Meet the ORBIS Team

Marcus Hays chairman, CEO, co-founder

Marcus Hays  LinkedIn

CHAIRMAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & CO-FOUNDER

Marcus Hays is CEO and co-founder of ORBIS. He is a visionary entrepreneur and award-winning industrial designer whose career has centered on paratransit, electric, and autonomous vehicle solutions since his studies at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, 1991-1993).

Hays collaborated in a start-up incubated at the CalStart Advanced Transportation Center, focused on diesel-electric taxicabs and acquired by Battery Automated Transportation in 1998. A 1998-2000 collaboration with Dr. Paul MacCready, then chairman of AeroVironment, on a series of electric bicycles with novel drivetrain (“mid-drive”) was later adopted by Bosch®. Hays’s multi-year consultation with mentor Lee Iacocca, former Chrysler Chairman, also led to offering the first ever mid-drive lithium-powered mountain ebike at Interbike, Las Vegas, NV, in 1999. 

Other collaborations included with Richard Rice at Scaled Robotics, producing man-portable ground robotics platforms equipped with IED sniffers. Deployed in the second Iraq war, these led to multiple discoveries in miniaturized electric propulsion.

Hay’s PiCycle® electric bike brand was distributed at BestBuy® and heralded for its design by the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, which has a PiCycle in its permanent collection. As CEO, Marcus led lobbying efforts in Washington D.C., and Sacramento with D.O.E., U.S. Department of Commerce and ARB. In a related venture, back-to-back land-speed records were set at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2006 and 2007 aboard pioneering Li-ION-powered electric motorcycles.

Since the 2015 formation of ORBIS, Hays and co-founder Streeter have authored 17 issued patents on Ring-Driven™ technologies. Thirty more are in process that address novel autonomous vehicles and devices including desalination pumps and kinetic energy recovery systems, a type of mechanical energy storage.

Brad Knop CFO

Brad Knop  LinkedIn

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Brad Knop comes to ORBIS as he enters his fifth year with Propeller Industries. Knop has performed all aspects of the Chief Financial Officer function for over 50 early-stage companies in sectors ranging from technology and business services to food/beverage and consumer goods/apparel. Knop’s leadership at Propeller draws on a combination of deep experience in finance and operations with his stewardship of efficient and scalable accounting teams, all managed using the latest technologies. Knop’s strategic thinking and financial acumen is essential to supporting ORBIS’s efforts to secure funding and support exponential growth.

Scott Streeter general manager and co-founder

Scott Streeter LinkedIn

GENERAL MANAGER & CO-FOUNDER

Scott Streeter brings a wealth of expertise from 15 years as a tooling and prototyping engineer. Streeter has developed innovative tooling and manufacturing methods and created an efficient USA and offshore manufacturing process that is cost-competitive with global manufacturing competition. He has worked as an independent consultant, mechanical engineer, and fabricator for many successful companies.

Streeter brings special expertise in mechanical design, Computer Aided Design and Drafting, additive manufacturing 3D printing, and manufacturing processes.
Peter Imlay executive VP, business development

Peter Imlay  LinkedIn

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

As Executive Vice President, Business Development at ORBIS, Peter Imlay contributes more than 22 years of financial experience including running his own firm, Peter Imlay Associates, LLC since 2003. Imlay has held prior positions in corporate finance, retail, and institutional sales as well as investor relations at Dean Witter Reynolds and Prudential Securities. Imlay received his B.A. in Latin American Studies from UCLA in 1991.

Board + Advisors

Brandon Bert

BOARD MEMBER CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF AMAZING GRASS

Amazing Grass is the nation’s leading brand of grower-direct organic green superfoods. Premium drink powders are the most convenient and affordable way to help achieve a daily quota of fruits and veggies. Amazing Grass products include organic wheat grass, a complete line of Green SuperFoods, Amazing Meals, Kidz SuperFoods and Energy Bars.

David Shore

BOARD MEMBER FOUNDING PARTNER OF MARIN FINANCIAL ADVISORS, LLC

Advanced underwriting, tax and estate planning. Advanced tax planning using private placement investments (1985-1986).

Founding partner of Marin Financial Advisors, an SEC Registered Advisor (1988-present).

Trustee, Marin County Employees Retirement Association, elected by Marin County Board of Supervisors (2012-2017). 

Kal Majmundar

ADVISOR VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE TECHNOLOGY OF LENDING CLUB

Accomplished executive with over 20 years of IT experience delivering solutions to global Fortune 500 companies. Extensive experience in aligning business and IT strategies including developing strategic roadmaps, financial and operational plans, developing, mentoring and leading high performing teams, executive business engagement. Talent development. Vendor engagement and overall service management.

Greg Altmann

ADVISOR (AERODYNAMICS) STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS ENGINEER, THE BOEING COMPANY

Altmann works in the Loads and Dynamics group, which precisely determines loading on aircraft structure. Including conducting wind tunnel tests and analyzing pressure data. Performed Navier-Stokes CFD analysis and developed methods to predict lift loads. In Mercedes-Benz aerodynamics and aeroacoustics department Greg developed tools for post-processing wind tunnel data. And determined feasibility of ignition electronics in the heat transfer department.

Bill Dawson

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Technical background: Dawson was on the Macintosh development team at Apple, where he produced the world’s first CD-ROMs, DVDs and dozens of products including scientific journals and video games. He was technical director of Xoom.com (NASDQ:XMCM) and president of Manex Interactive (The Matrix; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). He has programmed a number of AI machines.

Publishing background: Dawson has been published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry and Methods in Enzymology and is now developing the future of EV fleet management.

Dawson often says, “82 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.” (The percentage changes depending on the point he is trying to make.)

Legal

  • Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
    Mario Rosati and Mark Reinstra (Business Affairs). WSGR is the premier Silicon Valley legal firm. Based in Palo Alto, CA, WSGR principals are also investors in Orbis.
  • Maschoff Brennan (Intellectual Property)
  • R. Burns Israelsen (Lead Counsel)