Meet the Team

Led by a team from Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Google, McKinsey, BMW, and Tesla, the company has a strong set of technologies and IP in the areas of predictive modeling and control of highly variable distributed loads. Key differentiating features of our company’s products include sub-3-second control response latency, precise charging rate control, programmable AGC-style local response profiles, and advanced mobile / web user interface capabilities.

 

eMotorWerks provides residential, workplace and multifamily charging solutions via indirect and direct sales to customers around the world, building on its leadership position with tens of thousands of smart-grid IoT charging stations installed today. The company deploys thousands of new JuiceNet enabled stations every month including those associated through partnerships with other leading EV and EVSE manufacturers.

 

eMotorWerks is privately held and based in San Carlos, California.

Val Miftakhov

Founder & CEO

Val Miftakhov is the Founder of eMotorWerks. Over the last dozen years, Val held executive business strategy & operations positions at Google, McKinsey... Read More & Company, and Nielsen. He also launched and managed three startup companies, in all of which he held the CTO position. Prior to his industry experience, Val was a high energy physics researcher at Stanford Linear Accelerator, a Department of Energy facility. Val received his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and his MS in Physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He was a two-time winner of the Nationwide Russian Physics Competitions. In whatever spare time he gets, Val tries to get good use out of his airplane and helicopter pilot licenses.

Preston Roper

Chief Marketing & Operating Officer

Preston Roper has more than two decades of experience leading innovative marketing and operations teams at high-growth technology companies... Read More, including Honeywell, NetDynamics (acquired by Sun Microsystems/Oracle) and Synopsys (IPO). He has helped advanced energy companies such as Stem and energyOrbit set product strategy, launch sales, and ramp marketing and PR. Previously he served as CMO & VP Corporate Development and EVP of Operations & Marketing at energy companies Cogenra and Tioga Energy, respectively. Preston holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Hardware-Software Co-Design from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Alan White

Chief Business Officer

Alan White has held executive positions in business development, operations, and finance for technology companies developing energy, simulation... Read More, and supply-chain solutions. He began his career at Silicon Graphics, then co-founded SupplyBase (acquired by i2 Tech). At Autodesk, he served as Director of Corporate Development. He established Daintree Networks controls business, worked on market development for ChargePoint, and was EVP of Corporate Development at Scientific Conservation. Mr. White is a Mentor at the UC Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator, holds a BS in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Union College, and an MS from the MIT Sloan School.

Alexander Gurzhi

Chief Software Architect, Cloud

Alex brings to the team more than 25 years of experience in professional software design and development. He oversees the architecture... Read More and evolution of our cloud services and mobile applications. Alex grew up in Ukraine, where he began coding in his teens and later received M.S. degree in computer systems and networks engineering. He has worked with a number of large and small technology companies for over 20 years, most recently with Microsoft, Echostar, and Sling Media. His vision, expertise and leadership have been the driving forces behind the success of several complex technology projects.

Vincent Schachter

VP, Energy Product Management & International Business Development

Vincent Schachter is a tech executive and entrepreneur with a strong track record in R&D, business strategy and partnership building... Read More As VP R&D for New Energies, Vincent designed Total's technology strategy and built its programs and partnerships in PV, biotechnology and smart grids from the ground up, helping develop the oil major into a prominent cleantech player. He was instrumental in starting affiliate Sunpower's transition to energy services provider and in improving its solar products. Previously, Vincent drove computational biology research and software development in startups and academia. He founded a lab at CEA, the leading French technology research organisation, was Director of Bioinformatics at the French National Genome Center, and co-founded Hybrigenics, a biotechnology startup and the first spin-off from the Pasteur Institute. Vincent received his PhD in Computer Science from Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, the most selective French academic institution. He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and co-recipient of a US Presidential Green Chemistry Award.

