Meet the Team
Nano Gas Technologies is led by consummate professionals with decades of experience each. When it comes to services, technology can only get you so far. It's the people that make a company exceptional. Meet our exceptional management team.
Nano Gas Technologies management includes startup, financial, sales, and operational experts Len Bland, Jeff Hardin, Scott Fiedler and Rudy Folds. Advisors include Ray Stackowiak successful entrepreneur, Craig Timberlake from the Oil and Gas industry and Seth Temko with a startup manufacturing background. Together, they have over 100 years of experience in finance, marketing, sales, and operations. The team has successfully founded and exited multiple companies.
Len Bland, CEO
Background: Owner, Concept Equity Group, Founder, Patracorp , 30 years of financial, IT and sales. MBA Finance, Northwestern University's Kellogg School Graduate Management. B.S. Accounting University of Illinois.
Mr. Bland reviewed thousands of inventions in his role as a Capital Matchmaker and raised millions for these companies. He recognized Nano Gas Technologies invention as world changing technology. As a result he decided to create the company and bring key individuals on that had worked with him over the years.
Len loves providing insight that leads to entrepreneurial growth, putting together teams of people to accomplish goals, and exploring technology with experts. Prior to Nano Gas, Len co-founded Patracorp, connecting the management team that has grown to 2,000 employees and grows 30-40% annually. Len sold his interest at 600x his investment in order to focus on Nano Gas Technologies.
Len coordinates and runs the BNC VC Group - Business Network Chicago Venture Capital Group.
Prior to founding the Concept Equity Group, Mr. Bland was VP of Sales for Tesseract, a human capital management software vendor and Napersoft, an international document management software vendor. In these roles, he implemented successful sales strategies targeting the C-level executives of Global 2,000 companies. Previously, he automated operations while managing information systems at Kraft Foods and Unisys, and analyzed company financials as an auditor for Grant Thornton.
Scott Fiedler, COO
Background: Executive at aqueous filtration and pump manufacturing, designed equipment for McDonald's, 25 years advanced manufacturing and operations, patents for simplifying vending automation. MBA Finance and Innovation Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
With more than 25 years of industrial manufacturing business experience, Scott Fiedler has led a multitude of line and staff departments in production, engineering, marketing, and finance. Scott’s special talents are his ability to recognize and eliminate inefficiencies throughout the organization, designing products for ease of manufacturing and assembly, and leveraging market research to attract and retain customers. His passion is ensuring customers thrive. His track record of streamlining manufacturing and assembly operations led to reduced costs, shortened lead-time and increased quality. Scott has traveled to and worked with local businesses in over two dozen countries.
As COO for Nano Gas Technologies, Inc., Mr. Fiedler is responsible for overseeing the engineering, manufacturing/assembly, personal, and plant operations.
Prior to joining Nano Gas Technologies, Inc., Scott served as General Manager and Director of Marketing for Service Filtration Corp. Previously, Scott served as Vice President, Product Manager and Engineering Manager for industrial organizations and consultant to Fortune 500 and small businesses. Served on Board of Directors for two private corporations.
Jeffrey Hardin, VP Strategy, Chemist
Background: Partner in Chestnut Creek Partners VC, founded and exited three businesses including Pompagoa Corporation (timber harvesting), Hardin Water (bottled water), First Institutional Life Settlement Company. BS Biology and BS Chemistry, Georgia State University. MBA, Keller Graduate School.
Jeff Hardin is an expert at identifying the value proposition of companies. Over the past forty years he has founded or been involved in eight startup companies and exited five successfully. Four of the companies were cleantech firms including Nano Gas Technologies, Naturally Renewable Group (biofuels), MPG Dist. (energy management) and a water bottling company.
Mr. Hardin was president and principle of Naturally Renewable Group, LLC which developed a proprietary process to make the only ASTM D975 registered renewable diesel using all natural and renewable ingredients.
He founded and developed the business model for Portsmouth Financial Group (1991), the first institutionally funded life settlements company. This lead to a multibillion dollar industry led by the world's largest banks. He secured private placement funding from NationsBank, N.A. and the Pennsylvania Life Insurance Company (NYSE). Mr. Hardin developed financial modeling, credit applications and risk based retention strategies. He led the company development team for asset retention and remuneration with the Trust Department of the Bank of New York.
Prior to forming PFG, he spent four years in the financial services industry, most notably at Prudential Financial as a registered representative. After earning a BIS Chemistry and Biology, he joined Buckman Laboratories as a process chemist.
Rudy Folds, Director Project Development
Background: Mr. Folds brings strong oil and gas industry experience to Nano Gas Technologies. He has a very varied background including forty years working in multiple industries as either a middle or executive management positions including Minute Man III ICBM Nuclear Weapon Systems, telecommunications systems/operations, oil and gas industry equipment systems, heavy trucking/logistics, operational startups both domestic/international and in war zones, HSE/Emergency Response Management for chemical and oil spills and international consulting.
