Joe Grzyb – CEO
Joe Grzyb is CEO of Phase Change Energy Solutions. Mr. Grzyb has more than 30 years of experience in leading, managing, and growing high-tech companies. Prior to joining Phase Change Energy Solutions, he held positions as CEO of HexaTech, Inc. and Reactive NanoTechnologies, Inc. Before that, Mr. Grzyb was General Manager of the $400M per year Power Amplifier division at RF Micro Devices, Inc. He has also held senior positions at the ITT Gallium Arsenide Technology Center, AmeriTech Exports, Inc. and the US Air Force’s Avionics Laboratory where he was a commissioned officer. Mr. Grzyb received his BS in Engineering and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.
Jim McColgin – Chairman of the board
Jim McColgin is CEO of Phase Change Energy Solutions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. McColgin joined Conoco upon graduation and filled various assignments related to the company’s U.S. and international exploration and production activities. These positions include general manager of strategy and portfolio management, president and general manager of Conoco Indonesia Inc. and president of Africa, Asia and Middle East for Conoco. In 2002, Jim became president of ConocoPhillips U.S.A. Lower 48 and Latin American Region and became a corporate vice-president of ConocoPhillips Inc. In 2003, he was named vice-president of Exploration, Global Gas and Business Development. In this role he was responsible for the company’s worldwide new growth and reserve replacement activities. In 2005 he moved to Singapore to become president of ConocoPhillips Asia Pacific Region which encompassed the company’s operations extending from China through Australia. Mr. McColgin is on the board of directors for Hawkwood Energy, LLC, and is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Jim brings extensive business development, operational, planning and global managerial experience to the company.
Byron Owens- President
Byron Owens is the co-founder of Vesture Corporation. He was raised on a farm in North Carolina and began his professional career serving in the United States Air Force. While there he learned a variety of technical skills, focusing on electronics. As a passionate entrepreneur, Mr. Owens’ ventures included founding Carolina Satellite, one of the first C-Band satellite television retail companies in central North Carolina. During the early 1980’s he helped start a solar heat and domestic hot water manufacturing company and worked as an executive helping to incubate a printing company into a multi-million dollar enterprise. In 1987, he co-founded Vesture Corporation, a leading provider of thermal-based products. Under Mr. Owens’ leadership, Vesture pioneered a number of new technologies and unique applications. During the past 20 years the company has generated sales in excess of $100 million, and earned recognition along the way including a Fortune 500 company’s “best brand promotional launch” and “supplier of the year” awards. Byron Owens is recognized in Who’s Who of American Businesses and is an accomplished inventor and recipient of over 20 U.S. and foreign patents. He focuses his time on product innovations and maintains a core belief that we cannot stop improving and making our lives safer and more secure. Byron is taking the lead in converting ideas into final products that can be easily manufactured. He is responsible for product manufacturing and quality control as well as taking a very active role in new product development.
Reyad Sawafta, Ph. D. – Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Reyad Sawafta is on the board of directors and is the Chief Scientific Officer of the company. He is also the president and chief executive officer of QuarTek Corporation, a privately-held nanotechnology company that he founded in 2004. In his role, he oversees a myriad of business functions, keeps abreast on new developments in science and technology, devotes attention to the complexities associated with research and development, and continues to apply his innate drive and ambition to foster a bright and prosperous future for both QuarTek Corporation and Phase Change Energy Solutions. Prior to founding QuarTek Corporation, he held various positions of increasing responsibility in academia and private industry. Dr. Sawafta has served on numerous national and international advisory committees and boards and has received many prestigious awards. His expertise includes nuclear physics, high speed technology, magnetic applications and designs, biotechnology and nanotechnology. Dr. Sawafta obtained his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1986 and a B.Sc. in Physics (1980) from Yarmouk University in Jordan. Dr. Sawafta is an inventor on numerous patents and patent applications; he has also authored more than 150 scientific papers and has presented more than 100 invited talks worldwide. He has created a wide range of phase change material technologies that Phase Change Energy Solutions is commercializing.
Jeff Cox- Executive VP
Jeff Cox is a veteran of the advertising industry, with over 30 years of experience in this field. After college graduation with a degree in marketing and communication, Mr. Cox worked as creative director for two large advertising firms for nine years. In 1984, he started his own firm, growing it into a multi-million dollar business with over 20 years of profitable operations. The firm specialized in marketing primarily to the home furnishings industry. Clients included home furnishing giants such as Lane Home Furnishings, Broyhill, Thomasville, Bassett, Henredon, Drexel Heritage and many other well-known clients. Mr. Cox’s forte has been managing targeted promotional campaigns geared towards audiences of hundreds of millions in a cost-effective manner. In 2005, Mr. Cox acquired an equity position in Vesture Corporation, joining forces with long-time friend and client Byron Owens. Serving as Executive Vice-President, Mr. Cox oversees the daily operations of the company, where his management skills provide guidance and direction in the manufacturing and day-to-day operations. His years of experience and wide-ranging knowledge of practical design application help in solving product design issues and contributes in providing solutions to the manufacturing processes. Jeff brings considerable marketing, product development and practical manufacturing experience to the company.