For seven years, ZincFive co-founder Tim Hysell has expertly guided the creation and deployment of the world’s first nickel-zinc rechargeable battery technology. He founded and chaired PSI Acquisitions and Millennium Power Solutions--where the UPStealth® was invented--and ZincFive, which establishes nickel-zinc as only the fifth rechargeable battery to scale across the world.

Mr. Hysell has over three decades of entrepreneurial success in founding, owning and directing profitable business operations in renewable energy, banking, manufacturing and medical devices. His companies partnered with global giants such as Siemens, Phillips and Hewlett-Packard. He excels at corporate transaction negotiations, fundraising, merger and acquisitions, IPO preparation, market share growth and board leadership. Prior to owning his own businesses, Mr. Hysell worked for General Electric, Hewlett-Packard and Providence Health Systems. 

Mr. Hysell is co-founder and board member of Pacific West Bank in Oregon and a former youth football, basketball and baseball coach.

ZincFive’s Chief Financial Officer, Jim Cruckshank, has more than 35 years’ experience in finance and accounting, raising more than $2 billion in debt and equity financing throughout his career. He has guided the financial success of both start-ups and well-established companies. 

As Greenbrier Companies’ Chief Accounting Officer, and during a period of rapid company growth, Mr. Cruckshank helped raise over $400 million. During his 15 years at Schnitzer Steel, Mr. Cruckshank served as Corporate Controller and Assistant Treasurer. He helped the Company grow by 30 locations, built an accounting team adept at public company financial reporting, raised financing that exceeded more than one billion dollars and eventually, took Schnitzer Steel public.

Mr. Cruckshank earned a BBA in Accounting, Marketing and Management from the University of Portland and an MBA in Finance from Notre Dame. He has served as board chair for Open Meadow, an alternative school and Board Chair for the Cascade AIDS Project. A poet, Mr. Cruckshank enjoys reading T.S. Eliot, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman and the classics.


Tod Higinbotham is President of ZincFive’s Systems Division. For more than 25 years he has led technology companies, with a primary focus on advanced materials in the semiconductor, display, and solar markets.

Mr. Higinbotham served as Executive VP of Microelectronics for ATMI Inc., from 2007-2013. He led the rapid growth of the business, which was sold for over $1 billion. Before that, as GM for the Materials Division, he restructured and refocused the company on core competencies and collaborated directly with customers to develop innovative solutions. Prior to joining ATMI, he was Director of Sales and Marketing for the Electronic Materials Division of Komatsu, Ltd.

Mr. Higinbotham earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Portland State University and an MBA from the University of Washington. He is a regular speaker in the U.S. and Asia on leadership, materials technology trends, and breaking down the cultural barriers in global business.

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Former Apple PowerBook Technology Manager and founder of PowerGenix, Dr. Jeff Phillips brings more than 25 years of expertise in the battery, energy and electronics industries, research and development, manufacturing and technology management to ZincFive, Inc. As VP of Operations/Technology – Systems Division, Dr. Phillips manages the China based Technology Center focusing on the Nickel-Zinc battery product development. 

At Apple Computer, Dr. Phillips was responsible for the purchase and implementation of $350 million PowerBook components. He also served as the Program Manager and Director of Technology for Altus Corporation, where he served on the executive team and directed  R & D on rechargeable & primary lithium batteries. In 2000 he founded PowerGenix, his Nickel-Zinc battery manufacturing company, which was acquired by ZincFive.

Dr. Phillips holds 65 patents, with 40 more pending. He has a PhD in Electrochemistry from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and has authored more than 20 technical publications.


Along with co-founding ZincFive, Dan Sisson owns the historic distinction of advancing Thomas Edison’s dream battery chemistry—nickel-zinc—by inventing the game changing, environmentally safe UPStealth® Battery Backup System.

Mr. Sisson immerses himself in product architecture, new innovations, conceptual product designs, innovation installation and technical support. He is also a popular, national speaker on battery history, technology and high intelligence inverter and power systems.