Sergey Kiselev

Director, Europe

Sergey Kiselev co-leads eMotorWerks’ European business. Sergey joined the company after 10 years at McKinsey, where he led strategic .. Read More projects for clients in renewable energy, storage and emobility. He led the opening of a new McKinsey office in Kazakhstan and helped scale its operations. Prior to his career in strategy consulting, Sergey worked at Hitachi Global Storage Technology group located in Silicon Valley, performing R&D in nanomagnetics. His R&D work continued his PhD and postdoctoral work in experimental physics at Cornell University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and math from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. In his spare time Sergey enjoys long distance running.

Sam Valles

Director of Hardware Operations

A San Francisco Bay area native, Sam has worked in large and small technology companies as an operations executive for over 20 years, .. Read More having started out as a hardware engineer for defense contractors in Silicon Valley. He has managed contract manufacturers, manufacturing groups, and has developed manufacturing processes for computers, chemicals, robots, consumer products, and defense systems. Sam holds an APICS certification in supply chain management alongside his degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the Air Force Academy and San Jose State, respectively.

Vinay Krishnan

Director, Embedded Technology

Vinay brings over a decade of experience in growing and leading engineering teams. He is responsible for the embedded technology that keeps eMotorwerks at the forefront of the EVSE market... Read More Prior to eMotorWerks, Vinay served as a senior engineering manager at Cadence Design Systems, where he helped start and grow the System on a Chip (SoC) division. He has been responsible for the design of multiple embedded systems, including being the lead designer of an SSD firmware team. Vinay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT and an MS in EECS from UC Berkeley.

Sergei Morkovine

VP Sales

Sergei oversees global consumer sales, managing multiple channels, including direct web sales, third-party web storefronts, indirect channels... Read More such as automotive OEMs, and real estate developers. Sergei has over twenty years of experience in forging strategic channel relationships with partners all over the world. He is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia, with a B.S. & M.S. in Physics.

Dorian Vargas-Reighley

Director, Sales & Technical Support

Dorian manages sales and technical support, including project and account development through to customer support... Read More He worked as an engineer and technician with several technology companies - most recently Lightning Motorcycles (the maker of the world's fastest electric racing motorcycle). Dorian received an AS degree from Foothill College in database management and attended courses at Stanford University studying physics, business, and neuroscience.

David Schlosberg

Director of Energy Market Operations

David Schlosberg is Director of Energy Market Operations and leads the company's participation in energy markets and other programs ... Read More operated by regulatory agencies. He also provides industry leadership on EVs and distributed energy resources in regulatory and legislative forums. Previously, he was Principal, Energy Market Analysis, within the Alphabet / Google Access & Energy division, where he was responsible for regulatory activities as well as related business development initiatives with utilities, energy management providers and renewable energy companies. Previously, David held regulatory and government affairs roles with BrightSource Energy, a provider of large scale solar thermal power plants. David received his BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

Kris Kluzak

Customer Support Manager

Kris brings a deep background in electrical construction, joining the IBEW apprenticeship in 1985. She later moved into the low-voltage and... Read More sound designation, running several specialty jobs within San Diego and Orange Counties. Kris found a preference for working with people and directly supporting customers, and joined the team at Home Depot where she worked as the professional business contact in the electrical department. In addition to her professional duties, Kris spent several years working for herself and volunteering with AYSO as a soccer coach and board member. Her first EV was the BMW ActiveE field trial car, and she now drives the BMW i3 and the RAV4EV. She continues to beta test i3s and moderates the official BMW i3 forum, “The Circuit.”

Dave Wood

Director, Customer Service & Commercial Sales

Dave Wood brings over 25 years of experience in customer service, account management, and sales. He has worked with many top brands ... Read More building outstanding inside and outside sales teams. Previously he was a Senior Development Manager for Venture Corporation a leader in commercial condominium development. He helped drive sales to record levels at Backroads, The North Face (IPO), AutoDesk and Ducati. Dave was first introduced to EV's as sales manager at Zero Electric Motorcycles. He was a firefighter in the Navy, attended USN NCPACE study afloat, achieving a BS in Management and an MBA in Global Strategic Management from Dominican University.

