Team | HZO Advanced Technology
Our world-class team is comprised of diversely skilled, industry-leading professionals from across the globe. Learn more about the minds behind HZO's advanced technology.
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TEAM
A DYNAMIC ORGANIZATION WITH A DIVERSE WORKFORCE
The team at HZO is made up of diverse talent from all around the globe. We’re doctors, we’re business professionals, we’re scientists, we’re engineers, we’re students and educators, and perhaps most importantly, we’re a passionate and cohesive team who all share a common goal of providing our partners with a powerful end to end nanocoating solution that will give more freedom to the users and consumers of protected components and devices.
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In addition to loving what we do, the experienced technical team at HZO has deep knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

  • Thin-film coatings
  • Nanotechnology
  • Material science
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Audio & recording specialist
  • Vacuum deposition
  • Semiconductor processing
23
Number of countries around the world where HZO Employees have lived or worked
11
Number of MBAs on the HZO Team
5
Number of Chemistry, Material Science
and  Engineering PhD’s on the HZO Team
LEADERSHIP
Michael Bartholomeusz – Chief Executive Officer
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Dr. Michael Bartholomeusz became Chief Executive Officer of HZO in July 2013. Since then he has been focused on operational excellence to accelerate the company’s growth, diversification, technical leadership, industry dominance and brand recognizance. Prior to HzO and since 2002, Michael has successfully managed and led enterprises ranging from start-ups to large multinational corporations as a Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President. Michael has a proven track record of rapidly commercializing technologies and growing high-tech businesses into market share leaders, both organically and through strategic transactions; including numerous JVs and mergers and acquisitions. Michael has sat on numerous Boards, has over 26 granted and pending patents, and is widely published and cited in top industry peer reviewed journals. He has an MSc and PhD in Materials Engineering, a BA in Physics, and has extensive formal business training from the Darden School of Business and the St. Gallen Management Institute (SGMI) in Switzerland.
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With experience across industries including nanotechnology, institutional investment and government, Paul Clayson shapes dynamic business growth opportunities. He became the founding CEO of HZO in 2011 and now serves as executive chairman. Previously, he was founder, chairman and CEO of nCOAT, Inc., an advanced nanotechnology material coating company. A five-year stint as president and COO of Sequoia Pacific Research Company involved focusing on startup growth and expanding nanotechnology applications. Mr. Clayson spent an additional 15 years conducting corporate-level governance and development in various industries, as well as 10 years in government positions. Paul studied political science and business management at the University of Utah and attended the MBA Executive Bootcamp at University of Michigan.
Andreas Morr – Chief Operations Officer
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Andreas Morr joined HZO in 2013 as Vice President of Engineering & Manufacturing, and now serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Morr is an analytical thought leader in global operational management and technology process development with proven aptitude in establishing supply chain efficiency and high production automation solutions in hyper growth organizations and Fortune 500 companies. He has extensive experience in consumer and industrial applications, and a background in executive leadership, managing global operations, engineering and electronics manufacturing services. Andreas is also skilled in lean manufacturing, six sigma, product lifecycle management and new product introductions. He has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Chamber of Industry & Trade in Essen, Germany.
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Mr. Suel joined HZO in September, 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to HZO, James was a Vice President for Sorenson Capital Partners where he assisted in buying and selling companies from within the partner’s portfolio. He also acted as interim CFO for several of the firm’s investments. Jay was also the N. American CFO for Nobel BioCare, a Swiss medical device manufacturer. Mr. Suel also served various CFO roles within the Danaher Corporation from 2001 to 2010, serving as CFO for the Danaher Test & Measurement Platform and the Danaher Dental Consumables Platform and before that acting as CFO for Alpha Technologies. Mr. Suel’s expertise includes public company reporting and treasury management, significant mergers, acquisition and integration activity and processes, operational/cost accounting, continuous improvement utilizing Six Sigma processes, risk-management, IT and business systems management as well as human resources oversight. He has a BA in Business Administration & Accounting from the University of St. Thomas.
Max Sorenson – Chief Technology Officer
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Offering more than 30 years of experience in technology development and implementation in manufacturing, Max Sorenson specializes in initiating and implementing innovative thin film and coating technologies. With HZO since 2011, Mr. Sorenson serves as Chief Technical Officer and lends expertise in start-up growth and intellectual property protection. Previously, he founded ECOSIL Technologies, Inc., and Aeromet Technologies, Inc., both coating technology licensing companies. In addition, he served in various capacities with Covol Technology, Inland Steel Co. and Geneva Steel. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in metallurgical engineering from the University of Utah and a Master of Science in industrial management from Purdue University.
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With nearly two decades of experience spearheading global sales, marketing and business development initiatives for internationally recognized brands, Sergio Leveratto creates sustainable revenue and profit streams. Joining HZO in 2013, Leveratto is chief sales & marketing officer and uses his fluency in four languages to build strong global alliances and execute global brand recognition campaigns. Prior to HzO, he spent 13 years in sales and business development with mobile phone giant Nokia and five years as a product manager with private telecommunications company Telefonica. He has a degree in business from the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa.
Steve Sherman – Chief Strategy Officer
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Drawing on extensive experience implementing strategy, process improvements and technology solutions, Steve Sherman advises and implements strategy and technology that optimize efficiency and organizational accountability. With HZO since 2012, Sherman serves as chief strategy officer and guides global strategic platforms and development, including corporate systems strategy as well as internal and external marketing initiatives. Prior to HZO, he spent 15 years with Hirata Corporation of America, a global automation and production engineering company, in director-level and executive roles. He is fluent in Japanese and has a degree in Asian studies from Brigham Young University.
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A global executive and technology leader with an academic mind, Randy Cheng drives revenue and expands market share for thin-film technology organizations. Joining HZO in 2013 as vice president & general manager of operations in China, Cheng applies his multicultural education, work history and international leadership experience to expanding HzO’s global presence. Previous experience includes stints with AQT Solar, Heraeus Thin Film Materials, Hoya USA, Akashic Memory and IBM. He has a Bachelor of Science in physics from Beijing University of Technology, an Executive Master of Business Administration from St. Gallen University, a doctorate in physics from Arizona State University, and a Master of Business Administration from China Europe International Business School, and he is a Six Sigma Blackbelt.
Wataru Nishimura – VP & GM, Japan
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Wataru Nishimura was introduced as the VP and General Manager of Japan in October 2013. Since joining HZO, Mr. Nishimura has played a pivotal role in the company’s global expansion, helping establish an executive office in Yokohama, Japan. Prior to joining HZO, Wataru held international director level positions at Advanced Material Systems and Intevac Asia, overseeing total business management of raw material sales in semiconductor and hard disk manufacturing, as well as equipment operation management, partner QA, and technical team oversight. Mr. Nishimura also has extensive experience leading sales and marketing efforts, and spent over 10 years directing global initiatives, promoting applications and leading teams through periods of rapid international growth. He has a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.