Pantheon Enterprises embraces the principles of Conscious Capitalism, a global movement dedicated to elevating humanity through business. We pursue our higher purpose: To Sustain Better Life through Conscious Chemistry.
Laura Roberts is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Pantheon Enterprises. For almost two decades Laura has brought her dedication to environmental advocacy, education and disruptive innovation to the company’s purpose to sustain better life through conscious chemistry. In her role at Pantheon Enterprises, a leading industrial chemical manufacturer of environmentally safe chemistry and products, Laura is also a driven advocate of conscious business for change, conservation and chemical policy.
Recognized as “The Toxic Avenger” by Forbes Magazine, Laura is fiercely committed to shattering the myth that safer chemical technologies are less effective and more expensive. Her efforts to drive the corporate mission and purpose have resulted in many of Pantheon’s products receiving awards in multiple markets and recognition from the EPA. In 2012, Pantheon Enterprises was recognized as one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies.
In addition to being a member of Pantheon’s Board of Directors, Laura serves on the Conscious Capitalism National Board of Directors, promoting higher purpose in business; Church World Services (CWS), an organization dedicated to eradicating hunger and poverty and to promoting peace and justice around the world, the World President’s Organization (WPO) and the American Sustainable Business Council. She also contributes to advisory committee work for Beyond Benign, an organization created by Dr. John Warner, founder of the field of Green Chemistry, doing work dedicated to revolutionizing the way chemistry is taught to better prepare students.
A summa cum laude graduate of Northern Arizona University, Laura is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and for two successive years held the distinction of being the University’s highest ranking scholar. She is a graduate of the highly regarded business executive program at MIT Sloan School of Management, a three-year program called “Birthing of Giants” was ranked by Inc. Magazine as the number one educational program of its kind. She is also a graduate of the Integral Leadership Program at the Stagen Institute. Laura is the mother of a daughter and two sons who are also deep believers in sustaining better life through conscious chemistry.
The co-founder of Pantheon, Anthony Galanis is a certified science, technology and computer expert and primary architect of Pantheon’s innovative technology infrastructure. Galanis leads technology resource acquisition efforts. He also sets and maintains technical specifications and standards for the company’s information systems and for all e-commerce, wireless, computer networking and Internet functions and facilities. In addition, he oversees all U.S Government product training and testing operations for the company.
Galanis honed his mastery of technology during 11 years in the U.S. Navy, where he qualified as Nuclear Engineering Watch Supervisor, Navy Quality Assurance Supervisor, Master Training Specialist, Certified Machinist and Network Administrator. After graduating from the Naval Nuclear Power School with top honors, he served as a Nuclear Engineering Operator on the USS Parche, the USS Henry M. Jackson and the USS Florida, all stalwarts of the United States Nuclear Submarine Force.
Bill Harper is now a retired, private investor who brings over 25 years of executive level financial and general business management experience to the Pantheon Board. Mr. Harper has served as Chief Financial Officer of National Steel Corporation, formerly the third largest integrated steel company in the United States. From 1972 until 1995 Mr. Harper was employed by Clark Equipment Company, a manufacturer of industrial and construction equipment, in various financial positions. Mr. Harper retired from Clark in 1995 as its Vice President and Controller and Principal Financial Officer. He started his professional career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1966. Mr. Harper has served as an independent director on several companies’ boards of directors, including publicly traded companies.
Mr. Harper is a graduate of Manchester College, in N. Manchester, IN and served on its Board of Trustees for 14 years. Mr. Harper is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Indiana Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Bill has served on the Board since 2002.
Marianna Smith is owner and Chief Executive Officer of Industrial Petroleum Supply, an international company providing remediation products to the oil, power and chemical industries. A consultant to general litigation and plaintiff law firms, Smith serves on the board of directors of Parson Brinkerhoff, an international engineering/consulting firm, and of the National Judicial College, at the University of Nevada. She has served on the Pantheon board since 2002.
