At ViZn Energy, we have assembled a visionary team of scientists, engineers and business leaders with the common goal of creating and commercializing a revolutionary energy storage technology. Through the innovative efforts of our employees and by leveraging the vast knowledge and experience of our world class team of technical and business advisors, we have created a truly breakthrough product. At ViZn Energy we share a common vision and passion for innovation. The result of our efforts is best described by our mission.

Mission Statement
At ViZn Energy, we will enhance the quality of life for tens of millions of people around the world who need consistent, efficient, and safe energy to use in their daily lives.  We will accomplish this by providing readily accessible, environmentally friendly, sustainable and safe energy storage solutions that eliminate the enormous waste in the world’s precious resources, and energy production and distribution system.


Ron Van Dell - President and CEO

With more than 30 years of experience, Ron Van Dell has an exceptional track record of success and proven leadership skills in early-stage, turn-around and established businesses. His background covers a broad range of industries in semiconductors and electronics – power, communications, computing, industrial control, electrical distribution and clean tech. As President and CEO of SolarBridge Technologies, Van Dell led the development and launch of a ground-breaking microinverter solution for AC Solar Modules, reaching eight digits in sales, while raising four rounds of funding. Before SolarBridge, Van Dell served as President and CEO at Primarion (sold to Infineon), President and CEO at Legerity (spin off of Communication Division of AMD), General Manager for Dell Computer’s Dimension Line of Business ($6B in sales), and VP-GM of the Communication Products Business at Harris Semiconductor (now Intersil Corporation). He also held previous international management positions in the U.S. and in Europe at Groupe Schneider, Square D Company and General Electric.
Van Dell graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from Michigan Technological University and was a member of Eta Kappa Nu. He received Key Technologist and Management Awards at General Electric, served on the Board of Directors – NC State University Engineering Foundation, on the Europe Committee of the Confederation of British Industry, was Cited as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and Co-chaired a Session on High Performance Teams at the World Economic Forum, served as Chairman’s Delegate to the US-ASEAN Business Council, received the first-ever Technology Achievement Award by B’nai B’rith International, was inducted into ECE Academy – Michigan Technological University and has served on both public and private company Boards of Directors.
Van Dell currently chairs the Industrial Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at Michigan Technological University, served as Chairman of the Clean Energy Council for the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2012, was appointed by Austin City Council to its Local Solar Advisory Committee in 2012, serves on the Oversight Committee for the M-TRAC commercialization program of the Michigan EDC and as an Advisory Fellow, NSF Center for Next Gen PV, University of Texas.

John M. Lowell - COO/VP Product Development

John has responsibility for both the product configuration and manufacturing functions at ViZn Energy. John was previously General Manager with P&L responsibility for all operations and engineering functions in North America for the Healthcare market segment inside Celestica. John came to Celestica when Celestica purchased AlliedPanels, where John was president of the US based subsidiary, and he lead the integration of AlliedPanels into Celestica. Prior to joining Celestica, John was VP of world-wide operations for SonoSite, a diagnostic ultrasound company, where he had responsibility of all operations functions in 10 subsidiaries located world-wide. John grew SonoSite from ~$85M revenue in ’04 to over $240M by ’09. John has held other operations and engineering management/executive positions in Tektronix, Philips, and Esterline Technologies. John has a BS and MS in mechanical engineering from Montana State University, and has over 25 yrs experience in putting new products in the market in medical device, industrial, test and measurement, and computer peripheral industries.

Craig Wilkins - Chairman of the Board/Founder

Craig has 25 years of proven sales and executive management experience with a variety of start-ups in the financial and technology sectors. Mr. Wilkins is currently the President of ViZn Energy, a privately held storage technology company.  Previously, Craig was the founder and President/CEO of Acceptance Capital Mortgage Corporation (ACMC), a nationwide mortgage broker with 100 offices in 30 states.  In 1996, Craig was a founder and principal owner in NetWireless, the largest distributor for Nextel Communications, which grew to $40M in revenue in less than 3 years before being sold.  When NetWireless sold to Bearcom, Craig managed the combined corporate account teams for the company.  Prior to his work at NetWireless, Craig was the Director of Sales for CSI Financial, the second largest purchaser of hospital receivables in the United States.  Craig has a BA in Finance from University of Montana and completed his graduate studies in Economics.

