Ben Schuler – Founder & CEO
Prior to founding Infinitum Electric, Ben spent the previous 15 years leading the design and deployment of complex industrial automation equipment across Taiwan, Japan and the United States. He was involved in the production ramp of Corning’s Gorilla Glass, Bloom Energy’s solid oxide fuel cell and Solyndra’s thin film solar module. Infinitum is the direct beneficiary of Ben’s expertise, which helps him lead the mission of disrupting the way industrial machinery and electric motors consume and create electricity. As one of the original creators of Infinitum Electric’s air-core motor system, Ben holds 20 patents related to electric machines and drives. On weekends, Ben conducts water balloon experiments with his kids; resulting in lots of wet footprints in the house.
Michael Gray – COO
Michael has 30 plus years experience in Global Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics and Manufacturing. His career has encompassed growing and optimizing supply chain and manufacturing infrastructures in the metals, metal fabrication industries (forging, casting, fabrication and assembly) serving the power generation, oil and gas and nuclear industries. He has served in executive roles with Frisa Forge, Energy Alloys, Ryerson / Intergris Metals and most recently Array Technologies the world’s leading supplier of solar tracking systems. At Array Technologies he was responsible for the Global Supply Chain and expanded Array’s supply and manufacturing base around the world. Michael is an avid tennis player and downhill skier.
Bhavnesh Patel – VP Business Development
Bhavnesh provides 20 years of Business Development expertise, the majority of his career spent leading sales and product management efforts for global industrial automation leader, Rockwell Automation. Most recently, Bhavnesh was CEO of Volt480, an innovative work order SaaS platform for manufacturing service providers. His industry expertise spans across multiple domains including industrial hardware, software, and services. Bhavnesh has lived in 12 cities across 4 countries and traveled extensively to over 40 countries. His bucket list goal is to get to 80 countries by the age of 80.
Paulo Guedes Pinto – VP Technology
In a career that extends for almost 40 years, Paulo has over 27 years of experience in the design and manufacture of large AC and DC motors, traction motors, axial flux permanent magnet machines, high speed permanent magnet motors for subsea and land applications, as well as medium voltage drives. Before joining Infinitum Electric, Paulo held Engineering and R&D leadership positions at, Boulder Wind Power, FMC Technologies, GE Canada, JDS Uniphase, and Indústrias Villares (now Gevisa, a GE company) and most recently was Director of Engineering and R&D at TECO Westinghouse. Paulo holds ten patents related to electric machines and drives. In the spirit of keeping a low carbon footprint, Paulo is an avid cyclist who goes out on long weekend rides.
Shams Shaikh – VP of Product and Strategy
Shams Shaikh has spent the last decade working with the most innovative motor start-ups and uniquely understands every specification related to motors and how they apply to real-world solutions. He’s a Stanford-educated Mechanical Engineer who is a proven leader that knows how to grow teams through their startup phase and how to drive products from R&D to commercial success. Shams wears multiple hats in product management, product marketing, technical sales, engineering, operations and manufacturing. Shams was most recently Director of Product for Turntide Technologies. Shams is an avid sailor and pilot and enjoys spending his spare time exploring the world through its waterways and skyways
Pete Pearson – VP of Finance
Pete is responsible for the company’s financial and administrative functions including finance, accounting, audit, tax, treasury and human resources. His career spans more than 20 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership and corporate strategy. Prior to joining Infinitum, Pete led the Financial Services Division for Bridgepoint Consulting, a management consulting firm based in Austin, TX. Pete was also an executive at Tango Health and has held senior leadership positions at Lombardi Software, Golfsmith and DuPont Photomasks. Pete started his career in the audit practice of Arthur Andersen. In his spare time, Pete and his wife have traveled to all 50 states with their three kids. During those travels they were lucky enough to have seen the largest prairie chicken, largest roller skate, ridden the fastest roller coaster in the world and ziplined underneath the city of Louisville – it’s worth noting that no kids were harmed during the thousands of miles on airplanes and in cars.
Richard Lee – Director of Technology
As the Directory of Technology and Primary Electronics Architect, Richard has 35 plus years of experience in Electronics R&D design and management. He has gained experience at companies Boeing Aircraft Co., Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies, and various startups. His career spans all aspects of design and manufacture of low and medium voltage variable frequency drives and radial/axial flux permanent magnet machines. His experience also includes all facets of analog, digital and power electronics design. Richard holds ten patents related to electric machines and drives. In his time off he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and playing in the mountains and on the lakes of the northwest.
Michele Grieshaber – Consulting CMO
Trained as a mechanical engineer, Michele has spent the majority of her career working in product management and marketing within the b-to-b technology industry. She has held CMO, executive and advisory positions at companies ranging from start-ups to mid-size to large corporations, including IBM, Silicon Labs and AVEVA Plc. Her experience covers information technology (hardware, software, services and financing), manufacturing, semiconductor and industrial hardware and software. Michele is a frequent lecturer on ESG, branding and business ethics. She is currently struggling to train her new cattle dog (or is it the other way around?).