served as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University Law School teaching Corporate Finance. He is a frequent panelist on topics involving venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and financings and other issues affecting emerging companies.
Mr. Lovejoy is a retired director at Penske Automotive Group. Since September 2003, Mr. Lovejoy has served as General Manager of Lovejoy & Associates, an automotive consulting firm. From January 2000 until December 2002, Mr. Lovejoy served as Group Vice President, North American vehicle sales, service and marketing for General Motors Corporation. From 1994 until December 1999, Mr. Lovejoy served as Vice President of General Motors service and parts operation. From 1962 until 1992, Mr. Lovejoy served in various capacities for General Motors Acceptance Corporation (‘‘GMAC”) and ultimately President of GMAC in 1990. Mr. Lovejoy also serves on the Advisory Board of On My Own of Michigan.
Tom Hopkins founded Colchester Capital, LLC in 2003 and leads all investment activities for the firm. In addition to his principal activities, Hopkins has many years of investment banking experience at Deutsche Bank (and its predecessor Alex. Brown), Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns. He started his investment banking career at Drexel Burnham Lambert.Hopkins has worked on a large variety of capital raising and strategic advisory transactions for companies in a wide range of industries including the communications, technology, healthcare and industrial sectors. He has completed over 80 financing and advisory transactions representing approximately $13 billion in aggregate value. He has extensive experience in restructurings and leverage finance and has been the principal banker on dozens of restructurings, recapitalizations and high yield financings. In addition, Hopkins has originated and executed IPO's, secondary equity offerings and convertible debt offerings as well as merger and acquisition transactions. Prior to investment banking, Hopkins worked as an attorney for four years, focusing on litigation and general corporate work. His educational background includes an M.B.A. (Wharton), a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Siegel is Sr. Vice President, Intellectual Property and has served as an Advisor to the company since its founding. Mr. Siegel previously joined Acacia in June 2013 as Senior Vice President. He was appointed to Executive Vice President of Licensing and Litigation in May 2014. Experience. Mr. Siegel has extensive experience in international IP monetization, enforcement and strategic acquisitions, having spent more than 15 years at Sony Corporation of America, most recently serving as its Vice President and Senior Intellectual Property Counsel as well as its representative to Taiwan. His responsibilities at Sony included the worldwide licensing of technology in and out of Sony, the enforcement of Sony's patent rights, the defense of Sony against third party intellectual property claims and strategic intellectual property acquisitions. In his position, Mr. Siegel supported intellectual property matters for all of Sony’s network companies. He also is an expert in patent pools and served as the Chairman of the Board of MPEG LA, the world’s largest patent pool administrator. He has been a member of the AVS ad hoc IPR Experts group in China and the representative for Sony on the AVS Patent Pool Administration Executive Committee. Prior to joining Sony, Mr. Siegel was an associate attorney at the leading intellectual property firms of Kenyon & Kenyon and Fish & Neave in New York City. Mr. Siegel worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry prior to embarking on his legal careet. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Siegel also is a National Trustee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Mr. Sokol is a Senior Partner of the firm he established in 1975. He serves as Counsel to a variety of corporate clients, and has served as Counsel to the New Jersey Senate from 1976 to present. Mr. Sokol also supervises the firm's regulatory practice, which includes health, banking/insurance, and telecommunications. He has represented clients before the United States Supreme Court and New Jersey Supreme Court in several landmark Constitutional cases. His special appointments include Counsel to the New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission, and Environmental Counsel to several public agencies. Mr. Sokol brings to the law an extensive background in business and engineering. He spent 15 years in the chemical and computer industries after receiving degrees in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from New York University before entering the legal profession.
Mr. Eric Materniak, is a graduate of Princeton University with a “Bachelors of Science in Engineering” in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Eric joined Lightening Energy during the summer of 2013 through a program co-funded by the Princeton Environmental Institute. Eric developed innovative technology at LE where his work and analysis has resulted in invention disclosures related to battery management systems and recharging technology for electric vehicles. Eric’s experience at LE included project management such as cost analysis of battery manufacturing and recharging products. Project management experience grew from Eric’s undergraduate thesis, where he was a team leader for a successful project which demonstrated an increased power output from a vertical axis tidal turbine using a channeling device. Eric recently left Lightening to join Northrop Grumman as a Principle Engineer but remains an Advisor to the company.