Board of Directors


James P. Ashman

Chairman of the Board
Series A Director Designee

James P. Ashman is the current Series A Director. Mr. Ashman has more than two decades experience as a venture capitalist and finance executive and has worked as an executive and/or as a board member with a number of early-stage companies. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Axxun Inc., a software development company in Stamford, Connecticut. Other companies in which he has invested and been involved are Amici LLC, a legal document management and storage company, which was sold to Xerox Corp., and CAI Wireless Systems, Inc., a publicly traded wireless telecommunications company acquired by MCI/WorldCom.

Mr. Ashman began his career in corporate finance at Prudential Securities Inc. in New York City, which included executing public offerings of debt and equity, private placements and merger and acquisition advisories for companies in a wide-range of industries. He subsequently served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and member of the board of directors of CAI Wireless Systems, Inc. After that, Ashman was a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the finance committee and the compensation committee of Starfire Systems, Inc., a Malta, N.Y.-based developer and manufacturer of nano-structured ceramic materials and finished products. Other positions Mr. Ashman has held include Chief Financial Officer of Phone Labs Technology Corporation, a New York City-based designer and manufacturer of cell phone docking stations and partner at TechOne Ventures, an Albany, New York-based early-stage venture capital firm. He has an undergraduate degree in economics from Columbia University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.


Joseph A. Nathan
Series B Director Designee

Joseph A. Nathan is the current Series B Director. Mr. Nathan is a Founder and Managing Partner of Insight Technology Capital Partners L.P. In his current capacity he oversees Private Equity, Venture Capital, M&A and Valuation areas. Prior to forming Insight Technology Capital Partners L.P., Mr. Nathan served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Compuware. In the 23 years he was at Compuware he was responsible for developing and implementing strategy to grow the company from $9 million annual revenue to more than $2.2 billion. Mr. Nathan participated in public and secondary offerings at Compuware and was responsible for investor relations, mergers and acquisitions. Following his career at Compuware, Mr. Nathan "retired" for two years before co-founding Insight Technology Capital Partners L.P. During this period, Mr. Nathan established a high tech computer software startup and at the request of Michigan's Governor developed a successful strategy to create the Michigan Broadband Development Authority.


Charles Nesser
Phillips 66 Company Designee

Charles Nesser is responsible for business development and commercialization within the Technology division of Phillips 66 Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Prior to Phillips, Charles directed strategy and business development at ABB and Robert Bosch in the energy and automotive industries. Charles started his career as a Systems Engineer at General Motors. He holds undergraduate degrees from Oklahoma State University in Mechanical Engineering and the University of Maryland in Computer & Information Science.


James Bratton
Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma Designee

Jim Bratton serves as Assistant Vice President of Economic Development and the Executive Director of the University of Oklahoma's Office of Technology Development (OTD), managing the process of moving OU intellectual property toward commercialization. Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, Jim was CEO of IP2Biz, an intellectual property search firm. Jim also worked for over a decade in Venture and Private Equity and has invested in and advised over thirty companies in a variety of sectors including Wireless Communications, Fabless Semiconductors, Optical Components, Communications, Software and Medical Devices. Jim began his career with BFGoodrich Aerospace managing operational and customer support resources for commercial airlines in Europe, Africa and the Middle East Jim is a graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South with degrees in Economics and French. He holds a master's degree in Business Administration from Duke University.


Myron H. Bond
Myron H. Bond Family Limited Partnership Designee

Myron Bond is currently a senior vice president – investments of UBS Financial Services Inc. in Dallas. He holds bachelor and master of science degrees in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Before joining UBS Financial Services in 1968, Bond worked as an engineer for ExxonMobil in Houston. He also serves as president and chairman of Four Bees Ranch Inc. and as director of Bond Family Inc.


David J. Arthur
Chief Executive Officer

David J. Arthur has more than 30 years experience commercializing products utilizing advanced materials, including work at Rogers Corporation, A.T. Cross Company, TPI Composites, Helix Technologies, and Eikos. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University, master of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and a master of business administration degree from Northeastern University. In 2005, Arthur co-founded Chasm Technologies, a consulting firm that helps its clients commercialize new products through smart application of materials science and process technology. Since 2006, he has been CEO of SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT), a leading producer of single-wall and specialty multi-wall carbon nanotube materials for electronics, energy storage and composites applications.


W. R.(Bill) Bottoms

W. R. (Bill) Bottoms is the current Independent Director pursuant to an appointment by the Board of Directors to fill the vacancy for the Independent Director seat created by the adoption of the Shareholders Agreement on December 20, 2011. Dr. Bottoms has more than four decades of experience as a professor, corporate executive, venture capitalist, entrepreneur and board member. He has participated in the start-up and growth of many companies over the years. He currently serves as:

Other companies in which he has been involved include:

Dr. Bottoms began his career as a faculty member in the department of electrical engineering at Princeton University. He then went to Varian Associates, where he founded and became President of the Semiconductor Equipment Group. From there he joined Patricof & Co. Ventures as a General Partner. He left Patricof to found Third Millenium Test Solutions Inc., where he remains Chairman of the Board. Dr. Bottoms received a B.S. degree in Physics from Huntington College in Montgomery, Alabama and a Ph.D. is Solid State Electronics from Tulane University in New Orleans.



© 2012, SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc. SWeNT® and CoMoCAT® are registered trademarks of SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc.  Products and processes mentioned herein are covered by U.S. Patent Nos. 6333016, 6413487 and 6955800, as well as other pending patent applications in the U.S. and around the world.