Cyril Narishkin, CEO & President
Cyril Narishkin, CEO and President of Bitrode Corporation is a collaborative and strategic leader who manages the company’s global operations and resources to effectively provide innovative solutions for energy storage.
Since joining Bitrode, Cyril has focused on developing and refining the strategic direction of the organization, building the leadership team, and developing a strong organizational culture. Recognized for embracing diversity, Cyril has a global perspective. He has lived on four continents, speaks Spanish and French fluently and has provided business services in more than 20 countries.
Cyril has spent most of his career in technical manufacturing, leading operational teams at Repro Med Systems, Inc., Sader Power, Paric Corporation, Piper Impact, and Texas Instruments de Mexico. He has also been a part of several entrepreneurial ventures including many years of managing his own consulting firm, Narishkin Consulting Services.
Cyril earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
A decisive leader, Cyril is highly skilled at developing new business lines to serve our innovative customers’ ever-changing needs. He is enthusiastic about being a part of new solutions for solar, wind and hydro power.
Cyril serves as a director on the Board of the YMCA Trout Lodge, and he is a member of the Marlin Perkins Committee of the Board of the St. Louis Zoo. Cyril and his wife, Dr. Amy Narishkin have four children, with whom they share their passion for good stewardship of the world’s resources by sailing, paddling and biking together.
John Salmon, Chief Financial Officer
John Salmon, Chief Financial Officer for Bitrode Corporation, leads the company’s accounting and IT divisions. He focuses on meeting customer expectations by maintaining a solid financial position to fund inventory, production and capital projects that develop next generation products.
At Bitrode, John is responsible for transaction processing and reporting, banking and auditor relations, collections, hardware, software and cyber security. He uses his exceptional problem-solving experience to make the organization’s business functions run smoothly for both employees and customers.
John got started at the top of the accounting profession, Price Waterhouse in Toronto, Ontario. Since then, he has built entrepreneurial companies in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Under his leadership at Independent Direct Distributors (iDd), sales grew by 18 times in 8 years. As CFO of Schofield Media, the company’s value grew by 20 times in 3.5 years.
Since coming to Bitrode in early 2019, he has helped ownership understand financial results, cash flow, letters of credit and supplier payments. The company is improving its use of the ERP system by adding an integrated CRM package, time tracking on the shop floor, and improved sales reporting.
John received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from York University in Toronto, Ontario where he earned his Chartered Accountant certification (equivalent to a CPA). He finished the 3-year program in 2 years. Outside of work, he puts that extraordinary level of commitment into his church where he serves on the vision committee and as a Stephen Ministry leader.
Elaine Raterman, Vice President of Engineering
Elaine Raterman, vice president of engineering for Bitrode Corporation, leads the company’s electronic, mechanical, and software engineers in creating innovative and high-value power test equipment for battery labs and manufacturers around the world.
Elaine started with Bitrode as a software/firmware engineer in 1995 where she helped customers use computer analytics to maximize their results. She now uses her customer-centered experience to lead the engineering team in creating technology-based solutions that meet complex needs while remaining simple and intuitive for the end user.
Before getting into energy storage, Elaine worked in research and development for the Harpoon Missile program, the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) project, and the embedded firmware development of Missile Launch Support Systems at McDonnell Douglas, now known as Boeing.
She went from McDonnell Douglas to Bitrode’s system subsidiary, CompuSci. While that program was sold off, Elaine was asked to stay on and was instrumental in the creation of Bitrode’s first in-house software department where she served as program manager for the development of the mission critical VisuaLCN.
Elaine is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from St. Louis University in Missouri. She has earned both a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She looks forward to putting this unique skill set to use developing Bitrode’s options for configuring battery testing equipment for specific project and test requirements.
Hank McGauly, Vice President of Supply Chain
In this role, Hank oversees all aspects of supply chain development and logistics to assure the team meets and exceeds both internal and external customer needs. One of his focus areas is development of a supplier scorecard to strengthen Bitrode’s logistics and supply chain.
