The first electrically self-sustaining, custom luxury homes are changing the way the world understands residential buildings – creating a new standard in stylish design, construction speed, tailor-made features with high-end materials, “surplus energy income” (Net Zero) and smart-connected living.
From constructing the latest in Tesla Powerwall-charged designer homes, full communities, commercial buildings to world-class hotels, S²A Modular’s stunning MegaFactory is a one-of-a-kind manufacturing center, producing impeccable structures that usher in a new era in better building and living. No more energy bills. Faster construction. Immediately higher home value compared with traditional “site-built” structures.
Managers and Team Members
Business Development Partners
President & Co-Founder
John Rowland is the president and co-founder of S²A Modular. A visionary with a passion for designing homes, hotels, and multi-family buildings to a new standard of sustainability– John’s career had focused on land entitlement, land development and development feasibility analysis. In most recent years, he has shifted to a primary focus of engineering the most advanced self-sufficient homes in the world – paving the way to his success in building the second off-grid Tesla Powerwall-powered smart home in the United States.
Since 1997, John has kept his pulse on home buying and home building trends. During this time, he has designed and engineered projects, secured prime buildable land and developed custom residential projects throughout southern California. He has spent years perfecting the entitlement process now enhanced with the modular state approval process which streamlines S²A Modular’s processing abilities. This process can take 12 months of processing time and cut in half.
As president and cofounder, John takes and cultivates vendor and supplier relations to ensure S²A maintains the best pricing and product selection, as well as vetting and handling contract negotiations with sub-contractors. Because of the strong relationships created during this process it has allowed John to secure exclusive contracts with suppliers such as FreeVolt Solar from Poland one of S²A’s key sustainability partners. John is never happy with off-the-shelf components, and in many cases he challenges the top engineers in the world to build to his desired spec positioning S²A as industry leaders in sustainability and organic building materials.
With a steadfast focus on engineering and building the most energy-efficient, renewable-energy smart homes, hotels, and multi-family buildings both domestically and internationally, John works to change the way homes are built inside and out utilizing low voltage components and organic building materials while achieving not only a Net Zero energy rating John’s newest line of sustainable engineered homes are actually “Net Positive” a term like “GREENLUX” coined by the S²A Team. John is also focused on ensuring S²A Modular meets critical Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards as a company.
Born and raised in Orange, California, John embraced the art of home building at a young age, learning from his father who built spec homes in Southern California. Shaping his career as a real estate developer, John attributes his expertise, successes and work ethic to his father Marvin Rowland.
In 2002, John moved from Orange County to Murrieta to entitle and develop land in the Inland Empire while training his two daughters, Lauren and Ashley, to carry on his legacy. John is a licensed real estate Broker in the state of California, a Licensed GC in the state of California and the premier engineer for energy-efficient homes in the state.
CEO & Co-Founder
Brian Kuzdas is the chief executive officer of S²A Modular. As a self-made entrepreneur, business visionary and successful team builder, he began his real estate career by specializing in commercial sales in 1985. Five years later, Brian opened his own company, Brookshire Investments, a boutique commercial office, which represented retail and multi-family projects in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Throughout his career, Brian has been part of several commercial real estate ventures. From 1997-2006, Brian served in an acquisition role purchasing more than $350M in Chicago real estate and converting 4,000+ apartments into condos through his condo brokerage firm, OwnACondo.com. Brian leveraged the OwnACondo.com name by placing it in Wrigley Field and US. Cellular (home of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox at the time) in addition to having it on hundreds of expressway billboards, radio & TV making it a household name throughout the Chicago metro area.
The housing-crisis of 2008 caused Brian to shift his priorities and use his unique expertise to help various banks auction foreclosure portfolios (REOs). In 2010, after learning extensively about the liquidation process, Brian purchased the domain RealEstateAuctions.com (REA) and by 2016, has been able to expand the company to more than 93 counties in 14 states across the U.S.
While expanding his focus to include buying and auctioning other types of properties, Brian met John Rowland, CEO of Rowland Development, in April 2018 and started discussing the concept of building efficient modular homes. Together, they developed S²A Modular and today are involved in expanding the S2A brand to 35 factory locations in North America with projections of building 35,000 units+ annually by 2025. Brian and John have also worked together to develop high Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards for the company.
Chief Financial Officer
Larry Braden is Chief Financial Officer of S²A Modular with more than 25 years of diverse consulting and corporate finance experience. As CFO for S²A Modular, he supervises all S²A Modular’s financial functions including accounting, auditing, corporate finance, investor relations and capital raises. Using his comprehensive background in raising capital for several different types of companies across a wide variety of industries, Larry is leading efforts for corporate and individual investors, as well as S²A Opportunity Zone investors. Larry is also responsible for developing many of the governance standards for S2A Modular to ensure all aspects of the company meets defined Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards and goals.
Prior to joining S²A Modular, he was the U.S. Market Director for the International Stock Exchange Group and ILOCX.com, served as a contracted CFO for Early Growth Financial Services in the greater Seattle area, and was the founder and managing director of Charter Business Brokers he merged with Keller Williams as one of the largest business brokers in Washington state. He has more than 20 years of experience as a commercial and residential real estate broker and launched Braden Realty as a residential brokerage specialist in Sacramento.
Larry has had a significant impact in several of his positions throughout his career. While serving as a senior associate at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, he was instrumental signing AXA Advisors as a major account to help them resolve a $1B shortfall in financing for more than 200 films across all major film studios, generating $3M in revenue. He was also the key witness for helping his client win a $30M settlement with Village Roadshow. A few years later, Larry was chosen to join Vulcan Inc., Paul Allen’s investment company, where he worked as the director of finance and controller, media. He developed financial reporting and oversaw accounting for Vulcan’s media segment of 42 business units, including its films and other Vulcan entities, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Experience Music Project, and the Science Fiction Museum. He regards Paul as one of the most brilliant men of his time, and was honored to work alongside of him.
Some of his other notable finance roles include working as the senior director of finance for Universal Music Group’s e-business divisions in Santa Monica, a corporate accounting manager for Time Warner in Burbank, and a senior operations auditor at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.
Larry is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-inactive) and a designated real estate broker in both California and Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Strategy from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Chief Revenue Officer
Dean DeLisle is the Chief Revenue Officer for S²A Modular. In this role, Dean leads the execution the company’s corporate strategic plan, including the growth of different business verticals, customer segments, joint venture partnerships and communicating the company’s Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards to investors, partners and customers. As part of the CXO team, Dean works closely with all divisions to develop strategic plans designed to boost revenue streams. Throughout his career, Dean has served in an advisory role for five Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) including HALO Branded Solutions Inc. and General Growth Properties Inc., more than 14 Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Deals, and more than 50 private placement memorandums.
