ORBIS Brakes – Team
Co-Founder, co-CEO, CTO
Marcus is an electric vehicle veteran, dating back to the early days of the influential CALSTART Advanced Transportation Hatchery in Burbank, CA. His pursuit of innovative partnerships resulted in collaborations with Lee Iacocca, Dr. Paul MacCready, the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Argonne National Labs, and most recently with National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He holds multiple patents in electric vehicle powertrains, related automotive components, and clean-power technologies. Marcus designed and built the first electric motorcycle to set two land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats (2006 & 2007) and races a vintage Mini Cooper in his spare time. He was educated as a Transportation Design Major at the Pasadena Art Center and is a veteran of the US Navy.
Co-Founder, Manufacturing Manager
Scott brings exacting manufacturing experience to Orbis Brakes as owner of TrueForm Design & Manufacturing in Santa Rosa, CA. His education forged a combination of graphic design, welding, and machining apprenticeship, and Scott went on to develop extensive expertise in precision CNC machine shop services, overseeing the complete design, fabrication, machining and manufacturing process utilizing a variety of materials across multiple industries. A company co-Founder, Scott’s work with Orbis Brakes returns him to his lifelong fascination with all things automotive.
Engineering Project Manager
Ethan is a mechanical engineer and automotive enthusiast with a passion for real-world solutions. He graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Industrial Engineering, and has compiled significant experience with SolidWorks, Creo and AutoCAD, as well as building, testing and repairing cars and their components. Ethan honed his engineering and leadership skills as president of Northeastern Electric Racing, including leading development of the automotive brake system with a focus on reliability, low cost, and rules compliance.
Sue is an experienced creative leader with a successful record of developing brands and bringing products to market. She got her start in the early days of Silicon Valley before becoming a creative director in Pharma/Bio, where she helped launch more than 20 brands. Moving to consumer brands, Sue worked with The North Face, Helinox, Levi Strauss, and Specialized Bikes where she designed new patterns, plastics, and products. Winner of numerous design awards, Sue has been a professor of Industrial Design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco for over 20 years.
Co-CEO, Chief Branding Officer
Chance brings a demonstrated history with sustainable consumer goods and start up enterprises to her position as co-CEO of Orbis Brakes. She handled international product sourcing and vendor relations for Design Within Reach, served as Co-Founder and President of waste-free food packaging pioneer U-Konserve, and as CEO for environmental health solutions company BiOAID Inc. Skilled in marketing and brand management, product development, business planning, advertising, and e-commerce, Chance welcomes Orbis Brakes’ mission of combining high-performance automotive innovation with working environmental solutions.
Brad is an experienced finance and operations executive, who has developed best-practices and processes for hundreds of businesses spanning several decades. He has packaged his learning into a cost-effective model and has served hundreds of clients across a broad range of industries.
Director of Testing and Validation
Tim has worked in Motorsports for 39 years and spent 32 years teaching
people about cars and how to drive them in a performance environment.
He has worked for major auto manufacturers as a product trainer and
product evaluator/tester. Tim holds racing licenses in SCCA, IMSA, CART,
IndyCar, NASA, Rally America, SCORE. He has competed in cars and
motorcycles ranging from Karts to Formula Cars, Rally to Desert Racing
and even Motocross, and has experience with precision driving for
commercial use with both video and still photography.
VP of Engineering
Martin’s automotive engineering career has spanned several decades during which he has pioneered the development of several high performance focused technologies including speed record-setting motorcycles, racing-grade disc brake systems and most recently, the patented CarbonWave wheel and brake rotor.
Lead NASA Investigator