Management Team

Kevin D. Maloney, MBA

President & CEO [-]

Mr. Maloney is a serial entrepreneur responsible for QSI's operational execution and creating shareholder value. Since the Company’s inception, he has raised more than $30 million in private equity funding and secured brand name global partners in the chemical and battery sectors along with multiple government agencies. He also led an IP strategy resulting in several issued patents and has developed and taken multiple revenue-producing products to market.

Prior to QSI, Mr. Maloney was vice president of institutional sales and marketing at First American Corp. (NYSE:FAF) working in the Capital Management and Trust Division. Previously, Mr. Maloney served as Principal and Compliance Officer at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), an institutional investment advisory firm with over $1.5 trillion in assets under management, where he also held NASD Series 7, 26, 63, and 65 securities licenses.

With a lifelong passion for health, fitness, and marketing, Mr. Maloney co-founded a health food company that created a “Ready-to-Blend” all natural fruit smoothie product, which grew into a leading pre-packaged solution for convenient, healthy, freshly blended beverages on-the-go. More than 10 million units were sold nationally before being acquired. He was also a co-founder of a social media technology company that was acquired by a public company.

Mr. Maloney has been involved with eight start-ups and has consulted with and raised capital for numerous private equity transactions ranging from bio-tech, clean energy, chemicals, and software to health food and social media. He also sits on the regional board of directors of Gen Next, an OC-based non-profit focused on economic growth, education, and national security, and is a member of the International Executive Committee for the Internet Marketing Association (IMA). Mr. Maloney has been awarded several U.S. patents and earned his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Gregory L. Hrncir, Esq.

Chief Strategy Officer [-]

Mr. Hrncir serves as our Chief Strategy Officer and has been involved with QSI since 2004. For the past 20 years, he has served as a strategist for a broad range of emerging growth technology companies, principally focusing on the software and clean tech sectors. In 1994, Mr. Hrncir commenced his career in private law practice in Los Angeles. Mr. Hrncir’s practice included securities and corporate transactional matters, including IPOs, M&A, private placements, and other complex business transactions, Mr. Hrncir currently serves as a member of the board of directors of PayScan America, Inc. and Mobilogix, Inc., each of which are privately held. Mr. Hrncir received a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. Mr. Hrncir is a member of the Arizona and California State Bars and numerous philanthropic and industry associations.

Stephen Gillings, MBA

Chief Financial Officer [-]

Mr. Gillings has over 25 years’ experience in management positions, primarily with publicly traded companies. Mr. Gillings rejoined QuantumSphere in September 2013. From 2011 through August 2013, Mr. Gillings served as Controller of AllDigital, a publicly traded company that provides digital broadcasting solutions. Mr. Gillings was responsible for the accounting department, cash reporting, preparation of quarterly reviews and annual audits, and the preparation of 34’ Act reports. Mr. Gillings previously served as Vice President, Finance for QSI during the period 2007 through 2010, and had responsibility over all accounting functions, cash reporting, monthly management reports, and preparation of quarterly reviews and annual audits. Prior to initially joining QuantumSphere, Mr. Gillings was with I/OMagic Corporation, a publicly traded company for over eight years serving in the capacity of Controller, VP Finance, and ultimately as Chief Financial Officer for the final three years. Mr. Gillings earned a B.S. degree with an emphasis in accounting from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA in finance from California State University at Fullerton.

Vito A. Canuso, Esq.

VP, Intellectual Property [-]

Mr. Canuso joined QuantumSphere in 2008 from Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear (KMOB), where he had been practicing as an IP lawyer since 1990 and partner from 1995 to 2008. While his practice has historically focused primarily on IP litigation and IP prosecution matters, Mr. Canuso more recently spent a great deal of his time assisting start up companies in IP strategy. During his career, he has handled numerous IP litigation matters dealing primarily with the enforcement and defense of patent infringement and trademark infringement issues. The technology involved in those litigation matters has included consumer electronics, semiconductor processing equipment, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, telephony, motorized watercraft, controllers, and circuit board devices. He has litigated cases before district courts throughout the United States and before the ITC, as well as appeals to the Federal Circuit. His patent prosecution docket has focused primarily on clean technology, including electrochemical applications, and medical devices for numerous life science applications in the cardiovascular and pulmonary fields. Mr. Canuso's clients have ranged from international conglomerates with huge IP portfolios, to small domestic companies looking to build upon emerging technology.

