IN GOOD COMPANY
ENGINEERS, DESIGNERS, DOGS, AND DREAMERS
The Bollinger Motors team is the foundation our trucks are built on. Without the solid, die-hard dedication of each and every one of us, these machines could not be built. We work hard and long hours, driven to define a new standard in everything we do, be it building trucks, building relationships, selling trucks or solving problems. We are obsessed with trucks. It’s a vehicle we can’t live without. From what they do for us, how they perform, and what they look like. They are an extension of who we are and what we do every day.
The team at Bollinger Motors proudly stands behind everything we produce. We are stand-up dedicated to making a positive difference not only in the automotive community, but in the world. We believe firmly in sticking to what we know and love. We love things that work really well and embrace simplicity. The B1, our all-electric sport utility truck, and the B2, our all-electric pickup truck, are a direct result of that.
Karl hails from the great state of Wisconsin. Having grown up in an automotive and racing centered family, it was a natural fit for him to pursue an engineering career. Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin, he began working in the performance automotive aftermarket industry, culminating as Vice President for one of the largest suspension suppliers in the market. Gaining multiple patents, industry awards, media recognition, and race wins, Karl’s desire to develop more than just parts for vehicles grew. This desire drove the creation of many on and off road vehicles as “spare” time projects and his work at Bollinger Motors is a continuation of that desire to build purposeful vehicles to the highest standards. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, as well as going fast in/on anything with wheels.
Before he learned to walk, CJ’s parents took him to the mud drag races where he quickly gained an appreciation for mechanics and old school craftsmanship. It was this kind of upbringing that got him hooked on learning to modify anything that moved. Before long he had designed and built everything from drag bikes to lightweight CVT’s for Baja SAE race cars. He is a recent graduate of RIT, where he was an active leader on their Baja SAE race team. He’s worked for a variety of startups across the country, but feels most at home in the Northeast. When he isn’t designing gears and shafts, you’ll find him wrenching on vintage motorbikes or driving his old K-car to swap meets.
Mark Foster is a native New Yorker and has worked around the world in commercial film production. Historically, Foster’s career and projects primarily have focused on community, adventure, and creative technology. After obsessing over filming and documenting the Bollinger team building the B1 prototype only minutes from his home, Mark refused to leave when it was done. A storyteller at heart, he now assists Robert in steering the identity of Bollinger Motors while continuously capturing and sharing the start-up’s uncharted and fascinating story through video and social media. Foster is an avid cyclist, builds and rides vintage motorcycles and owns FosterBuilt Coffee in the Catskill mountains of New York.
Bryan’s main objective is to oversee the truck production process from engineering to manufacturing. After studying at Lawrence Technological University, he began his 30-year career in engineering, prototypes, niche vehicle production and specialty products. The greatest impact to his career were the 14 years at MSXI, a global engineering company where he worked up to General Manager. Bryan’s early career has spanned from safety restraints at Allied Signal, electric steering R&D at TRW and CAD designer. Prior to Bollinger Motors, Bryan was CEO of an engineering services consulting firm, cofounded a Detroit engineering and shop services company AAT in 2008, and was the Director of Operations at Saleen for five years, both in CA and MI.
A Michigan native, Hunter graduated from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit earning a degree in Transportation Design. He always loved cars– even from an early age– it started with Hot Wheels and Legos and turned into a lifelong obsession which led to building and leading an electric car team in high school, and subsequently pursuing a degree in the field. Upon graduating, Hunter went into advanced aerospace tooling design where he worked on the Dream Chaser space ship program for the Sierra Nevada Corporation. An avid painter, tinkerer, and creative thinker, he hopes to have a positive impact on the world through intelligent design through both form and function.
Chris’s primary role is finance and accounting. Chris is a certified public accountant with over 10 years of experience in financial services. He’s served as a consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, projects including IPO readiness, carve out/divestitures, SEC reporting, consolidations, employee benefit accounting, internal controls/SOX compliance, technical accounting research and general ledger accounting. Prior to consulting, he served as an auditor, his client experience ranged from large public companies to small family owned businesses.
A born-Detroiter, it was only natural for Bryan to go into the automotive field. He studied Product Development & Design at Eastern Michigan University and has always loved the design of vintage 50’s and 60’s cars and trucks. He started his career in a local Detroit manufacturer designing components for the military’s MRAP vehicle and then on to armored tactical and cash-in-transit vehicles. When Bryan isn’t customizing or riding his Harley or collecting tattoos, he spends his time relaxing with his family and building outdoor furniture using salvaged wood.
John is a native upstate New Yorker and EV enthusiast. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, John stayed in the southeast Michigan area to work in the high-performance automotive world. John has worked on several electric and robotic vehicle platforms for prototype and production programs and is excited to put that experience into building the most bad-ass electric truck in the world. When not working, John likes experiencing the great outdoors and playing the drums.
