COMPANIES DON'T INNOVATE - PEOPLE DO!
Gary Davi, Chairman & CEO
Mr. Davi is inventi's founder and has been on the ground floor of the modern technological revolution that continues to reshape everyday life for people around the world. After a stint at Lockheed-Martin and a few well known dotcom startups, Davi worked at Netscape during the infamous "browser wars" of the '90s.
Davi's leadership and executive experience includes serving as Chief Information Officer for Steadfast Companies/Steadfast Capital Markets Group, one of the nation’s largest public non-traded Apartment Real Estate Investment Trusts with more than $8 billion in assets under management . He has also served as Chief Technology Officer at Crossroads Capital Group, exclusive nationwide distributors of Voya Financial Annuities, and CIO for CORE Realty Holdings, a $2 billion TIC . Before his move to Newport Beach and the founding of Inventi™, Davi was the Executive VP of Information Technology for BriteSmile (Nasdaq: BSML).
In the financial sector, through contracts with his consulting company "Davi Consulting", Davi has worked for household names like Goldman Sachs, Charles Schwab, Paine Webber, the Pacific Stock Exchange, Dow Jones, Reuters, Merrill Lynch, and ATEL Capital Group.
In 2012, he was awarded a SalesLogix Innovation Award in CRM from Sage Software.
Today, he has 10 patents pending on his own inventions and innovations in software and hardware.
Current board memberships:
IPA (Investment Program Association) board member: technology and cyber security committees
Sage SalesLogix customer advisory board member
Andreas Fornwald, Co-CEO
Andreas is a true global player, seeing wisdom, opportunity and profitability in diversity.
Part of the new breed of global managers, Andreas Fornwald possesses a unique and wide-ranging amount of international business expertise and intercultural understanding. He holds a Master’s of Science from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was a recipient of the exclusive Sloan Fellowship. Andreas boasts long years of leadership, project development and goal attainment experience at leading companies such as Siemens and ABB. He held several CEO positions of global corporations where he implemented a successful re-structuring programs, re-vitalized the management teams and dramatically increased revenues. A result driven manager with outstanding analytical skills Andreas is fluent in English, Russian, German, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and French, He has lived, studied and worked in Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa and the USA. Moreover, Andreas is equally comfortable with the technical aspect of business: he holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering, as well as a European Union patent. Additional aspects to Andreas’ character and his success are his excellent sense of humor, great personal warmth, flexibility, ceaseless tolerance and sophisticated communication skills. He is a corporate strategist, a team player and a growth leader, who believes in the magic of reinvention both in business and personal skills to stay ahead of trends and to promote innovation. Andreas developed a special interest to the Energy business in particular power generation and power transmission, were he started (1991) as commissioning engine and worked more than 9 years construction and refurbishing of fossil power plants, later on he worked with renewable energy countries and did business with many big companies. He is watching closely the developments in the energy business worldwide constantly interested in leadership challenges and the disruptive innovations that happen in the industry.
Andreas is married and has an 8-year old son – a promising soccer player and a 3-year-old daughter --a big fan of Mickey Mouse. He lives in the south of Munich in a beautiful neighborhood close to the Alps. Besides sending time with the kids, he loves to travel (visited almost 70 countries) and enjoys learning about new cultures. Andreas is practicing outdoor sports like swimming, running and biking. He loves to read books about history, politics and leadership.
Andreas graduated from the University Politechnica of Bucharest, one of the most prestigious universities in South-East Europe, with a master in electrical engineering. Besides he holds a Master of Science from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was a recipient of the exclusive Sloan Fellowship.
Wayne Powell, CSO
Wayne J. Powell is involved in the development and application of electronic technologies; he has made a concerted effort to keep abreast of new technological advances as they occur while applying traditional innovation from past theorists. It has been his practice to leverage personal experience and discovery into new invention and innovation.
Mr. Powell began his Electronic Study in 1960, Journeyman in electronics from 1972-2009. Studied Nuclear Physics and Quantum State Physics. He has worked under Honeywell Instrumentation grant for Nuclear Research. He has been engaged in extensive theoretical research into physical science phenomena and has worked with a group of elite scientists and inventors regarding magnetic and energy research and has participated in the development of new and unparalleled energy, magnetic, metallic state and acoustic discoveries.
As a result of the extensive study of current cutting edge and historical theorists in the realms of Physical, Nuclear, Quantum Science and personal experiences described as light events in the winter of 1959 Wayne has become aware of new understandings regarding the harmonies of the universe and how universal laws apply to the acquisition of energy and synchronicity of intelligent design. With the collaboration of closely aligned scientific associates, Mr. Powell has been a party to exceptional advances in the development of energy generation.
As a member of several think tanks engaged in energy conversion and discovery Wayne serves the role of the integrator of existing technology within the new discoveries generated by these associations. The skill he brings allows for the application of linear thinking to extend and enhance the maximum benefit derived from these discoveries.
