The OxiCool Team

Ravikant Barot

Ravikant Barot

Founder & CEO / Board of Directors

Ravikant Barot is the founder and CEO of OxiCool. Ravi is also the Chief Technology Officer and an inventor.

Ravi is a former Merchant Marine. During over ten years of sailing the seven seas, Ravi served as an Officer on many different types of ocean-going ships; including as Captain of Oil Tanker and Chief Officer on modern fully refrigerated ships. He has travelled to hundreds of countries around the globe and has many interesting experiences to share from his exciting sea life. Previously, Ravi served for Ford at their Detroit headquarters and at Ford's European headquarters in Cologne (Germany) in product development finance leadership on the first joint platform between Ford, Volvo, and Mazda. Prior to founding OxiCool, Ravi served in India as the CFO for Ford Credit joint ventures in India ($1B Assets Under Management) where he managed 25%+ growth in dealer and consumer loan assets while maintaining best-in-class performance ratios. Ravi is a hands-on leader who feels fortunate to have led an invigorating but humble childhood growing up in a small town in India with his auto enthusiast father learning to repair andmaintain their collection of English motorcycles and cars — one of those cars was a 1960 Ford Falcon.

Ravi holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Pre-MBA from the University of Dallas, and an (Unlimited) Master Mariner’s license.

Brandon Wilcox

Brandon Wilcox

Vice President of Operations

Brandon joined OxiCool fresh out of West Virginia University 10 years ago becoming the second person to join the company. During his time with the company, he has performed many important roles, including mechatronics Engineer, Engineering Manager, Director of Product Design, VP of Product Design.

Brandon received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University.

Prodromos Lazarou

Prodromos Lazarou

Vice President of Product Design

Before joining OxiCool, Prodromos worked overseas as an Engineering Designer at EM-PI-ES Engineering Company. Prodromos was the co-founder of ImaGart, an Engineering Company offering Mechanical Design as well as Graphic Design and Consulting Services in various industries for international clientele. Before becoming the VP of Product Design at OxiCool, Prodromos was Lead Designer, Manager of Product Design, and Director of Product Design.

Prodromos holds a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in Mechanical Engineering.

Gary Exekian

Gary Ezekian

Vice President of Manufacturing

Gary joined OxiCool after 10 years at The Boeing Company. He started his career as an Industrial Engineer and has held a variety of manufacturing management roles at the Vertical Lift site in Pennsylvania. Gary was the project manager for the H-47 Chinook factory transformation, overseeing execution of the infrastructure renovation and production rate increase. Before becoming OxiCool’s VP of Manufacturing, he worked as the Manufacturing Engineering Manager and Director of Manufacturing.

Gary received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

Hemali Vaishnav

Hemali Vaishnav

Director of Public Relations

Hemali started with OxiCool as an Accountant and has since grown and now manages many roles, including Manager of Accounting, Manager of Human Resources and the Founder’s Personal Assistant. She has previous experiences working for Penn State Admissions Office and Baker Tilly where she worked in Audits and Taxation for Individuals and Businesses.

Hemali holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Penn State University, and a certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University.

Hershal Patel

Hershal Patel

Director of Controls and Algorithms

Hershal joined the company soon after graduating from UC Berkeley. Previously, he interned with OxiCool while he was an undergraduate. Hershal has grown with the company and held many titles -- Project Engineer, Sr Project Engineer, and Manager of Controls and Algorithms.

Hershal received a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in EECS and MSE.

Tyler Forry

Tyler Forry

Manager of Manufacturing Operations

Tyler joined OxiCool after serving six and a half years as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. During those years he served alongside both Sailors and Marines performing many different jobs, including Lead Battery Corpsman of 3rd Battalion 12th Marines Lima Battery. Upon graduating college, Tyler accepted his job at OxiCool, where he fills a vital role in managing the manufacturing floor and developing robotic laser welding programs to increase production quality and efficiency.

Tyler holds a bachelor’s from Pennsylvania State University in Mechanical Engineering.

Board of Directors

Ravikant Barot

Ravikant Barot

Founder & CEO / Board of Directors

Ravikant Barot is the founder and CEO of OxiCool. Ravi is also the Chief Technology Officer and an inventor.

Ravi is a former Merchant Marine. During over ten years of sailing the seven seas, Ravi served as an Officer on many different types of ocean-going ships; including as Captain of Oil Tanker and Chief Officer on modern fully refrigerated ships. He has travelled to hundreds of countries around the globe and has many interesting experiences to share from his exciting sea life. Previously, Ravi served for Ford at their Detroit headquarters and at Ford's European headquarters in Cologne (Germany) in product development finance leadership on the first joint platform between Ford, Volvo, and Mazda. Prior to founding OxiCool, Ravi served in India as the CFO for Ford Credit joint ventures in India ($1B Assets Under Management) where he managed 25%+ growth in dealer and consumer loan assets while maintaining best-in-class performance ratios. Ravi is a hands-on leader who feels fortunate to have led an invigorating but humble childhood growing up in a small town in India with his auto enthusiast father learning to repair andmaintain their collection of English motorcycles and cars — one of those cars was a 1960 Ford Falcon.

Ravi holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Pre-MBA from the University of Dallas, and an (Unlimited) Master Mariner’s license.

