Mike “Mouse” McCoy – CEO
Mike “Mouse” McCoy is the CEO/Co Founder and Creative Director of the Digital Industrial start up company Hackrod. Prior to founding Hackrod Mouse was the CEO of the award-winning Entertainment Studio Bandito Brothers. During his ten years at the Helm of Bandito Brothers he is most proud of architecting the unique branded entertainment model with the US Navy SEALs that led to the #1 box office Feature Film “Act of Valor” which he Produced and Directed. Following up on that success Mouse Directed the global trans media campaign “Hot Wheels for Real” for Mattel that set three Automotive World Records and earned a Cannes Gold Lion , Clio Gold and numerous other awards. Mouse started his career as a professional motorcycle racer with such accolades as winning the Baja 500, Baja 1000 and staring in the now cult film classic “Dust to Glory”. From his racing career he moved on to being a top Hollywood stuntman that paved the way for his movie directing career . The realization that quite a bit of his world revolved around taking artists 3D renderings and engineering rapid prototyped manufacturing solutions for the production of entertainment led to the Launch of a Deep Research project looking at Future of Making Things. With the theme of could three kids in a garage start a car company and solve large-scale complex industrial problems using future forward technologies Hackrod was born. Hackrod is currently laying claim to the world’s first car designed in Virtual Reality ,Engineered by Artificial Intelligence, made with the full potential of Advanced Manufacturing and delivered by the Supply Chain of the Future.
Felix Holst – Chief Product Officer
Felix Holst is Chief Product Officer/Co Founder at Hackrod. Felix served as Vice President of Creative for the Wheels division at Mattel until 2014. He graduated with a degree in Design for Industry at the University of Northumbria in the UK, and over the past two decades has pursued a career combining his love of automotive culture and cutting edge innovation with mass manufacture and story telling. Taking a job in the toy industry in 1996 he quickly developed the skills to navigate global manufacturing as a designer and built a reputation as an innovator and pragmatic leader. In 1999 Felix left the toy industry to pursue a career in the music industry performing in the cult British band ‘The Kustom Built’ and witnessed first hand the disruption the digital music production revolution had on an established industry. In 2004 he returned to the toy industry moving to Los Angeles and joining the Hot Wheels division at Mattel Inc. A decade of driving innovation in product, manufacturing and content led to the award winning Hot Wheels For Real campaign, three world records and an insight into the future of ‘Made Media’. For the past two years, alongside his partners at Hackrod, he has been researching the implications of VR design tools, AI driven design and engineering and additive manufacturing. With an unfettered belief in the idea of anything is possible, Felix is passionate about empowering design and engineering students and professionals to excel and change the world. With Hackrod he sees an opportunity to connect the every man with the power of mass manufacturing and disrupt industry for the better.
Dr. Slade Gardner – CTO
Dr. Slade Gardner is a world leading expert on advanced manufacturing, digitization of manufacturing operations and digital translations of physical materials science phenomena. As CTO of Hackrod he is shaping the manufacturing context of the future toward automated and digitally guided work spaces that amplify the power of high performance computing, artificial intelligence, networked engineering disciplines, advanced manufacturing and digital quality assurance all for the benefit of manufacturing unique, high complexity engineered products. He has advised corporations, institutes, national laboratories and the US Government on strategy, priorities and development needs on incorporation and industrial application for advanced manufacturing. His technical background includes equipment configuration, materials development and engineering transition from laboratory to factory to customer for: large additive manufacturing, aerospace composite structures, nano-materials, and thermoplastic composites. His technology insertions can be found on spacecraft, aircraft, sophisticated ground systems and are currently reaching into sporting goods, watercraft and motor sport. Previously Slade was a Fellow at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and a Fellow at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in the Skunk Works division. His PhD in Chemical Engineering is from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he studied under fellowship from the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for High Performance Polymers and Composites. His BS in Chemical Engineering is from Lafayette College. Personal interests include traveling and dining with his wife, all seasons of mountain sports and he is an avid motorcycle enthusiast.
Douglas Ramsey – CDO
Douglas Ramsey is the Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Hackrod. Hackrod is a digital manufacturing company redefining the way vehicles are designed, engineered and produced in the 21st Century. Mr. Ramsey has over 25 years of experience working across a number of manufacturing industries including primary metals, automotive, aerospace, energy, defense, and consumer products in the US, Europe, Japan, and South Korea. In the US, Mr. Ramsey has served as a leader in a number of public private partnerships focused on advanced manufacturing policy and technology development.
