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Feature Friday: Get To Know Our Interns

Azhahane Jackson

Azhane Jackson –  Research & Development Intern

What school are you currently attending? 

I am currently attending Seton Hall University.

What is your major?

I am a dual-degree major for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Why did you select this major?

I have always had an interest in Engineering and while in high school I developed a love for Chemistry, so Chemical Engineering was a way to combine the two subject areas.

Are you involved with any extracurricular activities at school/organizations/programs?

At school I am part of the Student Activities Board, a member of the Concert Committee, and I am also a general member for ALLIES. 

What attracted you to MILSPRAY Military Technologies?

I became interested in MILSPRAY because of the internship that is directly for my major, the location, and the many ways the company contributes to assisting the military as well as local law enforcement.

What do you like about your internship here?

The learning experience and the friendly environment is what I enjoy most about the internship.

Are you Team Apple or Team Android?

I am Team Android all the way!

What music are you currently listening to?

Currently, I am listening to a lot of R&B/Alternative R&B.

Dennis Ilomuanya

Dennis Ilomuanya, Marketing Intern

What school did you recently graduate from?

I recently graduated from Seton Hall University, located in South Orange, NJ. Go Pirates!

What was your major?

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Interactive and Advertising Design.

Why did you select this major?

I always dreamed of having my own business, which I eventually started for a brief time with two of my friends. Initially, I started off being an International Business major, but then switched to Graphic Interactive & Advertising Design. I wanted to work on the gift I had for design from birth and be able to develop the skills necessary in opening my clothing line business, and design was a major element. I feel that you can’t preach what you don’t practice.

Are you involved with any extracurricular activities at school/organizations/programs?

I used to play soccer in High School, so I do keep up with that from time to time. Also, even though I graduated from Seton Hall, I’m still a member of Seton Hall Skate Club and also a member of the HERE organization located in Houston, Texas.

What attracted you to MILSPRAY Military Technologies?

What attracted me to MILSPRAY Military Technologies was the cutting edge and innovative technologies they produce to help both the military and local community. I also wanted to be a part of an organization that is concerned about the environment and looks to provide its renewable energy systems to the world.

What do you like about your internship here?

I love everything about MILSPRAY so far, so it’s hard to single out one thing…I love the diversity and the high level of respect everyone has for each other. I have already gained a lot of experience, because there are many learning opportunities from working in a fast paced environment. There is never a dull moment here, MILSPRAY has successfully created such an interesting workplace. It’s pretty awesome seeing things that you typically see in Sci-Fi movies at work every day.

Are you Team Apple or Team Android?

Android!

What music are you currently listening to?

“It’s Not Too Late” by Mansions On The Moon

Jessica Thomulka

Jessica Thomulka, Research & Development Intern

What school are you currently attending?

I am a rising Senior at Seton Hall University.

What is your major?

I am majoring in Chemistry and Philosophy and I am minoring in Legal Studies.

Why did you select this major?

I selected Chemistry and Philosophy, also I am minoring in Legal Studies.

Are you involved with any extracurricular activities at school/organizations/programs?

I play clarinet in the University Orchestra, compete on the Ethics Debate Team, and I am a student technician with the PC Support Services at Seton Hall’s tech services department.

What attracted you to MILSPRAY Military Technologies?

I was attracted to MILSPRAY when I read the diversity statement on the website and saw that women hold 40% of the management team positions. I also appreciated MILSPRAY’s social media presence and I really enjoyed reading through the blog, because I felt like I got to know the company before I started working there.

What do you like about your internship here?

I really like the hands-on work environment. Everyone has been so nice, helpful, and willing to answer any question I ask, which allows me to fully understand the chemistry behind all of the processes. I have learned so much already and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store.

Are you Team Apple or Team Android?

Team Apple, but I may be joining Team Android soon.

What music are you currently listening to?

I am currently listening to the album Cheek to Cheek by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga.

Mike Lami

Mike Lami, West Point Intern

What school are you currently attending?

I currently attend the United States Military Academy at West Point.

What was your major? 

I am a System Design and Management Major.

Why did you select this major?

I selected my major because it has and will give me a broad knowledge base of systems engineering and production management that will allow me to go into many commercial fields after my military service.

Are you involved with any extracurricular activities at school/organizations/programs?

At school I am part of the SCUBA Diving Team and my company Sandhurst Team (a military competition team). I am also a lifelong volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.

What attracted you to MILSPRAY Military Technologies?

As a future Army Officer and a resident of New Jersey I was very excited about MILSPRAY’s growing platform of technologies. Additionally, MILSPRAY’s small business roots empowers all to be involved with its success. The energy and potential of MILSPRAY, motivated me to want to become a member of its winning culture.

What do you like about your internship here?

I like the fact that I am treated equally as a contributing member of the team. Being able to positively contribute to the success of many projects. I also enjoy interacting with all of the members of the team as we accomplish goals.