Mr. Canuso received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego. He earned a master's of science degree in Environmental Health Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.

S.K. Park

VP, Manufacturing [-]

Sangkeun (S.K.) Park serves as VP, Manufacturing for QuantumSphere’s advanced catalysts and proprietary line of gas diffusion air electrodes (high rate cathodes) for zinc-air and other metal-air batteries. Mr. Park is a seasoned battery engineer with more than 35 years' experience in the design, process development, manufacture and quality control of multiple commercial and medical grade battery systems. Mr. Park has an outstanding record of project management, technology transfer, continuous quality improvement, and cost reduction. He is an excellent communicator and team leader, and, coupled with his significant experience in managing Six Sigma projects in battery manufacturing industries, is highly regarded by peers as an expert in zinc-air batteries.

Mr. Park commenced his career in 1977 with Rayovac Corporation, the world’s largest zinc-air battery manufacturer. Over his 25-year career with Rayovac, he served as a Project Engineer, Process Engineer, Quality Process Engineer, and ultimately Senior Project/Process Engineer. At Rayovac, he was responsible for overseeing zinc-air battery manufacturing, leading quality improvement projects, and optimizing manufacturing processes. He also served as a technical liaison between the technology center and plant operations. In addition, Mr. Park supervised cathode, anode, electrolyte, plastic molding, battery assembly, molded part treatment, and cathode web coating process areas with Rayovac. He has been involved with virtually every facet of zinc-air batteries from initial design to mass production.

Following his lengthy career with Rayovac, Mr. Park served as Manager, Engineering and Quality with battery manufacturer, EaglePicher Technology, LLC, which was acquired by OM Group (NYSE:OMG). Responsibilities included overseeing product design, process design and improvement, and cost reduction. Most recently, Mr. Park served as Principal Process Development Engineer for more than six years for Medtronic, Inc., one of the largest medical device companies in the world. Responsibilities included leading battery projects and developing and scaling manufacturing processes and procedures.

Mr. Park is a holder of U.S. Patent No 6372381, Duplex-Coated Cathode Cans, May 2002. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yonsei University in Korea, is a Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) by American Society for Quality, is certified by the University of Minnesota for Project Management, and is Lean Sigma GB certified and Lean Sigma BB trained.

Matthew Griffith

VP, Operations [-]

Mr. Griffith serves as QSI's Vice President of Operations, where he is responsible for the planning and execution of corporate initiatives. He plays a principal role in the commercialization, production, and marketing of QSI products and technologies. Mr. Griffith has extensive experience in the commercialization of clean energy and advanced material technologies. Mr. Griffith earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and is currently pursuing his MBA at Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Brendan McKenney

Production Manager [-]

Mr. McKenney has been working in the field of material science for two decades. His expertise in pyrotechnics and materials safety has been practiced in 20 countries and 49 of the 50 United States. He toured for Pyro Spectaculars as lead PT (Pyrotechnician) on Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, Bon Jovi World Tour, WWE, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and numerous Super Bowl Halftime Shows. Mr. McKenney's accomplishments include being nominated as Pyrotechnician of the Year by Performance Magazine, and led to a management position in custom production of significant pyrotechnic exhibitions. His responsibilities included staging, choreography, music selection, venue specific custom devices, and logistics. He managed over 100 events a year and his responsibilities of negotiating contracts, managing projects, customer service, overseeing safety, working with government authorities, and acting as the liaison with customers and regulators, are a natural fit for his position at QuantumSphere.

His expertise in energetic materials and their behavior, safe handling techniques, manufacturing and integration to end product are vital. As Production Manager at QuantumSphere, he designed, built and implemented a CRM database which incorporates production with the business activities as well as inventory management. He is the author of QuantumSphere's Quality Systems Manual and was also responsible for leading the work with NIOSH field representatives in a volunteer EH&S program which included a comprehensive study of QuantumSphere's nanomaterials and manufacturing capabilities during two onsite facility reviews. The results of the 2007 NIOSH study provided positive feedback on the Company's safe handling of materials and best practice policies. In addition to EH&S management, his other responsibilities at QuantumSphere include manufacturing scale-up, automation optimization, quality control, inventory control, customer satisfaction, and order fulfillment. Mr. McKenney attended the University of California, Irvine and has been a guest speaker for the City of Hope.
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