About Viridi

Viridi designs and builds fail-safe battery systems that are redefining energy storage and powering the transition to renewable energy, providing on-demand, affordable power for use in industrial, medical, commercial, municipal and residential building applications.

Viridi’s Green Machine systems provide fully renewable mobile energy solutions to products in construction equipment, waste disposal, last-mile delivery, and other portable industrial markets. 

The company is based in Buffalo, New York, the birthplace of commercial electricity, on a 42-acre campus that was once a GM manufacturing facility. Through its recruiting agency, GreenForce, Viridi is bringing green jobs and workforce training opportunities to one of the nation’s most impoverished zip codes while also serving as a model of how adaptive reuse projects can spur the economy and revitalize communities.

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A history of Viridi, through its innovative lithium-ion battery systems.
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The Viridi campus, at 1001 E. Delavan Avenue in Buffalo, New York

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Board of Directors

Jon M. Williams

Viridi

Jon M. Williams is the CEO of Viridi, a point-of-use energy technology company that is revolutionizing the way energy is stored and used — leading the way to a zero-carbon energy future. Prior to founding Viridi, Jon owned and managed OSC Holdings, Inc. a group of companies in the US and Canada that focused on Environmental Remediation and Re-development of former industrial sites.

Jon’s commitment to using the power of business to address the interconnected systems of economic inequality, environmental degradation and climate change was inspired by his hometown, Niagara Falls, New York. The many abandoned factories there served as reminders of Western New York’s rich history as a thriving manufacturing center for the world, and of the devastation to lives and land caused by their abandonment. Most of all, these empty factory towns motivated Jon to help bring them back to life in a way that serves everyone who lives there. “The first half of my career was focused on removing the remnants of the industrial revolution, the second half of my career will be focused on building and developing technologies and associated industry that will last decades past my time.

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Thomas Bonadio

The Bonadio Group

Tom Bonadio is the Founder and Senior Counsel of the Bonadio Group. Tom has devoted his efforts to serving commercial companies in the Rochester area and helping the firm grow from two people to its present size of more than 750 employees. Tom specializes in providing business advice to privately-held companies and their owners with a particular emphasis on helping privately-held companies maximize their value and return to shareholders.

The Bonadio Group

David Bovenzi

Grand Oaks Capital

David Bovenzi is the Chief Investment Officer at Grand Oaks Capital, located in Rochester, New York. He sits on behalf of Grand Oaks in a seat previously held by B. Thomas Golisano. Founded in 2012, Grand Oaks Capital is a private investment firm that invests across multiple asset classes, including public and private equity and debt and real estate. Grand Oaks Capital Ventures is the venture capital affiliate of Grand Oaks Capital that provides seed and early-stage financing across a wide range of sectors.

Grand Oaks Capital

John Sommers

Harmac, Inc.

John is President and CEO of Harmac Medical Products, headquartered on Buffalo’s East Side blocks from Viridi Parente. Under John’s guidance, Harmac has established itself as a leader in medical device manufacturing with facilities in Ireland, Mexico, and Buffalo’s East Side.

Harmac, Inc.

Daniel DiPofi

TwinLab Consolidated Holdings, Inc.

Daniel DiPofi is Chief Executive Officer of Twinlab Consolidated Holdings, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Twinlab Consolidation Corp. (a subsidiary of Twinlab Consolidated Holdings, Inc.). Dan is also on the board of PostProcess Technologies, Inc. and Manager of Fishers Asset Management. He was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Hockey Western New York LLC, Executive Vice President of the Buffalo Sabres at the National Hockey League and Chief Financial Officer of Hoffend & Sons, Inc. He received an undergraduate degree from Niagara University.

TwinLab Consolidated Holdings, Inc.

Matthew K. Enstice

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.

Matt Enstice is the President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc., a pioneering organization that has become a powerful engine of revitalization in Buffalo. Matt is focused on the intersection of energy, entrepreneurship & technology, and how it will drive the new economy in Buffalo and beyond. Under Matt’s leadership, foundations, private enterprise, research labs, local community leaders, hospitals, and educational institutions are collaborating to create a model for re-energizing the city that has applications all over America.

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.

Larry A. Montani

Viridi

Larry Montani is the former Managing Director of Niagara Falls-based Niacet Corporation and is a member of Viridi Parente’s strategic planning committee. Larry also serves in advisory roles for local education, human services, and manufacturing entities. Originally from Boston, MA, he has an engineering and business background.

Viridi

Evan Van Hook

Honeywell

Evan Van Hook is Honeywell’s Chief Sustainability Officer, leading health, safety, environment, product stewardship & sustainability for the company since 2004. He is a graduate of Yale Law School and is both a partner at the law firm Sidley & Austin and the former Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Honeywell

Joseph M. Williams

Kimmins Contracting

Joseph Williams is President of Kimmins Contracting Corp. of Tampa, FL, where he focuses on civil construction, demolition, and construction project management. Joseph is also a certified public account and real estate broker in the state of Florida.

Kimmins Contracting

Leadership Team

Jon M. Williams

CEO

Jon M. Williams is the CEO of Viridi, a point-of-use energy technology company that is revolutionizing the way energy is stored and used — leading the way to a zero-carbon energy future. Prior to founding Viridi, Jon owned and managed OSC Holdings, Inc. a group of companies in the US and Canada that focused on Environmental Remediation and Re-development of former industrial sites.

