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 is currently launching its third-generation products via indirect and direct sales to consumers and businesses, building on its existing base of thousands of charging stations installed today. The company plans to deploy over ten thousand stations this year, including those associated with a leadership role in the California Public Utilities Commission submetering pilot. The company is partnering with a number of key players in the energy space to maximize the utility of its network.

 

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.

Julia Batishcheva

Controller

Julia Batishcheva oversees all financials of the company. A native Russian, Julia earned a degree in Business Administration and moved to the US in 2001... Read More Since then she gained extensive experience across various roles in Finance and Accounting. For the last 9 years before joining eMotorWerks, she worked closely with the US government, funding sources for small business innovative research. Most recently, she held leading finance positions at an Artificial Intelligence software company, and at a public pharmaceutical company. Julia joined our team to pursue her passion of making this world a better place. She believes in making a difference with small steps toward a greener planet.

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.

Preston Roper

Chief 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.

Dorian Vargas-Reighley

Director, Sales, Production & Technical Support

Dorian manages production and technical support, from inventory management to production floor operations to customer experience... 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.

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.

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.

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.

George Betak

VP, Business Development & Community

George oversees eMotorWerks EV-side business development and customer community activities. George brings a wide range of connections... Read More in the EV industry and helps keep the company at the center of the dynamic electric transportation market. He co-founded the San Francisco BayLEAFs EV Owner organization and he has organized hundreds of EV events throughout the US. George is an engineer and a technology enthusiast who grew up in Southern Germany and began following electric cars when he was in college. His professional career started at BMW FIZ in Munich. Most recently he has worked with Motorola and Yahoo.

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.

Chris Neff

Marketing Director

Chris Neff brings over 15 years of marketing and communications experience with a focus on branding, awareness building, and strategic partnerships... Read More His work includes Director of Communications New Jersey Audubon and Director of Solutions and Product Marketing at RR Donnelley. Previously he worked for Comverge, a demand generation company, where he was responsible for their go-to-market sales and marketing strategies. Chris also was with LG Electronics as part of the corporate marketing team that created ‘Life’s Good’ and he and his team were the driving force in positioning LG as a premium brand among the media and consumers.

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.

Kris Kluzak

Customer Support Lead, Technical, Installation, and Sales

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.”

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.

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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.