Who We Are

About MelRok

MelRok LLC provides its patented Energy IoT Technology and Platform as a Service (PaaS) for commercial and industrial enterprises, energy service companies (ESCOs), OEMs and utilities. MelRok was born in Orange County, CA. MelRok is based out of Reno, NV, with engineering offices in Orange County, CA, and sales offices in Bentonville, AR, and Liverpool, UK.

Board of Directors

Steve Tovey, Chairman

Steve has 40 years of experience in Institutional and Commercial construction and has managed a portfolio of over $1.5 Billion of projects. Steve was a founding partner at Tovey Shultz Construction and managed all operations of the company for more than 25 years. Prior to that, Steve was Senior Project Manager at Berry Construction and Project Manager at American Medical Buildings.

Alan Boyce

Alan Boyce is Co-Founder and an active member of the board of directors of Adecoagro (NYSE:AGRO), a food and renewable energy-producing company in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Alan is also Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Materra, a California and Arizona based agricultural production company. Alan was the Co-founder and CEO of Westlands Solar Farms, which developed and built a 23MW solarPV facility in western Fresno County. Boyce served as Director of Special Situations at Soros Fund Management. Before joining Soros, Boyce served as Managing Director at Bankers Trust, in charge of Fixed Income Arbitrage, the bank’s mortgage portfolio and compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act. Prior to that, he worked for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. Boyce holds an MBA degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Pomona College, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Michel Kamel

A former rocket scientist and a world expert in energy systems and analytics. He is the author of several research publications and patents in aerospace, energy optimization, and big data analytics. Michel is a member of the Engineering Leadership Council for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine, and the Board of CleanTech OC. Prior to MelRok, Michel founded Space Launch Corporation, a defense contractor focused on the development of micro satellite launch vehicles. Michel has a Ph.D. from Stanford.

Kirk Tovey

Owns and operates Tovey Surgical, exclusively representing Globus Medical (NYSE: GMED) which Kirk co-founded. Kirk continues to contribute to Globus Medical's unprecedented growth while serving as an active Board Member of MelRok.

Jay Alexander

Jay is a successful Hedge Fund Manager and entrepreneur whose focus is on Business Development and trading derivatives.

Orlando Perez

Orlando is a successful entrepreneur and executive from the energy industry, and specifically from the building energy management sector that MelRok is focused on. Orlando is currently an executive at Schneider, a major international player in energy management solutions and services.

Our Team

Brandon Foster Cloud Plant Manager
LaniMoscardon Data Artisan and Pixel Perfectionist

Vishal Chawla Chief Data Whisperer
Nguyen Tran IoT Pipeline Architect
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Brandon Foster

Cloud Plant Manager
Mostly what I do at MelRok is maintain all of the Cloud infrastructure; keeping it up humming along, up to date and secure. If something is not working (note from management: this never happens), I’m usually the first person to get called. I also work with our developers to ensure they are able to build, test and deploy their code as fast as they can write it.

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Lani Moscardon

Data Artisan And Pixel Perfectionist
Confused by my position title? Allow me to clarify 🙂 I am a full-stack software engineer with a focus on front-end. My job at MelRok is to ensure our users’ data is presented as beautifully and as organized as possible! As far as home life, I’m a dog lover and somehow the proud owner of 4 cats. I also go by “Lani Moo” because I love cows! That being said, my ideal pet would be an angry 6-inch tall miniature minotaur that sits on my lap and plays fetch (note from management: HR will not allow this).

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Vishal Chawla

Chief Data Whisperer
Part geek, part product guy…
Passionate about building operable large scale data systems. Currently responsible for building and scaling MelRok’s data pipeline that powers real-time data ingestion from IoT devices and analytics. In the past, built and led fantastic engineering teams that delivered some of the most innovative products in finance and healthcare, leading to a successful exit. Doesn’t have much spare time but often dreams about and (actually) travels to exotic places, solves puzzles and plays sports.

Louie Tall

Controller
Savvy, hands-on financial manager with extensive experience in a wide range of companies including mature, privately-held companies, organizations requiring extensive business and financial restructuring – as well as early stage start-up companies. Strong organizational and process skills, with a proven track record of implementing financial management systems that provide management teams with financial intelligence to help them make balanced business decisions. Successful 30+ year track record in a wide range of accountabilities. Hobbies include walking my black Lab, golfing, skiing and wine tasting.

Louie Tall
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Nguyen Tran

IoT Pipeline Architect
At work, Nguyen spends most of his time making sure MelRok can collect IoT sensors data fast and reliably. He also makes sure that the MelRok Cloud can control and remotely configure the IoT devices on demand base on customer strategy. On Monday, he might work on customizing Linux to work with MelRok hardware. On Wednesday, he might be working on C++ to create a high efficiency data collector. At the end of the week, he might be working on Java, Scala, AngularJS to create WebUI interfaces for the embedded device. If he is not doing any of these, he is properly wandering somewhere on the beach.

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Matt Deter

Director of Sales
Matt came to MelRok with almost 20 years of sales experience. The first half of his career was spent in technology while the last 10 years have been spent in energy. Now as Director of Sales for MelRok those two verticals have come together. Matt’s favorite part of his job is introducing an IoT platform that will change and help the way people manage buildings, meeting new people and creating long lasting relationships. Matt is the father of 3 wonderful kids (most of the time) and married up to his beautiful wife. When not at home or work Matt is usually either providing service at his church or getting his exercise through basketball or Jiu-Jitsu.

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Michel Kamel, Ph.D.

CEO, ex-Rocket Scientist
I started MelRok a few years back and am still as passionate and excited about the opportunity as when I was pulling all night’ers in my garage. I have the best career I could have dreamt of: When in the office I spend my days with a team of highly skilled and fun to work with friends. While on the road, I spent time understanding customer challenges and working with them on finding and implementing solutions. I have a Ph.D. in Thermal Sciences (I was blowing things up in college) and I actually was a rocket scientist working on launch vehicles -hence my famous quote: ‘Managing energy in buildings should be simpler than managing satellites in orbit’! Weeknights and weekends I spend time with my wife and 3 children trying to instill in them my passion for gardening, fishing, hiking, road trips and camping.

What Motivates Us

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