WM GreenTech Automotive (WMGTA) is a US-based automobile manufacturer. The WMGTA brand is divided into two distinct and exciting divisions. The WM division distributes energy efficient super sports cars with internal combustion engines. The GTA division is dedicated to developing and producing environmentally friendly, energy-efficient electric vehicles.
In 2014, WMGTA entered into a merger with VL Automotive, a strategic partnership with Saleen Automotive, and acquired Advanced Composite Technology Inc. (ACT), a materials product development and manufacturing company.
WMGTA merged with Detroit-based car manufacturer, VL Automotive to develop, engineer, manufacture, market, and distribute luxury sports sedans, branded as WM Destino. VL Automotive was founded by Robert A. Lutz, former Chairman of General Motors North America, and Gilbert Villarreal, automotive engineer and industrialist. Gilbert Villarreal will join WMGTA’s Executive team as the Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of WMGTA.
Under the WM Saleen brand, WMGTA distributes award-winning, handcrafted sports cars throughout Asia. Over the past 30 years, Saleen Automotive has become synonymous with performance and sophistication. This collaborative partnership launches a collection of customized automobiles that have a reputation for precision and power, which has not gone unnoticed by car enthusiasts and Hollywood film studios. These highly coveted vehicles have been showcased in such films as Need for Speed, Transformers, Iron Man, and Bruce Almighty.
WM GreenTech Automotive started with the GTA division. We engineer and manufacture the MyCar and G2 electric vehicles. The MyCar, which is WMGTA’s original vehicle, was designed by the famous Italian designer Georgetto Giugiaro, and won the 2008 European Green Vehicles flagship award. WMGTA will begin producing this vehicle at its U.S. manufacturing in Tunica, Mississippi plant in late 2014.
In addition to WMGTA’s strategic partnership with U.S. based Saleen Automotive, WMGTA has forged a strategic partnership with JAC Motors, an award-winning automotive manufacturer in China. This partnership includes the development of a four-passenger, all-electric sedan, called the G2, to be assembled in the United States. The sedan will combine JAC’s Rejoice vehicle platform with WMGTA’s electric powertrain and battery management system.
WMGTA is committed to developing innovative vehicle technology through advanced research and development in the super sports car and electric car industries. Together, our two divisions WM and GTA are driven by a passion for:
Pedigree - Elegance Power - Performance Green - Responsibility
Robert A. Lutz is the Chairman of WM GTA and Chairman of the company’s board of directors. Before joining WM GTA, Lutz was the Chairman of VL Automotive, a Detroit luxury sport sedan manufacturer founded by him and automotive industrialist Gilbert Villarreal, and the president and chief executive officer of Lutz Communications, counting among its clients General Motors Company from which he retired May 1, 2010, as vice chairman after a 47-year career in the global automotive industry that included senior leadership positions at BMW, Ford and Chrysler.
Lutz began his automotive career in September 1963 at GM, where he held a variety of senior sales and marketing positions in Europe until December 1971. For the next three years, he served as executive vice president of global sales and marketing at BMW in Munich and as a member of that company's board of management.
From 1974 until 1986, Lutz held a variety of positions at Ford Motor Company. His last position was executive vice president of truck operations. He also served as chairman of Ford of Europe and as executive vice president of Ford's international operations. From 1982 to 1986, Lutz was a member of Ford's board.
Lutz joined Chrysler in 1986 as executive vice president and was shortly thereafter elected to the Chrysler Corporation board. He led all of Chrysler's automotive activities, including sales, marketing, product development, manufacturing, and procurement and supply. Lutz served as president and chief operating officer, responsible for Chrysler's car and truck operations worldwide, and retired in 1998 as vice chairman. His 12 years with the company are chronicled in his 1998 book, Guts: The Seven Laws of Business That Made Chrysler the World's Hottest Car Company. Guts was revised and updated in 2003 and retitled, Guts: 8 Laws of Business from One of the Most Innovative Business Leaders of our Time. Lutz recently published Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk On Leadership in June, 2013 and Car Guys vs. Bean Counters: The Battle for the Soul of American Business June, 2011.
Prior to rejoining GM as vice chairman on September 1, 2001, Lutz was chairman and chief executive officer of Exide Technologies. He served as chairman until his resignation on May 17, 2002, and as a member of Exide's board of directors until May 5, 2004.
