Veloxint Management Team
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Chairman of the Board &
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Financial Officer
President of Braidy Atlas Mills
Chief of Staff Administration and Executive Assistant to Craig Bouchard
Executive Vice President of Engineering
Executive Vice President, Business Development
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Senior Vice President,
Managing Director, Atlas Room Operations Center
General Manager Primary Operations
Operational Readiness Engineer
General Manager Finishing Operations
Automotive Quality Systems Manager
Braidy Management Team
Co-founder, President &
Chief Executive Officer, Veloxint /
Chief Technology Officer, Braidy Industries
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Commercial Officer
Executive Vice President of Manufacturing
Vice President of Product Development
Vice President of EHS
Mike Otero is Chief Operating Officer of Braidy Industries, Inc.
Prior to joining Braidy, Mike was CEO of Oman Aluminum Rolling Mill Company, LLC (OARC), a $500 million greenfield aluminium rolling mill and paint line facility built in Sohar, Oman.
During Mike’s time with OARC, the Company became EBITDA and cash flow positive, and was able to strategically position itself as the world’s largest off-shore supplier of aluminium flat rolled products (common alloy and foil) to the United States.
Prior to OARC, Mike served as Commercial and Supply Chain Manager for Sohar Aluminum, a $2.7 billion greenfield construction smelter and power plant project.
Mike also held prior positions at Rio Tinto Aluminum, Edward D. Jones & Co., LLP and Crown Crafts, and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1989-1997 as a logistics specialist.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Administration in Accounting from Georgia Southern University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Western Carolina University and Universität Mannheim.
Mike is married to Kitty Otero and have one son, Jack.
Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Braidy Industries is building the first new aluminum rolling mill in the United States in 35 years. It’s MIT incubated subsidiary, Veloxint, is making ultra-high-strength nano crystalline alloys that are stronger than any metal previously made by man. Northwestern University incubated NanoAl is designed to eventually make the strongest aluminum sheet products in the global market.
Craig is a New York Times Best Selling author. “The Caterpillar Way. Lessons in Leadership, Growth and Shareholder Value” was released in October of 2013, reaching #1 on the Barnes & Noble Best Seller List, and #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list in the business category. James V. Koch was once again Craig’s co-author. (McGraw Hill.)
Craig became the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Real Industry, Inc., (then called Signature Group Holdings) in June, 2013 after leading a proxy battle to remove the company’s board. This was Craig’s third successful hostile take-over on Wall Street. The company grew from $40 million of annual revenue in 2013 to roughly $1.3 billion under Craig’s stewardship.
In 2010, Craig founded Shale-Inland, named for his daughter Shale, and his father’s company, Inland Steel. Shale-Inland is the nation’s leading master distributor of stainless steel pipe, valves and fittings, stamped and fabricated parts to the US energy industry. The company’s revenues grew from $10 million in 2010 to roughly $800 million by 2012.
In 2004, Craig co-founded Esmark Inc. a company that acquired nine steel companies, including the celebrated hostile takeover of Wheeling Pittsburgh Corporation on its way to becoming the 4th largest American steel company. Craig innovated the first hostile reverse tender merger in Wall Street history in 2007 when the Wheeling board and executive management team were removed at its annual shareholder meeting. Esmark revenues grew from $4 million in 2003 to $3.5 billion in 2008. The company was sold in 2008 for $1.25 billion. That year Esmark (ESMK) became the highest appreciating stock on either the NASDAQ or NYSE (for the full year). The story is chronicled in “America For Sale, How the Foreign Pack Circled and Devoured Esmark.” Copyright 2009 Craig T. Bouchard and James V. Koch, (ABC-CLIO.)
From 1998-2003, Craig was the President and Chief Executive Officer of New York based NumeriX, a risk management software company commanding a lead market share on Wall Street in the valuation of complex derivative instruments.
Prior to helping found NumeriX, Craig was a Senior Vice President at the First National Bank of Chicago, (now JPM/Chase). His career there spanned 19 years. In the 150-year history of the bank, Craig was the 3rd youngest individual to rise to the level of Senior Vice President. He was the Head of Asia Pacific, living in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and later became The Global Head of Derivative Trading and Quantitative Research.
