The Management Team

GridBridge has the right mix of seasoned industry professionals and scientific leadership, recruiting versatile and hands-on team members with aspirations of continuously growing GridBridge and also making an impact in society.

Chad Eckhardt
President

Bio

Chad Eckhardt has spent his career leading various businesses within established Original Equipment Manufacturers in the electrical distribution and power quality markets.  He has led GridBridge through its various stages, including startup and establishment, expansion and growth, as well as acquisition and integration. He offers a proven track record of commercializing technology from advanced R&D centers, transforming early stage concepts into customer-driven, state-of-the art solutions with convincing value propositions. His education includes electrical engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Chad’s passion is modernizing electrical networks through improving efficiency, integrating distributed resources, and improving reliability.

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Mark Ventura
VP, Engineering + Manufacturing

Bio

Mark Ventura makes products come to life. Throughout over 30 years of experience, he has consistently commercialized, then launched hardware products with software components in both the networking and energy markets. This includes repeatedly progressing products from the laboratory to the market in both early stage and established companies.  Mark is an experienced leader, having built long-lasting engineering teams that have produced enduring products.  His passion for the intelligent power space, hands-on technical approach, and overall fortitude make him an essential addition to the team.

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Dr. Gary Bulman
Research Programs Director

Bio

Dr. Gary Bulman brings to GridBridge over 30 years of expertise in leading research programs related to advanced semiconductor devices and their application.  His extensive hands-on experience in research and development spans small to large companies, as well as for-profit and non-profit R&D organizations.  For example, his scientific contributions at Cree led to several advancements in SiC and GaN technology, while his leadership at RTI international has resulted in numerous successful federal and privately funded programs.  Holding a PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois-Urbana, he has over 75 published papers and 5 patents.

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