Team

UltraCell Leadership

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Jon Strimling

Chief Executive Officer/Co-founder

Jon Strimling has 20 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur, largely focused on the commercialization of innovative products and services, with a focus in renewable energy.

Mr. Strimling’s experience spans a variety of industries, and often lies at the intersection of new technology and market opportunities. He previously spun WoodPellets.com out of US Dynamics, where he grew the renewable heating fuel business to dominate online sales of pellet fuel. His background includes driving innovations in manufacturability at GE Aircraft Engines, commercializing new renewable energy and water systems at DEKA Research & Development, and a variety of senior operating roles with American Industrial Partners.

Mr. Strimling’s education includes Masters Degrees in Engineering and Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Strimling is a graduate of General Electric’s Engineering Development Program, and has served on the boards of American Biomass Corporation, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, The Alliance for Green Heat, and was a governor’s appointee to New Hampshire’s Economic Strategy Commission.

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Curt Fischer

Chief Operating Officer

Curt Fischer is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in operations, engineering and supply chain management across various industries including food, chemical, electronics, life sciences and renewable energy.  This diverse perspective has contributed significantly to the successful introduction of new products for early stage companies as well as Fortune 500s.

Mr. Fischer’s educational background includes an MBA from Sacred Heart University where he was honored with the Academic Excellence Award in International Business.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University.

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Bill Hulstrunk

Director of Technical Services and Product Quality

Mr. Hulstrunk is a well-known and well-respected expert in cellulose insulation.  He served as Technical Manager for National Fiber prior to joining UltraCell, and served on the Board of Directors of the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association from 2013 through 2015.  Hulstrunk has more than 20 years of experience in building science, weatherization, and energy conservation, and is a popular speaker and trainer in the cellulose insulation installer community.  He brings deep knowledge and skills relating to the specification and installation of cellulose insulation for new construction and retrofits, for advanced building diagnostics, for thermography, for blower door and pressure differential techniques, for inspections, testing, and compliance, and for sizing and cost-benefit analysis.

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Robert Hupper

Director of Plant Operations/Co-founder/Co-inventor of UltraCell

Robert Hupper is a process engineering expert, responsible for developing equipment requirements and optimizing our production process. He has extensive experience in the pulp and paper industry including currently serving as a Process Manager for Verso Paper Company where he is responsible for production operations, equipment maintenance and employee training. Previously, he worked as a Finished Products Supervisor and as a Process Manager in various areas of paper operations. He has successfully implemented supply chain upgrades and was involved on the Verso operations team in the major rebuild of a forms/bond paper machine into a world class on-line super calendared machine. While on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Security, and at Beal College in 1978 he completed their accounting program.

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Steeve Wintle

Vice President, Finance

Steeve is responsible for the Company’s financial strategy and management.  He has 20 years of accounting and finance experience, primarily in energy and high tech companies, most recently serving as the CFO of International WoodFuels, a renewable energy development company.  Steeve has established a strong track record of accounting work, financial management, and operations.  Mr. Wintle graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA and MBA in Business Administration.

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Dan Thompson

Vice President and Principal Investigator/Co-founder

Daniel H. Thompson, co-founder of UltraCell Insulation, brings a broad background in production design and process development. He was the Director of Structural Design at the Bath Iron Works, and co-founded Advanced Management Catalyst, Inc., a management consulting company serving startups, Fortune 100 corporations, and government agencies. His experience includes strategic work for the DoD, DoE, and NASA as well as for commercial and community organizations. He is focused on developing the Company’s technology and manufacturing processes.

Mr. Thompson’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute and Graduate work at the University of Chicago in Social Philosophy.

UltraCell Board of Directors

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Jon Strimling

Chairman/Director

Jon Strimling has 20 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur, largely focused on the commercialization of innovative products and services, with a focus in renewable energy.

Mr. Strimling’s experience spans a variety of industries, and often lies at the intersection of new technology and market opportunities. He previously spun WoodPellets.com out of US Dynamics, where he grew the renewable heating fuel business to dominate online sales of pellet fuel. His background includes driving innovations in manufacturability at GE Aircraft Engines, commercializing new renewable energy and water systems at DEKA Research & Development, and a variety of senior operating roles with American Industrial Partners.

