Lighting the Way
Over the course of 45 years, Claes has held a variety of position across many industries. In addition to serving our company as the chairman of the board and previously as a senior business advisor, he is the director of the board for EoScene Corporation. He is also the president, CEO and founder of CRH International Inc., providing consulting, advisory, and management; extended knowledge throughout Europe and North America; venture and angel financing; and real estate investments.
Claes was also the president, CEO, founder and chairman of the board for PowerIt Holdings, Inc. Under his leadership, its subsidiary, PowerIt Solutions, completed successful funding rounds of more than $18 million, and grew to include more than 70 employees and contractors across three countries. Notably, in 2010, PowerIt Solutions was ranked No. 71 in the Deloitte Technology Fast™ 500.
From all of his years in building companies, he has learned that open communication is the key to success, believing “If you can’t talk about it, you can’t solve the problem.” He has also found that he particularly enjoys working with young entrepreneurs, giving them advice arising from his years of experience in supporting numerous international companies.
Claes graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1988, from Lunds University, Sweden, with a master of business administration in Finance and Accounting in 1973, and Helsingborg Technical College in Sweden with a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering in 1969.
Scott is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Northeast Wireless Networks, LLC, where he has served since 2013. He has significant experience & knowledge ranging from Telecommunication and Defense industries to mergers and acquisitions, having been involved in several successful exits.
Prior to joining Northeast Wireless Networks, LLC and since 1997-98, Scott has been a principal in Cedar Grove Partners, LLC and in Cedar Grove Investments, LLC, an investment partnership and a private seed capital fund, respectively. From 1986 until 1997, Mr. Anderson was employed by McCaw Cellular Communications and AT&T Wireless Services, Inc., where he served in various legal and M&A-related positions, including Senior Vice President of the Acquisitions and Development group.
Scott is also Chairman of the Board at Opanga, Inc. as well as serves as a member of the Boards of Kratos Defense and Security, Inc., Globys, Inc. and Anvil Corporation.
He graduated from the University of Washington magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in History. Mr. Anderson earned his Law degree (J.D.), with highest honors (valedictorian) from the University of Washington Law School.
Steve brings more than 30 years of experience in leading, operating, developing and creating technology businesses in the photonics, robotics, and automation industries to Powerlight. Under his leadership and with his market development expertise, his organizations have grown at rates well above industry standards with earnings consistently exceeding expectations. He has introduced a variety of new technologies to a variety of markets. His most recent tenure, leading the Newport Corporation’s ILX Lightwave and Oriel PV divisions, gives him unique experience on both Photovoltaics and Lasers – key elements of Optical Wireless Power. As a high-tech entrepreneur and investor, Steve has a strong appreciation of what it takes to make start-up businesses successful. And his additional experience in Hyperspectal imaging, high-tech food and material processing automation and engineering imparts a keen understanding of the obvious and subtle connections of the technology, industry, customer and end-user needs.
Leading Powerlight’s Business Development efforts, Steve is helping our customers understand the benefit and capabilities of Optical Power. His role and passion with Powerlight is connecting Powerlight’s capabilities with the needs of end-users to successfully implement this breakthrough technology.
Steve attended both the University of Washington and Washington State University where he was a Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor student, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business. Steve can be contacted at email@example.com.
Barrie is a senior advisor at WR Hambrecht+Co, an investment banking firm in San Francisco. Barrie is also an advisor to several startup companies and a board member of Truett Hurst Winery. Prior to joining WRH+Co, Barrie was the president and chief executive officer of Exchange Bank in Santa Rosa, California, and a senior manager of Wells Fargo in San Francisco.
He is on two for-profit boards and several not-for-profit boards. He serves as the chairman of the Marines Memorial Foundation in San Francisco, as a former marine infantry officer.
Barrie has a master of business administration from Golden Gate University and a degree in Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University. He is also a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Harvard University, and a graduate and past chairman of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Retired Lt. Gen. Lanza has 30+ years of experience within the U.S. Army including many high-level senior leadership positions. As the Commanding General of the I Corps, he led the undertaking of several historic projects that ensured that more than 53,000 soldiers remained quick to react globally yet maintaining regional alignment. He did so with a focus on supporting comprehensive civilian and military efforts taken to simultaneously defeat and contain insurgency and address root causes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prior to his I Corps position, Lt. Gen. Lanza served as the Commander of the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. His operational deployments span from Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia to Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia-Herzegovina to Operation Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn in Iraq. He is extremely decorated and well-renowned for his commitments, dedication and heroism. He is the recipient of The Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he also served as a National Security Fellow.
Kent is an investment advisor for mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures and new business development across the automotive, battery, life science, intellectual property and alternative energy sectors. He assists automotive companies commercializing highly efficient and environmentally friendly powertrain technologies for light and heavy-duty trucks, buses, vans and SUVs. He also advises battery companies commercializing innovative material science technologies for consumer and industrial applications.
Kent serves as an independent director of Ener-Core and ViZn Energy Systems. He is also an executive advisor to the Sherpa Technology Group, applying his extensive experience in strategic partnerships and licensing. Previously, he was a director for ITUS Corporation and a founder of VIA Motors.
Kent has been a board adviser to ZAF Energy Systems and Efficient Drivetrains since 2015. Additionally, he has served as a managing member of Vista Asset Management since 2002.
Kent received his master of business administration from St. Mary’s College of California in 1977 and bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1971.