Dean also oversees Investor Relations (IR) and Investor Acquisition Marketing (IAM) programs to support factory expansion opportunities, as well as developers joining S2A Modular’s Factory Discount Program. Dean is also still the founder, majority shareholder, and an active board member of Forward Progress, a 20-year digital marketing company focusing on Investor Acquisition Marketing.
After three years with Merrill Lynch, starting in 1982, Dean opened his own technology firm which developed different ERP systems for several different corporate functions including shop floor control, inventory management, order processing, purchasing, and accounting systems.
Dean’s experience manufacturing ERP systems included working with extremely large Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) as a general contractor. He delivered cutting-edge ERP and contract lifecycle management systems for General Growth Properties and provided advisory services to Heitman and many others.
In 1994, Dean founded tech company Delcom Systems, provider of advanced telecommunication services. Delcom helped companies expand CRM operations to call center solutions for companies like such as Sears, Discover, Blue Cross, State Farm, Citi Corp and others. Dean is also an experienced licensed real estate broker and has provided marketing, sales support and training to real estate firms Keller Williams, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, OwnACondo.com, BankREOs.com and RealEstateAuctions.com.
Dean is a highly sought-after speaker who brings his expertise, enthusiasm and energetically drive to his popular B2B influencer-themed podcast, The Influence Factory. Dean’s recent book FIRST, The Street Guide to Digital Business Influence, contains a proven step-by-step formula for business professionals to fuel thought leadership and recognition in their industries.
Chief Technology Officer
Ryan Leusch is the Chief Technology Officer for S²A Modular. He was born with an intrinsic fascination for technology, and with more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Ryan’s passion and knowledge has driven his success. He has had significant roles in a variety of projects throughout Southern California – ranging from small residential designs to large commercial designs. He specializes in renewable business development and is an expert in combining the smartest, greenest and most superior solutions in the industry.
In 1995, Ryan launched Affordable PC, a small computer service and repair company while working to attain his AA in Computer Science. Affordable PC quickly grew to become a computer network leader in Orange County. After six years of running and growing the business, Ryan sold his client base and moved to Temecula, CA where he helped pioneer managed network services in Southwest Riverside County and North San Diego – from there, Temecula Technologies was born.
Ryan was able to recognize the extensive benefits of energy efficiencies and smart-home technologies, leading him to obtain his BS in telecommunications management. He began programming Crestron Smart Homes and merging renewable energy solutions in homes and businesses, saving his clients thousands of dollars. With close-knit relationships with world-renowned vendors and suppliers, Ryan creates large-volume sales which ensure the best and most competitive pricing in the industry.
As CTO, Ryan constantly reviews all legislation related to technology on a daily basis to quickly implement the latest improvements in products and services. He is closely aligned with the company’s Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards and is responsible for ensuring the technology used in S2A Modular’s products meet those standards. He is a regular attendee at all top industry trade shows and using his large network of colleagues, he contributes to several thought leadership user groups and industry think tanks.
Ryan is a team builder with the unique ability to educate clients and communicate effectively throughout the duration of a project. In addition to this, his keen attention to detail and transparent communication has established him as the consistently referred and recommended choice for colleagues and customers alike.
Chief Design Officer
From small-scale beginnings with Terrace Homes in Central Wisconsin, Lance Lowrey is accomplished and renowned for his custom modular design expertise, for both residential and commercial real estate sectors. His home designs and architectural masterpieces can be found coast to coast in the United States and in Canada.
For twenty-four years, Lance has established his career as a design and engineering manager, and business owner/consultant. Hands-on from the start, Lance has systematized construction methodology in manufacturing plants to expedite the building process, shorten lead times, and eliminate materials waste. He has helped develop and implement a CAD system enabling engineers and architects to frame buildings before production.
Lance has left no stone unturned, having worked on tiny homes, classrooms, large custom homes, professional office buildings, churches, apartment buildings, residential neighborhood subdivisions, and hotels. Consistent with the community outreach of our Leadership, Lance worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration as a post-disaster home inspector. His generosity with his time and experience illustrates his indiscriminate reach and extensive capacity to meet all design needs.
For S²A Lance’s curriculum vitae is commensurate with the company’s vision to build high-efficiency homes using modular construction. Lance is instrumental to the Executive Team and will help troubleshoot, devise, and tighten the entire modular construction process from inception to completion. Lance has also been at the forefront of ensuring his designs meet the Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards and goals of the company.
Lance is one of the best-known and most highly respected modular home designers in the United States. Lance loves to engage in his creativity and articulation in the modular design process and likens this to putting a puzzle together. His pièce de résistance is a home he and an architect designed and built in Lake Tahoe, California, for Gary Erickson, Owner and Founder of CLIF BAR®.
Lance and his wife Stephanie have two grown daughters, Keira and Jordan, and a grandson named Roman. Lance and Stephanie live with their two dogs, Catalina and Autograph, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lance is an avid collector of high-end sports memorabilia.
Chief Operations Officer
Gary Eagleton is the Chief Operations Officer for S²A Modular and has more than 35 years of experience in operations, plant management and modular building production of custom, residential, commercial, multi-family, schools and specialty units. He is a established leader and professional in industrial production, design, engineering, problem solving, customer relations, safety, quality assurance, human resources, and multiple location supervision. Gary also has tremendous knowledge of incorporating important Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards into the operations of a company.
As COO, Gary leads all S²A Modular factory setups, and has already designed the factory layout and operational processes for both of S²A Modular’s California factories in Hemet and Patterson. This process includes determining building requirements, production line needs, equipment and movement of modules, establishment of quality control processes, material storage and offline fabrication areas. Gary has a comprehensive understanding of buildings and building-systems and can quickly recognize potential issues so that require prompt, innovative solutions.
Prior to joining S²A Modular, Gary served as a business manager for Goodwin Knight/Key Structures LLC in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he established an offsite construction facility and developed specific manufacturing techniques, asset utilization methods and communications systems for the facility. Gary also served as the production manager for Champion Home builders in York, Neb. where he delivered an 80-unit complex and multistory commercial unit for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. As a production manager for Champion, he increased production rates by 50 percent over a six-month period.
