CHARLES E. VAN ZYL CAREER
After military service where he served as a navigator and carried the rank of lieutenant, he joined 3M South Africa as an inventory controller and moved to Siemens South Africa in 1982. Started as an inventory controller and eventually became the warehouse manager.
During 1989 made a career change to information technology and became one of the first developers on the SAP R/3 client tier system. Was responsible for the rollout of the system in five of the Siemens divisions.
In 1992 he was head hunted by Ernst & Young and was appointed as a senior manager and serviced Transnet and Standard Bank as external clients. In 1993 he was transferred to Ernst & Young LLP in the United states. He was initially responsible for several clients across the USA and was also the fulltime project manager for the Oklahoma Gas and Electrical SAP implementation which extended into a second phase implementing the Customer Care module.
Thereafter he joined The Ink Group as Vice President of Operations and simultaneously took the position of Program Manager for New York Power Authority multi-million-dollar project.
In 1998 he formed my own company Strategic Strategies LLP. Employed several consultants and secured contracts with IBM and SIEMENS worldwide.
Returned to South Africa in 2001 and started with Comparex / Business Connections. Was responsible to service Barlow World South Africa, Standard Bank, Denel Aviation and the Government of Namibia.
Due to severe illness 2001 again started his own business in petroleum after in depth study of the petroleum industry. He initially focused on the South African market but in 2018 decided to only concentrate and do business internationally.
A highly driven, performance-focused leader and Entrepreneur with acute business acumen in the Solar, Oil and Petroleum, Real Estate and Automotive industries.
As the CEO of Global Power Solutions, John has led the team that has developed over 15000MWs of solar energy for both residential and commercial properties.
He launched one the first African American Energy Construction Company’s in the US that was responsible for the construction of many inner-city communities’ solar initiatives.
Prior to joining the clean energy initiative, he was a performance-focused leader with 27 years of experience in operations and executive management for Mercedes Benz, BMW and Porsche auto manufactures.
John is a US Army Military Intelligence Veteran who served his country in Desert Shield.
DAVID ANDREW FORD (Better known as BUDDY FORD)
With 32 Years of experience in the Property Management and Construction Industry with specific experience in the following fields
- Shopping Centres
- Fuel Service Stations
- Low- and High-end Housing Developments
- High Density Developments
- Which includes Project Management on installation of bulk and link services as well as internal reticulation and servicing.
- Hotels and conferencing, from construction phase right through to operative business
- Qualified Auctioneer
- Commodity trading
- Consultation and troubleshooting for various companies and farmers, more specifically on land management and potential, speciality crops, hydroponics and renewable energy