Lutz rejoined GM as vice chairman of product development. On November 13, 2001, he was named chairman of GM North America and served in that capacity until April 4, 2005, when he assumed responsibility for Global Product Development. He also served as president of GM Europe on an interim basis from March to June 2004. On April 1, 2009, Lutz was named vice chairman and senior advisor providing strategic input into GM’s global design and key product initiatives, a position he was to hold until retirement at the end of 2009. On July 23, 2009, he was appointed vice chairman, marketing and communications, and on December 4, 2009, he was named vice chairman, specially assigned to advise on design and global product development.
He serves as chairman of The New Common School Foundation and is also a member of the board of trustees for the U.S. Marine Corps University Foundation and vice chairman of the board of trustees for the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. He joined the Transonic Combustion, Inc. Board of Directors on May 24 2010. He is a contributor to CNBC, Forbes and Road & Track. He serves on the Board of Directors of Via Motors, EnerG2, and NanoSteel and is on the advisory boards of Alexander Proudfoot, and Current Motor.
Lutz received his bachelor's degree in production management from the University of California-Berkeley in 1961, where he earned distinction as a Phi Beta Kappa. He received a master's degree in marketing, with highest honors, from the University of California-Berkeley in 1962. He received an honorary degree of doctor of management from Kettering University on June 21, 2003, and an honorary doctorate of law from Boston University in 1985. The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Foundation named him the recipient of its 2006 Manufacturing Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who have made meaningful contributions to the development of the automotive industry.
He also served as a jet-attack aviator in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1965 and attained the rank of captain. Lutz was born on February 12, 1932, in Zurich, Switzerland.
Charles Wang, founder of WM GreenTech Automotive Group (WMGTA), shares the vision that super sports cars should be energy efficient, and green technologies should be affordable for the average consumer.
Before joining WMGTA, he was the CEO of a publicly traded Hong Kong Stock Exchange company that managed car-dealership networks and auto-parts manufacturing in China. He is also Chairman and CEO of Capital Wealth Holdings Limited, a company that invests in Chinese automotive engineering firms, including Tongzheng Automotive Design Engineering Co. Ltd.
Prior to his automotive career, Mr. Wang was a practicing attorney in New York and Washington D.C., specializing in capital markets financing and international business transactions. He served as a capital markets partner and the head of a prominent New York law firm’s Asia office, advising clients in financing transactions totaling billons of dollars. Mr. Wang also served as the head of the China practice for a Washington D.C. law firm, where he was lead counsel on complicated international commercial disputes.
In addition to his management responsibilities, Mr. Wang also takes an interest in teaching and scholarship. He has published work in the fields of corporate finance, international trade law, World Trade Order (WTO) compliance and structured finance. Mr. Wang served as a senior fellow at the International Law Institute in Washington DC, and the Secretariat General of China Financial Policy Research Center of Peking University. He also taught graduate-level courses at both Peking University School of Law and Tsinghua University School of Law, the two most prestigious law schools in China. Mr. Wang is a recipient of the 2005 Burton Award of Legal Achievements in connection with the United States Library of Congress.
Mr. Wang received his Juris Doctor degree, graduating with honors, and a Master of Law degree in International and Comparative Law from the Duke University School of Law, his Master of Arts degree in Development Studies from Ohio University, and his Bachelor of Law degree from Xiangtan University College of Law.
Mr. Villarreal is the Co-President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, and is responsible for the company’s overall operation from product development, sourcing, and production.
Mr. Villarreal brings decades of engineering excellence and business management experiences. Before joining WM GreenTech Automotive, he was the co-founder as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of VL Automotive, a Detroit high-end sport/luxury supercar manufacturer that was merged into WMGTA.
Mr. Villarreal has a proven track record as both an experienced engineer and successful business leader from his previous military duties to his civilian careers. As a former Marine, he served in active duty in the Marine Air Wing as an Aircraft Aviation Specialist on the A6E Intruder and the A4 Skyhawk. Mr. Villarreal continued his career in aerospace with The Boeing Aircraft Company as a Program Coordinator for the 767 and 747 aircraft production lines in Everett, Washington.
