WE MAKE GOOD THINGS FREE. 


 

OUR STORY

Volta’s mission is to use technology as a force for social change where community services, including free electric car charging, are underwritten by companies with a vested interest in the community. With Volta, everyone has an outlet for taking action to make the community better.

 
 

VOLTA TEAM

 
 

SCOTT MERCER

CEO

Scott is an entrepreneur with a passion for bringing future-focused technology to market faster. He has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Hawaii Venture Capital, Forty Under 40 by Pacific Business News, and Hawaii Business’ Twenty for the Next 20. Prior to Volta, Scott ran a vintage automotive restoration business and sold a restored 1967 Jaguar XKE to seed the beginnings of Volta. Scott currently drives a Brammo motorcycle, an electric Fiat, and occasionally a 1971 Alfa Romeo.

 
 

CHRIS WENDEL

President

Chris is a global finance executive with 20 years of experience running large sales teams and raising capital in equity markets. The bulk of this time was with Goldman Sachs in the United States, Germany, and Japan. While on sabbatical in Hawaii, Chris stumbled upon Volta stations at the Kailua Whole Foods. He soon after became an investor and joined Volta as partner and CFO in 2012. Chris lives in Napa with his wife and three children, loves flying, and will challenge you to a tennis match any day of the week. He and his wife each drive a Tesla Model S in fire engine red and metallic blue.

 
 

DAVID ELISOFON

CFO

David has over 20 years experience in global financial markets as an investor and analyst. Following stints with Goldman Sachs in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York, David struck out on his own founding a hedge fund firm. David then joined Indus Capital, which went on to become a multibillion-dollar investment

firm focused on international markets. David joined Volta as CFO in 2015. He likes to read and play poker in his spare time. He is also eagerly awaiting his new Vintage Blue Tesla Model S.

 
 

DREW LIPSHER

Chief Strategy & Revenue Officer

Drew has 20 plus years as a media and digital media operator and investor. He was the former CRO at GLAMSQUAD and previously held senior leadership roles at Korn Ferry, Clear Channel, Greycroft, Intercope Geffen A&M Records, News Corp., BMG and Warner Music. Drew recently ended his term as the Chairman of the Board of the Becket Chimney Corners YMCA and Berkshire Outdoor Center, one of the oldest independent YMCA organizations in the country. Drew lives in New York City with his wife and two boys, loves the ocean, skiing, music, reading and cooking. He is anxiously awaiting an EV charging station in his city garage, so he can get a new Tesla Model S. In the meantime, he happily drives around in his Jeep Wrangler with no doors or top!

 
 

MIKE SCHOTT

SVP, Sales

Mike's career is rooted in building and leading sales organizations for some of the industry’s most reputable media companies including FOX Sports Net, NBC Universal, Hearst and Time Inc. Beyond his experience with sports sponsorship sales, out of home, and broadcast media, Mike has built and brought to market data-centric digital media innovations for brands. Mike lives in Los Altos with his wife, daughter and two labs and enjoys grilling, fitness and lake life. He's also an avid fan of the 49ers, Giants and Warriors and is an early adopter Model S owner.

 
 

PATRICIA SPANIER

SVP, Partnerships

Patricia has 15+ years at leading tech companies like Google and Amazon where she developed and managed strategic partnerships with top publishers such The New York Times, Gruner & Jahr and Corriere della Sera as well as with global retail players, telcos and media conglomerates in Europe and the U.S. She was part of exciting launches, such as Google Fiber in Kansas City and Amazon’s operations in France. At Bertelsmann, she lead a couple business units covering direct marketing, customer support, payment and logistical operations. She is an avid tennis player, runner and skier, who is shopping for her first EV to maximize her electric miles when taking her two children--and all their gear--to Lake Tahoe.

 
 

JON MICHAELS

SVP, Operations & Supply Chain

Jon is an operations executive with experience in multiple environments.  He started his career as a Naval Aviator and Captain in the United States Marine Corp, and then worked in operations roles in the retail industry.  He then led field operations and technical sales engineering teams at EnerNOC, a provider of energy intelligence software.  Jon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.  He's an avid trail runner and is currently shopping for his first EV.

 
 

DR. ABDELLAH CHERKAOUI

SVP, Government, OEMs & Utilities Market Development

Abdellah is a global business and technology executive with 20 plus years of experience in Sustainable Mobility, IT Management, and Science. Prior to joining Volta, Abdellah led ChargePoint’s international business development. He also held important roles at the Sodexo Group in Paris, the University of California in Santa Cruz, and at the University of Washington Seattle. Abdellah holds a PhD in Marine Geophysics, is a Fulbright Doctoral Fellow and a NASA International Fellow. An avid waterskier and wakeboarder, Abdellah often drives his all-electric Nissan Leaf to the Sacramento delta to spend the week-end on the water, and eagerly awaits the availability of electric watercraft that can keep up with him on the water!

 
 

CHRIS ARTMAN

SVP, Business Development

Chris has over 25 years of experience managing departments and operating businesses. This includes a five-year run as President of Clear Channel Outdoor/Seattle where he won multiple national awards for exceeding performance related objectives and innovation. Following his successful tenure operating a business with $40 million in annual revenue, Chris started, grew and sold his own outdoor advertising company. While he searches for a good deal on a Tesla Roadster, Chris’ preferred mode of transportation is his Klein mountain bike.

 
 

ANNE LUKANC

VP, Business Development

ARDEN PENTON

Ops & Media Sales - HI

JACOB LANGE

VP, Operations

ROSS HATAMIYA

VP, Media Sales

 
 

BECKY SAGADEVAN

Account Manager

BEN FOSS

VP, Public Partnerships

DAN PILON

Director of Sales

ED JACOUBOWSKY

Graphic Designer

 
 

CALEB BREWER

Lead Software Engineer

MIKE TINDELL

Lead Software Engineer-Media

CHUCK RICHMOND 

Project Manager

JULIA HOON

Account Manager

JARL MEAGHER

Director of Operations

ASHLEY REVAY

Associate, Business Development

ALEX PRODANIUK
Creative Lead

ANDREW RIGGS

Project Manager

 

FARYN SCHATZ

Account Manager