Leadership

George EiskampGeorge Eiskamp has a successful track record commercializing new sensor systems. He began his career in business management and strategic marketing consulting at Bainbridge.

He was one of the early employees of Awarepoint, where he led early stage sales, marketing and installation of active RFID location systems and helped the company win the 2005 Connect “Most Innovative New Product” Award and raise venture capital.

Mr. Eiskamp later co-founded and ran CarCode Corporation where he brought the first portable license plate recognition system to market and licensed key technology from the University of California, San Diego Technology Transfer Office. CarCode was acquired by a major toll road management company in 2009.

Later, at QUASAR Federal Systems, he led the productization of a new class of marine electromagnetic receivers for offshore oil exploration that won a 2010 R&D 100 Award. In 2011 and 2013 he raised two rounds of financing from the Tech Coast Angels (TCA), the largest angel group in the United States, and set fundraising records with the TCA in the process.

In 2012, he led efforts that won the Gold award at the World’s Best Technology competition and second place at the San Diego Venture Group business plan and quick pitch competition. George holds a Master’s of Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Mark DiIorio has three decades of entrepreneurial experience leading teams in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies.

Prior to joining GroundMetrics, Dr. DiIorio founded, led, and funded San Diego based MagneSensors, Inc. for 20 years. MagneSensors developed ultra-sensitive magnetic sensors for diverse applications ranging from the detection of subsurface cracks for NASA, underwater magnetic anomalies for the Department of Defense, and life science diagnostics for the National Institutes of Health.

Previously, Dr. DiIorio built and led the core technology team at Biomagnetic Technologies, the pioneer in magnetic source imaging to localize brain function for neurosurgeons. Biomagnetic Technologies completed a successful IPO, ultimately raising over $100M.  Dr. DiIorio also worked as a staff scientist at MIT Lincoln Labs.

Dr. DiIorio received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He holds 10 patents and has authored numerous scientific publications as well as given invited talks in the U.S., Europe, China, and Japan.

Dr. DiIorio has secured over two dozen government grants and contracts from six different government agencies. He has established seventy collaborations with top universities, national labs, and companies.  In addition to leading cutting edge technical teams, Dr. DiIorio brings a varied skill set that includes business development, project management, operations, financial management, intellectual property, licensing, and human resources.

Jessie Kaffai is a seasoned corporate professional with the skills and training to run all aspects of day to day corporate management. Her broad abilities in management, finance, operations and marketing make her GroundMetrics’ “go to” person on a wide variety of company projects.

At GroundMetrics, Ms. Kaffai serves as VP of Operations, handling HR, marketing, project planning and management, financial projections and oversight, safety procedures and documentation, and company branding and direction.

She began her career as an operations and events manager at Quantum Learning Network, where she handled marketing, training, HR, fundraising and other crucial functions at a local San Diego education and leadership development organization.

Following that, she served as a Senior Manager for Marketing and Events at Vistage International, a Worldwide Executive Coaching organization headquartered in San Diego. Her work there entailed design, budgeting and execution of broad marketing campaigns, including leveraging multiple social media platforms to establish the company’s brand and designing, developing and overseeing the company website.

Ms. Kaffai holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska and has pursued multiple Professional Development certifications in the wide variety of fields she has mastered.

John McDougalJohn T. McDougal is currently developing projects and seeking financing to pursue opportunities in the midstream energy industry through his recently formed entity, Creek Bank Energy, LLC.

From 2007-2012, John served as Senior VP-Rockies/Mid Continent Region for Energy Transfer Partners, where he was responsible for the turnaround, commercial development, and management of the day-to-day operations of its Rockies assets, as well as for the ultimate divestiture of those assets to Summit Midstream.

Prior to joining ETP, John served as VP of Business Development for Enogex and President of OGE Energy Resources, the natural gas pipeline and marketing subsidiaries of OGE Energy Corp, originating the project that spawned the Mid Continent Express, and Gulf Crossing pipelines.

Before taking on these roles at OGE, John led the successful turnaround of the commercial operations of Enogex (approximately 12,000 miles of pipeline, 75 BCF of natural gas storage, and 750,000 MCFD of Processing Plant Capacity) as Chief Commercial Officer.

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Oklahoma State University, and has served on the OSU Foundation Board of Governors since 2004 and also on the Board of Advisors for Western Energy Alliance (formerly the Independent Petroleum Association of the Mountain States). He recently joined the Board of Jicarilla Apache Energy Corporation and is a member of Cowboy Technology Angels.

