“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.”
"As a team we exist to bless the world with great technology."
THE ZERONOX EXECUTIVE TEAM
VONN R. CHRISTENSON
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Vonn R. Christenson is a founding director and the Chief Executive Officer of ZeroNox. Mr. Christenson is trained professionally as an attorney, having obtained his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2006, and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Brigham Young University in 2003. Mr. Christenson’s legal experience has focused on all forms of business litigation, with particular expertise in trademarks, trade secrets, product liability, unfair competition, personal injury, contracts, and business torts. Mr. Christenson has been repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both Northern and Southern California.
Mr. Christenson was born and raised in Porterville, California, where the ZeroNox's headquarters are located. Having a passion for his local community, Mr. Christenson returned to Porterville after practicing law in Orange County, California in order to help support his hometown community. Since returning, Mr. Christenson has become actively involved in the local community, including serving on the Board of Directors for Bank of the Sierra, the Board of Directors for the Porterville Chamber of Commerce, Vice-chair of the Academy of Law, Justice and Ethics Advisory Board, member of the Porterville Optimist Club, and former Chairman of the Tulare County Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Measure R. Mr. Christenson is married with three young boys, and he enjoys playing basketball and piano. Mr. Christenson speaks both English and Spanish.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Robert Cruess is a founding director and the Chief Operating Officer of ZeroNox. Mr. Cruess is an Entrepreneur and Businessman, having obtained a Business degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2009, and also holds a Real Estate License and Mortgage License. Mr. Cruess’s experience and expertise include starting and running multiple businesses, sales and marketing, consulting farm-related businesses, real estate, loans, and community outreach and development.
Mr. Cruess was born in Spokane, Washington but has lived most of his life in Porterville, California and the San Joaquin Valley. As an active member of the community, Mr. Cruess’ Business and Community involvement include: Consulting for Napa Grass Farmers, Vice President of Rico Property Group and Invia Investments, Owner of the Spoons Frozen Yogurt restaurants, Board Member for the Porterville Chamber of Commerce, and Past Board Member for the Partnership Academy of Business. Mr. Cruess is married and enjoys time with his wife and 4 children, volunteering in the local community, and is an avid sports fan.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER & ENGINEERING CONSULTANT
Mr. Phillip W. Oldridge is an Advisory Board Director and engineering consultant for ZeroNox, bringing over three decades of experience in the transportation sector, and in launching manufacturing business ventures. He has built several private companies from scratch that resulted in significant value to both owners and shareholders. He is a recognized leading entrepreneur in the transportation industry. Mr. Oldridge brings ZeroNox his expertise in green energy technology and a wealth of relationships in the green energy industry. Mr. Oldridge received an MBA in Business from Richmond University in London, England and is married with two children.
VP OF DESIGN & MARKETING
John is the creative director for all visual aspects of the customer experience for ZeroNox. He specializes in establishing powerful national brands, developing sales platforms to bring products to market, and identifying new revenue streams. He has launched over 10 businesses since the age of 18 and has sold direct to consumer over five million dollars of product retail in the food and wine industry. Over his career, John has been featured by every major news agency in the country and has vast connections in the agricultural industry. His logo’s, websites, and branding can be found internationally. He has a beautiful wife and daughter and has a great passion for food, wine, agriculture, and America.
VP OF CORPORATE FINANCE
Patrick Cole has been President of Armada Mercantile Ltd. since 1991. Mr. Cole is a seasoned merchant banker, past FINRA Broker/Dealer, venture capitalist and financier who has participated and raised capital on behalf of private and public companies worldwide. Mr. Cole has cultivated relationships over the past 30 years with European banks, merchant banks, private equity firms, institutional investors and broker-dealers worldwide. Mr. Cole has an extensive and successful background in raising capital, merchant banking, mergers and acquisitions, negotiating and structuring funding transactions on behalf of private and public company clients. Mr. Cole invests a substantial amount of time with client companies, investors and shareholder contacts, which Mr. Cole feels is key to future success.
VP OF UNITED STATES SALES
Jason Eggett is the Vice President of U.S. Sales for ZeroNox. Jason is focused on driving growth and revenue for the company and is passionate about helping customers find the best solutions to fit their business challenges. Jason has several years of enterprise sales experience with Microsoft where he worked with Fortune 500 companies across many different industries including retail, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas. During his time at Microsoft he owned multimillion dollar quotas and consistently exceeded his revenue targets. Jason’s business background includes product management for a technology company, product marketing and strategy for Dell, and sales consulting for Adobe. Jason has a BS degree in business strategy and an MBA with an emphasis in marketing and sales from Brigham Young University. Jason, his wife, and their three children currently reside near the ZeroNox headquarters in Porterville, California.
VP OF CANADIAN SALES
Mr. Philip Skinder is the Vice President of Canadian Sales for ZeroNox. He is the Founder and President of Skinder Financial Services, a financial advisory firm specializing in private capital and investment management. The firm has assisted early stage companies raise over $100M in funding over the last 20 years. Mr. Skinder has been quoted in the Financial Post and is a noted expert in using registered funds and government incentive programs to finance start-ups. Skinder Financial has been instrumental in starting, managing and financing dozens of private companies over the last 20 years.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER & LOGISTICS CONSULTANT
Mr. Peter Lo is an Advisory Board Director and logistics consultant for ZeroNox, bringing a decade of experience in overseas manufacturing and import/export expertise in the Asian marketplace. He and his team oversee the implementation of “segregated” manufacturing facilities in China. This approach offers significant cost competitiveness and high-quality standards, with “industry leading” short delivery schedules, which is something other competition struggles to achieve.
VP OF COMMUNICATIONS
Allison is the Vice President of Communications and in charge of directing all social media interactions. She has BA from Brigham Young University in Communications and Public Relations, and has created numerous relationships with her experience in national politics. In addition to experience in event management and social media management, Allison was the Communications Director for a Member of Congress in the United States House of Representatives for 5 years. Allison brings ZeroNox additional experience in offering creative and innovative ways to present content in an informative and interesting manner.