W. Furia, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, co-founded American Flywheel Systems, Inc. (AFS), which was incorporated in 1991 and received the historic first patent for a flywheel battery in 1992. Mr. Furia recruited AFS's key technical and management personnel and developed the Company's strategic relationships with Honeywell, Oak Ridge National Labs, the University of Virginia magnetic bearings center, and Georgia Tech. Mr. Furia negotiated AFS's successful settlement with Honeywell and led AFS in its acquisition of and merger with Trinity Flywheel Power, creating AFS Trinity Power Corporation in December, 2000. Prior to AFS his work included developing bilateral and multilateral transactions among U.S., Chinese and Japanese companies (1981-88). In 1976 he negotiated the agreement that created the historic U.S. fishing industry coalition that led to the passage of the 1978 200 mile zone amendments, the legislation that created the multibillion dollar U.S. bottom fish industry. In the mid 1980's, in partnership with Hon. Elliot Richardson, he was engaged in US-China economic and trade relations before the U.S. Congress. Environmental, energy, land use and other international public policy issues were the focus of his early career, during which he directed the first Earth Day in Philadelphia in 1970 and established the first office of the U.S. EPA in the Middle Atlantic States, 1971-73. He began his career as a market research analyst and copywriter at Smith, Kline and French Laboratories, Philadelphia, 1963-64. He holds BA, cum laude, Master of City and Regional Planning (MCP) and JD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Levinthal, President & Chief Operating Officer, served in the same role for American Flywheel Systems from November 1999 through the merger and also served in these roles for Trinity Flywheel Power from June 15, 2000 through the merger. Prior to joining AFS, Mr. Levinthal managed a number of key AlliedSignal programs and business units over the course of 34 years, including responsibility for the Power Systems business, where he oversaw dramatic growth of that division's revenues and business base. He also held other executive positions with AlliedSignal including Vice President of Aerospace Engineering and Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Levinthal's responsibilities at AlliedSignal ranged from his early engineering assignments in satellite and spacecraft momentum control to new business development to multi-lateral business development among French, British, German and U.S. aerospace partners. Although Mr. Levinthal did not join AFS until 2000, he had extensive dealings with AFS beginning in 1994, when he led the AlliedSignal team that worked with AFS to develop opportunities related to the application of flywheels in combined energy storage and momentum control systems for spacecraft and satellites. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from City College of New York and a Masters of Electrical Engineering from New York University.
Herrick Westdahl, Corporate Secretary and Director,
served in these roles for American Flywheel Systems from 1993 through the acquisition of a majority of Trinity, in which she played a pivotal role, as well through the merger. She served in the same roles for Trinity Flywheel Power from June 15, 2000 through the merger. Prior to joining AFS, she was President of Design Marketing Systems, a California company that provided marketing strategies, consulting and support to diverse corporate accounts, focusing primarily on business-to-business communications. Ms. Westdahl's background also includes having been Creative Director of Lawrence Simons and Associates, an architecture and development firm, and Art Director of Living Skills Press. Ms. Westdahl received her BA in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley.
N. Rogers, Chief Financial Officer and Director, has held upper management positions in numerous corporations in the U.S. and abroad, including multinational companies with billions of dollars of sales. Between 1981 and 1987 he was Chairman, Nabisco Biscuit Company; President, Nabisco Brands USA; President, Nabisco Brands, Inc.; President International Nabisco Brands; and President, Lifesavers Inc (NYC, East Hanover, NJ, and Parsippany, NJ). He was President, New England Fish Company, Seattle WA, 1978-81; President, Standard Brands, Inc, NYC, 1976-78; President, Curtis Candy, Inc, Chicago 1973-76; President, Walter M. Lowney, Ltd., Montreal, Canada, 1971-73. Earlier in his career he was Exec VP, Laura Secord Ltd., 1970-71; VP, William Neilson, Ltd., Toronto, Canada, 1967-70; Production Manager, M&M Mars, Inc. and Research Scientist M&M Mars, Inc., Slough, UK, 1964-67. Since 1988, Mr. Rogers has taken equity participation and an active role as a director or acting CEO in several small companies. He has served as a Commissioner of the Chicago Economic Development and Planning Commission, 1991 to 1994 and Chairman of the Illinois Literacy Foundation, 1991-94. Mr. Rogers was one of the first investors in AFS in 1992. He holds a B,Sc, and a PhD from the University of Leicester, England.
C. Kent, Director and Advisor on Public Communications,
is a co-founder of American Flywheel Systems and was Vice President of Marketing and Communications and a Director of AFS since 1991. Mr. Kent has been an executive of or consultant to more than 100 public companies, was Managing Partner and Profit Center Manager of FRB BSMG Worldwide and now operates his own firm, TCKir Investor Relations. Mr. Kent attended the University of South Dakota and the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Bender, Chief Technology Officer (CTO),
heads the Livermore technology & Engineering
Group developing and perfecting the XH
drive-train, including advanced hybrid system
architecture & Fast Energy Storage systems that
employ ultracapacitors and/or high speed
flywheels. Mr. Bender also leads flywheel
technology development encompassing high-speed
composite rotors, ultra high power, compact
permanent magnet motor/generators, magnetic
bearings, and compact power & control systems.
Prior to joining AFST Bender was Group Leader at
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, (LLNL),
where he worked closely with Dr. Richard Post. He
also spent twelve years in the Laser Program at
LLNL, including the use of laser photo-ionization
to enrich uranium at plant scale, and was
responsible for numerous special projects
developing advanced opto-mechanical components
and high-speed bearings. Bender holds four US
patents, two applications, and authored or
co-authored five new provisional patent
applications for the Extreme Hybrid' drive train
in 2005. Mr. Bender received BS and MS degrees
in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT).
Philip K. Snyder, Chief Systems Engineer ,is responsible for the electrical and software controls for the Extreme Hybrid™ drive train. He also designed the control software for AFS Trinity’s flywheel power systems. Prior to joining Trinity Flywheel Power in 1998, Mr. Snyder served as automation design group leader at NASA Ames Research Center during a $25 million controls upgrade to the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel Facility. During his 19-year career at Ames, his strong background in control systems analysis, software and electrical design allowed him to make contributions to many aerospace projects. Mr. Snyder holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University with a specialty in automation. He also holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University.
Atul Deshmane, Automotive Systems Engineer, has experience in light-duty and heavy-duty power train systems engineering, power and energy management for automotive and portable power systems as well as fuel cell technology development. He has worked for Ford Motor Company, Ballard Power Systems, and other companies developing alternative transportation power train technology. He co-authored, with Don Bender, AFS Trinity's first patent filings for the Extreme Hybrid (XH') plug-in hybrid electric drive train. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri and a Graduate Certificate from the Ford/University of Michigan Industrial Systems Engineering Program.