Benjamin S. Jordan is the Manufacturing Manager for Centrus Energy’s Technology and Manufacturing Center. In this position Mr. Jordan is responsible for ~$50M+ of precision manufacturing equipment including 50 precision CNC machine tools as well as the associated inspection and certification equipment. Mr. Jordan is also responsible for business development in this role.
From 2011 to 2015 Mr. Jordan served as the Demonstration Facility Operations Manager for Centrus Energy’s K-1600 Test Facility. In this capacity, he was responsible for the Test Engineering, Operations, and Maintenance required to maintain and operate the full-scale test centrifuges used in the American Centrifuge Program.
From 2009 to 2011 Mr. Jordan served as the Design Engineering and Analysis Manager. The responsibilities of this position included management of USEC’s design engineers, who produced the design drawings for the centrifuge machines, as well as the direction of the analysts who used various analysis tools to validate design characteristics and predict outcomes of design modifications. Additionally, Mr. Jordan provided the final signature approval for the mechanical drawings and technical reports produced by the program.
Beginning in 2005, Mr. Jordan served as the Manager of USEC’s Manufacturing Development and Integration group. In this capacity, he was responsible for the on-time delivery and high quality construction of components necessary for the development and demonstration of USEC’s American Centrifuge. He was responsible for leading the team that provided the hardware necessary to build the first Lead Cascade of machines to operate at the American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon, as well as the hardware for the machines used at the K-1600 Test Facility to demonstrate “Target Performance”.
Upon joining USEC in 2003, Mr. Jordan served as the Integrated Product Team Leader for both the Upper Suspension and Column subassemblies. After resolving design challenges associated with these subassemblies, he delivered 66 of each to the American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon on time and within budget. Before coming to USEC, Mr. Jordan performed a variety of engineering and supervisory roles in auto parts manufacturing facilities. Early in his career, Mr. Jordan operated and then sold a business which held rights to a patented technology, which he and several partners developed, to provide deceleration sensitive flashing brake lights.
Mr. Jordan has a Masters of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has obtained certification as a Project Management Professional and is a Derivative Classifier of Centrifuge information.
Andrew is a Founding Partner at GrowthX and a co-founder of GrowthX Academy. Andrew manages the day-to-day operations and communications at GrowthX Capital and leads the Investment Committee. His varied background as founder, funder, operator, advisor and technology attorney in the United States and Asia Pacific allows him to help entrepreneurs and companies from inception through exit.
Before co-founding GrowthX, Andrew was a Managing Director at BrightTALK in San Francisco, a Managing Director at Thomson Reuters in Singapore, served as Publisher of Reuters News in Hong Kong (after co-founding the financial news business for Thomson that led to the acquisition of Reuters), and served as early technology counsel for companies in Silicon Valley and New York City, including DoubleClick, Salesforce and Guidespark.
Andrew is a Kauffman Fellow, Board Member of Venture for America, Board Member of the Nashville Children’s Theatre, and a mentor at Galvanize, Alchemist Accelerator, Matter, Dynamo, and Vanderbilt’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Dave Seeman is a Nashville native and co-owner at Fractal Hardware, a product development agency based in his hometown. Dave earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, during which time he worked at Duke Energy and became passionate about renewable energy. Dave’s familiarity with startups began later when he founded a web startup in Knoxville, a process to which he credits learning some quintessential lessons about starting companies, particularly in the Southeast. After that, he returned to design engineering at URS, where he worked in material handling for the Uranium Processing Facility at Oak Ridge. Since then he has played a key role in developing products related to security, outdoor gear, surgery, law enforcement, and more. Outside of his day job, Dave is also a productivity and automation geek, novice programmer, and musician.
Robbin Russell began his career with Signal Energy, LLC in 2005 with the startup of the company which was then Signal Wind Energy, LLC. He is currently the Vice President of Construction. He is responsible for the construction of all projects from contract through final completion and the warranty period.
Prior to joining Signal Energy, Robbin was a project manager at several companies doing everything from apartment rehabs to installing diesel power plants in developing countries and radioactive waste cleanup at Oak Ridge. He has developed and/or built projects in Haiti, Honduras, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Burundi and Nepal. Prior to his project management experience Robbin was a Senior Reactor Operator at TVA’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant and proudly served nine years as a nuclear trained Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy.
