Andrew Hidalgo – President and CEO
With over 25 years of experience in business planning, operations, mergers, acquisitions, financing, corporate governance, SEC compliance and investor relations, Mr. Hidalgo is responsible for the strategic direction and development of the company. He is a Managing Partner at Turquino Equity LLC which is a firm that focuses on private equity investments. Formerly, he was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of WPCS International Incorporated which grew to over $100 million in profitable annual revenue. At WPCS, he raised over $40 million of equity financing and acquired 19 companies on three continents while achieving a NASDAQ Global Market listing. Prior experience included operational and business development roles with 3M, Schlumberger and General Electric where he was a member of the corporate business development committee.
Michael Strizki – Chief Technology Officer
With over 30 years of experience in scientific engineering, Mr. Strizki is responsible for research and development. He was the developer of the solar hydrogen energy concept and converted his own home as the first grid independent solar hydrogen energy residence in the USA. The home serves as the flagship prototype for his accomplishments. Mr. Strizki is the executive director for The Hydrogen House Project, a non-profit organization focused on hydrogen energy education and training. Formerly, he worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation as an engineer, where he developed two hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for the state. In addition, he has assisted in the development of the Peugeot Fuel Cell Fire Engine and the Duffy Fuel Cell Electric Boat. Mr. Strizki holds several patents for his work in hydrogen production methods.
Matthew Hidalgo – Chief Financial Officer
With over 10 years of experience in corporate accounting, operations, financing, corporate restructuring and the integration of acquisitions, Mr. Hidalgo is responsible for financial management and operations. He is a Managing Partner at Turquino Equity LLC which is a firm that focuses on private equity investments. Formerly, he was the controller and operations manager for the largest subsidiary of WPCS International Incorporated managing over $30 million in annual revenue. Prior roles included managing accounting functions for several Australian subsidiaries. After graduating Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in Accounting, he began his career as an accountant for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP focused on preparing financial statements and partnership allocations for hedge funds and private equity firms.
Paul Benis – Executive Vice President
With over 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of environmental systems, Mr. Benis is responsible for the management of designated subsidiaries. He was the Founder and President of PVBJ Inc. which was a successful environmental systems integrator. At PVBJ, Mr. Benis was responsible for the strategic direction and overall operations of the company which also included developing the staff of technical resources. Prior to establishing PVBJ, Mr. Benis held operation and management positions with Mauger & Company and Reedy Industries where his focus covered project management, service operations and business development. Mr. Benis received his certification in environmental systems from Technical Careers Institute, Windsor, Connecticut.
James Strizki – Executive Vice President
With over 10 years of experience in design engineering, Mr. Strizki is responsible for technical services including project management, regulatory compliance and system implementation. He manages our technical resources in assuring a high quality installation that meets customer expectations. After graduating Rutgers University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, he worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation as an engineer responsible for transportation infrastructure projects. Mr. Strizki has also been the vice president of operations for Renewable Energy Holdings LLC, where his responsibilities included renewable energy systems design and implementation. He holds a Professional Engineering License and a Home Inspection License.