Leadership Team

Mark Spoon – President/CEO

Mr. Spoon is an accomplished corporate strategist and business development executive with 30 years of experience in the energy and aerospace industries.  He has acted as research engineer, scientist, and business leader for high-profile companies such as ConocoPhillips and TRW.  Mr. Spoon spent over ten years in Asia as President of Conoco Petcoke Far East Ltd. During that time, he operated offices in Tokyo, Singapore, and Beijing, managing international joint ventures and business development for ConocoPhillips.  He is President of SSI Discovery, LLC, an international management consulting firm specializing in corporate strategy development and organizational optimization.  Mr. Spoon has written several books and published articles, and holds an MS in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Colorado.

Carl Ranno – General Counsel / Investor Relations

Mr. Ranno is a corporate attorney and executive officer with over 40 years of international legal and business experience. During the past several years, he has acted as an advisor in strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions and as a securities attorney to numerous public companies. He has significant experience in US securities work, including the preparation of registration statements, making appearances before the SEC and the NASD, as well as preparation and review of other filings required by the 33 and 34 Act. He has served as an advisor, director, legal advisor, president, and CEO of public and private companies.  Mr. Ranno has a BA in Economics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Stephen Kelly – Director Manufacturing & Quality

Mr. Kelly is a successful manufacturing and engineering executive with a focus on operational efficiencies to drive quality and profit. He has 23 years of experience in manufacturing, operations, and engineering. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Manufacturing Services for Ohmstede, Ltd., an O&G services company and largest heat exchanger manufacturer in the U.S.  Prior to that, he was the Engineering Manager for Armor Holdings, where he led the company’s R&D effort in support of all medium tactical vehicles for the U.S. Army.  At GH Hensley, Mr. Kelly led a manufacturing division that designs, tests, builds, delivers, and supports the entire line of construction attachments for Kobelco and Komatsu.  Mr. Kelly is the co-author of a U.S. patent and has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Phil Cleland – Controller

Mr. Cleland is an executive financial strategist with a strong background in corporate renewal and growth.  He has more than 30 years of diverse financial management experience, beginning his career as a Certified Public Accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co. with a focus on the energy industry. He has since served in various financial roles, including Chief Financial Officer of both public and private companies.  He has worked across several industries such as investment banking, oil and gas, real estate, and media/broadcasting.  Mr. Cleland also has international experience, having lived and worked in Europe during his career.  He currently sits as an Energy Advisor for the Houston Technology Center.  Mr. Cleland has a BS in Accounting from Grove City College and an MBA from Creighton University.