Meet our Leadership Team
VFT’s leaders are a highly distinguished team with each member bringing expertise from broad backgrounds in key areas critical to VFT’s success. The team is comprised of PhD-level scientists trained in chemistry and biology, chemical/mechanical/structural engineers, technology entrepreneurs experienced in building IP-centric enterprises, as well as many others with diverse experience and professional accolades in their respective fields.


Chief Executive Officer

John Kinzer

John is a seasoned finance professional and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience, principally working with technology enterprises. Prior to architecting Tomorrow, John was a Managing Partner at Gramercy Hill Partners.

Before that, he spent over 13 years with SVB Financial Group working with global technology companies where he helped form, hire and lead three new business units, as well as fund and advise numerous companies ranging from seed stage startups to large multi-national corporations.

In his last role at SVB, he helped establish and lead their cross-border business between Asia and the U.S.  Prior to SVB, John began his finance career at ABNAMRO/LaSalle Bank. John received his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College.


Chief Technology Officer

Scott Kohl

Chemistry instructor in the university setting before entering the private sector. Nearly 20 years in grain processing and biofuels production. Six years in day-to-day operations at fuel ethanol production facilities overseeing optimization and incremental process improvements.

Thirteen years in applied research for the biofuels and wastewater industries. Dr. Kohl has over a dozen issued patents, most of which have been successfully commercialized. The resulting products from these inventions have been installed in 65 biofuel plants representing over $400 million in capital expenditure and returning $500 million in annual value creation.

Instructor for biofuels training courses presenting at dozens of domestic and international training events, both in the academic and industrial setting for the past 14 years.


Chief Legal Officer

Pamela Martinson

Pam is a business-focused advisor with over 30 years of finance and legal experience.  As a partner with major law firms in Silicon Valley, she represented technology companies across their life cycles, and the institutions that finance them.  She was most recently a partner of the global law firm Sidley Austin LLP, resident in that firm’s Palo Alto, California office. 

While practicing with Sidley, Pam received multiple awards as “Best Lawyer” and continues to speak and write on commercial law topics.  She is a past president of The American Association of Commercial Finance Lawyers.  Pam currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and has extensive experience advising directors and executives with respect to risk, strategy, and governance.

Pam earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her M.B.A from The University of Denver.

Director of Sales

Kevin Cate

Kevin is an entrepreneur with 25+ years outside sales experience, and currently serves as VFT’s Director of Sales.

Prior to VFT, Kevin founded Four Teams, a professional marketing group specializing in distribution of FinTech products to a wide range of middle and large market companies.

He also spent 17 years as an enterprise health and welfare benefits Producer, where he won several company and industry awards.


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