Management Team

Raghu Kilambi
CEO and CFO

Raghu Kilambi is an experienced investor and entrepreneur with over 25 years of global business experience in public and private investments, building businesses and creating shareholder value.

He has raised over $1 billion of equity and debt capital for private and public companies and been involved in many M&A acquisitions and exits. Raghu’s experience includes operational management, financial reporting, corporate governance corporate finance, public offerings, strategic acquisitions and investments, international business development, merchant banking and corporate restructuring in sectors including technology, telecom and mobile.

Most recently, Raghu was Vice Chairman & CFO of California-based ConversionPoint (e-Commerce software/services) which was sold in 2 M&A exits in late 2019 and early 2020 after filing a Nasdaq IPO prospectus for an Oppenheimer-led IPO in 2019.

In addition, Raghu was previously the Co-Founder, CFO and Chief Strategy Officer of a leading VC-backed first generation application hosting company that grew from startup to $140 million in annual revenues and a peak Nasdaq market capitalization of over US $2 billion.

Raghu has also been an investor in companies that were acquired by Yahoo, eBay and CGI. He graduated with Great Distinction with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University, and qualified as a Canadian Chartered Accountant (inactive)

Salim Rahemtulla
President

Salim Rahemtulla has over 30 years of private and public sector experience in real estate development, asset management, banking/lending, operations and facilities management.

A former US naval officer, he has managed and lead cross-functional teams in the execution of $2B in public and private sector residential construction projects primarily across Southern California, worked as a construction lender and in loan portfolio management at two major financial institutions, consulted on real estate/affordable housing projects in Los Angeles, and has served as the mission protection/land-use compatibility program manager at a major naval installation with a large-scale military airfield and a deep-draft port.

Over the past decade, Salim has been involved in several real estate and renewable energy start-up companies, most significantly, Foton Technologies, a renewable energy company that has developed a proven clean, green gasification technology to produce electricity using opportunistic biomass feedstock and municipal solid waste and a real estate fund under the auspices of a Southern California-based investment bank.

Also, during this time, he supported the Navy and Marine Corps warfighter as a director of asset/facilities management overseeing the planning and development of mission-critical projects at a US naval installation, some of which were in support of RDT&E and mission-focused warfare center facilities projects.

Salim has an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in Economics with an emphasis in Social Sciences and Communication and an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Kelley Owen
Chief Operating Officer

Kelley Owen has over 25 years of experience in executive business management and IT consulting, including senior management positions in several corporations. At Discount Tires, he served as a director and member of the executive management, sharing responsibility for the operation of the company’s 135 locations with over 800 employees throughout California and Arizona. At International Transportation Services (Kline), he acted as director in charge of Information Technology and member of the executive management team operating four terminals with over 500 employees consisting of Long Shore Union members and management personnel transporting cargo worldwide. In addition, he was a senior consultant at Nestle Corporation working on the implementation of the company’s warehouse distribution system, a nationwide project covering Nestle’s eight distribution centers with a total warehousing capacity exceeding eight million square feet.

Cody Bateman
Technology Advisor

Cody founded Advantex Research Inc. to focus on creating complex simulations to optimize exploration and extraction techniques for the oil & gas industry. During the last 30 years the company has transformed itself several times while working in 11 countries and serving several government sectors, advanced research facilities, airlines, multi-national pharmaceutical companies, and a full range of organizations in the energy sector. Began working with NASA at Kennedy Space Center in 2012 on advanced insulation for cryogenic environments. During that time has become an expert in cryogenic testing and the manufacture of several advanced test instruments used at NASA. In 2018 the company rebranded itself as Cryotek LLC when it decided to concentrate on the future of liquid hydrogen as the fuel of the future and since that time has become a leader in Cryogenic Engineering by leveraging its long term relationships with several large partners. The company now focuses on technology commercialization of liquid hydrogen for vehicles, drones, maritime applications, large scale storage, thermal insulation systems and supply infrastructure. Cody has a BS Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA from Duke University (Top 10 grad).