HZO | Advanced Technology Team
HZO's world-class team is comprised of diversely skilled, industry-leading professionals from around the world. Learn more about the brilliant minds behind HZO's water protection technology.
Advanced Technology
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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.
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
Number of countries around the world where HZO Employees have lived or worked
Number of MBAs on the HZO Team
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and  Engineering PhD’s on the HZO Team
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.
Larry Polizzotto - President
Larry joined HZO in January 2016 as President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Polizzotto is partnering with the CEO to drive HZO as the gold standard for protecting electronic devices. He will help lead execution and scaling of HZO to drive revenue growth, cash flow and profitability. Prior to HZO, Larry held multiple senior and executive level management positions at Fortune 500 companies including Honeywell, Dell, IBM, and First Solar. With 30 years of experience and leadership in finance, general management, strategy, business and technology development, international operations, supply chain management, and sales and marketing, Larry brings broad leadership and execution skills with analytical, integrated strategic thinking and planning that will help fuel HZO’s continued growth and profitability. Mr. Polizzotto served as the Chairman of the Economic Development Committee for the Austin Chamber of Commerce. He holds a MBA in Finance & Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Purdue.
Andreas Morr – Chief Operations Officer
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.
Max Sorenson – Chief Technology Officer
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.
Simone Maraini joined HZO in December, 2014 to lead the expansion of HZO into Europe. Along with his strong financial and M&A  experience, Mr. Maraini has worked with leading manufacturing companies across several of HZO’s target industries including aerospace and defense. Prior to joining HZO, Simone was the CFO of Alenia North America, where revenues rapidly grew from $25 million to $320 million, a prime contractor for the U.S. government.  He also held the same position for Global Aeronautica, a joint venture between The Boeing Company and Alenia Aermacchi. Simone earned his bachelor’s degree in law from Universita La Sapienza in Italy and completed the Executive Management program (AMP178) at Harvard Business School. He is fluent in multiple languages including Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Steve Sherman – Chief Strategy Officer
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.
Pam Gunnell, Chief Human Resource Officer, became part of the HZO team early in 2014 to direct the ongoing expansion and development of the company’s global workforce. Ms. Gunnell is a certified HR practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in industries ranging from biotech and mining to automotive and manufacturing, bringing expertise in workforce planning, human asset management and global operations. Before joining HZO, Pam initiated and managed all aspects of human relations both in the role of a consultant and a leader in national and international organizations like Autoliv and Rio Tinto. With training and experience in Lean Six Sigma, Pam is skilled at developing data driven systems and processes around recruiting, compliance, communications, benefits, compensation, and change management. She has a bachelor’s in business management and earned her MBA from Utah State University, where she also serves as an Adjunct Professor.