About Our Team
Principal and Managing Director
Meetesh V. Patel, Principal and Managing Director of Strategic Edge, is an investor, entrepreneur, and C-level executive who brings more than a decade of experience in financing and building new ventures in information technologies, renewable energy, and nanotechnology.
Among Mr. Patel’s achievements, he is credited with leading development of the world’s first-of-its-kind technology capable of generating electricity on see-through glass windows. As President and CEO, Meetesh targeted a brand new approach to successfully advancing the technology, away from its focus on silicon nanoparticles and towards next-gen ‘spray-on’ organic polymers. His efforts led to a research and development partnership with the University of South Florida, and resulted in funding from the Florida High Tech Corridor. Under Mr. Patel’s leadership, the company bolstered its public image, gained investor confidence, and raised capital on preferential terms. Meetesh groomed the company for its transition to his hand-picked successor, and successfully positioned the technology for its first-ever public unveiling.
As President of a company seeking its entry into kinetic energy harvesting, Mr. Patel worked to invent, engineer, and prototype novel roadway-embedded systems for generating electricity from the movement of vehicles. He evolved the company’s technology from an early ‘skunkworks’ project to tactically filing foundational patents which today number in the dozens. Meetesh also identified and partnered with the world’s leading experts in energy harvesting, eventually building a fluid-driven system with few mechanical parts, smooth energy capture, and minimal payload disruption. He successfully built engineering teams, raised capital, and formed strategic partnerships for field testing the technology with Burger King®, Four Seasons Hotel, and Holiday Inn® Express.
Mr. Patel is a co-founder, executive, and principal of a nanotechnology venture developing and commercializing economical and environmentally friendly water treatment and purification systems. In addition to raising seed capital and building the company’s engineering team, Meetesh has acquired important underlying intellectual property to enable development of a first-of-kind water treatment system which achieves usable water recovery of up to 95%, a significant increase over conventional technologies averaging 50-60%. The system reduces the use of conventional treatment media such as activated carbon and resins by as much as 85%, cutting operating costs and capital costs by nearly one-half. Uniquely, the system requires only a single step in order to both treat and purify water; competing methods require multiple steps.
Mr. Patel, earned his Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law in 200, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1997. Mr. Patel currently serves as Managing Attorney for Consilium Law, LLC, an innovative e-law firm that represents businesses within the United States and throughout the world. Mr. Patel is admitted to the Maryland State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Veronica Bouchon, Director of Strategic Edge is an entrepreneur and C-level executive with over 20 years of experience in finance, human resource management and new venture development.
Veronica’s entrepreneurial accomplishments began in the early 90’s in a retail business environment when she opened Woodhaven Comics in New York selling wholesale and retail collectibles, and sports memorabilia. She then worked in the financial arena over the next 10 years as a professional sales assistant working side by side with a top producing securities broker at Gaines Berland, Inc. She assisted in all phases of the sales cycle interacting and servicing the retail clients from relationship management, accounts receivables, initial public offerings, IRA/401K accounts, and asset management products.
Recently she saw the need in America for returning military men and women to find jobs and founded EmployAGI.org. EmployAGI.org is the premiere veteran Staffing/Recruitment company dedicated to Transitioning and placing military men and women into a wide variety of jobs including construction Project Manager, Mechanical Engineer, Technical Engineer, Building Door-Man/Woman and Concierge, Sales, customer service, Technology, Security, Facilities management and Hospitality to name a few throughout the greater Tri-State area.
As President and Chief Human Resources Officer of EmployAGI.org., Veronica is responsible for human resource functions. Her areas of responsibility include recruitment and staffing, learning and development, employee relations, career services, and leadership development
EmployAGI.org offers a broad range of services including assisting military veterans to bridge the gap between them and their prospective employers. Assisting our former military men and women to utilize and transfer their skill set in capturing jobs in the civilian sector that will help them achieve their goals and have the type of military discipline, work ethic and dedication that is needed to help companies grow. EmployAGI.org provides a service that matches the labor needs of our corporate clients with individuals who have the skill sets necessary to meet those needs. This company’s members have over 20 years of experience with extensive connections and networking abilities.
As a Director and partner at Strategic Edge, Veronica, along with Meetesh Patel, Veronica the development of new business partnerships, strategic alliances, and new venture business opportunities for the company.
Managing Director – Strategic Edge India
Mr. Saurabh Shah heads up our Southeast Asia operations. Mr. Shah is a Corporate and Business Strategist who has extensive experience working with entities like Lovelock and Lewes, a member firm of Coopers & Lybrand (International) (Now merged with PWC) and ACC Limited, one of the largest producers of cement in India and considered as a pioneer and trendsetter in cement and concrete technology.
Mr. Saurabh Shah, is a Co-founder and CEO of a renowned Business Consultancy Firm, ‘Universal Business Corporate Service Centre’ (UBCSC), India.