David Baldacci

David Baldacci

Board of Directors

David is a global #1 bestselling author. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David, along with his wife Michelle, is also the cofounder of the Wish You Well Foundation — a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. David received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

David Schoch

David Schoch

Board of Directors

Mr. David L. Schoch, also known as Dave has been Group Vice President and President of Asia Pacific at Ford Motor Co. since December 1, 2012. Mr. Schoch served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor (China) Ltd., a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co. from November 1, 2011 to December 1, 2012. He is directly responsible for the operations and business leadership of Ford Motor China. Mr. Schoch served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Strategic Planning at Ford of Europe since July 2004. He served as Controller of Americas at Ford Motor Co. from September 1, 2009 to November 1, 2011. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Ford America at Ford Motor (China) Ltd. Mr. Schoch served as an Executive Director of Canada Mexico and South America at Ford Motor Co. He served a variety of leadership positions since joining Ford Motor Company in 1977 as a Financial Analyst at Cleveland Engine Plant. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Ford Asia-Pacific Operations. Mr. Schoch has overall responsibility for Ford of Europe's financial operations and business planning. He has been a member of Ford Otosan Board for 4 years. He served as Director of Changan Ford. Mr. Schoch served as Member of Board of Directors at Ford Otomotiv Sanayi AS. until March 28, 2008. He served as Director of Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd. Mr. Schoch holds a Bachelor's degree in Business from Lycoming College and an MBA in Finance from Temple University.

David Broome

David Broome

Board of Directors

David serves as the President and CEO of TransForce, the nation's leading specialty staffing firm devoted exclusively to the atransportation industry. David joined TransForce in 1991 overseeing the company's expansion into new markets. In 1993, David shifted his focus to provide overall strategic direction for the company, helping differentiate them by providing healthy compensation and benefits to attract and retain high-quality drivers. David is an active member and officer of the Driver Employment Council of America, and is also a board member of the Wish You Well Foundation, the David Baldacci family literacy foundation. David is a University of Tennessee graduate with a degree in transportation and logistics.

John Engels

John Engels

Board of Directors

John is co-founder of AxoGen Corporation, serving as Vice President since 2006. John provides operational and financial leadership, and manages AxoGen's strategic, sales and product development partnerships. From 1999 to 2002, John worked as a consultant for the University of Florida, Saffron Hill Ventures and PA Early Stage Partners. John also worked from 1993 to 1997 for CACM, a boutique investment banking firm. John holds a MBA in Management and Operations from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

Advisory Board

James Jones

General James L. Jones, USMC (RET)

Advisor

General James L. Jones is President of Jones Group International. General Jones has spent his life serving and protecting America and American ideals. He is sought after for his wisdom, guidance, and political endorsement. As the former commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, he led all military operations for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and later, as National Security Advisor, he brought clear vision and steady leadership to America's mission in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, and the country's interests around the world. General Jones was commissioned into the Marine Corps in January 1967, serving as rifle platoon and company commander in Vietnam. On returning to the U.S., he pursued a career in the Marines, attending the Amphibious Warfare School in 1973 and the National War College in 1985, and serving as Marine Corps liaison officer to the U.S. Senate. He was also commanding officer of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in Northern Iraq and Turkey on Operation Provide Comfort; chief of staff, Joint Task Force Provide Promise, for operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia; and commanding general, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Forces Atlantic. He also served as Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from 1997-99. He became the 32nd commandant of the United States Marine Corps in July 1999. During his NATO assignment from 2003-2006, he advocated energy security and the defense of critical infrastructures as a core part of NATO's future missions. Upon retirement in February 2007, the combat veteran became the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy and, in 2008, served as the State Department's Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security. From 2009 until 2010, he served as President Obama's National Security Advisor at the White House. He and his wife Diane have four children and nine grandchildren. In addition to having been awarded national and international military awards, he received from Georgetown University a Bachelor of Science degree (1966) and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (2002). In June 1985, he graduated from the National War College in Washington, D.C.

Kathleen Ligocki

Kathleen Ligocki

Advisor

Kathleen Ligocki is the CEO of Harvest Power, Inc. She joined the company in January 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she worked as an Operating Partner with the firm’s greentech ventures on strategic challenges, scaling operations and commercialization. Kathleen has previously served as chief executive officer of a Fortune 1000 auto supplier, Tower Automotive, and two early-stage companies — Next Autoworks Co., an American car company with a unique low-cost business model; and GS Motors, a Mexico City-based auto retailer owned by Grupo Salinas, a large Mexican conglomerate. Earlier in her career, she served as a corporate officer with Ford Motor Company and worked for United Technologies and General Motors. She has lived in both Europe and Mexico and has led operations in North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, India and Thailand. Kathleen serves on the board of Indiana University Foundation and is an active volunteer in various community organizations that support women and children. Kathleen currently serves as a director of Lear Corporation, a Fortune 200 global auto supplier. Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Indiana University, an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University and Indiana University.

Jonathan Kaufman

Dr. Jonathan Kaufman

Advisor

Dr. Kaufman is former VP of Research and Development for OxiCool. He joined OxiCool after a long and successful career with the US Government. He was the Basic Research Coordinator and Chief, Agent Characterization and Countermeasures Branch, for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency - Chemical Biological Department (DTRA-CB). He previously served in numerous other technical roles at DTRA, was a senior research physiologist for the U.S. Navy, a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Fellow, and served as adjunct faculty at North Carolina State University, Florida Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has 30 years of experience directing US government research efforts, including 23 years leading research in thermal and respiratory physiology, individual protective equipment, personal cooling systems, bio-instrumentation, and combustion toxicology for various governmental agencies. Dr. Kaufman served as the official US Navy representative in various bilateral agreements and multilateral organizations involving data exchange and collaboration related to environmental physiology research (including microclimate cooling systems) involving Australia, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. He has published 4 book chapters, over 100 publications and presentations, and been awarded 4 patents with 5 additional invention disclosures. Dr. Kaufman holds a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University, and a B.Ch.E. in Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University.