The company, founded in 2003, developed its patented Carbon Technology Platform to enable large-scale production of carbon materials that surpass the limitations of the naturally occurring carbons traditionally used in energy storage applications. Polymer chemistry is the foundation for EnerG2’s market-leading innovation. EnerG2 has developed laboratory-scale technologies and translated those technologies to commercial-scale manufacturing, all based on finely controlled and ultra-high purity polymer chemistry. Delivering these tailored carbons to energy storage device manufacturers allows the manufactures to increase device utilization and performance, thus creating better cost/performance value to the end consumer.
Bill Funcannon joined OVP Venture Partners in 1989, first as Controller and then as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer. In this role he reviews all financing documents, negotiates term sheets, structures deals and assists in the due diligence process. Bill is responsible for the firm’s day-to-day administrative activities and all its financial and reporting functions. Bill also sat on the Board of LeMond Fitness and was a Board observer at Avenda, both of which were sold. In addition to EnerG2, Bill serves as a Board member for RedSeal and as a Board observer for Scout Analytics and GenoLogics. Prior to joining OVP, Bill spent eight years as Venture Fund Controller at Hambrecht & Quist, where he managed over $700 million in assets. Prior to H&Q; Bill was a Registered Representative with the brokerage firm of CD Anderson & Co.
Gerry Langeler joined OVP Venture Partners in 1992 and focuses on investments in the clean tech, communications and software sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CradlePoint, DataSphere, EnerG2, Novomer, Precision Demand and Serus. Prior to joining OVP, Gerry was co-founder of Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) in Portland, OR in 1981. There he served as President, and over eleven years helped lead Mentor through its IPO to over $400M in worldwide sales and over $1B in market capitalization. He began his technology career at Tektronix. Gerry is the author of The Success Matrix – Winning in Business and in Life (Logos Press 2014), Take the Money and Run! An Insider’s Guide to Venture Capital (Smashwords.com & Lulu Press, 2011) as well as The Vision Trap (Harvard Business Review, 3/92). They can be ordered via links at www.langeler.com. He serves as co-chair of the Oregon Growth Board. Gerry received his AB in Chemistry from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard University.
Bob Lutz’s career started in 1963 and includes senior leadership positions at GM, Ford, Chrysler and BMW. Most recently, Mr. Lutz was Vice Chairman and Special Advisor, Design and Global Product Development for GM, retiring in 2010. From 1971 to 1974, Mr. Lutz served as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for BMW. He held various senior executive positions with Ford Motor Company from 1974 to 1986, including Chairman of Ford of Europe, Executive Vice President of Ford International Operations, Executive Vice President of Truck Operations, and a member of the Ford Board of Directors. Mr. Lutz was with Chrysler from 1986 to 1998, including serving as President and Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Chrysler’s car and truck operations worldwide, and as a member of Chrysler’s Board of Directors. Following his time at Chrysler, Mr. Lutz became chairman and chief executive officer of Exide Technologies. He served as chairman until his resignation on May 17, 2002, and as a member of Exide’s board of directors until May 5, 2004. Mr. Lutz has been the driving force behind many vehicle advancements in his career, including, most recently, the extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt introduced by GM in 2010. He is the author of The Wall Street Journal and New York Times best seller Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: the Battle for the Soul of American Business.
With extensive direct leadership, executive management and enterprise sales experience, Rick leads EnerG2 as CEO and co-founder. Rick brings start-up experience to the team as the co-founder and CEO of Hubspan, one of the Web’s lasting business-to-business integrators where he raised the company’s first two rounds of funding and developed and closed its flagship customer. As a management consultant with Booz Allen, Rick specialized in manufacturing efficiency developing and implementing lean manufacturing practices for commercial aircraft production. Beginning his career as an Army aviation officer, he led an aeroscout platoon in Desert Storm where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal (2nd award) in recognition for performance in combat operations against the Iraqi Republican Guard. Rick later flew Apaches as commander of an Attack Helicopter Company. Rick earned a BA in Biology from Cornell University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
John Reagh (pronounced “Ray”) is a managing director at WRF Capital, the venture investing arm of the Washington Research Foundation. John focuses on investments in advanced materials, electronics and information technology, including software, semiconductor and internet-related applications. John has helped to finance numerous companies at WRF Capital, including Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), Lumera (NasdaqNM: LMRA), Numinous Technologies (acquired by Microsoft) and Performant (acquired by Mercury Interactive). John currently oversees WRF Capital’s investments in EnerG2, MicroGREEN Polymers, Decide.com, Nimbic, nLight Photonics and Skytap. John received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor of science in physics from Stanford University. He has been admitted to the bar of the State of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.