Edward R. MonfortEdward Monfort graduated from Western Carolina with a bachelor's in Corporate Finance. Since the 1990's, Monfort worked with the largest heater sensor and control manufacture in the world and over 1,000 engineering firms designing industrial systems and equipment ranging from NASA satellite test equipment to injection molding and thermoforming machines. Monfort also patented and invented the COLDfire machine and process as seen on Home Depot shelves in the drill bit display section. Since 2006, Mr. Monfort has been developing and patenting and inventing systems that combine old technology gas engines with the new electric drive shafts and nano batteries. In 2013 Monfort designed and created proven concepts that can turn new and used gasoline/diesel vehicles into All electric vehicles in less than a day.
A graduate of Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Business Administration, Mr. Reynolds is a results-oriented leader with extensive sales, operations, financial, marketing, and transaction-oriented experience complemented by strong strategic, analytical and interpersonal skills. Jim has demonstrated an ability to provide strong motivational leadership, develop and implement strategic initiatives, interact with all levels of management, and devise innovative solutions to multi-industry business issues. Jim has been with A-Z Bus Sales, Inc. since 2001 and from 2010 until now he has been the CEO/President of A-Z responsible for the profitable growth and day-to-day activities of sales, operating and finance for the largest CA based bus dealer with multiple locations and directly reports to the Board of Directors. While at A-Z, Mr. Reynolds has changed the culture and focus of A-Z from a "school bus" company to a diversified company involved in all phases of transportation solutions. During the past 3+years areas of growth in the new school bus area grew by 20% while other areas and new ventures grew by 45%. As CEO, Jim concentrated on 3-5 year strategic planning, corporate health, asset management and business development. He works closely with State, Federal and Local agencies with an excellent understanding and intimate involvement in written specs and market funding programs to school districts throughout the state of California. From 2006 until 2010 he was the President of A-Z and developed strategic plans to grow the business, ensure development of senior staff, generate new business, day-to-day management and explore business opportunities. He increased sales from $46M to more than $100M year-over-year. Prior to his tenure as the President, Mr. Reynolds also held positions of Vice-President and General Manager and Vice-President of New Bus Sales. Before starting at A-Z in 2001, he was the Regional Manager of Tyco Corporation and managed direct sales, increased margins by 30% and added more than 100 new accounts during this period for this manufacturer and distributor of High-Tech security networks. And, from 1983 through 1999 he was the President of National Communications Inc. growing the business from inception to more than 3,000 customers on a monthly recurring revenue program for this distributor of two-way communications equipment. Successfully managed this national provider of cellular service for the largest reseller in California.
Mr. Reynolds is on the Board of Advisors of Perera Construction and Platinum Equipment (ABC School Equipment). He was also on the Dealer Advisory Committee of Blue Bird Corporation. Mr. Reynolds is a member of the School Transportation Coalition Committee, the CalAct Professional Association in the Commercial & Transit Space, and CASBO & CASTO, an association for development of school transportation officials and directors.
Robert E. Williams
Robert E. Williams has been our vice president and a member or our board of directors since November 1, 2012. Robert E. Williams is a native Californian, born in San Francisco, with over thirty years experience in management, purchasing, and inventory control. Mr. Williams is the Senior Production Manager for Event Beverage Solutions, a full-service beverage catering and event manager for venues, concert tours, major sporting events, and corporate clients. Mr. Williams managed the purchasing and inventory of the Superbowl VIP Tailgate Party (2004-2013), BNP Parribas Tennis Open (2004-2013), Bob Hope Golf Classic (2000-2005), Amgen Bike Tour of California (2006-2013), Coachella Valley Music Festival (2001-2013), Stagecoach Music Festival (2009-2013), Outsidelands (2008-2012), Electric Forest (2012), and Electric Zoo (2010-2012). In addition, Mr. Williams has also opened and/or managed music venues including The Greek Theater at UC Berkeley (1999-2007), Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (2010-2013), and The Warfield of San Francisco (2010-2013).
Kevin G. Kanning
Kevin G. Kanning has been our chief operating officer since August 2012. Since November 1, 2012 Mr. Kanning has been our Secretary and a member of the Board of Dirctors. Kevin Kanning's background spans finance, management, real estate, construction, business development and recruitment industries. He has participated in, and recruited for, numerous angel investment-financing rounds for Silicon Valley "disruptive technology" start-up companies. Mr. Kanning has built, managed and trained both inside/outside sales teams specific to the real estate industry and provided large project, construction management. He has extensive experience in business development, contract negotiation, product development and sales and marketing. From 2005 through 2009 Mr. Kanning helped Voelker Sensors, Inc., a "real-time" oil quality sensor company in its business planning and operation. In 2009 he became the COO of Greentech Mining, Inc., an ion-exchange technology focused mining and refining company that targets challenging, often "refractory," precious metal ore bodies.