He has experience with soil and water cleaning systems engineering, installation, operations and project management. He has safety consulting with gas plant, compressor station and pipeline systems safety consulting.
Len Wanger, Consultant
Background: Chairman Fablab Advisory Board, Museum of Science and Industry, portfolio manager, William Harris Investors, director engineering MDL Information Systems, director product development Interactive simulations. MS Computer Graphics.
Mr. Wanger is an operational and software expert. Wanger selected early stage advanced and additive manufacturing companies for a venture capital fund and was portfolio manager for a technology hedge fund. Prior to that Mr. Wanger was Director of Engineering for Interactive Simulation, Inc. ISI produced The Sculpt Molecular Modeling software used for drug discovery by pharmaceutical companies. ISI was acquired by MDL Information Systems (a Reed Elsevier Company) in 1999 and Mr. Wanger served as Director of Product Development at MDL until 2002. At MDL Len managed the San Diego division working on molecular modeling, predictive analytics and cheminformatics software.
Raymond Stachowiak, Advisor
Background: Proven growth of hospital imaging company into multimillion dollar business, founder and manager of two private equity funds. CPA, MBA, CPIM (certification in production and inventory management and CIA (certified internal auditor).
Mr. Stachowiak founded Shared Imaging, a preferred independent provider of CT, MRI and PET/CT equipment services in 1994. He served as the president and CEO of Shared Imaging since its inception until March 2013. In 2008, he sold 50% of his interest in Shared Imaging to Lubar Equity Fund and remains its founder and 50% owner. He is the sole owner of RCS Investments, Inc. (private equity) and manager of Stachowiak Equity Fund.
Craig Timberlake, Advisor
Background: Ramped up PE owned Nalco Chemical while at Randolph James, led $9 billion IBM software division, senior executive over refineries at Exxon Mobil. Ph.D. Physical Chemistry.
Mr. Timberlake is a proven leader/executive with progressive results in growing and transforming organizations with revenues ranging from startup to $500 million. Skilled in the development of requisite strategies for transforming companies and their products based on customer and market demands/needs. Demonstrated ability in planning, organizing, and executing on programs/initiatives/plans that drive results and revenue.
Previously, Mr. Timberlake co-founded Randolph James, proven transformational growth strategists with experience growing organizations both domestically and internationally in business services, marketing services, software, manufacturing, strategy execution, risk management, business process outsourcing, sales force effectiveness across varied verticals including financial, energy, utilities, pharmaceutical, medical, health care, insurance, government, and professional services.
Seth Temko, Advisor
Background: Vice President Product Marketing Heartland Commerce, Principal at Hi-Five Sports Franchising, Founder/CTO Capton, Director at Monster.com. MBA, Marketing.
Mr. Temko has 19 years of senior management experience working at startups and early stage companies that combined have taken in over $100 million in venture capital backing and led to several successful acquisitions. His ability to think strategy and execute on operations keeps him in the roll of business catalyst that adapts to the changing needs of companies from concept through high growth.
Alex Athey, Advisor
Background: Scientist at the University of Texas investigating nanotechnology to better manage oil reserves. Ph.D. Astrophysics.
Dr. Athey provides scientific and strategic leadership, applying novel approaches to a broad range of multidisciplinary problems. Responsive to stakeholder needs and skilled at communicating technically complex concepts, he designs and develops cutting-edge technology, supporting organizations through all stages of research and development. Over the past six years at Applied Research Laboratories, Dr. Athey has created numerous promising technologies for the public and private sector, securing over $3.5M in funding.
Currently, Dr. Athey is investigating nanotechnology’s potential to better manage oil reserves. He provides strategic input for the $6-10M/year Advanced Energy Consortium, acting as liaison, scientific advisor, and representative of individual nanotechnology projects. He is also developing custom security technologies, policies, and procedures for the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs. Other projects include creating a practical solution for radiation mapping of cities and large events and examining the cyber-physical intersections in critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Athey frequently finds himself in a position of trust and influence, recognized for his scientific insight and innovative methods in emerging technology.
As a designer and instrument builder, Dr. Athey has solely or collaboratively built eight complex instruments for challenging environments (remote mountains, coastal, subsea, borehole, urban spaces): optical/IR telescopes, high speed imagers, high efficiency and resolution spectrographs, maritime passive sonar, magnetic, pressure wave sensor buoys, downhole low-frequency geophysical tools, and portable radiation mapping systems. He has also created numerous smaller data collection systems for optical, electromagnetic, acoustic, and radiation regimes.