Like many others, it was his love for automobiles that brought Maurice to Michigan. A recent graduate from Virginia Tech, he was the Mechanical Lead for VT’s then-new Electric Formula-SAE race car team, designing and building much of the prototype vehicle that served as a template for the subsequent year’s inaugural competition entry. He continued on at Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles packaging and designing various chassis and powertrain systems and components, primarily for the Jeep Wrangler PHEV and Gladiator. Given his experience with electric and off-road vehicles, it seems only natural he would find a home at Bollinger Motors. When not engineering, he can be found wrenching on his E30, pursuing his music hobby, or spending time outdoors, even in the winter.
A Michigan Native and survivor of Flint during his Kettering University college years, Erik’s passion for motorsports has driven him towards pushing the limits of mechanical design. After working with numerous high performance vehicle platforms, Erik joined forces with the Bollinger team to help bring the vehicle to market. While not in the office, Erik enjoys racing in the Champcar endurance series, visiting the local comedy club, and spending time with his lovely wife and two kittens.
Robi joined the team in early 2019 as Finance Director. In his role, Robi works closely with the team on strategy, finance and raising money. Prior to joining Bollinger, Robi was Chairman and CEO of K&A Resource Group a collection of human capital management solutions focused on Industry 4.0. He purchased the initial company, K&A Staffing from his father in 2016 and subsequently acquired LME Resource Group in 2017. Prior to his role as an entrepreneur, Robi advised on or participated in more than 75 transactions during his 22 years of family office, private equity, investment banking, and capital markets experience. In his spare time, Robi spends time with his three children and one very large dog.
With a rich history in metal model making, Keith joined the Bollinger Motors team to oversee all prototype fabrication and shop activities. Highly proficient at blank development, effectively using all shop equipment, building to print or reverse engineering, and welding of various materials, there is not an automotive guideline, standard or parameter he hasn’t encountered. A roll-up-your-sleeves powerhouse addition to the team, Keith prefers the age-old nickname Blockhead over his real name. It certainly goes well with the truck.
A resident of Silver Lake, CA, Chet has joined the team to design the Bollinger Motors customer experience to match the pure, utilitarian DNA of our trucks. He’s been in the automotive industry since he was 19, working with luxury, exotic, and EV brands at both the retail and manufacturer levels. His passion for the automobile and driving doesn’t stop when the pavement ends. Chet’s travels throughout the U.S. have included many off-road adventures such as driving the Rubicon Trail and a trek to Alaska. He spends his time between Michigan and California, and when he’s not busy masterminding The Bollinger Motors West Coast base of operations, he’s happily exploring the winding roads and great restaurants of Los Angeles.
Kevin Szor was born and raised in a suburb south of Detroit. He’s got a degree in energy technologies and has been an Electrical Technician for four years. Kevin joined Bollinger Motors to assist with design and development of electrical components and wire harnesses. Kevin’s always had a passion for electrical systems, starting as kid wiring up lights on his bicycles to eventually installing car alarms and car stereos. Moving up from there to design and build multiplex systems for unique vehicles such as S.W.A.T trucks, mobile communications vehicles and armored vehicles. Kevin is a father, a husband and enjoys custom motorcycle builds, boating, and camping.
Dallas was born and raised in Novi, Michigan and has lived in Michigan for his entire life with the exception of living in China for a few years. After graduating from the University of Michigan – Dearborn, Dallas began his venture into the automotive industry through information technology work at a tier-one wire harness supplier and was brought into purchasing. With the Bollinger Motors team, Dallas is focused on managing and reducing spend for electrical, interior and exterior systems. In his spare time, Dallas is a music enthusiast and creator and loves checking out local bands and hanging with his brother and his dog on the weekends.
Jim was born and raised in the sunny metropolis known as Rochester, NY. His career in engineering started at an early age, when he and his buddies jumped their BMX bikes off ramps, which ultimately led to breaking bike parts. This eventually led Jim to pursue an engineering degree, earning a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering Technology, followed by a Master’s in MMSI, with an emphasis in Product Design and Development, both from RIT in Rochester, NY. Jim turned his passion for developing products into a reality by working for several different BMX companies ie: Terrible One, Coalition BMX, FBM, Kink, over the past two decades. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, riding his BMX and mountain bikes, snowboarding and surfing.
BRIAN VAN BATAVIA
Brian grew up in a small rural farm community in southern Minnesota. He developed his work ethic and passion for electronics and vehicles of all types while working in his father’s automotive repair shop. He studied electrical and computer engineering as a college undergraduate, but learned the true meaning and value of systems engineering while traveling the world in support of development and delivery of test systems and powertrain solutions for the automotive industry. He formalized this knowledge with a graduate degree in multi-disciplinary engineering and applied his technical skills as a technical leader for a commercial vehicle component supplier and a leading power sports vehicle manufacturer. He is also a former two sport college athlete and current triathlete, and leverages his competitive spirit and team oriented mentality to guide teams to success.
