team
We are assembling a highly innovative team to bring efficient energy storage and water filtration solutions to the modern day by combining old world energy sources (carbon) as a source feedstock in the production of graphene.
EXECUTIVE TEAM
andrew weeraratne
Chief Executive officer
Andrew Weeraratne has served as our Chief Executive Officer and member of our board of directors since inception. Mr. Weeraratne had been an entrepreneur most of his life and has been involved in various start-up ventures in many parts of the world, including Asia, Middle East, Europe and the U.S.A, in a variety of industries including communication, energy and entertainment in addition to forming various global joint ventures. From August 2004 to December 2008, Mr. Weeraratne acted as a financial consultant working in a variety of industries including work with the Embassy of the United States of America in Iraq as a financial advisor to form an Iraqi Accounting Association to introduce International Accounting Standards to Iraq as part of a plan to privatize State owned enterprises after the Iraq war. From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Weeraratne managed his own CPA firm in Washington D.C. representing foreign clients with investments in the U.S. and in International taxation matters. Mr. Weeraratne has been a Florida licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1981.
Gerardine Botte, Ph.D.
Chief Technical Officer of advanced carbon materials
Dr. Botte has over 21 years of experience in the development of electrochemical processes and advanced water treatment. She has served in leadership roles for the Electrochemical Society and is currently the Chair of the Electrochemical Process Engineering and Technology Division of the International Society of Electrochemistry. Dr. Botte also serves as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Electrochemistry. In 2014, she was named a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society for her contributions and innovation in electrochemical processes and engineering. She became a Chapter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2012. In 2010, she was named a Fellow of the World Technology Network for her contributions on the development of sustainable and environmental technologies. Prior to Texas Tech, Dr. Botte was University Distinguished Professor and Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Ohio University, the founder and Director of Ohio University’s Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research, and the founder and Director of the Consortium for Electrochemical Processes and Technology – an Industry University Cooperative Research Center. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led to the commercialization of various technologies and has founded and co-founded various companies to help achieve this goal.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MARK C. JENSEN
chairman of board of directors
Mr. Jensen has been instrumental in all aspects of acquiring, restructuring and building mining operations over the past decade. Having managed through 2009 and 2015 downturns, he has been able to work with his team to significantly expand the Company’s asset base through strategic acquisitions and organic growth in a very accretive manner. Mr. Jensen is a graduate from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with Bachelor degrees in Finance and International Studies.
andrew weeraratne
Director, CEO
Andrew Weeraratne has served as our Chief Executive Officer and member of our board of directors since inception. Mr. Weeraratne had been an entrepreneur most of his life and has been involved in various start-up ventures in many parts of the world, including Asia, Middle East, Europe and the U.S.A, in a variety of industries including communication, energy and entertainment in addition to forming various global joint ventures. From August 2004 to December 2008, Mr. Weeraratne acted as a financial consultant working in a variety of industries including work with the Embassy of the United States of America in Iraq as a financial advisor to form an Iraqi Accounting Association to introduce International Accounting Standards to Iraq as part of a plan to privatize State owned enterprises after the Iraq war. From 1982 to 1989, Mr. Weeraratne managed his own CPA firm in Washington D.C. representing foreign clients with investments in the U.S. and in International taxation matters. Mr. Weeraratne has been a Florida licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1981.
Byron Price
Director, member of audit and Compensation Committee
Dr. Price, Ph.D. is a professor of public administration and the former Dean of the School of Business at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York in Brooklyn. He formerly served as the Director of the Barbara Jordan Institute of Policy Research and as an associate professor of political science in the Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas. Dr. Price spent five years at Rutgers University-Newark at the School of Public Affairs and Administration where he served as an assistant professor of public administration and director of the MPA and Executive MPA Programs. Before beginning his academic career, Byron served in the United States Army as Deputy Commander, Executive Officer and Training Officer at Fort Sill in a period that covered the Desert Storm operation and he honorably separated in 1991 and achieved the rank of Captain. A passionate traveler, Dr. Price has visited over40 countries and 43 U.S. states. His thirst for learning is extended within and beyond the walls of the academy. He has traveled to all but two of the seven continents and has also developed both a professional and personal interest in the development of Africa. Dr. Price received his undergraduate degree and his second graduate degree in Public Administration / Public Policy, from Texas Southern University. His other advanced degrees were received at Oklahoma City University, an MBA in 1991, and his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in2002.
Eugene Nichols
Director, Secretary, Treasurer, chairman of Audit Committee and member of Compensation Committee
Mr. Nichols has served as a director of our Company since its inception. Mr. Nichols has over 30 years of sales, management and marketing experience with a Fortune 100 company. Prior to that he served as a director, the secretary and the treasurer of Capax Inc. from February 2017 to May 2018. Capax Inc. went public by filing a prospectus with the SEC. In May 2018, Capax Inc., merged with Reborn Global Holdings Inc. in the business of wholesale and retail coffee sales in a reverse merger and changed its name to Reborn Coffee Inc as part of that merger with Reborn Global Holdings Inc., management taking over the management of Reborn Coffee Inc. From October 2013 to January 2017, Mr. Nichols served as the President and a member of the Board of Directors for NGFC Equities Inc. (“NGFC”) which merged with American Resources Corporation and currently trading under the symbol “AREC". He began his professional career as a sales representative at Beecham Massengill in Bristol, Tennessee, where he was employed from 1972 to 1976. From May 1976 until October 2002 he was employed with Abbott Diagnostic for 26 years holding various positions including sales executive, sales trainer, district manager and director advertising and communication. Mr. Nichols was retired from October 2002 until March 2007. Mr. Nichols’ professional experience also includes, the part time work he did, in the start-up and majority ownership of Communication Exchange Inc. and Visa Exchange, Inc., in Washington D.C., from 1988 to 1991, co-owner of Foxfire Golf Course in Waupaca, Wisconsin (1995 until 2004) and managing partner of Power Management Electrical Consultants, an electrical consulting firm in Pasadena, Maryland from March 2007 until June 2011.
Goran Antic
Director, Chairman of compensation committee and Member of Audit Committee
Mr. Antic has served as a director of our Company since its inception. He began his career with Getinge Sterilization factory (division of Getinge Group), a public company based in Sweden which is one of the largest medical supply companies in the world in 1990 as an assembler and then moved to the testing department of Getinge Group in 1995. He worked in that division till 1999 and then was promoted to be an international service engineer of Getinge Sweden which is another subsidiary of Getinge Group. In 2005, Mr. Antic was transferred to Getinge International branch in Miami, Florida as a service manager for Latin America and Caribbean islands. Mr. Antic began ECI-LATAM Inc. in April of 2014 with an agreement with Getinge International to serve the same client base through his own company, ECI-LATAM Inc. Mr. Antic had his education as an electronic engineer at Kattegat Institution in Halmstad, Sweden. Mr. Antic served as a director of Capax Inc., from February 2017 to May 2018. Capax Inc. went public by filing a prospectus with the SEC. In May 2018, Capax Inc., merged with Reborn Global Holdings Inc. in the business of wholesale and retail coffee sales in a reverse merger and changed its name to Reborn Coffee Inc as part of that merger with Reborn Global Holdings Inc., management taking over the management of Reborn Coffee Inc.