Chief Growth Officer
Sharon Amezcua is the chief growth officer for S2A Modular and is responsible for developing and implementing growth strategies across all areas of the company. With more than 35 year of experience as a serial entrepreneur and serial investor, Sharon has created, built, incubated, accelerated, invested in, syndicated and exited hundreds of companies across the globe while working closely with a team of sector specialists. Sharon’s focus has been at the intersection of technology and finance with a concentration in Alternative Energy, Fintech, Alternative Healthcare, Software, AI, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. The beginning of Sharon’s career was focused on commercial banking as well as building and growing energy-related companies in lighting, HVAC control systems and several alternative energy solutions including solar, wind, hydro and more. She was also a force in making sure companies she worked with established and maintained high Environmental Social Governance (ESG) standards. After the successful launch and exit of New Energy Ventures in Los Angeles, a company that went from no revenue to $1B in 18 months, Sharon co-founded MCC Global NV, an old-style merchant bank that was listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange in 2006. MCC offered a proprietary creation, incubation and acceleration “de-risking” process that Sharon developed and implemented with hundreds of emerging and established companies exhibiting an unmatched track record of success. As vice chairman of Moore Clayton Capital Advisors, Inc. and vice president of Equus II, MCC Global’s fund management company and its NYSE-listed private equity fund, respectively, Sharon was instrumental in increasing the overall net asset value and ROI of this highly regulated BDC.
Sharon then Co-Founded ESE Partners, LLC and ESE Fund Ltd., a future financial services company and associated fund that built and invested in emerging and established companies in targeted sectors across the world. With the leadership of her London-based business partner, Edward Fitzpatrick, ESE created an unregulated stock exchange in Europe (European Stock Exchange), a regulated stock exchange, AlliedSX (A Start-Up Stock Exchange), that expanded globally in 50 countries and ILOEX (An Initial License Offering Exchange) that makes it easier for companies to raise the growth funding they need without diluting their equity. Sharon is also the co-founder of SSG, LLC, a technology transfer company managed by women at the top of their fields and SSG was initially created to build companies in the United States and the Middle East/North Africa region of the world. ESE and SSG both have a strong focus on traditional industries converging with new technologies particularly in new media, healthcare, wellness, alternative energy and fintech.
Sharon’s passion, besides dancing and architectural engineering, is working with young people through business and philanthropy to enhance their entrepreneurial skills and help them execute their dreams. She is also an active advisory board/board member of many emerging and established companies across the globe.
Ms. Allen an executive advisor to S2A Modular and is working to expand the company’s institutional investment portfolio. She is also the CEO and founder of Allen&Associates (“AA”) a global Strategic Advisory and Investment firm. In 2012, Allen&Associates expanded from Los Angeles to London with a focus on the EU debt markets. At this time, AA initiated their debt securitization programs and related business in Luxembourg. This expansion of AA led to several notable transactions among which was directing the Consortium which structured, organized and initiated operations of the Türkiye Varlık Fonu, the Turkish Sovereign Wealth Fund for the government of Turkey. This successful transaction saw the valuation and movement of US$220B of the country’s assets into the wealth fund for the purposes of creating below market debt for the country.
Ms. Allen has a broad financial background, with both corporate and institutional experience. She is not your typical Investment Banker. For the past three decades she has been devoted to corporate finance, focused on wealth management, private equity, venture capital and M&A. She has represented all levels of investors and corporate clients for strategic consulting, acquisitions, restructures and divestitures. Her primary focus is to build value through balanced structures and proper timing of financing, growth and divestiture.
In this capacity, Ms. Allen has developed and successfully completed many financial transactions through her companies, Allen&Associates, Elite Capital, a California based Venture Capital Firm, Allen/Brenner, Inc., a wealth and cash management firm focused on the entertainment and media industry. During these years Ms. Allen was a founder and served as Managing Director of The Movie Group, (AMX) the originating company which is today Lionsgate Entertainment (NYSE).
Her career commenced in the corporate sector as a Founder, CFO and CEO.
Ms. Allen’s began her career as a member of the founding group of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Upon her departure, she joined Taco Bell, Inc. (NASDAQ) as the Chief Financial Officer; where she structured and facilitated the acquisition of Taco Bell, Inc. by PepsiCo, Inc (NYSE). From PepsiCo, Ms. Allen moved to W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE) initially she was based in Newport Beach, CA with the Restaurant / Retail Division as CFO, and later in their New York headquarters as a Corporate Development Officer (M&A). During her years at WRG, she worked successfully to place several companies into Puerto Rico under the 936 tax act.
Her expertise in the financial world comes from both the operational sector and investment arena, which gives her a unique insight and advantage in financial structuring and operations. Her Advisory clients are quite diverse from the House of Al Thani, the governments of Zambia, Turkey and other developing countries to US hospitality giants Marriott and McDonalds. She is a problem solver and she is known for her “out of the box” strategic plans.
She was educated at the University of Tennessee in finance and accounting. She has been a speaker for Forbes, Strategic Research Institute, Inc. magazine, the National Restaurant Association, Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA). She is active in numerous civic and political organizations. Currently she is a Member of the Board of Directors of Ark Restaurants (ARKR), INmuneBio (INMB) along with other private companies representing both Family Offices and Private Equity investors.
Vice President of Construction
Bryan Stancil is the Vice President of Construction for S2A Modular. In this position, Bryan oversees and directs all the various onsite construction activities for all S2A Modular MegaFactories around the country. Those tasks include the management of different construction teams, subcontractors and laborers, as well as overseeing the delivery and safe storage of construction materials. Using his effective communication and proven relationship-building skills, he is responsible for establishing and facilitating long lasting and vital trade partner relationships to continue S2A Modular’s innovative superiority in the modular construction industry.
Bryan has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry serving as an onsite superintendent, project manager and general manager for multiple large construction companies. He most recently served as a senior superintendent with Van Daele Homes where he managed the construction of single- and multi-family homes on critical timelines to ensure the rate of construction and build quality met company standards. Prior to that, he was a project manager for Silver Creek Industries where he focused on job estimations, coordinating construction actions as well as preparing and submitting various bids for the company.
Before joining Silver Creek, Bryan was the owner of Mission Homes Inc. where he led all management activities for the company’s projects. The critical aspects of his role as the owner centered around contract development, coordination of workforce and subcontractors, as well as conducting all forward planning and value engineering to ensure projects were completed on schedule and under budget.
Other companies that Bryan has worked with include All Family Construction, D.K. Barnett Construction, Centex Homes, McMillin Homes and Woodside Homes, among others. His experience and vast background in the construction industry is critical to S2A Modular as he oversees the construction of 35 MegaFactories over the next five years.
