Power Hero™ consists of an experienced team dedicated to a true passion project. All C-level members have successfully managed start-ups and growth-phase companies in the CEO role, with a proven ability to scale businesses both domestically and internationally.
Our team has a proven startup track record with an expertise in clean energy and connected IoT products. Our combined experience brings legacy partnerships with fortune 500 companies that are eager to help them grow and innovate.
At Power Hero™, we are passionate about clean energy and making it possible for everyone to own an electric vehicle. Electric Vehicle growth is greatly held back by the inability to grow the charging grid.
Our goal is to unlock the full potential of the electric vehicle market and take tens of millions of combustion vehicles off the road.
CEO, Chairman & Co-Founder
Esmond is a serial entrepreneur with many successful startups and turnarounds spanning 30+ years. He started Power Hero in 2017 after selling a modular solar powered battery systems company, which he founded in 2009 and was CEO until 2016. Esmond has participated in several other emerging companies with successful gains upon their IPO or sale such as a media processing company (IPO), a wireless hospital bedside information systems company (IPO), an organic baby foods company that was sold to Heinz, an electronics toy company (IPO). He has delivered outstanding gains on investment to his investors with many IPOs and sales of his invested companies some of which garnered valuations over a billion dollars. Esmond is an electrical engineer with an MBA from Western University.
CMO, Vice-Chairman & Co-Founder
Rob joined Power Hero in August 2017 as a Director and was appointed as Vice-Chairman and CMO in February 2018. He is an IoT innovator in the medical device sector where he served as CEO for O2 Concepts (2014 -2017) a manufacturer of networked portable home oxygen devices. Partnering with Verizon, they were the first to offer remote monitoring and device tracking – generating 5X growth while deploying over 20,000 units. He has experience building and managing rapid growth businesses in highly regulated environments. He is particularly adept at leveraging partnerships with developers and manufacturers to rapidly bring products to market, and strategically positioning technology for unique competitive advantages. Rob holds a BS in Economics from the US Naval Academy and an MBA from UC Irvine.
Director & Strategic Advisor
Troy Helming is currently the CEO and Founder of EarthGrid. He is a visionary entrepreneur, innovator and clean energy pioneer. He has founded two other companies, TradeWind Energy and Pristine Sun. TradeWind has generated more than $10 billion of economic impact to date and was the #1 Wind Developer in the USA in 2017. Pristine Sun has so far built over 350 solar projects totalling $1 billion in market value including many high profile projects such as the largest floating solar project award in North America.Troy is the author of a 2005 book entitled The Clean Power Revolution. He has invented two technologies that have led to over 40 clean energy patent claims and has multiple patents pending on an innovative floating solar system. He is also the inventor of the Red Gopher, a revolutionary robotic tunneling technology used in EarthGrid of which he is the CEO.
Director & Corporate Advisor
Curt Pringle is a prominent figure in public service. With his remarkable background, including two terms as Mayor of Anaheim and significant contributions as Speaker of the California State Assembly, Mr. Pringle brings valuable expertise on the biggest EV market in the country, California. Mr. Pringle played a vital role in shaping California over the last two decades. His experience extends to committees for the Orange County Transportation Authority and the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger, Mr. Pringle also served on the Public Employee Post-Employment Benefits Commission.
Director & Corporate Advisor
Mr. Kim is a veteran in the communications industry with more than 30+ years’ experience. His tenure includes executive management stints at Sycamore Networks as its Managing Director of Asia-Pacific Operation, as the Vice President and General Manager of Asia-Pacific Operations for Hypercom Network Systems, and as Regional Director of Sales of Asia-Pacific Operations for Cascade Communications (since acquired by Lucent Technologies). He has also served in various sales, marketing, and technical positions with some of the leading communications and networking companies, including, StrataCom (Cisco Systems), Ungermann-Bass (UB Networks), Compression Labs, California Microwave, and GTE Corporation (Sprint Communications). As the current Chairman and CEO of JYC Holding Pte Ltd, he has provided consulting services with companies that include Aruba Networks, Coloubris (HP), and AireSpace (Cisco Systems). Mr. Kim is also a Limited Partner with Storm Ventures, Telesoft Partners and Granite Global Ventures (GGVC). He has been an advisor to Hitachi Japan on global M&A and investments for 10 years. Mr. Kim holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Director & Legal Advisor
Armando has been a Partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP since 2014. His industry background includes financial technologies and payment systems, cyber security, software and wireless technologies and has worked with high profile clients include Facebook, Chevron, and Deutsche Bank. Armando is a Stanford Graduate, with a JD from Loyola Marymount. He is also a certified public accountant (CPA).