In her role as Executive Director of Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust in Washington, D.C., Smith designed, built, managed and provided public advocacy for the first multibillion-dollar trust established to pay Manville, Inc. Specializing in asbestos personal injury claims, Smith’s additional capacities have included Executive Director, Association of Trial Lawyers of America; chief executive officer of the world’s largest trial bar and America’s fifth largest Political Action Committee; Academic Dean and Associate Professor, American University School of Law; and Academic Dean and Associate Professor, Nova University School of Law.
Smith earned her B.S. from Purdue University School of Pharmacy, her J.D. from Indiana University, and her L.L.M. from the University of Texas. She received the highest scholastic honor: Order of the Coif.
David J. Kush is a founding member of Park Central Anesthesiologists and Director of Obstetrical Anesthesia at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. An accomplished athlete, Kush earned a position with the Arizona State University baseball team while pursuing a bachelor’s degree. He went on to complete a medical degree at the University of Arizona’s School of Medicine and subsequently completed an anesthesiology residency through the University of Arizona. He has served on the Pantheon board since 2002.
Mark McMurrey is a proven entrepreneur, government-affairs, advanced technology executive with over two decades of expertise in providing strategic guidance in public-private partnerships for advanced technology in the health care, energy, high-tech industries. He currently serves as a consultant to Beyond Limits, a Glendale, CA based developer of an artificial intelligence platform that directed the operation of the Mars Exploration Rover.
Previously, McMurrey served as the Director of Business Development for 1st Detect Corporation of Austin Texas. 1st Detect designs and manufactures a miniature mass spectrometer-based explosive detector for the DHS/TSA. A chemical detector is currently in development for the DOD. Duties included direct interaction with US Congressmen, US Senators, Committee staff, and federal government agency staff in support of ongoing technology development projects.
After graduating from Cal Poly’s School of Architecture in San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Construction Management, Dan gained practical design and leadership experience in commercial shells and interiors, and successful business park land development. Additional expertise in property management for a 5.5 million square foot portfolio led Dan to create a successful commercial real estate development and construction management firm in 1990. With over 30 years of managing billions of dollars in over 1,000 delivered projects – from high-end retail, manufacturing, distribution, millions square feet of ground-up and interior campus build-outs for Fortune 500 companies throughout the world – he and his company became highly regarded as leadership team builders for the industry and doing the right thing for clients. Projects demand focus on accurate planning, cost controls and delivery systems.
Dan’s background in the mining sector began as a finance and construction project manager for a US group interested in developing large copper processing facilities and a large mine site in Chile. With that experience, he became the primary investor in a grass roots ore processing facility in Northern Nevada that is committed to high-yield, cleaner/greener processing systems. This enterprise has expanded into new water purification systems, focused on re-use and sustainability. Additionally, Dan is the principal of other mining companies developing resources, reserves and technologies.
Dan continues to develop and mentor non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs in a variety of technology sectors, unique inventions and software systems.
Mr. Thomas is a Venture Capitalist and Private Investor who works with Management and Officers to drive solutions that create stakeholder value. In his 25+ years of experience in the financial industry as a Broker, Trader, and Hedge Fund Manager, Mr. Thomas has participated in numerous financings, IPO’s, and exits, and has managed the trading desk as a Market Maker for a Broker Dealer in numerous IPO’s and secondary offerings. He is a seasoned business executive, with experience in financing and growing several publicly listed companies in diverse industries. He has held Board and Advisory Board positions with startups, and small Companies, helping to position them for public markets, organic growth, or acquisition. He is currently a Board Member and Director of Investor Relations for a Public Healthcare company in Scottsdale, Certive Solutions. Mr. Thomas has a B.S. in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and serves as a Mentor for the School of Innovation and Technology at Skysong.
Technical Advisory Council
DR. ATUL TIWARI | CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL
Atul Tiwari currently serves as Director, Strategic R&D at Pantheon Chemicals in Phoenix, USA. Previously, Dr. Tiwari served as a research faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii Dr. Tiwari is an engineering scientist with double subject majors, in Organic Chemistry as well as Mechanical Engineering. He has also received Ph.D. in Polymer Materials Science along with the earned Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist status from the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK. His area of research interest includes the development of smart materials including silicones, graphene and bio-inspired biomaterials for various industrial applications. He has published over 80 research articles and 16 books in the area of materials science and engineering.