Director of International Investor Relations
Weiwei Chen brings a strong background in the start-up sphere combined with her Business Administration in Management from San Jose State University. She began with founding a company akin to Craigslist specifically for WeChat users, providing a platform of human capital and resources to one billion users worldwide. Weiwei’s second venture is in the restaurant business, opening in May 2017, an Asian establishment in the Fremont/Newark Tri-City.
As Director of Investor Relations, Weiwei will service the Company in multi-faceted ways. She’ll bridge her APAC clients to investment opportunities in the Bay Area, develop the Company’s network, work with venture capital firms to understand their needs and travel to symposiums to widen her reach.
Weiwei’s primary language is Mandarin and can speak English fluently as well. Weiwei is based in Palo Alto, California and in her spare time competes in Chinese dance and enjoys hot pot.
Director of Investor Relations
Catherine “Cat” O’Connor is the Director of Investor Relations for S2A Modular. As one of the core members of the company’s marketing department, she works closely with the CMO and investor team to create, integrate and manage various marketing campaigns which help promote both investor and sales opportunities. She also consults with current and potential investors regarding the company’s mission of creating the first electrically self-sustaining, custom luxury modular homes.
Cat’s background as a highly organized and experienced event planner and account executive prepared her for the challenging role of investor relations director. She brings to the team a commitment to mastering all assigned roles and tasks and has a proven track record of handling all clients’ needs in a timely manner, earning her consistent recognition as a top performer.
Prior to joining S2A Modular, Cat was an account executive at IMPACT365 in Chicago where she used her leadership skills to manage all aspects of small and large-scale events which included contract negotiation, finances, venue setup and all pre- and post-event tasks. She tapped into her creative skills to create traditional and social media-based marketing campaigns and was in charge of training and coaching new team members.
Cat also worked at Coghlan Law LLC in Chicago as a paralegal, assisting attorneys with case work, updating lien balances, contacting insurance adjusters and opening new files. She worked directly with clients of the firm and communicated with insurance companies about health insurance plans.
Outside of her corporate life, Cat has worked with more than 30 different non-profit organizations to help them meet their fundraising goals. Some of the organizations include The Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, The Israel Sports Center for the Disabled, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, SmartBet Charities, HFS Chicago Scholars, The CHEST Foundation and more.
Cat has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing management from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She likes to spend her free time exploring new recipes, wine tasting, creating social events for friends and family and visiting her family in Colorado.
Director of Sales Operations
Bekah Lloyd is the director of sales operations for S2A Modular and has more than 20 years of experience in communications, administration, and project management. As director of sales operations, her focus is on sales team development and support to ensure all sales systems and operations run smoothly. She also provides support to many of the key priorities of S2A Modular and Greenlux Properties, including strategic opportunities aligned with growth, development and performance. She is highly experienced in day-to-day operations and processes and serves as the company’s authoritative expert on matters concerning sales operations, systems, and procedures.
Some of her other responsibilities include overseeing strategic sales initiatives from development through successful execution under the guidance of the chief revenue officer, managing the day-to-day responsibilities for sales operations, initiatives and goals and performing an array of various administrative and customer-related tasks. She also creates and maintains cross-departmental relationships to enable sales leadership success and facilitates communication and collaboration with executives in decision-making, program management, and initiative implementation.
Prior to joining S2A Modular, Bekah has held several administrative positions across a variety of industries ranging from working as an Executive Assistant to the CEO of Alf Service Company, to a Development Coordinator for Business Relationship Management (BRM) Institute. She also worked in project management for Charter Construction, Inc. and as a member of its Specialty Projects team, helped to develop project budgets, proposals and contracts.
Bekah studied business administration and management at the University of Oregon and Portland State University. She finds refreshment in life by dancing, traveling and writing.
Director of S²A Marketplace
Lauren is the Director of the S²A Marketplace, the company’s online store with a wide variety of various building products, appliances, smart home technologies, tiny homes and more available directly to builders, contractors and consumers. With the Marketplace as an integral part of company’s growth strategy, she manages all planning, cataloging, database management and the overall operation of the S²A Marketplace. She works closely with site developers to review all product information to ensure accuracy while simultaneously managing the site’s back end to certify transactions are handled safely and securely. She also works closely with third-party vendors to maintain the accuracy and availability of products in the marketplace.
What Lauren enjoys most about her position at S²A Modular is the detailed work to maintain the accuracy of the Marketplace. She is also very passionate about the S²A Modular Opportunity Zone fund and how it is being used to revitalize economically distressed cities and towns throughout the nation.
Following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps, Lauren is a third-generation developer who has been able to capitalize on what she has learned about the real estate industry to strengthen her role as land acquisition director. She has been this position since early 2019 and prior to that, Laruen worked as a feasibility study research analyst for Santa Rosa Development Consultants, LLC.
Lauren is pursuing a degree in psychology, is a licensed notary public in California, and holds an Oregon real estate brokerage license. She spent most of her life in southern California but has recently relocated to Bend, Ore. with her boyfriend and one-year-old Dachshund puppy.
Director of the S²A App
Ashley Rowland is the Director of the S²A App and in this role, she is responsible for the management, functionality and various integrations of the app. The S²A App is the center point to control all smart home functions within an S²A Modular home or commercial structure, as well as providing access to the S²A Marketplace. Specifically, she oversees the programming for lighting, security, HVAC, appliances and other controls within the app. She also manages the app’s availability on both Apple iTunes and the Google Play Store. Ashley also works closely with several different team members for all the various capabilities within the app. Prior to assuming this position, she served as the Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions Director where she was a central figure in the real estate acquisitions and dispositions for S²A Modular.
Ashley’s passion for real estate development started by watching her father’s success and sitting ringside at construction projects, watching them go from concept to completion. When given the opportunity, she never hesitated at the chance of both learning from her father, as well as work with a company that’s at the forefront of building revolutionary, sustainable properties.
She joins S²A Modular after gaining valuable administrative experience working for the Hallmark corporation. Ashley has also developed work experience by volunteering at a local elementary school where she helped manage after-school programs and understands how to be a team player after playing team sports at a high level for many years.
As a California Department of Real Estate licensed salesperson, she is currently attending college courses in real estate to expand her knowledge of the industry. Ashley will be one of the first agents to join the GreenLux Properties Team of professional’s real estate agents in California. When not at work or school, Ashley enjoys cooking with her family and spending time at the beach with her favorite vacation place being Hawaii.