Mr. Strimling’s education includes Masters Degrees in Engineering and Management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. Mr. Strimling is a graduate of General Electric’s Engineering Development Program, and has served on the boards of American Biomass Corporation, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, The Alliance for Green Heat, and was a governor’s appointee to New Hampshire’s Economic Strategy Commission.

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Mark Brandstein

Director

Mr. Brandstein brings more than 30 years of experience in technology startup companies. His background includes executive level operations and business development at several technology startups and small companies. Prior to joining UltraCell, Mr. Brandstein was the Chief Operating Officer of a mid-sized communications technology manufacturing company serving customer in over 80 countries worldwide. He has also served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and/or Business Development for several technology startups serving telecommunications, healthcare, energy, government, electronic security, enterprise, and other industries. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

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Dan Thompson

Director

Daniel H. Thompson, co-founder of UltraCell Insulation, brings a broad background in production design and process development. He was the Director of Structural Design at the Bath Iron Works, and co-founded Advanced Management Catalyst, Inc., a management consulting company serving startups, Fortune 100 corporations, and government agencies. His experience includes strategic work for the DoD, DoE, and NASA as well as for commercial and community organizations. He is focused on developing the Company’s technology and manufacturing processes.

Mr. Thompson’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute and Graduate work at the University of Chicago in Social Philosophy.

Additional Team Members
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Michael Bilodeau

Technical and Science Advisor/Co-inventor of UltraCell

As Director of the Univ of Maine, Process Development Center, Mr. Bilodeau has a track record of managing collaborative projects to develop, validate, and commercialize innovative forestry related products and processes. Mr. Bilodeau is a co-investor of UltraCell’s patented process. Mr. Bilodeau’s prior experience includes work at Sappi Fine Papers, SD Warren Co, and West End Technology. He is an active member of the Paper Industry Management Association and the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry. Mr. Bilodeau holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine.

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Marco Peterson

Business Advisor

A successful marketer and early-stage executive, Mr. Peterson brings a broad range of skills acquired on the front lines founding and scaling businesses. He founded and built TimeTrade Systems, Inc. and led the company through its formative years as Chief Executive Officer. He also founded and led Personics Corporation, which was later acquired by Datawatch Corporation where he played a continuing role as Executive Vice President and Division Manager.

Mr. Peterson has a BS in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Harvard Business School with an emphasis in marketing.

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Andrea Yodsampa, PhD

Senior Advisor, Government and Policy

Dr. Yodsampa brings deep expertise in government affairs and policy, with special focus on climate change, energy policy, market-based policy solutions, and clean energy innovation. She also brings extensive experience in complex negotiation processes, public-private partnerships, civil-military relations, strategic planning, and impact evaluation. She has published and lectured widely on negotiation and inter-organizational cooperation.

Dr. Yodsampa has a BA in history from Dartmouth College, an MPP from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and a PhD from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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Gerard Gagnon

Technical Advisor/Co-founder/Co-inventor of UltraCell

Mr. Gagnon was the owner of Ace Insulation, a leading insulation installation company in Maine. He is well regarded in the installer community in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire and is very familiar with the Canadian insulation market.

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David Alexander

Technical Advisor

David Alexander brings his general knowledge of the pulp & paper industry where he has been instrumental in designing, manufacturing, and servicing drying equipment. He has worked successively as a designer, sales engineer, branch manager, product manager and sales manager with a major manufacturer of paper mill drying and air handling systems, Midland-Ross Corporation. Mr. Alexander was one of the first recipients of the University of Maine’s Pulp & Paper Foundation Scholarship Program graduating with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

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Chip MacDonald

Technical Advisor

Chip MacDonald has 25 years of experience managing product and manufacturing organizations, with a background in production and supply chain operations, product development, sales and marketing, and customer operations.

One of the founding managers of Segway, Mr. MacDonald drove manufacturability and reliability into the design and developed the production facilities, team, and processes as this new technology launched under much scrutiny.  In subsequent roles, Chip developed a scalable delivery model that allowed Segway sales through multiple channels, and grew and led Segway’s successful global police and governement market.

At other times in his career, Mr. MacDonald has managed International Paper converting facilities of 200+ employees, led the supply chain and logistics operations for Cambridge, MA start-up Active Control eXperts, and served as General Manager for equipment manufacturer Allen Datagraph Systems.

Mr. MacDonald is a graduate of the dual-degree Leaders for Global Operations fellowship program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Sloan School of Management, with Masters degrees in both Engineering and Management.