The WexEnergy Team
RON WEXLER, Ph.D., CTO/CPO
Founder & Member, WexEnergy
Managing Member of WexEnergy Innovations LLC
Prior to WexEnergy, Dr. Wexler worked at Eastman Kodak for over 20 years as a research scientist in the R&D Labs developing technologies incorporated into commercialized products. While at Kodak, Ron was an inventor on 23 U.S. patents, with a dozen inventions incorporated into commercialized products with over $2 Billion in sales. At Kodak, Ron led development of patent portfolios for project teams leading to approximately 200 issued patents. He joined Kodak’s Legal Department in 2006 where he worked on patent portfolio valuation for the team responsible for negotiating licensing deals and mergers and acquisitions.
Ron received his S.B. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rachel N. Rosen, CEO
Managing Member & Co-Founder, WexEnergy
COO, WexEnergy Innovations LLC
Ms. Rosen joined WexEnergy as President & CEO in 2017. With over 27 years of experience in the commercial and multifamily real estate markets, Rachel has developed a keen sense of WexEnergy’s customer needs. At WexEnergy, Rachel leads marketing and financial departments as well as driving the company’s strategic direction. The relationships she has developed in the business community over the last 35 years are key to WindowSkin’s market launch. Ms. Rosen has worked with both WexEnergy and WexEnergy Innovations LLC since their inception.
Until June 2016, Rachel was President of Norry Management Corp., a privately-owned property development and management firm in Rochester, NY where she managed over 2 million Square Feet of commercial office and industrial properties, as well as multi-family residential properties across 5 States.
Rachel received her B.S. in Finance and Economics and her MBA in Management and Entrepreneurship from New York University.
Business Engagement Specialist, WexEnergy
WexEnergy as Business Engagement Specialist. Prior to joining WexEnergy, Scott worked for the University of Rochester, in their Grants Finance Department and more recently as a Financial Analyst analyzing and reporting on multi-million dollar capital projects in their Facilities Department.
Scott taught English as a Second Language in South Korea before working for a small business stateside. His roles included the management of a golf course, rental properties, and a construction business. He successfully implemented a new financial reporting software and procedures and grew revenues by over 50%.
Scott received a B.A. in Communications from The Ohio State University and his MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.
Trusted C-Suite Advisor
Mr. Axelrod was an independent consultant to WexEnergy from May 2016 through June 2017. He now serves on the Advisory Board of WexEnergy. Ted is the Principal and Co-Founder of TME Innovations, LLC, a start-up provider of patient communication tools for the national healthcare market.
Ted has served in senior executive roles at a number of public and private companies, including the investment banking subsidiary of BNY Mellon, where as Managing Director he led the M&A practice. Skilled at transforming companies, Ted has extensive experience working with start-ups, successfully acquiring and merging companies, and integrating people and technologies all with the goal of creating shareholder value and positioning businesses for growth.
Ted holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
COO – Hayes Gibson Property Services
Alexandra Jackiw joined Hayes Gibson Property Services in January 2019 as their Chief Operating Officer responsible for management and oversight of all corporate and property operations. She participates in the leadership team responsible for the long term growth and strategic direction of the company. Prior to joining Hayes Gibson, Ms Jackiw served as President of Milhaus Management from 2014-2018 and Chief Experience Officer from August –December 2018. Prior to joining Milhaus, she worked for several privately-held regional companies as well as large publicly traded investment management firms. Ms. Jackiw has experience managing the full range of residential and institutional properties as well as all aspects of property and asset management.
Alexandra Jackiw is a respected industry speaker, presenting programs to industry trade groups throughout the U.S. Ms. Jackiw received the NAAEI Apartment Career and Education (ACE) Award in 2011. In 2012 Real Estate Forum Magazine named Jackiw a “Woman of Influence in Real Estate” and in 2013 the Institute of Real Estate Management named her as one of the “Women Changing the Face of Property Management.” She was honored in 2015 as a “Woman of Influence” by the Indianapolis Business Journal.
