Founder, Chairman, and CTO
Mr. Okonsky co-founded Volcon in 2020 and has served as our Chairman of the Board and Chief Technology Officer since inception. Mr. Okonsky founded AYRO, Inc. in May 2016, and served as its chairman of the board from inception to listing on NASDAQ in May 2020. Mr. Okonsky currently holds over two-dozen U.S. and foreign patents. From 1998 until 1992, Mr. Okonsky worked as an engineer for Dell in its notebook division. He is a graduate of Texas A&M with a bachelors in Industrial Engineering.
Founder and Director
Mr. James co-founded Volcon in 2020, and has served as a director since inception. Since 2001, Mr. James has been founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sprout Equity Ventures (Sprout). Sprout is an Austin based global investment firm specializing in acquiring and partnering with mature and growing businesses. Sprout currently manages a broad base of investments in the electric vehicle, space tourism, mining, biotech, alternative energy, clean water and technology sectors.
Mr. Foster joined our board of directors in June 2021 and will serve as our audit committee chairman. Mr. Foster has served as the chief financial officer and executive vice president for Moleculin Biotech, Inc. since August 2016. Mr. Foster brings more than 30 years of financial experience holding a variety of executive and senior financial positions with public, private, start-up to large corporate and international companies. From February 2012 to August 2016, Mr. Foster served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of InfuSystem Holdings, Inc., a national provider of infusion pumps and related services to the healthcare industry. From May 2011 to January 2012, Mr. Foster served as a consultant to the Chief Financial Officer of LSG Sky Chefs, USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. Mr. Foster served on the Board of Financial Institutions for the State of South Carolina from 2006 to 2012 and since June 2018 serves on the Board of Directors of Soliton, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing new technology for use in aesthetics, where he is the chair of the Strategic Alternative and Audit Committee and previously served as chair of the Nominating & Governance Committees. Prior Mr. Foster served in lead financial roles with a private manufacturer of hardware and in manufacturing divisions of Schlumberger, Ltd. He began his career with Deloitte in Charlotte and Atlanta. Mr. Foster is a Certified Public Accountant (South Carolina) and holds the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received his BS in Accounting from Clemson University in 1985.
Mr. Kim joined our board of directors in July 2021. Mr. Kim is a serial entrepreneur and product designer. Mr. Kim was the CEO and founder of Super73 Inc, one of the world’s leading electric bicycle companies from 2015 until 2019. In 2003. Mr. Kim founded U-Life, an internet enabled home appliance company in South Korea, which was acquired by LG in 2006. Before his career as an entrepreneur, Mr. Kim was the principal designer for Yahoo Search, a car designer at Honda, and a former US Army paratrooper. Mr. Kim received a MA Design from Stanford University in 2001.
Karin-Joyce ("KJ") Tjon has over twenty years of executive experience at both public and private companies. Prior to her retirement in 2020 she served as CFO for Alorica, a multi-billion dollar customer service provider with over 100,000 employees worldwide. She was the President and COO for Scientific Games, EVP and CFO for Epiq Systems as well as Managing Director at Alvarez and Marsal. Ms. Tjon holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BSS in Organizational Behavior from Ohio University.