Viking Cold Solutions is a thermal energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient, flexible, and resilient. Expanding rapidly through the US and internationally, Viking Cold provides environmentally friendly thermal energy storage that is proven to significantly reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. With deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems, Viking Cold Solutions understands the business and operational challenges faced throughout the global cold chain, and is committed to delivering clear and measurable benefits for both the planet and clients’ businesses.
The origin of Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage (TES) in freezers came from the need for improved energy efficiency and food protection in the low-temperature cold chain. Starting with frozen shipping containers, our founder Paul Robbins developed a method of combining Phase Change Materials (PCM), intelligent controls, and monitoring software which could integrate with existing refrigeration systems across the cold chain.
With the proven solution and patent in hand, in 2011 Paul started Viking Cold Solutions, Inc. in Jacksonville Florida. He quickly recognized the opportunity beyond shipping containers and applied the technology to cold storage warehouses in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Bermuda, where electricity rates were high and the temperatures very demanding.
During 2012 Viking Cold entered the domestic US market and by early 2013 had found new partners and financing to drive this expansion. The company relocated to Houston, Texas, to be positioned more centrally in the supply chain and to more easily access customers.
Over the next several years Viking Cold completed a third-party (California Public Utilities Commission) validation study that confirmed the technology’s benefits, gained acceptance from numerous utilities across the country, and successfully installed TES systems in California, Texas, Florida, and Massachusetts. Today, the company’s technology is being installed in cold storage warehouses, supermarkets, restaurants, and food processing facilities throughout the US, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia and has proposals to install on three more continents in 2020.
Viking Cold’s innovative TES technology is transforming the energy efficiency of the Cold Chain while protecting the world’s food supply and reducing the carbon footprint of refrigeration.
Viking Cold has saved clients tens of thousands of MWh, reduced carbon footprint by tens of thousands of metric tons, and mitigated over $16M of product loss. Efficient installation processes ensure that systems are installed with no significant impact on ongoing operations, and industry-leading technology delivers outstanding cost savings and environmental benefits, with a swift return on investment.
Paul is a serial entrepreneur who over his 51-year career has founded, operated, and exited numerous businesses. Paul’s companies were cold chain and logistics focused and ranged from trucking companies, cold storage warehousing, international ocean shipping, and cold chain technology.
He was President & CEO of Caribbean Shipping Services, Caribbean Cold Storage, JT Transportation, and Triad Terminals. Paul also serves on the boards of Isla Frio Refrigeration Company, Hunger Fight, and CoPassion.
Paul lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife Julie. They have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.
James has over 30 years of experience building and leading teams in energy services, finance, and the U.S. Military. He is a recognized expert in energy storage and the cold chain.
With leadership positions at several global companies, James created and realized value for private as well as public companies and took many companies through an IPO process.
James graduated from Texas A&M University and deployed for over a decade around the world as a Marine Pilot and Forward Air Controller. He then went into finance and investment banking on Wall Street and while there earned a joint TRIUM MBA from NYU Stern, HEC School of Management in Paris, and the London School of Economics.
He currently lives in Houston with his wife Kimberly where he serves on the boards of the Houston Symphony, the Houston Food Bank, and the Hope and Healing Center and Institute.
Rich is a results-oriented, innovative technology expert with a track record of leveraging disruptive, emerging technology to drive business success. He excels as an executive communicator, dedicated team member, mentor, prolific inventor, and strategic thinker.
With a history of launching successful products in robotics, IoT, machine learning, and other emerging technologies, Rich stands out as a versatile polyglot programmer, team builder, and architect who delivers high-quality systems in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Rich’s notable technology achievements include Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders recognition, dual reception of the Symantec CEO Star award, co-invention of the featured home social robot Jibo, and securing US patents for his innovative work in desktop, cloud, and affective computing. He has also spearheaded intellectual property programs for multiple organizations.
