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 30 years in Operational and Executive Management, Computing, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence with Cray, HPE and IBM
Robert Grinstead

Robert Grinstead

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

Diverse, Complementary Backgrounds

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


Kenneth W. Smith

Board Chair
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

Secretary, Legal Counsel
40 Years Legal and Contracts Experience in High Tech Industries, And Advising Emerging Companies in the Midwest
Lee Prinkkila

Lee Prinkkila

Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer
CPA CGMA, U.S. Tax and Public Utilities Expert, Technologist in Multiple Industries

John Sztykiel

Industry Advisor
Former President & CEO Spartan Motors, 35 Years Specialty Truck Market Experience, Co-Founder Created To C, Future-minded Strategic and Operational Business Consulting

Jim Steffes

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

Engineering, Project Management
35 years of operations organizational structure management, including MRP, ISO and operations systems implementation and engineering design and program management.

Bill Brandt

Vice President, Business Development
Over 33 years of Experience in Motion & Control Vehicle Integration Technologies, Aerospace, Military Ground Vehicles and Mobile On-Highway Industries

Meredith Brandt

Communications and Events
10 years Engineering in Aerospace Industry; Community Organizer and Events Planner
Janet Janiszewski

Janet Janiszewski

Human Resources
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 & 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.