Frits is pathological about three things: his drive to start new initiatives—whether they be grassroots movements, social networks, or new businesses–his passion for social ventures (for profit companies that have an underlying social mission), and his love for connecting people.
Frits has helped found and build several companies in Boston, Buffalo and New York City over the past 18 years; these include a digital media company, a business consultancy, and an investment bank. As such, Frits has developed deep experience in marketing, corporate development and operations for startups and mid-stage ventures, for which he managed all aspects of new business formation. Frits has a deep contact base that ranges from financial and strategic investors to entrepreneurs of early stage ventures to strategic acquirers.
Frits is thrilled to be completely and utterly (re)engaged with Buffalo’s revitalization. He has fostered the formation and/or growth of a number of Buffalo-based early stage ventures, including Plume Coffee & Roastery, echo Art Fair, Solid716, Coolture, and BT&C Gallery. He has also served on boards for Arts Services Initiative (ASI), Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN), and Visit Buffalo Niagara (VBN). He was a founding member of the Buffalo Expat Network (BEN), New York State Arts & Crafts Alliance, Preservation-Ready Sites, Good Business Buffalo and DesignBuffalo. Frits received a B.A. in Economics from Skidmore College and studied at the Institut D’Etude Des Relations Internationales (ILERI), Paris, France.
Noah is committed to environmental stewardship and the development of new technologies that drive the green economy. He believes that to be widely adopted, products should be designed with an eye to purpose, function, and emotion. He is intensely focused on the user experience, whether it is with a smartphone app or an excavator.
Noah is equally at home in his garage or behind a desk. He earned a PhD in physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2008. He then worked as a designer of educational software for teaching physics, where he learned the value of positive user experiences for driving change. On the side, he built an electric motorcycle, which inspired his passion for electric vehicles, batteries, and the vast possibilities of green energy technologies. This led to his position at Green Machine, pushing the frontiers of green technology in construction equipment and industry.
Nick has been involved in Green Machine since the beginning; he holds the distinction of ripping the diesel engine out of the first ever Green Machine. While his title is General Counsel, Nick is actively involved in the promotion and development of Green Machine, as well as providing legal counsel and advice to the company. His combination of repair experience and legal training makes him ideally suited for his roles within the company.
He attended high school at Nichols School in Buffalo, NY, and then attended the University of Rochester, where he graduated in three years with a degree in military history. Immediately following his graduation in 2012, he enrolled at SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he graduated cum laude in 2015; he was admitted to practice in New York in January of 2017. Along the way, Nick stayed involved with equipment, working as a welder and a mechanic, focusing on heavy equipment repair and maintenance and custom metal fabrication.
In his spare time, Nick volunteers with the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund, in which he is Co-Chair of the Volunteer Committee, and with various volunteer legal organizations. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Political Science.
Ryan has spent the majority of his life in a garage, whether it be in the development of clean snowmobile technology or the rebuilding of classic cars. This laid the groundwork for his passion for equipment and a strong understanding of functional design. Ryan feels machines should work seamlessly for operators, so that they, in turn, can focus on the task at hand– rather than on working the machine. He carries this ethos into all aspects of his design philosophy. Ryan attended John F. Kennedy High School in Cheektowaga, NY and went on to study at the University at Buffalo, where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. As an avid outdoorsman, Ryan believes we need to push the envelope on green technology to preserve our future. This belief has fueled his desire to help bring Green Machine to the forefront of green technology.
Mustafa is an engineer who wants to change the status quo in the world of sustainability, green technology, and manufacturing. He believes that the three are destined to be intertwined and will reshape our future.
“Never stop tinkering” is Mustafa’s mantra. At a young age, he was incessantly curious about the world and wanted to know how everything worked. This lead to most home appliances being taken apart (without his parent’s knowledge) and some got put back together. These experiences pushed him to want to innovate, design products that are as useful at every point in their lifecycles, and change how we manufacture them. With that objective, Mustafa spent the last six years working with Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and renewable energy, as well as, three years with working in Quality for Local manufacturers.
Mustafa is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, member of the mechanical engineering honor society Pi Tau Sigma. He holds both a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Minor in Sustainability Engineering) from Binghamton University and a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University at Buffalo.