The Zeus Electric Chassis Team

Envisioning a world where work is performed in an efficient,​ cost-effective, safe, and environmentally sound way.​

Executive Leadership

Zeus benefits from an exceptional executive​ team with deep automotive and technology experience and an established record of success.​

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Wayne Kugel

Wayne Kugel

Chief Executive Officer
Over 20 years in Operational and Executive Management, Computing, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence with Cray, HPE and IBM
Robert Grinstead

Robert Grinstead

Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Over 25 years Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Specialty and Vocational Trucks; Medium, Heavy-Duty and Specialized Truck Electrification Industry Expert

Diverse, Complementary Backgrounds

Specialty Vehicles​, Energy, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Motion Control, Supercomputing, Data Analytics


Kenneth W. Smith

Chairman of the Board
President and CEO of Ever-Green Energy; Professional Electrical Engineer and Globally Recognized Energy Leader with over 35 Years of Experience in Community Energy Systems

Phil Steffes

Vice President and General Counsel
40 Years Legal and Contracts Experience in High Tech Industries and Advising Emerging Companies in the Midwest

Bill Brandt

Chief Revenue Officer
Over 33 Years of Experience in Motion & Control Vehicle Integration Technologies, Aerospace, Military Ground Vehicles and Mobile On-Highway Industries

Jim Steffes

Vice President Sales & Dealer Development
North American Fleet Association Board Leader; Over 20 years Commercial Vehicle Fleet Sales, Solutions and Management; Driven to Build Continuous Growth and High-Performance Teams
Frank Phillips Jr

Frank Phillips Jr

Vice President of Operations and Engineering
35 Years of Operations Organizational Structure Management, Including MRP, ISO and Operations Systems Implementation and Engineering Design and Program Management

Meredith Brandt

Communications and Events
10 years Engineering in Aerospace Industry, Community Organizer and Events Planner
Peter Tawil

Peter Tawil

Business Development Manager, Western Region
15 Years Business Development & Sales Experience with Businesses Ranging from Startups to Fortune 100 Companies
Janet Janiszewski

Janet Janiszewski

Human Resources Consultant
Over 25 Years Experience Leading Human Resources for Companies in the Medical, CPG, and Service Industries
David Freeman

David Freeman

Operations Engineer
30 Years Experience in Prototype Machine Design, Industrial Automation and Process Control, Creating Solutions for Efficient Workflow and Increased Production While Decreasing Defects

Joel Eckman

Digital Asset Manager
Over 25 Years Experience Helping Industrial Manufacturing Companies Compete and Succeed in the Digital Space