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.