Leadership at Tesla NanoCoatings


Todd Hawkins


As a petroleum engineer and geologist, Todd Hawkins was determined to find a solution to a outperform traditional plating and coating systems. With an innovative vision and entrepreneurial spirit, he founded Tesla NanoCoatings. Along with the best scientific minds in nanotechnology, Hawkins has perfected the TESLAN® Carbon NanoCoating formula. Under his leadership, the company has commercialized its technology and has cultivated a strong partnership with numerous leading universities.

Prior to founding Tesla NanoCoatings, Hawkins served as president and owner of GeoTech Chemical Co. in Tallmadge, Ohio. Previously, he was chief development officer at Midwest Industrial Supply and held senior-level positions at Lockheed Martin Tactical Defense Systems.

Hawkins earned an M.B.A. from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University and a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and Geology from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. A resident of Massillon, Ohio he is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers and AMPP The Association for Materials Protection and Performance.


Jorma Virtanen


Jorma Virtanen, chief nanoscientist at Tesla NanoCoatings, is one of the leading scientific minds in the fields of carbon nanotechnology and biophysics. A world-renowned researcher and chemist, Dr. Virtanen played an integral part in the development of the patented corrosion resistant TESLAN CNT nanocoating formula. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry, an M.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Helsinki.


Velecia Valentine


As Chief Operating Officer, Velecia Valentine, CSCP, is the driving force behind Tesla NanoCoatings’ domestic and global growth. As a Certified Supply Chain Professional, she brings a deep knowledge of supply chain and production planning along with more than 25 years of experience to Tesla NanoCoatings.

Previously, Valentine worked for Newell Rubbermaid-Home Solutions Segment, where she led the Global Supply Chain and Sales and Operations Planning for Rubbermaid, Goody, and Levelor and Calphalon brands.


Malcom Kerr


As Vice President of Global Sales, Malcolm Kerr brings a strong customer focus to Tesla NanoCoatings. Kerr’s approach is to make sure the company understands its customers and help those customers reach their objectives. This truly collaborative approach ensures Tesla NanoCoatings brings real value to its customers in all phases of project planning and execution.

Prior to joining Tesla NanoCoatings, Kerr’s previous roles included running the sales groups of a domestic coatings manufacturer as well as running the North American business for a global coating supplier. He has over 20 years of industry experience, understanding and bringing value to customers.


Mark Butterworth


Mark Butterworth holds extensive experience in financial management of high growth companies including: raising equity and debt funding; implementing budgeting, reporting and financial analysis processes; designing and installing accounting systems; and providing board and senior level management with timely and relevant information. In his role as CFO at Tesla NanoCoatings, he continues to build upon his solid financial transaction background that includes conducting $2.5 billion IPO led by Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, $1 billion of M&A deals, and $100 million of venture capital investment.

Joe Davis


Recognized throughout the industry as an authority on corrosion prevention and protection, Joe Davis maintains certifications as an AMPP Senior Certified inspector, an OCAT Technician, and as SSPC C1, C2, and a Protective Coating Specialist (PCS). He currently serves as a chairman of the AWWA D102 Coating of Steel Water Tank Committee and was a past chairman of the NACE International Institute’s NIICAP Oversight Board. He is an instructor for several AMPP corrosion courses and is a contributing author to many industry publications.

James McDonald


James McDonald, an AMPP Senior Certified Coatings Inspector, has been in the protective coatings industry for over 20 years with a primary focus on oil and gas asset protection. In 2013 he was awarded The NACE Innovation of the Year Award for CoatingsCalculator.com. James has authored and co-authored a number of white papers on tank linings, zinc-rich and protective coatings for well casings. Having worked for contractors, asset owners and coating manufacturers, James brings a three-dimensional perspective to his current role of business development in the Gulf of Mexico.