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.


David J. Arthur

David J. Arthur is the Company's Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Arthur has more than 25 years of experience commercializing products utilizing advanced materials, including work at such companies as Rogers Corporation, A.T. Cross Co., Composite Solutions, 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. His research interests include the synthesis of nanomaterials and the fabrication of nanoscale features at a large scale. He has strong technical and market knowledge in the field of carbon nanotubes.


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.


Bharat S. Chahar
Phillips 66 Company Designee

The former director of the Advanced Technology in the Emerging Technology Group of ConocoPhillips Inc. in Ponca City, Okla., Chahar currently serves as the company's manager, Composite Graphite in Houston. He has 22 years of industrial R&D experience with Conoco and ConocoPhillips, including technical support, process development and product development. For the past five years, Chahar has played a leadership role in the development of carbon products based on ConocoPhillips carbon upgrading core competency. He holds a doctoral degree in chemical engineering.


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.


Daniel Pullin
Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma Designee

As University Vice President for Technology Development and Business Development, Daniel Pullin directs the commercialization operations of the OTD and manages Business Development efforts for the University including the administration of OU's Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (CCEW). CCEW provides an interdisciplinary environment where researchers, entrepreneurs and students collaborate to grow and diversify Oklahoma's economy through the nurturing of technology-based enterprises.

Prior to joining OU in 2006, Mr. Pullin served as vice president of strategy and business development for Home Interiors & Gifts, a $500 million manufacturer and direct seller of consumer products, where he established a new division focused on product sales to fundraising organizations, served as director of operations for the company's retail group, and led the company's merger and acquisition, intellectual property licensing and product development activities.

Mr. Pullin previously worked at Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst, a private-equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts, and McKinsey & Company, a global strategy consulting firm. He holds undergraduate degrees from OU in finance and accountancy and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.


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.



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