Meet the ORBIS Team

Marcus Hays chairman, CEO, co-founder

Marcus Hays  LinkedIn

CHAIRMAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & CO-FOUNDER

Vehicle background: Hays’ electric vehicle industry experience dates to his 1996 founding participation in Calstart, the State of California’s Zero Emission Vehicle incubator which at its zenith included GM, Michelin, Pirelli, AC Propulsion, AeroVironment, PIVCO (acquired by Ford Motor Co) and 200 others.


Innovation: Between 1996 and 2015, Hays collaborated with former Chrysler Chairman, Lee Iacocca, Dr. Paul MacCready, former Chairman of AeroVironment, Bob Boucher (“Father of Electric Flight”) and Schiller Waterbikes, contributing innovation to seven electric vehicle development efforts, each requiring unique drivetrains that Hays also wrote patents for.


Recognition: Hays has been a guest lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley; Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University; was named “Inventor of the Month” by Autodesk, was recently recognized by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry for the PiCycle electric bicycle which is currently on display in the museum’s Art of the Bicycle permanent collection. Hays coauthored 9 currently pending ORBIS patents while he’s currently authoring another 20.


Of interest: Hays also owns two land-speed records for electric motorcycles set at the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in 2006 and 2007, was a Transportation Studies Major at the prestigious Art Center College of Design Pasadena before dropping out in his junior year to join the Calstart incubator and prior to that, was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Brad Knop CFO

Brad Knop  LinkedIn

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Knop comes to ORBIS as he logs 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/operations with his stewardship of efficient and scalable accounting teams, all managed using the latest in technologies. Knop’s strategic thinking and financial acumen is essential to supporting Orbis’ efforts to secure funding and to plan for and support exponential growth.
Scott Streeter general manager and co-founder

Scott Streeter  LinkedIn

GENERAL MANAGER & CO-FOUNDER

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

Abilities: Streeter’s expertise encompasses 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, Imlay contributes more than 22 years of financial experience which includes running his own firm, Peter Imlay Associates, LLC (since 2003) and 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.

 

Jennifer Buzick, VP of operations

Jennifer Buzick  LinkedIn

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS

Buzick has served in numerous operational capacities, including as a Security Analyst for the Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts focused on streamlining security policy throughout California’s trial courts. Most recently, she has served as an investor relations consultant to publicly traded companies, facilitating corporate access and strategic outreach.

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

Northwestern Mutual Insurance (1981-84): 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).

Appointed as Trustee, Marin County Employees Retirement Association by Marin County Board of Supervisors (2012-present). Elected Chairman of the Board in 2015.

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)