With 34 years of experience in manufacturing, new product invention and development, mechanical systems, electrical and electronic design, primary power and manufacturing processes, Mr. Sisson’s work has benefited companies such as GE, Intel, Sun Microsystems, as well as city and state transportation agencies across North America. He is a journeyman machinist, manufacturing engineer and a former manufacturing technology college instructor.

Playing guitar and piano are among Mr. Sisson’s other creative outlets. As a Thomas Edison aficionado, he finds inspiration in reading the great inventor’s patents and likes to think Mr. Edison would enjoy being part of the ZincFive team.


Some of the world’s leading industries have prospered from Raymond Sohn’s professional understanding and expert execution of all phases of technology company operations. Now, Mr. Sohn is applying his over 20 years of experience to bring nickel-zinc battery based solutions to global scale. He leads ZincFive’s manufacturing, engineering, supply chain, QA, and service and support groups as an integrated, high velocity organization.  As such, he manages efforts in product development/lifecycle, program management, strategic outsourcing and quality assurance.

Recipient of many Center of Excellence Awards, Mr. Sohn has successfully executed multimillion dollar, large scale precision automation systems and process equipment for Sharp, Samsung, Corning Display, Boston Scientific Abbot Vascular Dow Chemical and Philips Healthcare. He also worked at Quadrant, ATS Group (Automation Tooling Systems Group), nLIGHT and Lam Research.

Mr. Sohn holds patents for chemical etch bench apparatus and fiber monitoring apparatus inventions. Music and enjoying the Pacific Northwest outdoors are among Mr. Sohn’s favorite pastimes, including cycling, fishing, hiking and playing the drums.


Steve Jennings leads the ZincFive marketing organization. He brings 23 years of executive experience in technology companies serving the energy, clean tech, communications, computing and semiconductor industries.  ZincFive benefits from Mr. Jennings’ breadth of experience in successfully applying a variety of technologies to markets around the world.

He has held executive sales, marketing and general management roles with global responsibility in business units up to $600M in revenue within large organizations including Tektronix, Credence Systems and Qualitrol.  As a marketing executive he has helped position two technology startups to achieve market leadership, a global footprint and subsequent acquisitions.

Mr. Jennings holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut and earned his MBA from the University of Oregon.  He is a past board member of Smart Grid Northwest and, in his spare time, he enjoys sports including running and ice hockey.


Pete Johnson brings more than 25 years of leadership in global sales, distribution and marketing experience to ZincFive. His blend of hard science and global business experience are uniquely suited for expanding ZincFive’s disruptive battery solutions.

Mr. Johnson has more than 20 years of experience as a wireless communications executive, helping build the mobile phone industry from its start, at Seattle-based McCaw Cellular, to global carrier, AT&T Mobility. Mr. Johnson led over 1,600 western region employees at AT&T Mobility Retail, expanding its store footprint from 250 to more than 2,000 stores. In addition, he worked internationally opening new markets. Mr. Johnson also helped lead the highly successful Pacific Northwest launch of Cricket Wireless, which is now owned and operated by AT&T Mobility.

He is a proud University of Oregon Duck, graduating with Honors in Biology. Community involvement has included, Make a Wish Foundation, The Salvation Army, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications and the University of Oregon Duck Athletic Fund.

Carolyn Polzel serves as Director of Human Resources and Recruiting at ZincFive. Ms. Polzel brings a rare pedigree of HR, Marketing and Computer Science expertise to ZincFive. Her 17 years in HR help guide the Company's overall performance: attracting world class talent through granular technical screening, developing organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness, emphasizing inclusion and collaboration and elevating team performance through innovative leadership.

Ms. Polzel’s degree in Marketing and Computer Science gives her a broad technical understanding of electrical circuit design architecture and the complexity of layers in software development. With that knowledge, she has implemented technical screening practices to a level unprecedented in the HR community, resulting in the recruiting of top-tier talent at IBM, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and now, ZincFive.

Ms. Polzel is a Howard Payne University graduate and member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She supports the Multiple Sclerosis and Juvenile Diabetes Associations.