ROGER MORGAN Chairman/Founder, Steelheart International LLC, came out of retirement to re-create Steelheart international, with a focus on providing safe housing, water, sanitation, power, food security and elevated levels of income in developing countries. Morgan has been an entrepreneur and businessman in California for 37 years. Steelheart International got it’s start as a steel frame panel home builder working with an Indian tribe in the Midwest, where the company built panels for 38 houses in plant and created 58 jobs. Formerly, Morgan was VP of Volvo of America/CEO of Volvo Penta of America where he designed, implemented and controlled the business plan leading to growth from $5 to $55 million in 5 years, and increased market share from 6 to 22% of the US market for Volvo Penta products. Prior to Volvo he was engaged in sales, marketing and dealer administration with Caterpillar, residing in Geneva, Madrid and Athens for 7 years, heavily engaged in international finance. Upon return to headquarters he supervised the sales training program for Caterpillar. He has a BA of Business from Colorado College (1963) and BA of Foreign Trade from The Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management (1964).
BRENDA B. SALIRA –MD Travel Galore Ltd; CEO Ndikyo Agribusiness, Founder/Vice Chairperson Ndikyo Yaya Community Based Organization. Brenda has 14 years of experience in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry, where she started off as a Travel and Tour Consultant with Carlson Wagonlit Travel in 2003 immediately after her BA in Tourism & Hospitality from Makerere University. She soon joined the US Based Hotel Magnate Marriott International as the Country Sales Representative for Uganda, and rose to the Strategic Account Manager for East Africa and later Director of Market Sales for East, West and Southern Africa between 2004 to 2010, recruiting and training country sales teams and promoting Marriott hotel brands within the region. It is from these roles where she learned the need for strategy, hands-on operational management and value creation as a means of successful business development.
In 2010, Brenda started Travel Galore (www.travelgalore.biz) and soon afterwards, with the onslaught of deadly landslides that killed and displaced hundreds of her kinsmen and family in the Mt.Elgon Region, started the Ndikyo project, as a way of bringing sustainable aid, restoration and community development to the region.
BOB DRESSLAR is an Advisor to Steelheart International and a licensed contractor with decades of construction management experience. He was previously an owner and founder of E-Building systems, manufacturing EPS panels with steel studs. He has been the construction superintendent on numerous large projects for 400 to 500 units, including East Lake in Chula Vista, California. In 2006, he built 132 steel frame homes using the E Building system for Crean Acres in Hemet, and he has designed and set up several panel plants, including one in Yuma, Arizona. That home building operation built several houses with the E-system panels in Mexicali in 2002-3. When the earthquake hit in April 2010, 45,000 houses were damaged, 15,000 destroyed completely. The only houses still standing with no damage were those built with the E-System panels which now serves as the basis for the government’s desire to convert from concrete block construction to E-System.
BOB MORRISS, Owner/CEO R.B. Morriss Co.
Bob Morriss has 49 years professional experience in the environmental and food industries. This includes sales, marketing, transportation and field work. R. B. Morriss Co. won two awards from the US DOC and Inland Empire Business Association as “Exporter of the Year” in 1999 and 2001.
ESG has been involved in Compressed Earthen Blocks (CEB) block machine sales and marketing, landfill volume reduction, creation of useful by-products from waste materials, Waste to Energy systems, wood plastic composites, roof tiles from waste plastic and sand, fuel from waste tires and plastics and improving the lives of the less fortunate.
Extensive experience as a supplier and account executive to countries around the world, Products included biological treatment of food waste, hydrocarbon contamination of soil and water, green waste conversion to an organic fertilizer, remediation of hydrocarbon sludge in storage tanks, pipelines and ship holds. CEB applications to affordable housing. Conversion of waste tires and plastics into a diesel like fuel. Water purification for drinking. Hydroponics for making food products in a confined space. Have technologies in place and evidenced in 26 countries around the world and numerous states in the USA.
AGGREY KYOBUGUZI, Chairman Board of Directors, Kentim University Project. Aggrey is Veterinary Doctor with a PhD in Management from Makerere University from 2007-2011. He is the former Chairman Livingstone Hall Makerere, President Veterinary School Makerere, Minister for Employment, Western NRM youth chairman & NEC member and also served as NRM youth chairman & National Youth council chairman Mbarara District. He headed NAADS Youth Directorate for 8 years before setting up the Farm and Grow Rich-Kentim Group which has companies like Makerere Business School & Innovations centre, Crane Water, Quality services international and then founded Kentim KIAT-a business Incubation center for Kentim University Project. He is the PALITA Award Winner 2016 for contribution towards Empowering Youth in Agriculture
Aggrey is currently the Chairman for the Kentim University (project) Uganda, under which he has developed training materials for training youths in various business ventures, including; Yoghurt Making, Cheese Making, Chocolate, Tomato & Chilli Sauce processing and Wine Processing, making hay and silage, Mushroom farming, Diary-zero grazing, Poultry-cage farming, and Green House farming-Vegetables among others.
As Chairman Kentim Board, he has developed proposals and MoUs for collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology – Skilling Uganda Project, National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS), National Agricultural Research Organization, Makerere Business School and Innovation Center, EDL Inc US and Steelheart International USA which includes a collaboration with University of California Davis for an exchange program for students and faculty in order enhance the possibility for food security throughout East Africa.
CHRIS WHYTE, Managing Director – Use-It
USE-IT is the Waste materials Recovery Industry Development Programme in Durban which Chris has headed since 2009. USE-IT have facilitated more than 2400 jobs in the waste and recycling sector in the last 7 years, leveraged 4.5 times their funding in landfill savings to municipality and leveraged an additional 11 times that funding in commercial project development. USE-IT has created a model for green economic development and innovation in South Africa that works. Dealing in every aspect of the waste stream, USE-IT explore, invent and create opportunities in waste beneficiation that touch on waste management, water management, infrastructure, energy, social upliftment, environmental benefit, economic development, low-carbon development, enterprise development and skills development – all key aspects of sustainability and all Impact Amplifiers for the New Economy. USE-IT is a multi-award-winning NGO that is a leader in sustainability, innovation in waste beneficiation, green economic development and circular economic development. USE-IT are well recognized locally, nationally and internationally, In 2013 he received the Chairman’s Award from the Institute of Waste Management SA (WNSA) for Exceptional Service to the Waste Management Industry. Since that time, he has receive no less than 11 additional awards for innovative environmental technologies that have benefitted numerous countries throughout Africa.
Len Kaine, Founder and President of the Golden Rule Society (GRS) in Coronado, California in 1971, functions as a Senior Advisor to Steelheart. Len is a retired airline pilot who, as an unpaid volunteer, for 45 years has created and implemented numerous programs benefiting children in all 50 states and 15 nations. He hasa received numerous awards and accolades and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize twice, and now again in 2016. The motto of GRS is "...To better the lives of others is your life's greatest reward". That is very synergistic with the mission and goals of Steelheart, to make it a better world by providing, safe, affordable houses, water, sanitation, power and food security for African countries, and affordable houses for working class people and shelters for the homeless in California.