As a hobby, Craig’s “The Adventures of Ai” was one of the world’s popular children’s book projects of 2014. The book was translated into Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic, with the accompanying Adventures of Ai video game, achieving 200,000 downloads globally on Apple iTunes, Google Play and Samsung. The project benefited 18 children charities around the world.
Craig holds a Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University (1975), a Master’s Degree in Economics from Illinois State University (1977), and Honorary Doctorate of Science from Illinois State university, and an MBA from the University of Chicago (1981). He is a member of the Board of Directors of New York REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ: NYRT.) Craig has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston University and the Foundation of the University of Montana. He is currently a member of the leadership board of the Department of Athletics, Duke University. Craig is an alumnus of Leadership Greater Chicago, and was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award (Illinois) in 2005.
Craig was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences in 2008. He is a member of the Hall of Fame of Hinsdale Central Township High School. Craig holds United States Patent 4,212,168, Power Producing Dry-Type Cooling Systems.
He is married to Melissa N. Bouchard and is the proud father of six children. Craig and his daughter Cambelle were ranked #3 in the 2017 US Tennis Association national rankings of Senior Father/Daughter Mixed Doubles.
Gregg Whigham joins Braidy Industries as General Manager of the Braidy Plant from his previous role as World Class Operations Manager for Arconic’s Global Rolled Automotive and Aerospace Aluminum Products Division’s Davenport facility. Prior to that, Whigham was Operations Manager for Arconic’s Davenport facility, managing all aspects of operations for all 2600 employees, servicing 1100 customers across 8000 different product specifications.
Shane Schuler joins Braidy Atlas as the Sheet Finishing Manager from his previous role as Coil Finishing Manager at Arconic’s Davenport facility where he led the commissioning, start up and ramp up of automotive sheet production assets, focused on continuous heat treat (CASH) and A951 surface treatment lines.
Co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Veloxint / Chief Technology Officer, Braidy Industries
Dr. Alan Lund is an entrepreneur with extensive experience developing, scaling and implementing new technology in the materials and manufacturing space. Prior to Veloxint he co-founded Xtalic Corporation, where he raised venture financing, secured over $10M in non-dilutive development funds, and built the team that became a world leader in the field. He also provided technical leadership across R&D, scale-up, and roll out of the technology. Dr. Lund’s academic training was in the area of metallurgy. He received degrees in Materials Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S.) and Northwestern University (Ph.D.), and spent three years as a post-doctoral researcher at MIT.
Derek Sharron is a career risk management professional with experience in numerous industries including aerospace, specialty chemicals, consumer packaged goods, and commercial real estate. Derek has held positions supporting large and complex manufacturing operations, both domestically and internationally, with corporations such as Pratt & Whitney, Unilever, General Electric, and Henkel Adhesive Technologies. Derek has also worked with privately held companies and their private equity partners to develop risk management strategies and to execute operational plans. Derek has expert working knowledge of both OSHA and EPA regulatory requirements and has additional experience with mergers, acquisitions, integrations, real estate transactions, facility consolidations, new facility design-build projects, and daily operations support. Derek leads Veloxint’s Environmental, Health, and Safety functions fostering a “Safety Always” culture and working to develop a world-class EHS program. Derek also oversees all matters relating to Facilities, Maintenance, and Asset Management. Derek holds degrees in Occupational Safety & Health Sciences (Keene State College) and Environmental Law & Policy (Vermont Law School).
Having spent over 38 years in the metals industry, Tom Modrowski has significant executive management experience in bringing exposed-grade metal sheet capacity to market. Mr. Modrowski was nominated to serve a senior role on the team that directed the design, installation, setup and subsequent management of a producer of nearly 900k tons annually of exposed coated metal sheet product. He also spearheaded the re-opening of the Electric Coating Technologies processing facility that was later acquired by Esmark. He joins Braidy Industries following his previous role as CEO of Advanced Alloy Processing, LLC, a stainless steel and aluminum processing and distribution company.
