Mr. Block leads Sunstrand sales and marketing activities. Prior to Sunstrand, he oversaw sales and marketing for an enterprise software company, driving the organization to record profits and dominant market share. He then worked with a hyper-growth Silicon Valley technology firm, selling to many of the world’s largest companies. Mr. Block has an exceptional record in revenue generation and sales/marketing operations. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Finance and Management from the University of Kentucky.
Jared W. Nelson, PhD has extensive experience in the composites industry during the last 15 years. He has worked as a Composites Manufacturing Engineer to develop the first carbon fiber body panel to be painted in a General Motors plant for the Corvette. In addition, Dr. Nelson has extensive experience with the composite manufacturing of various sporting goods. Dr. Nelson is currently an Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz and the Director for the Bio-Industrial Materials Institute. He received a BS in Philosophy from Bates College, a BS and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah, and a PhD from Montana State University.
Mr. Hofmeister has a degree in Chemical Engineering and is a 25 year veteran of processing plant operations. Prior to joining Sunstrand, he spent 10 years working as a Plant Manager and 7 years as the Director of Engineering for SunOpta, a large North American cellulose fiber processing company. He is an expert in the wet processing of a wide variety of natural cellulosic fibers; from oats to soybeans to flax.
Mr. Burton joined Sunstrand as a Research Engineer, where his responsibilities included the characterization and assessment of material properties. He then moved on to become Sunstrand’s Director of Special Projects where he developed novel materials and processes for material production as well as working with customers to understand new applications for Sunstrand’s products. In addition, Mr. Burton is the General Manager of Sunstrand Canada, Ltd. Mr. Burton holds degrees in both Ocean and Aeronautical Engineering.
Joe Crosswhite is an expert in Supply Chain high-performance business processes and practices. With a former manufacturing background with automotive Tier one suppliers, retailers, chemical, and architectural products, he is experienced in supply operations, materials management, purchasing, production planning, inventory management, new product development, logistics, applied business systems and integrated business process management. He has consulted in the logistics, consumer goods, business equipment, electronics, healthcare, and aerospace/defense industries. He also served in in Japan and California with the US Navy as an Air Traffic controller.