COO, Volta Volaré
Aviation and Aerospace | Portland, Oregon Area, US
Technology consultant focused on aerospace, advanced manufacturing and renewable energy. Other specialties include commercial space, aviation, environmental and biotech sectors. Works with aerospace and clean tech startups to help them through the recession with advice and ideas on how to get out of this intact.
Specialties: Technology consultation for aviation/aerospace, commercial space, renewable energy, science/research, clean tech, social media, education, advertising/marketing, charities, start-ups, and software.
2014 - Present
Chief Operating Officer / Volta Volaré Corp.
Blocking squirrels, herding cats and trying to save the world.
2001 - Present
Founder & President / Books For Soldiers
BooksForSoldiers.com is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that sends books, DVDs, CDs and video games to US military personnel deployed outside of the United States via a network of over 75,000 volunteers.
I founded the charity during the run up to the Iraq war and the charity has continued ever since. I stopped counting how much aid we sent once we crossed the 400 ton mark in six months.
The initial library was built in the basement of the Baghdad International Airport and was the largest English language library in the Persian Gulf states.
Chief Executive Officer / Nimbus Labs
Nimbus is a technology consulting agency focusing on aerospace and renewable energy. More recently, Nimbus has begun working with aerospace and cleantech startups to help them navigate their business to find their ROI.
Sr. Director Of Marketing / PriceArc Inc.
PriceArc.com is a Bay Area start-up that is developing a new SaaS web application aimed at small business. I was hired to develop their marketing plan and assist in redesigning the product to be marketable.
I defined and deployed all marketing initiatives and advertising campaigns for this web 2.0 start-up.
VP / Creative Director / Kinesis Advertising
Kinesis experienced a disruptive management turnover in 2003. All client creative was lost and the studio was in turmoil. I was brought in from San Francisco to resurrect the agency. My first task was to ease the agency from daily crisis management to one of normalized agency operations.
Team Leader / Project Manager / Anubis Energy
I was the leader for this Automotive X Prize team to produce a manufacturable car that got over 100 MPGe. Our entry was based on hydrogen as a fuel source. Later in 2007, the X Prize Foundations released new rules and guidelines which mostly disqualified hydrogen use in favor of currently delivered fossil fuels.
During this period, our entry was based on the work of Andrija Puharich and his U.S. Patent #4,394,230, "Method and Apparatus for Splitting Water Molecules" granted in 1983.
Our engineering and research recreated his patent and made great strides in improving on his original ideas.
Chairman Interactive Services / Ad Club of The Triad
Board member for the Ad Club of the Triad, the AAF recognized club servicing the Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem area of North Carolina. I handled all interactive communications of this 501(c)(3) charity including banner ads, email marketing, web site management and digital ADDY Award support.
Co-founder, Creative Director / Mojo Zoo
The philosophy of Mojo Zoo was to design ad, brand and marketing messages by using basic storytelling methods that have not changed since the first humanoid painted horses on rocks. The best ads are the ones that tell a story – allows the consumer to see how the brand fits in their life. Advertising without a story is just a spec sheet. Running around the neighborhood spray painting water buffalo and woolly mammoths on alley walls was just icing on the cake.
Interactivator / BURRIS
The position of Interactivator can be best described as an Interactive Creative Director in boring, mundane, hyper-corporate language. Directed the agency's interactive projects and consulted on strategy, broadcast, print and animation for all clients. Damn fine place to work.
Art Director / LVX
LVX was a co-op of art directors that serviced local ad agencies and Fortune 500 companies. While there, I worked on a wide range of brands dealing with graphic design, print, web and interactive projects. During the early 90’s, I started playing with this thing called the “internet” and before I knew what was happening, I was snatched up by the advertising industry who was just catching on. I had NOTHING to do with the development of the pop-up ad. I swear.
Co-founder / Executive Director / North Carolina Independent Filmmakers Association
NCIFA was a state-wide non-profit association that aimed at building the North Carolina film industry by giving more opportunities to local filmmakers to tell their story.