Dr. Judson Marte is a materials scientist with experience in developing new alloys and processes for the aerospace and power generation markets. His career has focused on the development and industrialization of thermomechanical processes that enable the production of new materials, and expanding the capabilities of traditional materials. He joined the Veloxint team after two decades as a metallurgist and project manager at General Electric’s R&D laboratories. Dr. Marte leads the Product Development organization at Veloxint, enabling transformative component design using Veloxint’s thermally-stable nanostructured alloys. He holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and both a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech.
John Gaspervich has been involved in the manufacture of custom engineered components for nearly four decades using a variety of powder process technologies, metal matrix composites, investment casting, thixomolding, and machining. He is a thirty-year veteran in the metal injection molding industry and is recognized as a leading expert in MIM parts production and market applications. He has extensive experience developing and producing products for demanding applications in the automotive, medical device, defense, aerospace, and consumer products markets. Mr. Gaspervich has held executive leadership roles in manufacturing, engineering, quality, and business development for leading North American and international companies in the MIM industry.
Dr. Phoebe Kwan joined Veloxint as the Chief Commercial Officer after spending 15 years leading the development and commercialization of new products and solutions based on advanced and high-performance materials. Dr. Kwan has helped customers solve their toughest problems in a broad range of markets and industries, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, life sciences, medical technology, and renewable energy. She has held executive leadership roles in product management, marketing, business development, and external corporate venturing at early stage startups and Fortune 500 companies (General Electric and Saint Gobain). She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Major General Kevin McNeely came to Veloxint after spending more than three decades in the U.S. military leading large organizations and managing programs. He led two operational deployments, commanding the U.S. Battalion of the Multinational Forces and Observers in Sinai, Egypt, and serving as Deputy Commander for the Afghan Army training mission for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. He also served as Deputy Director for Strategy and Plans for the U.S. European Command, Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Director of Manpower and Personnel for the National Guard Bureau. He has negotiated multiple international agreements and served as the senior U.S. military advisor to the U.N. Syrian Ceasefire Task Force. He is performance-oriented with a passion for troubleshooting hard problems to achieve high-quality results and objectives, and is proficient in strategic planning and execution.
Prior to joining Braidy Industries, Julio served as Chief Financial Officer of The Freeman Company, the world’s largest exhibition services and logistics company with over $2.5 billion in revenues and 30,000 employees.
Julio led the majority of the CFO functions for Molson Coors, the 5th largest global brewer with $9+ billion in revenues, including global treasury, tax and strategic planning. Served on the M&A steering committee that worked on a $20 billion global transformative M&A pipeline.
Julio co-founded The Hackett Group, a publicly traded strategic consultancy with $21 million in VC funding. He facilitated the company’s successful launch, acquisitions, IPO and listing on the NASDAQ. Served as strategic advisor to over 30 Fortune 500 companies, including Alcoa, Rio Tinto / Alcan, Vale, Rohm and Haas, Applied Materials and Seagate Technologies.
Julio served as an assurance and consulting partner at KPMG. He was part of the firm’s manufacturing and transportation practice.
Julio obtained a Master and a bachelor’s degree in business administration (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Miami. He served in the United States Army Reserves, Combat Engineers holding the rank of Captain.
Director of Research & Development
Dr. Troy Holland received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in Material Science and his undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has led numerous Department of Defense grants, including grants with the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office, and the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. These efforts have largely been related to the fields of sintering, sintering mechanisms, scale-up of nanomaterial production, and high temperature property testing and characterization. He has authored over 30 refereed journal publications and several book chapters. His research interests are primarily related to novel processing of materials and the resulting mechanical properties at room and elevated temperatures, and his approach entails the use of numerical modeling techniques, nano- and micro-scale experimentation, and validation of each with large scale experiments.
