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Steve Huff's 72,000-square-foot home isn't only impressive for its size -- it's being built to last thousands of years.
Hard-core homeowners are testing materials and technology that could change home building for the rest of us.
Mr. Huff was founder and CEO of Sensor Systems (later Overwatch) a company that creates leading commercial software products for medical, defense and intelligence applications. Overwatch was sold to Textron in 2006 at which time Mr. Huff left active management to pursue other interests, especially in green technologies. He identified energy conserving, disaster-resistant building technology as a critically needed component in a future of increasing energy prices. With that as a driving force, he searched for practical technologies that could significantly improve the performance of both residential and commercial scale structures. Mr. Huff constructed two buildings using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), one using TF System’s original ThermoForm vertical ICF, and another using a block ICF. After careful analysis of thermal properties, labor productivity, flexibility of reinforcement, and the accuracy of the finished product, he concluded that a substantial modification of the vertical system had the potential to build radically more efficient structures. Subsequently, Mr. Huff made an equity investment in TF System, which holds the patents on vertical ICF, and collaborated with Gerald Spude to design and patent TransForm - enabling a new generation of practical super-insulated concrete structures.
Mr. Brown was President and Chief Operating Officer of Sensor Systems (later Overwatch) a company that creates leading commercial software products for medical, defense and intelligence applications. Overwatch was sold to Textron in 2006 at which time Mr. Brown remained as General Manager of Overwatch Geospatial, an operating company of Textron Corporation, leaving in 2009. During his time with Sensor Systems and Overwatch he led the Company through significant growth achieving a position of significant market leadership in the field of Geospatial Intelligence. During his tenure Mr. Brown led three successful acquisitions and the sale of the company to Textron in 2006. Prior to Sensor Systems, he was the President and CEO of two previous technology companies, leading each through successful periods of substantial growth and eventual sales to Fortune 500 Companies. Mr. Brown began his career in Public Accounting and is a former CPA and partner of Arthur Young & Company (currently Ernst & Young). He is a graduate of the University of Texas with a BBA Accounting degree.
Mr. Brown joined Mr. Huff in TF Forming System making an equity investment in 2009, joining the company as CEO.
Gerald Spude - Vice President of Product Development and Co-founder
Mr. Spude is a third generation concrete mason, working in the trade since he was a boy. His substantial experience with concrete forming systems and first generation Insulated Concrete Form “ICF” products gave him first-hand practical knowledge of their limitations. This knowledge enabled him to conceive of a better way, the vertical way, and Mr. Spude invented and patented the vertical ICF design. Mr. Spude was a partner in Vision Homes LLC, a start-up company in Ireland. Vision Homes used TF Forming System ICF and produced assembly line prefabricated wall sections. He acted as chief technical advisor for the company, managing the set up of its manufacturing plant.
Mr. Rudolph has extensive experience in the concrete forming arena, starting with his own construction company, DR Construction, that used removable forms and graduated to Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). In 1994, he co-founded TF System, Inc. with Gerald Spude. Mr. Rudolph handled all day-to-day operations for TF Forming System since its inception. He has extensive training experience and worked closely with the Union Carpenters to train their “trainers” to work with ICF’s.
Mr. Rudolph previously served as a member of the board of the Wisconsin Rural Development Center from 1983-1992 and was board chairman from1986-1990. Mr. Rudolph owns Pine Valley Farm, a fourth generation Wisconsin Century Farm in operation since 1899.
Richard Mortlock is a Director with experience in General Management, Operations, Sales and has extensive Insulated Concrete Form knowledge. Richard has been involved in the Insulated Form Business for almost 20 years in just about every facet of the Industry. His extensive experience is pulled from his time as a Concrete Contractor, Building Contractor, General Contractor, Trainer, Top Sales Professional and currently serves as TF Forming Systems Chief Operations Officer and International Business Development.
Richard ran a successful General Contracting Firm and supplied insulated wall structures to a variety of clients. During that time Richard also independently consulted for TF Forming Systems by training customers across the US and abroad. Richard joined on full time with TF Forming systems in 2002. He has been involved in every single aspect of the company and has been an integral part of TF Forming Systems success.
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