Freedom Motors Board of Directors:
Paul S. Moller
Jim Toreson, Chief Executive Officer—Dr. Toreson has over 16 years experience as a chief executive, and over 20 years experience in manufacturing, including quality control, materials management, JIT production, process control, and manufacturing engineering. Eight years of experience in flexible automation, statistical process control (SPC), and quality system including ISO 9000 and Six Sigma programs. More recently as the founder of ONSHORE, a management consulting firm specializing in technology-intensive products and services he has acted as the CEO of Chineseinvestors.com, an Internet portal serving the world-wide ethnic Chinese marketplace for financial services; VP of Marketing and Sales of APPIANT Technology, Inc., a NASDAQ company providing ASP services for speech recognition; and VP of Business Development for eSpaces, a company providing physically secure and cyber-secure work spaces. Dr. Toreson has a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Michigan, a Dr. of Science from the University of Nevada, and has completed coursework for his PhD EE at the University of Pennsylvania.
Paul Moller, President, Chairman of the Board—Dr. Moller founded the Company and has served as the Company’s President since its formation. In 1972 he founded Supertrapp Industries and was Chief Executive Officer as Supertrapp became the most recognized international name in high-performance engine silencing systems. In 1983 he founded Moller International to develop powered lift aircraft. Supertrapp Industries was sold in 1988. Under Dr. Moller’s direction, Moller International completed contracts with NASA, NOSC, DARPA, NRL, Harry Diamond Labs, Hughes Aircraft Company, California Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. These contracts included the development and deployment of numerous unmanned aerial vehicles and Wankel based engines. Dr. Moller has received 43 patents including the first U.S. patent on a fundamentally new form of powered lift aircraft. He holds a Masters in Engineering and Ph.D. from McGill University. Dr. Moller was a professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, from 1963 to 1975, where he developed the Aeronautical Engineering program.Kerry K. Bryant, Director—Mr. Bryant has more than 25 years of successful experience in manufacturing, distribution, dealer, and retail businesses. His background in the powersports industry includes motorcycle, automotive, marine and industrial markets. Background based upon practical application and proven results of concept, design, research & development, manufacturing, marketing, accounting and sales. While working with Paul as SuperTrapp Industry’s Director of Sales and Marketing (1982-1993), Mr. Bryant helped position the company as one of the leading and most recognized performance exhaust system/muffler providers in the market. Mr. Bryant is a graduate of MTI Western Business College with a degree in Accounting and Business Mathematics and was a professional motorcycle roadracer for 13 years, winning many championships and track records – Grand National Circuit & World Championship. He has traveled extensively across the USA, Europe and Japan and is still active in the sport, as well as Motocross, Dirt track, SuperMotard. He is an “A” rated Racquet Ball player. President of Area P, Inc. (www.areapnolimits.com) , a design, engineering, R&D, and manufacturing facility serving the motorcycle and automotive industry.
William Strons, Director—Currently the owner of Admiral Consulting Group, LLC, a Management Consulting and Information Technology Services Company operating for the past fourteen years. Admiral Consulting offers Management Consulting, Project Management, IT Security and Audit services primarily to manufacturing companies. Mr. Strons has assisted companies in turnaround situations by managing new product development, improving manufacturing operations, sales, distribution, administration, securing financing and obtaining ISO certifications. Prior to setting up Admiral Consulting, Mr. Strons was an Engineer at Boeing for 9 years and senior executive at several manufacturing and consulting companies. Mr. Strons is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology with a B.S. Physics (1963), is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Auditor (CISA), and Manager (CISM). Mr. Strons was identified by Coopers & Lybrand as Employee of the Year when working as a Senior Project Director and received a Value in Performance Award from the McDonnell Douglas Div. of Boeing.
Stephen P. Smith, Director—After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT, Steve started his professional career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, in the Stamford office where he achieved senior accountant status and earned his CPA. Subsequent to his tenure with D&T, Steve accepted the Manager of Accounting position at Universal Studios Hollywood. After completing his MBA with an emphasis in Finance at Pepperdine University in December 2004, Steve was hired as the Global Financial Reporting Manager at CB Richard Ellis Investors Group located in downtown Los Angeles. Ultimately, after nearly 10 years of technical accounting and financial reporting experience, Steve joined Vaco in March 2006.
Dave Wesley, COO—Mr. Wesley has over 40 years of experience managing various manufacturing companies. These positions include President, Australian operations of Intercast-Forge where he had multi-site responsibilities to develop and expand Manufacturing Operations. Prior to that he held a number of management positions at GNB, including Director of Manufacturing Operations where he had division-wide responsibility for the management of four manufacturing facilities producing industrial lead-acid batteries and power systems, including process and facility engineering, environmental/health safety issues as well as purchasing. Most recently he was site manager for Turbine Technologies at Esco Corporation where he implemented lean manufacturing principles with metric development, Kaizen events, TPM 5S and Champion training within each facility. Mr. Wesley received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Portland State University in Oregon.
Bruce E. Calkins, General Manager—Mr. Calkins earned his B.S. in Management from the University of San Francisco in 1983 while working for Bechtel Petroleum. Mr. Calkins also holds an A.A. degree in Drafting Technology from American River College in Sacramento. In previous positions he was responsible for technical support of high-performance computer systems, software and consulting at over 120 client installations. In addition, he supervised many project-specific activities, including software product development, ISO 9000 production standards, hardware marketing, product planning and large-scale installation and benchmark programs throughout the United States and parts of Asia.
George L. Stevens, Manager Engine Test and Quality Control—Before joining the Company in 1997, Mr. Stevens worked for GSE Inc. as a project manager and systems designer on the development of a 2-stroke diesel engine. While at California State University, where he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Industrial Technology, he was the Project Leader on the development of a hybrid electric automobile. Mr. Stevens had previously received a BS in Electronic Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University in 1984.