Board of Directors
Craig S. Porter
Executive Chairman of the Board
Craig provides a true leadership mentality to growth oriented companies. His core competencies center around an intense desire to build capable, focused teams that clearly understand the goals necessary to achieve strong revenue growth, controlled cost, and above average investor returns. He is extremely passionate with his endeavors and provides intense energy and strong employee mentorship so that they not only exceed corporate expectations, but also achieve a strong sense of personal success. In today’s business climate, Craig is sensitive to the importance of corporate ethics and professional standards. His 28 years of managing business and people at various levels has resulted in above average revenue and profit growth with no accusation of impropriety at any level.
Currently, Craig serves as the founder and President/CEO of The Renaissance Companies, amid market commercial general construction firm located in Scottsdale, Arizona. He founded Renaissance in 1991 capitalizing the start‐up with $100,000 of borrowed funds. Under his leadership, the company grew to peak revenue in 2007 of 160 million dollars with a ROE of over 147%. Through the years, the company has received numerous corporate and project awards including the National Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) General Contractor of the Year in 2005. During the first ten years of Craig’s career, he was employed in leadership positions with Bechtel Corporation, Ralph M. Parsons, Perini Building Company, The Trammel Crow Company, and the Del E. Webb Corporation.
Over the years, Craig has served in several charitable organizations including the Phoenix Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and Boys Team Charity. Currently, he is serving his second term as a board member for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation located in Phoenix, Arizona. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Arizona State University.
F. Henry Habicht II
Hank is currently a managing partner for SAIL Capital Partners and serves as Chairman of the Board for Enerpulse. He joined SAIL in January 2006 as a pioneering figure in environmental business and government policy and a successful investor in environmental innovation. Hank and Managing Partner Walter Schindler are responsible for co-managing all aspects of SAIL’s operations and investments. Hank’s primary responsibilities include investment review, due diligence, deal flow analysis, portfolio management, government relations and regulatory matters.
His career has included leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Justice as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Division, and at the U.S. EPA as COO (Deputy Administrator). At the EPA he oversaw the development of new air and water programs to prevent pollution, including the development of the Energy Star program and implementation of market-based trading programs under the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments.
In business, Hank served as Senior VP in charge of acquisitions and other divisions of Safety-Kleen, a billion-dollar environmental service company. He has also held positions and started ventures in the for-profit environmental arena, including VP of William D. Ruckelshaus Associates, which co-managed the successful Environmental Venture Fund, one of the first successful green funds in the 1980s. As Co-Founder of Capital E, LLC, a strategic consultancy for emerging renewable energy products and technologies, he advised Fortune 100 and early stage ventures on sustainable growth strategies. He previously served as CEO and is now Vice Chairman of a prestigious non-for-profit corporation that fosters innovation in environmental management and promotes applications of clean technology in emerging markets, called Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF.)
Hank has held numerous Board seats over the years. In addition to Enerpulse, he sits on the Boards of SAIL companies WaterHealth International, and Xtreme Power, and is a Co-Founder of the American Council of Renewable Energy. He is a Commissioner of the National Commission on Energy Policy, a member of the Board of Directors of the World Environment Center, and has advised several Cabinet Secretaries. He is on the Advisory Board to the National Renewable Energy Lab and the Pacific Northwest National Lab. In 1991 the EPA awarded him with the esteemed Total Quality Leadership Award and in 2009 he received the national Richard Mellon Award for Environmental Stewardship. Hank holds a B.A. with High Honors from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.
Tim Ford was appointed to the board of Enerpulse, Inc. in January 2008. He has over 30 years of both private and public company business experience with a focus in Sales, Marketing, Logistics and Finance along with strategy development. In this time period he has served on several boards. He is currently the President and a partner at Cook’sDirect, Inc., a leader in the commercial foodservice equipment and supplies market.
Prior to his role at Cook’s Direct, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Whitney Automotive Group, the parent company for JC Whitney/Warshawskys, Stylin Truck and CarParts.com. There Tim led the group through three acquisitions, two facility relocations and the introduction of JC Whitney’s web marketing initiative. He also facilitated the sale of the company to private equity, netting the ownership a high eight figure proceeds.
Prior to JC Whitney, Tim held leadership roles at Gander Mountain, Inc. and McMaster Carr Supply Company. Hebegan his career at Beatrice Foods Co. Tim earned a B.A. in Management from Western Illinois University and an M.B.A in Accounting from DePaul University.
Since 2001, Mr. Greenstein has been the President of IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT), a local, long distance and calling card services provider. Prior to joining IDT in 2000, Mr. Greenstein was a partner in the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he served as the Chairman of that firm’s New York office’s Business Department. Concurrently, Mr. Greenstein served as General Counsel and Secretary of Net2Phone, Inc. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Greenstein was an associate in the New York and Toronto offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Greenstein served on the Securities Advisory Committee and as second counsel to the Ontario Securities Commission. Since March 2007, Mr. Greenstein has served as a director of Ohr Pharmaceutical. Mr. Greenstein also serves on the board of Document Security Systems, Inc. (AMEX:DMC), is a director of Zedge, Inc. and is on the Board of Advisors of the Columbia Law School Center on Corporate Governance. Mr. Greenstein received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School.
Joe Gonnella is a former Enerpulse CEO, serving from 2011 to 2016. 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.