Hal is the CEO of BamCore and its parent Global Bamboo Technologies, Inc. His focus on climate change began after his second retirement (22 years at Goldman Sachs, then 5 years running and selling a global on-line bond exchange). His initial climate focus began in 2004 when he started a non-profit foundation to focus on climate change education. Following a PhD in Neuroscience and a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, he returned to his native California to build an organic and climate conscious vineyard and winery in Sonoma County (SeiQuerce.com), there he was introduced to BamCore for his building projects. Intrigued, he spent nearly a year researching timber bamboo and its ability to quickly capture carbon from the atmosphere, which could then be stored long term in buildings. Today, his wine label is managed by others but continues as the first dually certified organic and climate adapted winery in the world. Now, his full commercial focus is in bringing structural fibers from bamboo and select fast growing trees into the construction and industrial markets. Hal holds a BS degree (Cum Laude) in biochemistry from UC Irvine, an MBA (Beta Gama Sigma) from Columbia Business School and MS, MPhil and PhD degrees from Columbia Medical School. He is also a certified University of California Climate Steward. Hal lives in Geyserville, CA.