Kristin Derscha joins Braidy Atlas as the Quality Systems Manager for Braidy Atlas. Ms. Derscha worked for Arconic in Davenport, IA from 2010 until 2018. Her most recent position was Lead Quality Systems Engineer, in which she was responsible for Quality Management Systems information across multiple locations in the Global Rolled Products division. Prior to that, she was an automotive quality engineer and lab manager for Eaton Corporation in Roxboro, NC.
David Durci joins Braidy Industries as the Operational Readiness Manager from his previous role as Light Metals Engineering Manager at Arconic’s Davenport facility where he led and assisted in business case development for rolling products processing investments and completed commissioning and post commissioning of automotive sheet production assets, including continuous heat treat (CASH) and A951 surface pre-treatment lines.
Managing Director of Sales
Ben Markham, joins us from leading sales forces for aluminum sheet in the metals service center and trailer markets. Mr. Markham has over 30 years of senior leadership experience working for leading industrial manufacturing companies. Over the last 15 years, he has served in senior-level commercial positions that serviced the metals industry in providing surface critical products, concentrating on the transportation market.
CAPT (Ret) USN, Managing Director, Atlas Room Operations Center
Captain David Shealy US Navy (Ret.) joins Braidy Industries as Managing Director of the Atlas Room, Braidy Industries’ operational center, dedicated to efficient lean six-sigma enterprise management and strategy deployment. Captain Shealy joins following four successful sea tours with the United States Navy, including support for Operation Desert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Joint Task Force Liberia. As a logistician, he was Commander of the Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Center in San Diego, California, and was hand-selected to join the U.S. Military Delegation to the Military Committee of NATO.
Vice President Braidy Labs, Research & Development
Dr. Eric Dahlgren is focused on mill process improvement, recycling optimization, and cost reduction. Dahlgren joins from his former role as co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of an MIT-incubated spin-off company focused on the development of new processes to manipulate solidification of metallic melts for facilitating the next generation of materials. He has co-authored numerous publications on metals processing and materials modification and holds a process patent for hydrocarbon gas conversion. Dahlgren received his doctorate degree from Columbia University and was a Visiting Scientist at MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His doctoral thesis work focused on the economics of large-scale infrastructure investments within the energy and materials processing industries. This work was awarded the Grant Award in 2014.
COL (Ret) USA, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Colonel Curtis Carson has over 30 years of experience within the United States Army, with demonstrated expertise in leadership, training, and strategic planning. A career Infantry officer and Bronze Star recipient who participated in the Global war on Terror. He previously served as Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Joint Multinational Training Command in Germany and represented the United States within the United States Military Delegation to NATO Headquarters in Brussels Belgium. Colonel Carson holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Development.
Having been previously a Deputy Secretary of the Governor’s Cabinet for Kentucky. As Deputy Secretary, Nate Haney spearheaded two of the Governor’s flagship initiatives including the Red-Tape Reduction initiative, to national acclaim and recognition. He joins Braidy Industries from the high-powered government relations firm McCarthy Strategy Solutions, where he was a firm principal focused on business development, executive and legislative branch consulting.
Jaunique Sealey, joined following her previous role as CEO of a subsidiary of publicly-traded Real Industry, Inc., the parent company of Real Alloy, the world’s largest independent purveyor of recycled aluminum. Ms. Sealey is responsible for business strategy, marketing, investor relations and strategic communications. She is a recognized brand development and positioning expert and is the author of several books. Ms. Sealey holds a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Duke University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Alan Blankshain spent 24 years in various senior operational and management positions in metals fabrication, most recently serving as President and CEO of Midland Metal Fabrication and Stamping. Mr. Blankshain holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Duke University and MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business.
Julie Kavanaugh brings 30 years of experience supporting executives. Prior to joining Craig at Real Industries and Braidy Industries, Julie spent two years at Hillshire Brands as the EA to the President/CEO and Board of Directors. Additionally, Julie served as Sr. EA to the VP/GM of the Chicago Blackhawks National Hockey League Team. Leading up to these roles she has supported C-Suite Executives with York International and Newell Rubbermaid. She is an avid speaker for various national and global organizations focusing on the empowerment and training for Executive/Personal Assistants.