Our corporate foundation is built on respect for our people, your people, our projects and process, as well as and our planet.
It is from this foundation that we develop and curate the framework for our relationships, how we approach projects and problem solving, and actively participating to better the world in which we live. It is also with this foundation of respect that we bring our experience and inventivness forward to guide our problem solving with ingenuity.
John R. Bautista III
CEO and Founder
Past VP of Technical Operations of First Priority GreenFleet, an electric and hybrid medium and heavy duty truck manufacturer; past Director of Technical Operations of KLD Energy Technologies, Inc., an electric vehicle and electric drive system design and manufacturer; former Director of Mechanical Engineering of Zero Motorcycles, manufacturer of the world’s top high performance electric motorcycle; designed built one of the first modern electric road race cars and the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle. John’s diverse background coupled with his successful business start-up experience and entrepreneurial drive has consistently led to clean transportation companies seeking his participation and consultation over the last 15 years.
Director National Fleet Sales and Business Development
Jeffrey Esfeld has been an early and leading proponent for truck electrification and began working in the industry in 2003. He brings a wealth of experience in EV/PHEV electric powertrain technology and is one of the top EV sales and business development professionals in the United States. He has detailed knowledge of the EV fleet market in North America and has worked with many of the largest fleets in the US on their electrification strategy. Prior to joining Tropos, Mr. Esfeld was the Founder and Principal of EV Analytics & Consulting, a consulting and software development firm. His focus was on EV Financial modeling and consulting on “ACES” mobility issues of people and goods, for a new greenfield Smart City development in the United States.
Previously, he was the Director of Light Duty Fleet Sales for Workhorse Group Inc., responsible for over $275 Million (MSRP) in pre-orders, for their upcoming W-15 Electric Pickup Truck. Prior to that, Mr. Esfeld was Director of National Fleet Sales for VIA Motors, an EV Powertrain Technology Company and Converter of Chevy Silverado’s and Express Vans into Plug in Series Hybrids. Mr. Esfeld will be responsible for all National Fleet Sales and Strategy as well as Business Development for Tropos Technologies, Inc.
Hector Moya earned his BS degree in Engineering at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and has been working in the electric vehicle space since 2008. As a mechanical engineer, Hector was integral part of the designing, building and testing for KLD’s first proof of concept and all the sub-components required to build, test and deploy them into vehicles. But, before cutting his teeth on motor design, Hector had a diverse background in consumer product development, designing of motorcycle racing components, HVAC design, and teaching AutoCAD which lead him to start a design consultancy, Design by Daddy, and continued his work with motor design and testing, power generation and storage. Hector joined us with a continued passion for electric vehicles and designing solutions for Tropos Motors and other use-case problems. Hector oversees Tropos Technologies Engineering, lending his broad range of Engineering, design, sourcing, manufacturing, and production expertise for internal and external projects. Hector enjoys his time out of the lab with his wife and 2 kids, going on playdates, cycling, and enjoying time with friends.
Board of Directors
A native of Ningbo, China, Susan arrived in Silicon Valley 25 years ago with little more than her family and a work ethic that survived the Cultural Revolution. ln 1995, she embarked on her first major business venture by founding Silver Computing, a small company which later became the foundation for WebEx Communications. WebEx became a leading platform for corporate meetings which, like VlA, emphasized and fostered international relationships. When WebEx was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007, Susan resigned as VP of Operations to pursue new projects in education. With the same goal of fostering international relationships, Susan decided to build an international school in Silicon Valley. Her hope is that it will foster the entrepreneurial spirit amongst students who take the opportunity to develop their potential with a healthy appetite for learning, risk-taking, and global leadership. During 2009, She also became the co-founder of Canada's Dwight International School in Victoria, British Columbia.
Nate has dedicated over 40 years in various executive management positions within the automotive industry. During this period, he has held executive positions with companies that design, manufacture, and market high performance automotive products. Nate served for fourteen years as President and Chief Marketing Officer for K&N Engineering Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance automobile products. In addition to these executive roles, Mr. Shelton has also served in several senior level positions with the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a trade association that represents 6500-member companies within the $86.6 billion specialty automotive industry. Since 1994, Mr. Shelton has served on the association's Board of Directors, and from 200, 2002, 2003, 2014 and 2015, he served as Chairman of SEMA. In 2007 Nate was inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame. More recently Nate has served as the Chief Marketing Officer and now on the Board of Directors of Driven Performance Brands which owns Holley, Flowmaster, B&M, Hurst, Dinan, APR and other automotive performance brands.
J. Crandall Foster
John (Del) Crandall Foster is a lifelong resident of Morgan Hill. He earned his J.D. and graduated with Honors from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento in 1990. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Foster served in the U.S. Navy as a judge advocate for almost five years. Mr. Foster is a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law. His practice focuses primarily on estate planning, probate, and trust administration with an emphasis on real estate and small business planning.
Robert I. Chen
Robert I. Chen founded AEssense in 2014 and has served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Prior to founding AEssense, Chen co-founded RAE Systems in 1991 and has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the board of directors since our inception. From 1981 to 1990, Mr. Chen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Optoelectronic Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of computer-aided test systems, a company he founded and subsequently sold to Hewlett-Packard. Mr. Chen currently serves on the board of directors for the Shanghai Ericsson Simtek Electronics Company, Limited, a telecommunications and electronics company. Mr. Chen received a B.S.E.E. from Taiwan National Cheng Kung University, a M.S.E.E. from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, an Advanced Engineering degree from Syracuse University, and graduated from the Harvard Owner/President program.