Paul Siblerud - VP of Marketing

Paul is the CEO of the competitive analysis consulting company Strategic Tech Analysis LLC.  Previous to starting the consulting firm in 2013, Siblerud worked at Semitool Inc. for 20 years in engineering, product management and marketing specializing in capital equipment for interconnect electroplating and advanced Wafer Level Packaging.  As VP of Marketing and Electroplating he managed a division of more than $100M.  In 2009, Applied Materials acquired Semitool and Siblerud assumed the position of CMO for the new division through 2012.  During his tenure in semiconductor equipment industry, Siblerud started and managed two international consortiums promoting the technology of 3-D interconnect using Thru-Silicon-Via (TSV) and electroplated flip chip.  Prior to his semiconductor career, Siblerud worked at Biola University in LaMirada California as a system manager in the for the university computer center.  Studies in Electrical Engineering and Bio-Medical Engineering at Pacific Lutheran University.

David Mintzer - VP Business Development

David is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years progressive experience in Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Management, M&A and Business Development within the highly competitive optoelectronics, telecommunications and renewable energy industries.  David is constantly looking for challenges in the way we can live green by contributing directly to changing the way energy is produced and managed. Prior to joining ViZn Energy Systems, David was VP of Business Development at ET Solar and led their NA growth by completing substantive bankability efforts by several major financial institutions.  David has also held roles in business development for SolarBridge Technologies and was VP Sales & Marketing for JDSU’s Commercial Laser Division after building and leading a special division called Critical Accounts.  Before joining JDSU, David began his Engineering career at Newport Corporation and Physical Optics Corporation where he designed several of the world’s first high-volume illumination systems using high-brightness LED’s for bar-code readers, automotive lighting and laptop (PC) lighting.  He later held positions in Sales and Business Development for several of the world’s largest Telecommunications component manufacturers such as Lucent Microelectronics and Agere Systems. He holds several patents in the field of holographic light diffusion which extend lighting systems’ optical efficiencies, IC’s to operate faster and produce less heat, and to enable solar panels to generate electricity with fewer panels.

Del Allison - VP Worldwide Sales

Del has 30 years of sales and management experience in both domestic and international companies in technology. Del has managed global sales teams with over $500 million in revenue and grew sales to over $1B in two years. He has extensive start up experience with fledgling companies with no revenue and grew sales to over $120 Million in less than three years. Del joins us from Solarbridge Technologies where he was a senior Sales executive. Del has held the title of VP of World Wide Sales at Pure Energy, Broadlight (acquired by BroadCom), Transwitch and .Ortel ( acquired by Lucent).  Del speaks at many domestic and international forums on technology and trends in renewable energy.

Kevin Waldher - VP of Finance and Investor Relations

Kevin has 26 years of creative financial structuring experience for acquisitions, development and resale of various types of businesses, commercial and residential real estate projects. He has owned, financed and resold over 350 different projects for his own account. His other past companies specialized in hard to place financing for business and real estate purchase and resale. Kevin has a BA in Finance from University of Idaho].

Jeff Hider - Controller

Jeff brings over 25 years of experience garnered from the Banking, Telecommunications, and Manufacturing sectors.  Mr. Hider has significant hands-on expertise in finance, accounting, manufacturing, human resources, IT, and all aspects of business management.  Jeff has worked extensively with both start-up and established companies, and is comfortable growing businesses from the bottom up or with finding untapped opportunities within established businesses.  Mr. Hider is especially proficient in analyzing a company’s processes, identifying inefficiencies, and presenting real-world solutions in simple, easy to understand language.  Jeff brings excellent communication and team building skills along with an inherent drive to help others succeed.


