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Leadership

Fluxus has a multi-disciplinary team of skilled cross-border entrepreneurs and professionals, with a strong consultant base comprised of experienced business executives, real estate developers, financial advisors, Intellectual Property and construction attorneys, and research scientists. The team has been forming a series of consortia and joint ventures with strategic partners around the world, allowing the company’s offerings to benefit from a global supply chain.

Fanyu Lin Assoc. AIA | Chief Executive Officer

Fanyu Lin is an award-winning entrepreneur and architect, passionate about impact investing and serving as CEO of Fluxus, a construction / architecture technology company and social enterprise committed to improving the quality of life through a new way of delivering sustainable and affordable housing that leverages networks of global partners and innovations in smart city technologies, green building materials, intelligent design, industrialization and digitalization of construction. At Fluxus, Lin works with a team of visionaries, strategic alliances and key stakeholders in Green Economies to scale energy-efficient global housing solutions.

Lin serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Internet of Things (IoT) Council, to help shape the global agenda on IoT and steward the Forum’s effort to build trust and advance public-private cooperation on IoT technologies at a time of rising public interest in the technology’s social and economic implications. She has been working with the Forum’s IoT, Robotics and Smart Cities team on 5G-Next Generation Networks Programme, contributing domain knowledge in sustainable and affordable smart home delivery value chain. Lin is a Founding Delegate of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum amongst 300 leaders that Michael Bloomberg brings together to collaborate on actionable solutions to critical global issues since 2018. She was awarded as the 2017 SOCAP Entrepreneur by Social Capital Markets.

Lin is author of many publications and inventor of a patent on prefabricated building system. As an architect, Lin worked on the post-disaster reconstruction projects after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in China, and also designed sustainable architecture solution for the United Nation’s rapid deployment missions in post-conflict zones, that can be used as permanent infrastructure for local communities after the UN missions in response to the organization’s Environment Strategy Initiative to achieve quantifiable progress across five key pillars including energy, water and wastewater, solid waste, wider impact and environmental management system. She advised X-Prize Foundation together with a group of thought leaders on prize design for Humanitarian Housing in 2016 and Housing for Future in 2017.

Fanyu Lin received Master of Science degree in Advanced Architecture Design from Columbia University, where she participated in Columbia Building Intelligence Project and gained expertise in industrialization 4.0’s applications in architecture including prefabrication, Building Information Modeling. Lin received Bachelor of Architecture from China Central Academy of Fine Arts and graduated from Innovation and Entrepreneurship executive program at Columbia Business School. 

Harry Stendhal | Chief Visionary Officer

Harry Stendhal is the Chief Visionary Officer of Fluxus LLC, bringing 25+ years of business experience and serving to recognize the visionary attributes needed to integrate a complex business with many diverse aspects.

Stendhal has been playing a key role in the advancement of FluxHouse, a prefabricated modular building system envisioned by George Maciunas, one of the most iconic artists-architects of the 20th Century, who proposed “Fluxhouse, Plan for an Artist Condominium in New York City (1966)” in recognition of the scarcity of economical working and living space for artists is part of the general problem arising from urban decay, and formed FluxHouse Cooperatives in SoHo (1966-1975) as a non-profit corporation to purchase, renovate and maintain suitable buildings for creative communities’ occupancy. The New York Times coined his famous nickname as the ‘Father of SoHo’.

Maciunas was educated in architecture at Cooper Union and Carnegie Institute of Technology, held several prestigious professional positions in firms including Skidmore, Owing and Merrill, Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation and Knoll Associates. As an architect, he was credited with the invention of a structural framework and received a patent for the prefabricated building system in 1961. His design of Fluxhouse, as an example of the system was completed and copyrighted in 1965. Maciunas’ proprietary and patented inventions for prefabricated construction skillfully combined interdisciplinary intelligence on architectural design, efficient manufacturing process, and affordable urban development, and was considered “ahead of its time” and “beyond current (then) technology” when first released.

In recognition of George Maciunas’ architectural contribution, Stendhal has re-introduced and re-positioned the contemporary relevance of Maciunas’ vision and design in the context of today’s urban setting. Stendhal commissioned an in-depth Assessment Report of the Fluxus Prefab System from the perspective of prefabrication design and the industry’s economic history and outlook; the advantages and disadvantages of the system, as seen in its details, materials, and fabrication process; the marketable features of the system and its various applications as potential products in the context of the current socio-economic trends, consumer preferences and aesthetic values; and a sequence of steps designed to commercialize the Fluxus Prefab System along a vertically integrated business model.