Are you Team Apple or Team Android?

I am Team Apple.

What music are you currently listening to?

I like the oldies. Some of my favorites include Billy Joel and Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen.

Oludare Anigioro

Oludare Anigioro, Engineering Intern

What school did you graduate from?

I graduated from the Federal Polytechnic in Offa, Nigeria.

What was your major?

My degree had been in Electrical/Eletronic Engineering and my major was in Power Systems and Machines. 

Why did you select this major?

I chose this major with a view of making a mark in solving the endemic power problem in Africa, but could not make much inroad due to the lack of opportunities in the Nigerian energy sector.

What attracted you to MILSPRAY Military Technologies?

I was attracted to MILSPRAY Military Technologies because of the world class cutting edge solutions they deploy, more so, their interest in renewable energy systems which I believe could be explored by developing countries to tackle the menace of electrical power shortages.

What do you like about your internship here?

I particularly like my internship here because of the professional, yet cordial atmosphere under which the multi-cultural members of the staff deliver these world class solutions. 

Are you Team Apple or Team Android?

I would say I am Team Android.

What music are you currently listening to?

I am a lover of any good music that appeals to my senses; even if I do not understand the language.


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Feature Friday: MILSPRAY’s eXV-1™ Featured in – National Defense Magazine

eXV-1™

Today, is Feature Friday and did you know that MILSPRAY’s eXV-1™ was featured in National Defense Magazine – (The NDIA’s Business and Technology Magazine)?

“The Marine Corps is looking to add hybrid all-terrain vehicles to its inventory to reduce energy dependence and increase the operational reach of its forces on the battlefield, said service officials.” –National Defense Magazine

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MILSPRAY Team Members to Attend Expeditionary Energy Concepts Demonstration (E2C 2015) at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Joe Gerschutz

Joseph Gerschutz is MILSPRAY’s Director of Engineering. Gerschutz has been with the company since 2011, specializing in alternative energy systems for military and commercial applications. His work at MILSPRAY includes product development and program management of hybrid renewable energy systems, energy storage systems, and electric vehicle development. With over 10 years of professional experience, his previous work includes developing fuel cell vehicles in a partnership between General Motors and the U.S. Army, as well as work on other major automotive OEM research and development teams.

Joseph received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton, and holds a Master of Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Contact:
Joseph Gerschutz
Director of Engineering
Office Phone: 732-886-2223
Fax: 732- 886-2250
josephgerschutz@milspray.com


Justin Connet is a Fabrication Technician at MILSPRAY, and has been with the company for 3 years.  As part of the fabrication team, he is instrumental in the development and build of our Scorpion Energy Hunter™, vehicle wash systems, and eXV-1™.  Holding multiple welding certifications, he has over a decade of experience in welding and fabrication. In addition to this, Justin has worked extensively in mechanical repair of passenger and commercial vehicles and equipment.

Contact:
Justin Connet
Fabrication Technician
Office Phone: 732-886-2223
Fax: 732- 886-2250
justinconnet@milspray.com


MILSPRAY team members will be in attendance at the Expeditionary Energy Concepts Demonstration event taking place from June 23-25, 2015 at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune, NC.

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MILSPRAY Exhibiting at the 29th Annual Police Security Expo in Atlantic City, NJ

Chantel Robinson, VP of Administrative Operations

Chantel Robinson,
VP of Administrative Operations

Chantel Robinson has years of leadership experience in marketing, project management and brand development. Since joining the company in 2011, she has increased MILSPRAY’s exposure within the Department of Defense while leading technology demonstrations at the Pentagon, the Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF), the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Forward Operating Base (Ex-FOB) and other high profile military events. Under her leadership, MILSPRAY secured its first contract with the US Army for corrosion prevention and control services and formed numerous teaming arrangements with strategic partners to pursue multiple IDIQ contracts.

In August 2014, Robinson was promoted to Vice President of Administrative Operations with responsibility for Human Resources, Marketing and Communications for MILSPRAY. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in International Business from Seton Hall University.

Chantel Robinson
Vice President of Administrative Operations
Cell Phone: (732) 492-5237
Office Phone: (732) 886-2223
chantelrobinson@milspray.com


Jeff Callahan

Jeff Callahan has been appointed MILSPRAY’s Senior Director of Sales. Callahan comes from a highly qualified sales and marketing background that includes over 15 years of management and supervisory experience. In previous entrepreneurial roles was a Principal with Sandler Training and then with The Callahan Development Group, he successfully led a team of Sales Development Experts offering the very best in Sales and Management Performance Enhancement, Sales Training, Sales Recruitment/Hiring, Management Training, Executive Coaching, Custom Seminars & Retreats, and Employee Assessments for behavioral and core competency improvement.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral and Social Sciences from the University of Maryland, and a mini-MBA from Rutgers University.