David A. Feffer - Former Executive Vice President Health Dialog, Board of Directors

David Feffer has been a health care executive and entrepreneur for 40 years with a focus on finance, planning and delivery of health care services.  During the past 30 years his career he has concentrated on the development of concepts, delivery mechanisms and companies to assist consumers become more effective decision makers regarding their health and health care.  .  In 1983 he co-founded Health Incentives, the first telephonic nurse decision support company and served as its’ CEO.  In 1993 he joined Aetna Health Plans to found and head Informed Health, an independent subsidiary company of Aetna.  Following Aetna, Mr. Feffer joined Health Dialog in 1997 (as one of the first 4 employees) as a partner and Senior Vice President with responsibilities, throughout the company’s growth, for development of products and services, business development and participation in strategy.  Mr.Feffer’s experience has included serving as an Administrative Officer with the Pan American Health Organization, Director of a Field Service Office for the United Mineworkers Health and Retirement Funds, Health Officer in Missoula Montana and head of his own consulting firm.   After leaving Health Dialog in 2009, Mr. Feffer has maintained an involvement in health care as an investor and senor advisor with Array Health, which offers a leading “end to end” platform to power private health insurance exchanges, and serving on the Board of Directors of North Valley Hospital in Whitefish Montana, where he is currently Vice-Chair.  Mr. Feffer received a BA in history and international affairs from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971 and an MSPH in Health Administration from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1975.  He is a full-time resident of Bigfork, Montana.

David Green - Former Global Marketing Officer, McDonald’s

Mr. Green is currently a business consultant and is serving on the board of Tuesday Morning Corporation (TUES). Mr. Green was Senior Vice President, Senior Marketing Officer – Global Marketing for McDonald’s Corporation when he retired in 2002. During Mr. Green’s 30-year tenure with McDonald’s Corporation, he directed and supervised all facets of marketing, advertising, marketing strategy, brand positioning and promotion and was ultimately responsible for the direction and overall supervision of McDonald’s marketing activities in the U.S. and around the world. Working closely with world-class advertising agencies and outstanding marketing professionals, he developed adverting and marketing programs, which positioned McDonald’s as the number one retail consumer brand in the world. As a result of his accomplishments, Mr. Green received numerous awards and commendations for advertising campaigns, product promotions, new product introductions and media strategies. He has also served as a member of the board of directors for the Association of National Advertisers, Anti-Defamation League – Chicago and the Aviation Profession Educational Center.

Jigar Shah - Former CEO, Sun Edison

Jigar works closely with some of the world’s leading influencers and guides policy makers around the globe on key issues to implement profitable solutions to climate change

Most recently Shah served as the first CEO of the Carbon War Room, the global organization founded by Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to harness the power of entrepreneurship to unlock the potential of proven climate change solution technologies to be deployed at scale.
Jigar founded SunEdison in 2003; today the world’s leading solar services company. SunEdison, through Shah’s perseverance and vision, simplified solar as a service through the implementation of the power purchase agreement (PPA) business model. That model changed the status quo, allowing organizations to purchase solar energy services under long-term predictably priced contracts and avoid the significant capital costs of ownership and operation of solar energy systems. The SunEdison business model is a recognized catalyst that turned solar PV into a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide.
Prior to that, Shah managed mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, and sales efforts for BP Solar, specializing in national commercial accounts. He also worked as a contractor for the Department of Energy on alternative vehicles and fuel cell programs.
Shah holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from The University of Maryland. Besides the Carbon War Room, he also sits on the boards of the SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Prometheus Institute and Greenpeace USA.