UBCSC provides Indian and Foreign Entrepreneurs/Companies, with a wide range of business solutions and compliance related services. Recently, it has successfully set up a Representative / Liaison Office for the City of Yokohama (Provincial Government) in India.
UBCSC has an International Client base in various sectors including Pharmaceuticals, Engineering, Construction, and Information Technology.
He concurrently serves as the Managing Committee Member and a Member of the International Core Committee of the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IMC), a legendary organization, representing interests of Indian trade, commerce, and industry. He has been recently inducted in the Managing Committee of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC)-Western Region. He was recently nominated by IMC to attend the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance in Mumbai to discuss and give views on the provisions of the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and issues related thereto. The Committee was Chaired by Dr. Veerappa Moily, Former Union Minister of Corporate Affairs.
He is also member of several prominent Chambers/ Associations in India which includes Bombay Management Association (BMA), Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Council of Fair Business Practice (CFBP), Indo- American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Indo- French Chamber etc.
hn Conklin brings over 30 years of industrial, commercial, and renewable and alternative energy experience, providing technical and business consulting services to more than 50 technology, manufacturing, and industrial process companies. Mr. Conklin’s client‐companies have ranged from start‐ups to Fortune 500 corporations, including IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Frito‐Lay.
Mr. Conklin has developed, engineered, prototyped, patented, and advanced first‐in‐class technologies for kinetic energy harvesting. These technologies were successfully invented, field tested and funded from inception through advanced prototyping and patenting. Mr. Conklin has expertise with creating financial contracts, which allow for economically viable, commercial installation of solar systems.
John also brings industrial process, environmental systems design, testing, and analytical experience, which have resulted in cost savings ranging from 10‐25% for numerous clients in the surface coatings industry. John developed surface coating techniques used in the fabrication of the United States Stealth Battleship prototype during his tenure at Excel Precision, Inc. These coatings were used to create frequency selective antennas, able to absorb radar signals and prevent satellite detection of the Stealth Battleship from space. At Excel Precision, Inc., Mr. Conklin developed and managed a program management team comprised of engineering, product development, quality control, and business development personnel that provided the development of these prototypes.
Mr. Conklin is currently the President & CEO, CFO, and Director of SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. SolarWindow is a publically traded company (OTCQB: WNDW) is developing first‐of‐their‐kind electricity‐generating see‐through windows and products. John is focused on developing a team and technology, and eventual commercialization of an emerging next‐generation transparent electricity‐generating coatings for glass and plastic for America’s 85 million detached homes and commercial buildings. As an Executive Officer, Mr. Conklin is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Company’s long term strategy with a view to creating shareholder value. The CEO’s leadership role also entails being ultimately responsible for all day‐to‐day management decisions and for implementing the Company’s long and short term plans. The CEO acts as a direct liaison between the Board and management of the Company and communicates to the Board on behalf of management. The CEO also communicates on behalf of the Company to shareholders, employees, Government authorities, other stakeholders and the public.
Mr. Conklin is also the founder and Vice President, National Solar Systems, LLC., a New York based renewable and alternative energy design and installation firm. He also founded and serves as President of Tellurium Associates, LLC., an industrial process design and operations company. Mr. Conklin is also a Director for Strategic Edge, LLC., a consulting, venture advisory, and management consulting firm with expertise in startup and venture space. Strategic Edge helps entrepreneurs accelerate their ideas from concept to commercialization. Mr. Conklin is also a Director for Acqua Innovations, Inc., an emerging developer of smart water treatment, purification, and remediation technologies utilizing proprietary customized nanoparticles to treat and purify water to drinking quality standards, and game changing technology with capabilities far exceeding current water and waste water treatment technologies at significantly better market price points. John is also an Advisor to GlobalOne Sciences, LLC. specializing in providing energy analyst, and business and product commercialization development services. GlobalOne Sciences identifies novel, highly disruptive technologies, which the company acquires for a select portfolio through outright purchase or in‐licensing. GlobalOne Sciences then funds the technical advancement of these technologies in order to bolster their commercial value, whether for eventual out‐licensing, joint venturing, or premium divesture.
He holds a NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Level I Certificate, globally recognized as North America’s “gold standard” agency for PV and solar thermal installation certification. He routinely attends NABCEP certified training programs throughout the Northeastern United States. Among John’s interests is his continuing education in photovoltaic systems design, installation and operations at the University of Central Florida, Florida Solar Energy Center, and the State University of New York at Ulster, a noted leader in renewable energy certification and education. He has also studied chemical technology, chemical engineering, and various industrial, safety, and renewable energy programs.
Mr. Conklin has a BS from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), graduated by earning highest honors (Summa Cum Laude) with concentrations in Physics, Business, Safety Science & Technology, and Leadership. John is currently a Graduate Student at RIT working on a MS with concentrations in Sustainable Systems, Product Development, and Facility Management.
Mr. Conklin was inducted into the International Honor Society (Academic Honors) and inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (Inducted at Presidential status for academic honors.