Mr. McDonald is Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of CEA Industries Inc. (previously Surna Inc.), as well as President of its subsidiary Surna Cultivation Technologies LLC. He joined the Board of Directors of Surna Inc. in 2018 and was appointed CEO later that year.
Prior to joining Surna he led sales and business development as National Sales Director for Seeley International and as Vice-President-Sales for Coolerado Corp., a manufacturer and marketer of innovative, energy-efficient environmental control systems. He led the sales of the company, growing revenue from near zero to become an INC. 600 high-growth company award winner. Along with the company’s CEO, he was instrumental in securing growth equity funding from a cleantech investment fund. The company was later acquired by a large strategic competitor.
Mr. McDonald’s recent career work has included the cleantech, energy efficiency and HVAC industries. He is also the author of Cleantech Sell: The Essential Guide To Selling Resource Efficient Products In The B2B Market.
Prior to joining Coolerado, Mr. McDonald spent over ten years in private equity and M&A where he was involved in numerous transactions in the technology, manufacturing, and power development industries. As a business development officer with private equity acquisitions groups, and later as founder and principal of a specialty M&A finance firm, he identified, financed or acquired numerous transactions with total enterprise value of several hundred million dollars.
Mr. McDonald was previously a consultant to international banks with KMPG’s Financial Services Practice and served as on the Board of Directors of Keating Capital, Inc., a publicly-traded business development company that made investments in pre-IPO companies. He has served as a mentor for companies in the CleanTech Open and as a judge in the competition.
Mr. McDonald is a U.S. Army veteran and former Cavalry officer. He earned a B.S. degree in Engineering and Economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and an M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Patel has more than 20 years of financial leadership experience with growing companies. His most recent position was as Interim Chief Financial Officer of fintech startup Maxwell Financial Labs, where he advised on various finance and accounting issues. Before joining Maxwell, Mr. Patel served as Vice President, Finance and Treasurer for FourPoint Energy, a multibillion-dollar energy platform focused on oil and gas, midstream and minerals. At FourPoint, he led strategic corporate development, finance and investor relations and led the restructuring of the company’s assets.
Prior to those roles, he spent several years as Chief Financial Officer of a private equity-backed oil and gas company. Mr. Patel began his career as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, where he advised public companies on capital raising efforts and M&A opportunities over a 10-year period. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from Harvard Law School and a BS from the University of California, Riverside.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development
Mr. Gift has more than 15 years of progressive experience in mergers and acquisitions, industrial manufacturing, project management, commercial construction, and engineering. He was most recently M&A Manager – North America at Alfa Laval (Nasdaq OMX Nordic: ALFA), a leading global supplier of products & solutions for heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling. In this role, he was responsible for leading all corporate development activities such as mergers, acquisitions, investments/joint ventures, divestments, or strategic partnerships for North American headquartered companies across all three divisions and fourteen business units.
Prior to this role, Mr. Gift joined Alfa Laval in 2012 as part of an acquired company, where he was a project manager responsible for capital equipment supply contracts in water & wastewater treatment equipment. As part of the subsequent post-acquisition integration planning, in 2014 he took over responsibility for the acquired company's global aftermarket/service business and the related integration activities.
Mr. Gift has held prior positions with Hensel Phelps Construction Company, where he worked on a major hospital project in Houston, Texas, and Matt Construction Corporation in Los Angeles, California, where he gained key experience in commercial general contracting.
Mr. Gift holds a Joint Executive MBA from Columbia Business School & London Business School and a BS in Construction Engineering & Management from Purdue University.