Jon’s commitment to using the power of business to address the interconnected systems of economic inequality, environmental degradation, and climate change was inspired by his hometown, Niagara Falls, New York. The many abandoned factories there served as reminders of Western New York’s rich history as a thriving manufacturing center for the world, and of the devastation to lives and land caused by their abandonment. Most of all, these empty factory towns motivated Jon to help bring them back to life in a way that serves everyone who lives there. “The first half of my career was focused on removing the remnants of the industrial revolution, the second half of my career will be focused on building and developing technologies and associated industry that will last decades past my time.

CEO

Anthony Chirico

Director of Quality Assurance

Tony joined Viridi in 2020 and has over 30 years experience in operations, leading international aerospace and industrial organizations in the areas of quality assurance, supply chain, and product line leadership. He holds an MS in Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and has studied the quality sciences directly under W. Edwards Deming, Dorian Shainin, and Edward G. Schilling.

Director of Quality Assurance

Steve Finch

President, Manufacturing and Director of Community Engagement

Steve joined Viridi in 2021, after retiring in 2017 as the former Plant Manager of GM’s Tonawanda Engine Plant, bringing a wealth of manufacturing experience and leadership to the team. He began his 41-year career with GM as a General Motors Institute Electrical Engineering co-op student at the Chevrolet Gear and Axle Plant in Buffalo – now the home of Viridi. His participation on many non-profit boards in Buffalo demonstrates his commitment to advancing the cause of community involvement.

President, Manufacturing and Director of Community Engagement

Marci Gregson

Director of People and Culture

Marci joined Viridi in 2022, bringing 25 years of diverse industry experience focused in manufacturing, chemical research and development, and health care, as well as her extensive background in labor and employee relations, recruitment and retention, and employee engagement. She has an MS from Canisius College in Organizational Communication and Leadership.

Director of People and Culture

Pat Hanley

Chief Risk Officer

Pat has been with Viridi since 2020 serving the company in numerous capacities, including legal, regulatory, operations, and employment matters.  Pat is an attorney by trade, having spent much of his career representing clients in product liability matters and mineral rights disputes.  Pat holds a BA from Gettysburg College, MA from Johns Hopkins University, and JD from the University of Akron.  In addition to his responsibilities at Viridi, Pat is a regional scout for a Major League Baseball team.

Chief Risk Officer

Cheryl Heller, PhD

Chief Design Officer

Cheryl joined Viridi as Chief Design Officer in January 2022. Cheryl is a designer, writer, business strategist, educator, and entrepreneur. Most recently, she was Director of Design Integration and Professor of Practice in Innovation Design at Arizona State University, a joint position between the schools of engineering, business, and design. Her clients have included Ford Motor Company, American Express, Reebok, Mariott International, Discovery Networks International, MeadWestvaco, StoraEnso, Medtronic, Mars Corporation, Herman Miller, Bayer Corporation, Seventh Generation, L’Oreal, Hearst Publishing, The World Wildlife Fund, Ford Foundation, Lumina Foundation and the Girl Scouts of America. Cheryl is a recipient of the AIGA Lifetime Medal for her contribution to the field of design and a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellow. Her book, The Intergalactic Design Guide: Harnessing the Creative Potential of Social Design, is a manual for anyone wanting to use design to create a resilient future.

Chief Design Officer

Bror Jan-Roger Linna, PhD

Director of Cell Chemistry

JR joined Viridi in 2018 and currently oversees Volta Asia as well as the Viridi cell development program. He began his career with Volvo’s Electric Vehicle group, before moving to Envision International Corp. as Principal for Energy and Transportation Technology, after which he was Senior Director and Chief Engineer for electric vehicle batteries at Boston Power, Inc. He’s a highly accomplished author and scientist on topics related to lithium-ion chemistry and electric vehicles.

Director of Cell Chemistry

Jim Madej

Chief Operations Officer
Jim comes to Viridi with over 30 years of experience in commercial leadership and growth. Most recently, he was CEO of Franklin Energy, a company that delivers turnkey energy efficiency programs for more than 60 utility and government partners across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to Franklin Energy, he was CEO of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Business Strategy at National Grid USA. Jim’s previous experience includes leadership roles at Hess Corporation, General Electric, and GM Diversified Finance Group.
Chief Operations Officer

Noah Podolefsky, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Noah started Green Machine with Jon Williams in 2012, seeing the company through the creation of Volta Energy Products and Viridi. He designed and built the first Green Machine electric excavator and was the lead designer of new products throughout the growth of the company. He now leads R&D, new product development, and innovation at Viridi. Noah received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado – Boulder.

Chief Technology Officer

Sam Ni

Vice President of China Operations
Sam is Vice President and General Manager of Supply Chain Management and Asian Operations for Viridi. His deep managerial experience includes leadership roles at Flextronics Electronics, Delphi and Suntech Solar. Sam majored in logistics at Shanghai Maritime University and holds a black belt 6-sigma certification.
Vice President of China Operations

Opportunities at Viridi

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