Omar 2 Omar Kulbrandstad is a thirty-year veteran of the oil and gas industry. Omar is co-founder and former CEO of RigNet (NASDAQ: RNET), where he built up a technology business within the industry from inception to a public company listing.

He has spent his career in different parts of the globe including the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, establishing and growing successful teams. The first half of his career was with Schlumberger, where he progressed from the field to various leadership positions, including a 7-year tenure as the Technical Manager for a $130M division.

Omar brings a deep understanding of the global oil and gas industry with great understanding of cultural differences, operating conditions and business dynamics around the world. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics from Trondheim School of Technology in Norway.

Peter Landin is a private investor with a long and distinguished history of high level management appointments in his professional past.

Mr. Landin was formerly Managing Director and CEO/Americas for Barclays Global Investors, and was named Chairman of the Board for Pani, Bekaert and Pluim. He has served in various board roles for numerous other private organizations and not-for-profits, including Springcreek Investment Advisors, Girls on the Run of the Bay Area, Future Leaders of America, the Bay Area Business Council, and the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Currently he is on the board of directors for Beaming Wellness and MStrat Investment Partners, and is a board advisor for GroundMetrics and Virtual Metrics. Mr. Landin attended Stanford University, where he earned a BA and an MBA, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

 

Jeff SymingtonJeff Symington is an accomplished finance and technology executive who brings to his work a wealth of experience from a variety of different industries.

At GroundMetrics, Mr. Symington serves as COO, directing finance and accounting activities, risk management, capital markets, supply chain management as well as software development.

Jeff began his career with Fairfield Residential, a multifamily real estate operating company with over $5 billion in assets under management. He held various positions in a long tenure with Fairfield, including Director of Finance and Information Technology.

Mr. Symington later co-founded and ran iCampusAds, a location based real-time mobile advertising software platform. More recently, he was the Financial Business Director for the Auto Casualty Solutions business unit of Mitchell International, a rapidly growing technology and services business with annual revenues in excess of $100 million and over 300 employees.

Mr. Symington holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Cal State University, San Marcos and a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from San Diego State University.

Scott Bradley is an accomplished oil industry veteran who brings to GroundMetrics his decades of experience in Directional Drilling operations, engineering, and sales.

At GroundMetrics, Mr. Bradley serves as Sr. VP of Drilling Technology. He leads the integration and launch of our eQube™ electromagnetic (EM) sensor for better Measurement While Drilling (MWD) telemetry and also commercialization of the technology for directional drilling, drilling optimization, and geosteering applications.

Mr. Bradley began his career at Schlumberger as a field engineer working as both an MWD Engineer and a Directional Driller. From there he moved to Ryan Energy Technologies, beginning as a coordinator then working his way up to be the North American Asset Manager for all downhole tools including mud motors and M/LWD tools. He left Ryan to become a VP at LEAM Drilling Systems, implementing there multiple cross discipline strategic objectives that in only a few short years turned LEAM into one of the largest US-based Directional Drilling companies in the market.

In 2016, he moved to D-Tech Drilling Tools as the Vice President, where he led commercialization and introduction of a novel rotary steerable technology to the North American basins.  His unique approach to operations and marketing strategies plus his ability to assemble a world class team enabled the company to achieve a 15% market share in just one year.

Mr. Bradley holds a BS Degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and numerous professional certifications.

Svein KjellesvikSvein Kjellesvik is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Rex Oil & Gas, which uses proprietary technologies to identify reservoir fluids by their frequency wavelengths with the goal of reducing exploration costs. Rex has licenses in the Middle East and West Africa.

Previously Svein was Co-Founder and VP of Business Development for Bergen Oilfield Services, Stad Offshore Services, and Oceanfive Shipping. Svein retired from Schlumberger after a 25+ year career there pioneering new technologies such as multi-cable offshore 3D and seabed seismic and holding a variety of positions including President of the Schlumberger Marine Seismic Division.

Svein is particularly versed in defining new business strategies, ideas, and models. He has held board positions with a number of companies including those he co-founded, plus Framo (an engineering company acquired by Schlumberger), Hydrakraft ASA, and Multiwave ASA. Svein holds a Master of Science in Applied Physics from the University of Trondheim.

Lowell Burnett Dr. Lowell J. Burnett has served as a principal investigator on over 40 grants and contracts for research and development. In his role as a university professor, he developed an applied physics program in scientific instrumentation. Dr. Burnett was appointed to the International Advisory Panel for the McGraw-Hill magazine “Electronics,” and in addition, served as a consultant to numerous organizations including the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress.

