Meet the Zeem Team
Zeem brings together innovative leaders and technical experts with a wide range of experience across transportation, commercial EVs, fleet operations, logistics, data science, finance, sales and more.
Paul is Co-Founder and CEO of Zeem and a passionate leader in the EV space for more than two decades. Paul launched Zeem in 2017 to enable transportation companies to make the shift to electrification without the heavy cost and deep technical expertise involved in buying, charging and maintaining an EV fleet of their own. Prior to Zeem, Paul spent more than 20 years in investment banking and financial services, having raised more than $200 million in capital for private companies, while investing in or advising on hundreds of transactions, including private placements, company divestitures and mergers & acquisitions. He lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with his wife and dog.
Bruce is Zeem’s Chairman, responsible for capital and human resource allocation, business strategy, and senior customer and investor relationships. A member of Zeem’s executive committee, Bruce supports CEO Paul Gioupis in the company’s day-to-day operations, reflecting his diverse background as a corporate executive, investor, board director, and advisor. He began a career in the commercial EV space as a founding shareholder and director at Smith Electric Vehicles, an early industry entrant still actively producing a line of electric trucks. Bruce has a bachelor’s degree in science economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a master’s in business from Harvard Business School.
John is General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary at Zeem. Reporting to the CEO, John oversees all board governance/legal and compliance functions, and supports all major corporate financing and investment initiatives. A seasoned legal executive, he has more than 25 years of experience leading cross-functional teams at both startups and Fortune 150 companies in a number of diverse industries, including energy, transportation and telecommunications. He has served as lead counsel in the successful development and deployment of over $3 billion in renewable energy and telecommunications infrastructure projects throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. As a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) in both the EU and US, John is a subject matter expert on data security and privacy regulations, policy and compliance; he leads cross-functional projects related to data governance, protection and privacy by design, including data impact assessments, audits, incident response planning, policy and procedure development, investigations and company-wide training. He has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a master’s degree in cybersecurity risk and strategy from the NYU School of Law/NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Mike is Zeem’s Chief Financial Officer, leading the company's finance, accounting, treasury and financial planning & analysis while serving as a key partner to the executive team in advising on strategic, commercial and operational items. Prior to Zeem, Mike spent more than five years with CPower Energy Management, an LS Power portfolio company, where he led all critical financial activities as its CFO and served as a partner and thought leader on many key strategic, operational and compliance-related initiatives. His prior experience includes more than 12 years with investment bank Houlihan Lokey, where he raised over $600 million in capital for numerous companies across multiple industries and performed corporate valuations, fairness opinions and solvency opinions for many public, private equity-backed, and founder-owned companies. Mike received his bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and an MBA in finance from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Tom is the Senior Vice President of Energy Technology at Zeem, where he evaluates power equipment solutions for the company. Specializing in vehicle energetics – the sources and uses of energy for automobility – he is a respected automotive engineer who has been developing and commercializing EV technology for more than 20 years. As CEO of AC Propulsion, he led the company in developing propulsion, battery and charging systems for major automotive OEMs, and provided the technology used by Tesla to build and launch its vehicle lines. Prior to that, Tom was at EV Grid, where he led the development of battery technology solutions for buses, stationary storage, and V2X programs. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Stanford, and a master’s in business from Carnegie-Mellon.
Rick is the Vice President of Operations at Zeem, focused on standardizing its depots and identifying operational requirements for future operating sites, encompassing construction, facilities, fleet, personnel, safety and training. Rick has deep operational experience in the EV and medium-to-heavy duty truck markets, having overseen sales and support operations at multiple large vehicle dealerships throughout California and most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer of ADOMANI, a provider of zero-emission fleet-level electric drivetrain systems. Rick is a graduate of Mount San Antonio College.
Don is Zeem’s Vice President of Sales, in charge of all client operations and a sales team responsible for identifying opportunities for product and service area growth. With more than two decades of experience in sales and operations, Don has fostered strong bonds with fleet operators nationwide, positioning himself and his team as trusted partners throughout their zero-emission transition while meeting their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) requirements. A passionate advocate for EV adoption, Don has an unwavering commitment to environmental preservation and the electrification of our nation's fleets.
Nicholas is Zeem’s Senior Director of Business Development & Policy, leading commercial outreach and external relations initiatives to grow the company in existing and future markets. With a passion for transportation, logistics and the environment, he works closely with public stakeholders and commercial partners to enhance Zeem’s market leading competitive position. Prior to Zeem, Nicholas was with the Port Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey where he held positions in government affairs, business development, and industry relations. He gained key experience in the maritime industry, port operations, transportation planning, infrastructure development, community engagement, goods movement, and environmental policy. Nicholas began his career as Legislative Director for a New Jersey State Senator. He has bachelor’s degree in history and law from Montclair State University and a master’s in international relations & diplomacy from Seton Hall University.