Director of National Expansion
Jonny Kuzdas is the director of national expansion for S2A Modular and is responsible for the company’s expansion of MegaFactories across the United States. To meet the company’s large nationwide demand of pre-ordered homes and commercial properties, Jonny is aggressively searching for communities with economic development programs that meet S2A Modular’s requirements for a MegaFactory. The economic development programs are designed to help shorten the timeframe it takes for companies to become operational by helping streamline land acquisition transactions, permitting and by providing economic incentives that speed the creation of hundreds of new jobs.
As a resident of Davis, California, Jonny is passionate about making a positive impact on the environment, along with helping individuals and entire communities become more energy independent through the use of S2A Modular’s proprietary Net Zero technologies. He is also passionate about the company’s mission of creating affordable, renewable homes, businesses, hotels and other structures engineered with the latest green technologies which help people live healthier lives.
Prior to joining S2A Modular, Jonny worked for Boston Scientific’s medical manufacturing division where he maintained the safe and efficient use of various medical manufacturing equipment, and carefully monitored equipment settings to ensure products met the company’s strict quality standards. He also conducted preventive maintenance on the process line to resolve production problems and minimize equipment downtime.
In addition to his experience with Boston Scientific, he also has more than 11 years of retail and sales experience with various companies, including the gaming industry.
Jonny attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu school of Culinary Arts in the City of Chicago and is currently studying to get his real estate license. When not at work, he enjoys playing his guitar, gaming and spending time with his girlfriend of 8 years and their cat.
Information Technology Director
Yanik Gozlan is the information technology director for S2A Modular and has been actively involved in the information technology industry for more than 20 years throughout multiple industries. He has always had a passion for computer technology as well as a fascination for what makes businesses of all types successful and to know that every day he is playing a vital role in their growth and success.
Born in Montreal, Canada where he received his bachelor’s degree from John Abbott College, Yanik now lives in beautiful Southern California. In addition to his bachelor’s, he has furthered his knowledge in the information technology field by obtaining several industry standard certifications, licensing and training recognized by industry leaders including, Microsoft, CompTIA A+, and Network+.
Yanik is also the founder & managing partner of Xtreme Business Solutions. Their vision is simple – to be the most trusted and respected information technology firm in Southern California with a reputation for reliability, innovation, and a commitment to customer service. That vision remains just as strong today as it did when the company was founded.
Xtreme Business Solutions has always strived to hire the brightest and most talented team members they could find who share this vision. With investments in top-of-the-line IT management systems, they provide their engineers with the industry’s best tools to achieve excellence for their clients, while giving them full transparency into their own networks.
Director of Feasibility
Gina Hansen is the director of feasibility for S2A Modular and has more than ten years of experience in real estate, investing, commercial construction and project coordination. As the director of feasibility, she is responsible for discovery and due diligence, including analysis of the proposed development locations and conditions impacting the project. She also manages the budget for land development of all S2A Modular projects, including single family residential, multi-family and commercial projects.
Prior to joining S2A Modular, Gina worked in commercial construction as a contracts and projects coordinator for multimillion-dollar development projects. She is also a licensed real estate agent and national mortgage loan servicer. Gina has more than ten years of real estate experience and manages a small team of agents to effectively reach quarterly and yearly goals. Prior to working in the real estate industry, she owned and was vice president of an energy drink company where she managed product development, marketing, and sponsorship relations with major customers like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Affliction Clothing and NASCAR.
Gina holds an associate’s in radiologic sciences and a bachelor’s in legal studies. She spent 10 years as a radiology tech in orthopedic surgery. Personally, she loves challenges and pushing beyond her personal limits. She prides herself on being ambitious, goal oriented, learning from others, teaching those around her, and is especially proud of her role as a mother to an incredible teenage daughter. During her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and furthering her education and business goals.
Director of the Electrical Division
Tory Hootselle is the director of the Electrical Division for S2A Modular. In this position, he plans, develops and manages the installation and maintenance of all electrical systems for S2A Modular MegaFactories as well as modular residential and commercial structures produced by the company. Since joining the company, Tory has built out the company’s electrical division and increased its level of performance by developing and designing equipment and procedures with a special emphasis on electrical safety in the workplace, and performance of S2A Modular electrical systems.
With an associate degree in Applied Electrical Technology from Vatterott College, Tory developed a passion for his job through building and creating new things – especially when it comes to renewable energy. He is particularly excited about working with S2A Modular to contribute to a more sustainable building and living environment for the public.
As the owner of Hoots Electric Service Inc., Tory has an extensive knowledge and background in electrical systems. He has also worked as a superintendent at Progressive Power Group and as an electrical team leader at Tesla Energy. Tory has also served in the United States Marine Corps, and while on active duty received three letters of commendation and multiple service medals. He is also a licensed electrician in the state of California as well as a licensed California C-10 electrical contractor.
Tory is originally from St. Louis but moved to California after serving in the Marine Corps for the beautiful weather and endless possibilities for outdoor activities. When he is not working to make the world a little greener at S2A Modular, he spends his time mountain biking and kayaking.
Director of Plumbing
Edward Stennis is the Director of Plumbing for S2A Modular. In this position, Eddie is in charge of the development and implementation of all plumbing systems and operations for S2A Modular’s MegaFactories, modular homes and commercial properties. He works closely with architects to ensure plumbing requirements are met and oversees daily plumbing operations. His job also includes maintaining compliance with internal and external policies and regulations, managing projects from start to finish and ensuring jobs are completed safely, on-time and within budget.
Eddie’s professional passion and job satisfaction comes from producing high-quality results. His favorite part of the job is starting with a blank canvas or graded pad and following through all the details until he reaches his finished product. As a second-generation plumber, Eddie feels very fortunate that he gets to enjoy what he does every day. His reputation as a hard worker precedes him, and he is very meticulous about every job. Eddie brings more than 35 years of experience to S2A Modular as a master plumber.
Eddie began his career in construction as a laborer. He worked hard to learn his craft, advancing to become a foreman, supervisor, and finally worked his way to starting his own plumbing company, E & J Plumbing. While climbing the professional ladder, he became an expert at reviewing blueprints, building codes and specifications to determine work details and procedures, and mastering the responsibility for ground, top-out and finish work. Eddie carries a C36 California Plumbing License, is a member of the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce and a certified installer of Aqua PEX and WARDFlex NG and LP systems.
In his free time, Eddie enjoys volunteering with several different groups including Stennis Enterprises and Path Finder’s Youth Group. He also participates in toy drives, backpack giveaways, scholarship fundraising, and holiday baskets for low-income families. Along with his various philanthropic ventures, Eddie loves restoring classic cars and spending time with his family.
