Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Jones is the author of two patents relating to aviation applications of the Stirling cycle, as well as renewable power for data-center cooling. He brings over 16 years of experience within startups and the energy sector, including fundraising, business strategy, investor relations, financial forecasting and budgeting, contract negotiation and direct marketing. Mr. Jones is a forward-thinking leader bringing a people-oriented problem solving mindset to his business as well as his personal interests in various technologies, including cryptocurrencies and the future of the energy industry. Through his career in energy and as an entrepreneur, Mr. Jones developed the business skills needed to establish a successful mineral acquisition company in 2014. He joined the mineral and royalty acquisition company Tower Rock Oil and Gas in 2016. Mr. Jones holds a BBA from the University of Mississippi.
Chairman & Chief Technology Officer
Mr. McDowell is the author of the APEX PowerTrain Technology patent. Before conceiving of the APEX PowerTrain, Mr. McDowell had a long career with the federal government as a scientist.
After receiving his B.S. From Virginia Tech, Mr. McDowell took a commission in the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Commission Corps and was assigned to research vessels. While serving as deck officer he acquired hands on shipboard engineering experience. His assignments included Operation Deep Freeze where he spent a year in Antarctica, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, the National Ice Center in Washington, DC and the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
Mr. McDowell also worked as a Future Technology Analyst for the U.S. Air Force. This work included the use of technical skills developed over his career as a commissioned officer in the NOAA Corps. as well as skills developed performing meteorological and oceanographic work. His ability to take technical information and accurately explain the scope of a project in detail, in layman’s terms, proved invaluable to the success of many projects.
Mr. McDowell first became acquainted with Stirling engines while working as a member of the Community Outreach team at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi as part of the Pollution Prevention Partnership. His study of the Stirling Cycle took him to Sandia National Laboratory to examine the state of the art.
As a freelance writer Mr. McDowell has written newsletters, magazine and newspaper articles, and broadcast scripts covering a variety of topics ranging from science to adventure.
Chief Legal Officer
Ms. Strunk brings over ten years of corporate legal experience to the Quantum team. She began her legal career in the New York City office of Vinson & Elkins LLP, specializing in capital markets and M&A. She then moved in house, beginning at NuStar Energy as Corporate Counsel, followed by USA Compression Partners as Associate General Counsel and Atlas Technical Consultants as Chief Legal Officer. She has extensive experience in corporate governance, securities compliance, debt and equity financing transactions, M&A, ethics and compliance, commercial contracts and corporate secretarial functions. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Chief Engineer and Vice Chairman
Mr. Idell is a highly educated and skilled automotive engineer and a leader specializing in performance standards and maintenance of all classes of vehicles. Mr. Idell is recognized nationally and internationally for implementing innovative transportation solutions. Mr. Idell has two engineering degrees and an MBA; he has over 35 years of engineering experience in fleet management and engine design in both the private sector and the Department of Defense. While employed by Federal Express, as the Managing Director of Global Transportation, he coordinated numerous advancements including the establishment of a fleet-wide alternative fuels program, a hybrid vehicle program and the introduction of all-electric vehicles. He was the program coordinator for the US Govt. 1992-94 CLEANFLEET Alternative Fuels testing program.
While with Ford Motor Company, as the Senior Product Design Engineer, Mr. Idell was involved with the design and testing of Ford’s Stirling Engine Automotive Project. Mr. Idell has prepared vehicle technical specifications and designed unique vehicle modifications for the time-sensitive air freight business. He has coordinated and directed the procurement and production of over 100,000 fleet vehicles. Additionally, Mr. Idell has developed reliability and cost studies on a corporate scale, and established new methods to reduce maintenance costs for operations on a global scale. He has worked with the Federal EPA, CA, CARB, and 5 Alternative Fuel suppliers
Mr. Idell served in the U.S. Army and was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Captain. He is currently serving as President of the Sedona, Arizona Airport Board.
Chief Operating Officer
General Kinsey served as the Commanding General of the Air Component Command of the Texas State Guard. During his military career he managed budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars. Serving as a base commander, General Kinsey successfully provided security and support for the personnel and aircraft during the tense and anxious weeks following the 911 attacks.
General Kinsey currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Commanding General of the Texas State Guard. In this capacity, he is responsible for maintaining preparedness to provide highly trained Airmen for defense support of civil authorities in response and recovery operations to emergencies and disaster scenarios in the state of Texas as directed by the Governor and the Adjutant General. His duties with the Texas State Guard are part-time allowing him to dedicate his full attention to the needs of the Company.
Texas A&M – San Antonio
Principal Scientific Investigator on the APEX PowerTrain project. Dr. Balasubramanya holds a PhD. in Quantum Physics from Iowa State University. He currently serves as the Dean Emeritus for the College of Arts and Science, Texas A&M University – San Antonio.
Dr. Balasubramanya’s expertise is in the field of theoretical and computational physics. He is the supervisor of Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi’s national Science Foundation funded High Performance Computational Development Center that facilitates scientific computations on a Beowulf cluster.