Board of Directors

Alain Castro

Alain Castro

Chief Executive Officer

London Business School: Sloan Fellowship, Executive Masters Degree, Business and Management; University of Texas, B.S., Industrial and Mechanical Engineering

Alain is the Chief Executive Officer of Ener-Core, Inc. He has spent the vast majority of his career developing, financing and building new power generation plants, as well as optimizing older energy infrastructure assets across many countries throughout Europe, Latin America and North America. Most recently, he was interim CEO of the North and South America divisions of Akuo Energy, a leading international developer/operator of renewable energy projects with over $1 Billion in operational power plants. He also founded International Energy Ventures in 2002, which has invested capital and nurtured the growth of companies across the areas of fuel cells, batteries, wind energy and biofuels.

Prior to his career in the renewable energy sector, Alain was a Partner at Ernst & Young Consulting, and held overall responsibility for the firm's oil & gas industry consulting practice across the South America region.

In addition to his role with Ener-Core, Alain is currently an executive advisor to one of the largest global manufacturers of utility-scale wind turbines, as well as a member of the advisory board of Global Energy Innovations, a leading provider of diagnostics solutions for the utility-scale energy storage and standby power sectors.

Michael J. Hammons

Michael J. Hammons

Chairman of the Board

Mike is a senior adviser to several organizations utilizing his 20 plus years of senior leadership experience into building operational value. He has diverse domestic and international experience across multiple verticals such as telecommunications, energy, automotive, aerospace and defense, data storage, enterprise software, and electronic hardware. His diverse background has spanned the gamut of company life cycles from start-ups to large organizations.

He held leadership positions including CEO at Vigilistics, CEO at Nexiant, CEO at ARGO Tracker, VP of Global Operations at Cogent Communication, and Director of the South American Automotive Practice at Ernst & Young Consulting. Recognized as an expert in private equity, energy, supply chain, operations, manufacturing, product development and logistics, Mike has spoken at multiple conferences and written numerous articles. Mike serves on several boards including the Advisory Board for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has also received multiple awards throughout his career, including Top 100 Most Innovative Vendors from Supply and Demand Chain Executive and Deloitte and Touche Fast 500. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Committees

Committee Role
Nominating and Corporate Governance Chair
Ian Copeland

Ian Copeland

Independent Director

For more than 25 years, Ian has developed, financed and managed privatization, independent power and infrastructure transactions and companies in the Americas, the Caribbean, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. He has also delivered engineering and construction services for world-class projects in the power, rail, water, and mining markets.

Ian retired in December 2012 as a Senior Vice President and Partner of Bechtel. During 15 years with the firm he served as Managing Director of Bechtel Enterprises and President of the firm's Fossil Power, Communications and Renewable Power businesses. Previously he was Managing Director of Wärtsilä Power Development (Asia) Limited and Vice President of Hannon Armstrong & Company. He began his career with the utility consulting practice of Booz Allen Hamilton after graduating from Rutgers University with degrees in physics and mechanical engineering.

His accomplishments include the privatization of, and £2 billion financing for, the infrastructure of a portion of the London Underground system and delivery of the world's largest solar thermal power project. In addition, he developed and financed greenfield power plants in Indonesia, Pakistan, China and the Philippines and buildings and energy-related assets used to support the U.S. Federal Government.

He currently is an investor in, and Director of, two privately-held companies, Concentric Power, Inc. and Innovus Power, Inc. Ian also provides consulting services to select companies and pursues community service activities.

Committees

Committee Role
Compensation Chair
Bennet Tchaikovsky

Bennet Tchaikovsky

Independent Director, Audit Committee Chair

Mr. Tchaikovsky earned his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, CA, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Mr. Tchaikovsky is an actively licensed California Certified Public Accountant and active member of the California State Bar.

Bennet Tchaikovsky has served as a Chief Financial Officer for publicly traded and privately held companies for the last 15 years including Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical Company (NASDAQ: SKBI) and China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc. (NASDAQ: CJJD). As CFO, Mr. Tchaikovsky assisted these companies with raising over $55 million collectively through public offerings, obtained three NASDAQ up-listings, and led a company through the direct listing process. Presently, Mr. Tchaikovsky consults for publicly traded companies providing guidance as to reporting responsibilities, investor relations, and cost reduction strategies.