Dr. Abe Shahrodi, CTO
Since graduating from University of Toronto in 1983 with a Ph.D. degree, Abe has played progressively advancing leadership roles, from Project Manager to Sr. VP, at various industrial companies across Canada and USA. As an innovator, leader and manager in power conversion industry, Abe has led numerous NPD efforts from the concept to manufacturing while enhancing field and client support as well as the company’s business growth or turn-around strategy. His unique command of a wide range of applications and skills along with analytical and practical expertise, has enabled Abe to achieve many pioneering contributions to industrial and academic fields such as IGBT inverters, compressor VFD, smart utility metering, solar grid-tie, embedded electronics I&C, power quality and harmonic filtering, simulation and design tools for transformers and power grid control. Along the way, Abe created world-class international engineering teams, overhauled the engineering process, supported the business growth and engaged in international technology exchange with Korea, Japan, China, Finland, Canada, France, Germany, Chile and others.
After receiving his B.S. degree in EE from Sharif University of Technology in Iran, Abe was awarded M.A.S.C. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Toronto in 1981 and 1983 respectively in Power Systems and Power Electronics. Over the subsequent 35 years, Abe's technical contributions spanned from micro-sized electronic and embedded controls to mega-sized power converters and utility grade transformers and reactors. In his current role, as the Owner and Principal Consultant at Power Magnetronics Solutions™, Abe specializes in fully customized power conversion equipment, transformers, reactors, harmonic filters, rectiformers and cooling systems. Abe is also acting as the Vice Chair of IEEE Cleveland Section supporting technical and member activities in North Eastern Ohio.
Abe's passion for contributing to transformer industry started while working as the CTO at a Swiss-American transformer company where he witnessed irregularities and inadequacies in the manner such products were designed and tested leading to their premature failure. He has spent many years examining design approaches and field issues related to causes of transformer failure while perfecting a unique design tool for reliable and cost effective development of transformers and reactors.
From 1983 to 1986, Abe published eleven original papers in refereed IEEE journals which, after 30 years, still make it to the top 4% of downloads at academia.com. Between 1992 and 1996, he received four US patents in variable speed AC drive, smart utility metering, instrumentation and gas turbine ignition. Abe is also an award recipient of Industrial Fellowship for National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Matthew L Krause, Creative Advisor & Angel Investor
President & Founder of 11:11 Creative Holdings, Inc
Previous Career Experience – United Technologies Corporation (Otis Elevator Company); Honeywell International, Inc
Matthew’s diverse life and professional experiences have shaped a deep set of interpersonal, quantitative and qualitative skills. Matthew’s open-mind, strong intuitive sense and unique perspective enable him to quickly process, connect and assemble creative chaos into abstract ideas and visionary plans. Matthew, a husband of 11 years and father of two children, is a warrior spirit. Matthew is passionate about teaching and working with others interested in making a positive impact in the community and the world. Matthew is driven by his higher purpose to serve his family and help individuals, teams and business unlock their hidden and unlimited potential.
While serving on the front line of multiple Fortune 500 industrial companies, Matthew established himself as a top sales producer, a nationally recognized operations leader and a major new construction projects subject matter expert. Matthew was soon tapped to lead a $55M business unit. This business unit was underperforming as a result of internal and external pressures however Matthew accepted the challenge. With his team, he navigated a period of extreme supply chain disruption, IT systems transformation and personnel rollover. Matthew challenged himself and his team to go beyond, diving deep into sales, finance and operations processes previously unidentified as needing improvement. With Matthew’s leadership, his team’s efforts, through a series of incremental improvements, sparked a synergy and created a quantum leap forward in performance.
Within 2 years, Matthew’s business unit was a recognized turnaround story who emerged as the highest performing business unit in North America. Matthew and his team were nationally recognized for Excellence in Leadership, Financial and Operational Performance.
Matthew’s interest for high technology, led him to pivot to business consulting, market research, finance and options trading. It was in these fields Matthew broadened his understanding of business models, investor expectations, stakeholder buy in, business challenges, needs and unique value propositions. Matthew’s broadened perspective, organizational savvy and creative communication (passion for “why”) were his tools of choice to inspire himself and others to act.
In 2018, Matthew’s curiosity and drive led him to take a leap of faith, founding a boutique research and consulting firm, 11:11 Creative Venture, LLC. Matthew’s focus was on the subject of human attention. You see Matthew became aware of a simple yet profound pattern in human behavior. When it comes to attention, everyone wants it, most do not pay in forward, many demand it and only a very few actually earn it. You see Matthew discovered this curious pattern was everywhere and it was present at all levels of organizations, front-line to executive; internal and external. It seemed everyone was using the same biased process to get what they think they want. Strangely it also seemed nearly everyone was completely unaware of what they really wanted, how to find out what they really wanted and then wondered why they were never satisfied.