Jackiw is a graduate of the University of Rochester and received her M. Ed. from Ohio University. She is a licensed real estate broker and holds both the Certified Property Manager (CPM®) and Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS) designations.
Independent Consultant & Advisor
Mr. Rosen is a seasoned executive in the forefront of technology for the financial industry: He was a member of the original team that developed POSIT, the first Alternative Trading System; Managed a team spread over multiple locations; Managed a major NYSE DOT execution firm, supervising all of the employees and managing the systems development effort. Michael guided a firm through Reg NMS, refocusing its strategic direction. He has extensive experience in managing system transitions from one platform to another and has worked with major banks in operational risk assessment.
Mr. Rosen is experienced in guiding start-up businesses. He has worked with several startups, both entrepreneurial and firm sponsored projects. Presently, he is actively involved in several startups in various stages of development and funding. Mr. Rosen is a Board Member of Townspot Inc.
Mr. Rosen holds an MBA from New York University and an AM from Brown University.
Dennis Kessler, S.J.D.
Director of Entrepreneurship, University of Rochester Simon Business School
Professor Dennis Kessler is the Edward J. and Agnes V. Ackley Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester, Simon Business School. He is also the co-owner (with his brother) of Kessler Restaurants LLC, a Rochester, NY-based owner and operator of franchised restaurants and a real estate developer. In his role as a
Professor Kessler joined The WexEnergy team as an adviser in April 2017. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Excellus Blue Cross/Shield of Western New York, President of the Rochester Police Foundation and an Advisory Board Member to Junior Achievement and an inductee in the Rochester Business Hall of Fame Class of 2006. He has held many positions of leadership throughout Monroe County, NY, and is active in the Rochester VC Community.
Professor Kessler holds an MA from John Jay College, a law degree from Yale University Law School, LL.M. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (with honors) and an S.J.D., Doctor of Juridical Science also from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Principal, Invision Design Partners, LLC & Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design, R.I.T.
Dan is a professional designer with over three decades of passion for creating successful user experiences through user understanding, design thinking methodologies and product innovation. His career spans multiple fields of design including design of consumer and commercial products and interiors and research related to home and workplace of the future.
At Eastman Kodak Company where he spent most of his career, Dan focused on inspiring a vision for the future via research, design innovation, and defining new business opportunities for the corporation. As an Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at RIT, Dan teaches advanced studio courses. He is the recipient of the Edline M. Chun Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences (2016). In addition, he leads the IdeaLab at the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at RIT. Dan is also the principal and co-owner of Invision Design Partners, LLC, a residential and business interior design firm established in 2008 in Rochester, NY.
Dan is the inventor of over 20 US and international patents and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Industrial Design.
COO – Excell Partners, Inc.
Rami Katz, COO for Excell Partners, Inc., manages Excell’s due-diligence and investment processes. Prior to joining Excell, Rami served as the Director of Technology Commercialization at High Tech Rochester where he worked closely with entrepreneurs, researchers and startups to evaluate the commercial potential of new technologies.
Rami, an attorney, led a litigation, banking and corporate law practice in Israel, managing a legal team that directed the restructure of over $14M in corporate and asset backed debt annually, while growing the group’s revenues by over 300%. After launching his own legal and management consulting practice in Israel, Rami was one the founding members of a seed stage investment group. The group launched 12 high-tech startups focused on advanced materials, internet technologies, consumer electronics and medical devices.
Rami earned his MBA from the University of Rochester and his law degree from the Tel-Aviv University in Israel.
Robert Burch, Ph.D.
Independent Consultant, Retired Dupont Research Fellow
Dr. Robert Burch is a versatile and interdisciplinary Research Scientist who is widely sought out as an Expert Problem Solver and Technical Innovator. After a 31-year career, Bob retired from DuPont as a Research Fellow. He currently works as an Independent Consultant reviewing new R&D proposals and R&D program milestones and helps solve interesting manufacturing problems.
Bob is an inventor on 27 patents, including an invention of a novel reversible adhesive for medical applications. He is sought out for his experience relating to adhesives, improved manufacturing processes and commercialization of novel materials.
Dr. Burch received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. And he was a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow.