CEOBenjamin A. Cohen is the CEO, and co-founder of TOHL, INC., an innovative fluid logistics company focused on increasing access to water globally through sustainable and profitable solutions. Founded in 2012, TOHL is increasing water access for the close to one billion people who suffer from lack of access to a reliable water source. In the last year, Ben and his team have been able to move TOHL from an idea to a company with tested, proven, scalable, products and services that are being contracted by large organizations.
Benjamin is also an entrepreneur, business owner, engineer, and investor. He is a Minority Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Cohen and Cohen Enterprises LLC, a Dacula, GA based business. Ben has a B. Sc. Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011. His background includes structural analysis, mechanics of materials, and structural steel design. He originally started his career at the Georgia Department of Transportation as a civil design engineer. Ben’s other skills include finance, accounting, and capital allocation. He has spent years studying and investing in the equity, bond, currency, and derivative securities markets.
Vice President of Research & DevelopmentApoorv Sinha is a founding partner of TOHL, the conceiver of TOHL’s initial fundamental invention, and he currently serves as the Vice-President of Research and Development. Apoorv, along with Dr. Realff and Benjamin Cohen, developed the concept from its onset, and Apoorv is now responsible for providing leadership in creating new avenues for the expansion of TOHL’s applications into new industries.
Apoorv is an engineer, entrepreneur, and an inventor. Apoorv is involved with creating productivity-enhancing iPhone applications, and he is also involved in an engineering project to create a novel storage container, currently in the prototype development stage. Apoorv is finishing a M. Sc. Degree in Chemical & Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary, and has a B. Sc. Chemical & Bio-molecular Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010. His academic background includes process design and research experience in combined heat power systems and diffusion phenomena in heavy-oil and bitumen reservoirs.
Vice President of EngineeringMelissa is a Partner and Vice President of Engineering for TOHL. She joined the team in August 2011 and will be working on the ground in Chile in September 2012. Her engineering education, work experience, Spanish fluency, and expanded network has allowed her to contribute to TOHL on both technical & business issues and she now focuses on operations and external relations tasks of the venture.
Melissa graduated in May 2012 from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Economics and then attended Singularity University’s 10-week Graduate Studies Program at NASA Ames in Silicon Valley. In college, Melissa founded Enterprise to Empower (www.en2em.org), an Atlanta-wide conference on social entrepreneurship and then transformed it into a student organization that has grown to over 120 members, held numerous events, and created a student business incubator program (Innovation Academy) whose recent graduates have now gone onto enter Y-Combinator. Lastly, Melissa undertook several internships including mining operations in Chile with SQM, oil exploration in Alaska with BP, defense systems in Dallas with Raytheon, adsorbent R&D with Air Products & Chemicals outside of Philadelphia, and olefin production in Houston with Shell.
Director of External AffairsTravis Horsley is a partner of TOHL, and acts as the Director of External Affairs for operations in Chile and the United States. Travis is part of the original TOHL team, and was instrumental in the strategic partnerships in Atlanta and Santiago to move the company from a tested technology to a scalable solution for fluid transportation for industry and humanitarian logistics. Travis manages promotion in local and international media, gauging new strategic markets for product entry, and seeking investment via business incubators and angel networks.
Furthermore, Travis innovates upon technologies and policy mechanisms that promote public-private partnerships for entrepreneurial ecosystem growth. Receiving multiple bachelors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in International Affairs, Spanish, and Public Policy in 2010, Travis decided to pursue his M.S. in Public Policy at the same university. His interests revolve around economic development policies that focus on knowledge creation, private-sector growth, and advanced manufacturing. He has spent a large portion of his life in Latin America and the developing world focusing on non-governmental and SME growth that promote measurable change.