Dr. Burnett received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wyoming in 1970. Following appointment as a Presidential Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (1970-72), he accepted a faculty position at San Diego State University, serving as Professor of Physics, Physics Department Chairman, and Professor Emeritus. He conducted research in applications of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), nuclear quadruple resonance (NQR), and superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDS) for ultrasensitive magnetic detection and imaging.

In 1987, Dr. Burnett co-founded Quantum Magnetics, Inc., a high-technology R&D company specializing in the development of advanced systems for the detection of explosives, narcotics, and concealed weapons. Applications for Quantum Magnetics’ technologies include aviation security, military force protection, and mine detection. As CEO, he guided the company through a period of sustained growth, with revenues expanding at a compounded rate in excess of 25% per year. In 1997, Quantum Magnetics became a wholly owned subsidiary of InVision Technologies, a world leader in aviation security. In December 2004, General Electric purchased both companies.

Since leaving Quantum Magnetics in early 2005, Dr. Burnett has served as CEO and CTO of QUASAR Federal Systems, Inc., where he oversees and advises on the development, construction and implementation of the company’s innovative electromagnetic sensing systems.

Dr. Ashley Mullen is currently the CEO of Meva Management, Inc., a personal wealth management company.  He also serves on the Board of the Tech Coast Angels in San Diego, where he’s responsible for post-funding relations with companies. Dr. Mullen has an extensive scientific background that serves the Angels in assessing tech-focused companies for investment, and makes him a valuable advisory asset for GroundMetrics’ hi-tech business.

Prior to founding Meva Management, Dr. Mullen served as a Senior Scientist with the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, an international organization based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, which was set up to advise national governments on the management of international fish-stocks.  His work concentrated on innovative modeling of fish presence and behavior in the ocean. He has published a number of scientific papers, in addition to organizing and attending international scientific meetings in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Dr. Mullen was the Managing Editor of Natural Resource Modeling, an international journal devoted to mathematical modeling of natural resource systems, and he also served as a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Dr. Mullen holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Warwick and a PhD from Imperial College, London in the UK. The title of his thesis was: “Reaction-Diffusion Equations Applied to the Distribution and Dynamics of Yellowfin Tuna Populations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.”

Carlos HerediaCarlos Heredia is a business and transactional attorney specializing in structuring business ventures, financings and various commercial arrangements (e.g., licensing, distribution, and sales agreements, etc.).

Mr. Heredia began his career as a Senior Financial Analyst for Allergan Pharmaceuticals and later transitioned into law, becoming a corporate finance partner first at Baker & McKenzie and then at Morrison & Foerster.

He is currently a Principal at California Counsel Group, Inc. (CCG), a boutique law firm that provides corporate finance and outside general counsel services to a variety of technology and other growth companies. CCG utilizes various technology tools to streamline document preparation and execution, and to manage clients’ equity capitalization and corporate documents.

CCG also has developed Venture Track Solutions™, a new services model that leverages information technology to allow CCG to provide tailored services in a cost effective manner. Carlos holds a JD and MBA from Stanford University.

 

 

Andy2On January 8, 2015 GroundMetrics lost our Cofounder and CTO, Dr. Andrew Dennis “Andy” Hibbs. Andy was a well known and respected figure in the low frequency electromagnetic community who was responsible for an extensive array of innovations, including the technology that forms the basis of GroundMetrics’ work. His energy, enthusiasm and love of learning created a legacy of achievement that motivates us every day in everything we do. To honor Andy, we do what he loved – pushing the boundaries of established knowledge to achieve new capabilities and executing our work with joy, discipline, erudition, ethics and skill.


Dr. Hibbs was a leading scientist and industrialist in the low frequency electromagnetic sensing community. He was one of the founders of Quantum Magnetics (QM), a pioneer in aviation security technologies, which was acquired by InVision Technologies in 1998 and later by General Electric in 2004.

Just prior to the acquisition of QM in 1998, he founded Quantum Applied Science and Research (QUASAR) to develop bioelectric sensing systems. More recently, Dr. Hibbs founded QUASAR’s sister company QUASAR Federal Systems in order to expand the development of low noise sensors into additional fields.

Dr. Hibbs held a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, is the inventor on 12 patents plus a number of pending patents, authored numerous publications and chapters in physics text books and won a number of notable innovation awards including R&D 100 Awards (1992, 1995, 2010), Superconductor Weekly Person of the Year (1994), SBIR Technology of the year (1999), Connect Most Innovative New Product Award (1994), Technology Innovation of the Year Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology (1997), San Diego Electronics Industry Recognition Award from American Electronics Association (1997), Technology of the Year Award, Sensors Category, SBIR (1998), and the TR 100 Award from MIT Technology review (1999).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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