Leadership

STEVE HEIR

CEO

Steve has over 30 years’ experience in the energy storage industry with diverse industry experience in lithium and lead acid batteries, charging and energy management systems across differentiated industrial markets.

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He is a proven top performing, entrepreneurial P&L leader with a record of the successful delivery of strategic initiatives including leadership in acquisitions, divestitures, strategic planning, sales, continuous improvement, and product development.

Beginning his career in England with Siemens, he moved into sales with RS Components and then SAFT, the French leader in lithium batteries. After emigrating to the US in 1997, he held several positions with Exide Corporation: Director, International Sales Operations, General Manager, Latin America, Vice President, Sales and Service–Asia Pacific.

With C&D Technologies, he held several roles of increasing responsibility, General Manager–Motive Power Division, Vice President, Marketing and International Sales, Vice President, Business Development and Chief Marketing Officer.

He served as President, Battery and Energy Products, Ultralife Corporation (NASDAQ: ULBI) and led the company's expansion into new markets through acquisition and organic growth.

With Enersys (NYSE: ENS), he served as Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations and led their successful $1 Billion acquisition of The Alpha Group and NorthStar Battery. He has been a consultant to the energy storage industry and private equity firms looking to invest or acquire in the space.

KEV ADJEMIAN, PHD

CSO

Kev is EnerDel’s Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), responsible for engineering, sales, marketing, customer program management and strategic business development. Kev has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of batteries, fuel cells and electrified powertrain development.

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Prior to joining EnerDel, Kev held leadership positions at Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) as their Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) as their Global Head of HV Batteries, Karma Automotive as their Vice President of Powertrain and EV Driveline Systems, Idaho National Laboratory as their Division Director of Clean Energy & Transportation and Senior Manager of Zero Emission Research at Nissan Motor Company.

Kev holds a doctoral degree from Princeton University and a Bachelor's of Science degree from New York University (NYU) in addition to executive management training from Cornell University and Vanderbilt University.

JAMES BOWMAN

SVP, OPERATIONS

James currently serves as the SVP, Operations at EnerDel and has held several key strategic roles within the company including Business Controller, Director of Production Control and Logistics Operations Director. He brings over 20 years of accounting and finance experience and 15 years of manufacturing experience to EnerDel.

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James previously held roles of increasing responsibility with Eli Lilly & Co, Carrier Corp, and Buzzi Unicem USA, in various categories ranging from Finance to Operations Management.

He is an extremely versatile contributor with expertise in a wide range of issues including cost accounting, lean manufacturing, production control, supplier optimization, business financing, cash flow management, general ledger and financial statement analysis, business planning, program management, and business development. James holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington and is a Certified Public Accountant.

CHRIS BARDSLEY

VP, FINANCE

As EnerDel’s VP of Finance and Internal Controls, Chris is responsible for leading EnerDel’s finance organization. She is an experienced senior executive and CPA with a proven record of establishing cross-functional partnerships to deliver outstanding results.

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A responsive leader with the ability to drive operations within marketing, sales, analytics, and business development areas, Chris previously served as Accounting Manager, playing an integral role in the day-to-day management of the accounting team, procurement, and inventory management.

Prior to EnerDel, Chris served as a VP for the National Programming Service where she was a leader for key business areas including finance, accounting, information technology, operations, human resources, and administration. She was instrumental in driving sales to become a top four national retailer, she led the organization to increase RPU by 10% across all product lines and she was responsible for negotiating contracts that lead to an annual $1 million increase in revenue.

Throughout her 20-year career, Chris has been accountable for all facets of accounting and finance along with allocating resources to exceed profit and sales goals. Adept at analytics and skilled at streamlining, reorganizing, and leading team productivity, Chris is a responsive leader with the ability to drive operations within accounting, marketing, sales, and business development areas.

She holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Saint Leo University and a bachelor's degree in Communications from Purdue University.

Michael O’Neill

VP, Sales & Marketing

Mike is responsible for Sales & Marketing at EnerDel. He has over 20 years of experience with battery systems, EVs, and electric powertrain controls in automotive, marine, and stationary power industries.

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Before EnerDel, Mike held Sales and Business leadership roles at leading technology companies.  A versatile contributor, his roles included North America Director of Sales for CATL, Lead EV Powertrain Investment Contractor at Stellantis, VP Operations and then VP Sales at CMM Optic, Director of Strategic Marketing and Product Management at Kongsberg Automotive.

Mike holds a MS in Manufacturing Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University.  He also holds a BS in Maritime Technology from the Great Lakes Maritime Academy.

Bob Hong

Sr. Director, Engineering

Bob is leading EnerDel's Engineering department. He has 15 years of experience in engineering of EV/Hybrid powertrain system, high voltage battery system and battery management system.

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Prior to Enerdel, Bob served as Manager of Battery Control Systems at Rivian Automotive, Manager of HV Battery Systems at Karma Automotive, and Manager of New Energy Powertrain Systems at GAC Engineering. He led multiple EV/Hybrid vehicle projects and HV battery projects from concept to production, as well as advanced technology and R&D.

Bob holds master's degree in Automotive Engineering and bachelor's degree in Engineering and Automation from South China University of Technology.

JOSHUA CHELLAPPA

VP, QUALITY

Joshua is EnerDel's Vice President of Quality who has over ten years of manufacturing experience managing multiple quality assurance and control functions within the automotive, heavy duty and light duty commercial vehicle industry. 

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Prior to joining EnerDel, Joshua has worked in roles with increased responsibility within the Quality, Engineering and Operations function ranging from Supplier Development Engineer to Continuous Quality Improvement Manager to Regional Quality and Engineering Manager to Group Operations Manager to Senior Plant Quality Manager.

He has worked in diverse manufacturing organizations starting with Cummins Diesel, Isringhausen Inc., Consolidated Metco and most recently with Shiloh-Dura Automotive.

Joshua holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University in India along with a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology located in Terre Haute, Indiana. He also completed MIT’s Executive Certification Program on Leading through Financial Excellence.

Throughout his career, Joshua has received certifications from ASQ and AIAG to complement the roles that he has been involved. Some of these certifications include Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB), Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), IATF 16949:2016 Lead Internal Auditor, AIAG Supplier Lead Auditor, among others.

Tiara Hicks

VP Human Resources

Tiara has built Human Resource infrastructures that support organizations through explosive revenue and employee growth. Her expertise and hands-on leadership deepen leadership benches and reduces turnover by double-digits. She has over 15 years of expertise in talent, strategy, and training across industries. 

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As the people’s champion, she carefully crafts strategies to take care of the people that take care of our customers, which passes through to the bottom line. Over the years, Tiara has gained much experience across a wide variety of industries such as construction, manufacturing, medical, and hospitality. 

 

Tiara has built an incredible reputation as a turnaround specialist who recenters organizations around their greatest asset: their people. She has worked for thriving organizations in hospitality, healthcare, student housing, and engineering services.  Tiara holds her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan.