John Bruck’s current professional pursuits include founding a real estate development business, working with entrepreneurial businesses to create and grow value for stakeholders by effective visioning, strategic planning, innovating, supporting leadership, implementing change, and improving operations. Specific interests and skills include business planning (start-up and ongoing); market and competitive analysis; business modeling; and cash flow projections; strategic planning; development of systems, skills, organizational design, style and shared values; operations management and program/project execution; information technology, safety, human resources and customer satisfaction (quality) assessment; corporate and business development, strategic partnering and mergers/acquisitions; problem definition, data collection, engineering and business analysis, innovative design and effective implementation of solutions.

Ira Weiss serves as principal of Weiss Associates. He’s also a Finance Executive with over 35 years of decisive and successful financial management experience, including the cleantech sector. His extensive finance and operations expertise, audit and procedural accounting background, along with his extensive information systems and analytical skills have enabled him to meet corporate goals and produce results on time and within budget.

Gary Rawlings is a decisive, high energy, innovative senior business leader with an extensive track record of successfully increasing sales at global corporations by launching advanced technology based new products (including energy), creating significant new business platforms, and through global expansions. Most recently, Gary was directly involved in helping entrepreneurs in the creation and strategic guidance of >50 advanced technology, mostly university based IP, startup companies, including helping to raise >$5 million in startup capital.

Dan Hurst, president and founder of Strata-G, has an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Business, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee, where he serves on the Board of Advisors for Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is the 2007 recipient of the Biosystems Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award. Dan is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and received commendations as a Division Officer and Instructor in the Naval Nuclear Power Program.

With more than thirty years of nuclear and environmental experience, Dan has provided technical consulting, and managed people and projects in the areas of environmental, safety, health, nuclear, and utility services for numerous Department of Energy, public utility, and commercial clients. Under Dan’s leadership, Strata-G has been recognized with four small-business-of-the-year awards from major Department of Energy prime contractors and was honored as a 2012 Pinnacle Award Finalist for Business Excellence by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.

Bob Hilton, president of Robert Hilton Energy, recently retired from Alstom and GE after 20 years. Hilton has extensive expertise in power generation and environmental compliance, specifically government affairs, policy and technology. His experience includes many years of global general management as well as selling capital goods and services to the power industry and other major industries such as iron, steel and chemicals.

His primary interests have always been creating and building new businesses for the companies he worked for, providing strategic direction and growth opportunities, technical sales and product development.

Kevin Christopher, owner of Christopher Intellectual Property Law, PLLC, is a patent attorney and open innovation professional with expertise in alliance management, business, economic and policy development. Kevin previously worked in the Industrial Partnerships Office at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory leading business development for bio and clean tech interests including the formation of strategic partnerships, licensing, contracting and valuation activities.

Christopher is also an experienced commercialization consultant, accelerating the movement of socially beneficial inventions to the marketplace from universities, research labs, hospitals, companies, and government agencies. He’s served as a mentor for the Cleantech Open.

Harvey Abouelata currently serves as the vice president of commercial solar at Solar Alliance. He has previously worked on a variety of renewable energy projects for Wampler’s Farm Sausage and most recently a 1.37 MW solar installation for Appalachian Electric Coop – the first utility-scale community solar project in the state – which was officially unveiled in early January.

He also has extensive experience in business management, business planning, strategy, sales, marketing, promotions, public relations, and new technology brand identity with concentration in the renewable energy field.

While being involved in the solar industry, he has succeeded in bringing millions of dollars in grants to local companies and the State of Tennessee.

At ARiES Solar, he oversaw business operations and management, marketing strategy, and overall customer satisfaction. In recent history, Harvey was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at a privately owned Knoxville company where he oversaw the sales, product development, and marketing of residential and commercial products and services for solar PV and thermal design. Prior to this position, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing for another renewable energy company launch.

Since graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1984, he has been helping businesses launch, reorganize, and bring new technologies to market. Harvey excels at setting up successful sales, marketing, business plans and economic development strategies for companies, as well as executing public outreach and education.