Jeff Callahan
Senior Director of Sales
Cell Phone: (732) 664-0506
Office Phone: (732) 886-2223
jeffcallahan@milspray.com


Matthew Johnston

Matthew L. Johnston has over a decade of specialty polymer development for US Military and commercial applications. Since joining MILSPRAY in 2010, he was promoted to the position of Director of Research and Development in 2014. Mr. Johnston is a Subject Matter Expert in Chemical Agent Resistant Coatings (CARC) and waterborne CARC coatings development.

During his career at MILSPRAY, he has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) for the development of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Contract W911NF-09-02-0001 Multi-functional Stealth Coatings; PI for MILSPRAY’s new Ballistic Resistant System™ (BRS™) for police vehicles; PI for the development of energy-dissipative ballistic mitigation polymer systems; and PI for the development of optically clear energy-deflective ballistic polymer systems. Mr. Johnston has also gained multiple patents for MILSPRAY’s Spot Shot™ touch-up paint systems as well as patents for developing a new category of touch-up paint application systems.

Mr. Johnston’s previous experience includes serving as the PI for the development of a multi-stage cured Radar Absorbing Material (RAM) for stealth aircrafts; development of direct-to-metal locomotive coatings; formulations of urethane and epoxy coatings; and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) chemical characterization of World Trade Center dust and debris following the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster which is now known as World Trade Center Dust.

Matthew Johnston
Director, Research & Development
Office Phone: 732-886-2223
matthewjohnston@milspray.com


MILSPRAY team members will be in attendance and exhibiting at the 29th Annual Police Security Expo event taking place from June 23-24, 2015 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

We encourage you to stop by our booth #105 to learn more about our Ballistic Resistant System™ (BRS™).


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Press Release: U.S. Marine Forces Reserve (USMARFORRES) Helps West Point Cadets Get Hands On With the Technology of Tomorrow

Brian Feser, CEO & President of MILSPRAY along with the executive management team would like to thank Maintenance Management Chief MGySgt McWilliams and Commanding Officer Col Ricky Brown from the U.S. Marine Forces Reserve (USMARFORRES) in taking the initiative to assist future leaders at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point increase their understanding of renewable energy solutions as it relates to the Department of Defense’s commitment to reduce fuel consumption and increase its use of renewable energy sources by 25% by the year of 2025.

Recently, one of the Scorpion Energy Hunter™ systems was demonstrated at the Base Camp Integration Laboratory (BCIL) in Fort Devens, Massachusetts. During it’s time there the system was being evaluated by the Product Management Force Sustainment Systems (PM FSS) as an energy solution that holistically incorporates renewable energy generation.

The Scorpion Energy Hunter™ systems have also been in use with the Marine Forces at the following locations:

  • United States Marines Corps (USMC) Ex-FOB, Twenty-Nine Palms, CA
  • MARFORRES Operation Javelin Thrust Hawthorne, NV and Yuma, AZ
  • MARFORRES Exercise African Lion in Senegal
  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA
  • Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA

Academy Professor LTC Mark Smith at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point will have the ability to incorporate the Scorpion Energy Hunter™ as a teaching tool into USMA’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering. West Point has been identified as a Net Zero Energy Pilot Installation by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment.

The Scorpion Energy Hunter™ is a deployable hybrid renewable energy system that reduces off grid fuel requirements while improving energy security. The Scorpion system works in any environment and any location. It is flexible and adaptable so that solar power can be effectively harvested at any site. Since it is based on the Quadcon footprint, it is modular and scalable to meet a variety of requirements.


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MILSPRAY’s Sales Manager, Chris McDonald will be in Attendance at the Special Operations Summit & Warfighter Expo in Fort Bragg, NC

Chris McDonald HS Final

Chris McDonald is a retired US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant with over 20 years of experience in Small Arms Repair and Maintenance Management.

Chris joined MILSPRAY in 2008 as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for providing Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services as well as Corrosion Prevention and Control solutions to the US Marine Corps. He leverages his vast knowledge of small arms repair and corrosion control requirements from his experiences at the Marine Corps Ordnance at Camp Lejeune, NC.

Chris has been successful in delivering MILSPRAY’s Small Arms Repair; Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) to the U.S. Marine Forces Reserve, U.S. Army and U.S. National Guard.

Chris will be in attendance at the Special Operations Summit & Warfighter Expo taking place in Fort Bragg, NC from June 22-24, 2015.