A Pittsburgh native, Sean joined the team in early 2019 as Project Manager overseeing IT and a slew of other logistics responsibilities. He brings with him a degree in IT/Networking and 14 years of experience in that field with various companies over the years. At Bollinger Motors, Sean’s primary responsibility is overseeing renovation at the new production facility slated for operation in 2020. This location will be the home to manufacturing for the B1 and B2. In his spare time, Sean enjoys camping and fishing, on top of being a die-hard Pittsburgh Penguins fan.
Olivia is a born and raised Michigander. Growing up in a family with extensive automotive prowess, love for American made cars runs through her veins. Her EV enthusiasm began when she first drove the Chevy Bolt EV. No going back to a gas engine for this gal! Her experience ranges from managing vehicle line change to patenting innovative vehicle tech to working in the medical field. She’s here at Bollinger Motors to push the production of our B1 and B2, working with engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, program management and quality, ensuring that all projects are delivered on time, in scope and within budget. When she’s not busy keeping our team on track, you can typically find her hopping on a flight or getting upside down with the Detroit AcroYoga community.
Myrtle A. Brooks MBA is a native Detroiter who has over twenty years of automotive experience. Myrtle attended the University of Michigan Dearborn. After college, she was hired by Mazda Motors MMUC (Ford and Mazda Alliance) and given the nickname “Michiko” by her Japanese mentors before traveling to Japan to learn about lean manufacturing and Kaizen. Myrtle became the management and technical training consultant for Ford Motor Company. Myrtle was a master trainer for Ford’s Global 8D Problem Solving process and supervisory institutes. She has also worked as a Smart Manufacturing Facilitator and WCM Plant lead for Fiat Chrysler. She was an adjunct faculty member for the University of Michigan Dearborn School of Business and is on the advisory board for the Wayne State University Business Student Association. Myrtle’s greatest accomplishment is seeing her children become outstanding citizens and wonderful human beings.
Darek has spent his life building things and fixing problems, making him a perfect addition to the Bollinger Motors team. In his past lives, he started a company to build motorcycles, ATVs, and other awesome vehicles. He has also worked as a prototype technician restoring old cars, and once owned a roofing company. He currently works on our vehicles to keep them in top form, or to make changes and updates to our prototypes as we hone our final design for production. When he’s not working on the B1 and B2, he’s not doing much except: working on his house, running his custom shop building high-performance motors, performing restorations on vehicles, playing with his dog, hiking, 4-wheeling, riding motorcycles or dirt bikes, spending time at the lake, snowboarding, shooting (but not at animals) or golfing.
Zach’s always been good at building things since he was little. He took quickly to welding and the machine shop in high school. Passionate about the automotive scene, he loves to work on cars and just about anything on wheels or that goes. He’s done all kinds of builds and fabrication and is constantly coming up with solutions for better and faster ways to make things. When he’s not out in his own garage wrenching on a side-project, he’s spending time with his wife and newborn son, Jameson.
Graham is from York, Pennsylvania, the snack food capital of the world. He brings his powertrain mechanical development background to Bollinger Motors following several years at a variety of OEMs. He’s worked on powertrains in everything from construction equipment to class 6-9 trucks to high-performance vehicles. In his free time, he enjoys playing chicken pickin’ style on his Telecaster guitar and reading fiction. Graham also builds engines for Alfa Romeos and enjoys going on road trips with his wife and dachshunds in their Italian cars.
Hailing from Western New York, Walter has joined Bollinger Motors as Quality Director to lead implementation and support of both internal and external production quality as well as vehicle manufacturing. Walter began his 20-plus-year career in manufacturing as a production supervisor and manufacturing engineer. His manufacturing experience propelled him quickly into quality leadership positions in the automotive and heavy truck industries. Walter has a passion for snowboarding, skiing and mountain biking and enjoys sharing these passions with his wife and two daughters. If that’s not enough, his three rescue dogs keep him busy. Walter has an MBA from Michigan State University.
A native of Detroit, Anthony studied mechanical engineering and quickly started his career in the automotive industry. He has gained knowledge over the last decade in radio antenna systems, vehicle sensor systems, and energy storage system design. Making a strong impression at companies such as Navitas Systems, he developed commercial and defense energy storage systems among other projects. Always up for a challenge, he is excited to join the Bollinger design team. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and tinkering in his workshop with 3D printers.
