The BTI Team
Building Turbines has assembled a world-class team of experts to help drive their innovative technology and the company to the next level.
John F. Graham Sr.
Chief Executive Officer & Founder
John F. Graham Sr., is the founder and CEO of Building Turbines. Mr. Graham invented the original version of the Building Turbines wind turbine while actively seeking viable alternative energy solutions for his buildings in Austin, Texas. Developed from the perspective of a building owner and commercial consumer of power, the Building Turbines Solution provides for a simple, seamless integration of wind power to building consumption utilizing historically unused building space. Mr. Graham, graduated with a Bachelors degree in business Administration and has been actively involved in real estate ownership and property management in Austin, making significant contributions to the industry during the last 20 years. Mr. Graham is a building owner, real estate developer, entrepreneur, business owner and inventor. Mr. Graham is the visionary behind Building Turbines.
President & COO
Paul Severin, a lifelong Austinite, brings a robust background of over two decades in technology sales, operations, and new business development to the Board. Paul graduated from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business with a B.B.A. in International Business and Marketing, before he went to work for Dell Computer as their first e-commerce sales representative. Prior to joining BTI, Paul founded Texas Green Network, the first sustainable business chamber of commerce in Texas, focused upon accelerating the adoption of best sustainable practices in the business community. Paul is an active environmentalist, who is passionate about all aspects of green energy. His focus at BTI is operational excellence and developing a world class sales team.
Chief Business Development Officer
Greg Miller attended Colorado State University and the University of Texas-Austin in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science Degree but changed to real estate & micro computer sales as the Apple II+ emerged in the late 70’s. Quickly realizing his love for meeting new customers and delivering personalized service, he advanced to the construction side of real estate. Miller cut his teeth in remodeling foreclosed homes in the late 80’s, new home construction through the 90’s and finally into commercial construction to the present. Greg looks forward to wearing many hats for the Building Turbines team as our company spins into world view.
Board of Directors
Bernie Johnson is President & CEO of the Austin Green Energy Group, a 501(c)(3) Texas Non-profit Corporation whose mission is to enhance our community and protect our environment through activities that preserve and conserve our natural resources, with a focus on promoting education and the building of solutions for efficient energy utilization. With expertise in environmental conservation and leading environmentally friendly companies and organizations, Bernie is a proven leader in operations and sales & marketing, growing both emerging and established companies. An active environmentalist and serial entrepreneur with vision, Bernie has founded two other environmental companies, a recycling company and an environmental remediation company. He is active in the Austin Green Community and is affiliated with The Clean Energy Entrepreneurs Network, Austin Solar Energy Entrepreneurs Network, Texas Green Network, Austin Clean Energy Group, Solar Austin, Pecan Street Project and the Austin Sierra Club. Bernie volunteers regularly in Austin’s sustainability projects, area environmental clean ups, weatherization projects, and energy conservation projects.
Board of Advisors
Thomas Mezger brings with him a wealth of experience in emerging technologies. Mr. Mezger has served as CFO for Valence Technology Inc, a NASDAQ listed public company and manufacturer of advanced Li-Ion batteries, and also as CFO and VP of Operations for Enhanced Messaging System, a wireless networking systems start-up. Mr. Mezger also has extensive global financial experience supporting sales, distribution, and manufacturing with Motorola and Precision Castparts Corporation. Mr. Mezger holds a BS degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University.
"Building Turbines, helping save the planet one rooftop at a time!" ™