Eric S. Mettler
President & CEO
Mr. Mettler has more than 39 years of engineering, manufacturing and executive management experience leading cost effective business operations, including general management with P & L responsibility, project management, contracts management, financial management, business development, research & development, engineering, product development, high and low volume manufacturing, supply chain management, and quality assurance.
He brings a consistent record of dynamic leadership, hands-on, results oriented management, and on-time and on-budget performance. He has been successful in two prior start-up experiences: Power Technologies Inc., an integrator of advanced power and water desalination equipment solutions, and Manufacturing Technologies Corporation (MTC), a water desalination equipment company. Prior to MTC, Mr. Mettler built a 20-year record of manufacturing, engineering, and management achievement with GenCorp Aerojet, a leading aerospace and defense company. He is an inventor of issued and pending patents on fuel cell technology and the architect of Altergy’s manufacturing technology breakthroughs and high-volume production processes.
Mr. Mettler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Production, Operations, and Systems Management from California State University-Sacramento. His post-graduate work includes completion MBA program coursework at California State University-Sacramento, and completion of the Advanced Management Program, Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA, and the Executive Management Program at the UC-Davis Graduate School of Management.
Vice President, Sales and Business Development
“As a native of Michigan, I grew up drag racing on the famed Telegraph road, but I would gladly trade the rumble of a V8 for a clean hydrogen powered electric motor as long as it can pin me back in my seat just the same. This change is driven by real demand for something better, whether its energy savings, cleaner energy or energy security. So, for those of you working in clean energy and clean energy policy, keep pushing to give consumers what they want, it’s working. For those of you accepting or protecting the status quo, take a pause and ask yourself, why? It’s never too late to hit refresh, and get on board.”
With over 17 years in the fuel cell industry, Eric joins Altergy as VP of Sales with the responsibility for leading sales efforts in the telecommunication and utilities markets in North America and developing new business and partners in new markets. Since joining the fuel cell industry with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Power in 2003, he has held positions in technology, product development, product management, sales and business development. Previously, he served in senior sales and business development roles at Doosan Fuel Cell America, Inc., product development roles at Nissan Motor Corporation and Freudenberg-NOK, and in global supply chain management at BellSouth International. Mr. Strayer holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, an MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology and is a graduate of the leadership development program at Harvard Business School.
Jayson J. Watson
Special Projects. Former Vice President, Supply Side Management
Mr. Watson has 29 years operations management experience in logistics, engineering, and manufacturing. Projects include monitoring environmental code compliance, Uranium enrichment, high speed manufacturing, precision optics and mechanical design/evaluation. Production environments ranging from high speed injection molding to complex electro-mechanical laser optic systems.
Prior to joining Altergy, he worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory supporting the construction of a class 100 clean room and all production equipment used to assemble the National Ignition Facility (NIF) the world’s largest laser system. Prior to Lawrence Livermore Mr. Watson spent several years as a maintenance supervisor for an injection molding company specializing in the production of compact discs and DVDs.
Mr. Watson holds a bachelor’s degree in business and degrees in Aerial Transportation and Applied Sciences from the Community College of the Air Force. He is also a Senior Non- Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force holding rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He is the co-inventor of a pending fuel cell patent application.
Senior Finance Consultant
Mr. Benoff is an experienced senior executive and financial manager with a wide range of corporate management, capital markets, and corporate governance experience over his 30 plus year career. He has a strong track record developing and implementing new corporate initiatives and leading corporate change, and is a strategic and operational leader with an effective combination of leadership and analytical skills.
Early in his career, he worked as an investment banker in New York, specializing in structured debt transactions. Following his tenure as an investment banker, he joined The Money Store, a national specialty lender, ultimately becoming the company’s Chief Financial Officer. While at the company, he managed lender and investor relationships, executed numerous equity, debt and securitization transactions, and managed the company’s treasury, accounting, financial reporting, and financial and strategic planning functions. He also was a key leader in managing the sale of the company to a national bank in a transaction valued at $3.1 Billion.
