Gage Zero Names Five Members to Advisory Board
The company’s advisors include veterans from the electric vehicle, charging infrastructure, sustainability, transportation, and financial sectors.
AUSTIN, TX – December 7, 2023 – Gage Zero LLC (Gage Zero), a fleet electrification solutions company that deploys capital, builds reliable electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, and provides comprehensive fleet services, announced today the appointment of four Advisory Board members. The Advisory Board will provide guidance and support to help Gage Zero fulfill its mission to rapidly deploy reliable infrastructure and cost-effective solutions that accelerate zero-emission fleets and benefit communities.
The advisors include:
Mike Brune, Strategic Advisor
Michael Brune is an energy and climate policy expert and has been a leading national environmentalist for more than twenty years. He advises the Larsen Lam Climate Change Foundation on its climate work, as well as several NGOs and early-stage clean energy companies.
Brune served for nearly 12 years as the executive director of the Sierra Club, the country’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign partnered with hundreds of advocacy organizations, policymakers, philanthropists and business leaders to secure the retirement of more than two-thirds of the country’s coal-fired power plants.
Brune also served as the executive director of Rainforest Action Network, and over the course of his career, has led efforts to protect tens of millions of acres of endangered ecosystems in the US and abroad, supported the efforts of dozens of cities and states to commit to a transition to 100% clean energy, and organized climate demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of people in New York and Washington, DC.
“Electrifying medium- and heavy-duty trucks has enormous potential to cut climate pollution and improve air quality for millions of Americans. I’m excited to help Gage Zero accelerate the transition to clean transportation!” – Michael Brune
Mike Calise, President of the Americas, Tritium
Mike is an experienced executive leader with a successful history of accelerating early-stage businesses. He has deep expertise in electric vehicle (EV) charging hardware, software, solutions, and business models, clean transportation strategies, and digital customer experience. In January 2020, Mike was appointed President of the Americas for publicly held Tritium (NASDAQ: DCFC).
Mike is the author of “Electrify Your Business,” a guide to deploying EV charging in commercial businesses sponsored by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) and Bay Area Climate Council (BACC). He is also a contributing author of California’s “Ready, Set, Charge!”
Mike previously served as Blink Charging Co.’s Chief Executive Officer, as a member of their Board of Directors, and held an interim Chief Financial Officer position and was responsible for Blink’s rebrand and NASDAQ uplisting (BLNK). Before Blink, he was the Head of North America Electric Vehicle Solutions at Schneider Electric, and was the founder and principal of EVadvise where he developed the Electric Vehicle Charging Technology Plan for Marin Transportation Authority (MTA) in Marin County, CA and the Town of Los Gatos, CA.
“Gage Zero is solving a significant problem in fleet depot charging by making high-speed charging simple and reliable. In fleet charging management, simple is hard to do! Gage Zero cracked the code and has created tremendous value for the largest fleet operators. I’m excited to be appointed to Gage Zero’s advisory board to help them execute!” – Mike Calise
Kathryn Coffey, President and COO, ARB
Kathy is the President and COO of ARB, a private family investment company focused on the renewable energy and sustainability spaces. The ARB portfolio consists of companies in the water, sustainability, solar, wind project development, waste-to-energy, and real estate sectors, along with selected fund investments. Kathy is responsible for all investment activity and has overseen the management of 45MW of wind farm assets and led the process for partnering of those assets for repowering.
Kathy serves on the boards of 3Degrees Group, Inc., Natural Systems Utilities, LLC, American Refining Group, and the San Francisco SPCA.
Kathy also advises Halloran Philanthropies, a sister entity to ARB, on its direct and fund impact investments. Kathy is a member of the external credit committee for Beneficial Returns, the external audit committee for Sand Hill Foundation, and an advisory board member at Kanin Energy. She brings financial and ESG expertise to her board and advisory roles.
Prior to ARB, Kathy held senior roles in private equity and investment banking.
“Gage Zero is advancing the critical work of standing up fleet electrification infrastructure and providing related services. This work is urgent and is a disproportionately powerful lever for reducing emissions generally, and specifically on communities most affected by transportation infrastructure. I am honored to be an advisor to the amazingly talented management team at Gage Zero and to partner with them in this essential work.” – Kathy Coffey
Dan Grossman, Automotive Advisor
Dan Grossman has more than 15 years experience in the automotive, electric, and shared mobility sectors. He was a pioneer in the car sharing space with then start-up, Zipcar, launching more than 100 new markets and helping guide the company through its IPO and acquisition by Avis Budget Group.
During his time at General Motors, he created the mobility division, Maven, and led efforts to create a new mobility technology, identified appropriate partners, and rapidly launched more than 7,000 shared vehicles (including 750 EV’s) throughout North America. At Ford Motor Company, he assumed the role of Global Vice President of Microtransit where he also managed Ford-owned Chariot Transit as CEO and its non-emergency medical transit team, GoRide.
Dan is currently a Board Member and Advisor for several emerging companies in the autonomous software, shared mobility and EV sectors.
“Medium- and heavy-duty trucking are the next big segment to gain traction in the EV industry. What’s vital for the adoption and utilization is an infrastructure company like Gage Zero, ready to meet the demands of a practical charging network to keep these vehicles moving with limited downtime. I’m looking forward to advising the experienced leaders at Gage Zero to develop solutions critical to the future of trucking.” – Dan Grossman
Bill Van Amburg, Global Strategic Advisor – Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles
Bill is a global zero emission transportation expert and market transformation strategist. He is considered an industry expert in advanced technologies for transportation, with a focus on zero emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
For nearly 30 years Bill was the Executive Vice President of CALSTART, North America’s leading clean transportation technology industry organization of nearly 300 member companies and agencies he helped to launch in 1992. He launched the nation’s largest electric truck incentive program for California, developed a ground-breaking commercialization strategy for zero emission commercial vehicles and from that launched and led the Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program now supported by 27 nations.
He now advises and supports companies and governments on speeding the zero emission transition. Bill’s experience also includes nearly two decades as an Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist.
“Rapidly scaling charging infrastructure for zero emission vehicles – specifically electric trucks – is a critical world priority for speeding transport decarbonization. Gage Zero has the renewable energy installation expertise, business model acumen, and capitalization to be a leader in this vital work and I am proud to serve as an advisor to help them drive this change.” – Bill Van Amburg
“We are thrilled to be working with such an amazing group of advisors,” said Zeina El-Azzi, Founder and CEO of Gage Zero. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help us deploy our capital in smart, efficient ways to develop multi-fleet charging hubs for medium- and heavy-duty fleets in strategic locations around the United States.”