Board of Directors

Bob Kraft, Chairman 

Mr. Kraft worked in advanced aircraft engine engineering at GE and Pratt & Whitney, was the co-founder, VP Engineering, and later, the CEO of Power Systems Manufacturing (“PSM”), a leading gas turbine aftermarket parts manufacturer. Among PSM’s first products was a cutting edge ultra-low NOx combustion system for retrofit to GE and Westinghouse gas turbines, which reduced engine NOx emissions from 25 ppm to less than 5 ppm. The system is still in service today on dozens of units, and still represents world-class top-tier performance. Under his technical and business leadership PSM became the world’s leading alternate source supplier of advanced components for the state-of-the-art F-class fleet of GE industrial gas turbines. The company’s success was largely built around Bob’s vision of adaptation of aerospace technology to industrial engines and reduced life-cycle cost for fleet owners, and grew sales to more than $100 Million and employment to over 300. Mr. Kraft stayed on as CEO of PSM after it was sold to Alstom in 2007 for over $242 million, and the company now builds 100% of the hot gas path replacement parts for the global fleet of General Electric 7EA, 7FA, 501F, and 6B turbines, among others. Mr. Kraft's depth of knowledge in turbine technology is further evidenced by the more than 25 gas turbine related patents he has authored, of the more than 100 credited to PSM. Mr. Kraft earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University.

Mark Little

Dr. Little served as the Chief Technology Officer of General Electric Company from 2005 to October 7, 2015 and served as its Senior Vice President from October 2005 to October 7, 2015. He served as Senior Vice President of Global Research and Director of Global Research at General Electric Company since October 2005. He served as the Chief Technology Officer of GE Global Research, Inc. since 2005 and also served as its Senior Vice President from October 2005 to October 7, 2015. He served as Vice President of GE Energy's power-generation segment since 1994. He joined General Electric Co. in 1978, starting out in General Electric Co's Turbine business, held several management positions in engineering and served as Product General Manager of generators since 1989. Starting in 1992, he served as Product General Manager of gas turbines. He assumed responsibility for the large turbine generator segments of power generation in 1997 and in 2004 he was appointed to lead the combined thermal, wind and hydro power generation group. Dr. Little served as a Director of GE Global Research, Inc. from October 2005 to October 7, 2015 and also a Member of the GE Ventures Growth Board. Dr. Little spent over 30 years with GE and in 2005, became the ninth Director in GE Global Research's 105 year history. Dr. Little holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts and Northeastern universities respectively and earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bob McGrath

Bob McGrath was the executive vice president of engineering, construction and corporate services for NextEra Energy, Inc. (formerly FPL Group, Inc.) (NYSE: NEE). He was responsible for overseeing corporate-wide power plant engineering, construction activities and corporate services. He was appointed executive vice president in 2008. Prior to being appointed to senior vice president in November 2002, Mr. McGrath was chief financial officer for FPL Energy and ESI Energy, the predecessor of NextEra Energy Resources. In his capacity as CFO, Mr. McGrath was instrumental in restructuring the core business and setting a new strategic direction for the company. Mr. McGrath has also held a variety of management positions with the company including treasurer of FPL Group and director of trust fund investments for FPL. Before becoming associated with NextEra Energy, Mr. McGrath served in various roles including vice president/treasurer of Pantry Pride, Inc./Revlon, Inc. He was part of the senior management team that restructured Pantry Pride, allowing it to emerge as a well-positioned supermarket chain operating on the East Coast. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Towson State University and subsequently passed the exam to become a Certified Public Accountant.

Bernays T. (Buz) Barclay

Mr. Barclay is a Partner in the international law firm of Rimon, P.C.   He is also a Senior Advisor associated with the energy and infrastructure industry investment banking firm Marathon Capital, LLC.  He brings to the Board over three decades of experience as a Federal and State energy regulatory and transactions attorney, and as a former Senior Banker with Citibank N.A. Global Project Finance.  He also brings experience as an entrepreneur and business advisor, having founded or served as a Director of several companies in the cleantech, distributed energy, energy storage and smart grid space.  He founded and Chairs Infocast's Projects & Money, a leading conference in the US competitive power industry, and he has authored numerous published legal and business articles. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and holds an MBA in Finance from Michigan State University and an LL.D from the University of Chicago Law School.  Mr. Barclay was an officer in the United States Army.  He holds current FINRA Series 79 and 63 licenses.

Christopher Hayes

Christopher Hayes was previously General Counsel at Power Systems Mfg., LLC, a producer of advanced turbine components and parts reconditioning services to the power generation industry, where he was responsible for contracts, intellectual property and invention patent protection. Earlier in his career, Chris was an analytical engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft.  He subsequently worked in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., reviewing patent applications for federal compliance, conducting patent searches, and other responsibilities. He then became a patent attorney at United Technologies, the parent of Pratt & Whitney.  During his tenure at United Technologies, Chris prepared and prosecuted patent applications related to jet and rocket engine components and their manufacture. Subsequently he was Associate Patent Counsel at the Pratt & Whitney division of United Technologies in Florida. There he managed patents, determined product areas for patent protection, and many other activities. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Business Administration from University of Florida, a Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law, and is a member of the Florida Bar Association and bar of the U.S. Patent Office.

Pete Sobieski

Mr. Sobieski is the President and General Manager of TRS Services LLC, which is a privately held industrial gas turbine component repair company in Houston, Texas.  He has 23 years experience in the operation and maintenance of industrial gas turbines in both combined cycle and simple cycle operations.  He began his career as a General Electric field engineer and progressed to become the Vice President of Calpine's Turbine Maintenance Group.  Mr. Sobieski has extensive experience in gas turbine maintenance, particularly the large industrial machines of Siemens and General Electric.  During his time at Calpine he was responsible for a fleet of almost 200 machines and led a wide ranging strategic program of significant modifications to the F-class fleet that resulted in increased reliability and reduced life cycle cost.  During his tenure at Calpine the company was an industry leader in adoption of advanced components into the F-class fleet and the largest self-performer of "F" class gas turbine maintenance.  Pete graduated from Michigan Technological University with a BSME degree.

   

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