Since the sale of The Money Store, he has served on the Board of 2 NASDAQ micro-cap companies and a leading Sacramento, CA area non-profit and executed a variety of consulting assignments. These assignments have included: work in M&A and capital markets in the community banking industry; serving as an “outsourced” capital markets department for a number of real estate investor clients, providing assistance in raising debt capital to fund a variety of projects; and consulting with early stage companies in the finance and strategic planning areas. His work with early stage companies has included building business plans and financial models, strategic planning, managing M&A and capital markets transactions, and managing financial operations and reporting.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. DeVries completed his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and the majority of his Doctoral work in Solar Cells both at Washington State University. Mr. DeVries work in the fuel cell sector began with ReliOn (now a part of Plug Power) as one of the first R&D team members, he helped to develop the world’s first commercially successful cathode cooled PEM fuel cell in 1996-2001 He then went on to found Genesis Fueltech Inc. in 2001 to develop methanol-to-hydrogen fuel processors for the fuel cell industry. This eventually led to a role as the Head of R&D Industrial Solutions at Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies in Shanghai, China. In 2016 Mr. DeVries joined Altergy Systems as the Chief Technology Officer, where he has been contributing to the overall technical development of the Altergy product lines.
As a named inventor on over 20 patents and IP development, Mr. DeVries has been involved in MEA preparation and fabrication, fuel cell design, fuel cell systems design, electronics, catalyst development, grant writing and management and methanol-to-hydrogen fuel processing research and development. His broad depth of various disciplines and technical knowledge provide guidance for next-generation product development, fabrication, and operation as well as codes and standards compliance.
Director, Product and Process Design Engineering
Mr. Ellington leads Altergy’s multi-disciplinary engineering team through product design, test, failure analysis and production. He has a strong understanding of power, energy, PCBA design and power electronic topologies, and is experienced in product conception to end use with roles as designer, leader, and manager. He has 13 years’ experience in hydrogen fuel cells design and implementation and 6 years’ experience in methanol reformer design and implementation. He has performed sub-assembly, system, and project level design and validation for 1kW-50kW fuel cell power systems. He has a BSEE from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo with a power electronics focus.
Supply Side Manager
Delfina Gale is the Supply Side Management Lead for Altergy Systems. In this role Ms. Gale is responsible for overseeing master scheduling, planning, procurement, production, and inventory management for our Freedom Power Technology Products. Ms. Gale has over 25 years of supply chain management experience in high-tech, multi-cultural industries. She is also involved in identifying and implementing initiatives to reduce the overall supply chain cost base.
Developing strong relationships is the foundation of what Delfina does, both professionally and personally. Ms. Gale strives to provide quality fuel cell products that protect the environment and benefit the global communities we support.
Prior to joining Altergy she worked at Hewlett Packard as an operations planner and a new product introduction program manager.
Ms. Gale holds an associate’s degree in business and is working on obtaining her CPIM certification.
Mr. Gomez brings to Altergy 35 years’ experience in financial management, accounting, operational and manufacturing analysis providing functional support for Sales, Marketing, Manufacturing, and R&D in the chemical, electronics, consumer products, and pharmaceutical industries in start-up, established domestic, and international contexts. Mr. Gomez has served as the AVP Finance for Claris Lifesciences Inc. a generic pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor, VP Finance for NUK USA a manufacturer and marketer of baby care consumer products, VP Finance for Mapa Spontex Inc. a manufacturer and marketer of home care consumer products, and as Controller for GE Intersil a manufacturer and distributor of semiconductors. In addition, Mr. Gomez has had financial and cost accounting positions of increasing responsibility with companies such as Convergent Technologies Inc., Telebit Corporation, and Raytheon Semiconductor Division. Mr. Gomez is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and received an MBA from Santa Clara University.
James “Mickey” Oros
SME Consultant. Altergy’s Former Senior Vice President, Deployment and Field Operations
Mr. Oros has 40 years of product and business development experience, the last 15 years in fuel cells.
Mr. Oros draws his experience from several startup companies: he founded Fuel Cell Infrastructure, Inc., an innovative company focused on hydrogen storage and fueling systems; and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Inc. (EVI), the leader in conductive charging systems for electric vehicles (EVs). During his tenure at EVI, he successfully developed and marketed the primary technology standard for EV charging systems worldwide.
Mr. Oros’ academic background is in electrical and mechanical engineering. He is the co-inventor of a pending fuel cell patent application.