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Technology

Our name means “a turning” – and our technology is truly a major turning point in solving the vexing problems associated with greenhouse production. Today, we are doing what no one else has been able to achieve: growing healthy, thriving, stress-free plants that enjoy a utopian growing environment that maximizes their optimal need for light, heat, cooling, humidity and CO2 throughout every second of the day and night to ensure high-quality, abundant yields.

Team


Arnold is currently CEO of Wheatfield Gardens, a greenhouse business in Buffalo, NY, and partner in Power Greenhouse Integration, LLC, owner of Tropos Technologies. He has forty-five years’ experience in energy, finance, investment banking, and corporate leadership and is based in Jacksonville, Florida.


Mack is the originator of the Greenhouse One concept and has been developing the overall design of an integrated power island connected to a greenhouse for the last several years. Mack spent many years as Technical Manager for Wartsila, North America and has been involved in the application of natural gas engines used in a combined heat and power mode for greenhouses in Europe; these gas-fired engines produced electricity and simultaneously deliver heat and CO2 to closely connected greenhouses. Mack holds 5 patents related to the use of reciprocating engines and currently holds the patent that is the focus of the Combined Heat and Power/ Heating Ventilating and Air-Conditioning system in greenhouses. In addition, Mack has filed a new patent for a unique system for raising high value commodities in urban settings. Mack is in the process of filing a patent for raising perennial plants in a highly concentrated environment. Finally, Mack has developed a companion LED based lighting system that may be utilized with any of the above solutions to provide the appropriate lighting for plant photosynthesis. Mack holds a B.S. in business and finance from Virginia Tech.


John is a founding partner in Power Greenhouse Integration, LLC, owner of Tropos Technologies, and Wheatfield Gardens, a greenhouse business in Buffalo, NY. Founder and President of Baltimore Steel Partners, Inc., a Baltimore-based steel solutions company since 2003. Previously, Vice President of Sales for Bethlehem Steel Corporation from 1998 until 2003. While at Bethlehem, he served for 4 years within the Washington, D.C. based American Iron & Steel Institute as Chairman of the Construction Market Committee, the largest consuming steel market in North America. He holds a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla, where he was knighted as an Honorary Knight of St. Patrick, one of the university’s highest honors.


Larkin is a founding partner in Power Greenhouse Integration, LLC, owner of Tropos Technologies, and Wheatfield Gardens, a greenhouse business in Buffalo, NY. Founder and Vice President of Baltimore Steel Partners, Inc., since 2003. Previously, National Sales Manager for Bethlehem Steel Corporation until 2003. At Bethlehem, he had national responsibility for sales of plate products from Bethlehem Lukens Plate Division; national responsibility for marketing and sales of steel products to major OEM consuming customers such as GE, Trane, Electrolux and other global manufacturers. Prior to joining Bethlehem in 1992, he was President of CSI Services, Inc. in York, PA, a prominent mechanical contractor. He holds a BA in Business and Economics History from Vanderbilt University, where he also played 4 years of football.


Jan Opsahl is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, engaging in Social Impact investment. Jan is the founder and ultimate beneficial owner of JATO Ltd, a private investment company that looks for opportunities in healthcare and emerging technologies that focus on reducing carbon emissions. Jan was born and raised in Norway. He completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth and received an MBA from Amos Tuck School of Business in Hanover, NH.


Paal is an entrepreneur with extensive experience helping emerging companies develop sales and marketing strategies. For the past 17 years he has been in the Bio-Pharmaceutical industry with two very successful start-ups. Both companies were acquired by large publicly traded Pharmaceutical companies. The emergence of plant based medical therapies has drawn great interest from Biotech investors like Paal. The need for true Controlled Environment Agriculture to grow plants for R&D in this space is here and now. Paal will help lead the business development team at Tropos Technologies. Paal has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Maryland.


Tom is a partner in Power Greenhouse Integration, LLC, owner of Tropos Technologies, and Wheatfield Gardens, a greenhouse business in Buffalo, NY, as well as President of G. T. Ryan Corporation, a manufacturers’ representative company, and Ryan Process Equipment Corporation, a specialty manufacturing company. He has been actively engaged in the process and energy industries since 1981, and has been with the Tropos group since 2014. He has also been involved in implementation of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and independent power projects over the past twenty years. Tom holds a BS in Biology from Bates College in Lewiston, ME.


Bill is a chemical engineer with a P.E. in Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, registered in Washington State and various other states. He has over 30 years of experience in process and mechanical systems design. He is a past member of AICHE, member of ASME, Associate Member of Chlorine Institute, and Member of TAPPI.Currently, and since 2009 he is the Chief Engineer of Direct Contact LLC , a specialty Equipment Supplier of Heat Recovery Systems. He was the owner and president of Direct Contact Inc. 2001 to 2009, Owner and President of Carson Engineering, a Process/Mechanical Engineering Company, between 1985 and 2005, the Corporate Process Engineer at Crown Zellerbach (a Pulp and Paper Company), BCS (a HVAC engineering company), Sales Engineer at Arthur Forsythe Company ( a Manufacturer’s Representative Company), and a Process Engineer at Du Pont (Pigments Division).


Doug, a co-patent holder in our G-HVAC technology, is currently President and Owner of Combustion Services, Inc. in York, PA, specializing in the design of Heat Recovery Systems for industrial processes. From 1979 to 1989 he worked as an Engineer with York Div. of Borg Warner (now Johnson Controls) in their Industrial Refrigeration Department as an Applications Engineer, Product Manager for Energy Systems, and Manager of Project Management Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Pennsylvania State University. Major: Mechanical Engineering. Professional Engineer (PE), Member: American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Association of Engineers- ASHRAE; Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association- RETA; National Society of Professional Engineers; Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers


Mike, a partner in M-Tech Lighting, is our LED grow light partner. He started his career in 1983 in the Traffic and Transportation Control market. He has been active in that for over 32 years starting as a Technician and working his way to Eastern Reginal Manager of Sales and Manufacturing. He has also been heavily involved in Energy Efficient Lighting Solutions with a heavy emphasis in the emerging LED Lighting market since 1998. Most recently as Principal / V.P. Sales for a large energy efficient lighting company.

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