Mr. Ramsey is an internal thought leader in advanced manufacturing technology and policy. Mr. Ramsey has served as the Chairman of the Industrial Control Board for the US National Lightweight Metals Innovation Institute (LIFT) in Detroit and as a manufacturing technology policy advisor and contributor to the White House as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP 2.0). He has also held board and advisory roles with a number of manufacturing institutes in the US including the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), America Makes, the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII), and Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI). Mr. Ramsey also served as the Alcoa-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Technologist-In-Resident (TIR) with a focus on innovations in metals manufacturing technology. More recently, Mr. Ramsey helped lead the team that secured a $250m award from the US Department of Defense to establish a new national robotics institute (ARM Institute) in Pittsburgh, PA in 2017. Mr. Ramsey currently serves as on the Industrial Steering Panel (ISP) committee of the Louisiana Center for Manufacturing Sciences (LCMS) and on the Outreach Committee of CESMII. Mr. Ramsey has also served for 14 years as a member of the US-Japan Technology Forum at Vanderbilt University which is a US-Japan bilateral forum to promote investments in defense and manufacturing technology.
Mr. Ramsey holds a Masters in Science and Economics in Strategic Studies from the National University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies and a Minor in Japanese from the Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Ramsey is fluent in English and Japanese.
Curtis Bech – CFO / COO
Curtis Bech is a strategy and business development professional with over 15 years of experience in bridge engineering, software development, consulting, venture capital, and corporate finance.
Curtis has deep expertise in financial modeling, deal structuring, and business strategy development. Since business school, he has worked as a management consultant advising electric utility companies on the impact and value of deploying smart grid technologies. This included technology readiness assessments, impact analysis for all stakeholder across the value chain, and financial forecasting of adoption rates and value generated for shareholders.
Most recently, Curtis has worked for Alcoa and Highmark in a variety of roles focused on developing new business strategies and pitching investments in new businesses, equipment, and technologies. Across these roles, Curtis was responsible for deal scouting, building internal alignment and sponsorship, and engaging and negotiating with potential deal partners. These evaluations and pitches have included new service business units; expansions of existing factories and greenfield developments; commercializing internally developed technology; and structuring joint ventures and equity investments in startup companies.
Curtis has a BSE in Structural Engineering and Architecture from Princeton and an MBA from Duke University. He lives in Sewickley, PA with his wife and two children. In his free time, he is passionate about military history, cooking, and renovating old houses.
Mario Greco – Automotive Engineering Adviser
Prior to joining Hack Rod Mario Greco held senior leadership roles at Arconic, and advanced aluminum and titanium materials company, as the Director of Global Marketing Automotive, after having served four years as the Director Transportation Market Sector Team in the Strategy and Business Transformation organization.
A native of Italy, Mario has held several roles in the automotive industry including VP of Advanced Development at Industrial Origami Inc. (IOI,) a Silicon Valley start-up, where he led commercial strategy and product development programs; Manager of Product Portfolio Integration in Turin at FIAT Group Automobile; as well as Lead Development Engineer for the Design Concept Car Team in the research center in Munich for the BMW Group; and finally Program Manager advanced design and structural optimization programs at Porsche Engineering Services, in Troy, MI.
Mario originally started his career at Alcoa in 1996 as a Product Design Engineer in Automotive Structures Business Unit, where he was responsible for design and analysis if advanced aluminum structures for Ferrari and other OEM customers.
Mario holds a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and an MBA from the University of Bradford, England.
Fraser Campbell – Chief Principal Designer
Fraser Campbell is a world class automotive designer from Leicester, England. A lifelong obsession with science fiction and transport design led to a 20 year career as a Staff designer with Hot Wheels. Fraser has worked with some of the biggest names in the automotive and entertainment spaces including, General motors, Ford, Lucas Film and Legendary pictures.
Ian Monoghan – Chief Digital Officer
Ian Monoghan is a creative technologist & GM with a natural curiosity for digital processes and use cases of the Digital Twin. Ian graduated with a degree in Automotive Design from Coventry University (BENG Hons) then spent 12 years Automotive Design/CAD/Process experience with LTI Car Bodies, Dagwood and Ford Europe. A career change saw Ian as the Senior Producer at Blackrock Studios (Disney), a Racing Game studio, creating AAA console games for PS3 & Xbox 360. Ian and fellow directors were intrigued by the gaming potential of the iPhone and fledgling app industry and setup a mobile games studio and later a platform agnostic pixel streaming company; harnessing the power of cloud GPU to deliver personalised interactive content to the customer at every stage of the journey on any device.
With his experience in Automotive, Gaming and Digital Twin applications Ian sees Hackrod as the inevitable convergence of these technologies with Industry 4.0.