Under Harry Stendhal’s leadership at Fluxus LLC, George Maciunas’ architectural legacy was carefully preserved and curated, and recently revived and improved by an esteemed corporate organization consisting of talented visionaries from the worlds of architecture, engineering, material science, real estate development, nonprofit, politics, law, and finance. 

Michael Gallagher | Business Innovation & Strategy, Executive Advisor

Mr. Gallagher is an executive advisor of FLUXUS LLC leading technology and business innovation.

Michael Gallagher is a recently retired executive from Covestro LLC, (formerly Bayer MaterialScience). In his most recent position, he headed the North American Innovation Office. In this role, he was responsible for the development and management of the region’s innovation strategy working closely with all business units. He centrally managed external collaboration with consultants, startups, academia, research institutes and national labs; regional intellectual property strategy; open innovation services; knowledge management resources; and new business incubation. With peers in other regions, Mr. Gallagher and his team helped Covestro successfully launch many high impact innovations including low carbon footprint polymers, novel lightweight composites, high performance protective coatings and advanced insulation materials. These innovations are integrated within a broad spectrum of industries such as, fuel efficient automobiles, energy efficient buildings, LED lighting, and others.

He began his career as a research chemist at BF Goodrich in 1979. Following acquisitions by Polysar and later Bayer, he gained experience as an individual contributor in technical service, sales and product development. Through the 1990’s, he managed core groups within the global synthetic rubber industry including marketing, business development and specialty products. In 2002, he became a founding member of the business innovation team and community.

Passionate about sustainable innovation, Mr. Gallagher has served as an executive advisor in a variety of public/private sector partnerships focused on developing and bringing energy efficient, low environmental impact innovations responsibly into the marketplace.  He has worked with interdisciplinary teams to improve building energy efficiency, electrochemical technologies, automotive fuel efficiency and water resource management.

Eric Larson | Real Estate Development Partner

In mid-2014, Mr. Larson took over the role of CEO of The Downtown Detroit Partnership; an organization whose board he has been a member of since 1995. The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) is a private/public partnership of corporate and civic leaders that supports advocates and develops programs and initiatives that create a clean, safe, and inviting Downtown Detroit community. DDP is involved with a large number of enterprises within Downtown Detroit. The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) is a special assessment district formed by property owners that provides cleaning, safety and landscaping services. Examples include safety and security initiatives such as Project Lighthouse and Clean Downtown, which provides litter and graffiti removal and landscape maintenance. The Detroit 300 Conservancy is a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership and raised more than $20 million to create, design and construct Campus Martius Park. Opening in 2004, the park was the recipient of the first ever 2010 Urban Land Institute’s Amanda Burden Open Space Award. It has more than 2 million annual visitors and stimulated an estimated $1 billion in new investments downtown. The Conservancy is also activating, improving and programming three other historic downtown parks and public spaces including Grand Circus Park, Capitol Park and Beacon Park. DDP has several other important initiatives/affiliates; the first being the Detroit Experience Factory (DXF), which is a physical storefront, open six days a week, in the heart of downtown Detroit, that connects people to resources that help them live, work and engage in the city. Another is MoGo Detroit Bike Share, which is made possible by a partnership with the City of Detroit Department of Transportation, PBSC Urban Solutions and Shift Transit. MoGo is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Finally, Build Institute helps turn business ideas into reality by providing aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs with the necessary tools, resources and support network within the City of Detroit. To date (mid-2017), they have graduated over 1000 participants and provided them with classes, networking events, mentorships and connections to a nurturing community.

Eric is also the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Larson Realty Group (established in 1999), a privately owned, Michigan based company engaged in real estate investment, development, asset management and leasing. Mr. Larson has over 30 years of experience in real estate and prior to establishing Larson Realty Group, served as vice president of a global real estate company, Hines, and as a partner and senior vice president with Bruce S. Brickman and Associates in New York. During Mr. Larson’s career he has developed, financed, owned and managed over $3 billion of real estate including; General Motor’s purchase and redevelopment of the Renaissance Center (5.5 million square feet) and Millender Center, the development of One Detroit Center (1 million square feet) and The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education (1 million square feet) in downtown Detroit.

In addition to owning Larson Realty Group, Mr. Larson served as managing partner at Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC (Bedrock) between February 2013 and February 2014. Bedrock is a Detroit-based full service real estate firm affiliated with Dan Gilbert’s Family of Companies which includes, Quicken Loans, Rock Ventures, The Jack Casinos and The Cleveland Cavaliers.

