Chairman and CTO
President & Director
James E. Hasson
Dennis A. Dudzik
Director of Development for Cyclone Performance LLC, and team leader for Team Steam USA
Allan “Brownie” Brown
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Product Development
Harry Schoell, is the Chairman and CTO. Harry is a lifelong entrepreneur and technology visionary. Harry is a native Floridian, born in Miami, and a third generation inventor and engineer. Harry has worked for years to realize his dream to create an environmentally-friendly engine, and has two patents issued and 11 patents pending on the Schoell Cycle Heat Regenerative External Combustion Engine, now called the Cyclone Engine, as well as many other patents pending on the engine’s components in the U.S. and internationally.
Harry is well versed in all facets of manufacturing procedure, including, appropriate foundry protocol, castings, machining, production design & manufacturing, and plastic and fiberglass laminates. In the 1960’s, he participated in thermal dynamic testing on Rankine Cycle Engines which ultimately led to the creation of the Cyclone Engine. Harry also has extensive experience in designing, inventing and building unique boat hull designs and patented marine propulsion systems, through Schoell Marine, a company he founded in 1966 and still operates today, which provides design innovation to the marine and other industries.
Since founding Schoell Marine more than 40 years ago, Harry successfully built that company and its reputation based on his original ideas, highly trained engineers, skilled drafts people, and prototype and production specialists. Schoell Marine covers all facets of contemporary boat design and manufacturing. His inventiveness has resulted in over 40 specialized patents and patent applications, and Harry is known throughout the marine industry for his genius and is highly sought after for his knowledge and expertise. He is always thinking ahead and “outside the box”.
Harry also patented a Jet Drive System and a trimmable surface drive, as well as a “Ground Effect Craft” that would gently glide above the water using surface effect as the medium. Harry also holds patents on a lightweight yet powerful, compact internal engine that he designed and built in 1990.
Harry has won the Engineer of the Year Award and Designer of the Year Award from Vapor Trails Magazine. He has also been presented with four different Innovation of the Year Awards from the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association): one for a multi-hull boat design, one for a surface drive propulsion system, one for marine engine conversion, and a final one for a stepped hull design. All designs were patented in recent years. Harry belongs to SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), the ASME (American Society of Marine Engineers), and The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.
Frankie Fruge, serves as President and Director of Cyclone. She has been with the company since its inception in 2004 in the role of General Partner and Director of Administration. Frankie is in charge of the daily operations and financial concerns of the Company.
Frankie has worked with Harry Schoell since 1995, serving in multiple administrative, operational and financial positions with Schoell Marine. Between 1999 and 2003, Frankie was President of Propulsion Systems, Inc., a company that developed and sold marine surface drives; and then CFO of Pulse Drive Inc., between 2003 and 2005, a company also in the marine propulsion field. Prior to her career in marine-based engine technology, Frankie spent over 10 years as an operating engineer for several oil refinery companies in Louisiana, including Conoco, and eight years as an auditor for Ernst & Ernst (the predecessor company to Ernst & Young). Ms. Fruge is also a certified industrial firefighter.
James E. Hasson, Director is an experienced executive and manager with considerable experience in the manufacturing industry. Since 1994 he has been President and owner of Hypex, Inc., a company that designs and builds machinery for the pharmaceutical, medical device, aerospace, food and other specialized industries. In that period of time, he has increased sales over 300% and presided over three acquisitions and three start-ups. Previously, Mr. Hasson was President and CEO of Citisteel USA, Inc., where he managed over 300 people and led the company to over $100 million in annual revenue; President and CEO of Magnetic Metals Corp., at $50 million manufacturing business; and Vice President and General Manager of the manufacturing division of LaSalle Steel Company, with over $200 million in sales. Mr. Hasson holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University, an AS in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and attended the Management Program at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Dennis A. Dudzik, PE, Director is the founder and President of the International Association for the Advancement of Steam Power (IAASP), a leading global non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and commercialization of modern steam power. In his professional capacity for URS Corporation, Mr. Dudzik is the Program and Contract Manager for Integrated Resource Plan services to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and Program and Contract Manager for major power project environmental and engineering services contracts for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). He has held key management roles in over a dozen major electric generation, transmission, and substation projects over the last 12 years. Mr. Dudzik served as the Contract Manager for the construction contracts for the 30 MW Ormesa Geothermal Power Project, the 125 MW NCPA Combustion Turbine Project, and provided permitting services for the 47 MW COLMAC Power Project, as well as numerous other California power projects. Mr. Dudzik served on the Board of Directors for the Aerospace Museum of California for the museum’s initial eight years, and continues on the Board in an Emeritus capacity.