Robbin received his undergraduate degree in Naval Architecture from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1984 and his Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga in 1998. In addition, he also received his Professional Engineering license in 1996.
Robbin has been happily married to his wife, Donna, for thirty-three years. They are both natives of West Tennessee and now reside in Chattanooga. Robbin and Donna actively serve in their church, community and around the world. When time permits, Robbin enjoys biking and swimming and pursues his passion of flying as an instrument rated private pilot.
Lynn Youngs serves as the Executive Director of the UT Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. A University of Tennessee College of Business Administration faculty member since 1993, Lynn’s passions include instructing, coaching, and mentoring students in the field of entrepreneurship. He has held multiple, executive-level positions in early-stage technology and healthcare organizations, as well as in publicly traded manufacturing and retail businesses.
Ron Thompson joined Atom Power in 2020 as Senior Vice President of Business Development with more than four decades of experience in the electrical industry. Growing up, Ron was mentored by family members who owned and operated several profitable businesses focused on the electrical contracting industry. Learning the business from the field to the back office was a key driver for the passion that naturally occurred in him for everything electrical.
Prior to joining Atom, Ron oversaw Business Development for Innovation, Emerging Markets and Technology for Eaton Corporation’s electrical sector, a Fortune 500 company. During that time, Ron was known as a risk taker and innovation stimulator, helping to incubate ideas and bring them to life across various industry sectors — healthcare, higher education, telecommunications, marine, electric utility, renewable energy, data center, and electric transportation. Even in an industry that can be risk averse, Ron knows how to motivate teams and get results through experimentation and stimulating “intrapreneurship.”
Ron was an early believer in the transformational technology that Atom Power developed with its solid-state circuit breaker and also led Eaton’s efforts in investing in Atom.
With six patents awarded, three successful startups to his name, numerous product launches, an array of collaborative partnership agreements, and many years of entrepreneurial leadership for a Fortune 500, Ron’s knowledge, know-how, and passion for this industry makes him a key player in helping bring Atom Power to the market, advancing their solid-state circuit breakers and helping develop software defined power distribution systems into the future.
Trent Primm is a Managing Partner at Primm Consulting LLC. His areas of expertise include program planning and analyses for nuclear engineering including reactor physics, radiation source term estimation, radiation transport and shielding, criticality safety, research reactor fuel manufacturing and performance, and economic evaluations. Trent is also an adjunct faculty member (Physics) to Pellissippi State Technical Community College.
Jim Phillips is CEO of XMi Holdings. Jim has supported entrepreneurial companies over a 26 year career. Today, XMi supports the success of small growth oriented businesses through providing a portfolio of business infrastructure services designed to help focus each entrepreneur on revenue development activities and its competitive advantages.
Mark Patterson has 35 years of experience counseling clients in the protection, management, and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including patent and trademark prosecution and licensing. As a former electronics design engineer, Mark works regularly with complex electronic, computer, and electro-mechanical technologies. He manages patent and trademark portfolios for clients with significant domestic and global operations. Mark began his legal career as a litigator and for 30 years tried numerous cases and argued appeals in both state and federal courts. He was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School and has provided expert witness services in a variety of intellectual property disputes. He applies all of this experience in providing cost-effective, strategic IP advice to businesses throughout the U.S.
Christopher Miller serves as the CFO of Three Roots Capital. Since 2003, Chris has been involved in growing and funding exceptional companies across the U.S. Southeast. With experiences ranging from community development venture capital to managing a small and middle market loan portfolio, Chris has the background and skills to work with a diverse range of transaction structures and borrowers.
Tony Lettich is the Managing Director of The Angel Roundtable. Tony has an extensive background in finance and mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and has participated in the start-up and merger, acquisition and divestiture of numerous companies.
This includes the start-up of commodity and specialty manufacturing and sales businesses in the US, UK, EU and Asia, and e-commerce/service companies in the US. His M&A experience also includes the shutdown of several non-performing businesses; and venture capital investments into several start-ups, two of which went on to have successful IPOs in the public markets.