With over 30 plus years in supply chain, Hank has been at Bitrode since 1997. He started as a senior purchasing agent and has grown with the company to his current position as vice president. Prior to joining Bitrode, he served as the senior purchasing agent for a locally owned building product manufacturer.
Hank is an empathetic and caring leader who looks out for others and serves on the Bitrode Care Team, a group of employees who focuses on helping their colleagues through difficult times. Hank is married and together with his wife Cheryl have a son, daughter, and four grandchildren.
In his time away from work, Hank helps to fight hunger in the community by working with local food pantries. He also enjoys fishing and working on his classic Pontiac GTO.
Dani Kohler, Vice President of People Operations
Dani Kohler is vice president of people operations for Bitrode Corporation where she oversees all human resource functions, including compensation, benefits, performance management, training and development to guide the company in caring for the whole person.
One of her early accomplishments at Bitrode was utilization of their Human Resource Information System (HRIS) to integrate all aspects of staffing, development, compensation, labor relations, and employee health and safety for the company.
Dani also leads the development of a diverse workforce to meet the needs of the growing global organization. As an advocate for all team members, she believes the better a person can contribute to their role in the organization, the better they can contribute to the success of customers.
Having worked in human resources at Essex Industries, Inc., Keystone Staffing and Target Corporation, Dani strength is delivering HR practices and policies that build the organization. She also used these skills as a Senior HR Consultant for Kohler Consulting, LLC.
Dani is particularly proud of building compensation structures that ensure equitable pay, controlling costs and providing a growth path for employees.
A graduate of Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri, Dani earned a Master’s in Human Resource Management and Development as well as Bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science and Management. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Ryan Blood, Vice President of Operations
Ryan Blood is vice president of operations for Bitrode Corporation where he leads front-line management teams for all production departments. He is also responsible for inventory control, production forecasting, and transportation logistics.
In this role, Ryan focuses on driving performance improvement in the key indicators of safety, quality, on-time delivery, and cost. His determination in this area assures customers receive optimal solutions for battery testing equipment.
Prior to joining Bitrode in 2018, Ryan worked as Production Plant Manager for Beckwood Corporation. He also worked with Acuity Brands Lighting where he spent 16 years in a variety of roles including front line supervisor, business system engineer, and focus factory manager. As an integral part of Acuity’s lean journey, he led kaizen events to drive a continuous improvement culture in all facilities in the U.S. and Mexico.
Ryan has extensive training in team building, leadership, and continuous improvement. He has been implementing lean manufacturing principals over for 14 years, having done lean training under Shingijutsu, Red Drum and Lean Horizons Consulting.
Born in New Jersey, Ryan first trained in the Chicago area where he earned a Certificate of Achievement in Building Trades. He has been married for over 13 years and is the proud father of three amazing children. Away from work, he has a passion for golf and enjoys outdoor activities with family.
Jeffrey Lockwood, Vice President of Business Development
Jeffrey Lockwood is vice president of business development for Bitrode Corporation where he leads the global sales, marketing and service teams.
In this role, Jeff focuses on aligning the organization to provide customers the tools they need to create more powerful energy storage. He has 35 years of business development experience in sales, product management, strategic planning and product development which he uses to make Bitrode the first choice for customer-focused innovation.
In his career, Jeff has been responsible for business development in a variety of industries including aerospace & defense, medical equipment and consumer products. He has worked for a number of global leaders including Hill-Rom, Covidien, Coca-Cola and Baxter International.
A graduate of the University of Missouri, Jeff followed his Bachelor of Science in marketing with a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. He holds more than 20 patents in medical equipment technology.
He takes time away from his global responsibilities to work in local community service organizations. Married since 1988, he and Janet have raised two children.
Bitrode Corporation is a leading manufacturer of battery testing equipment that focuses on improving lives and protecting the earth. For over 60 years, the company has supported some of the world’s most innovative people and organizations, enabling them to produce sustainable and renewable energy solutions.