Dan Hussain Founder & President
Mr. Hussain was educated at MIT in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and computer science, and also studied internet and intellectual property law at Harvard and theoretical geophysics at the University of Cambridge (UK). Mr. Hussain ultimately graduated with a degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from MIT. Mr. Hussain has worked for NASA, Northwestern, Siemens, and the law firm Frommer, Lawrence, and Haug, LLP.
Mr. Hussain won the Siemens Westinghouse National Science Award, a national award given to one team in the United States for engineering excellence. According to Science Magazine, this is a junior Nobel Prize. Dan is currently pursuing a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. He continues his interest in astrophysics and space exploration through his participation in the International Mars Society, of which he was a Founding Member. Dan is also the President of our affiliated company, American Patent Agency PC.
Ryan Abbott Vice President
Ryan Abbott, MD, JD, MTOM, LAc, is President of HydroConfidence Inc. Prior to leading HydroConfidence, Dr. Abbott was Director of Research and Project Management at Nova Worldwide Consulting, a firm specializing in technical assistance and advice to governments and international organizations on the design and implementation of legislation and programs with respect to international trade, industrial development, and intellectual property rights. In that capacity, he served directly as a consultant to international organizations, academic institutions and private enterprises including World Health Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization and University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Abbott is a graduate of University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Yale Law School, as well as a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Emperor's College with a four-year Masters degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Summa Cum Laude graduate with highest departmental honors from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Medical Theory. Dr. Abbott has served as Principal Investigator of biomedical research studies at University of California, and has been the recipient of numerous research fellowships, scholarships, and awards.
Jenessa Gardner Director of Operations
Jenessa Gardner is Director of Operations for American Pioneer Ventures, American Patent Agency, and HydroConfidence Inc. She is responsible for supervising customer relations and managing the day-to-day affairs of each of these enterprises. Prior to joining our team, Jenessa served as Director of Operations at Nova Worldwide Consulting and Director of Marketing at Kaplan New Haven. She has studied Advertising and Marketing Science at The Art Institute of California, and is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in English Literature.
Dillon Norton Chief Marketing Officer
Dillon started his latest company Resistance Marketing in order to advertise and promote his entrepreneurial projects. He originally served as marketing director for American Pioneer Ventures, Austin Tells LLC, and American Patent Agency. He is now a consultant for all 3 companies. Dillon currently is Founder & President of Resistance Marketing and Motor City Challenge; a non-profit in Detroit, MI. He also serves as Chief Marketing Officer for HydroConfidence and a multimedia and creative designer for InSights Creative Group. Dillon has a passion for film making and is self financing his own independent films. He is currently working on a documentary that involves entrepreneurship, passion and an amazing journey across the country. He also enjoys almost everything in the arts & entertainment field as well as the universe, philosophy and innovative technologies.
Vincent DeVito General Counsel
Mr. DeVito served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy and International Affairs. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing strategic policy while managing a multi-million dollar budget. He oversaw the Climate Change Technology Program, a global portfolio, and maintains international government and industry contacts worldwide. While at the Department of Energy, Mr. DeVito served as the U.S. manager of the North American Energy Working Group, a task force created to pursue the development of a fully integrated North American energy market. Mr. DeVito also worked with then Ambassador Paul Cellucci to make possible the U.S.-Canada Power Outage Task Force that was established as a result of the electricity blackout in August 2003.
Immediately prior to joining the Department of Energy, Mr. DeVito served as an energy lawyer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the legislative, regulatory, and administrative levels. In that capacity, he pursued the development and implementation of the state's electric utility deregulation plan. All along Mr. DeVito has taken time to serve as a professional manager for several state and national political campaigns, and recently served as a manager for Governor William Weld's last gubernatorial campaign. Mr. DeVito is an authority on renewable energy development and corporate sustainability issues and has closely worked on legislative and regulatory corporate disclosure and compliance matters at the state, national, and international levels.
He has strategically advised members of the President's Cabinet, governors, ambassadors, and corporate leaders, and has participated in each major federal initiative that has impacted the energy industry this decade. In his capacity at APV, Mr. DeVito does not provide legal advice to any APV client since APV is not a law firm.