Project Manager, Factory Team
Alec Marciano is the contractor/certified installer relations manager for S²A Modular. As the contractor/certified installer relations manager, he is directly responsible for carefully screening all potential installers and contractors to ensure they meet S²A Modular’s requirements which includes checking references, license status and experience in their industry. Alec is also responsible for scheduling all new certified installers and contractors for training certification with S²A Modular. The certified S²A installer certification program is the most advanced hands on certification in the modular industry. Alec is responsible to ensure all of S²A’s certified installers have the skills and knowledge to make a seamless transition from our S²A Mega-Factory to final install at your site. Our contractor partners are also required to work with Alec to ensure they undergo the extensive training necessary to install S²A homes to the quality standards appointed by S²A corporate offices.
As part of the S²A Modular team, Alec’s passion and drive comes from seeing families realize their dream homes through the vision of S²A Modular and its line of green luxury homes. His role in managing contractors and certified installers has given him an in-depth understanding of how S²A Modular is changing the paradigm of home ownership and how it is helping make that dream more accessible across the country.
Alec’s previous position was working as a project manager for Rowland Development in Murrieta, Calif., and prior to that, he spent six years as a manager of window cleaning crews at a professional window cleaning company in San Diego.
While working at Rowland Development, Alec began studying land entitlement and project management. As the youngest of three brothers and sisters, he currently lives in Bend, Ore. and spends his free time hiking, camping and fishing.
Vendor Relations Manager
Damien Cabral is the vendor relations manager for S²A Modular. In his role, he manages all vendor relationships and partnerships which includes all daily communication with technology manufacturers and suppliers that provide raw materials and finished goods to S²A Modular. Much of Damien’s day is spent working closely with new and existing product manufacturers, suppliers and other companies to ensure each of these companies can meet the critical demands of S²A Modular’s production schedule and quality control standards. Damien is also a crucial component to the company’s search for cutting-edge materials and technologies to ensure #GreenLuxHomes are the most sustainable and advanced smart homes and commercial properties on the market.
Damien’s passion for his job lies in S²A Modular’s mission of producing the world’s most electrically self-sustaining, advanced custom luxury homes and commercial properties in the world. Moreover, he realizes the positive impact of electrical vehicles and other renewable energy products and works closely with co-founder John Rowland to bring these technologies to the company’s finished homes and commercial structures.
With more than two years of logistics operations at the Target Corporation, he has used that experience to further enhance his ability to manage S²A Modular vendors on several different levels. Damien’s experience has helped him reinforce the importance of maintaining high-quality vendor relationships to ensure vendors are able to support the manufacturing process. Damien produces an ever-changing PDF catalog of both standard equipment and options which is crucial for the S²A sales team.
Midwest Sales Manager
Maureen Nesbitt is the Midwest sales manager for S²A Modular. Based in Chicago, she has been a real estate broker for 23 years and in her role as a sales manager, she is responsible for all sales operations within her geographical region as well as working closely with her sales representatives and potential S²A residential and commercial customers to determine needs and plan solutions that meets their needs and budget. Additionally, Maureen is responsible for onboarding, training and supervising all S²A sales representatives within her geographical region.
She began her career in 1997 when she sold her first project, a 30-unit condo conversion in Chicago. Following that sale of that property, she knew immediately that she had a passion for real estate. Prior to joining S²A Modular, Maureen spent more than six years as realtor and real estate broker for Coldwell Banker and several years with OwnACondo.com as a realtor, recruiter, condo specialist and buyers’ agent.
Maureen considers herself as a very understanding realtor who cares first and foremost about her current and prospective clients. Some of her success has come from a large network of referrals which are a result of hundreds of her satisfied clients.
Maureen’s basic business philosophy is to use her experience and dedication to the real estate industry to do the best job possible for her clients. One of her strengths is staying on top of the market and that strategy has resulted in several repeat buyers throughout the past 23 years. In today’s dynamic real estate market, she takes pride in covering all bases and always educates herself on various trends and uses that information to provide the highest level of customer service for her clients.
Jessica Davis is a senior accountant at S2A Modular and is an integral part of the company’s finance team. In her role, she works directly with the Chief Financial Officer to monitor and record all financial transactions within the company. She also monitors vendor accounts, tracks insurance compliance, and handles payroll for both S2A Modular employees and contractors.
With more than 20 years in the homebuilding and construction industries, Jessica has worked extensively to build and achieve longstanding business success across all aspects of her former companies. Her strong foundation in construction and project accounting, with experience in solar energy, development and real estate investing, enables her to efficiently and strategically work with entrepreneurs to develop and achieve increased annual revenue. In her previous roles, she identified opportunities to reduce waste, ensured compliance on all projects and implemented company-wide changes to decrease costs and increase return on investment. She also has experience in public works and government projects, ensuring strict accounting practices are followed from start to finish.
She loves to continue expanding her knowledge through leadership programs and training. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband, volunteering with various organizations, traveling and gardening. She is also an avid adventure seeker who met her husband sky diving and still enjoys the thrills of riding a Razor UTV through the desert, camping and hiking to new altitudes.
Jessica is excited to be part of the S2A Modular Team because she is also passionate about the company’s vision of sustainability, renewable energy and green building.
Investor Relations Representative
Leslie Benitez is an investors relations representative at S2A Modular and is an essential piece of the investor team. In her role, she handles all day-to-day interactions with the chief revenue officer and maintains comprehensive investor communications.
She is responsible for organizing financial and investor meetings, tracking and analyzing financial data, ensuring clients always receive the most up-to-date information and more. Her role is integral to maintaining a solid foundation for the investor team, making sure they move efficiently and effectively on a daily basis.
Although Benitez is relatively new to the real estate/construction industry, she has more than ten years of experience in customer service and sales. She has worked for large companies as a sales associate, hospitality representative, direct care representative and an applied behavioral analyst therapist. Her strong background in various levels of customer service has provided her with a strong skillset necessary for managing client relationships for S2A Modular.
Benitez holds a bachelor’s degree in human development with a minor in psychology from Purdue University. She is excited to take on this role and ensure that S2A Modular continues to grow financially and increase operational efficiencies and improves its cost effectiveness as they continue to build factories nationwide.
In her free time, Benitez lends her support to organizations near to her heart, including The ALS Association and organizations focused on supporting the fight against thyroid cancer. She also enjoys traveling, watersports and working as a freelance makeup artist.
