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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.

 


Patrick Pelch
Patrick Pelch
Sales and Business Development

“I have a passion for clean energy, especially that derived from hydrogen. Regardless of the flavor of hydrogen you choose (gray, blue, green) for the resource, hydrogen powered fuel cells facilitate 100% reduction in greenhouse gases emissions when compared to combustion generators. Altergy’s Freedom Power fuel cells help achieve sustainability and good stewardship toward our environment and zero-emission energy independence.”

Patrick has been engineering & designing fuel cell systems and optimized hydrogen storage concepts for over 13 years. The industries he has worked with include backup power for telecom, cable operations, data centers, traffic lights, and several other critical application industries. As a Sales Engineer, Patrick has provided exemplary customer support and successful fuel cell solutions to Altergy customers.

With a BSME degree from Fresno State University, he has experience in several industries that span power generation, fuel storage and energy efficiency, with the bulk of experience in system balance-of-plant modular concepts in the fuel cell industry. This has given him a keen edge on what Altergy can do to optimize projects for its clients.

Patrick can be reached at (916) 798-3767 or patrick.pelch@altergy.com.

 


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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.

 


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Michael Benoff
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.

 


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David DeVries
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.

 


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Matthew Ellington
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.

 


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Delfina Gale
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.

 


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Greg Gomez
Controller

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.

 

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