PINNACLE OZONE SOLUTIONS WORLD HEADQUARTERS COCOA, FLORIDA
Pinnacle Ozone Solutions is headquartered in Cocoa, FL at the heart of Florida’s ‘Space Coast’ high-technology corridor. Our 42,000 square foot facility is exclusively devoted to ozone system design, development, manufacturing & testing, and is home to our 65+ staff.
PINNACLE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT LABORATORIES EUSTIS, FLORIDA
Located just north of Orlando, FL, Pinnacle Research & Development Laboratories (PRDL) is one of the world’s only private laboratory facilities devoted exclusively to ozone application, research and development. The laboratory is equipped with a multitude of ozone generators, injection systems, reactor vessels, and analytical equipment necessary to evaluate a wide range of water, wastewater, gas-phase and specialty ozone applications. While most testing is conducted on 1-4 liter samples, the facility can accommodate testing of up to 3,000 gallon samples for highly demanding applications. The PRDL facility is also equipped with a state-of-the-art complement of analytical instrumentation for ozone, wet chemistry, and biological assay testing.
PINNACLE SALES & SUPPORT OFFICE SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA
With unparalleled access to the immense agricultural markets of California’s Central Valley, as well as the industrial user base in Los Angeles and San Francisco, our San Luis Obispo, CA satellite office manages sales and service for the western US.
PINNACLE SALES & SUPPORT OFFICE CLEVELAND, OHIO
Sales and service for selected markets and regions is handled via our satellite office in Cleveland, OH. With superior access to industries throughout the midwest, the Cleveland office is responsible for our commercial laundry, aquaculture, and agricultural applications across the eastern US, as well as international markets.
PINNACLE QUADBLOCK® OZONE CELL MANUFACTURING FACILITY RACINE, WISCONSIN
Pinnacle produces its QuadBlock® ozone cells at a dedicated 20,000 ft2 facility in Racine, WI. Co-located with Plasma Technics, Inc., this facility integrates, tests, and delivers over 5,000 ozone generator cells, high-voltage power supplies, control boards, and other specialty ozone system components each year. The facility also houses a specialty high-voltage power supply, and ozone cell testing laboratory.
CHARLES E. “CHUCK” SMITH CEO
As Co-Founder and CEO, Chuck Smith brings over 25 years of experience as an inventor and entrepreneur to Pinnacle Ozone, and established its charter to deliver better technology, products, and support to the ozone industry. Chuck has a long history as a technical visionary and is the inventor of the automotive ignition interlock. He then went on to found a series of hi-tech companies offering advanced industrial automation projects to various Fortune 500 companies, NASA, and the US Military.Beyond his extensive business and entrepreneurial experience, Chuck is a community leader in the Space Coast area and involved with numerous civic and faith-based charities and school organizations. Chuck is also heavily involved with his Alma Mater, the University of Mississippi, where he is a member of the Engineering Vision Council.
RALPH “BUD” FRANCIS, P.E. CTO
A co-founder of Pinnacle Ozone, Bud is the engineering genius behind our groundbreaking QuadBlock® ozone technology. In addition to helping direct Pinnacle Ozone, Bud is founder and CEO of Plasma Technics, Inc (PTI), in Racine, WI. PTI has been a world-leading supplier of high-energy power supply components for the ozone and other hi-energy physics industries for the past 25+ years. Prior to founding PTI and Pinnacle, Bud was director of Engineering and R&D for a Fortune 500 company.Beyond his technical genius, Bud is a lover of all things of technical beauty and is a pilot and collector of vintage muscle cars.
STEVEN A. “STEVE” SMITH CFO
Steve Smith is CFO for Pinnacle Ozone, where he brings over 20 years of experience as a business and financial manager. Steve’s early experience in the automotive industry established his credentials in lean manufacturing and efficient supply chain operations. From there, he branched out into several other industries where he was responsible for developing and implementing ERP based advanced automation systems to streamline operations and financial results. For the past 12 years, Steve has served as CFO and Director of Engineering for Pinnacle’s sister company Guardian Manufacturing. During this time Steve has directed projects for Owens Corning, ATI Metals, NASA, and multiple military-defense related industries.Steve is very active in community and faith-based activities in the Space Coast region, and is also a Board member at the University of Mississippi.
BUD LEFFLER CMO
Another successful serial entrepreneur, Pinnacle’s existence can be largely accredited to Bud’s commercial acumen. Bud recognized the need for a reliable modular ozone technology while running one of his several successful marine service business ventures. Leveraging his extensive network of business and technology leaders, the seeds of Pinnacle Ozone were planted to emerge as it is today. Bud’s career as an entrepreneur and business leader spans some 40+ years and includes the founding and sale of four different companies, along with 20+ years as an executive leader at GE and Siemens.Today, Bud serves as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Pinnacle and helps to direct its market presence and commercial activities. Bud spends the majority of his quality time in sunny South Florida where he is active in any number of sports and civic organizations.
THORAM CHARANDA CSO
Any time we ever had a question about ozone chemistry, we called Thoram. That’s why we hired him. Today Thoram serves as Chief Science Officer for Pinnacle Research & Development Labs where he is responsible for process engineering and new innovations. Thoram built his encyclopedic knowledge of ozone and water chemistry over 18+ years as Director of Aquatic Life Support for a major Florida theme park that is famous for a certain mouse mascot.Outside Pinnacle, Thoram is the quintessential scientist and tinkerer and loves organic gardening with his family.