Bob Kraft – President & CEO
After 15 years in advanced aircraft engine engineering at GE and Pratt & Whitney, was the co-founder,VP Engineering, and later, the CEO of Power Systems Manufacturing (“PSM”), a leading gas turbine after-market parts manufacturer. Among PSM’s first products was a cutting edge ultra-low NOx combustion system for retrofit to GE and Westinghouse gas turbines, which reduced engine NOx emissions from 25 ppm to less than 5 ppm. The system is still in service today on dozens of units, and still represents world-class top-tier performance. Under his technical and business leadership PSM became the world’s leading alternate source supplier of advanced components for the state-of-the-art F-class fleet of GE industrial gas turbines. The company’s success was largely built around Bob’s vision of adaptation of aerospace technology to industrial engines and reduced life-cycle cost for fleet owners, and grew sales to more than $100 Million and employment to over 300. Bob stayed on as CEO of PSM after it was sold to Alstom in 2007 for over $242 million.
Jim Kraft – CFO
Jim started his career at Ernst & Young where he obtained his Ohio CPA. Jim has over 20 years of accounting experience, half of these years spent in the power industry – 8 years with Power Systems Mfg. Primary specialty is working in start-up company environment. Other major areas of experience include audit, manufacturing, cost accounting, due diligence and leading integrated system implementations/streamlining existing operations. Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Cleveland State University.
James "Kirk" Duncan – Vice President of Global Sales
James “Kirk” Duncan as over 25 years of experience in industrial, energy, oil and gas, renewables, and utilities markets. Leader with consistent record of success in operations, sales and business development as well as general management and projects. Recognized ability in developing and building high performance sales/business teams, internationally as well as domestically. Proven capabilities in achieving growth and profitability with a consistent focus on our customer needs, as well as customer service. Expertise in business development, finance, engineering, continuous improvement, Lean Six Sigma (Six Sigma Black Belt) and acquisitions, as well as growth strategies and corporate business plans. Multiple leadership positions with General Electric. BS Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA from University of Michigan.
Maik Hufft – General Manager - Middle East - Africa
Maik has more than 16 years of experience in the power industry with several global positions as Operations- and General Manager. Before joining PowerPHASE, Maik was responsible for Alstom’s Generator Service Business in the Middle East – Africa Region for Alstom and non-Alstom equipment including the responsibility of a large service workshop in Dubai and showed a 20% year over year increase in order intake. Maik holds an engineering degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, Germany with a major in Power Generation.
Diego Hernandez – Project Director
Diego joined the Powerphase team in October of 2016 as the Director of Projects. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. He completed his 23 year career in the US Navy after commanding the USS WYOMING (SSBN-742) a Trident Ballistic Missile Submarine. He brings years of experience in engineering and technical management to include safety, operations, quality control, training, qualifications, process and risk management. He transitioned from active duty to the power generation gas turbine business by joining Power Systems Manufacturing (PSM) where he worked in Project Management. At PSM he enhanced his knowledge of gas turbine systems and their maintenance cycles while managing multiple customers and gas turbine frames in contracted Long Term Service Agreements. He was there for 2.5 years and was promoted to Senior Project Manager before joining Powerphase.