Mr. Kithil is inventor of the wave-energy system and is the founder, Chairman & CEO of Atmocean, Inc., formed to commercialize the invention. Kithil has his B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College, VT (1965), and M.S.B.A. in Economics from the University of Denver (1971). He has successfully founded six startups since 1972, in apparel manufacturing & retailing, economic consulting, advertising, association management & public relations, automotive safety, and now renewable marine energy. In the automotive safety technology business which he founded, Kithil was an inventor on thirteen issued U.S. and international patents. Between founding the company in 1994 and 2003, he successfully licensed ASCI’s intellectual property to six automotive tiers one suppliers, then in 2004 sold the patent portfolio to Methode Electronics, Inc.