Contact:
Chris McDonald
Program Manager, Small Arms Repair
Cell Phone: 910-382-4380
Office Phone: 732-886-2223
Fax: 732-886-2250
chrismcdonald@milspray.com


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Winning with Women Wednesday – An Interview with Noelle Lotano, Executive Director for the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce

WinningWithWomenNoelle

Today, is Winning with Women Wednesday and over the past week we had the opportunity to speak with Noelle Lotano. Noelle is the passionate and driven, Executive Director for the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce. The Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce was founded about 1918 by a group of concerned business and philanthropic leaders in the County Seat of Ocean. The chamber interacts with government, business, education, legal, civic, cultural, charitable, healthcare, athletic and religious groups endeavoring to create a healthy economic climate in which to live, work and raise a family…enjoying “The Good Life.” The chamber continues to serve as a spokesperson for business and looks to further the best interests of the whole community.


Get to Know Noelle:Noelle Lotano

Name:  Noelle W. Lotano

Age:  37

Education:  I attended Sweet Briar College, a small women’s college, in Amherst, Virginia from 1996-1998 before transferring home to Georgian County College from 1998-2000.  I earned my BA in English Studies from Georgian County College (now University) in May of 2000.

Company/Organization:  Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce  

Position:  Executive Director  

Time with Organization:  Six months  

Company headquarters:  Toms River, New Jersey  

Total number of members:  Currently, we support 352 members and we employee 3 employees.

Number of memberships overseen:  Currently, we support 352 members.


Noelle, how did you become involved with the Chamber of Commerce?  

The Chamber of Commerce has been an active part of my life since my family moved to Toms River in 1984.  As a local small business owner, my father joined the Toms River Chamber shortly after we moved here, and I saw firsthand how he formed many valuable working and personal relationships with other members.  As a young woman, it was not uncommon for me to attend chamber events with him.  In December of 2014, I was asked to serve as the Executive Director of our 97-year old organization.  I was thrilled by the opportunity, and have been enjoying every day of my tenure since.

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Why and how did this person impact your life?  

I have been impacted by many people throughout my fifteen-year career.  I have parents who have always encouraged me, and have had a tremendous influence over my decisions.  Someone who has specifically left an impression on me since I joined the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce is Tara Cunningham, the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond-Impact.  Tara’s thought-invoking leadership is inspiring to be around.  She embodies everything I believe women should be in business.  Her mind sparks with creativity and bubbles with strategy.  Tara “goes for it” every day.   

What is one of the most important decisions you make a as the Executive Director for the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce?  

One of the most important decisions that I make as the ED of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce is the mission and vision for our organization – but I certainly do not do it alone.  We recently began a rebranding process, and it was my responsibility to select a team of people who would best be suited to layout the framework for our chamber’s future.  In doing so, and with Tara’s guidance, we were able to develop a mission and vision for our chamber that will accelerate local business and our community into the next decades.

Where do the great ideas come from within your organization?  

Many of the great ideas come from our 39-person, highly engaged Board.  The members of our Board of Directors serve on many other community organizations, and constructively share what is working and what is not working from those experiences.  They regularly attend our events, and provide us with feedback that enables us to strive toward partnerships that serve our members in the most valuable ways possible.     

How do you and other leaders in Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce communicate the “core values/mission of the organization”?  

Because of our recent rebrand, our leaderships and membership are excitedly impart our new mission.  They consistently share the happenings and direction of our organization with the people they come in contact with.  It brings me joy to see how organically our message is being communicated to our community.  

What are three characteristics you believe every leader should possess?  

I believe that leaders should possess many characteristics, but in selecting three, I’d choose open-mindedness, an unceasing drive for development and progress, and a good sense of humor.  

What is one mistake you see leaders make more frequently than others?  

One mistake that I see leaders make is doing things the way they have always been done.  

Can you explain the impact, if any, that social networking and social media has made on the organization or you personally? 

Social networking and social media has made a huge impact on business.  It allows us to share information with people through an alternative medium, connect with large, targeted groups of people instantaneously, and allows people who might otherwise not normally share a room, exchange ideas freely.

What are a few resources you would recommend in Ocean County for someone who is looking to gain a competitive edge as a business owner or gain insight into becoming a better leader?  

I would recommend joining a non-profit board in Ocean County if you are looking to gain a competitive edge as a business owner.  While that might sound counter-intuitive, in my experience, I have met many of the brightest minds in Ocean County around the boardroom tables of our local non-profit organizations.  Smart people and strong leaders recognize the benefit of supporting these worthy causes.   

What advice would you give someone going into a leadership position for the first time?  

If you are going into leadership for the first time, listen {way more} than you talk.   


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MILSPRAY Corrosion Prevention and Repair Team in Camp Pendleton, CA

This week the MILSPRAY Corrosion Prevention and Repair team made their way out to Camp Pendleton, CA to continue work for the US Marine Corps Corrosion Prevention & Control (CPAC) Office. Working in conjunction with Oshkosh Corporation, this site will specifically target corrosion on the LVSR platform.

MILSPRAY’s Vehicle Technician, Dennis Applegate has been taking photos on location of the team setting up our Shelter System.

To find out more about our Shelter Systems please: Click Here