Jose Medina

Senior Accountant

Jose Medina comes from the solar and renewable energy industry, having worked as a Senior Fund Accountant at solar energy leader Sunrun. .. Read More Jose’s previous experience includes financial and accounting consulting, in which he led established companies and startups through rapid growth periods, managing accounting activities and financial statement preparation. Jose thrives in fast-paced environments where he implements processes and tools that codify accounting principles for detailed data collection, analysis, and business decision making. Jose is a U.S. military veteran and served with the U.S. Army National Guard for nine years. He was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and served as a Finance Specialist, helping to coordinate cash disbursements through Iraq. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Rutgers University.

Cosmin Dumitrescu

Director Product Management

Cosmin has been working in the technology and product innovation industry for more than 15 years. His expertise in SaaS and mobile applications contributed significantly to the business... Read More growth of several startups and large enterprises. In his management roles Cosmin linked Technology and Marketing strategies by introducing tools and mobile applications for a new, innovative customer experience using his exceptional design instincts and product taste. Before joining eMotorWerks, Cosmin delivered several public and private Cloud-based projects, products, mobile and SaaS applications while serving as CTO for innovating companies like GreenJobInterview or Realty ONE Group. Cosmin has also held management positions at large companies like McAfee, Corelogic and Experian. Cosmin holds a Law degree from Bucharest University and Business Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.

Advisors

Aram Shumavon

Advisory Board Member

Mr. Shumavon has more than 15 years of experience in regulated energy markets, with a focus on high penetration distributed and renewable energy resources... Read More Aram is founder and CEO of Kevala, Inc., founder and executive director of the nonprofit Distributed Energy Consumer Advocates. He has helped develop state and federal policy, managed the development of regulatory strategies, and created innovative market infrastructure and policy analysis tools. Mr. Shumavon’s work includes more than a decade as a senior analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission where he headed the state’s analysis of key wholesale electricity market design and environmental compliance efforts and led long term procurement and planning efforts focused on California’s high renewables penetration future and renewables integration strategies. He has an AB in economics and public policy from the University of Chicago

David Arfin

Advisory Board Member

David Arfin is driven to create innovative finance offerings that accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies. David invented SolarCity's SolarLease... Read More , the game-changing financing program that enabled over 200,000 customers to adopt solar power and drove SCTY to a market capitalization of over $5 billion. David is also a partner and co-founder of SolarVento (Mexico) and serves on the Board of Directors of Simpa Networks (India), WattzOn (Palo Alto), and is an Advisor to Everyday Energy (San Diego) and UnitedWind. David was co-founder and CEO of GlooLabs (acquired by Cisco). David received an MBA from Stanford University, an MA in Public Policy Analysis from the Claremont Graduate University, and a BA in Political Science from UCLA where he was graduated phi beta kappa.

Steve Taber

Energy Markets

Steve Taber is a serial entrepreneur and startup CEO with broad and deep experience in the renewable energy industry. He is co-founder & CEO of the Princeton Energy Group, a leading developer... Read More of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in various sectors and in markets throughout the world. He is the co-founder of Nordic Windpower Ltd, manufacturer of an innovative wind turbine generator, and served as CEO through its first six years of activity. Under his leadership, Nordic completed two rounds of private equity funding, accomplished a major acquisition, recruited a world-class management team, expanded its IP portfolio, organized a robust and stable international supply chain, built a strong quality organization, built a healthy order book, and delivered a substantial increase in shareholder value. He has been a leader in the development of public policy for energy use and was one of the founding principals of Pacific Environment, a non-profit corporation which has led the environmental community in habitat protection and sound ecosystem management around the Pacific Rim.

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eMotorWerks Inc. is a California based company which focuses on promoting high performance electric vehicle charging technologies, such as EV charging stations (EVSE), smart grid EV charging networks, and charging systems for high-voltage and DC fast charging.