Team

ravikant barot
Founder & CEO

Ravikant Barot is the founder and CEO of OxiCool. Ravi is also an inventor and the Chief Technology Officer.

Ravi is a former Merchant Marine. During over ten years of sailing the seven seas, Ravi served as an Officer on many different types of ocean-going ships; including as Captain of Oil Tanker and Chief Officer on modern fully refrigerated ships. He has travelled to over hundred countries around the globe and has many interesting experiences to share from his exciting sea life. Previously, Ravi served for Ford at their Detroit headquarters and at Ford's European headquarters in Cologne (Germany) in product development finance leadership on the first joint platform between Ford, Volvo, and Mazda. Prior to founding OxiCool, Ravi served in India as the CFO for Ford Credit joint ventures in India (~$1B Assets Under Management) where he managed 25%+ growth in dealer and consumer loan assets while maintaining best-in-class performance ratios. Ravi is a hands-on leader who feels fortunate to have led an invigorating but humble childhood growing up in a small town in India with his auto enthusiast father learning to repair and maintain their collection of English motorcycles and cars -- one car was a 1960 Ford Falcon. Ravi lives on the Valley Forge mountain in Pennsylvania with his wife and their thirteen-year-old son.

Ravi holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Pre-MBA from the University of Dallas, and an (Unlimited) Master Mariner’s license.

dave martin
Vice President of Engineering

Dave joined OxiCool after 25 years of climate control and mobile air conditioning product engineering experience, providing global leadership in moving the industry to more environmentally acceptable materials. Most recently, he was the Chief Architecture Strategist at General Motors. Previously, Dave served as the Chief Engineer of the Actuator and Sensor Division at Eaton, the Manager of New Business Development Engineering at Calsonic North America, and Engineering Manager at Valeo Thermal Systems, among other positions. During his career Dave has engineered air conditioning systems and heat exchangers to operate using R12, R134a, 1234YF and R744 refrigerants. He has experience across product engineering, testing and validation, research and development, and manufacturing. He has participated in the design of an automated coating facility which reduced VOC emissions, several product laboratories and vehicle proving grounds. Dave spent 4 years in Mexico City as a Senior Manager developing a regional HVAC center of expertise for General Motors. He has engineered vehicles with ever increasing climate control and engine cooling system efficiencies. Dave served on the Society of Automotive Engineers’ climate control and engine cooling committees. He holds 3 patents and has published several papers and presentations with SAE.

Dave holds an MBA from Capital University and a BSIT from Ohio University. He has attended general management programs at Arizona State University and CEDEP/INSEAD and taught HVAC and Powertrain Cooling at GM University.

brandon wilcox
Vice President of Product Design

Brandon is the second team member to join OxiCool after the Founder. He has completed over seven years with the company and had joined the company shortly after graduating from West Virginia University, where he served as the lead instructor of the Mechatronics lab within the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering where he developed various lab exercises and used them to teach undergraduate students the basics of electrical circuits; computer aided design, data acquisition, and closed loop computer programming. He has played an essential role in the fabrication, design, coding, and testing of each prototype.

Brandon holds a BSME from West Virginia University.

jonathan kaufman, ph.d
Vice President of Research and Development

Dr. Kaufman joined OxiCool after a long and successful career with the US Government. He was the Basic Research Coordinator and Chief, Agent Characterization and Countermeasures Branch, for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency - Chemical Biological Department (DTRA-CB). He previously served in numerous other technical roles at DTRA, was a senior research physiologist for the U.S. Navy, a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Fellow, and served as adjunct faculty at North Carolina State University, Florida Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has 30 years of experience directing US government research efforts, including 23 years leading research in thermal and respiratory physiology, individual protective equipment, personal cooling systems, bio-instrumentation, and combustion toxicology for various governmental agencies. Dr. Kaufman served as the official US Navy representative in various bilateral agreements and multilateral organizations involving data exchange and collaboration related to environmental physiology research (including microclimate cooling systems) involving Australia, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. He has published 4 book chapters, over 100 publications and presentations, and been awarded 4 patents with 5 additional invention disclosures.

