Mika Nuotio
CEO and Founder

Mika Nuotio is co-founder and CEO of Empower Micro Systems. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the solar power electronics, semiconductor, and telecommunication sectors. Prior to Empower, Mr. Nuotio was co-founder and EVP of Marketing of Array Power, a module integrated solar power microinverter manufacturer. Previous experience also includes leadership roles with MagnaChip Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, and Ericsson.


Jon Bonanno
CCO and Founder

Jon Bonanno, co-founder and CCO of Empower, has significant expertise across verticals in tech-enabled sectors. His professional career includes over twenty years of entrepreneurial experience with Interbill (internet billing), Global Internet Billing (internet billing), SolidStreaming (mobile video streaming), Cool Earth Solar (concentrated solar power systems), Helio Power (solar utility), Earth Class Mail (SaaS for the postal industry), Azure Power (India solar utility, NYSE listed), Heartland Resources (soy-based adhesive for UF replacement), Principle Power (floating offshore wind foundations) and Array Power (module level power electronics).


Dr. Milan Ilic
CTO and Founder

Dr. Milan Ilic, co-founder and CTO of Empower, is a power electronics expert with deep manufacturing and product commercialization experience. Dr. Ilic has a Ph.D. in Power Electronics from the University of Colorado as well as a M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Ilic has more than thirty years of versatile work experience on numerous power electronics projects, ranging from military, medical, aerospace and industrial applications. Previous experience includes work at inverter developers Array Power, Satcon, and Advanced Energy.


Tim Cowart

Mr. Cowart has served as Empower’s CFO nearly since inception. Tim’s experience spans international public and private corporate finance, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, strategic alliances, joint ventures, licensing, and new service opportunities.


Board Members

Dan Yoder: President and Chief Operating Officer of NES Financial

Mike Fawkes: formerly an Operating Partner at Vantage Point Capital; SVP of Global Operations, HP’s Imaging & Printing Group

Changming Liu: CTO and Founder, AeroHive (HIVE)

Mark Gudiksen: Managing Director, Texas Pacific Group ART Fund

Mika Nuotio: CEO and Founder, Empower Micro Systems


Professor Dragan Maksimovic: Senior Technical Advisor

Eugene Zhang: China Market Advisor

Kiki Tidwell: Financial Advisor

Ken Lawler: Venture Advisor