General Frank Akers Joins Sunovia Team
SARASOTA, Fla., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Sunovia Energy Technologies (OTC Bulletin Board: SUNV) announced today that esteemed General Frank Akers has chosen to represent Sunovia’s LED lighting products for sales to the United States government, including the U.S. military. Sunovia recently announced a 1,100 fixture contract with the Camp Lejeune Marine base in North Carolina for the installation of the company’s proprietary EvoLucia(TM)-brand cobra head LED light fixtures.
Dr. Akers currently serves as the President and CEO of Oak Ridge Strategies Group, Inc. (ORSG), a Small Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVO) company specializing in technology discovery, exploitation of disruptive technologies, customer relationship development, and strategic planning.
Prior to his work with ORSG, Dr. Akers previously served as Associate Laboratory Director for National Security at ORNL. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing a focused research and development portfolio that included nonproliferation and threat reduction, arms and export control, homeland security, and counter-terrorism technologies for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Akers also coordinated ORNL activities with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies with a mission involving national security, homeland security, law enforcement, and public safety.
After retiring as a Brigadier General from the United States Army and prior to joining UT-Battelle, Dr. Akers served as Vice President, Advanced Technologies, for BWXT Y-12, LLC, and Lockheed Martin Energy Systems. In those positions, he had leadership and management responsibilities for business units with a technical focus that included the National Prototype Center, Advanced Computing Technologies (ACT), Advanced Infrastructure Management Technologies (AIMTech), National Security Program Office (NSPO), and Oak Ridge Centers for Manufacturing Technology (ORCMT).
During his more than 30 years of distinguished military service, Dr. Akers held numerous prominent positions, including: Chief of Staff for the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg; Assistant Division Commander (Operations), 25th Infantry Division (Light), Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations (G3), XVIII Airborne Corps during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Director of Operations (J3), Joint Special Operations Command; and Chief of Staff, 82d Airborne Division. Senior-level commands include 2d Battalion, 9th Infantry, 2d Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry, 82d Airborne Division; 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division; and Deputy Commander, United States Army Combined Arms Training Activity, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His multiple combat tours include service in the Republic of Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Haiti, and numerous special operations activities.
Dr. Akers is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Duke University (PhD and MS); he also holds a graduate degree in Military Arts and Sciences and has attended several executive development courses at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, and the Center for Creative Leadership.
Of Sunovia’s LED lighting product line, General Akers said, “I believe that Sunovia has hit the nail on the head with its proprietary Aimed Optics(TM) LED lighting platform. The light emitting diode (LED) is typically the most expensive component in roadway luminaires, and aiming the LEDs to achieve the required photometric will allow Sunovia to offer virtually any LED lighting fixture at prices that will be difficult to compete with.”
“General Akers’ abilities and reputation speak for themselves, and I am honored to welcome him to the Sunovia family. He will play a critical role in the execution of our Government sales strategy,” said Bob Fugerer, President of Sunovia. “His knowledge, experience and resources will be vital as we further penetrate the governmental and military markets.”
About Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc.
Sunovia Energy Technologies is a Sarasota, FL-based company that commercializes and markets products within the LED lighting and solar markets that reduce carbon emissions, promote national security and preserve the environment. Sunovia owns the exclusive marketing rights to products produced by EPIR Technologies, Inc., including infrared sensors and devices for the civilian and military night vision markets.
Sunovia’s LED lighting technologies are among the most cost and energy-efficient in the world, and are marketed under the brand name EvoLucia(TM) (www.evolucialighting.com).
Sunovia owns a significant equity interest in Illinois-based EPIR Technologies, Inc., the pioneer of single crystal II-VI solar modules and a global leader in the field of IR sensors and IR imaging. EPIR’s collective infrared knowledge and experience is believed to exceed that of any company in the world. Its founder, Chairman and CEO Dr. Sivalingam Sivananthan, is a recognized world leader in HgCdTe growth.
EPIR holds the patent for growing CdTe directly on a Si readout integrated circuit, for which the company developed a manufacturing capability with Congressional support. Sunovia and EPIR co-own the solar technologies and solar products that are developed under the Exclusive Partnership Agreement. The Partners have a network of close collaborative relationships, including the Army Research Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate, BAE Systems, and other laboratories around the world.
More information about the exclusive partnership between Sunovia and EPIR is available in Sunovia’s Securities and Exchange filings at www.sec.gov, or at the partners’ Web sites, www.sunoviaenergy.com and www.epir.com.
The Sunovia(TM) logo is a registered service mark of Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Sunovia Energy products and services and EvoLucia(TM) products and services are provided by Sunovia Energy Technologies, Inc.
Some of the statements made by Sunovia in this press release are forward-looking in nature. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Sunovia believes that its primary risk factors include, but are not limited to: development and maintenance of strategic acquisitions; domestic and international acceptance of our product lines; defending our intellectual property and proprietary rights; development of new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; successfully completing commercial testing of new technologies and systems to support new products and services; and attracting and retaining qualified management and other personnel. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Sunovia’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors.
SOURCE Sunovia Energy Technologies