Michael A. Kraft
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Kraft is known for strategic vision, business development, and creating long-term organizational value from customers, markets, and strategic partners. As President/CEO, he has led companies in advanced materials and helped grow revenues from start-up to $300 million and established them as strategic suppliers to worldwide markets and partners of the Global 500. Michael has been a member of two senior executive teams that grew revenues from $100 million to $1 billion range and in both companies increased shareholder value to >$1 billion. His focus is to quickly identify critical market requirements, lead product development to grow revenues and market share organically, build strategic partnerships, and complete accretive acquisitions. Michael is excellent in worldwide market development, strategic partnerships, transaction diligence, public and private M&A in the $5 million to $1.5 billion range, and synergy realization. Michael has a BSEE/Systems Science degree from Michigan State University and a Masters in Management from Penn State University.
Dr. Ramez Elgammal
Vice President of Technology
Dr. Elgammal has a broad background in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship. He is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Tennessee where he manages a broad spectrum of projects in energy storage and energy generating devices including fuel cells, flow batteries, and lithium-ion batteries. He served as Director of New Applications for Sylvatex Inc. developing advanced lithium-ion battery materials and prior to that he co-founded two clean-tech companies: Novoform Technologies (which develops catalysts for gas-to-liquid conversion and was acquired in 2014) and Saratoga Energy Research Partners (focused on electrochemical CO2 conversion process to synthesize carbon nanomaterials for lithium-ion battery anodes). He has over 40 publications and conference proceedings and 7 patents pending. Dr. Elgammal earned his M.Sc. in applied physics and Ph.D. in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as a Rosen Fellow, and holds an honor's B.S. in chemistry from Central Michigan University where he was a Centralis Scholar.
Chief Marketing Officer
Allison Gabrys began her career in finance working for Zack’s Investment Research and Dresner Investments in Chicago where she developed her passion for research and technology. As an analyst, Allison studied markets and industry makers and worked closely with clients to provide pre/post IPO strategic positioning and opportunity assessment. She spent the last decade advising some of the world’s leading companies on their business strategy, brand positioning, and strategic offerings while working for world-class agencies Razorfish, R/GA, and AKQA. While at AKQA, Allison and her teams won 48 of the industry’s most coveted awards, including a Gold Lion at Cannes.
Allison joins The Coretec Group from Brunswick’s in-house creative agency, MerchantCantos, where she led the West Coast and partnered with clients and led teams to strategically and creatively solve complex business communications for investors, employees, and customers. Throughout, she has worked with Nike, Jordan Brand, AB InBev, Levi’s, Stanford Medicine, BMW, UnitedHealthcare, Juniper Networks, and other technology companies.
Chief Financial Officer
Matthew Hoffman is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and a longstanding presence in the Ann Arbor business community. Before joining The Coretec Group, he was the CFO of MI Bioresearch and Executive Director of Finance at Covance, Inc., where his leadership increased financial performance with a 20 percent growth in revenue and 57 percent growth in profit over the prior year.
Lindsay McCarthy began her career in the intellectual property law industry, before moving into business and healthcare marketing and event planning. Subsequently, she managed the office operations for a software technology firm while launching a social media and web content marketing consulting company to assist clients with set-up and streamlining of their outreach efforts. As Office Manager for the Coretec Group, Lindsay handles the office operations, project management, and relationships with vendors and shareholders. Lindsay is a graduate of American University.
Director of Sales & Business Development
Michelle Tokarz, a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Michigan, has broad experience in commercializing advanced materials and technology. She founded Metaglass Coatings, LLC, a University of Michigan spin-out, based upon her doctoral work. Tokarz is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence at Michigan State University and has spent the past five years creating Cantilever Business Partners which works closely with university technology spin-outs and early-stage emerging technology companies.
Michelle possesses a unique combination of large company and early-stage commercialization experience, having worked with Fortune 100 companies Eli Lilly and Merck. Over the past 13 years, she has been primarily focused on the growth of startup technology companies, often as the lead scientist or in a business development role. At Coretec, Michelle's focus is on growth by analyzing the sales funnel and various key markets to vet applications for CHS technology.