Bruce Schames serves as Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Schames has been a CPA since 1971, and has worked with the Company as its external accountant since 2008. Since 2001, he has represented both public and private clients, handling matters of financial statement preparation, SEC audits, general accounting supervision, operations review, systems development, and tax planning and compliance reporting. Prior to that, Mr. Schames served as CFO of East Coast Beverage Corp. (OTCBB: ECBV), and Medcom USA (NASDAQ: EMED), and Financial Reporting Manager for Dole Fresh Fruit Co.
Karl Petersen serves as Vice President of Product Development. Karl has over 40 years of hands-on experience in light steam power systems. His presence in product development, publishing and design began even before he obtained his degrees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His wide ranging work includes avionics, vehicle instrument clusters, sensors, alarm systems and controls, electrochemical process systems and semiconductor wafer process systems. Karl’s industrial design work includes aircraft and workplace designs.
As VP of Product Development, Karl directs the development of the Cyclone technology into products and deliverables, keeping in mind the needs of the customer and the corporation. Prior to joining Cyclone, Karl spent over 25 years in various engineering and management positions at Preco (purchased by Vansco Electronics in 2005), which provided critical product development for Caterpillar and AGCO. He also served several Lockheed divisions as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. Having worked on steam systems since the 1960’s, Mr. Petersen has built numerous systems throughout his career and has vast knowledge of their mechanical and thermodynamic operations
Michael Hodgson serves as Cyclone’s Chief Engineer. He has been working with Harry Schoell since 1980 as Chief Engineer and Designer of Schoell Marine, designing and constructing ships from drawing board to finished product. Mr. Hodgson’s expertise includes all aspects of engine design and mechanics.
Nelson Hoyos serves as Director of Development for Cyclone Performance LLC, and team leader for Team Steam USA, which will be seeking to break the land speed record for steam powered vehicles. Nelson is a two-time NHRA Champion and Turbo Magazine “Driver of the Year.” He been involved in the development, racing and business aspects of motorsports for over 30 years, and has been instrumental in leading high profile multi-million dollar race teams and marketing programs for the U.S. Navy, Ford and Chevrolet Racing Divisions. As factory driver and engine technologies advisor, Nelson has set numerous drag racing records for Ford and Chevy, and set a land speed record at Bonneville in excess of 243 mph for the GM Performance/Chevrolet division.
Allan “Brownie” Brown, Senior Engineer whose experience spans over 56 years in the marine industry where he has developed propulsion, hydraulic, electrical and exhaust systems for some of the best known names in the business. Over the years, Mr. Brown has served as: Director of Product Development for Cigarette Racing Team; President and CEO of Cougar Marine, which built powerboats that won 33 consecutive offshore races including 12 World and National Championships; Director of Product Development for Stainless Marine; Project Engineer for Gentry Transatlantic on the “Gentry Eagle,” a 113’ mega-yacht that held the transatlantic speed crossing record; Product Development Consultant for Teleflex Marine; and General Manager of Donzi Marine.
Mr. Brown is widely regarded as a mechanical genius. Pete Smythe, Editor of Motorboating Magazine, wrote: “Brownie is generally considered to have more engineering moxie than anyone else in the high performance boat business.” Hotboat Magazine wrote that “Brownie’s experience in the business is second to none, with almost 50 years of high performance expertise in building, driving and designing every part of a raceboat.” Powerboat Magazine called Brownie a “mechanical wizard”.