Rich lives in Sturbridge, Massachusetts and is a lifelong musician and music fan. He is a dedicated dog lover who raised puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. He and his life partner, Sue, have rescued several dogs providing them with their forever home.
Zane brings sales leadership, international business development, and brand marketing from his 20+ years of professional experience in renewable energy, midstream oil and gas, and industrial marketplaces.
He is a strategic solutions provider to the many clients he has served throughout his career, and he is always leveraging his knowledge and vast network to make the world a better place.
Zane received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in Industrial Distribution and earned his MBA from University of Houston.
He lives in Keller, Texas, with his wife and 2 daughters – who are both very active in the swimming community.
Roger possesses 40 years of expertise in the areas of refrigeration, refrigeration controls, and building automation.
His professional career encompasses a broad range of leadership roles such as Project Engineer, Chief Engineer, and Engineering Manager, in various manufacturing and contracting companies. His extensive knowledge and contributions to these fields have culminated in eight awarded patents.
Roger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University and is a proud buckeye. He makes it a point to return to his home state, Ohio, every summer.
Tara brings over 15 years of experience in human resources and operational leadership to the Viking Cold team. She focuses on collaborating with leaders, building and instilling operational efficiency, and building relationships to achieve team success.
Over her career, she has directed operations and human resources in various industries including managed business services, land development, retail, and presently, thermal energy management. She has successfully led organizations through various stages of growth and change both in established firms and start up environments.
Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Texas State and holds the SHRM-CP certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.
She lives in Austin with her family, including three cats, and enjoys hiking, the great outdoors, live music, and being a mother.
Jaime is a highly accomplished professional with experience in global supply chain operations, lean manufacturing, and project execution.
Throughout his career, Jaime has held leadership roles in multinational corporations across several countries and industries. This diverse experience has allowed him to navigate challenging business landscapes and effectively lead cross-cultural teams. His expertise and impactful contributions have consistently driven operational efficiency and optimized supply chain processes on a global scale.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington, Jaime possesses a strong educational foundation which supports his extensive professional experience.
Jaime resides in Houston with his wife Judith. He is a member of the Association for Supply Chain Management and the American Chemical Society.
Nelly brings over a decade of experience in thermal analysis and design. She develops a variety of Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage applications and supports all collaboration with the Department of Energy’s National Labs and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Her expertise is in heat transfer, thermodynamics, thermal fluid systems, microscale, and nanoscale systems.
Nelly has successfully led R&D projects for both academic and private ventures and is a co-author of two national patents and numerous publications.
Nelly holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Energy Engineering from the University of North Texas.
She currently lives in Houston where she serves humanitarian activities in the Art of Living Organization and Iranian Community Foundation.
The Viking Cold Solutions board is comprised of prominent industry executives. The board collectively has over one hundred years of relevant industry leadership and actively promotes our company’s market advantage.
Founder and Chairman, Viking Cold Solutions.
Former President Caribbean Shipping
Former President and COO The Kroger Co.
Family of Stores (NYSE: KR)
President and CEO, Viking Cold Solutions.
President Liberty Venture Group LLC
Founder and Co-CEO,
Avista Capital Partners
CEO, Bonar Engineering & Design
Founder & Managing Partner, GEC
Viking Cold Solutions is looking for energetic talent to join our team and be part of our success.
Viking Cold Solutions, Inc. and Dreisbach Enterprises were selected to be first presenters in a brand new webinar series hosted by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and brought to you by Tippman Innovation. Collin Coker of Viking Cold and Jason Dreisbach of Dreisbach Enterprises share how Thermal Energy Storage has helped Dreisbach's California facility re-balance the scale between temperature stability and energy charges for low-temperature cold storage facilities. They talk through data-backed information on how thermal energy storage serves as a much-needed heat sink to balance energy and protect customers' products. Jason further describes why his company chose to embrace this thermal energy solution, describes their experience with installation, and how the technology transformed their operation. View the webinar playback here.
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