Immediately prior to joining Bedrock, Mr. Larson served as Non-Executive President for Olympia Development of Michigan. Olympia Development of Michigan is a Detroit-based full-service real estate company owned by the Detroit entrepreneurial Ilitch Family. The company is responsible for developing and investing in some of Detroit’s most recognized and visited venues, including the nationally acclaimed Comerica Park. As head of Olympia Development, Mr. Larson led the real estate development projects which included the planning, designing, financing and development activities for the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons (The Little Caesar’s Arena). He was also actively involved in the organization’s economic development activities, while simultaneously leading the management, development, parking and security divisions.

Mr. Larson also founded, and is now serving on the board of the Community Investment Support Fund (CISF) which is a Michigan Non-Profit Corporation. The purpose for which CISF was organized is multi-faceted, but it engages exclusively in such charitable and educational activities as may qualify it for exemption from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The primary purpose of CISF is to promote economic development and the creation of wealth and job opportunities in low-income communities. This is being accomplished by promoting and facilitating the investment of both private and public capital in the form of equity or loans and providing operational assistance with commercial real estate projects, retail and wholesale businesses, service providers and business incubators.

A resident of Bloomfield Village, Michigan, Mr. Larson serves as chairman of The Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative and Urban Land Institute (ULI) Detroit Governance Committee. In the past he served as chairman of The Parade Company, Detroit Downtown, Inc., The ULI Detroit District Council, Detroit Downtown Partnership and The Detroit Business Improvement District. He is currently a trustee, governor and/or member of the board of The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, M-1 Rail, The Detroit 300 Conservancy, MoGo, Detroit Bike Share, The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone, Jefferson East, Inc., The Parade Company, Recovery Park, The Urban Land Institute, The Urban Land Institute’s Leadership Council, LOCUS, Grand Jester of The Distinguished Clown Corp, The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Larson is a past trustee and/or member of Beaumont Hospital, Beaumont Hospital Oncology Campaign Committee, Develop Michigan, Inc., the Detroit Institute of Arts Junior Council, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Pewabic Pottery Board of Directors, Detroit Historical Society Board of Directors, The Detroit Eastern Market Advisory Services Panel, The Building Operators Management Association (BOMA), The Real Estate Roundtable, Harvard School of Design Advisory Panel, mentor at The University of Michigan School of Architecture, Marian High School Dad’s Club, University of Michigan – ULI Real Estate Forum Committee, The United States Green Building Council and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

Jay Linde | Financing & Business Development, Executive Advisor

Jay Linde, Senior Managing Director of The Alberleen Group, joins Fluxus LLC Advisory Board bringing significant financing and business development expertise.

Jay Linde is a Senior Managing Director at The Alberleen Group responsible for assisting in the expansion of the Investment Banking business and management of the diversified industrials and Asia advisory practices. He has over 25 years of banking experience focused on providing capital markets and M&A advisory services to a diverse client base. Over the course of his career, Mr. Linde has raised in excess of $14 billion and has executed M&A transactions with an aggregate value that exceeds $3.5 billion. Mr. Linde’s industry expertise includes steel, metals, mining, building materials, and diverse manufacturing.

Commenting on his addition to the Fluxus Advisory Board, Mr. Linde noted, “the global need for affordable housing has never been greater. I believe this is a global challenge that requires innovation by forward thinking, globally oriented companies like Fluxus. Fluxus offers a unique, comprehensive and flexible solution. I am excited to join the Fluxus team at this exciting time and look forward to contributing to the Company’s continued growth and expansion.”

Mr. Linde previously was the Head of Investment Banking at Glocap Advisors and has held senior roles at Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase. While at JP Morgan, Mr. Linde established the North American building materials practice. Mr. Linde holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BS/BA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Jay Linde is a registered representative of, and The Alberleen Group is a division of, Axiom Capital Management, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC .

Jens Nielsen | Director of European Business Development

Jens Nielsen, CEO of World Climate Ltd, has joined the Fluxus Advisory Board as Director of European Business Development to advance sustainable global housing solutions.

In 2010, Mr. Nielsen founded World Climate Ltd to facilitate cross-sector collaboration and create new opportunities for dramatically increasing investment in climate and sustainable development. It is now the foremost international platform for large scale public-private partnerships that drive the clean economy. World Climate Ltd has acted as consultants for several governments and businesses on regulatory framework conditions, positioning, market development and fund creation for the green economy.

