Joe Gonnella was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Enerpulse, Inc. on May 2, 2011 (automotive pulse power ignition). Prior to this assignment, Mr. Gonnella served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Drivesol, Inc., a major producer of automotive electro-mechanical systems and President & Chief Executive Officer of Wabash Technologies, Inc., a global producer of advanced automotive electronic controls.In 1992 Gonnella joined Engelhard Corporation, a global leader in catalytic emission control systems, chemicals and minerals. As vice president of emission systems, Gonnella turned around Engelhard’s automotive catalytic converter business growing sales form $150 million to $1.0 billion, global market share from 19% to 45% and EBIT from a loss to over 20%. In 1997, Gonnella was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Engelhard Corporation and took responsibility for investor relations, M&A and corporate development.
Gonnella started his career at General Motors Corporation and held progressively responsible positions in engineering, operations and M&A, over a period of 11 years. He earned a BS degree in Industrial Management from Wright State University and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Dayton.
Lou Camilli is the developer/patent holder of the Pulstar® technology and founder of Enerpulse, Inc. He currently serves as president and chief technology officer.Formerly, Camilli was president of HDI Systems, Inc., the incubator for all technology commercialized by Enerpulse.
Camilli is an entrepreneur and creative thinker, with extensive experience in developing business opportunity and commercial products from raw technology.
He holds a B.A. degree in mathematics from Texas A&M University and an honorary doctorate from the Mexican Ecological Movement for air quality work conducted in Mexico City.
Mr. Templeton is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Enerpulse, Inc. Mr. Templeton has held this position since June, 2007. Prior to his time at Enerpulse, Inc., he served in various capacities from January, 2001 to October, 2006 for Sandia Foods, a franchise restaurant operator in the Southwest U.S., where he provided financial and operational support for over 60 restaurant operating managers throughout the Southwest.From 1985 to 2001, he worked at Mobil Oil where he held accounting and financials staff positions as well as supervisory positions. None of the aforementioned companies are a parent, subsidiary or affiliate of the Company, except for Enerpulse, Inc. Mr. Templeton earned a BBA in Finance from Baylor University in 1984 and an MBA in Finance from the University of North Texas in 1992.
Novak has over 40 years of sales and marketing experience in the worldwide automotive market. Prior to this assignment he was vice president and joint representative director for Ordeg, a joint venture between Umicore and OCI (Oriental Chemical Inc.) in Seoul, South Korea.He also has experience as vice president of sales at Wabash Technologies, and vice president of sales and marketing at Engelhard Corporation. Novak started his career at Bendix as a sales engineer and was later promoted to director of sales.
Novak is a co-author of several patents for an emission control device. In addition, he initiated the idea of a catalyst coating for an auto radiator to eliminate ground level o-zone.
Novak earned a degree in industrial engineering and a minor in business administration from Eastern Michigan University.
Steve Smith is the vice president of manufacturing and operations for Enerpulse, Inc., manufacturers of Pulstar® Pulse Plugs. Smith has been with Enerpulse since 2009. He’s responsible for planning, sourcing and building products to support sales orders and the company’s quality planning and continuous improvement programs. He also leads new product design and development activities.Smith has extensive experience in general management, product and process engineering development, quality planning and continuous improvement. He began his career working for the AC Spark Plug division of General Motors as a co-op engineering student, and later was promoted to the position of senior production engineer. Following his work at AC Spark, Smith held senior level positions at Flexible Products, a Tier II automotive supplier, and Auburn Spark Plug where, as president and general manager, he helped transform thecompany from a screw machine parts and automotive spark plug producer to an industrial and aviation ignition products company – growing revenues from $1.6 million to $12.5 million.
Smith earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degree from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University).