Steve Fambro


  • Venture partner and COO of Ocean Holding, an investment and development company dedicated to advancing the use of clean, renewable energy

  • Founder of Famgro; raised $8m to launch a superefficient pesticide/herbicide-free indoor food-production system; built the world’s largest advanced hydroponics farm (in nine months under budget and ahead of schedule) — this facility alone saved four million gallons of water per year.

  • Lead electrical engineer for biotech giant Illumina’s initiative to build the most powerful DNA-synthesis robots in the world — Steve helped create the world’s largest DNA-synthesizing robot.

  • B.S.E.E., University of Utah Born in College Park, Ga., joined the U.S. Army at 17 to see the world, serving four years

Chris Anthony


  • Founder and former CEO of Flux Power, an advanced lithium-battery technology company that launched its first products in 12 months and has reduced carbon emissions in industrial spaces by over 1,000 tons of C02 per year

  • Founder of Epic Boats, a market leader in resin-infused watercrafts, where he used advanced CFD to design a new style of wakeboat that has excelled at every level of the sport

  • Has raised more than $100m in private equity, DPO, and grant funding for technology ventures

  • B.S. in Finance, University of North Carolina; winner of three NCAA championships in track and field

  • Born in Nashville, was the first of his Blue Ridge Mountain family to graduate from high school

Michael Johnson


  • Venture co-founder, owner, and president/CEO of Esenjay Petroleum, an upstream O&G exploration company based in Corpus Christi, Tex.

  • Co-founder, major shareholder, and director of Flux Power, a lithium-power provider

  • Owner of Honey Brake Lodge, located on 20,000 acres astride Louisiana’s Larto Lake, offering year-round outdoor experiences; partner to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries, Louisiana State University School of Agriculture, Realtree Outdoors, and 4-H

  • B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Southwestern Louisiana; graduated first in his class of the USL College of Engineering

Jason Hill


  • Founder and president of Eleven LLC, a design studio whose clients include Subaru, IAT, WM China Motors, and SUNRY Automotive

  • First designer at Porsche’s American design studio; designed exterior of Porsche Carrera GT show car (basis for production version)

  • Designed Aptera interior and exterior

  • Designed Mercedes’ Micro Compact Car as an EV, which formed the basis for the Smart Car brand

  • B.S. in Transportation Design, ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.

Nathon Armstrong

Mechanical Engineering

  • Founder of Motive Industries, an automotive and industrial-design firm

  • VP of Engineering at Metalcrafters, Aria Group, Draganfly and Havelaar Canada

  • Boeing CAD design engineer on the International Space Station

  • CAD engineer on commercial aircraft, Delta rockets and the early Joint Strike Fighter Program

  • Member of advisory board for the Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education, University of Calgary

  • Taught automotive engineering at ArtCenter College of Design

  • Studied design technology at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, Calif.

Brian Gallagher

Autopilot & Interface Systems

  • Founder of Andromeda Interfaces; led the development of HMI and full self-driving technologies for Toyota and Kia

  • Led the design of vehicle interfaces, displays, and control systems at Aptera

  • Developed HMI technologies and control systems at Illumina for the world’s largest DNA-synthesizing robots

  • B.S. in Electronics Engineering

Miles Wheeler


  • Senior Engineer at CD-adapco, a CAE software company best known for its CFD products (acquired by Siemens)

  • Chief Simulation Engineer at Aptera; optimized aerodynamic structures for efficiency, weight, and strength

  • Built CAD models and performed structural calculations as a marine engineer

  • Ph.D. in Fluid Dynamics and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Washington

Darren McKeage

Mechanical Design & Surfacing

  • Founder of design studio Keage Concepts

  • Co-founder and VP of Design, Motive Industries, which offers complete design services to automotive manufacturers

  • Designed a robotics line for Genesis Robotics, the Bison EV pickup truck and a supercar for

  • M.A. in Automotive Design, Coventry University; B.D., Alberta College of Art and Design

Uldis Stīpnieks

Mechanical Design & Surfacing

  • Founder of US Animated, a graphic design and animation studio

  • Fluent media artist, animator, and graphic designer for social and print marketing

  • Market development campaigns for; Iron Mountain, HSBC, Greencore, Etisalat, and Cisco

  • B.A. in Graphic Design, Baltic international Academy in Latvia

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