COO and Secretary

Stephen Powers

As Chief Operating Officer of ESS, Stephen leads the company’s strategic roadmap development and execution of scientific research, lobbying, business development, corporate partnerships and back-office. He co-founded the company with his long-time friend and business colleague, David Tucker, after learning of David’s nearly tragic personal experience with the roadway safety case that now underpins ESS’ mission. Before co-founding ESS, Stephen was CEO of Pinnacle Reliability, a global provider of data-driven reliability performance optimization solutions for industrial facilities in the oil and gas, chemical, mining and water treatment industries. Prior to Pinnacle, he started his post-graduate career as a management consultant, then moved into risk management and trading for a hedge fund and then onto corporate finance roles ranging from FP&A manager to CFO at PwC Consulting, Koch Capital Markets, Asurion, Aggreko, and Helix Energy Solutions. Stephen holds a BBA in Accounting and Information Management and a Master's degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas.
As Chief Operating Officer of ESS, Stephen leads the company’s strategic roadmap development and execution of scientific research, lobbying, business development, corporate partnerships and back-office. He co-founded the company with his long-time friend and business colleague, David Tucker, after learning of David’s nearly tragic personal experience with the roadway safety case that now underpins ESS’ mission. Before co-founding ESS, Stephen was CEO of Pinnacle Reliability, a global provider of data-driven reliability performance optimization solutions for industrial facilities in the oil and gas, chemical, mining and water treatment industries. Prior to Pinnacle, he started his post-graduate career as a management consultant, then moved into risk management and trading for a hedge fund and then onto corporate finance roles ranging from FP&A manager to CFO at PwC Consulting, Koch Capital Markets, Asurion, Aggreko, and Helix Energy Solutions. Stephen holds a BBA in Accounting and Information Management and a Master's degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas.