Chief Executive Officer
William "Trey” Riddle III, PhD is an experienced professional. Prior to forming Sunstrand, he founded Gradient Engineering, a successful engineering services firm focused on polymer composite applications. He is considered an expert in biomaterials for composite, technical nonwoven and plastic applications; regularly giving talks and being published on the subject. Dr. Riddle started his career in composites performing accelerated static and fatigue structural testing on wind turbine blades. He went on to develop novel probabilistic methods to evaluate variations in mechanical properties of composite structures containing defects. Dr. Riddle received his BS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University and Masters from Cornell University. He is Steering Committee member for the Bio-Industrial Materials Institute, a member of the Industrial Hemp Roundtable, The KY Industrial Hemp Advisory Board and a Board member for the KY Hemp Industry Association.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Mr. Block oversees revenue generation, market awareness, and sales/marketing operations. He has an extensive background selling to the Fortune 500, government and medium-sized businesses with a consistent record of exceeding goals. His experience includes selling marketing and complex technologies, most recently for a hyper-growth Silicon Valley organization. Adam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Management from the University of Kentucky.
Vice President, Process Engineering
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.
Director of Special Projects, Sunstrand Canada General Manager
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.
Director, Business Development
Mr. Eigel’s had a successful career as General manager, leading a $100MM + Fortune 500 divisional for 14 years. This business was engaged in developing new acoustical, structural and thermal products originating from polyester, cotton shoddy and fiberglass, fiber materials. Prior to this he was part owner of Soltech Incorporated, a fibrous material converter serving the Appliance, Automotive and Ceiling OEM’s with revenues of $50MM in 10 manufacturing facilities. During this time he served as EVP and led the Sales and Operations of the company. Over a 10 year period Sales grew from $1MM to $50MM with $15MM coming from 3 acquisitions. This business was serviced out of 10 plants of which 7 were started as greenfield operations and 3 were acquired assets.
Director, Supply Chain
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 all aspects of supply operations, materials management, purchasing, production planning, inventory management, new product development, logistics, applied business systems and integrated business process management. He has demonstrated leadership and innovation with the application of IT and redesigned business processes. He has led implementation and upgrades of ERP systems. He led in the establishment of the materials management function, strategic supplier management, supply logistics, lean manufacturing, return processes and adoption of integrated supply chain business process in manufacturing. With his extensive experience and successful track record he also served as an internal consultant to other operations. He has consulted in the logistics, consumer goods, business equipment, electronics, healthcare, and aerospace/defense industries. He is skilled in Business Process Engineering, Business Transformation Management, Business Systems Applications and Project Management. He served in in Japan and California in US Navy as an Air Traffic controller where he began his Six Sigma journey.
Jared Nelson, PhD
Chief Science Officer
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 manufacture of various sporting goods. His published research activities include work as an analyst working on cutting-edge computational solutions for the wind industry. 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.