Developer / AOL
Contract developer for AOL, developing new discussion areas, creating and seeding new community forums, developing community branding and advertising, promoting chat areas, and managing community relations for a number of keywords, mostly dealing with entertainment and charities.
Community Manager / Hollywood Online
Produced and maintained the forum areas of AOL's Keyword "Hollywood." Managed two separate communities - the consumers of motion pictures and the filmmakers themselves. Developed, hosted and monitored the Independent Filmmakers Forum, a online forum devoted to industry professionals. I also hosted the weekly Independent Filmmakers Chat. Created downloadable interactive press kits of upcoming films that included production shots, video games and various pieces of PR material. Hollywood Online later moved off of AOL to become Hollywood.com and was later acquired by Time Warner.
Executive Producer / Immortal Pictures
As an executive producer for any independent film, you wear a lot of hats. For this production I was scouting locations, interviewing and hiring crew, managing and producing all the special f/x and special f/x props (gallons of stage blood), coordinating actors, bands and crew during production, and made sure everyone was fed and well caffeinated. And when it is 3am and you are doing a roof scene in the middle of Durham, NC with red gels and the fire department shows up and wants to shut the production down - you donate $500 to the Fireman's Assoc and then hire them to hose down the street for a scene the following week. Yes, film production requires mob skills.
Senior Pharmacy Technician / Triad Home Therapeutics
As a Certified Pharmaceutical Technician I delivered compounded admixtures for Pain Control, TPN, Chemotherapy and Antibiotics per Pharmacy Manager's daily schedule, maintained clean room standards, followed mixing safety procedures and managed medical device inventory that included IV poles, pumps, portable pumps, disposables and drug inventories. Maintained documentation and procedures for Joint Commission and FDA.
Producer / Writer / Director / Green Monk Studios
Green Monk was the largest special effects studio in North Carolina’s $3 billion film industry and remained so until the state’s film industry collapsed and all production moved to Canada. This is where I began my career path for advertising. I came up with marketing campaigns, brand strategies, PR and ad campaigns for independent motion pictures. After the industry moved to Canada, I moved to advertising full time. The same storytelling skills I acquired in filmmaking, transferred easily to advertising and marketing. And I haven’t made an exploding zombie head since.
Associate Marketing Manager / Questair
Questair was a kit aircraft manufacturer. I maintained contact lists for aviation press (Sport Aviation, EAA, etc), filled brochure requests, escorted journalists on trips to the plant, assisted in marketing/advertising meetings, participated in business strategy sessions.
I also assisted in the shop fabricating parts for the kits.
Lab Tech II (Research) / Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Performed research with the Departments of Anesthesiology and Neurology. Most research revolved around brain studies using the Xenon Clearance Method, measuring brain blood flow effects in dyslexic patients, examining the cause of stroke in hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass surgery using trasncranial doppler (MCA measurement) and other lab research and engineering duties. Certified as a radio-pharmaceutical technician and published a paper in the NC Journal Of Neuroscience, "Middle Cerebral Artery Blood Flow Velocity During Hypothermic Cardiopulmonary Bypass With Transcranial Doppler Sonography"
Biomedical Engineer / Carolina Medical Electronics
CME was a leader in blood flow monitoring equipment. I was involved in a broad range of QA/QC procedure development, product testing, and new product design. My specific projects include the CME-701 Digital Blood Flow Meter and the Xenon-133 Brain Blood Flow Monitor.
Assitant Manager / Mt. Airy Flying Service
Duties included scheduling flight training, fueling aircraft, open and closing the FBO, reporting airport navaid equipment failures to the FAA, managing hanger rent clients, assisted A&Ps in their maintenance, maintained ordering and stock of the maintenance hangers, organized fly-ins and airshows, assisted manager in Airport Commission meetings, handled UNICOM communication, assisted visiting pilots with ground transportation and lodging.
Others duties were assumed as the need arose.