In addition to his CFO roles, Mr. Tchaikovsky has served as chairman of the audit committee and "designated financial expert" for several publicly traded companies including Ever-Glory International Group (NYSE MKT: EVK). Mr. Tchaikovsky serves on the advisory boards of the Arthritis National Research Foundation (www.curearthritis.org), and the audit committees of Pretend City Children's Museum (www.pretendcity.org) and the Long Beach Day Nursery (www.lbdn.org). Mr. Tchaikovsky is also an adjunct instructor of accounting at Irvine Valley College and Pasadena City College.

Committees

Committee Role
Audit Chair

Stephen Markscheid

Director

Mr. Markscheid is a corporate finance professional who brings to Ener-Core more than 30 years of experience working in the U.S., Asia and Europe, with expertise in a wide range of sectors including clean tech. He currently serves as a partner at Wilton Partners, a Shanghai-based financial advisory firm. He previously worked at GE Capital for eight years, where he led business development activity in China and Asia Pacific. Prior to GE, he worked with the Boston Consulting Group throughout Asia. He was also a commercial banker for 10 years in London, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong and Beijing with Chase Manhattan Bank and First National Bank of Chicago.

Mr. Markscheid serves as an independent director on the boards of Jinko Solar, Inc., the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer; CNinsure, China’s largest independent insurance broker; ChinaCast Education Corporation; and Asian Capital Holdings, Limited. He also serves on the advisory boards of Clean Energy Trust, a Chicago-based non-profit clean tech accelerator, Kearsage Energy, a Boston-based renewable energy developer, and Intelligent Generation, a renewable energy software company. Mr. Markscheid is a trustee of Princeton-in-Asia, a non-profit service organization. He earned an MBA from Columbia University, an MA from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Princeton University.

Committees

Committee Role
Audit Member
Compensation Member

Kent Williams

Director

Since 2002, Mr. Williams has served as a managing member of Vista Asset Management LLC. Mr. Williams also currently serves as a strategic advisor to alternative energy companies focused on plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drive trains and new battery technologies, including as a member of the board of directors of ViZn Energy since 2016, and as an advisor to the boards of directors of ZAF Energy Systems since 2016 and Efficient Drivetrains since 2015. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Williams also on the board of directors of Copytele Inc., now known as ITUS Corporation (Nasdaq: ITUS). In 2010, he was a founder of VIA Motors, a clean tech, plug-in electric vehicle company. Before joining Vista Asset Management, Williams accumulated more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets, including positions with U.S. Trust, Wood Island Associates, and Merrill Lynch. During his 16-year tenure at Wood Island Associates, Williams served as a principal, portfolio manager, analyst and head of trading. He was appointed Vice Chairman of the American Stock Exchange ITAC Committee from 1985 to 1998. Mr. Williams received his M.B.A. from St. Mary’s College of California and a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

James Reiman

Director

Mr. Reiman brings more than 30 years of management, financial and legal experience with international and domestic public and private companies. He was the founder, CEO and Managing Member of Aerofficient LLC, which designed and manufactured aerodynamic fairings for heavy-duty truck trailers. During his time at Aerofficient LLC, Mr. Reiman co-developed and co-invented technologies that have been awarded 19 patents. Mr. Reiman also previously served as CEO and Chairman of EBT Digital Communications Retail Group, a large retailer of mobile phones based in Shanghai, China that was listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market. As CEO and then Chairman of EBT, Mr. Reiman successfully implemented a turnaround strategy and managed EBT's growth from 33 to over 225 stores in five years and into one of China's largest and most respected retailers of mobile phones. Prior to EBT, Mr. Reiman practiced law as a commercial transactions attorney with U.S. law firms.

Mr. Reiman currently serves as a lecturer and negotiation coach at elite business schools in the U.S. and abroad, and serves as a mediator and arbitrator of domestic and international commercial disputes. He is a negotiation coach for the Oxford Programme on Negotiation (OPN) at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, and lectures at other universities on topics related to negotiation, corporate governance, international arbitration, conducting business in China, strategic decision making and risk management. He is a graduate of Columbia University (BA) and the Northwestern University School of Law (JD), and holds a certificate from the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.