Roger Hollandsworth - Formerly of Lockheed Martin

Roger Hollandsworth retired as a Senior Staff Chemical Engineer after 40 years at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. He conducted basic R&D studies on the aqueous zinc redox, lithium and aluminum-air electrochemical systems for 25 years before he transitioned into the practical application of battery hardware. This included the silver-zinc battery for launch vehicles, the nickel hydrogen battery for the Hubble Space Telescope and government satellites, as well as conducting lithium-ion system design studies for satellite applications. During the period from 1977 to 1985 he was the Program Manager and Lead Investigator responsible for directing the technical R&D of the zinc redox battery for electric utility load leveling and solar photovoltaic applications. He is the author of 3 patents and 45+ technical papers, including 9 papers which detail the electrochemical design and operation of the zinc redox system. Roger Hollandsworth holds BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from San Diego State University.

J. Robert Selman, PhD - Illinois Institute of Technology

Professor Robert Selman has been a faculty member of Illinois Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Chicago, for over 25 years, and served as Director of its Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering until his retirement from teaching in 2002. He is currently Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Research Professor of Chemical Engineering. He did his undergraduate engineering studies at Technical University Delft, in his native country, the Netherlands, graduating in chemical technology. Following graduate studies in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin (M.S. 1961) and the University of California (Ph.D. 1971), he worked at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, IL. At IIT since 1975, Professor Selman established a research program focusing on electrochemical energy conversion and electrochemical engineering, in particular of high temperature fuel cells and advanced batteries. With colleagues Drs. Henry Linden and Said Al Hallaj he pioneered a “solar hydrogen” interprofessional project and demonstration at IIT, since widely adopted as an educational tool for undergraduate students in U.S. universities..
Prof. Selman authored or co-authored more than 120 refereed journal publications, edited more than 20 books and symposium transactions, and has been awarded 6 patents, among which a key patent for cooling of lithium batteries, by PCM. In 2002 he received the Electrochemical Society’s Energy Technology Research Award for research in high-temperature fuel cells. A recent high-profile publication is an invited perspective on “Poison Tolerant Fuel Cells” in Science (October 3, 2009). In October 2010, he received the Grove Medal 2010 in Fuel Cell Science and Technology.

John Cooper, PhD, - Director of Technology

Dr. Cooper received his Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Berkeley (1975) in the Chemical Engineering group of Prof. Charles Tobias. He has conducted R&D in diverse topics of electrochemical science and engineering for 30 years, including research on fuel cells and batteries. Recently, he directed projects at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that are developing practical fuel cells of high efficiency for use in distributed power generation as well as specialty carbon batteries and fuel cells. He is the author of 120+ papers and 20+ patents. Recently retired from Lawrence Livermore, he was Sr. Scientist for Energy Technologies in the Chemistry and Materials Science Directorate.

Jim Risher - Managing Director, Lumina Group

Mr. Risher served as CEO of DGT Holdings (DGT DGTH) Corporation in Chicago from 2006 until 2009, where he holds a position on the board of directors. He also currently acts as managing director at Lumina Group, LLC, a North Carolina firm engaging in advising and investing in mid-tier companies.  Mr. Risher is currently a member of the board of directors of SL Industries, a diversified electronics firm with global reach, as well as the advisory board of Current Capital LLC, a New York private equity and investing and management services firm operating in the middle market. He previously held leadership positions at Motorola Computer Systems, Wang Corporation and IBM after earning an M.A. and B.A. in Economics and Statistics at the University of Texas in Austin and Arlington.

Kent Williams - Strategic Advisor

Mr. Williams is a strategic advisor to alternative energy companies focused on PHEV drive trains and new battery technologies. He assists automotive companies who are commercializing highly efficient, environmentally friendly, powertrain technologies for light and heavy duty trucks, buses, vans and SUVs. He also advises battery companies commercializing innovative material science technologies for consumer and industrial applications. His experience in the capital markets has included positions with Vista Asset Management, U.S. Trust, Wood Island Associates and Merrill Lynch.