Dr. Kaufman holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University, and a B.Ch.E. in Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University.

brian berkenstock
Vice President of Communications and Marketing

Brian joined OxiCool after 20+ years in communications at both start-ups and a Fortune 50. He held various roles at Aetna: leading content strategy, managing an in-house agency of creatives, and improving the user experience on countless websites and digital consumer tools. Brian brought national attention to Aetna, branding it as a thought leader in clear, consumer communication. His work even received recognition from a Senate Committee. Brian has created award-winning content in every form, from mobile apps and social media to videos and eBooks. He is a board member with the Center for Plain Language.

Brian holds a BA in English from Kutztown University and an MA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University

Board of Directors
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david broome
Director

David Broome serves as the President and CEO of TransForce, the nation's leading specialty staffing firm devoted exclusively to the transportation industry. David joined TransForce in 1991 to be responsible for the company's expansion into the Washington DC and Baltimore, MD markets and took his current role in 1993 to provide the strategic direction to the company. He is a passionate advocate for truck safety and DOT compliance throughout the driver staffing industry. He has sought to differentiate TransForce by providing sufficient compensation and benefits to drivers to attract and retain high-quality employees. David is an active member and officer of the Driver Employment Council of America, the industry group for driver staffing firms and is a member of the American Trucking Association Safety Policy Committee. David also is a board member of the Wish You Well Foundation, the David Baldacci family literacy foundation. Prior to joining TransForce, David was a sales executive in the transportation industry with three different Fortune 500 transportation and trucking companies.

David is a University of Tennessee graduate with a degree in transportation and logistics.

john engels
Director

John is co-founder of AxoGen Corporation and has served as its Vice President since 2006, providing operational and financial leadership and managing AxoGen's strategic, sales and product development partnerships. From 1999 to 2002, John worked as a consultant for the University of Florida, Saffron Hill Ventures and PA Early Stage Partners, among other companies. John also worked from 1993 to 1997 for CACM, a boutique investment banking firm.

John holds a MBA in Management and Operations from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

ravikant barot
Director

See bio in Team above

Advisors

general james l. jones, usmc (ret)
Advisor

General James L. Jones is President of Jones Group International. General Jones has spent his life serving and protecting America and American ideals. He is sought after for his wisdom, guidance, and political endorsement. As the former commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he led all military operations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and later, as National Security Advisor, he brought clear vision and steady leadership to America's mission in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and the country's interests around the world. General Jones was commissioned into the Marine Corps in January 1967, serving as rifle platoon and company commander in Vietnam. On returning to the U.S., he pursued a career in the Marines, attending the Amphibious Warfare School in 1973 and the National War College in 1985, and serving as Marine Corps liaison officer to the U.S. Senate. He was also commanding officer of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Northern Iraq and Turkey on Operation Provide Comfort; chief of staff, Joint Task Force Provide Promise, for operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia; and commanding general, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Forces Atlantic. He also served as Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from 1997-99. He became the 32nd commandant of the United States Marine Corps in July 1999. During his NATO assignment from 2003-2006, he advocated energy security and the defense of critical infrastructures as a core part of NATO's future missions. Upon retirement in February 2007, the combat veteran became the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy and, in 2008, served as the State Department's Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security. From 2009 until 2010, he served as President Obama's National Security Advisor at the White House. He and his wife Diane have four children and nine grandchildren.