In recognition of the potential of energy-efficient housing solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and scale positive environmental impact, Mr. Nielsen will contribute his expertise in strategic positioning, ecosystem development, market-making, business and fund development to support Fluxus in achieving its business and sustainability goals.

Jens Nielsen is the CEO and Founder of World Climate Ltd, Board Member of Climate Planet, and Board Member of Art 2030. Mr. Nielsen has played a key leadership role in the development of industry-leading events such as World Climate Summit, which takes place alongside the annual COP negotiations, World Green Economy Summit in Dubai, and Horizon, a platform for accelerating the clean economy. He has served as CEO of the strategic communications company Cision, and previously led strategic consulting within the utilities sector (Telecommunications, Post, and Energy) at PwC. Mr. Nielsen brings his visionary, participatory, and result-oriented management style and strong analytical and strategic skills to his work as Chairman and Board Member for companies across the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Baltics.

Christian Ehret | Intellectual Property Attorney, The Webb Law Firm

Fluxus LLC has been working with Christian Ehret and his team from The Webb Law Firm to advance Fluxus’ Intellectual Property package. Their team provided effective intellectual property strategies that are compatible with Fluxus’ business goals, and is providing services as new innovations move from development to commercialization and through the market lives.

Mr. Ehret’s practice includes patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and contract matters, including securing IP protection, litigating IP disputes, and counseling on IP strategy, infringement, invalidity, freedom to operate, and due diligence. Mr. Ehret handles cases before various U.S. District Courts, appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Patent Trials and Appeal Board (PTAB), and post-grant procedures before the PTAB, including inter partes reviews. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he teaches Patent Law.

Focused on all aspects of Intellectual Property law since 1845, The Webb Law Firm has been entrusted by the most innovative corporations in the world to safeguard their Intellectual Property. Their attorneys work in all aspects of technology, including steel, glass, advanced manufacturing, information technology among others, and with extensive experience in the industries in which Fluxus operates.

Andy Redfearn | Housing and Development Advisor

Andy Redfearn has 25 years of experience working with the YMCA in the UK. He was previously the Director of Housing and Development of the largest YMCA in Europe, YMCA London South West, is currently a trustee of another YMCA in London and now also sits on the YMCA National Housing and Accommodation steering group.

Mr. Redfearn now acts as a consultant in housing and development and has been advising FLUXUS LLC. Mr. Redfearn was the creator of Y:Cube Housing – a ground-breaking approach to delivering a genuinely affordable and aspirational housing product using modern methods of construction. He formed a partnership with world renowned architects, Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, along with the international consultants, Aecom, and leading European manufacturer, SIG plc, to develop a new, volumetric housing product that out-performs traditional forms of construction in both quality and performance. The first of many schemes has recently opened in London, UK. Mr. Redfearn is seen as a leader in this field of work, speaking at many national events. In 2015, Y:Cube was awarded the silver award by the Edison Awards in New York, a global initiative that promotes innovation and creativity.

Mr. Redfearn has developed significant knowledge, experience and partnerships within the housing development sector, with focus on the use of modern methods of construction to deliver housing products that meet the huge need of affordable housing both in the UK and globally.

Matt Howell-Jones MRICS | Partner, Arcadis

Matt is a Partner with over 20 years professional project management experience currently responsible for managing teams of talented consultants the residential sector. Matt has gained significant experience in this sector working for a number of private and public sector clients.

With a focus on housing developments, Matt leads many of our high-profile off-site projects from a strategic and delivery perspective and also leads Off-Site Manufacturing internally within Arcadis. Matt primarily supports the UK business but spends time supporting European, US and Asia colleagues and Clients.

Jim Totton C.Eng. MIStructE MICE | Director of Offsite Manufacture, Arcadis

Jim is a Technical expert on Off-Site Manufacturing, MMC and Modular Housing. A chartered Engineer, Jim has designed, offered technical expertise and delivered a significant number of schemes using modular, panelised, timber frame and CLT in locations across the globe over the past 20 years.

A true expert, Jim understands all the technical aspects required to deliver a successful scheme. Jim is currently leading a number of schemes in the UK and providing support to out global Clients. Jim has knowledge and understanding of the modular challenges and solutions available within the current market and in-depth knowledge of the employers requirements and aspirations of the design team and adds significant value to all our off-site projects.

Arcadis | Global Partner, Design & Consultancy for Natural and Built Assets

Arcadis is the leading global design and consultancy organization for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people, active in over 70 countries that generate €3.3 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. www.arcadis.com

09/07/2015