With the help of a mentor’s tool, Simon Sinek’s, The Golden Circle, Matthew turned his focus inward using himself as the subject matter of an experiment. Matthew used the Golden Circle platform to make one simple yet profound change in his own process which later proved to literally turn
his perspective around. The simple change reversed the order of Matthew’s process and it started with why.
No longer swimming head on into the flow, Matthew integrated Simon Sinek’s ideas into his business platform and improved upon it by bringing attention to the differentiating “X” factors which separate inspirational leaders and innovative companies from the crowd. Matthew’s unique method is designed to create a safe space to explore all ideas, possibilities and perspectives from the inside-out. And through the process of creative selection, Matthew’s clients discover, align with and act in service of a higher purpose.
Think about it…
Why do you do, what you do?
Do you really know what you want?
David Ochi, CMO -Currently Executive Director UC Irvine ANTrepreneur Center
Mr. Ochi has over 25 years’ experience in early-stage companies having started his first enterprise – a tutoring company called A’s Unlimited - at the age of 13. Mr. Ochi ran this company for 11 years while attending high school, college and graduate school. Mr. Ochi utilized this experience to become an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Irvine in 1999.
Mr. Ochi entered the world of technology in 2000 with the co-founding of Strevda LLC, a technology incubator. Mr. Ochi campaigned successfully for two rounds of investment funding for the nine projects. At its peak, Mr. Ochi managed and supervised nine incubation teams comprised of 95 persons.
In 2004, Mr. Ochi co-founded Websonic, LLC, a small business technology consulting firm focused on assisting small businesses utilize technology in a strategic manner. With over 200 clients, Mr. Ochi oversaw the marketing and finance operations of the company and provided managerial consulting for clients.
In 2006, Websonic LLC was sold so that Mr. Ochi could co-found Alpha Sprouts, an early-stage consulting company. The charter client was the master licensee of Disney Consumer Products for Cambodia, Laos and Viet Nam. Mr. Ochi lived in Viet Nam for nearly two years while consulting for Disney Consumer Products and other companies in a variety of industries including mining, energy, education, and mobile technology. With consulting experience throughout Asia, including Viet Nam, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan and South Korea, Mr. Ochi returned from Viet Nam in late 2008 to continue the consulting of early-stage companies from Orange County, California.
In 2010, Mr. Ochi co-founded what is now Sunnox Corporation, an innovator of sustainable energy solutions for private and municipal street lighting. Through the combination of a flexible solar panel and a wireless street light management system, Sunnox Corporation has been able to reduce the electrical consumption of street lights while simultaneously generating substantial distributed generation for cities around the United States. In some cases, the street light can become a cash flow positive asset while simultaneously creating amongst the largest distributed solar farm facilities in the world. Mr. Ochi is the recipient of the 2011 Green For All Business Academy Entrepreneurial Concept Award. Mr. Ochi is the founder of the ANTrepreneur Center at the University of California, Irvine and is the founding Executive Director of the UCI ANTrepreneur Center program. He is also currently the Chief Strategy Officer of Convert Coal, Inc., a cutting edge coal cleaning technology company based in the United States with initial market efforts in Poland throughout Europe.
Mr. Ochi currently sits on the Board of Directors of a half-dozen companies and is actively involved in the growth of 7 early-stage companies. Mr. Ochi is also very actively involved on the Board of 4 alumni organizations at UC Irvine, the UC Irvine Chancellor’s Club Board of Directors, Board of Advisor member at the Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Paul Merage School of Business as well as the former membership director of Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) in Orange County. Mr. Ochi also served on the Board of Advisors for the Mobile Excellence Awards in Hollywood, CA. Mr. Ochi also is co-founder of the not-for-profit MORE Foundation whose mission is to connect entrepreneurs and opportunities with undergraduate students at local universities.
Mr. Ochi holds a B.A. in Political Science, a B.S. in Biological Sciences, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. Additionally, Mr. Ochi graduated from the Keller Graduate School of Management with a Masters in Project Management.
Adam M. Curry, co-founder Entangled Labs & Bionatus, focusing on applications of future physics across multiple companies. Adam was the recipient of the MIT Ceres Connection Prize at 17, for an invention that converted electro-gravitational phenomena into signals that can help forecast seismic events, such as earthquakes. Adam has been featured in the Discovery Channel’s Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, and is on the board of the Society for Scientific Exploration. He has worked at Princeton’s PEAR Lab, and Psyleron.
Michael Mazzola, co-founder Langley West, co-founder TruCBD Foundation, co-Founder of Entangled, and an entertainment executive.
Rod Riel, Senior Engineer
Rod has been working with inventi since its inception and has been an important hands-on engineer working in our lab testing and modifying units. Rod's experience in electricity and hardware is wide and deep and his determination and drive have been an important part of our team. For fun Rod enjoys building lego robots and writing software.