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Management

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Eric Apfelbach

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Eric Apfelbach is the CEO of ZBB Energy Corporation. He became the company’s CEO and joined the Board of Directors on January 7, 2010.   In his role he's focused on setting strategy, raising capital and forming strategic partnerships to drive the company's growth. Under Mr. Apfelbach’s guidance, ZBB is delivering innovative, energy storage and power control technologies that optimizes the use of renewable and other energy sources.

Prior to joining ZBB, was involved in the start-up of multiple technology companies. As President and founding CEO of Virent Energy Systems, Inc, he grew the company to over 80 people and attracted strategic partners Shell, Cargill and Honda to position the company as one of the top advanced biofuels companies in the world.  Before Virent, Mr. Apfelbach co-founded Alfalight, Inc., where, as President and CEO, he helped grow the high power diode laser company to 85 employees in two years and led the company through multiple financings. Prior to Alfalight, Mr. Apfelbach was Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Planar Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLNR), and held operating responsibility for the LCD division. He began his career working as an engineer in the semiconductor industry, rising to senior management at Applied Materials, one of the world’s largest semiconductor equipment companies. 

Mr. Apfelbach received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984. He is a director of Xolve, Inc. and National Electrostatics Corporation (NEC). In 2006, he was elected to the Board of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

 

Brad Hansen

Brad Hansen

President, Chief Operating Officer, Director

Mr. Hansen serves as the President and COO of ZBB Energy.  Brad joined the company and was appointed to the Board of Directors on May 19, 2014. 

Since December 2011, Mr. Hansen has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Anhui Meineng Energy, our Chinese joint venture company, where he has led Meineng's organization and development. In 2010, Mr. Hansen founded and continues to serve as Managing Partner of PowerSav Inc., a boutique private equity fund targeting China government policy supported markets. Mr. Hansen has extensive expertise in the international renewable energy industry, having held various executive positions with Applied Materials, Inc. from 1989 to 2010. While at AMAT, Mr. Hansen led global sales and site operation organizations for its solar product line, an important growth driver of AMAT. Prior to this role, as Corporate Vice President New Business and New Products Group Mr. Hansen directed the acquisition and integration activities for AMAT's strategic Applied Films Corporation acquisition. Mr. Hansen also held a number of key product development and operations roles at AMAT, including Vice President and General Manager of the Chemical Mechanical Planarization Product Business Group. Mr. Hansen worked as an Engineer and Program Manager for the Boeing Electronics Company Division of The Boeing Company.

Mr. Hansen holds Bachelor of Science degreein Manufacturing Engineering from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Seattle University.

 

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Dan Nordloh

Executive Vice President

Dan Nordloh is Executive Vice President of Global Business Development for ZBB Energy Corporation.  In his role he is responsible for the evolution and execution of ZBB’s global growth strategy, and serves a very active role on the Board of Directors of Anhui Meineng, ZBB’s joint venture company in China. Additionally, he will lead all initiatives to enter emerging foreign markets and identify and align with prospective strategic partners offering complementary capabilities and resources. 

Mr. Nordloh joined ZBB in June of 2010 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing before being appointed to Executive VP.  Prior to joining ZBB, Mr. Nordloh has held comprehensive leadership roles, primarily in IT and polymer technologies businesses, developing and executing rapid growth, turn-around and succession initiatives.  Mr. Nordloh has led domestic and international growth of publicly and privately held companies via organic, M&A and partner strategies, and has coached early-stage companies in business planning and fund raising.

Mr. Nordloh holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to serving on the board of Anhui Meineng in China, Mr. Nordloh presently serves on the Board of Directors of Standard Imaging, Inc., in Madison, WI, a closely held medical engineering and manufacturing company specializing in radiation dosing technologies. 

 

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Tony Siebert 

   Vice President of Sales and Product Marketing

Tony Siebert joined the Company as Vice President, Sales and Product Marketing in August 2012.  Mr. Siebert has more than 20 years of experience in sales and engineering in the utility and industrial industries.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Siebert held several position at American Superconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: AMSC), an electricity solutions company, from 2004 till August 2012, including Managing Director of Grid Sales. From 1990 to 2004, Mr. Siebert held several engineering and sales positions with ABB (NYSE:ABB), a power and automation technologies company.

Mr. Siebert holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Milwaukee School of Engineering and is a member of the IEEE (Power Electronics Group) and CIGRE.

 

Dilek Wagner

Vice President of Finance

Dilek Wagner is Vice President of Finance for ZBB Energy Corporation.  In this role, she is responsible for leading the finance function for the Company and its subsidiaries, including SEC compliance, SOX compliance, accounting and financial reporting, tax, treasury, and investor relations.

Ms. Wagner joined ZBB in August 2011 as a Financial Reporting Analyst and was promoted to Director of Financial Reporting in January 2013 before being appointed to Vice President of Finance in February 2014.  Prior to ZBB, she worked as a tax consultant and auditor at the public accounting firms of Ernst & Young LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Ms. Wagner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of  Science in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 

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Kevin Dennis

Vice President of Engineering & Product Development

Kevin Dennis is Vice President of Engineering and Product Development for ZBB Energy.  Mr. Dennis joined the company in January of 2008 as Vice President of Marketing and Sales and was promoted to the position of Vice President of Engineering and Product Development in 2010.  In his present role he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s system engineering and final product development activities and engineering operations.  He was a key person in developing and patenting the Enersection concept and realizing the final product platform.  He also oversaw the new V3 battery module engineering team.

Mr. Dennis has extensive expertise in the utility and renewable energy markets worldwide having held various senior management roles with ABB, most recently as Director, Advanced Power Electronics – North America.  Mr. Dennis also spent four years as both the sales and engineering manager for Omnion Power Engineering Corporation, a manufacturer of power electronics systems for advanced energy systems. His early career includes five years as a design engineer with American Electric Power Service Corporation (AEP) in Columbus, Ohio. 

Mr. Dennis holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a registered professional engineer in the States of Wisconsin and California.  He is a member of the IEEE (Power Electronics Group).  He participated as an industry representative in the working group for the development of Underwriters Laboratory standard, UL 1741, for utility grid connected power converters. Mr. Dennis participates in various renewable energy and energy storage organizations.