In addition to having been awarded national and international military awards, he received from Georgetown University a Bachelor of Science degree (1966) and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (2002). In June 1985, he graduated from the National War College in Washington, D.C.

jim tetreault
Advisor

Jim Tetreault most recently served as a Corporate Officer and Vice President North America Manufacturing at Ford Motor Company, a role to which he was appointed effective December 1, 2008. In this role, Jim drove the company's continued efforts to improve manufacturing flexibility and efficiency in North America as it retooled several truck factories to launch a host of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. For four years prior to this position, Jim served as Vice President, Manufacturing, Ford of Europe. In Europe, he was responsible for all European vehicle and powertrain manufacturing operations including Manufacturing Planning and Logistics, as well as the European Ford Land facility management for Ford plants in Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Russia, Turkey and the UK. Jim has held several management positions in Ford North American manufacturing facilities, including plant manager in three assembly plants and one stamping plant. Between 2002 and 2005, Jim served as the Director of Manufacturing, Vehicle Operations, following two years in the position of Vehicle Operations Director of Quality. Jim joined Ford Motor Company in 1988 after spending the early part of his career at Chrysler Corporation, where he worked in management positions in production and engineering.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Michigan

kathleen ligocki
Advisor

Kathleen Ligocki is the CEO of Harvest Power, Inc. She joined the company in January 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she worked as an Operating Partner with the firm’s greentech ventures on strategic challenges, scaling operations and commercialization. Kathleen has previously served as chief executive officer of a Fortune 1000 auto supplier, Tower Automotive, and two early-stage companies — Next Autoworks Co., an American car company with a unique low-cost business model; and GS Motors, a Mexico City-based auto retailer owned by Grupo Salinas, a large Mexican conglomerate. Earlier in her career, she served as a corporate officer with Ford Motor Company and worked for United Technologies and General Motors. She has lived in both Europe and Mexico and has led operations in North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, India and Thailand. Kathleen serves on the board of Indiana University Foundation and is an active volunteer in various community organizations that support women and children. Kathleen currently serves as a director of Lear Corporation, a Fortune 200 global auto supplier.

Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Indiana University, an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University and Indiana University.

leonard m. lodish, ph.d
Advisor

Dr. Lodish is the Samuel R. Harrell Professor in the Marketing Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton’s Vice Dean for the Program for Social Impact, and Leader of the Wharton Global Consulting Practicum (GCP) that has subsidiary partnerships with leading business schools in Israel, Chile, Peru, China, Taiwan, India, and Spain. Dr. Lodish was the initial Vice Dean for Wharton’s San Francisco campus from 2001-2009 and is currently Senior Advisor in San Francisco. Dr. Lodish's primary research and consulting areas are in entrepreneurial marketing, strategic and tactical marketing resource planning, marketing decision support systems, and applications in firm/marketing strategy, sales force, advertising, and promotion planning. Dr. Lodish is a Corporate Director of J&J Snack Foods, Inc (NASDAQ) and also is a director or advisory board member of private companies – DVtel, Diapers.com, Milo.com, Powergetics, and First Flavor, as well as an advisor to the Jerusalem Global Venture Funds and First Round Capital. Dr. Lodish was the first outside director of Diapers.com which has become the fastest growing Internet retailer for 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Dr. Lodish has consulted with many major firms worldwide.

Dr. Lodish holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Operations Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management and an A.B. in Mathematics from Kenyon College.

erik chuang
Advisor

Erik Chuang has an extensive background in new business development in the corporate environment, encompassing everything from initial strategy, hiring, incentive plans, sales management to full rollout and implementation. With McKinsey & Company, Erik helped a major financial services provider identify where and how to enter the health insurance and retirement plan markets for small businesses, a $65 million opportunity. At Chase, he has helped build and restructure several divisions from end-to-end, including a 40-person Retail Sales Wholesalers team and a 200-person Workplace Financial Services group. He also lead a newly formed team responsible for launching new Chase branches. Key functions included hiring and staffing, incentive payouts, grand opening launches and sales management. Today, he manages the United Nations business for Chase Business Banking, a $500 million portfolio.

Erik holds an MBA in Marketing, Finance and Operations from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Harvard, and is a former Chartered Financial Analyst.