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BENJAMIN COOK

BENJAMIN COOK

President, CEO & Founder

Benjamin has developed green chemistry for large-scale infrastructure applications over the past 15 years. Benjamin is currently focused on solving the problem of concrete and steel corrosion. Benjamin holds a degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley, an M.B.A. from Pinchot University, and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).

MURALEE  BALAGURU

MURALEE BALAGURU

CTO & Founder

Muralee designed Zirconia’s Ceramic Surface Treatments that stop corrosion on steel and concrete. Drawing from his experience as a practicing engineer, Muralee continues to optimize Zirconia’s technology by working with engineering and maintenance staff across multiple industries. Muralee holds a dual degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Miami School of Law.

DONALD HAMM

DONALD HAMM

Senior Vice President of Sales

Donald is an experienced leader in business development and the sales of new technology for a number of markets, with the majority of time spent developing and launching new technology in the construction market. Donald holds two graduate degrees, one in leadership from Regent College in Vancouver Canada, and an EMBA from Regis College in Denver.

MIKE RILEY

MIKE RILEY

Chief Operations Officer

Mike is an engineer and serial CEO of green ceramic chemistry firms. He has extensive experience in overseeing the commercialization of material technology in infrastructure and military markets. Mike holds a B.S in Physics and Engineering from Loyola College of Baltimore, and a M.S. in Material Science and Engineering from John Hopkins University.

PAUL BENEDETTO

PAUL BENEDETTO

Chief Financial Officer

Paul has extensive long-term financial management experience from working at several high-growth green tech manufacturing companies. Paul is a great negotiator and skilled strategist filling in many roles as an executive. Paul holds a dual degree in Accounting and Finance from State University of New York, Buffalo.

DAVID HEISER

DAVID HEISER

Production Engineer

David has experience in manufacturing, engineering product development, and consumer product sales. David oversees production and assists with ongoing product testing at Zirconia. David holds a Bachelor's in Materials Science and Master's in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Michigan.