Mark Dorfman is a biomimicry chemist with nearly 10 years of experience working with the consulting company, Biomimicry 3.8. Collaborating with strategic partners, primarily the highly regarded Warner-Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, he consults the natural world for innovative, life-friendly, sustainable solutions to toxic chemical challenges facing our industrialized world. Prior to working with Biomimicry 3.8, Mark worked in the non-profit sector influencing public policy at the state and federal level through research and writing case-studies on industrial pollution prevention in the chemicals sector and in waste water management. Mr. Dorfman is also a board member of the Biomimicry NYC regional network where he is helping to cultivate a community of nature inspired practice in the NYC metro region, in conjunction with the Global Biomimicry Network.
PROF. GARY OSTRANDER
Gary K. Ostrander is the Vice President for Research for Florida State University. Ostrander directs the Office of Research and all aspects of Florida State University's $200 million research enterprise, including its research centers, programs and institutes. His own research has spanned from cancer biology to marine biology. Ostrander received a bachelor's degree in biology from Seattle University, a master's degree in biology from Illinois State University, and a doctorate from the University of Washington. Initially, his research focused on exploiting novel aspects of the biology of aquatic species to address fundamental questions of cancer biology. In recent years, his research program has expanded to include laboratory and field studies aimed at understanding the worldwide deterioration of coral reef ecosystems. He has authored/co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications, edited 4 books and co-authored a field guide.
PROF. LLOYD H. HIHARA
Lloyd Hihara is the Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is the director of Hawaii Corrosion Laboratory and specializes in the corrosion research. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with PhD on work related to corrosion. He has published over 60 research articles including two books on topics related to corrosion.
He has been recipient of numerous academic awards including prestigious Boeing’s faculty award and presidential young investigator award.
DR. JANINE B. BENYUS
Janine Benyus is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Benyus graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with degrees in natural resource management and English literature/writing. In 2013 she received Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from Arizona State University. Since the book’s 1997 release, Janine has evolved the practice of biomimicry, consulting with businesses and conducting seminars. In 1998, Janine co-founded the world’s first bio-inspired consultancy, bringing nature’s sustainable designs to over 250 clients including Boeing, Colgate-Palmolive, Nike, General Electric, Herman Miller, HOK architects, IDEO, Interface, Natura, Procter and Gamble, Levi’s, Kohler, and General Mills. She has received several awards including The Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development 2013, The Heinz Award 2011, Time Magazine’s Hero for the Planet Award 2008, United Nations Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth for Science and Technology 2009, the Rachel Carson Environmental Ethics Award, the Lud Browman Award for Science Writing in Society, and the Barrows and Heinz Distinguished Lectureships. In 2010, BusinessWeek named Janine one of the World’s Most Influential Designers. In 2012, she received the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Mind Award, given in recognition of a visionary who has had a profound impact on design theory, practice, or public awareness.
He is a pioneer in the field of composite materials, particularly metal matrix composites. Rohatgi received his bachelor's degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University and received the degree of Doctor of Science in Metallurgy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Rohatgi has been elected as a Fellow of the American Society for Metals, Institute of Metals, Institute of Ceramics, Institution of Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Rohatgi has coauthored and edited eleven books, including the first monograph on biomimetic self-healing materials, and over four hundred scientific papers and holds 20 U.S. patents.
PROF. MARK D. SOUCEK
Mark Soucek is professor in department of polymer engineering at the University of Akron. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Texas, Austin. His research work focuses on creating new environmentally benign coatings including UV curable coatings, silicones and powder coatings. He has 15 issued U.S. patents and pending patent applications and has over 150 peer-reviewed publications, of which 15 are chapters in books, and 34 additional publications in proceedings and preprints. His research is well funded by government grants and industry contracts with a wide range of industrial companies. He received Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2016 from American Chemical Society, JPCL Editor’s award in 2014, Innovation Award by Radtech in 2004, Roon and Gordon awards in 20-00.