Meet the Hypercraft team.

Jake


JAKE HAWKSWORTH

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Jake’s early career launched in the powersport sector, and he quickly moved from entry-level product designer to COO of Skinz Protective Gear, a leading manufacturer of aftermarket accessories in the powersports industry.

 

By the age of 27, he had developed and designed over 100 products for Yamaha Motors, contributing significantly to Yamaha Parts and Accessories Division’s meteoric rise in accessory sales revenue in 2014. His efforts helped them jump from last place to second globally in just five years.

 

Jake has a technical background in fabrication, engineering, and product design. Being a self-taught product engineer and industrial designer, he operates with uncommon speed and efficiency and has a voracious appetite for learning. He is fluent in 3D CAD, robotics, CNC machining/programming, welding, composites, and prototype fabrication, with core competencies in suspension, chassis, drivetrain, and fuel systems.

 

Jake has created many industry firsts among the 500+ products he has designed — collectively generating over $250 million in revenue over the past decade. He has been awarded eight patents in suspension design and other mechanical systems. He now brings all of this detailed experience, both specialized and broad-reaching, to Hypercraft with a mission to offer EV solutions to everyone.

Brian Bowers


BRIAN BOWERS

President

Brian Bowers is a seasoned leader with over 24 years growing and operating high-growth companies in Aerospace, Electronic and Hard-Goods Manufacturing, and Ecommerce. He has worked with renowned companies such as Raytheon, Agilent, Visible SCM/Maersk, and Sorenson Capital Partners. Brian has successfully managed P&L for companies ranging from $42M to $500M revenue and $6M to $60M EBITDA.

 

Originally from the Boise, Idaho area, Brian obtained his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) and later graduated with dual master’s degrees (MBA and Engineering) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

 

He started his career at Raytheon, gaining expertise in various areas, including systems engineering, lean manufacturing and program management. He played key roles in the portfolio companies of Sorenson Capital, including leading MityLite’s product-line expansion and profitability.

 

Brian’s supply chain skills shone during the COVID-19 pandemic, where he led a tech and operational transformation at Visible SCM/Maersk allowing the company to profitably adapt to rapid changes in labor and global trade. Currently, he serves as the president of Hypercraft, a leading EV powertrain manufacturer known for its proprietary technologies driving the future of transportation.

Eric


DR. ERIC REAM

Founder, Advisor / Business Development

Eric Ream is a practicing physician with over 20 years of experience leading and managing teams of physicians and medical staff in high-stress environments — including through the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

He graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University, attended medical school at the University of Nebraska, and served his residency at Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University. Eric also owns a successful Italian restaurant in Reno, NV where he continues to refine his skills as an entrepreneur and business owner.

 

Eric grew up riding snowmobiles in Omaha, Nebraska which instilled in him a passion for performance early on. His ambitious dream of engineering and building the ultimate, no-compromises snowmobile is what brought him and Jake Hawksworth together — ultimately culminating in the founding of Hypercraft and his initial investment in the venture.

Jon Miller


JONATHON MILLER

Co-Founder, Chief Brand Officer

Jon Miller is an innovator, visionary, brand-builder, and creative thought leader. Over the last 20 years he has played leadership roles as a creative director, strategist, and brand steward for Fortune 500 companies such as Polaris, P&G, and Vail Resorts.

 

During his 10-year long career servicing Polaris, Inc. at The Integer Group / TBWA (an Omnicom agency), Jon developed brands and new product launches for Polaris RANGER, Polaris RZR, Polaris Slingshot, Polaris Snowmobiles, Victory Motorcycles, and Indian Motorcycles. More recently,
Jon has provided strategy and creative leadership for the U.S. Forest Service, National Forest Foundation, Vail Resorts (Epic Pass, Breck, Crested Butte), and Bombardier Racing Products (Ski-Doo Snowmobiles.)

 

Along with his creative talents and leadership experience, Jon brings to Hypercraft a vast network of iconic athletes, creative talent, and industry leaders to help build this new and compelling chapter in the EV story.

Ike


ISAAC HAWKSWORTH

Co-Founder, Head of Manufacturing

 

Isaac is an operations expert, especially in the field of domestic sourcing and manufacturing. He co-founded Skinz Protective Gear, managing the textiles development and manufacturing of aftermarket and OEM products. 

 

Before co-founding Hypercraft, he was the Production Manager for KPI, a Tier One supplier of OHV seats for Textron and other OEMs. He also oversaw the manufacturing of products for boats, personal watercraft (PWC), off-highway vehicles (OHV), snowmobiles, motorcycles, and motor vehicles.

 

With a focus on textiles products, his talents combine old school skill and modern production expertise to move U.S.-based textiles manufacturing into a new era. His strengths are in training teams, developing supply chain, organization, and SOP’s. 

 

Isaac brings logistical and operational expertise that is essential to the success of Hypercraft’s mission to make EV available to everyone.

Connor Hypercraft


CONNOR TUCKETT

VP of Product

Connor Tuckett is a seasoned business leader with a unique blend of military leadership, engineering, marketing, and data analytics expertise. With 8 years of military experience, he quickly advanced through the ranks, overseeing 30+ joint service members and coordinating large multi-department law enforcement operations as a Marine Intelligence Analyst.

 

Connor’s journey into technology began as a self-taught software engineer. His passion for the field led him to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Data Analytics, and Economics. Post graduation, he served as a lead software developer for the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, showcasing his technical prowess and dedication.

