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 HACKEN, CHIEF ENGINEER
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.
CJ WINEGAR, DRIVETRAIN ENGINEER
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, BRAND DIRECTOR
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 CHAMBERS, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
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.
HUNTER ERDMAN, DESIGNER
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 HERING, CONTROLLER
Working closely with Robi, 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.
BC COPE, DESIGN ENGINEER
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 DANNENHOFFER, ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
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.
MAURICE HENSEL, MECHANICAL ENGINEER
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.
ERIK HARDY, MECHANICAL ENGINEER
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 MITRA, FINANCE DIRECTOR
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 wife, three children, two cats and one very large dog.
JEFF DREW, PURCHASING DIRECTOR
Jeff joined the team in early 2019 as the Purchasing Director for Bollinger Motors. He works diligently at developing relationships that ensure a solid workflow with suppliers, focused on nimble, start-up economics, while keeping an eye on scalable longevity as the company grows. Prior to joining Bollinger Motors, Jeff has 26 years of automotive experience under his belt, from tool designer, to supplier quality, to purchasing director, to vice president capacity with a number of industry tier one suppliers. Jeff enjoys traveling in the tropics with his wife, he’s a huge movie and music buff and loves spending time with his two grown boys and daughter in law.
KEITH BLOCH, FABRICATOR
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.
CHET PARSONS, SALES DIRECTOR
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, ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN
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 SUTHERLAND, BUYER
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 RATHBUN, MECHANICAL ENGINEER
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, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
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.
SEAN BOLLINGER, PROJECT MANAGER
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 STONEMAN, PROJECT MANAGER
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, HR DIRECTOR
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.
RACHEL KIRK, ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN
Rachel was born a Navy brat in Japan, hence her love for sushi. Her love for electronics also started as a kid when her puppy chewed through their N64 controller cords and it was ‘Learn to fix it or have no Mario Kart.’ She studied at Eastern Michigan University for Electronics Engineering and has worked in electronics and automotive for over ten years doing testing, trouble shooting, rapid prototyping, and test bench design. In Rachel’s spare time, she runs a small farm (two cats, a dog, and too many fish to count.) As well as a very avid crafter ie; sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and dying yarn.
ROBERT BOLLINGER, 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 to become a creative director. He then put those skills to use when he partnered with a friend to help grow a very 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 the mountains 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.
PACO, 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.