Management Team

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Mark Paul; CEO: Corporate Leadership
Mark has led small to public companies in interim executive roles and brought technology to market for 30 years. He has consulted with numerous small to mid-sized technology companies. Prior to consulting, he held a series of positions with ever-increasing responsibility for 10 years at Northrop Corporation. This culminated in building & leading (within 2 years) a multi-million dollar international technology business unit - where he had full P&L responsibility for hundreds of people in line and project roles.

During his tenure at Northrop, he invested $10,000 in thin-seam coal-mining technology(at 25 years old). After it imploded, he was elected General Partner and obtained 100% of investors’ money back (at 29 years old).

He is an Executive-in-Residence at OTBC, published "The Entrepreneur's Survival Guide", "How to Attract Significantly More Customers", and just recently, "The 21st Century Energy Initiative: How to Solve Our Energy Problems". He has a degree in Physics (from the University of Irvine, California), post-graduate studies at Cal-Tech, a patent and is passionate about enabling the United States to be a net-exporter of renewable energy / technologies.

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Chuck Wagner; CTO: Energy Technology Commercialization
Chuck has over 33 years of operations, maintenance, design and application of energy production and energy conversion systems. His positions span the spectrum from operator and engineer to executive in utility and independent power producer environments.

In addition to extensive background and contacts in the regulatory, incumbent producers, and development business space, Chuck has years of experience with industrial scale technology in Nuclear, Gas, Coal and Wind production of electric power. He has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, a graduate degree equivalent from Adm H G Rickover's navy nuclear program and graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering.

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Jeff Slaughter; CFO: Financial Operations
Jeff has 22 years in the energy industry with Atlantic Richfield CO (ARCO) oil and gas distribution and Enron in power, having stated his career at Touche Ross and Company.

He is an experienced Vice President, CFO and Senior Financial/Business Development executive with an extensive background in domestic and International financial operations. Responsibilities include financial operations, planning and budgeting, financing and investor relations, contract negotiations, M&A, due diligence support and integration. He has an MBA from the University of Dallas and is a Certified Public Accountant.


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Fred Buckman, Jr.; Vice President: Utility Relations

Fred Buckman, Jr. is Vice President of Development for Pacific West Energy, a renewable energy company where he is responsible for the development efforts for both transportation fuels and grid energy. Mr. Buckman has 10 years experience in the electric utility and energy sector, primarily in operations, asset management, and development. Prior to Pacific West Energy, Fred spent several years developing early stage opportunities and originating acquisitions with N4 Development. Prior to N4, he served in several management capacities for Southern Company; these include the Flue Gas Desulphurization of Southern Company's large coal-fired power plant feet, asset management of Southern Power Company's wholesale gas-fired power fleet, and several operations and maintenance functions in Alabama Power Company's coal-fired power plant fleet. Fred has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and the University of Michigan, respectively.