 

With a desire to return to strategy and management, Connor pursued an MBA in marketing, further refining his understanding of business strategy. Assuming roles as CMO and CTO in e-commerce focused startups and consulting companies, he led product management, marketing, branding, and data analytics activities. Currently, as the VP of Product at Hypercraft, Connor leverages his diverse skill set to contribute to the company’s overall product strategy.

 

Connor excels in identifying unique opportunities that bring tangible benefits to businesses. His ability to merge engineering, marketing, data analytics, and military leadership makes him a trusted and dynamic leader in the business world.

Shaun Hill


SHAUN HILL

Chief Revenue Officer

Shaun Hill leads the Revenue and Sales departments at Hypercraft and is responsible for global streams of revenue including recreational, commercial, private sector, international, public sector, and emerging markets.

 

In his previous role, he was responsible for enterprise sales to public sector clients including state and local governments, higher education, federal agencies, Department of Defense, and members of the intelligence community. He was foundational in standing up the public sector sales division at Nuvolo, yielding millions in new revenue for the organization. 

 

Shaun has spent more than 20 years in both the private and public sectors. He has served as a Specialist in the Foreign Service, first at the Embassy in Beijing, China and next at the Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey for the U.S. Department of State.

Kirk Miller


KIRK MILLER

VP of Direct Sales

 

Kirk Miller spent time at industry behemoth GReddy Performance Products before moving to AEM Electronics. During his 24 year run as VP of Sales and Marketing at AEM, Kirk functioned as an expert in the performance aftermarket, focusing specifically on the tuner, EV, and motorsport segments.

 

Kirk is also a founding member of SEMA’s Import Performance Committee, which evolved into the Sport Compact Council (SPC), and was awarded the SPC Person of the Year in 2001. He is proud to be considered one of the pioneers of the Tuner market. He is a technical, knowledge-based enthusiast to his core. 

 

In recent years Kirk has turned the majority of his attention toward the EV motorsport and conversion markets. He maintains a goal of creating products that will serve an exciting, developing market segment, as well as a desire to connect Tuners to the EV market, thus further expanding the performance aftermarket as a whole.

 

As VP of Direct Sales at Hypercraft, Kirk will help the team serve a large and rapidly growing segment of customers interested in swapping from internal combustion to EV. 

Dennis


DENNIS HAWKSWORTH

VP of Programs

 

Dennis Hawksworth has many years of varied experience, working as both VP and general manager of a large plumbing company where he oversaw a team of 125 employees. With tens-of-millions of dollars in annual revenue, and millions of dollars of property to manage, he also has extensive experience with negotiation, purchasing, and mergers and acquisitions. 

 

As VP of Programs at Hypercraft, Dennis brings his business acumen and relationship experience to the management of Hypercraft’s wide variety of high-value internal and external customer projects. Dennis has a wealth of relationships in the racing, performance, and automotive business spaces, and will continue to cultivate those and new partner and customer relationships. 

Chris


CHRIS MITTON

VP of Finance

Chris ​​is a proven financial executive with experience scaling startups and building teams from startup to medium-sized business and beyond. He brings with him 12 years of experience as a financial executive — the last four of which were spent as Chief Financial Officer at a global supply chain software company where he oversaw explosive growth leading to an acquisition by a private equity firm. 

 

Chris has extensive M&A experience as a result of his continued experience with private equity investors. Chris lead the activities around the acquisition of multiple companies to extend functionality of his previous employer’s supply chain software solution.

 

With Chris’ experience in finance, supply chain management, and M&A, he is positioned to play a key role in financing the growth and acquisition strategies of Hypercraft well into the future.

Ryan K


RYAN KALB

Head of Engineering

 

Ryan Kalb has packed over 20 years of experience into 10 short years in the EV industry — a career that includes time at some of the top electric vehicle manufacturers and engineering firms. 

 

Ryan hit the ground running working on the Shift Electric Vehicles Porsche, and at 3 Prong Power where he improved design and increased reliability by 25%. From there, he moved to Tesla where he spent five years working in various roles directly involved with the Tesla Semi, Model 3, Model Y, and Model X — from electromechanical integration and calibration to developing Tesla’s proprietary automatic windshield wiper system. 

 

From there, Ryan moved to Rivian. As Lead Special Projects Engineer he worked directly on the R1T and the Rivian Amazon delivery van project. As “the voice of the vehicle” and a Rivian Certified test driver, he also spoke with legislators and attended vehicle demonstration and marketing events, including the Blue Origin space launch.  

 

In the space of a year at Hypercraft, Ryan has helped grow the engineering team from three employees working in a small space, to a large team fully capable of supporting high-quality, volume-level production — high speed development and growth that large OEMs cannot match. 

Brooklyn


BROOKLYN STEPAN

Head of People Operations

Areas of expertise: Experience design, event planning and coordination, administrative, team management

Years of experience: 6

Career highlights: Managed teams and team travel for groups and events of varying sizes; Experience design sabbatical in Hawaii; Researched and developed restaurant location plan and liaised with government organizations to provide permitting and achieve a successful launch.

Kirk Tanner


KIRK TANNER

Head of Marketing

 

Kirk Tanner is a senior marketing executive with extensive traditional and digital marketing experience, and a proven track record in marketing management. His focus for the past 25 years has been in accelerating revenue growth in early stage and start up companies.

 

Kirk has held multiple C-Level positions, from CEO of his own marketing consulting firm, President of a public software company he co-founded, COO at a triple play fiber optic telecommunications company and more recently CMO at a global supply chain software company where he grew revenue more than 1,100% over his 12 plus years there.

 

Due to Kirk’s broad experience across the C-suite, he has a very holistic view of marketing and how to effectively work in a cross functional approach. Combined with his experience in growing early-stage companies he adds great value to the existing marketing team.