About Us

Christopher Wark
is the founder of Ponix MicroAg LLC. Chris has 28 years of multidisciplinary engineering experience providing mechanical, analytical, and electronics support and services to manufacturers, universities and national labs. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering (with a minor in Materials Science) from Washington State University where his graduate work focused on thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and combustion.

For the past 14 years, Chris has focused his efforts on the development and promotion of technical solutions for the built environment. In 2002, Chris established SHADE Consulting/Green Roof Innovations with his wife Wendy. With GRI, Chris developed and marketed several innovative modular eco-roof systems, one of which was manufactured and delivered to a prominent green roof designer in California. The goals of the GRI design efforts were similar to those for the pPods: a system providing a healthy, stable base for plants on rooftops that is versatile and economical while protecting the building. Many of the concepts developed during that time found their way into the pPod prototypes.

In 2009, Chris designed a modular planting system in partnership with Guiyang Chuangjia High-Tech Accelerator Co. LTD in Guiyang, China. In Guiyang, he saw how most of the apartment balconies and rooftops were filled with vegetable gardens. The idea of growing your own food on a few square feet of elevated concrete was commonplace in this large and rapidly growing city. The idea of providing an improved environment for maximizing food production and quality on balconies was a key aspect of this project and directly influenced the development of the pPods.

It was when Chris and Wendy moved to New York City later that year that the need to design and build a serious plant enclosure literally hit home. They had moved into a 35th floor apartment with a balcony overlooking the Hudson River. The view was stunning, but so was the wind which dehydrated plants during temperature extremes and damaged some of them during storms. That balcony became a test bed for cold frame and mini-greenhouse concepts leading to the pPod.

Chris is currently Principal of Wark Energy Consulting. He has provided building energy analysis, CFD modeling, and LEED consulting services for several companies, including three global engineering firms based in New York, subsidiaries of the Integral Group in California, and as Technical Sales Manager for Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division (formerly Flomerics Inc.). Chris has also been involved in other thermodynamics related work, including advanced engine research and fuel cell system development at Caterpillar Inc. and laser development at Lawrence Livermore National Lab and two private research laser development companies. He has presented at numerous conferences, has several articles published on a wide variety of engineering topics, and has had the privilege of working directly with several universities, including Stanford’s Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) program.

 

Aramis Velazquez
is in charge of marketing and management of on-line business activity for Ponix MicroAg.
Aramis has a strong background in engineering, information technology, accounting, and marketing. He has an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Florida International University.

Aramis is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Greenroofs.com, LLC which he started with his wife, Linda, in 1999 and operates out of Alpharetta, GA. Aramis handles Sales & Marketing, Social Media, Web Development, Information Technology, Accounting, Billing, and Customer Service for Greenroofs.com and he is the News Editor and administrator of The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory.

Previously, Aramis was Director of Sales and Marketing for Technology Advantage, Inc., a start-up software development firm, where he developed short and long-term strategies, budgets, tactical marketing plans and performance targets in support of their business plans. Before joining Technology Advantage, Aramis was Director of Technical Operations – Information Technology for AT&T in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Atlanta.

 

George Harris
handles the supply management, logistics, and quality assurance for Ponix MicroAg.
George’s expertise in logistics and risk management spans nearly 20 years and includes experience in the implementation and development of multiple quality methodologies, business continuity, safety programs, compliance, fleet operations and sustainability. George has an MBA from Troy University and a B.A. in Geography from Jacksonville State University.

George is a retired Army Major of the Infantry who served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer and Company Commander with responsibilities that required him to master logistics, finance and operations. George was Ranger and Airborne qualified and trained in Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Hazards and rail operations. George earned a Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan in 2002.

George is Principal of Harris & Associates Consulting, a certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that provides advisory services on enterprise risk, quality and project management to private companies and the federal government. His consulting work has included the largest deployment of Six Sigma in the DoD. George is also President of Diversified Logistics Group, Inc., a multimodal 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) provider based in Atlanta, GA.

George was previously an enterprise risk manager with Recall Total Information Management where he was engaged in compliance and business continuity for 40 sites. Additionally, George managed their sustainability strategy for North America including supplier diversity, Greenhouse Gas inventory and carbon footprint reduction through energy management and life-cycle analysis. George also spent 3 years with GE Capital / Penske Truck leasing as a process improvement team leader utilizing Lean Six Sigma methodologies.