Reta Sanden is the office manager for S2A Modular and has more than a decade of experience in relocation, real estate sales and lending as a loan originator. She brings an extensive background in customer service, handling contracts, billing and assisting with Quality Control.
As an office manager, Reta handles an array of front-facing duties and acts as a liaison to provide customer service information with the intent to support the sales department as well as manage the Patterson, CA showroom. Her responsibilities include covering inbound calls, acting as a consumer advocate, providing professional support, and maintaining all correspondence with customers via S2A’s social platforms.
Reta has always taken pride in her job and enjoys promoting the company in a professional and informative way. She is most excited about helping people see a new way to build their new smart home and then watching their homeownership dreams come true with S2A Modular.
Prior to joining S2A Modular, Reta worked as the assistant to the V.P., consumer relations and services, and as a marketing assistant for over 14 years at Jackson-Mitchell Inc. Prior to that she was also a realtor with PMZ Real Estate in Turlock, California where she assisted people with credit repair, lending advice and assisted clients buy or sell a home.
Reta studied Business and Accounting at Golden West College in Westminster, California. She enjoys going to NHRA racetrack events, baking, playing puzzle games and watching home improvement shows or the History Channel.
Investor Relations Associate
Kelvin is an Investor Relations Associate for S2A Modular and his role is to cultivate and maintain relationships with prospective investors through various outreach strategies and track those leads using the company’s Customer Service Management (CRM) platform. He is also responsible for confirming meetings and conducting other administrative tasks for the investor relations team. Kelvin serves as the key point of contact for investors for their day-to-day service needs.
Prior to joining S2A Modular, he spent five years conducting investor relations activities for Shoreline Property Group, a local real estate investment firm in the Dallas Metro area. While in that position, he oversaw the acquisition and sale of more than 250 investment properties for investors. In total, Kelvin has 15 years of sales and account management experience which has been primarily focused on initial client acquisition and relationship growth.
His passion for real estate began at an early age and he has been able to take that passion and develop it into a rewarding career by guiding investors to prime real estate investment opportunities. Now he looks forward to using his skills to connect investors with the great opportunities in sustainable, modular real estate ventures. Kelvin began his professional career in the United States Navy where he was selected for Officer Candidate School and was awarded an ROTC scholarship.
Kelvin is a member of Concord Church and together with his wife, they facilitate a 12-week pre-martial counseling course for engaged couples. The couple has three children and as a family, they are very active in sports, outdoor activities and traveling. He considers himself a student of popular culture and believes how a society chooses to entertain itself provides insight into the its value system.
Co-Founder Pure Properties Enterprises
Wil Weir is the co-founder of Pure Property Enterprises (PPE) which services some of the nation’s most well capitalized 501(c)(3) real estate developers, procuring off-market multifamily acquisitions and affordable housing development opportunities. PPE has worked with several prominent developers like the Cesar Chavez Foundation and Bay Vista Methodist Heights.
He has joined the S²A Modular team as a business development partner and will help guide the company’s strategy and work with non-profit and religious organizations.
One of his roles at PPE is advising religious organizations about strategies to develop their underutilized land. These strategies include developing housing for low income families, congregate care, and other multi-family concepts. Weir is especially passionate about these projects because of their multifaceted impact. They increase the availability of much needed affordable housing, allow churches to serve adjacent communities with their social services, and help churches relieve debt by generating revenue for their organizations.
During his free time, Weir serves the community as the President of the Ergátes for God, a 501(c)(3) organization and heads the Inner Pantry feeding ministry of Ergátes. He is also a dedicated Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at his church where he runs a basketball ministry from the church campus. His dedication to his church continues through his leadership of study groups and feeding ministries at Right Path Recovery, a substance abuse organization.
Weir attended Pepperdine University where he graduated with bachelor’s degree in communications and was a standout athlete on the school’s NCAA basketball team. He is a widower with two wonderful teenagers, and feels especially privileged to serve God, his family, his friends and the local community.
President and CEO - DRIVEN360
Mike is the president and CEO of DRIVEN360, S²A Modular’s integrated marketing and communications agency of record. He has more than 20 years of public relations experience that includes working at two notable agencies, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Burson Marsteller and owning his own PR agency. He personally oversees all strategy development and the execution of all communications activities for S²A Modular which has helped establish them as a leader in modular construction. With decades of collective PR experience, Mike and his team developed a comprehensive integrated marketing and communications plan to support the launch of S²A Modular and since, has greatly increased their visibility in the rapidly-expanding modular construction industry.
Chief Operations Officer - DRIVEN360
Rob is the Chief Operations Officer for DRIVEN360 and is also the integrated marketing and communications manager for the S²A Modular account. Working with DRIVEN360 for seven years, he has managed several of the agencies top accounts which includes S²A Modular. While leading S²A Modular’s integrated communications efforts, he and his team successfully executed several successful campaigns to help build brand awareness across a variety of mediums including social media. Fifteen of Rob’s 20+ years of public relations experience were developed while serving on active duty with the United States Marine Corps.
Andrew de Lara
EVP for Strategic Communication & Brand Marketing - DRIVEN360
Andrew is the EVP for strategic communication & brand marketing for DRIVEN360 and manages all brand and strategic communications for S²A Modular. Andrew joined DRIVEN360 after spending years as a key figure on the Sports & Entertainment Marketing-Global Media team at Oakley – integrating digital, social media, online editorial, global brand marketing and PR efforts. Having previously come from the Sprint Corporate Communications team, his diverse Integrated Marketing Communications expertise stretches across a variety of industries. With deep roots in public relations, de Lara began his career on the PR Team at the world-famous Los Angeles Lakers franchise – followed up by stints in the Entertainment business and PR/marketing agencies. More than 15 years of results is accentuated by his knack for creative writing.
Senior Marketing and Social Media Manager - DRIVEN360
Cheyenne is the Senior Marketing and Social Media Manager at DRIVEN360. She oversees the social media strategy, content creation and execution for S²A Modular, bringing years of experience in creative roles to help further broaden the S²A Modular brand. Prior to working with DRIVEN360, Cheyenne worked at a well-known non-profit, helping to find a cure for one of the nation’s deadliest cancers. When she is not working, she is reading all the books, baking treats for her family and friends, watching sports, or running around town with her wild child six-year-old
Public Relations Account Executive - DRIVEN360
Harrison is a public relations account executive for DRIVEN360 and an account support/video editor for S²A Modular. While he has a passion for all things automotive, he is excited to support S²A Modular and their journey to become the leading manufacturer of GreenLuxHomes. Before joining DRIVEN360 and being assigned to the S²A Modular account, Harrison was a published journalist who has written thousands of articles in the digital automotive media world — from theory pieces to industry news and everything in between. He’s had the pleasure of working alongside some of the biggest names in the automotive aftermarket during his tenure as a journalist and remains active in the industry as a freelance journalist for several publications.
