Leadership

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  • Jake Rath

    Jake Rath

    Chief Operating Officer

    With a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from The College of William & Mary, Jake’s career began as a financial analyst and consultant with FleetBoston (now Bank of America).  In 2005, after receiving his MBA, he moved to Measurement Specialties (now TE Connectivity), a global designer and manufacturer of […]

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    With a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from The College of William & Mary, Jake’s career began as a financial analyst and consultant with FleetBoston (now Bank of America).  In 2005, after receiving his MBA, he moved to Measurement Specialties (now TE Connectivity), a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems, where he led a variety of operational and program functions including supply chain management, offshore manufacturing, process and productivity analysis, and development of product roadmaps.   In 2011, Jake joined Capital One’s corporate finance team, overseeing various cost down efforts and operational transformation initiatives.  Jake joined Evatran in 2014, leading supply chain, manufacturing, and installation operations. He now oversees all of Evatran’s operations, from manufacturing, to its OEM design and development programs.

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  • Tom Hough

    Co-Founder

    Tom began his career in 1973 with General Electric, where he worked for 16 years in industrial electrical equipment leadership. In 1998, Tom purchased the specialist high-power transformer manufacturer MTC Transformers, which he built from 4 employees to a $40 million-a-year business with a multi-division operational footprint and 175+ employees. In 2009, Tom and his […]

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    Tom began his career in 1973 with General Electric, where he worked for 16 years in industrial electrical equipment leadership. In 1998, Tom purchased the specialist high-power transformer manufacturer MTC Transformers, which he built from 4 employees to a $40 million-a-year business with a multi-division operational footprint and 175+ employees. In 2009, Tom and his colleagues at MTC began experimenting with the use of modified transformers for electric vehicle (EV) charging. The result was the induction technology Plugless Power, which was spun off from MTC in 2010, becoming wholly owned and produced by Evatran. Tom retired in 2012, with a strategic exit that sold MTC to a private equity firm.

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  • Bob Mooney

    Chairman of the Board

    Bob has extensive accounting, financial, information technology and real estate experience, including serving as a Partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) for over 20 years, CFO of the Fortune 500 Ethyl Corporation as well as of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business, CEO of an internet company and investor and board member of […]

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    Bob has extensive accounting, financial, information technology and real estate experience, including serving as a Partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC) for over 20 years, CFO of the Fortune 500 Ethyl Corporation as well as of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business, CEO of an internet company and investor and board member of startup technology companies. Bob is actively involved in Richmond’s art community, especially the Richmond CenterStage Foundation.

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  • Joe Kunkel

    Joe serves as a Member of Industry Advisory Network at Blue Heron Capital, LLC. He served as the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at CarMax from 1998 to December 2012. During his tenure at CarMax, the company’s sales rose from less than $1 Billion to more than $10 Billion, the company’s stock increased […]

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    Joe serves as a Member of Industry Advisory Network at Blue Heron Capital, LLC. He served as the Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at CarMax from 1998 to December 2012. During his tenure at CarMax, the company’s sales rose from less than $1 Billion to more than $10 Billion, the company’s stock increased in value over 10 fold, and the company was named by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 best companies to work for 9 years in a row. He was one of the top five officers of the company during that time period. Mr. Kunkel served as a Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategy at CarMax, Inc. from April 2001 to December 22, 2012. He joined CarMax, Inc. in 1998 as a Vice President, Marketing and Strategy. Prior to joining CarMax, Inc. Mr. Kunkel served as the President of Wholesome Kidfoods, Inc. and a Senior Manager with McKinsey and Company. Early in his career, he worked for General Motors and General Electric. Mr. Kunkel has spent over 25 years consulting and leading strategy and marketing teams for a number of different companies.

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  • Tom W. LaSorda

    Special Advisor to the Board

    Mr. LaSorda has more than 30+ years of leadership experience in the automotive industry. Mr. LaSorda joined Chrysler in 2000, later serving as CEO and President of the Chrysler Group beginning in 2006. In Dec 2011 he joined the board of Fisker Automotive and assumed the role of CEO until his resignation in Aug 2012. […]

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    Mr. LaSorda has more than 30+ years of leadership experience in the automotive industry. Mr. LaSorda joined Chrysler in 2000, later serving as CEO and President of the Chrysler Group beginning in 2006. In Dec 2011 he joined the board of Fisker Automotive and assumed the role of CEO until his resignation in Aug 2012. In 2004, Mr. LaSorda received the “Distinguished Service Citation” award from the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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  • Leal Chen

    In 2004, Leal graduated from Troy University with his MBA. He started his early career as the General Manager at American Sunstar, INC. Then he spent nearly five years at BEPC Limited Corporation. In 2010, Leal began to serve as President and CEO of VIE Group. Throughout his tenure at VIE, the company has expanded […]

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    In 2004, Leal graduated from Troy University with his MBA. He started his early career as the General Manager at American Sunstar, INC. Then he spent nearly five years at BEPC Limited Corporation. In 2010, Leal began to serve as President and CEO of VIE Group. Throughout his tenure at VIE, the company has expanded the scale of operations into many fields including auto parts with two listed companies. Auto parts is a leading industry which has successfully entered into PACCAR, NAVISTAR, DAMILER, NISSAN and TOYOTA supplier systems. VIE has also set up joint ventures with Haldex, Protean and Evatran separately in China. Under Leal’s operating management, the sales of VIE reached 1.7 billion dollars in 2015, with nearly 3,500 employees. In 2015, Leal joined the board of Evatran.

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