Non Executive Director
Dave Wathen is CEO and President of TriMas; a Nasdaq traded industrial manufacturing company headquartered in Michigan. TriMas Corporation has 4000 employees at 70 facilities in 11 countries, and produces engineered products in five strategic business segments: Packaging, Energy, Aerospace and Defence, Engineered Components and Cequent. Until 2008 Mr. Wathen was President and CEO of Balfour Beatty, Inc., a multi-divisional US based organization with revenues totaling over $1.2 billion.
The largest division of Balfour Beatty is Balfour Beatty Construction, Inc., a top ten US heavy civil construction firm focused on large road, bridge and water facilities; other divisions work in the rail, building controls and building design sectors. Previously, Mr. Wathen was a Principal Member and General Partner of an investment bank & private equity fund focused on financially and operationally distressed mid-size companies. He has a background in manufacturing-engineering, with over 25 years spent in general management roles at General Electric, Emerson and Eaton. His experience includes the oversight of many new plant builds and start-ups. Mr. Wathen is currently also a director of Franklin Electric Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company where he serves as Chair of the Governance committee and on the Audit committee. At NXIL, Mr. Wathen also serves as chairman of the committee that manages the refurbishment and commissioning of the US plant.
Executive Chairman and CEO
Ron has studied every aspect of the NX-SCR manufacturing process and sales cycle. He has visited 20 US States and Canadian Provinces, engaging with public and private sector engineers to define requirements for successful adaptation of NX-SCR to North America. Ron joined the NXIL Board in June 2006. In August 2010 he led an investor group to acquire control of NXIL. In February 2012 agreed to become Executive Chairman & CEO of NXIL.
Ron holds a graduate diploma in Business Studies (Accounting & Business Law) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a double 1st Class Honours Degree in Commerce (Economics & Economic History) University of Melbourne. After graduating joined the Corporate Finance Dep’t at Bank of America (“BofA”) Melbourne. In 1987 Ron was recruited by Bankers Trust International Ltd (“BTI”) in London, as a Managing Director Capital Markets Group. After 5 years with BTI joined Baring Brothers & Co. Ltd as Director. In 1995 he resigned and established a corporate finance consultancy in London to small high growth companies. In 2002 established Arkbe Ltd in London, as platform for venture capital consulting.
Non Executive Director
Joe Pataki is a founding member and is CEO of Quad Engineering Inc, (“Quad”) based in Toronto, Canada. See www.quadeng.com As a Director of Quad for the last 25 years, he has been instrumental in establishing one of the leading engineering and equipment supply companies, to the steel and metals industry, in North America. During this time Joe has used his engineering training to provide strong technical and business leadership and to maintain growth and profitability at Quad over many business cycles. Under Joe’s leadership, Quad has experienced steady expansion of services and its products supplied, and has expanded into new markets both within North America and internationally.