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Robert Kimmel

Robert Kimmel

Board of Directors

Bob Kimmel has over 25 years of experience in the Property and Casualty Insurance industry, most recently serving as President of K2 Insurance Services. K2 owns several insurance carriers and managing general agencies. Several K2 subsidiaries focus on providing insurance to the transportation industry.   Prior to forming K2 in 2011, Mr. Kimmel held the position of Executive Vice President of Guy Carpenter. Bob and his partners came to Guy Carpenter via the acquisition of Collins. Bob was the co-leader of Collins’ sales and service operation, developing and implementing marketing strategies and tactics for the company. During his tenure in this position, Collins enjoyed annual growth rates in excess of 25%. Bob began his career as a reinsurance intermediary with E.W. Blanch Company in 1991. He transferred to the company’s San Francisco office in 1993 to work on the west coast workers compensation team. He joined Collins in 1998, where he led the opening of the company’s San Francisco office.   Mr. Kimmel holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University and has been a member of the CellTech Metals Board of Directors since 2013.

Gary Heil

Gary Heil

Chairman, Board of Directors

Gary Heil is an author, director, lawyer and coach. Heil has served on a number of public, private and nonprofit boards and including Gymboree (GYMB), Red Envelope (REDE), and FrontRange Solutions Limited. He is presently an executive consultant with TaylorMade Golf and Chairman of the Board of CellTech Metals. He is the co-founder of the innovative webcast Leadership Lessons from the Fast Lane, has served as a member of the Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and has been commentator on American and Australian radio and television.   In 1992, Heil co-founded the Center for Innovative Leadership, an organization dedicated to helping leaders create more innovative and sustainable organizations. He completed a study of more than 700 leaders on their attempts to engage people to take responsibility for helping to create the future. Heil has co-authored numerous books, including The Leader’s New Clothes, One Size Fits One, Leadership and the Customer Revolution, Maslow on Management, and Managing the Human Side of the Enterprise.   Heil holds a Bachelors of Science Degree from the United States Coast Guard Academy. He holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior and a Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings College of Law. He is a member of the California Bar Association.

David Hartwell

David Hartwell

Board of Directors

David Hartwell founded and was president of Bellcomb, Inc. from 1989 until 2015. The company grew to become a market leader in the non-aerospace lightweight composite panel business through innovation in product design and manufacturing. It developed a manufacturing capability to make a multitude of panel types with a manufacturing capacity of close to 50 million square feet of panels a year. Bellcomb also developed and put in place the capability to produce its own aluminum, paper and plastic honeycomb. David sold the major part of Bellcomb in 2014 and shut down the remaining operations in 2015.   Mr. Hartwell has also been involved in numerous other industries, either directly, or as an investor or board member during his career. This includes companies in the furniture, transportation, financial services, energy, building products and real estate industries. Mr. Hartwell has been a member of the CellTech Metals Board of Directors in 2015.

Laura Marion

Laura Marion

Finance, Advisory Board Member

Laura is the Chief Financial Officer at ACE Relocation Systems. a commercial moving and storage company in San Diego, Laura has over 23 years of experience in all aspects of financial management, primarily in clean-tech and manufacturing enterprises.  Laura has previously served as Chief Financial Officer for five privately held companies, including Search Optics, Wildcat Discovery Technologies, Aptera Motors, Saleen and Specialty Vehicle Acquisition Corporation.  Laura is a certified public accountant who began her career serving public and private clients with Arthur Andersen, LLP in Detroit, Michigan.  After leaving public accounting, Laura held a variety of financial leadership roles with two publicly-traded multi-national automotive suppliers with responsibilities including business planning and analysis, accounting, financial reporting, cash management, capital-raising, tax reporting, mergers and acquisitions, internal controls and risk management.

Laura is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Laura is currently an advisor and a former director of Cell Tech Metals, Inc. and FitPay, Inc., and has previously served as a director of PBR Automotive in Knoxville, Tennessee; Katcon Global in Monterrey, Mexico; and Specialty Vehicle Acquisition Corporation in Troy, Michigan.

Laura received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Accounting from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Charles Smith

Charles Smith

Executive Chairman, Board of Directors

Charles Smith has over 30 years of experience in technology sales and marketing including senior executive management positions at Brocade Communications, IBM, and Conner Peripherals. He brings expertise in management, international sales and marketing strategy, sales channel and team development, finance, and capital investment.   Charles currently manages a private investment and consulting firm, providing angel investment capital and management coaching for emerging companies. He has experience serving on the board of directors of over 20 private companies and multiple non-profit organizations. Charles has a Bachelor’s degree in Management from San Jose State University.   Mr. Smith has been an advisor to CellTech Metals since 2011 and a major investor and member of the Board of Directors since 2013. He is now serving as Executive Chairman of the BoD and Chief Financial Officer.

Gordon Hanson

Gordon Hanson

General Counsel

Gordon has over 20 years experience as partner in law firms representing hi-tech companies in Silicon Valley, where his practice included venture capital financings, M&A, partnerships and technology licensing for companies in such fields as software, equipment manufacturing, and hi-tech services. He subsequently worked as VP and General Counsel of a San Jose software company. Gordon has an engineering degree from the US Coast Guard Academy, and served in the USCG as an engineering officer on a polar icebreaker, helicopter rescue pilot, and in senior management positions in the Reserves before retiring as a Captain.   Mr. Hanson received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, and is admitted to practice in California. Gordon has been general counsel to CellTech Metals since 2013.

Doug Cox

Doug Cox

President and CEO

Born and raised in Toronto Canada, Doug aspired to become an entrepreneur in his twenties. He built his first business in the financial services industry in Canada at the age of 25, and then built a number of other innovative businesses over the next dozen years.   In 1988, Doug expanded his entrepreneurial business mindset to Dallas TX where he continued to build and develop new companies that would make a positive difference. Since then Doug has developed a number of businesses with offices in most every major city in the U.S., currently living in San Diego CA.   In 2005 Doug founded CellTech Metals and since then, has become a leader in delivering new innovative sandwich metal technologies to industry applications, improving industrial metal material solutions. As Founder, Doug has been an officer, director and major investor in CellTech Metals since its inception, and continues his commitment to bring innovation and leadership to the material world.

David Britten

David Britten

Technology, Board of Directors

David Britten has over thirty years of experience in steel manufacturing and conversion businesses. David brings to the Board a strong understanding of materials, applications engineering, business development, strategy, engineering and innovation. David has held officer and senior management roles at steel companies United States Steel Corporation, SSAB and IPSCO. David holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and a diploma in Business Management from Northwestern University Kellogg Management Institute. He has served on the boards of the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Steel Manufacturers Association and the Metals Service Center Institute, and joined the CellTech Metals Board in 2017.