Chief Executive Officer FreeVolt USA
Mohamed Kastiro is the CEO of FreeVolt USA and as one of the first employees at the company, he rose through the ranks to his current position. In his role as a strategic partner of S²A Modular, Mohamed oversees the relationship between the two companies to ensure the seamless integration between FreeVolt’s PV Graph™ solar energy solutions and S²A Modular residential and commercial buildings.
Since the beginning of the partnership, one of his priorities has been to ensure FreeVolt’s revolutionary PV Graph™ technology was a key component of S²A Modular homes and commercial properties. FreeVolt is the ONLY manufacturer and installer of PV Graph™ Technology operating in California and has revolutionized the solar industry with this technology.
Mohamed graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Kinesiology. He has worked in the solar industry for three years and heads up the front end of the business by specializing in business development, marketing and building lasting relationships with FreeVolt advocates.
Founder and CEO FreeVolt Group
Lukasz Nowinski is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for the FreeVolt Group and as a partner of S²A Modular, has held a critical role in developing and executing the company’s road map toward a greener future.
In his role with FreeVolt, Nowinski leads research and development, using his more than ten years of industry expertise to guide the company as create new technologies to help pursue a more sustainable environment. His focus on the renewable energy industry began in 2008, and he has since managed, developed and patented numerous technological solutions dedicated to energy efficiency.
Aside from his expertise in the field of renewable energy, Nowinski specializes in sales, finance and product management. He is also a recognized public speaker and the creator of the Integrated Business Partnership Model, a business strategy for building and expanding sales networks for vertically-integrated organizations.
Prior to his work with FreeVolt, he worked as the manager and founder of multiple companies in the banking and IT sector.
Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer FreeVolt Group
Dariusz Zamroczynski is the co-founder and chief operations officer for the FreeVolt Group. In his role as co-founder and chief operating officer, Zamroczynski is responsible for the global operations of the company.
He brings more than 12 years of operations and management experience to FreeVolt. His experience and leadership have been focused on risk management and operations management, and in his role he also manages the business of project development, engineering and the overall operations of solar PV systems. He also is responsible for the efficiency of business operations, and has successfully managed and completed key milestone investment projects.
Prior to co-founding the FreeVolt Group, Zamroczynski worked in law enforcement, specializing in risk management and operations management.
Chief Revenue Officer - FreeVolt USA
Jeremy Roos is the Chief Revenue Officer for FreeVolt USA and, as a partner of S²A Modular, has been a critical component to bringing FreeVolt technology to S²A Modular’s revolutionary style of modular construction.
Working closely with Ryan Leusch, John Rowland and others on the S²A Modular team, he has been at the center of combining S²A’s design of completely self-sufficient, off-grid, net-zero homes with his personal vision that every home and business should have the ability to generate, store, and trade their own electricity, with an overall goal of achieving 100% carbon-free, renewable energy across the United States.
Jeremy has been in sales and marketing for 24 years, with six years of experience in the solar industry. Prior to that he worked in real estate finance and has always been an entrepreneur.
Chief Operations Officer FreeVolt USA
Bartosz Makas is the Chief Operations Officer for FreeVolt USA and as a partner of S²A Modular, brings a deep understanding of the renewable energy market in the United States allowing him to strategically lead the execution of FreeVolt’s business operations.
Working closely with the executive team, Makas ensures the company-wide strategy and goals are being met and surpassed. His extensive management experience has given him the ability to spearhead new initiatives and easily lead his team as they pursue practices, policies and procedures in the pursuit of a greener future.
Makas has been in the renewable energy industry for six years, with several years of experience previously working in the real estate and media sector. Prior to stepping into his role at FreeVolt USA, Makas was a regional manager at Solar Direct Group where he was responsible for leading a team of salespeople, installers and all marketing personnel.
President – Ignite Design & Advertising, Inc.
Chris is just one of the sparks behind Ignite — perpetually driven to create a team that complements each other and can consistently perform for his clients. He has grown Ignite over the past 14 years, doubling staff and billings year after year. With more than 28 years of experience in branding, advertising, marketing, and communications, he moves his team from concept through creative, to strategy and implementation with relative ease.
“You expect great service and creative out of an agency. Our organization is defined by the needs of our clients.”
He has defined Ignite with his “begin at the end” approach – understanding his client’s needs and building an organization that is as diverse in its offerings as it is in its creative approach. Chris is a seasoned professional with clients that are local, regional, national, and global.
Director of Client Solutions – Ignite Design & Advertising, Inc.
With over fifteen years of experience in both agency and in-house marketing settings, Valerie’s focus is on planning and executing integrated marketing campaigns that creatively and effectively promote company goals. She brings a broad range of experience spanning financial services, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, higher education, healthcare and more.
Bringing together a strategic and tactical mindset, Valerie’s efforts are always centered around the target market – understanding their needs, the user behavior, how they want to connect with the brand and the best ways to garner awareness, engagement, preference and loyalty over time. Valerie partners with Ignite clients and is responsible for all day-to-day communication as well as guiding projects from planning to development and completion.
3D/Digital Art Director – Ignite Design & Advertising, Inc.
Ryan finds himself at the intersection of Ignite’s bigger multimedia campaigns. Serving as 3D/Digital Art Director, art designer, photographer, video editor, motion graphics artist and 3D animator, our clients get a better integrated and more creative product. Mr. Holland has been an integral part of Ignite’s creative execution over the past 11 years, bringing to life many campaigns across all media.
Webmaster – Ignite Design & Advertising, Inc.
Melvin Vinluan is Ignite Design & Advertising’s resident technical guru. Melvin works with our designers to customize design templates and provides custom programming support. In addition to managing Ignite’s CMS software, he is responsible for managing all system hardware/software upgrades and maintenance tasks, vendor management, and providing network and application system security. Melvin has over 24 years’ experience in the IT industry, having the following roles as system administrator, database administrator, web application developer, educator, information security officer, and IT director. Over the past 19 years, Melvin has concentrated his specialty in designing secure web applications. Melvin has worked for AGF Management, Vision Solutions Inc., Deloitte Touche, Edgile Inc., and Westwood College.