Meet the Lightning Systems management team. Diverse skills and years of experience from a range of industries ensure that we’re the best at what we do, delivering best value for our customers, investors and employees.
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CEO and Co-Founder
Tim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from CSU, and has been involved with alternative transportation technology since 1990, when he helped design the first dedicated CNG truck for GM while at Colorado State University.
Prior to co-founding Lightning Systems, Tim served as Vice President of Colorado State University Ventures, where he spun out clean-tech companies and built the framework to support accelerated growth of spin-outs and spin-ins at CSU.
Chairman of the Board
Robert founded Aravaipa in early 2008 with 20 years of global experience managing, acquiring, founding, building, merging, and selling companies. He currently serves as Chairman of AXIT AG (Germany), a leading Cloud Supply Chain Management company, where he led a turnaround to current high profitability.
He holds a BA in Economics from HEC Lausanne (Switzerland) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Robert is frequently invited to speak and serve on Cleantech and Impact Investing panels. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and has built a LEED Platinum home in Boulder, CO.
Rob holds a degree in Accounting with a minor in Computer Science from William Patterson University along with an M.B.A. in Managerial Finance and Management Information Systems from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.
Having joined the company in March 2014, Rob is absolutely essential to the financial and business side of Lightning Systems. With the majority of his career being within technology companies, Rob thrives in a technical environment with strong engineering and design principles.
He has 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and program management for leading automotive and commercial vehicle parts and equipment suppliers, including Dana Corporation and Robert Bosch. He joined Lightning Systems in March 2014.
For the last 10 years of his career, he has lead the business development and sales efforts for innovative, disruptive technologies resulting in either successful spin-offs or self-sustaining business entities.
Director of Emissions Regulation and Strategy and Interim Director of Production
Brian joined Lightning Systems in 2012. He has expertise in both chassis dynamometer and Portable Emissions Measurement System (PEMS) testing. He represents the company for all emission testing and regulation activities including for the Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board, and others.
Academic achievements include a B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University, and a M.S. in Systems Engineering from Colorado State University. His graduate research evaluated Vehicle-to-Grid systems.
Brian began his professional career as a U.S. Navy pilot, where he served with distinction, retiring at the rank of Commander. He later directed engineering and flight test programs as Lead Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin’s HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
Director, Technology Integration
Keith obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, during which time he worked as an intern at Woodward, focused on a technology that improves the overall efficiency of electrical wind turbines. On graduation, he joined Woodward’s aircraft division working on air control valves, a role which combined product development with testing.
Business Development Director
Ross has over 25 years motor industry experience and has worked previously in operational management roles with Honda, Ford and Chevrolet. As International Sales Manager for The London Taxi Company, he was responsible for significantly growing sales of the iconic ‘London Black Cab’ into European markets while also project managing the development of a fully electric model – which are still operating on the streets of Amsterdam today. In his most recent role, Ross lead the automotive business development efforts for the internationally respected Transport Research Laboratory.
Ross is a passionate advocate of low emissions drivetrains and also a self-confessed ‘petrol head’ who is as happy working under a vehicle as he is negotiating around a boardroom table.
Lead System Architect
Listed on our patent as one of the inventors of Lightning Systems’ proprietary hydraulic hybrid technology, Jonathan has been with Lightning Systems since 2010. In his spare time, he has designed and built an electric-only pickup truck and is working on the development of a better, cheaper high-power motor controller, DC-DC converter, and battery charger. He enjoys developing complex systems and finding solutions to unique challenges.
Jonathan has over 16 years of controls experience. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University and is currently working on his MBA.
Senior Engineering Manager
Bringing nearly 20 years of engineering experience to Lightning Systems, Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University.
Joining the Lightning Systems team in November 2012, Mark loves the atmosphere and the work we do. He has a strong personal interest in making things more efficient and is excited to be designing a product that will help reduce emissions and our reliance on unrenewable resources. In addition, he envisions massive potential in the market since our technology is effective and offers a significant (and timely) return on investment.
Vice-President, Marketing and Communications
Prior to joining Lightning, she raised over $20 million for environmental and human services non-profits/NGOs through public awareness, major gifts, and grants, and has over 20 years of marketing and communications experience in a variety of fields. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Colorado State University.
Director of Customer Operations
Tyler joined the team in 2012 and is one of the chief players in the development and actualization of the ERS product. He has served LS as Controls Engineer and System Support Manager and has expertise in project management, client support, software development, circuit board design, electronics and hardware implementation, automotive integration/engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Tyler holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He served as Project Manager on the CU Formula SAE Racing Team, earning top marks for business proposal and marketing at the SAE International competition, and winning “Best Mechanical Design Project” at CU’s Engineering Design Expo.