Jeff Kostos – Founder, President & CEO of Spear Power Systems, Inc. Jeff has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of energy storage & energy management, both domestically and internationally, in the areas of business development, operations, marketing, sales management, and design engineering. Prior to founding Spear Power Systems, Jeff served as Executive VP of Dow Kokam LLC, a JV between The Dow Chemical Co. and Kokam America Inc. At Dow Kokam, Mr. Kostos was responsible for supporting Dow Kokam’s growth strategy with a focus on defense and industrial markets. Prior to Dow Kokam, Jeff was the COO of Kokam America Inc., a company he co-founded in 2005. Here, he helped lead both the efforts to establish one of the first lithium polymer cell manufacturing facilities in the U.S, as well as take primary responsibility for leading profitable top line growth for the company. Before jumping into lithium energy storage Jeff spent several years in the lead acid battery industry serving as VP Sales & Marketing & President of Europe for EnerSys’ Reserve Power Business Unit and as UK Managing Director for GNB (now part of Exide). Mr. Kostos holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University, an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago, and is an Executive Development Program Graduate from University of Melbourne in Australia.