VEHICLE TEST ENGINEER
Originally from Pensacola, Florida, Tom has been working his way further north on a quest to trade his flip-flops for snow boots. Tom’s introduction to the automotive industry was his work on the EcoCAR team at Mississippi State. After college, he spent 6 years working with a competition sponsor before joining the Bollinger Motors team. Here, he is in charge of our vehicle testing program. He spends his time working on his own project cars, with his reef/salt water aquarium, and with his two rescue dogs.
Danielle joins Bollinger Motors from her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where she spent her career becoming a marketing Jill-of-all-trades after graduating from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Her focus is now on making sure people can easily find — and hopefully get excited about — all the cool content Bollinger Motors is producing. Danielle mostly fills her free time with foot races so she can fill her stomach with cheeseburgers. If not out running or at a yoga class, you can probably find her rewatching Parks and Recreation with a cup of coffee and her rescue cat in her lap.
Despite growing up in Columbus, OH, Sam has lived in the “State Up North” since graduating from college in Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout his career, he has worked with many different FE solvers — from CFD and structural FEA to lap and race simulators. Sam comes to Bollinger from a performance vehicle prototyping firm where he worked as the lead chassis designer on two off-road EVs. Before that, he worked in motorsports. He has worked for a team running the Road to Indy circuit and a team developing a current GT4 car. In his free time, Sam likes to rockclimb, ski, and see live music. For more information on Sam please insert Disc 2.
POWERTRAIN CONTROLS ENGINEER
An adventurer, music historian, and car enthusiast; Lyth is a controls engineer developing powertrain controls for the Bollinger Trucks. This Kalamazoo native has called Detroit home for the past 8 years and counting serving in the auto industry as an engine controls researcher with 5 patents granted. With a strong passion for community, discipline, teamwork and computer science degree in tow: Lyth is here to ensure every pump, sensor, valve, and motor sing in harmony on the Bollinger B1 & B2.
VEHICLE CONTROLS ENGINEER
Steve Xiao joins Bollinger Motors as a Controls Engineer. Prior to joining the Bollinger team, he was the Hybrid Ram and Wrangler lead calibrator at FCA, a hybrid simulation and controls engineer at Toyota, and worked on powertrain controls validation at Maserati. Steve received his BSE in Mechanical Engineering and MSE in Automotive Engineering from the University of Michigan. When he’s not at work, he enjoys hanging out with his dog, Anero, and building cars that usually don’t fall apart. He enjoys offroading, noting that his offroad experience boils down to: play around off-road, break truck on rocks, fix truck, repeat ad infinitum.
CONTROLS TEST ENGINEER
Every decision in Xander Cesari’s life and career has been chasing cars. Growing up in rural Vermont, he started working on a 1972 Plymouth Duster dragged in from a field before he had his driver’s license. An engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was the next logical step. He comes to Bollinger Motors from a tour of the auto industry that ranged from start-ups to OEMs to consulting, and brings his experience in testing and powertrain calibration to the controls team as a test engineer. In his free time he works on his fleet of project cars, roadtrips them, and takes photos of everything with wheels!
SENIOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
Ramez came to Michigan from Lebanon in 1985, and has been working in the automotive industry since 1998. He comes to Bollinger Motors with experience working for both OEMs and suppliers to support a variety of hybrid and electric vehicles. Ramez loves working with new and advanced technology, and specializes in engine harnesses, body harnesses, chassis and battery cables, aluminum and copper wiring. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Wayne State University. Ramez and his wife are passionate about volunteering in the greater Detroit community, including delivering food to people in need and speaking about anti-drug education in local schools. He enjoys traveling and playing with his drone.
Matt’s primary role is to lead the team’s fundraising efforts, while also supporting various strategy and finance functions. A California native, he somehow ended up in Michigan through his studies at Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Finance. Matt brings several years of transaction experience through prior investment banking, private debt/equity investing, and corporate development roles. Prior to joining Bollinger, he worked in corporate development at Ford. An avid sports fan and enthusiastic (but not very good) golfer, he spends most of his spare time with his wife and two young children.
CEO & FOUNDER
After a childhood of drawing cars and dreaming of his own car company, Robert Bollinger attended Carnegie Mellon and earned a degree in Industrial Design. Planning to further his education at an automotive design grad school, he instead found himself in New York City working his way up the advertising ladder, eventually becoming a creative director. He put those skills to use when he partnered with a friend to help grow a lucrative hair care company. With the successful sale of that business, Robert took a break from the New York scene and moved north to the Catskill Mountains to enjoy country life and co-start a grass-fed cattle farm. After months of farming Robert discovered the shortcomings of one of the most instrumental tools of the trade – the pickup truck. Here’s where the dream kicked back in and Bollinger Motors was born.
CANINE ERGONOMICS ENGINEER
I like tennis balls. I like fetching. I like the guys and gals at the shop. They throw tennis balls. I fetch the tennis balls. I like tennis balls.