After 10 years of aerospace manufacturing expertise and production optimization,
Mr. Villarreal then transitioned into the automotive industry in a management and executive capacity with United Technologies Automotive (UTA) as a Program Manager for Production Systems, with General Motors as a Program Coordinator for the GMT600 vehicle launch, and with The Becker Group in Troy, Michigan as the Director of Engineering and Sales for Latin America. As an industrialist with a diverse portfolio, Mr. Villarreal has successfully restructured companies in both the automotive and marine yacht building industries.
Mr. Villarreal is a former United States Marine and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Gary Tang serves as the company’s Executive Vice President of Finance. Mr. Tang brings more than a decade of experience in institutional investment.
Prior to his automotive career, he worked at Fannie Mae capital markets and led a team of investment professionals who oversaw trading and asset management for a multibillion-dollar securities portfolio. His global investment expertise provides valuable guidance to the company’s long-term goals and helps carry out the company’s mission: making green technologies affordable for the average consumer.
Mr. Tang also worked with the senior management team for Ocwen Federal Bank in Florida, managing a multibillion-dollar mortgage portfolio and implementing proprietary strategies to address investment risk.
Mr. Tang also has an interest in the academic arena. He participates in Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) activities, and contributes his extensive business experience to the evolving investment knowledge landscape.
Mr. Tang received his Master of Business Administration degree with honors from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. He is a CFA charter holder and a member of CFA Institute.
Paul Ritchie is WM GreenTech Automotive Group’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, and he brings to WMGTA more than 40 years of global automotive engineering experience.
He is well known for managing multi-disciplined engineering teams and being involved in product design from concept to launch. Prior to joining WMGTA, he served as Senior Vice President of Vehicle Engineering for a U.S.-based electric-vehicle company, where he was responsible for engineering electric-vehicle product lines, including bodies, interiors, exteriors, chassis, powertrains and battery systems.
Mr. Ritchie also served as the CEO for Porsche Engineering Services, leading top engineering and operations personnel. Further, he has held top-level leadership positions at Porsche Motorsports NA and Magna Steyr NA. Focusing on Advanced Body Structures and Production Engineering, Paul managed projects supporting DaimlerChrysler, General Motors, Porsche, Truck Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), and Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers. He has also held leadership positions with Hawtal Whiting Inc. USA and UK, Ford, and Volkswagen. His vehicle experience includes the following makes and models:
Mr. Ritchie completed a full engineering apprenticeship and graduated in Mechanical Engineering Product Design from the Kingston upon Hull College of Technology.
Mr. Richard Xiaoyun Li is WM GreenTech Automotive Group’s Senior Vice President in charge of the company’s China strategy and business development.
Mr. Li brings extensive experience from one of the most important automobile markets in the world. Mr. Li has been at the forefront of the Chinese automotive industry. Prior to joining WMGTA, Mr. Li spent more than a decade at Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, a global Fortune 500 company where he was involved in the development, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and sales of passenger vehicles in China. While at Geely, Mr. Li successfully led the company’s high-profile acquisition of Volvo in 2010, the acquisition of Shanghai Jmstar Company in 2001, and a series of cooperative efforts between Geely and Brilliance China Automobile and Hainan Mazda Motor. He was also instrumental in establishing Shangdong Jinan Geely EC8 Factory, Jining Transmission Co., Daqing Volvo Automotive Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Zhangjakou Volvo Engine Manufacturing Plant and the Chengdu Volvo Automotive Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Mr. Li received an EMBA from Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the China University of Geosciences.
Dennis Carter is WM GreenTech Automotive Group’s Senior Director of Sales, and has more than 20 years of experience in electric-vehicle sales, management, new-business development and dealer development.
Prior to joining WMGTA, he managed sales initiatives for the Cushman®/E-Z-GO® specialty and used-car divisions where he helped launch sales for the E-Z-GO 2Five®, a street-legal, electric low-speed vehicle. He also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Westward Industries, an international specialized vehicle company. At Westward Industries, Dennis worked with his team to develop a street-legal hybrid/electric truck, and led sales and marketing for e-Fleets, launching sales for electric street legal products focusing on the essential services market.
Mr. Carter is a graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and has led several major vehicle programs, resulting in significantly reducing expenses and increasing revenues.